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Giving Thanks for a True Disciple
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis In everything he did, Glen sought to bring Christian ethics to public life. MY DEAR FRIEND Glen St ...

In the Name of Security
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee How the U.S. became a torturing nation—and how to make it stop. THE SAD RECORD of human histo ...

Pope Francis: An Imitation of Christ
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 5:36pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is TIME's Person of the Year. But that is only because Jesus is his Person of the Day — every day. Pope Francis is  TIME's Person of the Year . But t ...

Respect for Clergy Drops, But Among Republicans, Not So Much
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

Clergy used to rank near the top in polls asking Americans to rate the honesty and ethics of people in various professions. This year, for the first time since Gallup began asking the question in 1977, fewer t ...

Cell Phone Spying: Would Jesus Even Care?
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

For some, the collective reaction has been more of a collective shrug, as if such impositions should be expected from a global superpower that generally prefers to maintain that status. But for others, there’s ...

Gender-Based Abortions Spark Outrage in England
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

A group of Christian lawyers plans to sue two medical doctors who have raised a storm of controversy for arranging the abortion of female fetuses because the parents wanted boys. ...

Kicking the Outrage Habit in the Blogosphere
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Before you end up aimlessly roaming the Internet and getting outraged over what So-and-So is saying over on That There far-left or far-right or Reformed or Baptist or Whatever blog so that you can comment and ...

10 Decisions You Can Make to Change the World
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Press

June 6, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

10 Decisions You Can Make to Change the World
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Finding the integral relationship between your own personal good and the common good is your best contribution to our future. And it is the best hope we have for a better life together. ...

The Preciousness of the Person
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Valerie Elverton Dixon The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World's Future. Wm. B. Eerdmans Pu ...

Hellfire from Above
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Steve Holt More than 1,000 civilians have been killed by U.S. drone strikes. Obama, technology, and the myth of redemptive violence. ...

Bordering on the Truth
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Maryada Vallet Where the U.S. meets Mexico, rhetoric often gets in the way of the facts. DURING CONGRESS’ cur ...

No Time for Arm-Chair Activists
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Those who study together can also change together. Here are our recommendations for good books, videos, and online resources ...

'Let Jesus Be Cursed!'
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:17pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle C "NO ONE SPEAKING by the Spirit of God ever ...

The Ground is Shifting
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Glen H. Stassen Excerpt from A Thicker Jesus: Incarnational Discipleship in a Secular Age, by Glen H. Stassen ...

Slow Down and Know That I Am God
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

C. Christopher Smith Why it's time for a conversation about Slow Church. IN SPRING 1986, a group of Ital ...

Disenfranchisement Is the Biggest Threat of All
Originally Posted: 10/30/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Of all the ugliness in Election 2012, nothing is more disturbing than attempts to prevent people from voting. Voter suppression strikes at the very heart of American democracy. Of ...

Of Saints and Presidents
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Last night I found myself vexed. Frustrated and disappointed at the fearful rhetoric and the bombastic posturing of the first Presidential debate, I went to bed soured by the whole thing. This morning I awoke ...

Giving, Receiving, and the Ethics of Music
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

What if music were ethics? What if music were ethics? You know, the art of listening and producing sounds as ethics?  I'm just thinking on the old blog here. I'm p ...

'Nun on the Bus' and the DNC
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 3:05am | Type: Blog

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWERK, a Catholic social justice group, shares her perspective on the financial challenges facing the nation — and the conversation we should be having. ...

Why We Eat Organic Foods (in Spite of Today's Headlines)
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

Slow down, folks. Read the articles, not just the attention-grabbing headlines. What the scientists discovered was basically this: Take two identical, ripe, juicy, fresh peaches, one of which was grown organic ...

Rabbis Aim to Inject More Morality into Business
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

More than 22,300 people have taken “Money Matters,” which was first offered in January, and lawyers can get continuing legal education credit for it in 22 states. Banks make loans ...

Let's Hold the Rich and Powerful Accountable
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

If respect and compensation were determined by actual performance and contributions to the social good, these folks would be in jail or standing in unemployment lines. Here's ...

Evangelical Group Proposes Code of Ethics for Pastors
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

The National Association of Evangelicals is urging pastors to seek a common moral ground by uniting under a consistent code of ethics. NAE leaders said the new code  will provide uniform guidance to church leaders across the 40 denominations t ...

Grassroots on the Farm
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Oswald Populism sprouts again among many family farmers. DESPITE DECLINING populations, rural America ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Free South Africa, To Love More Deeply, When Disaster Strikes, Wrestling with Tradition. Free ...

Not All Budget Cuts Are Created Equal
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

Less than one percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid. Our spending on development and foreign assistance is not -- by any stretch of the facts or imagination -- our national debt. ...

Halloween Treats Can Be Tricky: The Ethics of Chocolate
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

There are plenty of big things for us to worry about in America right now. Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading quickly across North America and around the world. There ...

An Open Letter to the Occupiers from a Veteran Troublemaker
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

You have awakened the sleeping giant, too long dormant, but ever present, deep in the American democratic spirit. You have awakened the sleeping giant, too long dormant, but ever ...

Separation (of Church and State) Anxiety
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Part of a university education is learning how to navigate the complicated and often competing value systems of different social groups. Part of a university education is le ...

Generation XYZ: This Is Not Your Grandfather's Morality
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

If older generations paint morality in black and white, young people's palettes are disappointingly grey. If older generations paint morality in black and white, young ...

The Republican Debates So Far (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Most people who follow the political public discourse in our country know the Republican mantra on the economy -- cut taxes, cut regulation, cut federal spending, balance the national budget, and all ...

The Republican Debates So Far (part 1)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

As a liberal, a progressive that stands to the left of President Obama, I do not expect to hear much in a Republican presidential debate with which I will agree. As a liberal, a p ...

Deaths in Afghanistan: Robbing the World of Human Possibilities
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I hate war. I do not hate it because people die. Death is inescapable. And believers believe that we will meet those we love again in heaven. I hate war. I do not hate it because ...

Let Us Be Clear: The Debt Ceiling Crisis is Purely Artificial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

We have come to an impasse in the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling because of several conceptual errors in our public discourse. We have come to an impasse in the negotiatio ...

Solomon's Wisdom and the Debt Ceiling
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

As the time shortens for Congress and President Obama to agree to the contours of legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling, I am reminded of the story of King Solomon and his judgment regarding ...

On My Bookshelf: The 10 Books I Always Reach For
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

My office has two overflowing bookshelves, with more books stacked on top and on the windowsill. But above my desk within easy reach is a small shelf. My office has two ove ...

Shane Claiborne on Rupert Murdoch, Zondervan, and Empire
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2009 World Economic Forum | more info (via: Wylio)Most people know now that Rupert Murdoch presides over the News Corp media empire, and that he is fighting for his reputation after being ...

Betty Ford and the Trials and Blessings of Life
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Life is hard. It is full of pain, disappointments, and challenges of every kind. When hard times come our way, we often ask, Why me? And the answer comes: Why not you? Life is har ...

More Financial Madness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here is part two of my thoughts on the financial situation that the United States faces. Our nation needs a jobs bill. The country needs a second stimulus bill. Here is part two o ...

Debt Showdown Reveals an Out-of-Touch Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

God only knows what alternative universe the United States Congress occupies. On May 31, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a bill to raise the debt limit of the United States. ...

Ordinary People and Just Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When we think about world events, we often think about them in relation to larger-than-life people -- the leaders of nations or of revolutions. When we think about world events, w ...

President Obama and the Economic and Moral Imperatives of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The world around us is teaming with meaning. Words are lush with meaning. One word can point to many different ideas, emotions, expectations. The world around us is teaming with m ...

Disrupt and Rebuild
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 4:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

César J. Baldelomar Latina/o Social Ethics: Moving Beyond Eurocentric Moral Thinking, by Miguel A. De La Torre. ...

Ayn Rand, Manichaeism, and Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ah, the voice of Ayn Rand from St. Petersburg, Russia rises again with the opening of a new movie based on her novel, <em>Atlas Shrugged</em>. Ah, the voice of Ayn ...

Terry Jones: We Have Lost Our Brother
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In a blog posted on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/14/we-have-our-brother-back/" target="_blank">God's Politics on September 14, 2010</a>, I wrote that I rejoiced th ...

A Duty to Love in a Time of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When President Obama addressed the American people and the world on the military operations in Libya, he spoke of a responsibility to act. When President Obama addressed the Ameri ...

Smart Bomb Hype and the Christian Conscience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As the U.S. As the U.S. government continues to try to sell the new war in Libya as a "humanitarian intervention," Christians should beware of the smart bomb hype that h ...

This Lenten Season is For Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Every Lenten season I give up something, usually chocolate. I sometimes fast for several hours during the day. Sometimes I read an extra book or two, usually on peace theory. Ever ...

God in Wisconsin: Scott Walker's Misguided 'Obedience'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As the stand off between workers and Governor Scott Walker continues in Wisconsin, <a href="http://www.wichurches.org/advocacy/faith-community-response-to-the-wisconsin-budget-crisis/" target=&quo ...