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Acedia and Vacation Bible School
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, less than 48 hours after there was a senseless homicide in our neighborhood, my family participated in a time-honored summer ritual: My husband and I took our 5-year-old son to Vacation ...

Holy Health Care!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Debates on our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/22/is-nationalized-health-care-hazardous-to-your-health-check-the-facts/">national system of providing health care</a> are raging in p ...

Reclaiming the E-Word and Seizing the Episcopal Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Lost in the buzz over the U.S. Episcopal Church's decision to bless same sex unions was a missional moment. Lost in the buzz over the U.S. Episcopal Church's decision to ...

An Ever-new Narrative of Good News
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

My friend <a href="http://thecorner.typepad.com/">Bob Carlton </a>sent me this link to a <em>Guardian</em> piece by Madeleine Bunting, "<a href="http://www.guardi ...

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 ...

Interpretation, Hermeneutics, and Judge Sotomayor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Judge Sonia Sotomayor has begun jumping through the Senate's ritual hoops to become the next member of the Supreme Court. Judge Sonia Sotomayor has begun jumping through the ...

Living Isaiah 61: Justice Work is My Song of Praise to God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">"I do the work of justice not out of a disdain for the privileged but out of a love for Life." - <em>Womanist Theologian Dr. Kelly ...

Mark Sanford's Apology: Neither Sin nor Forgiveness Has any Party Affiliations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Over the course of the 2008 election season, I kept hearing from some of my conservative religious friends of the great presidential hopes they had for a smart and ambitious governor from South Car ...

Taking the Body and Blood to the Airport
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last Sunday I got a call at 11 a.m. It was Rachel Pater calling from her home town church (denomination to remain unnamed). It took several minutes before she could form a proper sentence through her ...

Amahoro: An Emerging Conversation in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and the exchange or exploration of ideas. Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and t ...

From Frozen Rebellion to Flowering Seed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As the band of runaway Israelite slaves wander in their search for freedom, again and again they grow rebellious. In the greatest of these rebellions, Korach criticizes Moses, claiming "The whole ...

Iran: Two Kinds of Islam, Two Kinds of Religion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There is the Islam of the dictators and their religious allies, used to keep people in their place, used to justify their own power, used to shame and threaten those who question their authority. And ...

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

<a rel="me" href="http://technorati.com/claim/w5fpwem56m"></a> Many of us understand God the Father through our relationship with our own fathers. ...

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. ...

Reclaiming the Church's Mission and Message on Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the role of the church will be significant. As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the ...

What Sustains Me: Contemplation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's note: In the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home#">July issue of Sojourners magazine</a></em><em>, we asked social activists to ...

Diplomacy: Revisiting the Huntington Thesis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo ...

Women Preachers Strengthened by God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31, NRSV)</p> "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31, NRSV) H ...

Yearning for Change in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Since the signing of the agreement that led to a government of "national unity," there was an expectation that this could be the start of a new era in Zimbabwe. Since t ...

The Day I got 'Left Behind'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The year was 1988. I was 11 years old and my younger brother Paul was 7 years old. The year was 1988. I was 11 years old and my younger brother Paul was 7 years old. Our family wa ...

Christ and Whose Culture?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 12:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kent Annan A new wave of Native American evangelical theologians rejects the false choice between following Jesus or embracing their tradi ...

Theology in a Minor Key
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh The blues live in this world -- yet long for the next. An interview with Steve Nichols. The blues ...

The Myth of Holy War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I, like <a href="../2009/05/22/was-iraq-a-holy-war/">Aaron Taylor</a> before me, noticed the <a href="http://men.style.com/gq/features/landing?id=content_9217"><em>G ...

The Biblical Truth about Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I heard a preacher once say, "Don't let facts blind you to the truth." What did he mean? Facts, misunderstood or taken out of context, can take us further away from, rather than closer to, truth ...

God is Not [and has never been] White: Biblical Post-colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"The Bible knows nothing about peace without justice," said that great prophet of joyful restorative justice, Desmond Tutu, when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.</p> ...

On Racism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Many in the Republican Party and some noteworthy Christian leaders have come together to call Judge Sotomayor a racist. Many in the Republican Party and some noteworthy Christian ...

In the Footsteps of Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Angels and Demons</em>, the movie inspired by Dan Brown's novel by the same title, has raked in nearly $190 million worldwide (with approximately $90 million in the U.S.) in only its secon ...

Zimbabwe's Hall of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I realize that I have been guilty of overlooking "conversations of faith" with friends and family -- conversations that reflect the spirit of faith similar to that of the heroes and heroines record ...

What if the Bible's Ruth Came to America Today?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Learning from Shavuot and Pentecost: Can we share our harvest? Can we share our talk and tongues? Can we relearn how to share our work and rest?</p> Learning from Shavuot an ...

Native American Theology(ies)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"It's a problem of being heard," says Randy Woodley, a Native American theologian. "I feel like 500 years ago, maybe God did bring the white man over. "It ...

Dogma and Disagreement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I recently found myself in conversation with a fellow believer who asked where I stood on the "non-negotiable" issues that seemed to him definitive for voting Christians. ...

Biblical Ambiguity Doesn't Diminish Authority
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A student once asked me whether in my opinion Mark Twain actually said that the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. A student once asked me whether in my o ...

Torture and Evangelical Prejudice Toward Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I read <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/05/01/white-evangelicals-for-torture/">Brian McLaren's post</a> on this blog that caused some intense soul-searching. ...

The New 'Nones' Aren't Atheist--Just Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Historically, the number of individuals who say they have no religious affiliation in America ranges between 5-10%, but a new poll conducted by Robert Putnam (of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/p ...

Video: Eugene Cho Interviews Jim Wallis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, I had the privilege of spending <a title="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/my-official-announcement-to-enter-into-politics/" href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2009/04/3 ...

God's Image and Caesar's Image: Torture and the Currency of Empire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the central teachings of Torah is that all human beings are made in the Image of God. That teaching and what flows from it are at the heart of Jewish prohibitions on the use of torture -- and p ...

The Burden of Inclusion Should Rest Upon 'Insiders'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As I process the conversations I had recently at EVDC09 (a gathering of emerging church participants to discuss the future of Emergent Village), I realized that one of the topics that keeps surfaci ...

Confessions of a (Reforming) Bookaholic
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dale Hanson Bourke Books get a second life in a global library. It’s possible that we finally get it. We live ...

M2EP Video: Voices from Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Day two of the Mobilization to End Poverty included a trip to Capitol Hill to lobby senators and representatives on issues related to poverty and social justice. Day two of the Mo ...

Defining 'Progressive'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

"Progressive" has become the adjective of choice to describe faith communities with commitments to justice, serving the poor, and environmentalism. "Progressive&quo ...

A Christian Mistake
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In ominous red and black, last week's <em>Newsweek</em> cover carried the headline, "The Decline and Fall of Christian America." The magazine's <a href="http://www.newsw ...

The Power to Dominate and the Power to Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As Christians, our continual task is to explore and mediate on Jesus' teachings, as well as to emulate his deeds. As Christians, our continual task is to explore and mediate ...

Audio: The Beloved Community, the Kingdom of God, and Candy Bar Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In this sermon, Pastor Efrem discusses the focus in April on Martin Luther King's death and the Easter Season, and proclaims that there is no separation between proclaiming the gospel and advancing ...

Celebrating Easter Reconciliation: Alive and One in Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As we celebrate Easter and Christ's empty tomb, we recognize that Calvary changes everything! As we celebrate Easter and Christ's empty tomb, we recognize that Calvary c ...

Jesus Wants to Eat With You
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

There are numerous significant theological and biblical meanings behind <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Supper" target="_blank">the Last Supper</a> (Passover Seder) a ...

Jesus and the Children of Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Roman occupation, preached a message that was anti-state and religious imperialism. Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Rom ...

Pentecostalism's Forgotten Nonviolent Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As I write this post, I'm sitting in a hotel room in Eugene, Oregon waiting for the Society for Pentecostal Studies conference to start. It's nice to have a day to myself. ...

Diagnosing Our Economic Illness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a <a href="http://www.so ...

Atheist Bus Ads Arrive in Seattle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

To support and amplify the already pervasive non-religious reputation of Seattle, the atheist bus ads are set to arrive. To support and amplify the already pervasive non-religious ...

Romero: The Price of Preaching and Living Jesus' Gospel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://store.sojo.net/product_p/icnp_or.htm"></a>Twenty-nine years ago today, a Salvadorian government hit man assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero as he ...