The Common Good

God's Politics Blog

Terry Jones, Burning a Quran, and Evangelicalism

It isn't as if the Middle East needed another complication. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen -- now Terry Jones? Rev. Jones is a fringe pastor in Gainesville, Florida, who spent about 30 years as a missionary in Europe.
+Continue Reading

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Silent Betrayal of our Veterans

Forty-three years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee.
+Continue Reading

Why I am Fasting (Again)

In 1993 -- nearly 20 years ago -- I went on a water only fast to protest the lack of conscience of the U.S. Congress towards hungry people.
+Continue Reading

The Medicaid Card: A Useless Piece of Plastic?

The other day I saw a quote from The New York Ti
+Continue Reading

Terry Jones: We Have Lost Our Brother

In a blog posted on God's Politics on September 14, 2010, I wrote that I rejoiced that Pastor Terry Jones had
+Continue Reading

Martin Luther King and the Spiritual Death of a Nation

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the martyrdom of Martin Luther King Jr. Although I never met him, I value his life and teachings more and more each year.
+Continue Reading

Remembering the Real, Radical Martin Luther King

"I had no idea Martin Luther King was a radical!" These shocked words were spoken to me this weekend after an activist training I'd been running in Sydney. I had the privilege to be part of the Make Poverty History "action lab" -- a "teach-in" for 15 young anti-poverty activists chosen from each state of Australia.

+Continue Reading

Friday Links Round Up: Afghanistan. Geography Game. @jimwallis.

Afghanistan. Geography Game. @jimwallis. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week:
+Continue Reading

Can We Stand to Lose 70,000 Children?

When I was younger, I played by the rules. Everything had to be fair. The quantity of animal crackers in my possession had to be equal, not greater or less than my brother's.
+Continue Reading

Finding God on the Running Course

I started running because of my sister. Kim and I began when we were pre-teens. I believed running was the key to making me more like her -- 5 foot 9, lean, beautiful, and highly intelligent. There was one problem: I hated running. After forcing myself to do it for a while, I was disappointed. My dreams of who I would become were dashed, and all I got from trotting around was a lower resting heart rate and bulky thighs.

Years later, much has changed -- including my relationship with running. Following her multiple-sclerosis diagnosis in 2009, Kim, who was once a long-distance runner, has retired her running shoes. She hasn't hit the pavement in more than one year. I still run. Something in my spirit won't let me quit.

Last weekend, I completed my fourth half marathon in Washington, D.C. As I toed the start line, a story began to unfold. At 7 a.m., it was barely 35 degrees outside and still dark. I was surrounded by a sea of 16,000 people -- all of whom were present for one thing: to put their bodies to the ultimate test. This morning was all about endurance.

+Continue Reading