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Why I Accept Mark Driscoll's Apology ... And You Should Too
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Well, we’ve just concluded another week in American evangelicalism. Which is to say, we’ve witnessed another Mark Driscoll blunder. Well, we’ve just concluded another week in Amer ...

Addiction to Consumerism, Superficial Bickering Clouds Our Real Mission to Help a Hurting World
Originally Posted: 11/08/2013 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

Church leaders now spend more time trying to placate parishioners than they do facilitating world-changing ministry. And, theologians and pastors seemingly make a living disagreeing with one another. Instead o ...

An Open Letter to Rob Bell
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

What I think Rob Bell is doing is not so much giving us new ideas (though, given some of the ecclesial silos many of us have been reared in some of these ideas might seem new). Instead, Rob is lending his voic ...

'Honey, We Are Home'
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Get used to the idea of a married Jesus. BELATED CONGRATULATIONS to Jesus Christ after recent r ...

Vatican Newspaper Calls ‘Jesus Wife’ Fragment a ‘Clumsy Fake’
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

The Vatican's newspaper has declared the controversial “Jesus wife” papyrus fragment “a fake." L'Osservatore Romano on Friday (Sept. 28) devoted two articles to Harvard professor Karen King' ...

NEWS: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices A year ago, N ...

Thank God That I am a Man and Not a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's likely that some of you will take offense at the title of this post. But if you read through the post, it'll certainly make more sense in the larger context. It ...

Three Cups of Truth on the Greg Mortenson Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:33pm | Type: Blog

I just watched a 60 Minutes expose on Greg Mortenson, co-author of Three Cups of Tea and co-founder of the nonprofit the Central Asia Institute. Watching I just watched a 60 M ...

Friday Links Round Up: Monks. Al Franken. Oysters.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:31pm | Type: Blog

Monks. Al Franken. Oysters. Here's a little roundup of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Monks. Al Franken. Oysters. Here's a little roundup of li ...

Embracing Creation Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Today is the annual <a href="http://www.dayofsilence.org/" target="_blank">National Day of Silence</a>, a day where students across America pledge to be silent for a day in orde ...

Love Wins: My Interview with Rob Bell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/18/love-wins-my-interview-with-rob-bell/" target="_self"></a>Monday morning, 8 a.m PST. My phone rings. It's Rob Bell calling ...

What Does Rob Bell Really Say? (A Review of the Actual Book Itself)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/15/what-does-rob-bell-really-say-a-review-of-the-actual-book-itself/" target="_self"></a>Whether it was a brilliant marketing stra ...

In the End, Love Always Wins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope in the church than I have felt in a long time. I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope ...

'Farewell Rob Bell' (Or, John Piper's Inferno)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100301-robbell.jpg"></a>"Farewell Rob Bell." With this three word tweet John Piper -- senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist church in ...

How William J. Barber Saved Wake County Schools
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

February is Black History month. February is Black History month. In public schools and community centers across the United States, Black History month means that the busts of pre ...

Groupon's Controversial Social Critique
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/08/groupons-controversial-social-critique/" target="_self"></a>I admit, I only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. Yes, it&# ...

"Oh Say Can You See": Learning to Disagree in Love (Part I)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The two authors of this blog post have been having a good conversation ov ...

The Poverty Measure: Why It's Outdated, and Why It's Important
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> "The poor quality of our official poverty statistics should be a matter of pressing national concern. America deserves bett ...

For They Shall be Called Children of God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In Sunday school many many years ago, I learned the Beatitudes. In Sunday school many many years ago, I learned the Beatitudes. And I think that my very favorite one has always be ...

The Tea Summit We All Should Attend
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The NAACP recently roared into the national spotlight when, during the organization's 101st Annual Convention, its delegates unanimously passed a <a href="http://www.naacp.org/blog/entry/why-we-pa ...

Shirley Sherrod's True Revelation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The controversy over the injustice done to Shirley Sherrod, the African-American woman whose comments on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/race/">race</a> were taken out of context, misre ...

Calling People to Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Several months ago, I was invited to speak at </em><a href="http://www.lifest.com/"><em>Lifest</em></a><em>, a Christian festival in Wisconsin with more ...

A Matter of Integrity: Richard Blumenthal's Vietnam Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut attorney general and Senate candidate, got himself into hot water last week when <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/nyregion/18blumenthal.html"> news ac ...

Arizona's Questionable Track Record on Race: MLK Day, Banning Ethnic Studies, and Regulating Accents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It wasn't that long ago that the state of Arizona did not recognize, in fact went out of its way to criticize, the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It wasn't t ...

Native Americans vs. Nazi Sympathizers: The Bizarre Backstory on Changing an Offensive University Mascot
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

After almost a <a href="http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/157092/group/local%20news/">century</a> of debate and a four-year-long legal battle, the North Dakota Board of Hig ...

Evangelical Border Perspective: If Seeing is Believing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I recently guided a national group of evangelical leaders to the Arizona-Mexico border. The visit was momentous and timely for many reasons. I recently guided a national group of ...

'Jim Wallis Loves His Enemies' (With a Little Help From His Friends)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

When a Fox News pundit who has helped force the resignation of White House advisers is promising he'll be <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/15/in-spite-of-glenn-becks-new-threats-my-invitation ...

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 ...

Obama's Call for Civility Amid Prayer Breakfast Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-national-prayer-breakfast">spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast</a> this morning, with a plea for c ...

More Haitian History and Perspective on Pat Robertson and the 'Pact with the Devil'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Like many of you, my first reaction when hearing <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/14/the-televangelist-and-the-archbishop-contrasting-christian-responses-to-haitis-tragedy/">Pat Robertson& ...

Interview with a 'Hopeful Skeptic' Nick Fielder
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830837272?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0830837272">&l ...

Continuing the Deadly Viper Conversation: Illuminating Gender Blind Spots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In response to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/19/unseen-privilege-and-the-overlooked-gender-dimension-of-the-deadly-viper-conversation/">Kathy Khang's recent blog post, "Unseen ...

Joint Response to Zondervan and Deadly Viper Authors from Asian American Leaders
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

To Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite, and the leaders of Zondervan Publishing,</p> To Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite, and the leaders of Zondervan Publishing, When we received ...

Deadly Viper Backlash: Doing the Right Thing is Only the First Step
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In case you hadn't heard, Zondervan made <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/20/tremendous-act-of-repentance-by-zondervan/" target="_blank">a major announcement</a> yeste ...

Thoughts on Zondervan's and Authors' Statements After Pulling of Deadly Viper Products
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As many of you know, several Asian-American leaders and I have been in dialogue with both the authors of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Character-Assassins-Foster-Wilhite/dp/1888741074"> ...

Unseen Privilege: The Overlooked Gender Dimension of the 'Deadly Viper' Conversation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In the eight years I worked specifically with Christian Asian American college students, I knew that my gender would get in the way. In the eight years I worked specifically with ...

Continuing an Honest Conversation on Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I want to follow up on yesterday's post which I believe has broken the record for the longest title in history: <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/04/three-general-thoughts-on-deadly-vipers-mik ...

The Deadly Viper Conversation: 'We're sorry. We didn't know. We want to learn. How do we do that?'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Wednesday afternoon I was part of a conversation with the authors of <em><a href="../tag/deadly-viper/">Deadly Viper</a></em> (and Chris Huertz) and a number of Asian-American ...

Three General Thoughts on Deadly Vipers, Mike Foster, Jud Wilhite, Soong-Chan Rah, Chuck Norris, Joyluck Club, Angry Asian Man, Wanna-Be Ninjas and Everyone Else
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I don't know if I have the energy or bandwidth to write this but it's important so here goes I don't know if I have the energy or bandwidth to write this but it ...

Deadly Viper Blind Spots: When Uninformed Intentions Have Hurtful Outcomes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

One of the toughest parts of being the author of a book about racial reconciliation is that when the latest racial incident flares up, everyone expects you to chime in with your two cents. ...

Video: Colbert on the 'Desert Cross' Church-State Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I had invited one of our regular bloggers to comment on the <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8295490.stm">"desert cross" controversy</a>--a Supreme Court ca ...

Conservative Catholicism's Political Enforcers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. Catholic groups (with t ...

A Stupid Made-for-TV Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Cable news and the blogosphere heated up with a new controversy in the lead-up to a noon-time address that President Obama gave as a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchool ...

Preserve Biblical Accuracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/02/lost-in-translation-gender-inclusive-tniv-to-be-dropped-in-favor-of-newer-niv/">Zondervan announced that it will phase out the Today's ...

Did Anyone Freak Out in '91 When George H.W. Bush Asked School Children to 'Help Us Achieve Our Goals'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I blame the media for much of this manufactured controversy. I blame the media for much of this manufactured controversy. Just because a conservative fringe now feels entitled to ...

Does President Obama Want to Brainwash Our Kids?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I suppose I'm asking for trouble by going here, but could someone explain to me the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/04/us/04school.html?_r=1&amp;hp" target="_blank">c ...

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 ...

The Professor and the Police Officer Got Trapped in the 'Script'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I have been away for the last couple of weeks, first for a family wedding and reunion on a lake in northern Michigan, and then at the Chautauqua conference center in rural New York state. ...

Gates Arrest Analysis Cliff Notes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090727/ap_on_re_us/us_harvard_scholar_caller">Audio of the 911 call</a> that brought Sgt. James Crowley to the home of Henry Louis Gates Jr. ...

The Next Evangelicalism: Interview with Soong-Chan Rah, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/06/the-next-evangelicalism-interview-with-soong-chan-rah">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from part ...