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Gran Torino Revisited
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I had starting writing this post last night, before receiving <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/30/why-clint-eastwood-can-be-trusted-with-mandela-and-why-glenn-beck-cant-be-trusted-with-mlk/"& ...

Exorcising the Demons of a Church's Racial Divide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On a sad but pivotal day in the late 1780s, several of the African American members of Philadelphia's St. On a sad but pivotal day in the late 1780s, several of the African A ...

Why I Choose to Be at Times, 'an Angry Asian Man'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We often speak of 'loving our neighbors,' but it's really hard when we don't even know our neighbors. I see this to be a growing problem -- not just in the Church but our larger so ...

Judge Refuses to Marry Interracial Couple
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_v._Virginia"><em>Loving v. Loving v. Virginia , the Supreme Court case which ended race-based restriction ...

It's Time for a Justice Revival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>"It's time."</p> <p>"Dallas needs this."</p> <p>Those are the two statements Aaron ...

In Defense of the Suburbs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This past week I was walking home from the school drop-off with a newish friend. Swapping stories about the basics of our lives. Marital status, where we grew up, favorite pastimes. ...

'Illegal Alien' Halloween Costumes Cash in on Racist Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p>For many in the US, Halloween is a time to dress-up as a character from a movie, a politician, a witch, vampire, and For many in the US, Hallow ...

Chris Rock's 'Good Hair': A Humorous Deconstruction of Stubborn Beauty Standards
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the big conversations in my household this year has revolved around the question of whether my 9-year-old daughter is ready to get her hair "permed." Some girls at her school have alr ...

Love Casts Out Fear, Not Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the driving force of the debate? I say it is fear.</p> What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the drivin ...

Columbus in Reverse: 'Travel as a Political Act'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

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Growing the Beloved Community in Spite of Sinful Soil
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke often of something he called the beloved community. This was the title given to describe a reality in which freedom, love, justice, and reconciliation would reign. ...

Why Celebrate Columbus Day?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

From the journal of Christopher Columbus:</p> From the journal of Christopher Columbus: In all the world, there is no better people nor better country. They love their ...

Stopping Anti-Immigrant Violence at its Ideological Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

November 8, 2009 will mark the one-year anniversary of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcello Lucero's brutal murder at the hands of seven high school teens in the infamously anti-immigrant Suffolk County, ...

Ken Burns' National Parks: An Unnatural Wilderness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week Ken Burns unleashed his new series on America's national parks, subtitled "America's Best Idea." The cinematography is incredible and Ken Burns is known as a progressive thinker. ...

Disability as Entertainment: So You Think I Can't Dance?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>So I'm a fan of <a href="http://www.fox.com/dance/" target="_blank">So You Think You Can Dance</a>. I enjoy watching dance and I used to dance, so I like the show ...

Health Care, Race, and the Role of Government
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was recently talking with a European-American friend of mine who is also an evangelical. I am African-American and evangelical. I was recently talking with a European-American f ...

A Woman with Full Authority
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Many people in Minnesota get really excited about fall. We welcome cooler weather, colorful trees, and a chance to share treasures from our garden. Many people in Minnesota get re ...

Discrimination in Services -- No. Protection of Faith Identity -- Yes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>This post responds to the following question posed on <a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/2009/09/should_religious_charities_dis/all.html">The Washington Post's & ...

Don't Isolate Gender from the Biblical Big Picture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The gender discussion in the church today is captured succinctly by New Testament scholar Gordon Fee in <em><a title="http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102710879856&amp;s=5547&amp;e=0012JIqccVLH ...

Why are the First Family's Hairstyles a Political Issue?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I, perhaps recklessly, began to think that the debate on black hair had finally been put to rest, that black women could choose to wear their hair straightened or natural, in braids, locks, or twis ...

What?! Racism Still in America?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here we go again. Some people raise the issue of race (this time about the ways others are talking about or treating the first black U.S. president) and the media goes crazy. He ...

Bible Translation Debates: The Challenge of Changing Language
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever noticed how every day language is used to manipulate and shape rather than describe reality? Here is one example. Have you ever noticed how every day language is use ...

Sister Sotomayor: Lady Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed more than one month ago, so why, you may ask, am I just now penning a blog about her historic appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court? The answer is easy -- I was scared. I ...

The Other Dimension of the Game
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have been thinking much about this slogan or caption, "the other dimension of the game." It is a slick and catchy phrase I have been exposed to in my work with Streetfootballworld -- a strategic ...

Science, Salvation, Slavery, and Equality: The Bible and Historic Reforms
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever pondered the dangers of reading the Bible? Have you ever pondered the dangers of reading the Bible? Perhaps booksellers should provide consumer warning labels that r ...

46 Years and Counting: What Happened to the Dream?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Forty-six years ago, on Aug. 28, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood and gave the <a href="http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm">"I Have a Dream" ...

When it Comes to Biblical 'Authority,' Words Matter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/24/criteria-for-spiritual-leadership-content-of-character/">In a recent post examining the biblical qualities of a leader</a>, I considered the simil ...

Criteria for Spiritual Leadership: Content of Character
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Does it seem curious to you that when the issue of leadership in the church is discussed, gender is frequently cited as a primary element to consider? Does it seem curious to you ...

Health-Care Debate Requires the Wisdom of Solomon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Thomas Friedman, learning from an experience on safari in Botswana, gets it right in his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/opinion/23friedman.html?_r=1&amp;th&amp;emc=th" target=& ...

The Professor and the Police Officer Got Trapped in the 'Script'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 - 8:18am | 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. ...

Stuck on Stupid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here we go again.</p> Here we go again. The hyper-media -- the 24/7 cable television added to the blogosphere added to the mainstream media, with time to fill during the ...

Fear, Race, and Pride in the Gates Arrest
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/us/25cop.html?_r=1&amp;hp" target="_blank">A <em>New York Times</em> piece</a> picks up on a question <a href=" ...

Talking While Stupid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I think President Obama was right to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/us/politics/25gates.html?_r=1&amp;th&amp;emc=th">soften the tone</a> of his statement the other day ...

Professor Gates, Sgt. Crowley, and the Balance of Power
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There are only a handful of widely, cross-culturally known black intellectuals in this country-Maya Angelou, Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson, Julianne Malveaux, and maybe a few others. ...

Debating Race
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Are we living in the golden age of racial debates? Every week seems to bring some new wrinkle in the national conversation about race, class, and ethnicity. And with the emergence of social media, we ...

Mr. Obama, Our Immigration Enforcement Policy Perpetuates Racial Profiling
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

While watching Barack Obama's health care press conference last night, I wasn't surprised when he took a question regarding the arrest and subsequent media uproar surrounding his good friend, Henry ...

Jimmy Carter's Stand on Women in Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | 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 ...

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Arrested, Now Who Owes Whom an Apology?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/07/charges_to_be_d.html" target="_blank">The Cambridge Police Department arrested Harvard Professor Henry Louis G ...

Sotomayor's 'Temperament Problem': Perception and Reality
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Judge Sonia Sotomayor's approval as a U.S. Judge Sonia Sotomayor's approval as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice may be a forgone conclusion at this point, but her nomination ...

Why We Still Need the NAACP
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week marked the <a href="http://www.urbanfaith.com/2009/02/the-naacp-century.html">centennial celebration</a> of the nation's oldest and most respected civil rights organization ...

Honoring Deacon Phoebe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | 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 ...

Sotomayor and the Fundamentals of Diversity and Affirmative Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The confirmation hearing for Judge Sonia Sotomayor this week again brings up the fundamental issues of diversity and affirmative action. The confirmation hearing for Judge Sonia S ...

Be Fair to the Pharisees: Guarding Against Anti-Jewish Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Umpires, Perspective, and the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"Judges are like umpires. Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. ...

Women Excluded from Ministry: 'I Just Didn't Think About You'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 - 4:39pm | 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 ...

Pope Benedict Gets It Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis has provided <a href="../2009/07/09/pope-benedict-on-the-global-economy/">a helpful summary </a>of the Pope's encyclical <a href="http://www.zenit.org/article-2638 ...

In Defense of the 'Nice White Lady'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Competing Narratives: Lessons from the Jena 6, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/08/lessons-from-the-jena-6">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from ...