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Tragic Anniversaries and Embodying Resurrection Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This week is a confluence of anniversaries. April 7 was the 16<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda where more than 800,000 died in a few days. This wee ...

Searching for Community in a Hyper-Mobile Culture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

My friend Joe told me the story of relocating his family to be part of a church that takes community seriously. My friend Joe told me the story of relocating his family to be part ...

Jesus is Risen but What Happened to the Kingdom?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Jesus is Risen, Alleluia.</p> Jesus is Risen, Alleluia. Most of us spent yesterday praising God and singing about the resurrection. But as I sat down this morning to ...

Video: Glenn Beck Meets with Jim Wallis for Social Justice Dialogue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>On the eve of Good Friday, recognizing that sad and tragic events often dominate the headlines, airwaves, and even our own blog, a dose of the "best medicine" might help us all make it thr ...

Kudos and Good News Coverage on the Glenn Beck Social Justice Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last week, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/19/jim-wallis-loves-his-enemies-with-a-little-help-from-his-friends/">Don Miller was SojoFriend #1</a> for his eloquent framing of the Gle ...

What Glenn Beck Doesn't Understand About Biblical Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>When Glenn Beck promised to devote a whole week of his television show to come after me, I wasn't sure he really meant it. I guess he did. Last night he began to make good on the threat he made o ...

Endurance in the Struggle for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

President Obama has postponed his trip to Guam, Indonesia, and Australia to work for the passage of health-care reform. President Obama has postponed his trip to Guam, Indonesia, ...

Two Words for Glenn Beck, Five Thoughts for the Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>By now, most of you have heard the brouhaha regarding what Glenn Beck said on his radio and TV show recently:</p> By now, most of you have heard the brouhaha rega ...

My Alter Ego
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

I have a fantasy persona. There are only select times that I'm tempted to bring it out: on an airplane, out with friends on a Friday night, on vacation, at the dentist. I hav ...

Haiti and Anti-Evangelist Pat Robertson's 'Gospel' of Disgrace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Sam Harris, Richard Dawkin, and Christopher Hitchens have nothing on the greatest evangelist of atheism today, Pat Robertson. Sam Harris, Richard Dawkin, and Christopher Hitchens ...

The Nazareth Declaration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

On November 20, 2009, to considerable media fanfare, a group of 140 senior Christian leaders issued <a href="http://manhattandeclaration.org/">'The Manhattan Declaration.'</a> I ...

Tiger Woods and Mammon's Scorecard
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Money has become the measure of man, contributing m ...

Preaching the Whole Magnificat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Again this Wednesday we joined the broader church in singing vespers, the evening prayer which always includes Mary's song, the Magnificat. Again this Wednesday we joined the ...

Rediscovering Values: A Book I Didn't Plan to Write
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I am an Evangelical Christian. What does that mean ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 6
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This clip gave an Aussie kid like me who grew up on Midnight Oil goose bumps (embarrassingly I cried despite the cringe factor) and was very popular with students in our workshops because of the big n ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 7
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This year alone, <a href="https://suwa.org.au/epyc">EPYC</a> has run nonviolent climate justice workshops with more than 8,000 young people (most with little or no contact with C ...

The Media's Favorite Catholic Culture Warrior
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Just in time for Halloween, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is once again spooked about all those "radical secularists" lurking ominously behind ever corner. ...

Singing and Praying Justice, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/01/singing-and-praying-justice-part-1/">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from part 1] How can w ...

Where Did Jesus Stand at the ELCA Assembly?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

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How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>In the August 2009 issue of</em> Harper's Magazine<em>, Brooklyn-based writer Rachel Aviv penned an article titled "Like I was Jesus: How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ." ...

Acedia and Vacation Bible School
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, less than 48 hours after there was a senseless homicide in our neighborhood, my family participated in a time-honored summer ritual: My husband and I took our 5-year-old son to Vacation ...

An Ever-new Narrative of Good News
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

My friend <a href="http://thecorner.typepad.com/">Bob Carlton </a>sent me this link to a <em>Guardian</em> piece by Madeleine Bunting, "<a href="http://www.guardi ...

'Win Over' or 'Love On' for Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm currently rockin' in Knoxville, Tennessee. I'm currently rockin' in Knoxville, Tennessee. I have the privilege of being one of the morning teachers of an e ...

Living Isaiah 61: Justice Work is My Song of Praise to God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">"I do the work of justice not out of a disdain for the privileged but out of a love for Life." - <em>Womanist Theologian Dr. Kelly ...

Reclaiming the Church's Mission and Message on Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the role of the church will be significant. As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the ...

The Good News About Yesterday's Duel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm in Germany at the biannual <em>Kirchentag </em>festival of faith of the German churches, so I missed the news and analysis of President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney&# ...

Torture and Evangelical Prejudice Toward Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I read <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/05/01/white-evangelicals-for-torture/">Brian McLaren's post</a> on this blog that caused some intense soul-searching. ...

Women Who Were Wild at Heart
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or universities. I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or u ...

The Hole in Our Gospel: Interview with World Vision's Richard Stearns
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.urbanfaith.com/images/HoleinGospelCover121x178.jpg"></a> <p>As the pastor of a church with a deep desire to love others as Christ would, I've recently been ...

Turning the Focus Beyond Gender Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | 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? ...

Celebrating Easter Reconciliation: Alive and One in Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As we celebrate Easter and Christ's empty tomb, we recognize that Calvary changes everything! As we celebrate Easter and Christ's empty tomb, we recognize that Calvary c ...

Calling a Nation to its Best Values and Priorities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a <a href="http://www.so ...

'Women Should Remain Silent'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | 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 ...

Diagnosing Our Economic Illness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a <a href="http://www.so ...

The Collapse of Evangelicalism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In the March 10 edition of <em>The Christian Science Monitor</em>, <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0310/p09s01-coop.html">Michael Spencer predicts "the coming evangelica ...

From Lazy Pluralism to Active Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I guess that people are on a journey when it comes to faith. Some admit to being on a journey, while there are those who state they have arrived. I guess that people are on a jour ...

U2's Sacred Pilgrimage: 'I Found Grace, It's All That I Found'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001O0EQ5U?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001O0EQ5U">&l ...

Good News in Both Word and Deed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It's a new world we're living in. The troubles and hardships that were once easy to shove under our country's red, white, and blue rug now fly up in our faces on a daily basis. ...

Women Leaders in the Early Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | 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 ...

Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Claiborne, was recently moved to tears after witnessing a youth gathering in Australia. That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Cla ...

When Jesus and Justice Kiss
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It seems that much of our conversation as a Church is in a perpetual cycle of reaction. We are tempted to exaggerate the neglected truth, and end up making incomplete disciples, either social justice ...

Gaza: A War Without Winners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I began a fast for peace when Israeli troops entered the Gaza Strip. Last week, I ended the fast, as fighting has stopped and most if not all the troops have left Gaza.</p> ...

An Atheist's Praise of Evangelism in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Matthew Parris is a self-confessed atheist, but he writes with extraordinary candor and insight about the role of faith in social transformation in a recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t ...

My Advent Calendar: December 19
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> I missed yesterday's Advent reflection. Although I woke up earl ...

James Dobson's 'Letter From 2012 in Obama's America'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

James Dobson, you owe America an apology. James Dobson, you owe America an apology. The fictional letter released through your Focus on the Family Action organization, titled &q ...

Killed for 'Preaching Christianity'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A short thought to follow up on <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3206">Valerie Elverton-Dixon's tribute to Gayle Williams</a>, the aid worker gunned down by ...