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Young Snake Handlers Grasp the Power of Faith
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

Hamblin, 21, pastor of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., is part of a new generation of serpent-handling Christians who are revitalizing a century-old faith tradition in Tennessee. ...

R.E.M. Taught Me How to Lose Religion and Live a Life of Faith
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... One of my earliest experiences with m ...

Have we Christianized Jesus?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The Christianized Jesus -- the turning of a radical into a conservative shadow of his former self -- explains our problem of establishing and celebrating freedom fighters today. ...

My Response to Sojourners' Article About 'The Family'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/10/all-in-the-family-my-response-to-sojourners-article-about-the-family/" target="_self"></a>I very much appreciated all the good ...

Love Comes First
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was in the middle of a degree in biblical and theological studies when one of my close friends told me she was gay. She didn't last long at her church after coming out to her small group. ...

Ayn Rand, Manichaeism, and Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Ah, the voice of Ayn Rand from St. Petersburg, Russia rises again with the opening of a new movie based on her novel, <em>Atlas Shrugged</em>. Ah, the voice of Ayn ...

America's National Humiliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started fasting, calling people of faith and conscience to do the same.</p> Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started f ...

Oh Lord, Won't You Make Me Rich So I Can Pay More Taxes!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The gospel according to the movie <em>True Grit</em> (2010) is as follows: "You must pay for everything in this world one way or another. The gospel according to ...

Woe to You, Legislators!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It is <a href="http://nymag.com/print/?/news/politics/70282/index1.html" target="_blank">reported</a> that Congressman Paul Ryan makes every member of his staff read philosopher ...

Terry Jones: We Have Lost Our Brother
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In a blog posted on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/14/we-have-our-brother-back/" target="_blank">God's Politics on September 14, 2010</a>, I wrote that I rejoiced th ...

A Duty to Love in a Time of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When President Obama addressed the American people and the world on the military operations in Libya, he spoke of a responsibility to act. When President Obama addressed the Ameri ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: Trusting God That We Have Enough
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editors' note ...

The 12 Days of (a Grassroots) Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

For those who are looking for something beyond the traditional 12 days of Christmas gift-giving shtick, here are some ideas I gleaned during my ongoing travels for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp ...

This Thanksgiving, Enough is Enough
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The political ads are finally off the air. (We can all give thanks for that!) But now there is a new wave of advertisements hitting all of us. Each one will give us a different reason to consume. ...

Thinking About the Kingdom
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Not getting much sleep these days. Wondering if I'll ever get to sleep through the night again. I've heard that having small children changes your life. Consider that confirmed. ...

Salvation Through Doctrine or Christ?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I've been getting into trouble lately. I've been getting into trouble lately. It all started when I asked myself the simple question, "What did the apostles preach ...

We Have Our Brother Back
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I rejoice that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/14/my-phone-conversation-with-terry-jones/" target="_blank">Pastor Terry Jones</a> and his church have decided never to burn ...

What Have We Learned Since 9/11?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This Saturday, we commemorate the ninth anniversary of 9/11. This Saturday, we commemorate the ninth anniversary of 9/11. It is with pain and sadness that we remember the day the ...

Quran Burning is a Sacrilegious Slap in the Face of Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The extremes now seem to dictate the political discourse -- extremists in caves who invoke their distorted brand of Muslim faith as they murder innocent people; and extremists in a Florida church w ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<span style="color: #000000;">Tea Party quotes. Elizabeth Warren. Quran burning. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week.</span></p> ...

A Sermon on the "Good" Samaritan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

From what I hear, if you are taking a trip to the Holy Land you can visit the actual road from Jerusalem to modern-day Jericho, and local tour guides are happy, for the right price, to show you the ...

Calling People to Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Several months ago, I was invited to speak at </em><a href="http://www.lifest.com/"><em>Lifest</em></a><em>, a Christian festival in Wisconsin with more ...

Jesus in My Father's Garden
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

My father is 82 years old, and for most of his life he was an avid gardener and fisherman. He lost interest in the garden after my mother died. This year I told Dad that I wanted a garden. ...

Memorial Day: Giving Our Full Measure of Devotion to Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Utopia. It is the place that is no place. It is the reality that does not yet exist. It is the political economy that has no politics or economics. Yet. A utopian vision is important. ...

So, Am I a Reductionist?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on my blog entitled <a href="http://aarondtaylor.blogspot.com/2010/03/will-real-gospel-please-stand-up.html">Will the Real Gospel Please Stand Up?</a> In t ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/on-faith-on-glenn-beck-and-a-video-psa-for-social-justice-christians/"></a>Last week, The Washington Post's <a href="http:// ...

Christians, Jews, and Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity toward Jews, of a never-ending sense to be protective of their religion As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity towa ...

What Catholics Can Teach Glenn Beck About Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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 ...

Tell Glenn Beck: I'm a Social Justice Christian
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Glenn Beck says Christians should leave churches that use the word "social justice." He says social justice is a code word for communism and Nazism.</p> Glenn Beck ...

Repeat After Me: Profit is NOT Satanic
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Don't you love it when someone tries to argue for one thing by distracting your attention to another? Don't you love it when someone tries to argue for one thing by dis ...

Confronting Urban Violence with Jesus' Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

This morning as I was running on the treadmill, I was also watching CNN. A story came on about a shooting in Washington, D.C. The police chief was speaking, with the mayor of D.C looking on. ...

The Conservative Bible Project, Jesus, and Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is a conservative project to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/07/the-gospel-according-to-the-conservative-bible-project/">translate the Bible to reflect a conservative ideology</a ...

Judgment Day: Does Matthew 25 Apply to the Health-Care Debate?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I heard a Christian leader say that the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25 is not a reason for Christians to support universal health care guaranteed by their government. ...

To Whom Much is Given
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

We learned the story in Sunday school: </p> We learned the story in Sunday school: The rich ruler comes to Jesus and asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesu ...

Be Fair to the Pharisees: Guarding Against Anti-Jewish Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union Coll ...

Let Us Pray for the World's Bad Actors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Let us pray for Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe and for the Burmese generals. Let us send them our love. This is the counterintuitive radicality of the Christian witness. ...