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To Whom Much is Given
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

We learned the story in Sunday school: </p> We learned the story in Sunday school: The rich ruler comes to Jesus and asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesu ...

President Obama to Participate in Nationwide Call-in on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 Days for Health Reform" Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 ...

Now that a Wise Latina is a Supreme Court Justice ...
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Early next Saturday morning I will board a plane with my daughter to spend a week in Honduras. Early next Saturday morning I will board a plane with my daughter to spend a week in ...

Speaking Truth in Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do ...

Risking Ourselves for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm a big fan of iTunesU, and I usually try to listen to informative podcasts on long drives, since I can't read and drive simultaneously. I'm a big fan of iTunesU, ...

Israel Kicks Refugees Out of Their Tents
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/gallery/9000011_7mJL3/1/#598715803_CuAwi-A-LB"></a>In most cases in Occupied Palestine at this point, Palestinian refugees live in U ...

When Local Police Do Immigration Enforcement, the Community Suffers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Two contrasting images recently brought into focus a growing chasm: a forty-something man in jeans and T-shirt squeezing the microphone at a community forum on immigration, face tight with anger a ...

Beer Diplomacy: What Would Jesus Brew?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T46kEyyVU_k/SnJYnNcPDHI/AAAAAAAACw8/4G6Xga-fHwU/s1600-h/obama-beer.jpg"></a></p> <p>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they sha ...

Bishops vs. The Bomb: Act II
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When the United States and the Soviet Union stared into the abyss of nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick began reading obscure journals like the <em>Bulletin of the At ...

'Grace to Heal': Deconstructing the Culture of Violence in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The government of Zimbabwe, in a groundbreaking move, dedicated this past weekend to renouncing political violence and promoting national healing. The government of Zimbabwe, in a ...

The Dark Side of Development
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Development is a word full of hope. It brings to mind water pumps and rice banks, bridges and education, smiling children and sky-scraping financial institutions. Yet there is a dark side to developme ...

Mark Sanford, John Ensign, and 'The Family'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Presently, the glare of the media spotlight has started to shine on a number of political figures, all of whom coincidentally have a connection to a D.C.-based group called The Family. ...

Four Lessons from the Religious Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009506344_religiousright21m.html" target="_blank">This <em>Seattle Times</em> article </a>on the current st ...

Jimmy Carter's Stand on Women in Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>An autographed photo of Jimmy Carter sits on our piano. A friend of ours wrote to Carter and told him that he was one of our sons' favorite presidents, and would he please send them a signed phot ...

Taking the Bible Seriously, but not Always Literally
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout history, individuals and institutions have cited the Bible to support injustices, such as "holy war" against infidels, the subjection of women, racism and slavery, and the abuse of homos ...

Acedia and Vacation Bible School
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, less than 48 hours after there was a senseless homicide in our neighborhood, my family participated in a time-honored summer ritual: My husband and I took our 5-year-old son to Vacation ...

Holy Health Care!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Debates on our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/22/is-nationalized-health-care-hazardous-to-your-health-check-the-facts/">national system of providing health care</a> are raging in p ...

Reclaiming the E-Word and Seizing the Episcopal Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Lost in the buzz over the U.S. Episcopal Church's decision to bless same sex unions was a missional moment. Lost in the buzz over the U.S. Episcopal Church's decision to ...

Turning My Travels into Pilgrimages
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recently, I've begun to think how I can reconnect with God by turning all my travels (including my everyday errands) into pilgrimages. In this quest, I am greatly aided by the Rev. Kurt Neilson, ...

Honoring Deacon Phoebe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/13/women-leaders-in-the-early-church-2/">In last week's post</a>, I argued that because the apostle Paul commended the work of Phoebe-a ...

Be Fair to the Pharisees: Guarding Against Anti-Jewish Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union Coll ...

Kids Need All the Positive Words They Can Get
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Recently a bunch of people e-mailed me the same <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/opinion/16kristof.html"><em>New York Times</em> column</a>, which cited a variety of ...

'Win Over' or 'Love On' for Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm currently rockin' in Knoxville, Tennessee. I'm currently rockin' in Knoxville, Tennessee. I have the privilege of being one of the morning teachers of an e ...

Women Excluded from Ministry: 'I Just Didn't Think About You'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"When the previous youth minister was here, he always filled in when the pastor was out," Bethany, a youth minister at a church in the southeastern U.S. told me. "W ...

Women Leaders in the Early Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As you may know, the question of whether women can serve as deacons has been recently debated among many evangelicals. Since scripture makes clear that Phoebe served as a deacon in the church in Cench ...

Voices of the Poor Lost in Honduras' Power Struggle
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8763865_cViGV#P-3-15"></a>Two weeks ago Sunday I awoke to my cell phone ringing at 6:45 a.m. In my sleepy delirium I answered it ...

The Pope and the President: Unlikely Allies Seeking Common Ground for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI meets with President Obama in Rome today, a shy German theologian and a charismatic leader known for his international rock star appeal will find plenty to agree on despite s ...

In Defense of the 'Nice White Lady'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I really hope no one gets offended I really hope no one gets offended I guess i'm a "nice white I guess i'm a "nice white lady", since I have r ...

Let the Little Children Come: Scripture and the DREAM Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Old Testament, we find God's repeated command to care and look out for immigrants. Throughout the Old Testament, we find God's repeated command to care an ...

Living Isaiah 61: Justice Work is My Song of Praise to God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">"I do the work of justice not out of a disdain for the privileged but out of a love for Life." - <em>Womanist Theologian Dr. Kelly ...

Three Moral Issues of Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Death, disease, and pain did not exi ...

Taking the Body and Blood to the Airport
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last Sunday I got a call at 11 a.m. It was Rachel Pater calling from her home town church (denomination to remain unnamed). It took several minutes before she could form a proper sentence through her ...

A Walk to Remember
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joel C. Hunter I loved that movie with Mandy Moore about a terminally ill preacher’s daughter who tutored a rebellious peer. ...

Celebrating Singleness with a Biblical Perspective
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/7664262_f2SVv#494818117_uXdMB"></a>I graduated from a wonderful Christian college about a year ago, and it was a great experienc ...

Amahoro: An Emerging Conversation in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and the exchange or exploration of ideas. Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and t ...

A Sojourner Goes Home: In Memory of a 'Cherished Pastor and Rebellious Saint'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As our nation mourns the untimely death of the King of Pop, I am grieving over the death of a lesser know man: a man whom many will never know, but whose mark on the world is significant. Two weeks ag ...

Self-Segregation In Social Networks
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Every day across America we see self-segregation in lunchrooms, in classrooms, and in church pews on Sunday morning. But how about online?</p> Every day across America we se ...

40 Ways to Celebrate Interdependence Day on July 4
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's wild how easily we get sidetracked from Holy days by holidays, and how quickly we can smother our central identity in Christ with other identities such as our national identity. ...

Justice for Victims of Colombia's Military
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On June 8, Pastor Reinel Martinez Medina testified before the Colombian Congress on the execution of his brother at the hands of Colombian Public Security Forces: "I dare to speak out about my brot ...

Eco-Justice: Getting There from Here
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As I look at where we need to get, pronto -- 350 parts per million or less carbon in the atmosphere, sustainable use of planetary resources, and a world economy consistent with those things -- and ...

A Father to the Fatherless
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Father's Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. For most of my life, my father was absent, having abandoned our family when I was in elementary school. Father ...

Are Christians More Compassionate Towards Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I am heartened by a new analysis of data from a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/274/americas-immigration-quandary">2006 Pew Research Center poll</a>, which indicates that people w ...

Reclaiming the Church's Mission and Message on Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the role of the church will be significant. As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the ...

Iran: We are Born to be Free
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://eugenecho.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/where-is-my-vote.jpg"></a></p> <p>Are you tracking with the developments in Iran? I'd love to hear your tho ...

A Father's Day Remembrance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away.</p> On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away. I had gone to the hospital the morning before in San Diego to vis ...

Inspiring Fatherhood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

More than the primaries, general election, board meetings, or the budget fight on Capitol Hill, this past week was a high-intensity roller coaster for me. It was Little League playoffs. ...

What Sustains Me: Contemplation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's note: In the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home#">July issue of Sojourners magazine</a></em><em>, we asked social activists to ...

Diplomacy: Revisiting the Huntington Thesis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo ...

When Hate Speech Justifies Killing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire those consequences can be. Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire ...

Immigration Reform: The time has come
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The time has come for comprehensive immigration reform. After several failed attempts in past years, the president has promised it and the White House is showing a clear commitment to it. ...