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Why You Need to Know Vincent Chin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'll be honest. I get timid writing these kind of posts. I'm scared of being labeled an angry or bitter Asian. I'm scared of the emails that come in. I'm scared of being de-invit ...

Fox 'News' on 'Obama's Apology Tour'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, under the headline 'Obama's Apology Tour', FoxNews.com, in typical sneering style, published <a title="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/05/10/world-stage-obama/" href ...

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 ...

Spiritual Gifts Are Not Bound by Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Many of you have attended a class at church designed to help you discern your spiritual gifts. Many of you have attended a class at church designed to help you discern your spirit ...

Why I Got Arrested on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Good" Friday was real good this year. We remembered Jesus, and we remembered Jesus disguised in the "least of these" -- those who continue to be tortured, spit on, slapped, insul ...

Defining 'Progressive'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

"Progressive" has become the adjective of choice to describe faith communities with commitments to justice, serving the poor, and environmentalism. "Progressive&quo ...

Torture: A Crime that Requires a Verdict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Dear President Obama,</p> Dear President Obama, Thank you for making the four memos approving of and describing the torture done to children of God in our name public ev ...

American Violet and the Idolatry of Law
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>NPR's Wade Goodwyn has been working on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103056359">this story </a>ever since he attended the premier of the film ...

Four Points Toward Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>I've written <a href="http://www.brianmclaren.net/cgi-bin/mt3/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=2&amp;search=gaza"&g ...

Might Will Never Make Right In Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of warriors and military servicemen. I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of ...

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 ...

Persistent Efforts to Counter a Persistent Nuclear Threat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

A generation has now come of age now for which "Fall Out Shelter" signs are nothing but rusty remnants of a time long past. A generation has now come of age now for whic ...

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

She is a girl whose father sold her to strangers. They took her far from home, and now she is a prostitute. He works for no money paying off the debt of a long dead ancestor. She ...

A Must Read from Frederick Douglass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of my heroes is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass" target="_blank">Frederick Douglass</a>. I have a list of folks whose stuff I regularly re ...

A Humble and Holy Rebellion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In this season of Lent, we often reflect on our need for greater humility as we seek to follow Christ on the road to Calvary. In this season of Lent, we often reflect on our need ...

Obama at Notre Dame: Continuing a Tradition of Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Barack Obama will be the ninth president awarded an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame and the sixth president to address its graduates during commencement services. ...

Pentecostalism's Forgotten Nonviolent Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As I write this post, I'm sitting in a hotel room in Eugene, Oregon waiting for the Society for Pentecostal Studies conference to start. It's nice to have a day to myself. ...

John Hope Franklin: Scholar, Activist, Truth-teller
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>John Hope Franklin lived through most of the twentieth century. He was a gentle man, a scholar, an activist, and a truth-teller. He studied history and he helped to make it.</p> ...

Markets, Morality, and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Not long ago, those who demonized government and preached the go ...

'Once Again' in Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Here we are again, and again, and again. It is not a new message or a new concern. People have been suffering, starving, raped, beaten and killed year in and year out. Here we ar ...

The Real History of 'Saint Patrick': The Saint He Wasn't, the Man He Was
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It is said that everyone in the world is Irish today in honor of Saint Patrick. It is said that everyone in the world is Irish today in honor of Saint Patrick. It would be a very ...

Is the 'Ebony Experiment' Wrong?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

An <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-buying-black-09-mar09,0,5889126.story">article</a> in the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> caught my attention this week. ...

Audio: Interview with Diana Butler Bass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061448702?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0061448702">&l ...

Lent: A Time for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Lent is a season of transition. It is a season of fasting, reflection, penance, and preparation. Lent is a season of transition. It is a season of fasting, reflection, penance, an ...

Eric Holder on America and Race: 'A Nation of Cowards'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Are you a coward? Chicken? When it comes to the issue of race, why are Americans [including Christians] so reticent and reluctant to engage in honest conversations? What are we scared of? ...

The NAACP Century
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>With the bicentennials of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin the subject of numerous conferences, articles, and television shows this month, we also should remember another important commemoration in ...

Rare Repentance: John Lewis Receives Apology from Attacker
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.M2EP&amp;item=M2EP-bio-john-lewis"></a>I have been studying the civil rights movement for over a decade, and continue to ...

Tulia and Jena: America in Miniature
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I moved to Tulia, Texas, in the summer of 1998, a year before <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/10/the-war-on-drugs-in-tulia-texas/">a massive drug bust decimated the black side of town< ...

Waltz with Bashir: Drawing a Massacre from Memory
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://waltzwithbashir.com"></a>Each time I write about the Middle East, I feel compelled to repeat three concepts.</p> Each ti ...

Happy Birthday Darwin!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In commemoration of Charles Robert Darwin's 200th birthday, Darwin Day Celebration, a nonprofit 501(c)3 educational corporation, is hosting <a href="http://www.darwinday.org">Darw ...

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 ...

Audio: Shifting How We 'Have Church'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem talks about how the church has constantly changed throughout history to get closer to God's heart. In this clip, Pastor Efrem talks about how the c ...

Jimmy Carter Interview: 'We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President Jimmy Carter just published a new book about the ongoing violent unrest in the Middle East titled, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439140634?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=soj ...

Black and White Like Us
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I took my 11-year-old daughter to the Cheetah Girls concert a week after Election Day. Stood in line for 20 minutes with other moms to buy her overpriced popcorn and soda. Forked over the rest of the ...

JFK, Resurrection, and Post-Modern Christianity: Books for a New Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As you've probably surmised over the last few weeks, we asked God's Politics contributors to send us some of their favorite books of 2008. Here are a few more to add to your list:</p> ...

20th January, 2009
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

On 20<sup>th</sup> January, 2009, I turned on my radio to listen to the news and heard these words from the leader of the main opposition party in Zimbabwe: "Today is probably one of the dark ...

My Advent Calendar: December 11
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Not surprisingly, when I opened the eleventh window, it revealed a picture of a lion holding a book- ...

My Advent Calendar: December 10
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>As I opened window 10, I had to squint to see a small angelic figure holding a book-the traditional ...

My Advent Calendar: December 8
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> As mentioned in an earlier post , this year's Advent calenda ...

My Advent Calendar: December 6
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>When I opened the sixth window on the Advent calendar, a very traditional Christian picture greeted ...

My Advent Calendar: December 4
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>The fourth window of my Advent calendar opened to reveal a deer in the snow, a nostalgic vision of w ...

Don't Take the Bush-Obama Handshake for Granted
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

The campaign was filled with backstabbers, liars, and cheats. Entire books were created out of thin air to defame opponents. The campaign was filled with backstabbers, liars, and ...

Thrilled at Last to Be Thrilled to Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

At 6:30 a.m., my 7-year-old daughter wakes me. "Mommy! Is it time to vote?"</p> At 6:30 a.m., my 7-year-old daughter wakes me. "Mommy! Is it time to vote? ...

Spreading the Wealth
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>After three decades of "concentrate the wealth," we could really use some "spread ...

Holy Boldness by Biblical Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2347">Last week I celebrated the political prominence women enjoy today</a> as a direct extension of the gains earned for women by early ...

The View from 1908
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This summer, two friends and I are doing something that seems a bit outlandish (especially for 40-year-old guys). We've borrowed a friend's RV, and we're touring the country to talk abo ...