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My Other Calling? Coaching Jack and Luke

My iPhone died and I didn't even care. A cooler full of water and ice was dumped on my head, which soaked not only me, but also my phone. My older son Luke's Little League team, called the Nationals, had just won the Majors championship in Northwest Little League.

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Afghanistan Weekly Digest: The Politics and Pain of War

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest n
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Could a Decline in Numbers Bring New Hope to Southern Baptists?

Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart for them.
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Toothbrushes, Towels, and Tackling Root Causes in Gaza

We met 10-year-old Noor Al-Abid in November during our first visit to Gaza.
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From Your Gas Tank to World Hunger: The Dangers of Speculative Futures

Wall Street may seem far away, but it's actually as near as your gas tank -- and as widespread as global hunger.
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Worship, Liturgy, and an Introduction to Poet Scott Kinder-Pyle

Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian pastor in Spokane, Washington, and the featured poet in Sojourners' July issue.
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Michelle Obama and the Women of South Africa

Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divine meet.
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Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When a reclusive, visionary filmmaker like Terrence Malick treats the same subject matter, as he does in his new movie The Tree of Life, one is transported. Which is a useful reminder that the mysteries of creation are best grappled with through art. The book of Genesis, after all, begins not with scientific description or theological argument, but with a poem.

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A Gun, a Pause, and Innocence Lost in the West Bank

I send many of my students to the Middle East as interns. In fact, Wheaton College has an entire program devoted to student short-term placement.
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Graduates: Boast Gladly in Your Weaknesses

[Editors' note: This blog post is taken from a commencement address Nadia Bolz-Weber delivered for the graduates of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Californi
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