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Questioning the 'Survivor' Mentality of Some Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

First a confession First a confession Well said. Thank you. Well said. Thank you. Wow. You make too much Wow. You make too much sense. This is a mindset th ...

Continuing the Abortion Conversation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

This is the sequel to the original <a title="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/the-abortion-conversation/" href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/the-abortion-conversation/&q ...

Obama's Ethic of Responsibility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>In a recent <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/25/barbara-walters-interview_ ...

What If All Churches Treated Women as Jesus Did?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Do you wonder why the words and deeds of Christ are not given more attention in the current gender debate? Do you wonder why the words and deeds of Christ are not given more atten ...

Thinking Thankfully About Money
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>When you are giving thanks this week, why not give thanks for money? Sound crass? It shouldn ...

Give Thanks in All Circumstances
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Imagine. You pack up your family, your kin, and tribe, leave th ...

Paul's Teaching on Women in Context
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Do you often find comfort and insight, even direction for your life, through a careful study of scripture? Do you believe that God's truth is found in the pages of the Bible? ...

Father Roy Bourgeois Faces Excommunication for Support of Women's Ordination
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

"I know you know what you're doing," Janice Sevre-Duszynska told Father Roy Bourgeois when he agreed to co-preside and give the homily at her ordination Mass, "but do you know what you' ...

Just Peacemaking and Counterinsurgency
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches: "Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21).</p> Biblical wisdom teaches: "Do not be overcome by evil but ...

Is America the Promised Land or Egypt?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Social location is vital to understanding how people come to their interpretations, and appropriations, of the Bible and its stories. Social location is vital to understanding how ...

The Upside to the Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> The first line in Charles Dickens classic novel A Tale of Two ...

A Prayer for a New President and a New America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

God of Abraham, Miriam, Hannah, Rizpah, and David...<br /> God of Elijah, Amos, Ruth, Isaiah, Deborah...<br /> God of Mary, John the Baptizer, Peter, Paul, Philemon and Onesimus... ...

Different but Equal?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I met an extraordinary teenager recently who had come to faith in a small town in Latvia. He was passionate about Jesus and wanted to live his life fully for Christ. I met an extr ...

Seeing Immigration Through Biblical Spectacles
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

About 20 years ago, Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon wrote a book provocatively titled <em>Resident Aliens</em>. About 20 years ago, Stanley Hauerwas and William ...

No Conviction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In a world where following Christ is decreed to be a subversive and illegal activity, you have been accused of being a believer, arrested, and dragged before a court.</p> In ...

Egalitarians' Feminism Based on Scripture, Not Secular Ideals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

For egalitarians, it is an appeal to scripture rather than liberal political thought (as <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/june/28.41.html">Sarah Sumner suggested in <em>C ...

A Pastoral Strategy for an Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> As the polls and media pundits have pointed out, many Americans ...

The Idolatry of Security (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2457">Continued from part 1&l ...

Holy Boldness by Biblical Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2347">Last week I celebrated the political prominence women enjoy today</a> as a direct extension of the gains earned for women by early ...

The Idolatry of Security (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Last week at North Park Theological Seminary , we conducted o ...

Peace in the Midst of Economic Turbulence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> When I was a girl, I heard preachers preach various iterations o ...

Holy Insecurity
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> As an Episcopalian, I attend a church where the weekly Sunday te ...

Sackcloth and Ashes on Wall Street
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Yesterday I heard Cokie Roberts on ABC's This Week say: ...

Greed in the Economy: It's the Morality, Sinner
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p align="left"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Everyone has heard the famous phrase, att ...

Jesus Convinces Some Evangelicals to Reject Torture
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Based on some responses to <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/09/torturing-the-least-of-these-b.html">my last post</a>, and <a href="http://blog.faithinpubliclif ...

Bible Stories Your Mother Never Told You -- and One to be Told Differently
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> Folks in my line of work ... i.e., writers in the field of religion ... ...

Bible Stories Your Mother Never Told You -- and One to be Told Differently
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> Folks in my line of work ... i.e., writers in the field of religion ... ...

Preachers, Poets, and Storytellers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> <p>July 4 weekend! Now this is a holiday! We won't have another one until Labor Day, but that doesn� ...

Biblical Perspectives on Idolatry, Poverty, Abortion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<em>Beliefnet invited Jim Wallis to participate in a </em><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/blogalogue/"><em>"blogalogue"</em></a><em> with David ...

Treating the Sojourner
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Patty Kupfer Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible, by M. Daniel Carroll Rodas. Baker Academic. ...

Uncomfortable Words
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Laurel A. Dykstra We have returned now to what some churches call “ordinary time,” a designation more to do with the numbering of weeks th ...

Mustard Seed Sized?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Alexis Vaughan Twenty-first century technological advances make it p ...

Voices of Truth
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Laurel A. Dykstra In the Northern Hemisphere, the short days and long nights of winter come with lectionary readings full of references t ...

A Prophetic Call
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Laurel A. Dykstra December 1 is World AIDS Day. Worldwide, 15 million children have lost one or both parents to the AIDS pandemic; in Zim ...

Suspicious of the Green Gospel?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Highly suspicious. That's what I was.</p> <p>I was invited to a meeting whose participants were considering proposing something along the line of "Green Gospels." After all, ...

Brian McLaren: Sorrow Can Make Us Better, Not Bitter
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

When tragedies like the Virginia Tech massacre occur, we all share certain questions.</p> <p>Why did this happen? How could this happen? Should anyone be blamed? Should someone be punished?</p&g ...

Video: Tony Campolo on Jesus and Taxes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Tony Campolo offers some thoughts on "rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar's."</p> <p><a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/av/PreachersAndTeachers.aspx?p=272" target=" ...

Jim Wallis: The Victory (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I am on spring break with my family this week. As we approach Good Friday and Easter, I wanted to share with you the concluding chapter to my book, The Call to Conversion. ...

For the Common Good
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:33am | Type: Magazine Article

Ronald J. Sider A biblical perspective on the role of government. People today disagree radically on the prope ...

Brian McLaren: Joseph, Noah, and Pre-emptive Preservation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've been thinking about the recent <a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/godspolitics/2007/03/jim-wallis-dr-dobson-lets-have-real.html">controversy regarding James Dobson</a ...

Spoof Products
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jonathan Mendez Hole-y Bible Leave it to ...

Judas, We Hardly Knew Ye
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The 'gospel' of Judas and The Da Vinci Code make Christianity unrecognizable. It’s ...

Church Plants
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

James Ferguson Bring the Biblical Garden by DuneCraft into your home and have weeding chores just like Jesus! ...

A Manual for Living
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Glen H. Stassen The Sermon on the Mount is one of the gems of the New Testament, comprised as it is of the spare beauty of the Beatitudes ...

A God of Words?
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Steve Thorngate I was visiting a church at which pentecostal practices were gaining traction, bringing no small controversy with them. ...

New Readings
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeshua Erickson Bob Ekblad has been reading the Bible with people who live on the margins—Chicano gang members, prison inmates, and undocu ...

No Secrets
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Forest I wonder if there are not many Sojourners readers who were dismayed with Brian McLaren’s essay in the March 2006 issue (“Found ...

Give Us This Day
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 4:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cathy C. Campbell “Give us this day our daily bread.” The simplicity of the prayer that Jesus gave us can distract us from its wisdom and ...

Partial Language
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Rensberger Brian McLaren’s article “Found in Translation” offers some delightfully thought-provoking new images for God’s way and ou ...

A House For All Peoples?
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Magazine Article

(circa 515 BCE) and the time of Nehemiah (circa 444 BCE). There were many issues facing those trying ...