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Choosing Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Listening to several Fourth of July discussions last week, I was struck by how many people think of freedom as the ability to do whatever they want. They think there should be few, if any, restrictions on what ...

The Kind of American I Want to Be
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

Every American started as an immigrant, and along the lines leading to me are other sorts of immigrants, too. There have been Ingelses of my line in the United States, the colonie ...

Why I Love My Country
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 3:04pm | Type: Press

July 3, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Interdependence Day
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

As we celebrate our nation’s independence this week, it’s good that we also celebrate our interdependence. Everything that we do, everything that we have, all that we are bears the fingerprints of countless ot ...

July 4th and the Table of Demons
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

For Jehovah’s Witnesses, the trouble with patriotism is twofold: 1) it tempts us to equate God and nation, and 2) it provides a sacred cover for violence. On July 4 th  I will b ...

Leading Toward Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 7:03am | Type: Blog

Notice how different this is from a superficial notion of freedom, which, all too often, is interpreted as the right to pursue one’s own selfish interests, unencumbered by human conscience and in a way that is ...

Why I Love My Country
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

I don’t love when my country acts out of greed and only for power, or with blatant hypocrisy, or like an empire. The gospel has never lived easily with empire. What do I love ab ...

On Scripture: Fighting for Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 6:25am | Type: Blog

For from Istanbul to Cairo, from Rio to Raleigh, from women’s rights to gay rights to voting rights, until all are free, none are free. “If you love somebody, set them free. Free. ...

Memory, Identity, and the Fourth of July
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

There are moments, before and after the Revolution, that we mutually agree to forget in order to plant hands to hearts and let tears fall on the fourth day of the seventh month every year. ...

In God We Trust
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

As leaders providing spiritual guidance in a country that is often associated with strong nationalistic tendencies, offering a word that speaks to the messy relationship between “God and Country” is a task tha ...

Friday Links Round Up: Moldy Toast. Carp Attack. E-Verify.
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:55am | Type: Blog

Moldy Toast. Carp Attack. E-Verify. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Moldy Toast. Carp Attack. E-Verify. Here's a lit ...

Why Christianity and July 4th are Incompatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: What I am about to write may sound radical or irrational to some. I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: ...

40 Ways to Celebrate Interdependence Day on July 4
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's wild how easily we get sidetracked from Holy days by holidays, and how quickly we can smother our central identity in Christ with other identities such as our national identity. ...

Brain Surgery with a Switch-blade
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

The Fourth of July is always a weird holiday for me. The Fourth of July is always a weird holiday for me. It's not that I don't enjoy the nostalgia, picnics, barbeque, f ...