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Last week was a busy one, getting the blog switched over from Beliefnet to our own web site. Sharp-eyed readers have noticed a few bugs, but since we're over the hump I thought a little Friday fun was in order. Fans of the Colbert Report know that Stephen has done has done a lot to raise awareness of the dangers of bears. His work remains unfinished.
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 4 weeks ago
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Coinciding with the visit of a dear friend who's spent the past few years working in Afghanistan for both development NGOs and (non-U.S.) government agencies, the DVD of Charlie Wilson's War recently arrived from Netflix. My friend recommends it. Also, I [heart] Philip Seymour Hoffman. And I can tolerate Tom Hanks in appropriate doses. But an
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 10 weeks ago
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Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 10 weeks ago
The latest news on the Georgia-Russia conflict, China, Bolivia, Iraq, Energy, John Edwards, the Election, Commodity prices, Pakistan, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Israel and Palestine, and Isaac Hayes. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Georgia-Russisa conflict.
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 11 weeks ago
Some compelling quotes from a recent Rand Corp. study caught my eye in today's Washington Post -- the emphasis is added: The Bush administration's terrorism-fighting strategy has not significantly undermined al-Qaeda's capabilities, according to a major new study that argues the struggle against terrorism is better waged by law enforcement agencies [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 15 weeks ago
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Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 15 weeks ago
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Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 16 weeks ago
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Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 16 weeks ago
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Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 20 weeks ago
Jim Wallis and the progressive shift within the evangelical community just got a little shout-out on a Daily Kos diary-which is great: ... this conservative Christian college is showing signs of a real shift in perspective.  Being overtly Christian is no [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 21 weeks ago
Some fun for your Friday: Mark Pinsky, author of The Gospel According to the Simpsons, has reviewed the newly released
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 22 weeks ago
I posted last November about legal proceedings against Chiquita for protection money paid to Colombian right-wing paramilitary organizations (AUC) that had been designated terrorist organizations by the U.S. government. Two stories this week shed more light on the situation and are worth checking out. First, last week's 60 Minutes broadcast included a segment called
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 26 weeks ago
On a recent edition of American Public Media's Speaking of Faith, host Krista Tippett presents a conversation among three generations of evangelical leaders -- Chuck Colson, Greg Boyd, and Shane Claiborne -- about how (or if) Christians should be involved in politics. The event was part of a larger pastor's conference in San Diego sponsored by Zondervan that several Sojourners staff attended; they gave rave reviews of this panel discussion. See for yourself. You can listen to or [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 31 weeks ago
Jeff Carr was Sojourners' chief operations officer before taking a post as L.A.'s gang czar (anti-gang czar, that is) last summer. He was featured in this report by CBS News, and I'm sure he would appreciate it if you'd join with the Sojourners team in supporting his difficult work with your prayers. Watch it:
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 35 weeks ago
Who said: "There still persists a macho mentality that ignores the novelty of Christianity, which recognizes and proclaims the equal dignity and responsibility of women with respect to men. There are certain places and cultures where women are discriminated against and undervalued just for the fact that they are women. In the face of such grave and persistent phenomena the commitment of Christians appears all the more urgent, so that they become everywhere the promoters of a [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 36 weeks ago
Friday morning I posted about Bush legalizing waterboarding. That evening, Bill Moyers' Journal had a compelling and disturbing segment on the use of torture by U.S. forces. It was about the Oscar-nominated [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 36 weeks ago
Uncertainty about the consistency of conservative convictions was part of what killed the campaign of Mitt "Double Guantanamo" Romney, and it was coverage of the "suspension" of his campaign that nearly drowned out another important story yesterday.
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 36 weeks ago
Looking for parallels to the Dobson versus conservative evangelical rank-and-file phenomenon, I'm struck by the Democratic vote in Massachusetts. Despite endorsements from Sens. Edward Kennedy and John Kerry, Governor Deval Patrick, and The Boston Globe, the state broke for Sen. Hillary Clinton. I find it encouraging that official endorsements don't mean that much to the average voter, and though my sense is that in general Clinton enjoys more support from the Democratic establishment [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 36 weeks ago
Back in October, Diana Butler Bass asked on this blog, "What Will Dobson Do?" Back then, Guiliani was the frontrunner and Dobson was threatening to bolt the party if he became the nominee. Today, he sent an alert to Focus on the Family Action lamenting: I am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 36 weeks ago
Back in October, Diana Butler Bass asked on this blog, "What Will Dobson Do?" Back then, Guiliani was the frontrunner and Dobson was threatening to bolt the party if he became the nominee. Today, he sent an alert to Focus on the Family Action lamenting: I am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 36 weeks ago
Back in October, Diana Butler Bass asked on this blog, "What Will Dobson Do?" Back then, Guiliani was the frontrunner and Dobson was threatening to bolt the party if he became the nominee. Today, he sent an alert to Focus on the Family Action lamenting: I am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 37 weeks ago
A comment thread from Jim's "Moral State of the Union" post frustrated me a bit until I was encouraged later in the week by a sermon mp3 by N.T. Wright. (I like to listen to sermon podcasts during my morning hikes in the park.) Here's an initial comment on Monday's post:
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 38 weeks ago
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Mary Nelson just posted on MLK's Riverside speech, but I have some reflections to add. I'll admit that I took a "day off" yesterday instead of a "day on," making a four-day weekend backpacking trip in the Adirondacks with some buddies. But I did [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 44 weeks ago
Jim wrote a piece a few weeks back about the new Bonhoeffer-quoting Aussie PM Kevin Rudd. Well, another fun fact is that he has appointed Peter Garrett, rock star turned environmental activist turned Member of Parliament, his new Minister for Environment. That's the Aussie version of putting Bono in charge of the foreign [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 45 weeks ago
This is an announcement mostly for those who post comments on this blog. As many have complained, our comments are often less a respectful dialogue, and more a reflection of our polarized partisan culture in which the most strident voices dominate. A typical complaint:
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 47 weeks ago
Two months ago, for the first time in my eight years living in Washington, D.C., I was mugged. Two young men rolled up in a pickup truck while I was unloading groceries from my car in the alley next to my condo building. They made me lie on the ground, held a gun to my neck as they took my money, and then locked me in the trunk of my car as they made their getaway. Fortunately I still had my cell [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 48 weeks ago
A recent post on CT's Liveblog reminded me of a thread I've been wanting to sound off on since Tony Campolo defended the concept of Red Letter [...]