The Common Good

Associated Baptist Press

Associated Baptist Press Press Items
When evangelist Billy Graham, social activist Jim Wallis, pastor Rick Warren, theologian Al Mohler and author Brian McLaren all can fit under the umbrella term “evangelical,” some theological and cultural observers wonder if the term has lost its meaning.
Signers -- including Bishop T.D. Jakes, Ron Sider of Evangelicals for Social Action and Jim Wallis of Sojourners -- said they were "deeply troubled by the recent questioning of President Obama's faith."
The organizers of a five-day Christian music festival that kicks off July 7 in Wisconsin are being criticized by some conservatives for inviting progressive evangelical activist Jim Wallis to speak.
Other progressive faith leaders joined McCullough in denouncing the measure. Jim Wallis of Sojourners called it "a social and racial sin." "This law will make it illegal to love your neighbor in Arizona, and will force us to disobey Jesus and his gospel," Wallis said. "We will not comply."
A group of 114 leaders -- from Southern Baptist theologian Timothy George to United Church of Christ General Secretary Geoffrey Black -- endorsed “A Covenant For Civility: Come Let Us Reason Together,” released March 25.
Social-justice advocate Jim Wallis said recent attacks by broadcaster Glenn Beck have ironically given new life to the concept of fighting social ills like poverty and inequality in Jesus' name. Wallis said Sojourners, the group he leads that promotes peace and justice issues from an evangelical point of view, has been discussing for more than a year a campaign called "A Million Christians for Social Justice."
“We believe that the provisions [of the Senate version of the bill] below provide extensive evidence that longstanding restrictions on federal funding of abortion have been maintained. Furthermore, this bill provides new and important supports for vulnerable pregnant women,” said a March 11 letter from a group of prominent evangelical and Catholic activists and academics including Baptist leaders Jim Wallis, David Gushee and Glen Stassen.
Last week the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships issued its report to the president, culminating a year of efforts in rethinking the relationship between faith groups and the federal government. Their report is a major contribution to our national life...
Jim Wallis, a politically progressive evangelical and longtime advocate for the poor, said Christians should stop watching or listening to broadcaster Glenn Beck for remarks urging people to leave churches that preach "social justice."
Signers included high-profile evangelical leaders Ron Sider, president of Evangelicals for Social Action; Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners; Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland Church in Longwood, Fla.; and Brian McLaren, author, speaker and founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Md.