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Conference of Hispanic Christians Endorses Common Core
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Common Core, a set of educational standards that has faced criticism from religious groups, has found an ally in the largest organization of Hispanic Christians in the U.S. Common ...

For God, Country, and Coca-Cola
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

I love my country because it is a nation that welcomes the “Other.” Indeed, we haven’t always been good at this, and we still struggle with it, but the United States is a nation of immigrants. ...

5 Reasons Why Jesus People Ought Oppose The Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

you would not have condemned the innocent.” Matthew 12:7 Another time Jesus uses this same quote ...

Thailand Looks to Arrest Buddhist Monk for Insurrection
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

Authorities in Thailand are preparing to arrest and possibly defrock a senior Buddhist monk on charges of insurrection and breach of Buddhist discipline for leading anti-government protests. ...

Tony Campolo To Shutter The Evangelical Ministry He Started 40 Years Ago
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Press

January 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Sarah Pulliam Bailey ...

Asian American Advocates Continue Fighting For Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Press

January 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Mary Tablante ...

Weekly Roundup: Dear Departed, Poverty Persists, And Surviving The Deep Freeze
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 11:01am | Type: Press

January 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Scott Alessi ...

AUDIO: The "I Am Not A Bully" Gabfest
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Press

January 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Emily Bazelon ...

Want To Win The War On Poverty? For The Sake Of The Most Vulnerable, Let's Work Together
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Press

January 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

First Time Author Named One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2014
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 5:20pm | Type: Press

January 8, 2014 Sojo in the News PRWeb.com ...

Social Justice
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 5:14pm | Type: Press

January 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Christianity Today ...

Our Position On Missionaries
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 5:10pm | Type: Press

January 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Katelyn Beaty ...

How A Poor Theology Of The Cross Created America's Broken Justice System
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

Our system isn’t working. It might surprise you however, to understand how we arrived at such a broken justice system. We got here because of poor theology. America’s justice syst ...

The Mazeways They Are A'chang'n ("None's") On The Rise)
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Press

January 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Metacrock ...

Pope Francis' Message For Washington
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Press

January 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

A Shift in Priorities?
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Pope Francis wants deputies, not darlings. IN MINDANAO, Philippines, a cheer went up: May ...

What's Right About Obamacare?
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Sr. Carol Keehan Amid the political bombast, it’s easy to forget why we needed health-care reform in the first place. ...

The Gospel According to George McGovern
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert G. Duffett The peacemaking bomber pilot (and son of the evangelical church) offers a model political vision for young Christians t ...

Justice Delayed: About That Time We Executed A Child With A Bible
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

The difficulty of restorative justice, is that some things simply can’t be restored. The difficulty of restorative justice, is that some things simply can’t be restored. Certai ...

Church of England's Call for Dialogue on Gays Rebuffed in Africa
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

Ahead of his five-day visit to Africa, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby issued a statement reminding Anglicans of the commitment the Church of England made eight years ago to the pastoral care and support ...

Loving Our Neighbors on a Global Scale
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We are all neighbors now, whether we like it or not. “GOD CREATED the world and we created borders ...

Time to Change the Rules? Examining Our Relationship With Money
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

Jesus was quite clear that our allegiance was to be with the POOR, not the barons of Wall Street. I have a confession to make. I am addicted to office supplies. I grew up in a ...

Four Things I Learned From Fasting
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

I was quite certain that some within my community of influence would disagree with me on this particular spiritual practice, whether theologically, politically, or socially. The pushback I did receive turned o ...

Top Brass Say They're Not Aware of Bias Against Military Chaplains
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Lawmakers peppered Pentagon officials on Wednesday about claims that military chaplains have faced discrimination for their beliefs, and time and again, chaplains and personnel officials said they were unaware ...

In South Sudan Conflict, Churches Attacked, Looted
Originally Posted: 01/29/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

senior politicians. (Seven of the 12 politicians arrested then were released Wednesday.) Since ...

Can Cathy McMorris Rodgers Resurrect Compassionate Conservatism?
Originally Posted: 01/29/2014 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

President Obama touched on several hot button issues as he addressed the economy, immigration, and gun violence in his State of the Union on Tuesday. President Obama touched on se ...

Winning and Whining Are Insufferable
Originally Posted: 01/29/2014 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Venture capitalist Tom Perkins took a beating by his former employer for likening today’s class warfare to the Holocaust, with the mega-wealthy 1 percent as victims of “Nazi” repression. ...

'A Year of Action:' President Obama's State of the Union Speech
Originally Posted: 01/29/2014 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: The following is President Obama's State of the Union speech as prepared for delivery. Editor's Note : The following is President Obama's Sta ...

A Leap of Faith: Confessions from Davos
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

“The transformation of the world, which many of us long to see, requires the changing of frameworks, ethics and, most of all our decisions; and that will not happen without taking risks, a true leap of faith.” ...

Walk a Mile in My Shoes
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

It troubles me that many Christians easily absorb popular sentiments against undocumented immigrants. Many Christians seem oblivious to the horrible conditions in which people are living, conditions that cause ...

In the Shadow of 'Citizens United'
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 5:50pm | Type: Blog

Several voices in the faith community have spoken out against the influence of money in American politics. As people of faith, we can identify multiple reasons why unlimited corporate political spending should ...

Pope Francis Meets Scandal-Scarred French President Francois Hollande
Originally Posted: 01/24/2014 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

French President Francois Hollande met Friday with Pope Francis, who was unusually somber in his public appearance with the scandal-scarred French leader. French President Francoi ...

Half the Sky
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 5:36pm | Type: Product

Nicholas D. Kristof Sheryl WuDunn ...

Welcoming the Stranger
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Product

Matthew Soerens Jenny Hwang $15.00 ...

Time To Join the Movement
Originally Posted: 01/23/2014 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

As Christians, we should stand with our immigrant neighbors and pledge our support for them as they pledge their allegiance to our nation and it’s future. In how we are to treat one another, through community ...

Is Wealth a Sin?
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 6:01pm | Type: Blog

What if we need the insanely wealthy to realize a kingdom-inspired vision for our world? A recent report by OXFAM offered some sobering data about both the concentration and f ...

Is Poverty Killing our Kids?
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

than 67 percent of study participants experienced at least one, and 12.6 percent had experienced four ...

Smoking What We’re Growing: 8 Things That Happen When We Live (or Don’t Live) What We Talk About
Originally Posted: 01/23/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

Who's to say theology built in academia is any more valid than theology build in the realities of everyday life? I was down in Mexico a few years ago for a gathering of peers ...

Watching Super Bowl Ads with the Little Prince: From Delusion to Freedom
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

Our convoluted logic about desire leads us to falsely conclude that if our desires are not our own then that must mean we are inauthentic at the core of our being, more like puppets rather than independent, se ...

Religious Leaders' Near-Unanimous Support for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

I do have a layman's interest in the theological justifications being offered in support of (and, perhaps surprisingly, against) comprehensive immigration reform. But for now, I will focus mostly on the p ...

The Pope and the President: What to Look for in the Obama-Francis Summit
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

So what will the two leaders talk about? What issues will they avoid? With Francis, anything is possible, but here are some initial ideas on how the summit could play out. The ne ...

Where Are the Referees?
Originally Posted: 01/21/2014 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Without referees (judges, umpires, arbiters, monitors), much of life would be a chaotic ordeal dominated by cheats, bullies, and dirty players. As a bizarre and ungainly conferen ...

What Repentance for the Church Looks Like Today
Originally Posted: 01/20/2014 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Before we see any leveling-off within the institutional church, there will be many more church closures, consolidation of shrinking denominations, and an increasing number of people called to, and already work ...

On Scripture: Paul’s Call to Unity and Dr. King’s Legacy
Originally Posted: 01/20/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

and another, the Apollos faction. Still others claimed to belong to Cephas, or even Christ (1:12). Paul ...

Poll: Younger Christians Less Supportive of Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

One day after the state of Ohio executed a man for murder, a new poll shows younger Christians are not as supportive of the death penalty as older members of their faith. One day ...

What Kind of World Is This?
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Fifty years ago the Food Stamp Act was viewed not as charity, but rather as an ingenious utilization of American enterprise in order to help “build a better life for every American.” And it is genius. ...

The Justice of Eating
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Forty-nine million Americans live at risk of hunger. Any policies that create additional poverty among the working poor are reprehensible. It is unacceptable for lawmakers to take vital food stamp benefits awa ...

Prophets, Questions, and a Dream
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

Prophets are always asking questions. Tough questions. Unsettling questions. Questions that they pose to themselves, then try to answer by how they live. One of my favorite scenes ...

Faith-Based Hunger Games
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

In Mathew 25, not only does Christ proclaim that those who clothe, house, and feed the “least of these” are engaging in acts equivalent to directly aiding the Lord, he also preaches that those who refuse to ai ...

'Dear Martin': Bishop's Letters to MLK Trace the Highs and Lows in Race Relations
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 9:22pm | Type: Blog

The nation will mark the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with speeches, prayers, and volunteer service. The nation will mark the birthday of the Rev. Martin ...