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'Indecent' Clothing and Abusive Control
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Over the past couple of months, I've followed the unfolding story of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/world/africa/07sudan.html" target="_blank">Lubna Hussein</a> ...

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 ...

Love Your Political Enemies: A Response to Jimmy Carter's Comments on Racism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I love my fellow citizens who have taken to the street against President Obama and his plans for health-care reform. I love my fellow citizens who have taken to the street against ...

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 ...

Why the U.S. Ranks 37 Among World Health Systems, Plus Four Alternative Models
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The United States is the richest nation on earth. It has some of the best-trained physicians and best medical facilities on earth. It is a leader in medical innovation and medical education. ...

Preserve Biblical Accuracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

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 ...

Speaking Truth in Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Beer Diplomacy: What Would Jesus Brew?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Pope and the President: Unlikely Allies Seeking Common Ground for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Pope Benedict on the Global Economy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new encyclical on the global economy. As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new enc ...

The Next Evangelicalism: Interview with Soong-Chan Rah, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

The Next Evangelicalism: Interview with Soong-Chan Rah, Part 1
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830833609?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0830833609">&l ...

Why Are People Poor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Why are people poor? </em>I remember being asked this question 10 years ago while training for a program I was volunteering with. Why are people poor? I rememb ...

A Woman's Right to Fish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. <em>If you teach his wife how to fish, you feed the whole family for a lifetime</em>. ...

Women Preachers Strengthened by God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31, NRSV)</p> "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31, NRSV) H ...

The Biblical Truth about Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I heard a preacher once say, "Don't let facts blind you to the truth." What did he mean? Facts, misunderstood or taken out of context, can take us further away from, rather than closer to, truth ...

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 ...

Thoughts on Obama's Notre Dame Address
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

After weeks of controversy surrounding Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to receive an honorary doctorate as this year's commencement speaker, we have seen both the American democratic tra ...

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 ...

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 ...

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? ...

What President Obama's Budget Means for Poor People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

If a budget is a moral document, what should be said about the president's proposed budget for 2010? I focus here on what this budget proposal says about justice for poorer Americans.</p> ...

Afghanistan's Anti-Woman Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely restricts the rights of women. Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely rest ...

'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 ...

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 ...

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=" ...

The Danger of Deception
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

How many times have we heard that women are more easily deceived than men? How many times have we heard that women are more easily deceived than men? In overt and also subtle ways ...

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 ...

Our Moral Audit of the Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Four years ago, faced with a disastrous federal budget proposal, Sojourners coined a phase, "budgets are moral documents." That phrase has now entered the common lexicon, but it remains our fundam ...

From Cultural Conformity to Biblical Obedience
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p align="justify">So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Women Leaders in the Early Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Look at these astonishing verses from Romans 16.</p> Look at these astonishing verses from Romans 16. I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cen ...

Kingdom Values Over Cultural Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Do you find it curious that some Christians seem entirely focused on gender differences? Have you also noticed that this is rarely the posture of scripture? Do you find it curious ...

When One Suffers, All Suffer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Have you ever noticed how scripture celebrates our interdependence, our mutuality, and our oneness as the church? Have you ever noticed how scripture celebrates our interdependenc ...

Women Missionaries Who Can't Preach at Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Do you have family or friends on the mission field who are women? How many of them preach, teach, and exercise their gifts of leadership beside men on the mission field? Do you ha ...

Release Your Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When we think of megachurches, very often we imagine large evangelical congregations-numbering in the thousands, located in the United States. When we think of megachurches, very ...

An Evangelical Heritage of Gender Equality
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

How many times have you heard the oft-repeated claim that Christians who advance the shared authority and leadership of men and women in the church and home ignore the authority of scripture? ...

Downsize Wall Street
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> So here's the cold, hard, unvarnished economic truth about ...

Paul's Teaching on Women in Context
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Do you often find comfort and insight, even direction for your life, through a careful study of scripture? Do you believe that God's truth is found in the pages of the Bible? ...

Father Roy Bourgeois Faces Excommunication for Support of Women's Ordination
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

"I know you know what you're doing," Janice Sevre-Duszynska told Father Roy Bourgeois when he agreed to co-preside and give the homily at her ordination Mass, "but do you know what you' ...

Obama: The Power of a Precedent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I live in a small but proud neighborhood in Saint Paul, called Rondo. I live in a small but proud neighborhood in Saint Paul, called Rondo. In the early 1960s, it was a vibrant, t ...

Spreading the Wealth
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>After three decades of "concentrate the wealth," we could really use some "spread ...