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Jesus is Risen but What Happened to the Kingdom?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Jesus is Risen, Alleluia.</p> Jesus is Risen, Alleluia. Most of us spent yesterday praising God and singing about the resurrection. But as I sat down this morning to ...

What If Resurrection Is A Choice?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"What if the resurrection was a choice?"</p> "What if the resurrection was a choice?" I was stunned when my professor posed this question in the last ...

The Darkness of Easy Hate and the Light of Easter's Love
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598909340_QiDdc"></a>Hate is easy and the domain of the lazy. This insight came in the ...

Planting Trees on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

After a hard winter in the Eastern United States, spring offers a resurrection. Particularly here in the Appalachian Bible Belt, we're looking toward Easter.</p> After ...

Our Response to Poverty in the Light of Easter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Why are people poor? Why do they stay poor? What would it take to get them out of poverty? These are major questions that have been heavily debated for a century in our country.</p> ...

'Christian' Militias and Tavis Smiley's MLK Documentary
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Many are wondering of what to make of the shameful association of the word "Christian" with "militia." Understandably, with Christianity being associated with something so anti-Jesus, one m ...

Mennonite College Follows First Playing of National Anthem with St. Francis' Peace Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

From the beginning, <a href="../2010/03/01/mennonite-college-will-now-play-national-anthem-before-sporting-events/">I opposed Goshen's landmark decision </a>to play the national anth ...

Immigration Enforcement: 'Why We Do This'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> North Carolina is a leader in local immigration enforcemen ...

A Pastor's Petition
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Cesar and Angelica first contemplated migrating to the U.S. from ...

A New March on Washington
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816712604_FVFqL"></a>March 21, 2010: With crowd turnout twice the expec ...

A Real Hero
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> For the last four years I have been living and working in sout ...

Health Care: Swiss Solidarity and the Scandalous 5%
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694002821_EoxB3"></a>Whew. The health-care bill passed. It isn't the complete overh ...

Jesus-Focused Conversations in Occupied Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>I arrived in Bethlehem last Sunday evening to speak at a conferenc ...

Pray Immigration Reform Into Passage
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530299533_pYZW5"></a> On Sunday, a major <a href="http://changetake ...

Wisdom from Cesar Chavez: 'The Oppressed Almost Always Overestimate the Oppressor'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Today's Lenten prayer comes from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9sar_Ch%C3%A1vez" target="_blank">Cesar Chavez</a> (1927-1993) -- Mexican American farm worker, ...

Four Steps to Save the Souls of Big Banks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> The biggest banks have an ethical obligation to hel ...

I'm also an 'Illegal'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>"Look at those illegals," my friend laughed, pointing at two Latino immigrants leaning ...

A Pastor's Testimony of Redemption May End in Deportation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>Pastor Walter is experiencing firsthand the effects of a broken immigration system. Walter migra ...

My Morning with Daniel Berrigan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As a Sojourners intern last year, I, along with my community-mates, had the opportunity to request speakers to invite to address us during weekly seminars. Peace activist and poet Fr. Daniel Berriga ...

Racism on Campus: UC San Diego's Struggle is Every Community's Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

My heart has been burdened the past several weeks by the hurt and pain in a place I call home: UC San Diego. Through my studies at UCSD, but also my community, I grew and was challenged. ...

A Pastor's Response to Glenn Beck's Call to Leave 'Social Justice' Churches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recently Glenn Beck made <a href="http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/03/08/glenn-beck-urges-listeners-to-leave-churches-that-preach-social/">some comments</a> about leaving a chur ...

Maybe It's Not Supposed to Feel Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

I wanted to share a bit with my blog community about the ongoing tension of balance, priorities, schedules, focus, goals, etc. I wanted to share a bit with my blog community about ...

Hard Questions in Haiti: How to Aid Recovery without Dependency
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sarah Ward, Enterprise Development Technical Advisor with <a href="http://www.theirc.org/" target="_blank">IRC (International Rescue Committee),</a> meets with principa ...

Beauty and Ugliness in a Shooting's Aftermath
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Something sort of mystical and magical happened after a 19-year-old kid named Papito was killed on our block a few weeks ago. As our neighborhood ached and grieved and cried with his family, we began ...

Black History Month Syndrome
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://edwardg.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/black-history-month278x2001.jpg"></a>I've kind of avoided the topic of Black History Month this year until now, almost th ...

Healing Presence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

During the past two years, I've traveled internationally quite extensively, focused on issues related to extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and war. During the ...

Beyond Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevards
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religiou ...

A Profound Choice for Israel and the World's Jews
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598931103_ji8fs"></a>I've just returned to the U.S. following an exhilarating week ...

Sadness and Hope in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Debates about immigration policies and reform continue to rage. Consequently, op-ed pieces, books, and reports on this contentious topic appear daily. Debates about immigration po ...

J Street: Pro-Peace = Pro-Israel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>Often when Sojourners addresses issues relating to Israel and Pale ...

Lent Isn't About Denial -- It's About Transformation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The point of Lent is not denial.</p> The point of Lent is not denial. But for a long time I thought it was. Everything I heard about Lent revolved around acts of self-de ...

A Reconciliation Reading List for Black History Month
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830822569?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0830822569">Mo ...

Elizabeth Warren and Goliath
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I had a most instructive conversation this week wit ...

The Bleeding Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I love my church. And I love that it isn't afraid to explore the difficult issues -- and figure out how to do so in loving ways. I love my church. And I love that it isn' ...

A Haitian Church Engages Long-Term Needs in Port-au-Prince
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Law student Sebastien Doussous currently manages the database on a needs-assessment survey administered, just days following the Jan. 12 earthquake, by members of his church, L'...glise Communaut ...

One More Gun Death Too Many -- and Three Things You Can Do About It
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://jamiemoffett.com"></a>At about midnight we heard the shots ring out. My friend ran to the door and I heard him yell, "Shane, a kid has been shot, come down.& ...

Greening the Winter Games
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This time of year I find myself humming the Olympic anthem throughout the day. The Vancouver games run Feb. 12-28; it is time to start dreaming of mogul runs and bobsled victories. For some reason I h ...

Glenn Beck, Come Drink Some Kool-Aid with Me
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I used to be just like Glenn Beck, only without the multi-million dollar TV show: I used to get attention by angrily, and humorously, attacking politicians. I'm ashamed of how I acted back then. ...

Who's Succeeding at Making Churches More Multiracial?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

A recent <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1950943,00.html" target="_blank"><em>Time</em> magazine article traced</a> the racial transformati ...

Haiti: Hell and Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Smoke and flames rose from the sidewalk. A white man took pictures. Slowing down, my breath left me. The fire was a corpse. Leg bones sticking out of the flames.</p> Smoke ...

My Son's Struggle with Christianity vs. Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

As is the case for many Americans, I use the Christmas and New Year holidays as a time to reflect and try to gain perspective on matters near and dear to me. As is the case for ma ...

Listening for the Call to Service
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>After college I completed a year of service with <a href="http://www.publicallies.org/site/c.liKUL3PNLvF/b.3158921/k.D04A/New_York.htm">Public Allies New York,</a> an <a href= ...

Prophets and Profits
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Without a doubt, the collective American experience ...

Learning from Iraqi Good Samaritans
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

Just a few days ago, I returned from with a small group of Christian peacemakers. Just a few days ago, I returned from a short trip into Iraq with a small group of Christian p ...

Maladjusted to Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Last week my wife and I had the grand opportunity to leave our two kids in the care of her parents and spend five days on vacation in California. Last week my wife and I had the g ...

Can Compassion for Haitians Extend to Other Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

While the recent crisis in Haiti has spurred many Americans to action -- through donations, public service, humanitarian aid, etc. While the recent crisis in Haiti has spurred man ...

A New Direction for Juvenile Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. ...

African Solidarity with Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

In a sermon on the situation in Haiti, Dr. Michael Van Heerden, president of St. In a sermon on the situation in Haiti, Dr. Michael Van Heerden, president of St. Augustine college ...

Immigration: Drama and First Drafts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

"Why do you have to be so dramatic?" I thought as I rolled my eyes. "Why do you have to be so dramatic?" I thought as I rolled my eyes. The speaker was tellin ...

Five Steps to Avoid Financial Disaster (Inflated Expectations, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/50-years-of-inflated-expectations/ ...