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Just ‘Love the Sinner.’ Period.
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

I hate the phrase because I think it’s a totally screwed-up, backwards, un-Christlike, and unbiblical way to approach ministry and the world in general. I hate the phrase, “Love t ...

New Cardinals Look More Like Jesus, Less Like Rome
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

The life — and future — of the Catholic church is in the Global South. And where the church is thoroughly inculturated — such as the Asian Bishops Conference — it looks radically more like Jesus and markedly l ...

You Brought Me a Beer — and Took My Picture
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

Is it any wonder why so many people throw up their hands and run away from what sometimes gets passed off as religion? Isn't it interesting that those who describe themselves as non-religious often grasp ...

The Michael Dunn Trial Verdict Sparks Renewed Debate Over Racial Injustice
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Press

February 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Scott Alessi ...

Transcript For Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons And Lucas Johnson On Deromanticizing The Civil Rights Movement And Rediscovering Its Humanity
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Press

January 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Krista Tippett ...

The Black Presence in the Bible: Uncovering the Hidden Ones
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The Bible is a multicultural book. This statement may sound controversial but archeology, history, and the text prove it to be true. “Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia ...

'If I Were White, I'd Be Better Off'
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

When a 9-year-old boy can see the sad reality of white privilege and understand that the color of your skin is what defines you in our society, we have a serious problem. &quo ...

Stand Your Ground Has No Moral Ground
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

with Stand Your Ground laws. In Romans 13, the apostle Paul describes the role of government as a positive ...

Faithful Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

My life is not my own. I am the product of sacrifice. I am here because of those who saw beyond themselves and thought personal sacrifice was worth giving up to allow justice to take hold. I am here because Je ...

Dialogues with Harlem Heritage: A Church’s Prophetic Voice in the Context of Diversity
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

potlucks.” Pulpits across our country were faced with a similar dialogue on July 13 after the George ...

Marked with Ashes and Bearing the Cross
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 12:03am | Type: Blog

The Lenten mark of the cross, in tangible form, brings the church into solidarity with Jesus’ forty-day struggle in the wilderness — the place of desolation, the place of waiting and wandering, temptation, and ...

How a Gay Football Player Could Help Redeem the Church
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Michael Sam is the right person to be in the spotlight not just for promoting gay rights, but because, when it comes to a sense of identity, he is a good model for the church to follow. ...

VIDEO: Proud To Be
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Indigenous American leaders speak out against the Washington NFL team’s mascot. "Proud To Be ...

Beyond The Dreamer
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Press

January 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Gar Alperovitz ...

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

and forgetting that even bankers were considered detestable and ordered to be put to death ( Ez 18:13 ). ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Nicholas D. Kristof Sheryl WuDunn ...

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

There is no question that our nation is currently deeply divided about a great many issues. In our effort to enshrine him, some may have lost sight that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. too addressed a nation that w ...

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 ...

'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 ...

Humanitarian Aid Needed as Central African Republic Regroups
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

After months of violence in the Central African Republic, signs of hope emerged following Friday’s esignation of interim President Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicholas Tiengaye. ...

Women Photographers Shatter Middle Eastern Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

“She Who Tells a Story,” a photo exhibit now showing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and headed to other U.S. museums, features the work of 12 women from the Middle East who shatter stereotypes with works that ...

Christians at the Border
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 5:15pm | Type: Product

M. Daniel Carroll R. $9.95 9780801035661 ...

Sacking the 'Redsk*ns'
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Peggy Flanagan Just because racism is "tradition" doesn't make it right. I'VE NEVER FELT ...

Round Up the Usual Suspects
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Derrick Boykin "Stop and frisk" is unconstitutional race-based harassment—and it must end. DOMINIC ...

Five Things That Will Shock Our Grandkids About Us
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

In decades to come, we’ll look back at some norms of today and wonder how we tolerated them. I’m a big fan of the TV show Mad Men, which takes place in the midst of the Madis ...

In Missouri, Oak Scouts Offers an Alternative to the Boy Scouts
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

As the Boy Scouts of America gets ready to admit gay youth, one Missouri organization has already broken away, but not because it favors tradition. As the Boy Scouts of America g ...

The Bible, Bigotry And The Willie Nelson Look
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:37am | Type: Press

December 27, 2013 Sojo in the News vorjack ...

Kwanzaa Radio Program Continues 20-Year Tradition of Instilling Values
Originally Posted: 12/27/2013 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

WHQR Public Radio's “A Season’s Griot” has been produced for more than two decades as the only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa radio show in the country. Kwanzaa began Wednesda ...

Yearning for the Pleasing 'Bubble' Version
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

“Bubble living” might be delusional, but it expresses deep and serious yearnings. “Bubble living” might be delusional, but it expresses deep and serious yearnings. Take “Champa ...

No, Megyn Kelly, Jesus and Santa Weren't White
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Rather than fight over Santa's and Jesus' race, it might be a good idea to confront the underlying issue of racism in America. Conservative talk show host Megyn Kelly cl ...

One Church, One Body
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis When racism is tolerated, the reconciling work of Christ on the cross is contradicted. IN OCTOBER, ...

Please Hear Those of Us Who Can't
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

In my naivety I believed that adult-onset hearing loss could be countered by a good hearing aid, allowing the user to have comprehension close to that of a person with “normal” hearing. That misguided belief w ...

Muslim Superhero Kamala Khan No Match for Real-life Islamophobia
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

When Marvel Comics announced the debut of its latest superhero — a 16-year-old Pakistani-American Muslim from Jersey City, N.J. — it was correctly seen as a positive development. ...

Only 19 Percent Are Women
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:58pm | Type: Press

November 22, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

In Search of the Real Alec Baldwin
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

Is Alec Baldwin a raging (literally) homophobe or is he a decent guy protecting his family and neighbors? Or, are we in the presence of scapegoating? Alec Baldwin was caught on ...

Faith Leaders Protest Race In Sentencing
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 5:13pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

The Most Ignored and Undervalued People Within Churches Today
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

Churches have a tendency to favor some groups but not others, resulting in discrimination instead of equality, exclusion instead of acceptance, and prejudice instead of fairness. ...

Concerned with Violence Against Muslims, Islamic Organization Visits Myanmar
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

At the end of a three-day tour, the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation told Buddhist-majority Myanmar to repeal “laws restricting fundamental freedoms” after more than 240 Muslims were killed by B ...

Oppression Is A Negative-Sum Game
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Press

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

Adoptive Mom Finds Her Family a Visual Testimony to Kingdom of God
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

An interracial family finds itself a small, albeit imperfect, glimpse of what God’s kingdom promises to be ( Editor’s Note:  This piece was written to commemorate Adoption Awa ...

Why Racism Is (Almost) Omnipotent
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

This Advent season presents the church with a great moment — an opportunity — to sharpen its discernment. It is an opportunity for the church and the world to experience a new birth in love, racial justice, an ...

Racial Reconciliation Resources
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Racism continues to plague our nation. It doesn't have to be this way. Racism continues to ...

Southern Baptists' LifeWay Apologizes for Offensive Curriculum
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 6:13pm | Type: Blog

The president of Southern Baptist retailer LifeWay Christian Resources has apologized for publishing Vacation Bible School material nearly 10 years ago that “used racial stereotypes that offended many in the A ...

Who Would God Discriminate Against?
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 3:28pm | Type: Press

November 7, 2013 Sojo in the News Rachel Laser ...

Subverting the Myth
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 12:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Marty Troyer A pastor's experiment in unmasking white privilege. I MET PASTORS Harvey, Alton, Charles, a ...

Mosaix 2013: Growing Multi-Ethnic Congregations That Reflect Unity, Diversity Of God's People
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 4:11pm | Type: Press

November 4, 2013 Sojo in the News Melissa Barnhart ...

Representing Christ in the Face of Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

On Oct. 13, Asian Americans United published an open ... On Oct. 13, Asian Americans United published  an open letter  asking the church to reevaluate its ... representation, stereotypes, The Call to Conversion) On Oct. 13, Asian Americans United published an open ...