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Daddy’s Top Ten Childbirth Freak-Outs (Pt. 2)
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

#5. Delivery complications: Amy was a real trooper when Mattias was born, but nothing about it was easy. Actually he and I had eerily similar experiences making our way into the world. We both were exactly the ...

Sermon on Snot-Nosed Children, Insecurity, and The Lap of God
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

How often, like the disciples, do the times of cowardice, boasting, and fear come from the fact that we don’t know or don’t believe that, like a child in the lap of God, there simply is no longer any basis for ...

Did Jesus Get Married and Have Children?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Even historians and others who don’t claim Christianity personally are intrigued by the scrap of text recently discovered to contain, in Coptic, the sentence fragment: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’” ...

Links of Awesomeness: June 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

The girl with the mobile garden dress -- cover songs by Iron & Wine -- kid reacts to first sip of root beer -- art from wine stains -- and Conan teaches first-graders how to sing the Chicago blues. See the ...

A Decade of War (and Football)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Let’s face it — while lawmakers are picking their own battles in Washington, they aren’t fighting on the ground in Afghanistan. Not to date myself, but I was in middle ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Evangelical author nears the end of her "biblical year" From making her own clothes to praising her husband at the city gate to sleeping outside in a tent for the duration of her period, Rachel Held ...

'God is Watching' the Budget Debate in Congress
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"God is Watching," reads the headline for a full page ad Sojourners ran in this morning's Politico. "God is Watching," reads the headline for a full pag ...

Have Yourself a Revolutionary Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Many of us are asking how we can "un-co-opt Christmas" from consumer culture. Asking questions like:</p> Many of us are asking how we can "un-co-opt Christmas ...

A Green Christmas: 5 Realistic Ideas for Celebrating the Season
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Well, here we go. Like it or not, tis the season. For me the holidays are a mixed blur of emotions, hopes, and unfulfilled, unrealistic dreams and desires. Well, here we go. Like ...

Wonderful and Complicated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Got an e-mail the other day from a friend who is a young Christian leader. He told me he was getting married. Wow, I thought. Married! Got an e-mail the other day from a friend wh ...

Justice in the Hole: A New Way to Educate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I think about the gospel as being a new way of seeing the world. Jesus would empower people that usually did not have power in their normal day to day life. I think about the gosp ...

The Dragonfly Abides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Tombolombo. Tombolombo. That is the word for "dragonfly" in Chichewa, my son Vasco's native language. It was one of the first words Vasco taught me when he came ...

The Moral of "Toy Story 3"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100630-toy-story31.jpg"></a>It's been awhile since Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the gang have been on the big screen, but they've lost ...

Children, Church, and God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

One of the joys of vacation Bible school (VBS) is watching what the kids take away from the week. One of the joys of vacation Bible school (VBS) is watching what the kids take awa ...

Child Care Cuts Force Parents Back on Welfare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

With middle-class families mostly worrying about how they are surviving this Great Recession, and with the political leaders who want their votes aiming spins at them, there hasn't been much attent ...

Pedagogy of the Oppressor: Arizona's Ethnic Studies Ban
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Arizona's lawmakers just keep finding ways to transform their xenophobia into law. First, they questioned whether Martin Luther King Jr. Day was a legitimate holiday. Arizona ...

My Green Hangover
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yikes. It has been a long month, and it is technically not over yet. Green jargon and advertising every place your eyes dare to settle. Yikes. It has been a long month, and it is ...

Lamentations and Turning the Next Page in Arizona's Immigration Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may ...

My Changing Understanding of Creation (and Five More Ways to Keep it Simple and Go Green)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Over the years my understanding of the creation account has changed. Over the years my understanding of the creation account has changed. I would picture Barbie and Ken doubling ...

An Open Letter to Parents Who Owe Child Support
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The legal definition of Child Support is "periodic monetary payments by the non-custodial parent for the care of his or her minor child." In our country, non-custodial parents are usually obligat ...

Health Care: Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

So my son came home from kindergarten on Friday all ravenous and hungry like he always is. No snacks in school so he is always a raving lunatic looking for a cookie after school. ...

Pastors: Your Kids Are Listening to You on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

The data is in. The data is in. Kids these days trust the news media as a source for information on global climate change only slightly more than they trust Sarah " I'm ...

A Pastor's Testimony of Redemption May End in Deportation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>Pastor Walter is experiencing firsthand the effects of a broken immigration system. Walter migra ...

Maybe It's Not Supposed to Feel Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

I wanted to share a bit with my blog community about the ongoing tension of balance, priorities, schedules, focus, goals, etc. I wanted to share a bit with my blog community about ...

A New Direction for Juvenile Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. ...

Five Steps to Avoid Financial Disaster (Inflated Expectations, Part 2)
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><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/50-years-of-inflated-expectations/ ...

Wise Local Living -- Without Leaving
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | 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 ...

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 ...

Christmas is Supposed to Be Crusty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's time to haul out the Christmas lights and stockings, Advent calendars, and odd-shaped Santa pillows from grandparents. Every year I sort of dread dragging all the chaos out of the basement. ...

Unseen Privilege: The Overlooked Gender Dimension of the 'Deadly Viper' Conversation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In the eight years I worked specifically with Christian Asian American college students, I knew that my gender would get in the way. In the eight years I worked specifically with ...

Hark! Halloween Haters and Holiday Hype
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Halloween is over. I was standing in the kitchen tonight pilfering through the bowl of chewy, crinkly wrapped treats that my children acquired last night. Poor things. They do all the work of running ...

Whip It: What a Girl Power Movie Should Be
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This is what a girl power movie should be. I went to see Whip It because it looked fun and was a totally Austin film (there's something fun about sitting in the Alamo Drafthouse watching a movie ...

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: A Visual Feast with a Side of Social Commentary
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much when I first took my seat in the theater to preview Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a 3-D animated comedy based on the popular <a href="http:// ...

Obama's School Speech Outcry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Most folks who've read my blog over some time should know that while I very much respect President Obama, I don't go ga-ga and drool over this man. Most folks who'v ...

Hope from the Next Generation: Hey, There's Recycling on the Floor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There's this place near our home called Kiddie Land. It's sort of this epic little corner nearish to the city that, for 80 some years, has boasted good times for kiddos. Think wooden roller ...

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." ...

What is Wrong With Me, When Seeing Babies is Depressing?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I've heard from many of you who liked <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/17/kids-need-all-the-positive-words-they-can-get/">last month's post</a>, or were at least relieved b ...

Kids Need All the Positive Words They Can Get
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

'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 ...

Let the Little Children Come: Scripture and the DREAM Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Old Testament, we find God's repeated command to care and look out for immigrants. Throughout the Old Testament, we find God's repeated command to care an ...

40 Ways to Celebrate Interdependence Day on July 4
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's wild how easily we get sidetracked from Holy days by holidays, and how quickly we can smother our central identity in Christ with other identities such as our national identity. ...

Eco-Justice: Getting There from Here
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As I look at where we need to get, pronto -- 350 parts per million or less carbon in the atmosphere, sustainable use of planetary resources, and a world economy consistent with those things -- and ...

A Father to the Fatherless
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Father's Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. For most of my life, my father was absent, having abandoned our family when I was in elementary school. Father ...

A Calendar is a Moral Document
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Dad, could we go to the field and practice a little more pitching?" Our Astros Little League baseball team had just won the Northwest Washington, D.C. championship game in the last inning. ...

A Father's Day Remembrance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away.</p> On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away. I had gone to the hospital the morning before in San Diego to vis ...

Dads Healing Holes and Wounded Souls
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When my oldest son, Jamin, was moving out of the toddler years, I started to have a difficult time hugging and kissing him. When my oldest son, Jamin, was moving out of the toddle ...

Financial Assistance: Is Your Church Ready?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Are We Offering Grace, or Just Another Program?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I really like Marlena, but that doesn't mean she is a good person. She is smart and easy to talk to, but only if you are talking about her stuff. I really like Marlena, but t ...

Mocking Our Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/19/im-taking-down-all-my-miley-cyrus-and-jonas-brothers-posters/">Eugene Cho posted his thoughts</a> on how it hurt him and his children wh ...

Cardinals Win Super Bowl
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

So you think the Pittsburgh Steelers won the big game Sunday night? So you think the Pittsburgh Steelers won the big game Sunday night? Hundreds of poor kids in El Salvador will ...