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Maladjusted to Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Last week my wife and I had the grand opportunity to leave our two kids in the care of her parents and spend five days on vacation in California. Last week my wife and I had the g ...

'We Hunt People for Jesus': Are U.S. Soldiers Proselytising in Afghanistan?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

While the story of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/us/22guns.html?ref=us">bible-verses-on-gun-scopes</a> is getting more press, I am just (if not more) disturbed to read of a U ...

Who Would Jesus Shoot? Military Contractor Puts Bible References on Gunsights
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In case you haven't already seen this, it's been discovered that <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8468981.stm">gunsights on weapons used by British and American f ...

Haiti and the Wedding at Cana
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

My family and I returned from vacation Tuesday to news reports of the devastation in Haiti. My family and I returned from vacation Tuesday to news reports of the devastation in Ha ...

The Flight to Egypt and the Continuing Challenges of Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>E<a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>piphany has passed as well as Coptic Christmas earlier in January ...

Poem: The Lorraine Motel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>as i walk toward the balcony where my hero fell, i feel strangely drawn in enwrapped by invisible hands of comfort and welcome. hands that welcome the peacemakers of the world "come and witness t ...

My Prayer for Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Father in Heaven,</p> Father in Heaven, We are a people well acquainted with grief, but you O Lord are still merciful Though the earth give way and mountains be remove ...

Devils in the Details: Robertson's Revision of Haitian History
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Whether or not Robertson had malicious intentions when he declared that Haiti's tragic history was the result of a "pact with the devil" made by early leaders of the revolt against their French ...

More Haitian History and Perspective on Pat Robertson and the 'Pact with the Devil'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Like many of you, my first reaction when hearing <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/14/the-televangelist-and-the-archbishop-contrasting-christian-responses-to-haitis-tragedy/">Pat Robertson& ...

Haiti: Praying, Waiting, and Worshiping in the Rubble
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>This is Cindy and Phyllis writing to let you know that we are all safe here at Bolosse. We were hit hard though. This is Cindy and Phyllis writing to ...

The Televangelist and the Archbishop: Contrasting Christian Responses to Haiti's Tragedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Upon learning of the ruinous earthquake that leveled most of Haiti, my wife and I felt sadness and horror, as well as concern for the affected, their families, and friends. Upon l ...

South Park, Eco-Prophets, and Whale Wars
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<em>South Park</em> famously set up how the <a href="http://www.seashepherd.org/">Sea Shepherd Conservation Society</a> is "branded" as a group of "hardcore-any ...

Experiments in Accountability, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

One day when I was walking along the Hudson River on a crisp winter's day, I caught a glimpse of my reflection. One day when I was walking along the Hudson River on a crisp w ...

Live from New York: It's the New Conversation
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> Last night at the historic Riverside Church, Jim Wa ...

'Human Wrongs' and the Next Generation of Christian Activists at Urbana
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.wayneyuan.com/2010/01/urbana-09-photos.html"></a>Last week I had the privilege of attending the <a href="http://www.urbana09.org/home.main.cfm"&g ...

The (Second) Worst Religious Idea of the Decade
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Earlier this month, the nice folks over at The Washington Post's Outlook section asked me to write an essay about what I thought the worst religious idea of the past decade was. I ended up giving ...

If They Are Too Big To Fail, Let's Make Them Smaller
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> <p>We're off and running. I am headed for the airport to go to Detroit for the fi ...

Is It A.D. Yet?
Originally Posted: 04/26/2011 - 12:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Once upon a time, a long time ago, unto us a savior was born. Sadly, his mom never threw him a birthday party. But now y ...

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 ...

An Activism that Loves its Enemies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Sad news from Sydney as a headline for the ABC read, "<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/10/2738383.htm">Abusive letter suspect 'a peace activist'</a>" ...

To Love God is to Love Our Immigrant Neighbors
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530383196_HMehM"></a>"We believe the scriptures are God's revelat ...

Praying the Hand
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I do not remember where I learned the idea that the hand represents a pattern of prayer. I do not recall my mother or other teachers teaching it to me. I do not remember where 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 ...

Unconditional Incarnation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<em>O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant ...</em></p> O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant ... It was a chilly December night in downto ...

You Shall Know the Truth
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> "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall ...

Stepping Back from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

Interview with a 'Hopeful Skeptic' Nick Fielder
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830837272?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0830837272">&l ...

The Advent Yearning of Families Separated by a Broken System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

This Advent, the Church's cry of deep longing and anticipation for her bridegroom strikes a chord straight through my own life. This Advent, the Church's cry of deep lon ...

Obama's Nobel Speech: What If?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

What if? What if Obama's speech had not simply referenced Gandhi and King but followed them in following the way of Jesus? What if? What if Obama's speech had not simply ...

Climate Justice Clips: Archbishop Rowan Williams on 'Fashioning a Christian Response' to the Climate Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Many would have read reports of Rowan Williams's wonderful sermon in Copenhagen. Below are some of my favorite quotes. What some may have missed is this fantastic talk he gave. Pencil in sometime ...

Irrational Exuberance? You Got That Right!
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> Of all the Delphic utterances of Alan Greenspan ove ...

Contemplating Feminine Incarnation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>At church on a recent Sunday we were encouraged to find ways to see the world differently this week. Change our routine and change our perspective to help us get out of the rut of going through life w ...

Climate Justice Clips: More of Tutu's Message to Copenhagen, 'Join the Winning Side'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sometimes the EPYC team leave workshops in really rough government schools feeling inspired. Other times we leave feeling like we have been wrestling with the cycles of poverty and violence that rest ...

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill: A Betrayal of Christ's Teachings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

There are times in the "culture wars" when a very diverse group of religious leaders can come together across the political spectrum in a common cause. There are times i ...

Seeing Christ in Human Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Today, Dec. 10, is Human Rights Day, an annual observance commemorating the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Today, Dec. 10, is Human Rights Day, ...

Jail Journal: The Boomerangs of Biblical Wrath
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<em>The following is part of the author&acute;s "jail journal," written in early 2004 while he was serving a 90-day sentence in Georgia for having "crossed the line" at Ft. ...

How 'Scroogenomics' Is Saving My Christmas
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 recently heard a clip on NPR referencing a new ...

In Praise of Christmas Materialism
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> 'Tis the season. As we get into the full ritua ...

Advent: Hope for Immigrants Too
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Last year at Christmastime one of my neighbors was deported. The next day his mother showed up to volunteer as a gift wrapper at our annual community Christmas Store. Last year at ...

Advent Echoes: Checkpoints and Childbirth on a West Bank Winter Night
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Although Hani Abu Haikal is a Muslim, he probably can identify with the sense of panic Joseph and Mary must have felt as they searc ...

Obama's Afghanistan Policy and Christian Political Humility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

On the eve of the election last November, I wrote <a href="http://aarondtaylor.blogspot.com/2008/11/im-pro-life-christian-thats-why-im.html">a thinly-veiled endorsement of Barack Obama </a&g ...

Attacking Our Mental Programming on Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'll tell you up front -- I'm going to talk about race. I know some are tired of hearing about it, and I think that's mainly because we've been hearing about it in the same ways for so long ...

Governments, a Kingdom Agenda, and Reading Scripture Badly
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A popular argument amongst political conservatives goes like this: while they grant that Scripture requires concern and care for the poor and marginalized, that concern is one to be addressed by in ...

Advent, Mary, and Sudan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The season of Advent always invites me to contemplate many facets of Christianity: the contrast between what God extols versus the world's values, the power of patience, and the strength of hope ...

World AIDS Day and Rosa Parks' Civil Disobedience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the day that Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat on a bus in Montgomery. December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the d ...

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 ...

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 ...

What Would Jesus Prescribe?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. This being December, many of you are starting to go through closets finding raiment suitable for the children to wear in the ...

Is That Jesus in Your Pocket?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The Jesus Christ keychain with LED flashlight from Divinity Innovations provides a literal “lamp unto your feet.” Sporti ...

Fair Trade Christmas Lists and Links
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

So the stores are playing Christmas music and down here in Texas the highs are only the 70s and 80s, so the holiday season must be upon us. So the stores are playing Christmas mus ...