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Posted by God's Politics Editor 45 weeks 1 day ago
I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them. - Isaiah 42:6-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 45 weeks 1 day ago
Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands to the holy place, and bless the Lord. May the Lord, maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion. - Psalm 134
Posted by God's Politics Editor 45 weeks 2 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 45 weeks 2 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 45 weeks 2 days ago
God of life, we cry out to you. May we hear your voice and may we hear the voices of those around us. May God's Spirit guide us to open our hearts wide to the grace of God surrounding us in the midst of our daily life. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor, Robert Wilson-Black 45 weeks 5 days ago
Listen in as Jim Wallis and Sojourners CEO Rob Wilson-Black kick off the new year with a discussion on Pope Francis and the new Pope's influential presence in all kinds of media.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 45 weeks 5 days ago
"When our interior image of God and our exterior references to God are exclusively male and 'father,' we reinforce patriarchal constructions of the image of God that are based on a hierarchy that values men at the expense of women." - Michelle A. Gonzalez Michelle A. Gonzalez + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 45 weeks 5 days ago
Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’ - Genesis 1:26 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 45 weeks 5 days ago
God of all, strengthen us in our Christian identity, so that we may also rejoice in the presence of your Spirit working in those around us. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 45 weeks 5 days ago
1. 14 Reasons 2014 Might Not Be So Bad John Green gives us 14 reasons for some optimism this year, including lower divorce and caner rates and more women’s literacy. 2. And the Winners for Religious Art & Architecture Are... Faith&Forum announces the winners of its 2013 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture. 3. 'Wolf of Wall Street' Called 'Profoundly Moral' It sets a record for expletives, but Laura Turner calls Wolf of Wall Street a profoundly moral film precisely because it depicts those things to which Catholic News Service objects. 4. Burka Anyone? A recent survey taken in seven countries with Muslim majorities finds that most respondents prefer that a woman completely cover her hair, but not necessarily her face.  5. Five Religious-Themed Apps Banned by Apple Brian Pellot’s tracking with religious themes that Apple has rejected or pulled from the App Store, including one that allows users to paste their faces onto the bodies of faith leaders. 6. No Charges for 'Snake Salvation' Pastor A grand jury has decided not to indict Rev. Andrew Hamblin, who’s been featured on National Geographic’s Snake Salvation series, on charges of violating a Tennessee ban on possessing venomous snakes. Hamblin says the Bible commands him to handle the serpents. 7. Snow Chapel Indiana’s Tyler Watts didn’t stay snug inside when the university where he works shut down in light of weather that was 13 below zero. Instead, he built an 8-foot chapel made of snow.   8. 5 Films to Make 2014 'the Year of the Bible' Forget lists about the year past, Jonathan Merritt looks ahead at the films major movie studios are releasing this year. 9. Colbert and the Priest Talk Economic Inequality Rev. Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest, stops by the Colbert Report to talk economic injustice. 10. Want to Win the War on Poverty? On the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of a war on poverty, Sojourners' Jim Wallis says liberals and conservatives must work together for the sake of the vulnerable.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 45 weeks 6 days ago
"The Great Spirit is in all things, he is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us, that which we put into the ground she returns to us." - Big Thunder (Bedagi) Big Thunder (Bedagi) + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 45 weeks 6 days ago
It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. - Hebrews 2:10 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 45 weeks 6 days ago
May the Holy Spirit continue to guide us into the mystery of God, inspiring our teachings, beliefs, and definitions to remain authentic pathways into this mystery. Creator God, your son Jesus Christ revealed your divine sovereignty over nature when he walked on water and calmed the windstorm. Grant us open minds and hearts so that we may recognize and rejoice in your presence. Ae
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 21 hours ago
"Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons, is as important as the killing of White mothers’ sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest." - Ella Baker Ella Baker + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 21 hours ago
For thus says the LORD: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, "Save, O LORD, your people, the remnant of Israel." See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. - Jeremiah 31:7-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 21 hours ago
Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth Present everywhere and filling all things, Treasury of blessings and giver of life, Come and abide in us, And cleanse our hearts from every impurity, And save our souls, For you are good and love all people. - Orthodox Christian prayer
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 1 day ago
 What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. - Isapo-Muxika (Crowfoot) Isapo-Muxika (Crowfoot) + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 1 day ago
In all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. - Isaiah 63:9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 1 day ago
Savior God, we thank you for your gift of life, breathed into our bodies. May we honor that miracle of life by following your way. Bless our communities of work, play, and worship as we live out your call for us in the world. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 2 days ago
Look at the stars! Look, look up at the skies O look at all the fire-folk sitting in the air! The bright boroughs, the circle-citadels there! ... These are indeed the barn; withindoors house The shocks. This piece-bright paling shuts the spouse Christ home, Christ and his mother and all his hallows. - Gerard Manley Hopkins Gerard Manley Hopkins, "The Starlight Night" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 2 days ago
They shall know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, says the Lord God. You are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, says the Lord God. - Ezekiel 34:30-31 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 2 days ago
Almightly God, your son revealed your power in the most unexpected ways, challenging us to embrace simplicity, humility, and weakness. Like the star that rose to shine for the newborn King, grant us the joy to signal the presence of your son to others, letting the witness of our lives lead the way to your son. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 5 days ago
"Only the dreamer shall understand realities, though, in truth, his dreaming must not be out of proportion to his waking!" - Margaret Fuller Margaret Fuller, Summer on the Lakes + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 5 days ago
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.   - John 1:1-2 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 5 days ago
We pray that we may strive to give birth to the living Word of God in our world, through the power of the Holy Spirit. May our daily spiritual renewal lead us also to daily physical renewal as we trust and hope in our life-giving Creator who sent Jesus to bring us into God's eternal presence. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 5 days ago
1. Utah’s Salvation Army Marches to the Beat of Service The big red kettles and bell ringers are gone until next Christmastime, but the Salvation Army’s congregations worship all year long.2. Are You a 'Duck Dynasty' American or a 'Downton Abbey' American? Fans of these two TV family sagas live in parallel worlds. Which show best reflects your faith and values?3. Body Atlas Reveals Where We Feel Happiness and Shame More than 700 people participated in an experiment aimed at mapping their bodily sensations in connection with specific emotions. Turns out we feel different emotions in different parts of the body.4. And Now There's Facial Recognition for the People in Your Pupils Shakespeare said the eyes are the windows to the soul, but they’re also a mirror for what we see.5. Pastor Andy Stanley Tells Christians ‘How to Be Rich’ In his new book, How to Be Rich, Pastor Andy Stanley has a message for American Christians: “You’re wealthy. Now starting acting like it.”6. One in Four Alums Leading Interfaith Group Is Nonreligious A survey of young people involved in Interfaith Youth Core — a leading interfaith organization in the United States that works with college and university campuses to equip young people for cooperative service and dialogue around shared values — found that nearly 1 in 4 IFYC alums identify as atheist (4.7 percent), agnostic (7.1 percent), secular humanist (5.3 percent), or spiritual but not religious (6.5 percent). 7. Faith and the Obama White House Slide show of President Barack Obama’s moments of faith in 2013.8. Esquire’s Best-Dressed Man of 2013 Is Pope Francis  The magazine calls the pope’s attire an outward acknowledgement of his progressive orthodoxy.9. Three Things Big Data Tell Us About How People Use the Bible YouVersion, a popular Bible app, released its summary of its Bible usage data from 2013, showing how people use their apps to read and share the Bible.10. Evolutionary Beliefs Six in 10 Americans believe in evolution, while a third reject the notion, according to a Pew Research Center study. Sixty-four percent of white evangelical Protestants, meanwhile, believe that humans have existed in their present form since the beginning of time, while only 15 percent of white mainline Protestants share this opinion.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 6 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 6 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 46 weeks 6 days ago
 Our King and Savior now draws near: O come, let us adore him. Alleluia. Unto us a child is born: O come, let us adore him. Alleluia. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 21 hours ago
Were it not for the shepherds, there would have been no reception. And were it not for a group of stargazers, there would have been no gifts.  - Max Lucado Max Lucado, God Came Near + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 21 hours ago
On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. - Matthew 2:11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 21 hours ago
 Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, "God is great!" But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay! - Psalm 70:4-5
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 1 day ago
"Here is the Christ child living among us, God become man with his power writ small. Child in a manger, infant of Mary, outcast and stranger, Lord of all." - Godfrey Rust Godfrey Rust, from A Child Is Born + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 1 day ago
Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command! Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! - Psalm 148:7-10 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 1 day ago
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;  what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? - Psalm 8:3-4
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 2 days ago
“To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.” - Calvin Coolidge Calvin Coolidge + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 2 days ago
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. - Luke 2:20 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 2 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 5 days ago
“The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation.” - J.I. Packer J.I. Packer + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 5 days ago
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. - John 1:14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 5 days ago
May God strengthen us according to the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed. Amen.  - From Take Our Moments and Our Days: Advent through Pentecost
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 5 days ago
We love providing you with daily scripture passages and quotes! Support this and all of Sojourners' work by giving your year-end gift today. 1. Holiday Deliveries — Tetris Style Ever think about all the trucks that delivered all those holiday goodies? Check out this three-minute time-lapse video at just one UPS parking lot.2. Fewer 'Toys from Hell' Under Christmas Tree this Year This should be a relief as your kids play with all those new toys: There were only 31 toy recalls in fiscal 2013 — and none of them involved a lead violation, one of the most common forms of manufacturing trouble, according to data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 3. 100 Things We Didn’t Know Last Year Top 10 lists are a dime a dozen, so the BBC has come up with a list of 100 “news facts” from the past year including that the name Lucifer is banned in New Zealand.4. Myth of Christian Unity Hollis Phelps wonders if “liberal Christians” and “conservative Christians” are worshipping the same God.  5. The Bible in 10 Minutes a Day Justin Taylor gives tips on how to read the Bible in a year.6. Was There Really a Star Over Bethlehem? Physicist Aaron Adair, author of the new book, The Star of Bethlehem, says it’s unlikely.7. Brooklyn Church a Home for Arab Christians The Salam Arabic Lutheran Church is a kaleidoscope of Middle East Christianity— Greek and Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, Iraqi Chaldeans, Lebanese Maronites, Egyptian Copts and Greek Orthodox from the Galilee in northern Israel.8. Farewell to Iconic BuildingsAmong the buildings demolished in 2013 were several once considered futuristic, such as the Pan Am Worldport Terminal at New York's JFK International Airport and Houston’s Astrodome9. Sojo’s Top 10 Blog Articles for 2013Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of 2013 and found that these were the 10 most widely read Sojourners blog articles of the past year.10. The Seven Best Articles You'll Regret Missing from 2013 Jim Wallis lists his favorite posts from the past year.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 6 days ago
Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of 2013 and found that these were the 10 most widely read Sojourner blog articles of the past year. 
Posted by God's Politics Editor, Robert Wilson-Black 47 weeks 6 days ago
Listen as Sojourners CEO Rob Wilson-Black asks Jim Wallis about his recent fast for immigration reform. 
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 6 days ago
"It is now, at Advent, that I am given the chance to suspend all expectation...and instead to revel in the mystery." - Jerusalem Jackson Greer Jerusalem Jackson Greer,  A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 6 days ago
May all kings fall down before him, all nations give him service. For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight. - Psalm 72:11-14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 47 weeks 6 days ago
O Word, now wrapped in human skin, speak peace on earth through your children. Come, let us sing to the Lord. Let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation. Teach us how to tend to you in your self-imposed vulnerability with us. Prepare us in these tender moments to see what incarnation means in our world. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 21 hours ago
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”  - Laura Ingalls Wilder Laura Ingalls Wilder + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 21 hours ago
Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord." - Luke 2:9-11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 21 hours ago
God of prophetic promise, your radiance penetrates our wintry night. Come to us in tender compassion, that we too may walk the path of peace in holiness and without fear. We pray in the name of the One whose birth a heavenly host heralded. Amen - From Take Our Moments and Our Days: Advent through Pentecost