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Why I Accept Mark Driscoll's Apology ... And You Should Too
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Well, we’ve just concluded another week in American evangelicalism. Which is to say, we’ve witnessed another Mark Driscoll blunder. Well, we’ve just concluded another week in Amer ...

What Do Our Beliefs Say About Us?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

If our beliefs contribute to or result in violence, we may need to reconsider our beliefs. What do your beliefs say about you? Like many people, I was troubled when I heard about ...

Oppression Is A Negative-Sum Game
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 9:31am | Type: Press

November 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Art Carden ...

A Revolution of Rising Expectations
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Dreams of a better life—and political corruption—spark rising protests around the world. THE PHRA ...

Why We (Still) Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 9:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The Beloved Community is not a utopian ideal. DURING THE unseasonably warm autumn of 1951, ...

A Tempest in Arizona
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 3:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Books are removed from classrooms to avoid discussion of race, ethnicity, or Mexican American history. ...

The Lamb and the Beast
Originally Posted: 02/11/2013 - 10:12am | Type: Magazine Article

Ron Browning Revelations abound when refugees study the Bible's last book. WHEN A GROUP of refugees from ...

The Weight
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

In fact, why aren’t there many chicken restaurants in neighborhoods like this? Why aren’t these wonderful shining examples of Christianity and life lining up to alleviate the suffering in these places? If we w ...

Eye on the Sparrow
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 11:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Norcross Near the end of his life, Howard Thurman was called "one of the greatest spiritual resources of this nation." He ...

Two Years After a Devastating Earthquake: Hope for a New Haiti
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Indeed, we need to plant ourselves at the gates of hope and work toward a just peace, on Earth as it is in heaven. Haiti will always be Haiti. It will never change. That's wh ...

Heeding the Bethlehem Call: Freedom Comes from Tenacity
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

If all who hear the “Bethlehem Call” respond then momentum will build for the liberation of all God’s children in the Holy Land. In preparing to leave for the Holy Land a few week ...

The Morning Sojo: November 7, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/07/2011 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. Susan Straight , an author whose nove ...

A Peacemakers Litany
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Gracious Lord, Gracious Lord, We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence, and a nation -- America -- that ...

#OccupySesameStreet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

occupysesamestreet#OccupyWallStreet (the New York-based protest against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government) has moved to a new loc ...

In Case You Missed It: #OccupyWallStreet's Official Statement
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 3:55am | Type: Blog

On Sept. 30, the NYC General Assembly of #OccupyWallStreet -- organizers of the ongoing demonstrations in New York City's financial district against economic injustice that has spread to other cities acro ...

Stassen and Gushee: An Open Letter to Christian Zionists
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

NOTE TO READERS: As Palestine applies for membership to the United Nations, frequent Sojourners contributors Glen Stassen and David Gushee have penned An Open Letter to Christian Zionists. ...

What is 'Biblical Politics'?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners has always tried to understand and advocate for "biblical politics." But what does that mean now, especially as we approach another major election? Sojourne ...

Les Mis
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

I prefer my revolutions to be simple: A corrupt dictator/tyrant, an oppressed population, inspired reformers who risk their lives, calls for democracy, waves of marchers in the streets, background mus ...

The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2007 Laura Askelin | more info (via: Wylio)Though I like a rousing round of ave maria's as much as the next person, the past few centuries of church prayer trends have eschewed Latin in f ...

What's in a Name?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Whether we realize it or not, names matter. Ask Barack Hussein Obama, whose infamous middle name has led xenophobic adversaries to question his citizenship. Whether we realize it ...

The Logic of Online Community
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:49pm | Type: Blog

When trying to make sense of the changes that new media have brought to us, we can use either supplementary or substitutionary logic. When trying to make sense of the changes that ...

I Treat My Slaves Just Great!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I've been a Christian all of my life. My parents taught me that God loves everyone equally and that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. I've been a Ch ...

The Dark Underbelly of Fundamentalist, Charismatic Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was raised in a charismatic megachurch that prided itself in being "non-religious." Our pastor thought of himself as a grace preacher, and in many ways he was. I was r ...

Books, Films, and Studies on the Surprising Power of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/06/books-films-and-studies-on-the-surprising-power-of-nonviolence/" target="_blank"></a>At Sojourners, we have always been advocat ...

The Church Called to Rebellion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-Israel-Portfolio/13237970_n64hV#1125028640_vBEo3" target="_blank"></a>People can take a certain amo ...

Theology That Matters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When I was in high school as part of my participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, I had to write what was called an "extended essay" -- basically an essay of the (then) extreme ...

Lent: Giving Up Coffee, or My Life?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>photo &copy; 2006 <a style="padding:0;margin:0;color:#aaa; text-decoration:underline;" title="click to visit the Flickr profile page for Ahmed Rabea" href="http://www.f ...

Opportunity Missed in the U.N. Veto of the Israel Settlement's Resolution
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. Resolution calling Israel to account for it ...

Lara Logan and Sexual Violence in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Agree with her politics or not, Lara Logan is charting territory in which we still see very few women as the chief foreign correspondent at <em>CBS News</em>. Agree w ...

Wendell Berry Won't Quit Trying to Save the Mountains
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/14/wendell-berry-wont-quit-trying-to-save-the-mountains/" target="_self"></a>Fourteen mountain-top removal protesters -- including ...

Cast Off the Stupor of Indifference
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Today I want to focus on the people of Egypt -- those million or more who have gathered in Tahrir Square, both as a united, insistent, revolutionary body, and as individuals -- professors and bake ...

Nonviolent Activists in Palestine Face Harassment, Prison, and Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Al-Walaja-November-13-2010/15158696_BntxA#1090842085_GTdxP" target="_blank"></a>Last Friday, at a protest ...

'Come and See': A Reflection from Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"Tell them to come and see who we are." Almost every Afghan we met said that. <em>Tell them to come and see</em>. "Tell them to come and see who we are. ...

Waiting for Love in a Tea Party World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last week I sat at a breakfast table with prominent New York City faith leaders. The topic of the morning was: "In this post-election moment, what issues are you passionate about? ...

Underwear For a Cause
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Recently I walked through downtown Austin in my underwear. Okay, so it was actually men's boxers and an undershirt, but still, technically, underwear. Recently I walked thro ...

Undocumented Farmworkers Need Support
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/food-and-faith/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editors' Note: In November, ...

Coal Country: Is it Mine or God's?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note</strong>: On 10.10.10, </em><a href="http://www.350.org/" target="_blank"><em>350.org</em></a><em> is c ...

Standing Up for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Should you not walk in the fear of our God?</p> Should you not walk in the fear of our God? This is the question Nehemiah addresses to the people of Judah when he sees t ...

Human Atrocities in Congo: What Can We Do?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100903-cellphone.jpg"></a>Between July 30 and August 3, a <a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #772124;" href="http ...

Creating Liberated Spaces in a Post Colonial World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Conversation this year in Atlanta, GA from Nov. Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Convers ...

Why We Must Challenge Society's Notions of Beauty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The earliest representations of Jesus show him eating and healing. In both instances, those who shared the scenes with Jesus included misfits, outcasts, the infirm, and the impoverished. ...

Humanizing the Prison System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"I hate civilians," Warden Clooney barked into the microphone. "I hate civilians," Warden Clooney barked into the microphone. With these words, David Chura thr ...

The Tea Summit We All Should Attend
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The NAACP recently roared into the national spotlight when, during the organization's 101st Annual Convention, its delegates unanimously passed a <a href="http://www.naacp.org/blog/entry/why-we-pa ...

Glenn Beck and the Foolishness of the Cross
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Should Christians reject the cross of Jesus Christ? Should Christians reject the cross of Jesus Christ? Listen to Glenn Beck and it would be reasonable to think that the answe ...

Glenn Beck, Wrong Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Once again, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a> has waded into theological waters beyond his depth. Once again, Glenn Beck has ...

Pastor Prays for Worker Justice in the Face of Intimidation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em> </em></p> "Workers are human beings, they are people, they are NOT disposable, they are children of God According to abc the ...

Why Christianity and July 4th May Be Compatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This past Fourth of July weekend, I reflected on Kurt Willems' <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/why-christianity-and-july-4th-are-incompatible/">recent post</a>, which had a ...

Why Christianity and July 4th are Incompatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: What I am about to write may sound radical or irrational to some. I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: ...

The World Cup and Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup, there was much rejoicing and reflection on how far the country had come. When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup ...

Missionaries: What's Wrong with Them?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Mention the word <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/missionaries/">"missionary"</a> to an assortment of people around the world, and you are sure to see quite a range of reaction ...