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Blessing of the Bicycles
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/gp_bike1.jpg"></a>Urban biking is not without peril. Many of my parishioners rely almost exclusively on human-powered transportation and do ...

Liberty University's New Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Did you read the news of <a title="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_University" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_University" target="_blank">Liberty University ...

Reflection on Prophet Malcolm X
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this hour, amongst everything else that is on my mind, I am mindful of the 19th of May, 2009, marking the birthday of a mystic activist and voice of justice. In this hour, amon ...

The Unique Awareness, Insight, and Wisdom of Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As friends and I met for dinner to enjoy pictures of mutual friends' wedding, their four-year old joined in the fun. As friends and I met for dinner to enjoy pictures of mutu ...

Why You Need to Know Vincent Chin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'll be honest. I get timid writing these kind of posts. I'm scared of being labeled an angry or bitter Asian. I'm scared of the emails that come in. I'm scared of being de-invit ...

Breaking Out of the Socially Contructed Box
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Women Who Were Wild at Heart
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or universities. I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or u ...

I Do Not Want to Be Tolerated or Included
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Interestingly enough, people sometimes get surprised and/or offended when they hear me say that I do not want to be tolerated or included. Interestingly enough, people sometime ...

Jack Kemp: Bleeding-Heart Conservative
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

God's Image and Caesar's Image: Torture and the Currency of Empire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the central teachings of Torah is that all human beings are made in the Image of God. That teaching and what flows from it are at the heart of Jewish prohibitions on the use of torture -- and p ...

Spiritual Gifts Are Not Bound by Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Many of you have attended a class at church designed to help you discern your spiritual gifts. Many of you have attended a class at church designed to help you discern your spirit ...

The Burden of Inclusion Should Rest Upon 'Insiders'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As I process the conversations I had recently at EVDC09 (a gathering of emerging church participants to discuss the future of Emergent Village), I realized that one of the topics that keeps surfaci ...

Culture War Casualties: Responding to Carrie Prejean and Bullying Suicides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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 ...

Turning the Focus Beyond Gender Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Do you find yourself reluctant to attend women's retreats because they tend to focus on things like fashion, women's emotions, crafts, and new forms of stomach exercises? ...

'Race Isn't Supposed to Matter Anymore. Except When it Does.'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

This week's issue of <em>Newsweek</em> features <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/id/194592" target="_blank">a compelling article</a> about the evolution of race ...

The Social Side Effects of Global Warming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

We are at a global turning point. We are at a global turning point. Rampant deforestation, mass extinction of species, global warming, the melting of polar ice caps, and the rapid ...

Three Encouragements Toward Making Your Churches More Multicultural
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. But one of the joys of planting and pastoring Quest Church is that it's one of t ...

Colorblinded in the Workplace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

"Is colorblindness or multiculturalism better for minorities?" I missed <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/race/2009/03/is-colorblindness-or-multiculturalism-better-for-minorities.h ...

Call me Eugene MacGyver
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>What do you do with something like this?</p> <p>A North Texas legislator during House testimony on voter identification legislation said Asian-descent voters should adopt names that are &q ...

Celebrating Easter Reconciliation: Alive and One in Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As we celebrate Easter and Christ's empty tomb, we recognize that Calvary changes everything! As we celebrate Easter and Christ's empty tomb, we recognize that Calvary c ...

The Other March Madness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Well, March Madness is now over. Well, March Madness is now over. Every year around this time, there's a disturbing report or two highlighting the low graduation rates of Afr ...

What Keeps Us From Living MLK's Dream?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last year Naomi Tutu and I met on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to keep vigil on the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friends joined us from around the cou ...

Jesus and the Children of Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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 ...

A Must Read from Frederick Douglass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of my heroes is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass" target="_blank">Frederick Douglass</a>. I have a list of folks whose stuff I regularly re ...

'Women Should Remain Silent'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Many of us were raised in churches that taught that women should be silent in the church because of the teachings of Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:34. Many of us were raised in churche ...

Obama at Notre Dame: Continuing a Tradition of Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Barack Obama will be the ninth president awarded an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame and the sixth president to address its graduates during commencement services. ...

John Hope Franklin: Scholar, Activist, Truth-teller
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>John Hope Franklin lived through most of the twentieth century. He was a gentle man, a scholar, an activist, and a truth-teller. He studied history and he helped to make it.</p> ...

When Calls to 'Unity' Sow Division in the Civil Union Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last month, legislators in Hawaii introduced <a href="http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2009/bills/HB444_HD1_.htm">House Bill 444</a> (HB 444), which would provide rights and privilege ...

Mocking Our Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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 ...

You Can't Say That on TV, Mr. President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I woke up this morning to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donnie_Simpson">Donnie Simpson</a>'s voice (yes, my alarm clock is tuned into morning hip-hop jams on <a href=" ...

I'm Taking Down All My Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers Posters
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Enough is enough! Enough is enough! I bit my tongue several months ago when Miley Cyrus came out with her chink-eyed picture . Last summer, I was pretty furious ab ...

Impeach the Pope?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

So there was a fascinating <a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2009/03/impeach_the_pope.html" target="_blank">editorial</a> in <em>The Washingt ...

Obama's Community of Support and Challenge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/us/politics/15pastor.html?_r=1&amp;hp"><em>The New York Times</em> ran a story</a> about five pastors who have served ...

Is the 'Ebony Experiment' Wrong?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

An <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-buying-black-09-mar09,0,5889126.story">article</a> in the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> caught my attention this week. ...

From Lazy Pluralism to Active Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I guess that people are on a journey when it comes to faith. Some admit to being on a journey, while there are those who state they have arrived. I guess that people are on a jour ...

Examining Paul's Perspective on 'Authority'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Ev ...

Let's Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Most of my life I have been thinking about race and religion -- as a child when my family left my native Costa Rica to move to inner-city New Jersey, as a teenager struggling to develop my faith an ...

The Sad State of Dialogue on Civil Unions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I am an evangelical Christian who attends church regularly, so I was surprised to see a worship service on the grounds of the Hawaii state capitol this past Sunday. I am an evange ...

Green My Hood
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Is it possible to create a new economy in the hood that would create jobs, lower energy costs, reduce the carbon footprint of an urban neighborhood, and allow neighbors to get to know one another a ...

10 Reasons We Don't Like to Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, I shared a post titled "<a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/19/eric-holder-on-america-and-race-a-nation-of-cowards/" href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/19/eric-holder-on-am ...

India's Women Stand Up to Religious Bullies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the end of January in Mangalore, India, a group of right-wing extremists, the Sri Rama Sena, entered a bar and assaulted the women there. At the end of January in Mangalore, In ...

Poem: Freedom's Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Freedom is on my mind. In the case of South Africa, political freedom was achieved almost 15 years ago. It was a freedom from the heresy of Apartheid. Freedom is on my mind. In th ...

Prayer, Renewal, and Action on Immigration Week
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus said in Matthew chapter 18, "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them." God is showing up in a powerful way amongst immigrants and non-immigrants alike all ...

New York Post Monkey Cartoon: Beyond the Pale
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

What?! Really... the editors of the <em>New York Post</em> thought this would work?</p> What?! Really... the editors of the New York Post thought this woul ...

Eric Holder on America and Race: 'A Nation of Cowards'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Are you a coward? Chicken? When it comes to the issue of race, why are Americans [including Christians] so reticent and reluctant to engage in honest conversations? What are we scared of? ...

Stop Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Racial Profiling
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>It was very humiliating to be handcuffed in front of my family's business, in front of customers and neighbors. It was very humiliating to be han ...

Audio: Improving Our Party Invitations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, with Acts 2:36ff as his text, Pastor Efrem describes the church as the expression of the invitation to the party of God's kingdom -- and questions why so few are saying yes. ...

The NAACP Century
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>With the bicentennials of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin the subject of numerous conferences, articles, and television shows this month, we also should remember another important commemoration in ...

Rare Repentance: John Lewis Receives Apology from Attacker
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.M2EP&amp;item=M2EP-bio-john-lewis"></a>I have been studying the civil rights movement for over a decade, and continue to ...

Tulia and Jena: America in Miniature
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I moved to Tulia, Texas, in the summer of 1998, a year before <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/10/the-war-on-drugs-in-tulia-texas/">a massive drug bust decimated the black side of town< ...