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Religious Freedom and the Mosque and Community Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In a unanimous vote yesterday New York City's historic landmarks commission voted to withhold historic protection from the downtown building slated to become a Muslim community center (called Park5 ...

President Obama on "The View"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

President Obama visited with the five hosts of the ABC daytime talk show "The View." People complained. He should have gone to the Boy Scout gathering. President Obama v ...

How Heroes are Made: Remembering Nate Henn
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Heroes are not made in the warm hallways of cul-de-sac safety. Nor are they made of black and white print from the critic's air-conditioned desk. Heroes are not made in the w ...

A Late-Night Save, A Lifetime Commitment to Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The other night as I rode my bike up Massachusetts Ave. with my friend Jeehye, we came upon a man who was about to jump off a bridge. The other night as I rode my bike up Massachu ...

Is Christ's Gender Paramount?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>How many of us come from traditions where we have been told that women cannot serve in positions of leadership because Jesus was male? How many of us come from tradit ...

Hot, Humid, and Green Summer Ideas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"So what are you up to this summer?" seems to be the question du jour. With the calendar about to flip into June everyone seems antsy for a summer plan. "So what ...

Climate of Change: Global Grassroots Environmental Success Stories
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100526-climate-of-change.jpg"></a>In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003IHSS9W?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;li ...

Cosmic Child Abuse?: Mark Driscoll, N.T. Wright and Atonement that does Jesus Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

British Evangelist Steve Chalke upset a lot of evangelicals of a reformed bent with two little paragraphs in (his book that has so much worth reading in it beyond what has got all the attention) <a ...

Video: Vulture Funds' Absurd Assaults on the Global Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Do secondary debt markets, hedge funds, and offshore banking make you want to dance? Probably not. Do secondary debt markets, hedge funds, and offshore banking make you want to da ...

Earth Day 2010: Does Going Green Matter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It has mattered for my soul. It has mattered for my soul. Through the years I've slowly, very slowly, been urged, nudged, and sometimes forced to consider how my many choic ...

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 ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

Emerging or Converging?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.c ...

Why the Tea Party Movement Should be Anti-War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

What is the Tea Party position on war?</p> What is the Tea Party position on war? While we witness crowds gathering in the name of the Boston Tea Party protest against t ...

The Emerging Church Brand: The Good, the Bad, and the Messy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>magazine article "<a href=" ...

I Am Emergent and I Don't Fit the Stereotype
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www ...

The Advent of a New Global Faith Family
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The Grand River flows through Grand Rapids, Mich. with power and peace on its way to Lake Michigan 30 miles west. The Grand River flows through Grand Rapids, Mich. with power and ...

A New START Toward Nuclear Disarmament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When word came down last Friday that the U.S. and Russia would sign a new strategic arms reduction treaty (START), Ana Marie Cox posted this message to her 1.5 million twitter followers:</p> ...

Passover for Non-Jews and 'the Bread of Affliction'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In preparing a Passover seder in which many of my guests are first-timers and non-Jews, I am challenged by a number of factors: There is the barrier of language -- some of the texts that we read ar ...

Immigrants Helping Immigrants
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>I never doubted that I was a descendant of immigrants. Shortly after World War II, students were ...

America's Health Care: Paying More for Poorer Outcomes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694013928_MMBJm"></a>Soon, they tell us, Congress will or will not pass a health-care bi ...

Universal Health Care Can Reduce Abortion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594202346?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1594202346">&l ...

World Vision Staff Killed in Pakistan: The Cost of Courageous Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

When was the last time you felt gripped by crushing fear? Like the kind that might take over as you listen to friends and co-workers being killed? When was the last time you felt ...

A Pastor's Response to Glenn Beck's Call to Leave 'Social Justice' Churches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recently Glenn Beck made <a href="http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/03/08/glenn-beck-urges-listeners-to-leave-churches-that-preach-social/">some comments</a> about leaving a chur ...

A Disturbing Question and a Determined Conviction on the Treatment of Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

At the urging of one of <a href="http://www.ebcla.org">EBCLA's</a> deacons, I began reading <em>NY Times</em> bestseller <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/ ...

International Women's Day: 'Whom God Hath Made Equal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Most countries around the world are celebrating a holiday today. Most countries around the world are celebrating a holiday today. While here in the United States we might have a f ...

The Question of Climate Change is Secondary to the Need for Creation Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

It is still very much winter in Chicago. Sure, the calendar says March, but the piles of snow on the ground look more like mid-January. Everything is brown and crusty. It is still ...

Constantly Seeking Transfiguration
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As an adolescent, I had a lot in common with <a href="http://fromthepewsintheback.com/2009/04/26/somethingmore/" target="_blank">my youngest brother</a> in terms of my ...

Supermarket Moments in the Environmental Conversation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Last week I was at the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon. I was sans children, and when that happens a trip to the grocery store can feel like spring break. Last week I was at t ...

The Pope vs. Climate Change Deniers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The recent blizzard of bunk coming from climate change deniers giddy over the recent Snowmageddon that paralyzed the nation's capital is a classic case of putting ideology and politics before scien ...

A Two Step Program for Reforming Wall Street's Gambling Addicts
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> Notwithstanding President Obama's denunciation ...

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 ...

Cap-and-Trade's Bubble Trouble
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> There's a lot of debate, in Copenhagen and els ...

High Drama and Delicate Negotiations in Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was a day of high drama where Africa walked out, suspended talks, and then later in the day returned after the Danish facilitators took on some of their concerns. Yester ...

Vulture Funds Feed on the Global Poor
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>Liberia is the most recent country to fall into the talons of a "vulture fund. ...

As the Climate Change Clock Ticks Toward Copenhagen, Global Activists Take to the Streets
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Climate change has become a major worldwide grassroots movement -- one that doesn't acknowledge geographic or sociological borders. Climate change has become a major worldwid ...

One Day's Wages
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.onedayswages.org/"></a>We are excited to announce the launch of One Day's Wages -- an international grassroots movement dedicated to ending extreme globa ...

Put Poor People on the Climate Change Agenda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.blogactionday.org"></a>Last week, a group of senators, many in the leadership of the majority Democratic Party, asked for a meeting with a small group of inte ...

Smashing Economic Idols
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

So I've been having a few interesting conversations about my book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830836284?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp= ...

Seven Steps for Creation Caretaking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

What could be more joyful than rediscovering our God-given role as caretakers, stewards, and lovers of creation? What could be more joyful than rediscovering our God-given role as ...

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. ...

Getting Beyond the Confession and Guilt Checklist
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, while traveling through Michigan, I attended Mars Hill for church one Sunday. Recently, while traveling through Michigan, I attended Mars Hill for church one Sunday. Rob ...

Health-Care Debate Requires the Wisdom of Solomon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Thomas Friedman, learning from an experience on safari in Botswana, gets it right in his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/opinion/23friedman.html?_r=1&amp;th&amp;emc=th" target=& ...

Put Down the Bottle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm not a complete locavore purist, at least not yet. I do eat things shipped from the other side of the world, such as ginger, or (fair trade) chocolate. But <em>water</em>? ...

Risking Ourselves for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm a big fan of iTunesU, and I usually try to listen to informative podcasts on long drives, since I can't read and drive simultaneously. I'm a big fan of iTunesU, ...

Health Care is a Human Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), article 25 paragraph 1 says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, i ...

A Cancer Survivor Speaks Out For Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/yes-multi-scarf-0132.jpg"></a></p> I just read an e-mail forward where someone compared the pr ...

Wal-Mart's Big Green Claim
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Well color me happy (as the saying goes): Wal-Mart just released a big claim to be greening up its act. But what does their claim really mean and how do we define what corporate green looks like anywa ...

Michael Jackson's Legacy of Social and Environmental Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Though it has been two weeks since Michael Jackson's death, the world continues to mourn and to monitor news sources for the latest developments. Though it has been two weeks ...

Executions Worldwide Nearly Doubled in 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The number of executions worldwide nearly doubled last year compared with 2007, according to a <a title="http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ACT50/003/2009/en/0b789cb1-baa8-4c1b-bc35-58b6063098 ...