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The Sin of Usury
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Recently, on the <a href="http://faithandleadership.com/blog">Call &amp; Response blog</a>, <a href="http://faithandleadership.com/blog/02-22-2010/dan-rhodes-congreg ...

Attempting to Understand Clergy Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The sex abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church simply will not go away. Even the Pope himself is not immune. The sex abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church simply will n ...

'God Will Not Hear You': Death Threat to a Colombian Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"God will not hear you," the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1004&amp;article=a-paramilitary-death-threat&amp;1004_webextra=Extended%20 ...

Passover for Non-Jews and 'the Bread of Affliction'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In preparing a Passover seder in which many of my guests are first-timers and non-Jews, I am challenged by a number of factors: There is the barrier of language -- some of the texts that we read ar ...

What Glenn Beck Doesn't Understand About Biblical Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>When Glenn Beck promised to devote a whole week of his television show to come after me, I wasn't sure he really meant it. I guess he did. Last night he began to make good on the threat he made o ...

Ruth Was a Moabite 'Illegal' Immigrant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816811802_XDKLQ"></a>Every once in a while I get an "aha" mom ...

'What Has Helped Me the Most is My Faith'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Alvaro was forced to leave his wife and three children behind in ...

'I Just Want a Nice Family Life'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> George grew up in a large city in Mexico. When he was 17 years o ...

'Jim Wallis Loves His Enemies' (With a Little Help From His Friends)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

When a Fox News pundit who has helped force the resignation of White House advisers is promising he'll be <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/15/in-spite-of-glenn-becks-new-threats-my-invitation ...

'My Prayers Were Heard'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>An immigrant woman's testimony, as told to Juan Daniel Espitia, a pastor in Solana Beach, C ...

Wisdom from Cesar Chavez: 'The Oppressed Almost Always Overestimate the Oppressor'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Today's Lenten prayer comes from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9sar_Ch%C3%A1vez" target="_blank">Cesar Chavez</a> (1927-1993) -- Mexican American farm worker, ...

The Family Research Council, Wolves, and Shepherds' Clothing
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>In a recent Family Research Council e-mail, in an article titled, "Rev. Wallis: Wolf in Shepard's [sic] Clothing?" Tony Perkins aligned himself with Fox News commentator <a href=&quo ...

Love Glenn Beck as You Would Love Yourself
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I haven't heard Glenn Beck's call to "run away" from churches that teach social justice. I haven't heard Glenn Beck's call to "run away" f ...

Endurance in the Struggle for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

President Obama has postponed his trip to Guam, Indonesia, and Australia to work for the passage of health-care reform. President Obama has postponed his trip to Guam, Indonesia, ...

Two Words for Glenn Beck, Five Thoughts for the Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>By now, most of you have heard the brouhaha regarding what Glenn Beck said on his radio and TV show recently:</p> By now, most of you have heard the brouhaha rega ...

My Morning with Daniel Berrigan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As a Sojourners intern last year, I, along with my community-mates, had the opportunity to request speakers to invite to address us during weekly seminars. Peace activist and poet Fr. Daniel Berriga ...

A Pastor's Response to Glenn Beck's Call to Leave 'Social Justice' Churches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recently Glenn Beck made <a href="http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/03/08/glenn-beck-urges-listeners-to-leave-churches-that-preach-social/">some comments</a> about leaving a chur ...

The Balancing Act of a Successful Woman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Hollywood isn't real life, but when real life (mine and the lives of the actors) and Hollywood converge it is great fodder for thinking and conversation. Peter and I can't stop talking about ...

Committed: Family Values from Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/"></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0670021652?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp ...

What I Learned From the-Gasp!-Word of Faith Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Perhaps you've heard of them. Perhaps you've heard of them. Televangelists with bouffant hairstyles and Rolex watches saying send me a dollar and God will give you a hun ...

So I'm a Heretic
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385504225?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;amp;linkCode=as2&amp;amp;camp=1789&amp;amp;creative=390957&amp;amp;creativeASIN=03 ...

Mennonite College Will Now Play National Anthem Before Sporting Events
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Goshen (Ind.) College recently <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/20/AR2010022002035_pf.html">unveiled its landmark decision</a> to play the national an ...

Rise and Shine
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Does “awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead!” (Ephesians 5:14) describe your Monday morning? ...

My Education in Wake County Jail
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I got locked up once when I was in seminary. I got locked up once when I was in seminary. It was the dead of winter, and for some months a group of Christian peacemakers in North ...

Joseph Stack's Suicidal Terrorism: The Definition of Insanity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I had thought we'd all agreed that flying airplanes into buildings full of office workers was not a legitimate form of protest, but the <em>Wall Street Journal's</em> <a href="htt ...

Interview with Brian McLaren About 'A New Kind of Christianity' (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061853984?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0061853984">&l ...

Interview with Brian McLaren About 'A New Kind of Christianity'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061853984?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0061853984">&l ...

The Little Voice of Self-Doubt Inside My Head
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Right now my head is a bit stuffed up thanks to a cold, but the little voice inside my head usually takes no prisoners. Right now my head is a bit stuffed up thanks to a cold, but ...

Paint Your Faith: Graffiti Art as Witness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;article_mode=edit&amp;issue=soj1002&amp;article=video-about-paint-your-faith"></a>One of the reason ...

Faith Beyond Belief: Dogma Without Deeds is Dead
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

In a recent interview with <em>Commonweal </em>magazine, renowned Catholic theologian David Tracy argued that theological discourse, with its accompanying jargon and disputes about certain doctrina ...

'I don't live for the Jesus who eats red meat, drinks beer, and beats on other men.'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Several weeks ago, I had an extensive phone interview with a reporter from The New York Times about the growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the wide and nebulous net of "evangelical ...

Glenn Beck, Come Drink Some Kool-Aid with Me
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I used to be just like Glenn Beck, only without the multi-million dollar TV show: I used to get attention by angrily, and humorously, attacking politicians. I'm ashamed of how I acted back then. ...

God's Two Books
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 4:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joel C. Hunter I recently attended a private symposium of Christian leaders—scientists, theologians, and pastors, along with other scholar ...

From the Archives: February-March 1974
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Sabath The Bible and the Poor The Bible’s teaching on wealth is one of the most extensive and clear emphas ...

Can I Get A Witness (for Immigration Reform)?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530323111_4Ljmo"></a>Some in Washington would have us believe that immigrat ...

Greed is God: Exporting the Values of America's Prosperity Heresy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>America, dominating the global economy, imports more goods than it exports. What is ...

'We Hunt People for Jesus': Are U.S. Soldiers Proselytising in Afghanistan?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While the story of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/us/22guns.html?ref=us">bible-verses-on-gun-scopes</a> is getting more press, I am just (if not more) disturbed to read of a U ...

More Haitian History and Perspective on Pat Robertson and the 'Pact with the Devil'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Like many of you, my first reaction when hearing <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/14/the-televangelist-and-the-archbishop-contrasting-christian-responses-to-haitis-tragedy/">Pat Robertson& ...

Haiti: Praying, Waiting, and Worshiping in the Rubble
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>This is Cindy and Phyllis writing to let you know that we are all safe here at Bolosse. We were hit hard though. This is Cindy and Phyllis writing to ...

Beyond Wealth Without Work
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> This morning's Wall Street Journal headlin ...

Live from New York: It's the New Conversation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Last night at the historic Riverside Church, Jim Wa ...

The (Second) Worst Religious Idea of the Decade
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Earlier this month, the nice folks over at The Washington Post's Outlook section asked me to write an essay about what I thought the worst religious idea of the past decade was. I ended up giving ...

To Love God is to Love Our Immigrant Neighbors
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530383196_HMehM"></a>"We believe the scriptures are God's revelat ...

A Bottom-Up Perspective on Obama's Nobel Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I didn't get a chance to watch Barack Obama's Nobel speech live, but I've read the transcript and found very little in the speech that couldn't have been given by any number of past preside ...

Attacking Our Mental Programming on Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'll tell you up front -- I'm going to talk about race. I know some are tired of hearing about it, and I think that's mainly because we've been hearing about it in the same ways for so long ...

Beyond 'Diversity': New Creation and a Mestizo Vision
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Integration" and "diversity" do not express God's purpose for reconciliation deeply enough. What we need is a fresh paradigm that declares our <em>new</em> culture in Chri ...

Dinesh D'Souza, the New Atheism, and Constantinian Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week at the Innovative Evangelism Conference, I got a chance to hear <a href="http://www.dineshdsouza.com/">Dinesh D'Souza</a> speak to a standing room only crowd. ...

Boys are Warriors and Girls are Princesses? Spiritual Gifts are not Divided by Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studies? Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studie ...

Psalm 109:8 -- A Prayer to Destroy Obama?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

During the last few days, Psalm 109:8, a Bible verse in the form of a "prayer for Obama," has topped the Google trends chart: "May his days be few; may another take his office." Evidently ...

Tools for Turning Your Travels into Pilgrimages
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In my ongoing quest to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/20/turning-my-travels-into-pilgrimages">turn my travels into pilgrimages</a>, I keep discovering resources that help me along ...