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An Ever-Flowing Stream
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum At peak usage, Netflix alone now accounts for one-third of all internet traffic in the U.S. ...

Net Neutrality: The Final Battle?
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Will corporations and the courts turn our free and untidy marketplace of ideas into yet another exclusive gated commu ...

A Benevolent Baron
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The Post's credible voice for corporate centrism is a large part of what Bezos wants for his $250 million. ...

The Church Defends Amazon Environment, Threatened by Market Interests
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

The Church of 12 Latin American countries met in Ecuador to discuss environmental issues in Amazonia. The Ecclesial Network for the Amazon, a Catholic church network representing ...

Companies Taking A Stand on Political Issues
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

In an unconventional move, a number of high-profile business executives have come out on the issue of gay marriage. In an unconventional move, a number of high-profile business ex ...

Austin's Autumn (Nonfiction) List: Pete Rollins, Part 2
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I wrote yesterday of Peter Rollins' new book Insurrection. I wrote yesterday of Peter Rollins' new book Insurrection . Rollins posted the introduction a ...

Austin's Autumn (Nonfiction) List: Pete Rollins, 'Insurrection' and desire
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday I wrote about the novels I'm eager to read this fall. Yesterday I wrote about the novels I'm eager to read this fall . And while, yes, autumn is ...

Austin's Autumn Reading List: What's on Yours?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

For some reason, I associate autumn with good novels. For some reason, I associate autumn with good novels. This makes very little sense, I realize, as it's just as ...

Two Thumbs Up for Ebert and "Life Itself"
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"The conditions of my life are precarious," film critic Roger Ebert wrote last week in a posting on his online journal titled, "Fall from Grace." Ebert, 69, perhaps the pre-eminent film cr ...

Obama on Jobs Act: 'They don't have the luxury of waiting 14 months.'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

First, here's the transcript portion of the last five minutes of President Obama's speech where he really got his preach on: First, here's the t ...

More than 1,000 Arrested Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

As of this morning, more than 1,009 Americans have been arrested to bring national attention to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. This is what church looks like. As of thi ...

Hurricanes, Hype, and Hope
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Did anyone else get the feeling, as we watched weather reporters wave their arms frantically in swirling motions across oversized maps of the eastern seaboard -- with their eyes bulging as they pus ...

Joy's Shadow As New School Year Begins
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

My daughter attended her first day of kindergarten today. A poignant milestone dressed up in an exceptionally cute plaid jumper. My daughter attended her first day of kindergarten ...

Neocolonialism and Cowboys & Aliens
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Excep ...

The Importance of Sharing Our Stuff
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. "And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was le ...

God's Creatures Defending God's Creation
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I'm getting arrested on Aug. 29 at the White House. It's time to put my body where my soul is -- defending God's creation. I'm getting arrested on Aug. 29 at t ...

Are Books a Thing of the Past?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 Zhao ! | more info (via: Wylio)Sales of printed books are down 9 percent this year, supplanted in part by digital versions on Kindles, Nooks, and even iPhone apps. ...

A Sermon on My Alcohol Addiction, the Tyranny of the Will, and Romans 7
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2004 Phil Whitehouse | more info (via: Wylio)Even I can't help admitting that there is a bunch of stuff in the Bible that's hard to relate to. ...

Facebook, Google+, and More: Does Social Networking Enhance Our Faith?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping our lives . The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping ...

Joyless Christians and The Lord of the Rings
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

My favorite characters in The Lord of the Rings are the Ents -- an ancient race of giant living, talking, breathing trees in J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional land, Middle Earth. My ...

How Long Do You Spend in the Shower?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Many of us not only shower too frequently (there is evidence that suggests that daily showers are not always good for us), but many of us also spend far too long in the shower. Ac ...

Just Jesus and an Unjust July 4: Why I Don't Celebrate Independence Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:57pm | Type: Blog

My friends and I can be stupid. Add explosives to the equation and the idiocy quotient increases exponentially. Such was the case every 4th of July during high school. My friends ...

Crazy, Holy, Hungry Ones: My Wild Goose Festival Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"Blessed are the good-hearted, poets, and the dreamers. And all us crazy, holy, hungry ones who still believe in something better."</em></p> &quo ...

A Hymn Celebrating God's Creation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This hymn was originally used for the dedication of the 180 solar panels on the sanctuary of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware where I am the co-pastor. This h ...

My Summer Reading Recommendations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here are a few books I've been reading and would like to recommend to you for the coming summer:</p> Here are a few books I've been reading and would like to re ...

The Real Crisis in Ohio: Senate Bill 5
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This has been a difficult year in Ohio. This has been a difficult year in Ohio. For a state that lives and dies with the Ohio State Buckeye football team, the allegations surround ...

Friday Links Round Up: Ice Cream. Capitalism. The End of the World.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:40pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: ...

God's Love is Stronger Than Our Doubt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Is it just me, or does anyone else think it's kind of weird how we've named Thomas, "Doubting" Thomas. We don't give the other characters in the New Testament little nicknames ... ...

Commencing Hubris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I can appreciate how difficult it must be to craft a good commencement address. The need to avoid well-worn pieties while also offering something of the best-distilled wisdom of the ages. ...

On Palestinians: Whose Narrative Wins?
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:16am | Type: Blog

Once again last week the pages of the <em>New York Times</em> was graced with an ad published by David Horowitz's <a href="www.horowitzfreedomcenter.org" target="_blank" ...

Christians and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

For the longest time, when Christians have thought about political engagement, they have often begun the discussion with the question: What is the biblical role of government? For ...

A Reflection on Easter: Beyond Chocolate and New Bedding to the True Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've often wondered what people in America think when they actually read the story of Jesus rising from the dead for the first time. I've often wondered what people in A ...

Three Cups of Truth on the Greg Mortenson Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:33pm | Type: Blog

I just watched a 60 Minutes expose on Greg Mortenson, co-author of Three Cups of Tea and co-founder of the nonprofit the Central Asia Institute. Watching I just watched a 60 M ...

Can't Forgive Your Dad, Mom, Ex-Wife, or Friend? Well, Forgiveness is a Choice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Our ability to love others who have sinned against us flows out of our real experience of Jesus forgiving our own sins. Our ability to love others who have sinned against us flows ...

Video: Afghan Youth Ask, 'Are There No Other Options Than Killing?'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100419-afghanyouth.jpg"></a>The Afghan Youth for Peace held a candle-lighting prayer vigil to remember all of their family who have died as ...

Why Are Palestinian Christians Leaving Israel?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100414-crossisrael.jpg" target="_self"></a>A friend of mine pointed out on his Facebook page that 45.9 percent of Americans blame ...

'Farewell Rob Bell' (Or, John Piper's Inferno)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100301-robbell.jpg"></a>"Farewell Rob Bell." With this three word tweet John Piper -- senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist church in ...

Budgets Are Still Moral Documents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/10/budget-cuts-and-bad-faith/" target="_blank">What Would Jesus Cut?</a>" campaign, launched by Jim Wallis and the good peop ...

Poverty Tourism Can Make Us Thankful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The jolt in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/port-au-prince/" target="_blank">Port-au-Prince</a> herniated a disk in my lower back last month. The pain is making it hard to sle ...

This Valentine's Day, Do You Know Where Your Chocolate Comes From?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday I received my email copy of ePistle, Evangelicals for Social Action’s weekly electronic communication. Yesterday I received my email copy of  ePistle , Evangelicals fo ...

Why It Makes Jesus Cry When UnitedHealthcare Screws People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This week UnitedHealthcare told a stroke victim that her health insurance with them does not include the rehabilitation necessary for her to walk, eat, or speak again.</p> T ...

Embrace Your Crisis of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<h1><span style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px;">A crisis of faith -- when you seriously question whether what you believe/how you see/what you're committed to is actually tru ...

Must I Teach My Daughter About Racism and Bigotry?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

My daughter came home from school recently with a worksheet that described life before and after <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luthe ...

We Three Kings of Orient Are (Not in the Bible): An Epiphany Sermon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of cr&egrave;che scenes. He especially likes really bad ones. I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of crèche scenes. He especi ...

This Advent, Embrace a Doubting Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In <a href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=159874132" target="_blank">Matthew 11: 2-11</a>, when John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and ...

Human Beings Matter More Than Analogies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last week, I joined a conservative talk show in Cincinnati to talk about <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/30/pray-for-bernard-pray-for-the-dream/" target="_blank">Bernard Pastor& ...

A Green Christmas: 5 Realistic Ideas for Celebrating the Season
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Well, here we go. Like it or not, tis the season. For me the holidays are a mixed blur of emotions, hopes, and unfulfilled, unrealistic dreams and desires. Well, here we go. Like ...

My Favorite Simple Cooking Recipe Books
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As Valerie Weaver- Zercher writes in "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1012&amp;article=simple-living-becomes-sexy" target="_blank" ...

WikiLeaks and Government Responsibility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Since <a href="http://wikileaks.org/" target="_blank">WikiLeaks</a> released the first of the leaked government cables for public viewing, the outcry regarding the act has been ...

In the Immigration Debate, the Children Suffer Most
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/11/in-the-immigration-debate-the-children-suffer-most/"></a>It's hard to ignore the children. As voiceless as children are in our world ...