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Cutting-Edge Orthodoxy
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Byassee Nadia Bolz-Weber is a hipster pastor with a medieval soul. And her church—House for All Sinners and Saints—is practicing an ...

What I Learned by Marrying a Priest
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 8:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Changing the world requires the leadership of women. JOY CARROLL and I were married in 1997. A yea ...

Change From Within
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 11:20am | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Molloy Villages in Senegal put an end to female genital cutting—and show the power of communities learning together to change. ...

Why Women are the Key to the Church’s Future
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Anyone who has been paying attention has noticed that, of those left within the walls of most churches, the majority still hanging in there are women. I’ll preface this piece my ...

He Said — Egalitarianism: Who Needs Repentance Anyway?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

My wife and I have been embroiled in a deep debate lately. It involves gender roles, complementarianism, egalitarianism, and often threats of a kick landing somewhere on my body. ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

The Importance of Sharing Our Stuff
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. "And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was le ...

Why I Love Fire, Pentecost, and the Beloved Community
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:44pm | Type: Blog

This past weekend, Christians around the world celebrated one of our holiest holi-days: Pentecost. This past weekend, Christians around the world celebrated one of our holiest hol ...

Friday Links Round Up: Ice Cream. Capitalism. The End of the World.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:40pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: ...

Jane Eyre, Sucker Punch, and Feminism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Hollywood is generally fairly reluctant to produce films with strong feminist messages. It is far easier to sell women cast as the sexy sidekick or vapid damsel in distress. Holly ...

Loving Your Enemies (Even When You Don't Want To)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Sometimes when I'm bored I kind of like to fill in sound effects that I think the crowd listening to Jesus might have responded with. Sometimes when I'm bored I kind of ...

He Said, She Said: A Personal Journey Through the Use of Inclusive Language
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Growing up, the use of inclusive language was a foreign concept. Growing up, the use of inclusive language was a foreign concept. Although I grew up in diverse church settings -- ...

Daughters of Deborah: What is a Leader in the 21st Century?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"Deborah was a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth. She was judge over Israel at that time. She held court under Deborah's palm between Ramah and Bethel in the hills of Ephraim. ...

Is Women's Leadership in the Church a Primary Issue?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

If you are concerned about the question of gender and Christian faith you have probably heard someone say, "Yes, the woman's question is important, but it is not a 'primary issue.'" Wh ...

43.6 Million: Census Declares More Americans are in Poverty than Ever Before
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It is the highest number America has ever seen: 43.6 million people are living in poverty in the United States, the wealthiest country in the world. It is the highest number Ameri ...

Craigslist "Johns" and Impulse Exploitation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As debate rages on about Craigslist"s recent decision to delete its "adult services" section, some clues about their perspective can be found in their response to the <a href="http://www ...

Throwing Out the Enslaved Girl With the Bathwater
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

So far, Craigslist isn't explaining its dramatic decision last weekend to replace with the word "censored" its entire "adult services" section, a listing which activists and state atto ...

Why We Must Challenge Society's Notions of Beauty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The earliest representations of Jesus show him eating and healing. In both instances, those who shared the scenes with Jesus included misfits, outcasts, the infirm, and the impoverished. ...

The Meaning Behind 'Saved Through Childbearing'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Certainly one of the most puzzling remarks in Paul's writings is found in 1 Timothy 2:15, "But <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/women/">women</a> will be saved through <a hr ...

How Technology Fought Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A couple of months ago, the <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/">MetaFilter</a> weblog community came together to rescue a couple of young Russian women from the clutches of a <a href= ...

Dear Red-Headed God?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

There has been a fair amount of conversation at House for All Sinners and Saints recently about the use of inclusive language for God. There has been a fair amount of conversation ...

Evangelical History and 'Nonperson' Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I recently stumbled across the book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/young-evangelicals-Revolution-orthodoxy/dp/0060667257/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1274304265&amp;sr=8-2&amp ...

Listeners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, at the height of the media coverage of the most recent sex abuse crisis, Father Francis Clooney, a professor at Harvard Divinity School and Director of the Center for the Study of Wor ...

Power and the Emerging Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.c ...

What Is Happening Is Bigger Than Emergent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index. ...

Why Outsider Critiques are Important for Emergent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>magazine article "<a href="http://www.sojo.ne ...

I Am Emergent and I Don't Fit the Stereotype
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www ...

Sojourners Cover Story on Race and the Emerging Church Already Making Waves
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="https://www.cambeywest.com/subscribe/?p=sjn&amp;f=paid"></a>[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in ...

Why Are There So Few Solo Women Church Planters?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Church planting is its own weird thing. It takes a certain personality to think you might, just might, be able to (with tons of help from God) start a church from scratch. Chur ...

A Disturbing Question and a Determined Conviction on the Treatment of Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

At the urging of one of <a href="http://www.ebcla.org">EBCLA's</a> deacons, I began reading <em>NY Times</em> bestseller <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/ ...

The Balancing Act of a Successful Woman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Hollywood isn't real life, but when real life (mine and the lives of the actors) and Hollywood converge it is great fodder for thinking and conversation. Peter and I can't stop talking about ...

Committed: Family Values from Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

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Why did God Create Women?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307267148?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0307267148"> ...

What I Learned From the-Gasp!-Word of Faith Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Perhaps you've heard of them. Perhaps you've heard of them. Televangelists with bouffant hairstyles and Rolex watches saying send me a dollar and God will give you a hun ...

Black History Month Syndrome
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://edwardg.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/black-history-month278x2001.jpg"></a>I've kind of avoided the topic of Black History Month this year until now, almost th ...

All Are Equally Called to 'Servant Leadership'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

How many of us feel uneasy when we are told that men, rather than women, are called to be "servant leaders?" Perhaps we are confused by this notion -- that men alone are to be "servant leaders&q ...

The Little Voice of Self-Doubt Inside My Head
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Right now my head is a bit stuffed up thanks to a cold, but the little voice inside my head usually takes no prisoners. Right now my head is a bit stuffed up thanks to a cold, but ...

Tim Tebow's Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad Brouhaha
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Is nothing sacred anymore?</p> Is nothing sacred anymore? With the exception of one Super Bowl in the '80s, I've generally looked at Super Bowl Sunday as an ex ...

Religion and Women: The Oldest Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Nicolas Kristof had a recent article in <em>The New York Times</em> titled, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/opinion/10kristof.html?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss">"R ...

Beyond 'Diversity': New Creation and a Mestizo Vision
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Integration" and "diversity" do not express God's purpose for reconciliation deeply enough. What we need is a fresh paradigm that declares our <em>new</em> culture in Chri ...

Equality in the Beautiful Image of God -- and the Ugliness of Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In every culture and in every part of the world, this injustice is present. What is the oldest injustice in the world?</p> In every culture and in every part of the world, ...

A Modern Underground Railroad for North Korean Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As I set foot in China, many emotions invaded my thoughts. I guess you could say I was somewhat nervous. My last visit to China involved being detained for a day on suspicion of helping North Korean r ...

When Everything Changed: 50 Years of Women's Progress
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316059544?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0316059544">&l ...

Continuing the Deadly Viper Conversation: Illuminating Gender Blind Spots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In response to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/19/unseen-privilege-and-the-overlooked-gender-dimension-of-the-deadly-viper-conversation/">Kathy Khang's recent blog post, "Unseen ...

Thoughts on Zondervan's and Authors' Statements After Pulling of Deadly Viper Products
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As many of you know, several Asian-American leaders and I have been in dialogue with both the authors of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Character-Assassins-Foster-Wilhite/dp/1888741074"> ...

Sarah Palin, Newsweek Cover, and Sexism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sarah Palin is all over the news -- just like she wants. And before you criticize her, she and her team have a strategy and they're implementing it well to ensure that her persona is before the A ...

The Deadly Viper Conversation Moves from Authors to Publisher
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last Friday, a group of Asian-American leaders (Kathy Khang, IVCF / Eugene Cho, Quest Church / Ken Fong, Evergreen Baptist Church and I) were on a conference call with three executives of Zondervan ...

Afghanistan: Women and Children First
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It may be too idealistic to believe that one day the U.S. will elect a pacifist as president or that Gen. It may be too idealistic to believe that one day the U.S. will elect a pa ...

How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary <em><a href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the ...

Bible Translation Debates: The Challenge of Changing Language
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...