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Contend for the Gospel, But Please Don't Be a Jerk
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In a pluralistic world of a plethora of thoughts, ideas, philosophies, and worldviews, it makes total sense to me that Christians need to be equipped and engaged in "contending" for the gospel.</p ...

Why I'm Trying to Resist Political Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I'll be honest, I've been pretty disgusted with the callousness of our national discourse, how so many politicians, including Democrats, seem all too eager to balance state and federal <a href=&qu ...

People of Faith United in Wisconsin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the midst of the national uproar over the attempt by Wisconsin Gov. In the midst of the national uproar over the attempt by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to remove most collectiv ...

'Have You Tried Washing Their Feet?'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/have-you-tried-washing-their-feet/" target="_self"></a>A few weeks ago, I got a free sermon on the metro.</p> ...

Back in Business in Haiti
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/back-in-business-in-haiti/" target="_self"></a>More than a year after an earthquake stalled the country's economy, some bu ...

Poverty Tourism Can Make Us Thankful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The jolt in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/port-au-prince/" target="_blank">Port-au-Prince</a> herniated a disk in my lower back last month. The pain is making it hard to sle ...

Wall Street's Plastic -- and Poison -- Ivy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

If corporate fronts designed to look like grassroots efforts are known as <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/10/who-lit-the-fire-under-the-right-wing-populists-against-healthcare-reform/" targe ...

Lara Logan and Sexual Violence in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Agree with her politics or not, Lara Logan is charting territory in which we still see very few women as the chief foreign correspondent at <em>CBS News</em>. Agree w ...

The Solution in Afghanistan: Get Out
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1103" target="_blank"></a>In as clear a statement as has been made, Rep. Jim McGovern ( ...

Memo to Governor Scott Walker from Pope Benedict XVI
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

An estimated 30,000 people converged in Madison, Wisconsin's Capitol Square and inside the Capitol building on Thursday <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rt-usreport-us-usa-wisctre71h07e- ...

I Was Attacked During Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's Speech Yesterday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/17/i-was-attacked-during-secretary-hilary-clintons-speech-yesterday/" target="_self"></a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/201 ...

This Lent -- Looking Inward, Looking Outward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. It is now clear tha ...

Why Does a Yemeni Woman Have Pictures of Gandhi, King, and Mandela?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As I read <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/14/AR2011021406586.html" target="_blank">Sudarsan Raghavan</a>'s <em>Washington Post ...

Come Together to Combat Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Duke Divinity School is hosting an inter-faith conference on torture from March 25 to 26, with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), the Duke Human Rights Center, and the North C ...

What Would You Do With $1 Trillion?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/16/what-would-you-do-with-1-trillion/" target="_self"></a>The United States has already spent $3 trillion on the Iraq and <a hr ...

Xenophobic Border Watch Groups are Domestic Terrorists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">On May 30, 2009, a terrorist attack in Arizona ended the lives of two U.S. citizens -- a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter. On Ma ...

Obama's Budget Battle Hurts the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama released his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/02/15/us/politics/15obama-doc.html" target="_blank">budget proposal</a> Monday, officially staking ...

How Child Sex Trafficking is Being Overcome in the Philippines
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

One of the things that make the work of fighting global slavery so difficult is that people feel defeated by the sheer size and scope of the problem. One of the things that make t ...

When is Nationalism Healthy?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100215-invictus.jpg"></a>I watched the film <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/" target="_blank">Invictu ...

Democratization: Another Mountain to Climb in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There is a Haitian proverb that says after every mountain, there is another mountain. There is a Haitian proverb that says after every mountain, there is another mountain. We work ...

Indiana Immigration: Hoosier Neighbor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I love Indiana. I love driving through cornfields, playing Euchre, and getting swept up in basketball-mania. I love Indiana. I love driving through cornfields, playing Euchre, and ...

Wendell Berry Won't Quit Trying to Save the Mountains
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/14/wendell-berry-wont-quit-trying-to-save-the-mountains/" target="_self"></a>Fourteen mountain-top removal protesters -- including ...

Political Winter Storms in the West Virginia Coalfields
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

In the old days, in the coal towns of West Virginia, winter was a time when folks hunkered around the pot-bellied stove and whiled away time spinning stories. In the old days, in ...

Should Egyptians Trust Their Military?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Throughout the coverage of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/egypt/" target="_blank">uprising in Egypt</a>, we've been repeatedly told that Egyptians trust their milita ...

A Letter to Young Egyptian Protesters, From a Veteran U.S. Activist
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I hope that somehow, through the vast network we call social media, this gets to you in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/tahrir-square/" target="_blank">Tahrir Square</a>, even ...

Budget Cuts and Bad Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

House Republicans announced a plan yesterday to cut <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/3/republicans-find-places-to-cut-43-billion/" target="_blank">$43 billion 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 ...

The Truth About the BP Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Ten months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and by now most of the nation has shifted its focus away from the gulf to more recent and pressing topics. Ten months ...

Looking For Light Along the Border
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100208-nomoredeaths.jpg"></a>For many Americans, the Sonora Desert conjures up images of a summer vacation replete with tequila shots and su ...

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&# ...

Why We Need Criminal Justice Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. prisons and jails accounts for 25 percent of the world's incarcerated, and, as Michelle Alexander ...

The Most Controversial Prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast? A Prayer for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/national-prayer-breakfast/" target="_blank">National Prayer Breakfast</a> is based on broad inclusivity, inviting "individuals of vari ...

'Christians and Muslims, We Are All Egyptians'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/07/christians-and-muslims-we-are-all-egyptians/" target="_self"></a>While much of the prognostication about Egypt's future ha ...

Cairo is Burning, Mr. President
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/07/cairo-is-burning-mr-president/" target="_blank"></a>While watching live footage from <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/ ...

Happy Birthday, Rosa Parks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/04/happy-birthday-rosa-parks/" target="_self"></a>Rosa Parks would have been 98 years old this Friday, February 4, 2011. As I watc ...

Cast Off the Stupor of Indifference
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Today I want to focus on the people of Egypt -- those million or more who have gathered in Tahrir Square, both as a united, insistent, revolutionary body, and as individuals -- professors and bake ...

Closer to God, Closer to the Poor: A President's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was able to attend the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday morning and noted two important things about <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/03/remarks-president-national-p ...

President Obama and the National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Long story short, I have a meeting with a group of other folks at the White ...

Call on Obama: Tell Mubarak to Leave Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/03/call-on-obama-tell-mubarak-to-leave-now/" target="_blank"></a>By all journalistic reports, it was the Egyptian government of Pr ...

Reagan's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This Sunday would be Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, and the predictable tributes have come from across the political spectrum. This Sunday would be Ronald Reagan's 100t ...

Let's Be Honest About Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's time to be a little more honest about Egypt. President Hosni Mubarak is a dictator, and has run a brutal and corrupt police state for three decades. It's time to be ...

Changing Bad Behavior at Davos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The contradictions here in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/27/values-at-davos/" target="_blank">Davos </a>are enormous. The contradictions he ...

Why We Opened Our Church to Muslims
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In a <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/januaryweb-only/muslimsevangelical.html" target="_blank">recent article</a> on <em>Christianity Today's</em& ...

Values at Davos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, a little mountain village in Switzerland, where each January corporate CEOs, heads of state, and leaders of nonprofit organizations ...

Our Military Spending and Spiritual Death
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In Tuesday evening's generally well-received State of the Union speech, President Obama appealed to the center with talk of reducing the deficit and controlling federal spending. ...

Education For More Than Global Economic Dominance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"Education is not primarily an industry and its proper use is not to serve industries, either by job-training or by industry-subsidized research." -- </em><a style="color: #90 ...

Peace For Me Must Also Mean Peace For My Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"To win the future" was a catch phrase for President Obama during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. "To win the future" was a catch phrase for Pres ...

Grading Civility: 75 Percent Give the United States a C, D, or F
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama spent <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/state-of-the-union-2011-breakdown/" target="_blank">4 percent</a> of his State of the Union ...

Does the Church Need a Missionary Code of Conduct?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I just recently became aware of a discussion that grew out of the Third Lausanne International Congress on World Evangelism in Cape Town this past October. I just recently became ...

Obama's Global Challenge: Healthy Competition or Unhealthy Nationalism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Another State of the Union has come and gone. The kingdom of God did not come with it, and the sky did not fall. Another State of the Union has come and gone. The kingdom of God d ...