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A Reading for April 15: The Parable of the Taxpayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpayer (from the VERY New Testament). This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpa ...

Our Response to Poverty in the Light of Easter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Why are people poor? Why do they stay poor? What would it take to get them out of poverty? These are major questions that have been heavily debated for a century in our country.</p> ...

What Catholics Can Teach Glenn Beck About Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/24/what-catholics-can-teach-glenn-beck-about-social-justice/"></a>While it's generally not worth spilling any ink over Glenn Beck, his ...

Inspired by Haitians Rebuilding Haiti
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>First of all, I have several pictures below I'd love to share with you from my recent trip to Haiti. It's surreal to me that a week ago, I was in Haiti -- hosted by the good folks at <a ...

Rebuilding Hope by Hiring Haitians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It was just over a month ago that the earthquake devastated Haiti, an impoverished place ill equipped to deal with the disaster. Since then emergency crews, including hundreds of doctors, nurses, and ...

Mixed Victory: A Better Poverty Measure Counts More as Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Eight million more Americans are now in poverty. Well Eight million more Americans are now in poverty. Well Reduce poverty, yes! But how? Reduce poverty, yes! But how? Do ...

Sadness and Hope in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Debates about immigration policies and reform continue to rage. Consequently, op-ed pieces, books, and reports on this contentious topic appear daily. Debates about immigration po ...

Cut the Deficit--Cut Military Spending
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama's 2011 budget, submitted to Congress this week, totals $3.8 trillion and projects a deficit of $1.6 trillion. President Obama's 2011 budget, submitted to ...

Five Steps to Avoid Financial Disaster (Inflated Expectations, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/50-years-of-inflated-expectations/ ...

Beyond Wealth Without Work
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> This morning's Wall Street Journal headlin ...

Wise Local Living -- Without Leaving
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last year I borrowed a copy of Doug Fine's book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0812977890?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creat ...

Stepping Back from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>For much of the world, the heart of Bethlehem is found down a narr ...

A Ray of Light in the Foreclosure Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> In the midst of slow-moving recovery plans, the Fed ...

Neighbors We May Rarely See
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I don't know about you, but I rarely, if ever travel the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. I've heard it's a rough neighborhood -- people get robbed, beaten and left for dead. ...

Helping the Church Be the Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>Every day churches across the country respond to the economic crisis by supporting families in need, assisting those in search of a jo ...

Justice Revival is Coming
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>Earlier this month, I was in Dallas for the official launch of Sojourners' next <a href="http://www.justicerevival.org/&q ...

It's Time for a Justice Revival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>"It's time."</p> <p>"Dallas needs this."</p> <p>Those are the two statements Aaron ...

In Defense of the Suburbs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This past week I was walking home from the school drop-off with a newish friend. Swapping stories about the basics of our lives. Marital status, where we grew up, favorite pastimes. ...

The 'Other' Chicago: A New Tale of Two Cities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It has been over a week since the news story broke of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/30/a-prayer-for-derrion-albert/">deadly beating of 16 year old Derrion Albert</a> on Chicag ...

Teaching Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My first job after college forever changed the way I prayed. Before I started it, I prayed that God would show me how to best serve him after receiving my diploma. My first job a ...

Health Care: Human Right, Civil Right, Privilege, or Market Commodity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What is health care?</p> What is health care? Is it a human right, civil right, privilege or market commodity? Is it a public good, moral obligation, government obligat ...

The Health-Care Bubble and My 5-Month-Old
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Back in 2005, my wife was wanting to buy a house. Renting was not helping us build equity. The market was soaring. "Get in or be shut out of ever owning a house" was the prevailing chatter. ...

One Nation, Underprivileged: Analyzing the Game Instead of the Players
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If life were a game, it could be said that we like to analyze the players (the winners and the losers) of the game, rather than the game itself. If life were a game, it could be s ...

Poverty: Looking at Why Instead of Who
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For many Americans, our current housing crisis, banking meltdown, and global recession are increasing the risk of falling into poverty. For many Americans, our current housing cri ...

Four Years after Katrina: Hope and Challenge on the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>This will be the first year congressional leaders and President Obama won't travel to the Gulf Coast to honor the anniversary ...

Crux of the Health-Care Debate: The Role of Government
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm not sure I completely understand the health-care debate. But I'm going to take a shot and put down my thoughts and would love additional education, feedback, and thoughts as well.</p> ...

How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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." ...

Celebrating the Minimum Wage Increase
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases fr ...

Kids Need All the Positive Words They Can Get
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently a bunch of people e-mailed me the same <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/opinion/16kristof.html"><em>New York Times</em> column</a>, which cited a variety of ...

Update an Obsolete Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a <a href="http://www.cbpp.org/files/7-6-09pov.pdf">study</a> analyzing the effectiveness of our country's safety net pr ...

Jesus People Against Pollution: 'People Should Not Still Be in Formaldehyde Trailers'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8023684_Fnjyb/1/#526070792_uNqwG-A-LB"></a>Charlotte Keys, of Jesus People Against Pollution in Columbia, Mississippi, who was & ...

Why Are People Poor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Why are people poor? </em>I remember being asked this question 10 years ago while training for a program I was volunteering with. Why are people poor? I rememb ...

Saving Kansas City, One (Green) Step at a Time
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, has been dividing rich and poor, black and white, jobless and employed in this city since the days of Jim Crow when it was a legal line of segregation. ...

Equitable Neighborhood Revitalization
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A standard definition of community development often goes something like this:</p> A standard definition of community development often goes something like this: Commu ...

Financial Assistance: Is Your Church Ready?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In the upcoming weeks and months, desperate people will knock on the doors of almost every church across the nation to ask for emergency financial assistance. In the upcoming week ...

Jack Kemp: Bleeding-Heart Conservative
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League switched its All-Star game from New Orleans to Houston. In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League s ...

A Spiritual Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Sunday evening the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization">Mobilization to End Poverty</a> will begin. Sunday evening the Mobilization to End Poverty ...

The Obama Budget's Promise and Peril
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>I've been asked for a few words about how the recession may affect poverty in the United St ...

Potluck Perspective
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> The "Church Potluck" is an old and cherished tradition ...

Push, not Protest, for a Budget with Better Priorities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Several years ago over 100 of us were arrested for blocking a Capital building entrance and protesting tax cuts for the 5 percent wealthiest people and program cuts from WIC, food stamps, college a ...

Economic Free Fall Without a Safety Net
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Earlier this week the New York Times reported that even as m ...

Remembering Millard Fuller
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, died yesterday. Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, died yesterday. Poor and homeless of the world lose his ...

Natural Disaster or Natural Opportunity?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

This week, for the second time in a few years, I found myself walking the streets of a city talking to pastors and people about how Mission Year could help them recover from a devastating storm.</p ...

Welcoming the Stranger: Illegal?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Amy Spaulding In Brookville, Pennsylvania, a dispute over laws has sh ...

Energy, Consumerism, and the Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Last year, America spent $700 billion on oil imported from the M ...

A Pastoral Strategy for an Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> As the polls and media pundits have pointed out, many Americans ...

Sackcloth and Ashes on Wall Street
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Yesterday I heard Cokie Roberts on ABC's This Week say: ...

Greed in the Economy: It's the Morality, Sinner
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p align="left"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Everyone has heard the famous phrase, att ...

Celebrating the National Housing Trust Fund
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

At long last the wheels of Washington have rolled out a bill to address the housing crisis! At long last the wheels of Washington have rolled out a bill to address the housing cri ...

Holy Impatience and the Foreclosure Prevention Act
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Impatience can be destructive. But it can also be a catalyst to work for social change. In this sense, one could argue that impatience can be holy in some respects. Impatience can ...