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Out of the Silence
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

One summer my cousin Betty and I sneaked through the barbed-wire fence of a neighbor’s orchard and ate so many wild plums right off the tree that we almost made ourselves sick. Betty was 13 and I was 9, and I ...

Resisting a Culture of Fear
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

As we worry about some fantastical fear, the reality of a yawning gap between the wealthy and the poor can seem too ordinary and thus not worthy of our attention. While we tremble at the prospect of an interna ...

5 Ways Churches Can Help Stop the Ebola Hysteria
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

ittle in our faith formation has prepared us to deal with such things. Faith communities need to be preparing now, not later. Teaching good theology, for example, in the area of disease causes. Forming emergen ...

5 Reasons Christians Avoid Accountability and Don't Confront Sin
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

Spiritual accountability and discipline are slowly becoming extinct within church communities Here are some reasons why. Spiritual accountability and discipline are slowly becomin ...

How to Love Like a Mother
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

I believe that what we need in our churches and our schools and our homes and our public squares is a kind of love that looks something like a mother’s love. In my Santa Barbara ...

The Boston Marathon Bombings: Lessons from Passover
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

As has been borne out by various terrorist attacks around the globe, terrorism breeds fear — its intended consequence. Too often this fear becomes fear of a religious group. We, as Jews, know intimately the pe ...

Phelps Touched on Fears and Anger Many Feel
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

As anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps passes on to whatever is his reward, we need to ask how he managed to inspire a following. As anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps passes on to whatever ...

In the Name of Security
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 2:26pm | 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 ...

Breaking Out
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

We build many individual shells. Ideas and beliefs easily harden into a shell of certainty and leave us in a small, dark space. We all have prejudices and fears that act like shells, keeping us apart from othe ...

Tales of the Disobedient
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 4:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick O'Neill Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace. Cascade Books SHORTLY AFTER ...

Hell and the Love of God
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 11:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt Where do our ideas about hell come from? I GREW UP IN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, memorizing scriptur ...

When Christmas Gets Real
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

Examining the Christmas story in this realistic light, it seems not a story that isolates, but a story for the isolated. Our stories are not picturesque or sanitized or even comfortable. And yet, ours are the ...

Shepherds
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Harry C. Kiely The voices are singing, “All will be well, All will be well.” Night. The sheep huddled agains ...

Drunk With Power with Nobody to Stop Them
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Fear sold the National Security Agency’s phenomenally intrusive program of spying on everyone and everything, but fear doesn’t explain it. Fear sold the National Security Agency’s ...

Making All Things New
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

I have little confidence in universal human capacities to save or fix the world but I do believe there's a new humanity revealed in Jesus Christ that is capable of redeeming Creation, of making all things ...

Texts of Terror and Wealth
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C JEREMIAH IS OUR uncomfortable and disco ...

Beanie Babies, Scarcity, and Vanity
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

If the writer of Ecclesiastes were around today, I’m pretty certain s/he would be a really emo teenager in black skinny jeans who smokes clove cigarettes alone in his/her room listening to Morrissey or My Chem ...

Keep On Keepin' On
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Alycia Ashburn How do we sustain our climate activism? It can't be about fear. IN ORDER TO imagine the s ...

After Boston: Above and Beyond
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

After the horror and tragedy in Boston, our heads have been down. This work of art serves as a reminder to look up to hear the sound of the spirit of goodness, compassion, and creativity that can turn tragedy ...

Guns, Culture, and Sanity
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Not everything that's fun is a consitutionally protected right. I DON'T OWN any ...

Connecting the Dots
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Onleilove Alston Hurricane Sandy vividly demonstrated the relationship between climate change, poverty, and immigration. ...

A Lenten Commitment to Give Up the Fear of Failure
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

What if we, as a Lenten discipline, make a commitment to give up the fear of failure — for such fears are too often personally devastating and publicly debilitating if left ignored or unresolved? ...

Going Over to The Other Side
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

In recent years, we have seen serious confusion between “other side” and “dark side.” Led by politicians, ideologues and religious zealots, we have been encouraged to view opponents as evil, unpatriotic, a men ...

Been There, Bordered That. So Why Are We Still So Afraid?
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

We disregard the good news at our doorstep, the opportunity to live with Jesus among us, and keep on building walls at our threshold. Perhaps that's why the angels of the Bible repeat this admonishment -- ...

Daddy’s Top Ten Childbirth Freak-Outs (Pt. 2)
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

#5. Delivery complications: Amy was a real trooper when Mattias was born, but nothing about it was easy. Actually he and I had eerily similar experiences making our way into the world. We both were exactly the ...

Daddy’s Top Ten Childbirth Freak-Outs (Pt. 1 of 2)
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

“What’s your greatest fear about having another baby?” I don’t think Amy was just goading me when she asked me this back in the early stages of impending double fatherhood, but she knows we’re both pretty goo ...

Kenyan Churches Claim Herbs Threaten HIV/AIDS Patients
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Church leaders are pressing the Kenyan government to scientifically test herbal medicines that are used by millions to manage and treat diseases, saying the nontraditional therapies could be ...

Sermon on Eternal Life and Living Like Liberace With Your Mom and Her Friends Forever
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

I was taught that being a Christian was all about where you will spend eternity after you die – kind of like purchasing a life-insurance plan for the hereafter. Jesus said to t ...

Fear, Self-Centeredness and the Storm at Sea
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

Sometimes the faithfulness of God actually looks like the fact that there is a better story than the way you want things to work out. NBW sermon 6_24_2012 <——- Click he ...

President Obama on Passover, Easter: 'Common Thread of Humanity'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

"These holidays have their roots in miracles that took place thousands of years ago. They connect us to our past and give us strength as we face the future. And they remind us of the common thread of huma ...

Faith On Foot at UC Davis: Blessed Are The Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

Thank you, Rev. Stoneking, for being a peacemaker and a comforter. Thank you for standing up for justice and mercy. Thank you for walking with grace. The video of police shooting ...

Western Christians Should Support a Palestinian Statehood
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Late last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood status at the UN. ...

Surprised by Joy on 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"[Music] is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us." -- Martin Luther ...

Muslim Victim Rais Bhuiyan Campaigns to Save His Attacker
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Ten days after 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was working at a gas station in Dallas, Texas when a man walked in with a gun. Thinking the store was being robbed, Bhuiyan opened the cash regi ...

Rediscovering Values For Lent: Risky Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

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 ...

Harry Potter and Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Seeking justice for the oppressed. Working to end the connection of child slavery to chocolate. Helping heal a devastated Haiti. Seeking justice for the oppressed. Working to end ...

Who Will Speak for Our Nation's Soul?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Abraham Lincoln said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." Has America started down this road? Yes. ...

Justice for All Means Justice for Gays and Lesbians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I wonder how we find room for hatred. I wonder how we find room for hatred. My conscious is often too packed with confusion, sadness, loneliness, doubt, joy, laughter, and the oth ...

The Church Must Retain a Prophetic Voice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We have all heard the old saying that Satan's greatest ploy is to get people to stop believing in him. We have all heard the old saying that Satan's greatest ploy is to ...

My Phone Conversation with Terry Jones
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When the story of the fringe Florida pastor and his proposed burning of the Quran broke back in July, we intentionally decided not to give oxygen to the story. When the story of t ...

Glenn Beck: Does He Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the course of our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">various responses</a> and<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1009& ...

Human Atrocities in Congo: What Can We Do?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100903-cellphone.jpg"></a>Between July 30 and August 3, a <a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #772124;" href="http ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Additional Films
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Each day this week, we've featured a film featuring different aspects of th ...

No Sense in Washington About Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The countdown is on to next year's independence referendum in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/15/sudanese-churches-four-key-concerns-ahead-of-troubled-elections-and-four-ways-we-can-help/&qu ...

Religious Freedom and the Mosque and Community Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In a unanimous vote yesterday New York City's historic landmarks commission voted to withhold historic protection from the downtown building slated to become a Muslim community center (called Park5 ...

The Immigration Fight Isn't Over
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, U.S. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton preliminarily struck down key provisions in Arizona's infamous SB 1070 law and ruled that states cannot pr ...

After World Cup, Violence Persists in South Africa
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100714-fifa-worldcup.jpg"></a>The World Cup eclipsed our lives in South Africa as we witnessed four weeks of unbelievable soccer and celebrat ...

Open Letter to Obama: 'Lives are at Stake'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Mr. President,</p> Dear Mr. President, In your brief time in office you have clearly not been one to shy away from tough challenges. And as you pointed out, immigra ...

Calling People to Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Several months ago, I was invited to speak at </em><a href="http://www.lifest.com/"><em>Lifest</em></a><em>, a Christian festival in Wisconsin with more ...