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For God and Country (in that Order)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Nobody today will be able to celebrate our many veterans without the <a href="http://www.google.com/news/more?pz=1&amp;cf=all&amp;ncl=dGVEwVrxusKklQMKSmmL9hfvxDoyM&amp;topic=h">memo ...

Put Poor People on the Climate Change Agenda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.blogactionday.org"></a>Last week, a group of senators, many in the leadership of the majority Democratic Party, asked for a meeting with a small group of inte ...

Scripture and History Remind Us That We Are All Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly five years ago my friends, Hector and Gabby and their five kids, entered the U.S. legally from Mexico in order to join the pastoral staff at my church, Willow Creek. Nearly ...

Wisdom of a 5th-Grade Solomon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Ms. Baker, why are you teaching <em>here</em>?" one student, whom I'll call Solomon, inquired during one of our after school tutoring sessions. "You went to college," he ...

Poverty: Looking at Why Instead of Who
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

For many Americans, our current housing crisis, banking meltdown, and global recession are increasing the risk of falling into poverty. For many Americans, our current housing cri ...

A Jewish-American Advocate Against the Injustice of Occupation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Just the basic facts about Anna Baltzer make her a provocative presence. She's a 30-year-old Jewish-American woman who is arguing passionately for justice for Palestinians.</p> ...

A Health Insurance Industry Whistle-Blower and a Call for Christian Accountability
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Wendell Potter worked for 15 years as the head of public relations for CIGNA, one of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S. Wendell Potter worked for 15 years as the h ...

Crux of the Health-Care Debate: The Role of Government
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm not sure I completely understand the health-care debate. But I'm going to take a shot and put down my thoughts and would love additional education, feedback, and thoughts as well.</p> ...

The Truth about Immigrants and Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/10/who-lit-the-fire-under-the-right-wing-populists-against-healthcare-reform/" href="../2009/08/10/who-lit-the-fire-under-the-right-wing-populists-ag ...

My Experience of U.S. Health Care as a Recent Immigrant (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I have friends in the UK who are doctors, men and women who work in intense, busy careers. Like many salaried positions, things get exponentially better the longer you're in the system. ...

President Obama to Participate in Nationwide Call-in on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 Days for Health Reform" Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 ...

Prayer Vigil at the Detention Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I am a seminary professor. Activism is not something that comes naturally to me, but I am learning! I am a seminary professor. Activism is not something that comes naturally to me ...

Risking Ourselves for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm a big fan of iTunesU, and I usually try to listen to informative podcasts on long drives, since I can't read and drive simultaneously. I'm a big fan of iTunesU, ...

Health Care is a Human Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), article 25 paragraph 1 says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, i ...

A Cancer Survivor Speaks Out For Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/yes-multi-scarf-0132.jpg"></a></p> I just read an e-mail forward where someone compared the pr ...

False Witness Redeemed: Forgiveness After 11 Years of Wrongful Conviction
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A white woman is raped by a black man in North Carolina. During the assault, she studies his face, determined to bring him to justice. She later identifies a suspect both in photos and in-person line- ...

Mourning a Michael Jackson Who Had Died Long Ago
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Let the wall-to-wall Michael Jackson coverage continue. Let the wall-to-wall Michael Jackson coverage continue. As soon as I heard the tragic news about his passing yesterday afte ...

A White Woman's Turn as a Minority Under the Microscope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It was hard to miss me on the lava-rocked streets of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, while I was working for a locally led organization, <a href="http://healafrica.org/cms/">HEAL A ...

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. ...

Are Christians More Compassionate Towards Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I am heartened by a new analysis of data from a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/274/americas-immigration-quandary">2006 Pew Research Center poll</a>, which indicates that people w ...

Green Jobs Take Youth Miles High
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When La'Kyla Byrd cleared trails and tended to trees in Denver's City Park this past year as a member of <a href="http://www.milehighyouthcorps.org/">Mile High Youth Corps</a>, ...

Jim Wallis and Jon Stewart Get It Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis is one of the most talented interviewees I've ever known. He knows how to get substance, not just spin, into a sound byte, and he has an amazing ability to think on his feet. ...

Two Myths About North Korea, Iran, and Disarmament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Anyone watching the news over the past couple of months will have noticed a flurry of action from two of the nations in former President Bush's infamous "Axis of Evil." North Korea tested a long ...

Iran: We are Born to be Free
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://eugenecho.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/where-is-my-vote.jpg"></a></p> <p>Are you tracking with the developments in Iran? I'd love to hear your tho ...

A Father's Day Remembrance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away.</p> On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away. I had gone to the hospital the morning before in San Diego to vis ...

A Phoenix Rising From GM's Ashes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Imagine America's 'Rust Belt' transformed into a green belt of clean energy manufacturing. Imagine the factories of Detroit making wind turbines and solar panels to power America. ...

When Hate Speech Justifies Killing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire those consequences can be. Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire ...

Demand an Exit Strategy for Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In a March <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/03/24/60minutes/main4890687.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody">interview</a> with <em>60 Minutes</em>, President Obama ...

Who Should Pay for Our Pollution?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Congress is hard at work on historic energy and climate change legislation. The House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill in the next few weeks, with the Senate to follow in early fall.</p> ...

Arab Christians Getting Overdue Recognition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I was glad to see Daoud <a href="../2009/06/05/obama-reaches-out-to-palestinian-christians/">Kuttab's recent post on Obama and Arab Christians</a>. I wa ...

Praise and Criticism for Obama's Cairo Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The world stood at attention as President Obama gave a historic speech to the Muslim world. In mainstream U.S. The world stood at attention as President Obama gave a historic spee ...

Education in Color
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Raising one half-African son and one of mixed European descent posed both ordinary and unique parenting challenges for my husband and me. Raising one half-African son and one of m ...

Obama Reaches Out to Palestinian Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>It is undeniable that the Palestinian people - Muslim and Christians - have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than 60 years they have endured the pain of dislocation. ...

Evangelical Leaders Overlook Minorities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

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Obama in Cairo: A Just Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Truth. Respect. Security.</p> Truth. Respect. Security. These three elements of just peace theory found their way into President Obama's speech delivered in Cairo ...

Saving Kansas City, One (Green) Step at a Time
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, has been dividing rich and poor, black and white, jobless and employed in this city since the days of Jim Crow when it was a legal line of segregation. ...

Liberty University's New Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Did you read the news of <a title="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_University" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_University" target="_blank">Liberty University ...

The Good News About Yesterday's Duel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm in Germany at the biannual <em>Kirchentag </em>festival of faith of the German churches, so I missed the news and analysis of President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney&# ...

Was Iraq a Holy War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Bush to renege on his usage of the word "crusade" ...

Peace in the Middle East: A Step Forward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Two days, in comparison to years of conflict, is not a lot of time, but it was long enough for a broad spectrum of Christian leaders to find hope in a growing consensus around a way forward for pea ...

White Evangelicals for Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Too many white evangelicals stand for torture, according to a recent Pew Forum study reported by <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/04/30/religion.torture/index.html" target="_blank"> ...

Three Encouragements Toward Making Your Churches More Multicultural
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. But one of the joys of planting and pastoring Quest Church is that it's one of t ...

American Violet and the Idolatry of Law
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>NPR's Wade Goodwyn has been working on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103056359">this story </a>ever since he attended the premier of the film ...

The Other March Madness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Well, March Madness is now over. Well, March Madness is now over. Every year around this time, there's a disturbing report or two highlighting the low graduation rates of Afr ...

Jesus and the Children of Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Roman occupation, preached a message that was anti-state and religious imperialism. Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Rom ...

Pentecostalism's Forgotten Nonviolent Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As I write this post, I'm sitting in a hotel room in Eugene, Oregon waiting for the Society for Pentecostal Studies conference to start. It's nice to have a day to myself. ...

I'm the Older Brother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>When it comes to President Obama's stimulus package and its provisions to help those Americ ...

Sunday School with Jon Stewart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Last night, millions of Americans went to Sunday school, or more ...

The Perils of Well-Meaning But Short-Sighted Generosity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Rick Warren, the most prominent evangelical pastor of our day, has established a highly successful program arranging teams from his church to help specific villages in Africa. Ric ...

Let's Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Most of my life I have been thinking about race and religion -- as a child when my family left my native Costa Rica to move to inner-city New Jersey, as a teenager struggling to develop my faith an ...