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Evangelical Consistency and the 2012 Elections
Originally Posted: 11/30/2011 - 5:24pm | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, many people who go to church on Sunday are more influenced by what they see on cable TV than by the Bible. I hear that lament from pastors all the time. Too many of their congregant’s political ...

The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Nov. 22, 2011 THE HUFFINGTON POST: Is The Bible A Reliable Moral Guide? Amos, for instance, declares that the Lord despises all of Israel's solemn a ...

Awkward: Obama's Press Secretary Corrects the Boss, Invents Bible Verse
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

He meant well. It sounded right. But it was ... wrong. He meant well. It sounded right. But it was ... wrong. Poor White House spokesman Jay Carney misquoted -- invented, ...

A Robin Hood for Wall Street
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams observed that ”people are frustrated beyond measure at what they see as the disastrous effects of global capitalism,” and urged a full debate on “a Financial Transaction ...

What is 'Biblical Politics'?
Originally Posted: 10/14/2011 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis People of faith, at our best, are the ultimate independents. Sojourners has always tried to underst ...

Linda Midgett answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

I think an evangelical is someone who believes Jesus is the Son of God, that the Word of God is true, and that we all need redemption from this fallen word. I think an ...

Andrew Marin answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:35pm | Type: Blog

To me, reclaiming the word evangelical starts with how Christians see their call by Jesus in Matthew 28 as the Great Commission. To me, reclaiming the word evangelical start ...

The Poor People's March and Occupy Wall Street
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

At the dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, at least two speakers -- the Rev. Bernice King, Martin Luther King's daughter, and the Rev. At the ...

Deconstructing Harry: Is Jim Wallis' Ideology Really "the Doctrine of Devils"?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

"[Wallis'] ideology is not Christian "[Wallis'] ideology is not Christian Glad to see you on this, Tim. Glad to see you on this, Tim. Jackso ...

Faith and #OccupyWallStreet: "This is a Holy Spirit moment."
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Speak, for your servant is listening Remember the Bible story where God calls out to Samuel in the middle of the night and Samuel jumps out of bed and runs to Eli, saying "Here I am," because he doe ...

Report from the Global Christian Forum in Indonesia: Day Five, Heading Home
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fifth and final installment in a week-long series of reports from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia filed by Wes Granberg-Michaelson, the former General Sec ...

Moving South: Day Three at the Global Christian Forum in Indonesia
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a week-long series of reports from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia filed by Wes Granberg-Michaelson, the former General Secretary of the Reforme ...

Lynne Hybels answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 11:00pm | Type: Blog

It's 5 a.m. and I'm in a hotel room preparing for the second day of a conference on Middle East Peace. It's 5 a.m. and I'm in a hotel room preparing for the se ...

Randall Balmer answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Blog

The puzzle here is not that readers of the Bible would tilt toward the political left. That, for me, as well as for thousands of other American evangelicals, is self-evident. ...

So, about those "Evangelicals..."
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 6:22pm | Type: Blog

Below is a compilation of recent media reports where the word "evangelical" is invoked. When you read these, evangelical brothers and sisters, do you recognize yourself in how the word is used and de ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon ...

Defining "Evangelicals" in an Election Year: What is an evangelical?
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 10:57pm | Type: Blog

Here we go again. Presidential elections are coming and the role of "the evangelicals" is predictably becoming a hot political story. Here we go again. Presidential elec ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Evangelical author nears the end of her "biblical year" From making her own clothes to praising her husband at the city gate to sleeping outside in a tent for the duration of her period, Rachel Held ...

Western Christians Should Support a Palestinian Statehood
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Late last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood status at the UN. ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 10:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

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 ...

Sermon on Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When I was growing up, there was a house down the street from us which had slightly tattered window coverings and the front lawn was like a graveyard of broken things. When I wa ...

We've Changed, But How?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I woke up on the morning of September 11, 2001 both nervous and excited. I woke up on the morning of September 11, 2001 both nervous and excited. I had spent the last two months ...

SEPTEMBER Not for the Faint of Heart
Originally Posted: 09/14/2011 - 2:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

Enuma Okoro Reflections on the Common Lectionary. Following where God leads is not an easy task. God's w ...

OCTOBER Remembering Our Identity
Originally Posted: 09/14/2011 - 2:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Enuma Okoro Reflections on the Common Lectionary. God is a God of order. The first order of business is to re ...

Latin American Churches Criticize U.S. Budget Debate, Support 'Circle of Protection'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

More than 140 prominent Protestant leaders from 12 Latin American countries have signed an "open letter to the Christian churches of the United States," asking American Christians to stand with &qu ...

Embodied Theology
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this summer I attended a church service where the pastor, a man struggling with what appears to be his final bout with cancer, preached about the hope that Jesus promises to those who trust ...

Here I Am!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, 'Here I am, for you called me.' Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. ...

I'm Not that Kind of Feminist
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Over the past few weeks various news outlets have run stories on the so-called feminism of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Over the past few weeks various news outlets have run ...

Jesus Walking on the Water: A Sermon Sarcastic and Serious
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It's Jesus walking on the water Sunday here at House for All Sinners and Saints, and we thought maybe during "Open Space" we should have a kiddie pool set up in the back so you could all " ...

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 ...

Will Politicians Listen to Pastors?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The way you think and feel about the world is shaped by what you see when you get out of bed in the morning. I remember hearing this from civil rights activists. The way you think ...

Environmental Activist Anna Clark: 'Christians Must Conserve Resources'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Anna has a heart for equipping churches to make small and big changes for the sake of creation care and stewardship of the earth's resources. How can Christians do this, you ask? Read our conversation to ...

Could a Decline in Numbers Bring New Hope to Southern Baptists?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart for them. Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart ...

Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When evang ...

The Faith Community and the Wisconsin State Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus never said anything about collective bargaining. He never called for the continuation of the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers. Jesus never said anything about ...

I Treat My Slaves Just Great!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've been a Christian all of my life. My parents taught me that God loves everyone equally and that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. I've been a Ch ...

The Dark Underbelly of Fundamentalist, Charismatic Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was raised in a charismatic megachurch that prided itself in being "non-religious." Our pastor thought of himself as a grace preacher, and in many ways he was. I was r ...

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 ...

Why People of Color Should Attend the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This June, I plan to attend the Wild Goose Festival, an arts, music, justice, and spirituality festival in Shakori Hills, North Carolina. My appeal to you is simple. This June, I ...

Worship Songs for a New Generation: 'Hold On to Love'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/17/worship-songs-for-a-new-generation-hold-on-to-love/" target="_self"></a>Much ink has been spilled about the so-called "lov ...

Good News to the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Years ago, the member communions of the National Council of Churches declared that a budget is a moral document. Years ago, the member communions of the National Council of Church ...

Violence in the Name of Faith?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I received a question from a reader recently that asked: You write a lot about the plight of the Palestinians. I received a question from a reader recently that asked: You write ...

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day as a Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here are 10 ways to make Earth Day a church day for your congregation, small group, or family.<em></em></p> Here are 10 ways to make Earth Day a church day for y ...

Experiencing God's Creation, Rain or Shine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I'm a Midwestern girl coming out of her winter shell this month. Flip flops are lost companions just now crawling out from under beds and hidden closet shelves. I'm a Mi ...

Entering God's Story
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

My daughter has had a difficult time understanding Lent this year. My daughter has had a difficult time understanding Lent this year. She was all about pancakes and beads on Mardi ...

Lessons From Behind Bars
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

In 2010, Hope House DC received a grant from the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. to support participation in the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read project. In ...

Love Wins: My Interview with Rob Bell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/18/love-wins-my-interview-with-rob-bell/" target="_self"></a>Monday morning, 8 a.m PST. My phone rings. It's Rob Bell calling ...

The Scandal and Beauty of Grace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus came to us full of grace and truth (<a href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=167387230" target="_blank">John 1</a>). Jesus came to us full of gra ...

Mr. President, Please Count the Costs in Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I'm glad I'm not the president right now. I'm glad I'm not the president right now. I can't imagine what it would be like to be the commander and chief of ...