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Breaking Out of the Socially Contructed Box
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"What do you mean by 'just one'? I'm not choosing just one!" I told my wife on the phone. "What do you mean by 'just one'? I'm not cho ...

The Glue of Society: Celebrating Mother's Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Thank God for mothers! Mother's Day is an opportunity to make life special for them. It is a chance to celebrate family. I tha ...

Jack Kemp: Bleeding-Heart Conservative
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League switched its All-Star game from New Orleans to Houston. In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League s ...

Culture War Casualties: Responding to Carrie Prejean and Bullying Suicides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week Carrie Prejean, also known as the former Miss California, lost the Miss U.S.A. Last week Carrie Prejean, also known as the former Miss California, lost the Miss U.S.A. p ...

Voices of Global Climate Change, Part II: Leo Atakpu
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Nigerian activist Leo Atakpu is a busy guy -- he advocates for debt cancellation, opposes water privatization, and speaks out against climate change. Nigerian activist Leo Atakpu ...

Torture Memos: 'What Is Done in the Dark'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught: "For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light" (Luke 8:17). In other words: the truth will come out. ...

Why I Got Arrested on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Good" Friday was real good this year. We remembered Jesus, and we remembered Jesus disguised in the "least of these" -- those who continue to be tortured, spit on, slapped, insul ...

What President Obama's Budget Means for Poor People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

If a budget is a moral document, what should be said about the president's proposed budget for 2010? I focus here on what this budget proposal says about justice for poorer Americans.</p> ...

The Eco-Footprint of War: Lemeyo's Story
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Lemeyo Abon, an indigenous elder from the Marshall Islands, is a survivor of fallout from the <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bomb/peopleevents/pandeAMEX51.html">largest nuclear bomb</ ...

Witchhunt: I Was in Prison and You Visited Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Twenty-seven years ago this month, Brenda and Scott Kniffen, a homemaker and an inventory manager of a diesel shop, were arrested and charged with sexually abusing their two young sons, Brian and B ...

Wendell Berry's Whitefoot
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1582434328?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1582434328">&l ...

Calling a Nation to its Best Values and Priorities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a <a href="http://www.so ...

A Vision for the Foreign Aid Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I would like to address the foreign affairs portion of the president's budget. I would like to address the foreign affairs portion of the president's budget. World Visi ...

Jesus and the Children of Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Roman occupation, preached a message that was anti-state and religious imperialism. Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Rom ...

Stop the Raids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

For the past several weeks, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago has been conducting a national tour promoting immigration reform, primarily speaking at Latino evangelical churches around the country. ...

Mocking Our Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/19/im-taking-down-all-my-miley-cyrus-and-jonas-brothers-posters/">Eugene Cho posted his thoughts</a> on how it hurt him and his children wh ...

Colombian Pastor Still Missing, Family Threatened
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I first heard of Idia and her missing husband, Pastor William Reyes I first heard of Idia and her missing husband, Pastor William Reyes Thanks for the update, ...

Time for Cristus Victor Gardens?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As the engine of the American Economy coughs, sputters, and shifts to low gear (too soon to say "grinds to a halt"), another motor driving the American Dream is also running low on fuel: the food s ...

The Perils of Well-Meaning But Short-Sighted Generosity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Rick Warren, the most prominent evangelical pastor of our day, has established a highly successful program arranging teams from his church to help specific villages in Africa. Ric ...

I Hope Rush Limbaugh Fails
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Go ahead, guess who wrote the following paragraph. And I'll give you a hint: It's not Al Franken, Keith Olberman, Rachel Maddow, or even Michael Moore.</p> Go ah ...

The God Who Sees: International Women's Day Synchroblog
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Shortly after I took a position as Children's Ministry Director at a small Baptist church, I sat down with the kids under my care and asked them what questions they would like to ask God. ...

Push, not Protest, for a Budget with Better Priorities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Several years ago over 100 of us were arrested for blocking a Capital building entrance and protesting tax cuts for the 5 percent wealthiest people and program cuts from WIC, food stamps, college a ...

Save Darfur's Women: Rape as a War Crime
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I recently heard a voice from Darfur. She sat on a stage in front of me, not on the pages of the newspaper, and Darfur's resilient voice said, "The crisis has turned our lives upside down."</ ...

A First Person Fight for the Millenium Development Goals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>I am the tenth of 17 children from a polygamous East African family. I hail from the village ...

Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Claiborne, was recently moved to tears after witnessing a youth gathering in Australia. That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Cla ...

A Fine Start for Common Ground Abortion Reduction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The first weeks of the Obama administration have been a whirlwind of appointments, and as advertised, "change," but the aspect most in evidence is the president's efforts at finding common groun ...

Economic Free Fall Without a Safety Net
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Earlier this week the New York Times reported that even as m ...

Mobilizing Art Against Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, I read this quote by John Piper: "...the weeping of the saints at the loss of precious souls is, paradoxically, the weeping of joy in God." I believe that is what God wants for me and fo ...

The Solidarity of Motherhood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Today I listened to a persecuted woman, mother to mother. Today I listened to a persecuted woman, mother to mother. Idia, the wife of disappeared pastor William Reyes, held m ...

Cardinals Win Super Bowl
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

So you think the Pittsburgh Steelers won the big game Sunday night? So you think the Pittsburgh Steelers won the big game Sunday night? Hundreds of poor kids in El Salvador will ...

Tips on Bridging the Persistent Digital Divide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Even in our current political climate, as President <a title="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1XWvs7SL5I&amp;eurl=http://www.freepress.net/ Obama demands" href="http://www.youtube.com/wat ...

SCHIP: Finally, a Victory for Children's Healthcare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The 111<sup>th</sup> Congress is turning out to be a bit more exciting than the 110<sup>th</sup>, with members tackling tough issues with a vigor that was in short supply in 2008. ...

Black and White Like Us
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I took my 11-year-old daughter to the Cheetah Girls concert a week after Election Day. Stood in line for 20 minutes with other moms to buy her overpriced popcorn and soda. Forked over the rest of the ...

Zimbabwe: Talks Drag on While Humanitarian Crisis Deepens
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

On Monday, January 26th, regional leaders met once again to discuss a way forward for Zimbabwe. The outcome of the meeting held no surprises. On Monday, January 26th, regional lea ...

Bringing Word and Music Together Against Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I am very honoured and excited to be invited to the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization">Mobilization to End Poverty</a> in April. I am very honoured a ...

Service Careers Still Valued Less than 'Real Jobs'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In December an Australian cell phone company refused to sell a phone to a stay-at-home mom because she didn't have a real job. In December an Australian cell phone company re ...

Secretary of State Clinton Promises Action Against Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, graced the front pages of many newspapers across the country last Friday. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, graced the front pages of many ...

Slumdog Millionaire's India: My Sobering Reality
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The movie <a href="http://www.foxsearchlight.com/slumdogmillionaire/" target="_blank"><em>Slumdog Millionair</em>e</a> and the Booker Prize-winning novel <em>& ...

Suffer the Little Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

When Jesus said, <a title="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%2019:14;&amp;version=9;" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%2019:14;&amp;version= ...

A Poem in Honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Sunday, January 11 was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. I wrote this poem, <em>And to the Little Ones,</em> in honor of the day. Sunday, January 11 was Natio ...

Child Tax Credit: Better Late Than Never
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In 2003, <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=about_us.reunification">Call to Renewal</a> was deeply engaged in working to have a refundable child tax credit included in that yea ...

One Hundred Eyes for One Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

One hundred tons of bombs are Israel's way of saying to the captive citizens of Gaza, Merry Christmas, Happy Eid (feast), and Happy New Year. One hundred tons of bombs are Is ...

Border Walls Keep Out Mary and Baby
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

She walks the trails until her ankles swell and her back pulsates with pain. She walks the trails until her ankles swell and her back pulsates with pain. Her abdomen, swollen with ...

Continuing the Abortion Conversation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

This is the sequel to the original <a title="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/the-abortion-conversation/" href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/the-abortion-conversation/&q ...

Is the Dream Fulfilled? Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Where have all the prosperity preachers gone? It seems like only yesterday when we were hearing about prosperity preachers and messages about God pouring out financial blessing. ...

Our Children's 'Audacity of Hope'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

"I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord "I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord (audacity of hope, Barack Obama, change, Children, Educatio ...

Killed for 'Preaching Christianity'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A short thought to follow up on <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3206">Valerie Elverton-Dixon's tribute to Gayle Williams</a>, the aid worker gunned down by ...

The Last Story of Summer
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> Tomorrow is the autumnal equinox and, with its coming, summer official ...

Family Values: Ministry or 'Just Life'
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

I believe that every dedicated family following Jesus is a great instrument for the kingdom of God. A family serving together is a picture of God's love and grace. I believe ...

My Struggle with New Monasticism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

[<a title="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/new-monastics-and-race" href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/new-monastics-and-race">Read all posts in this conversation on New Monastics and race.</a ...