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Unveiling the Walls that Divide Us
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I find it discomforting that the Lord instructs someone to wage war and therefore reasoning that God-sanctioned war is justifiable even though as Christians we are called to be peacemakers in the w ...

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 ...

The Meaning of America: President Obama's Address to Parliament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches: "it has not yet been revealed what we shall be." Such is the case with every child, every grandchild, and great grandchild -- those we know and those we will never meet. ...

Navy Honors and Discredits C
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

No one delivers sad irony quite like the United States Military. Yesterday the U.S. No one delivers sad irony quite like the United States Military. Yesterday the U.S. Navy announ ...

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 ... ...

Let Them Eat Tanks: My Interview with Ben and Jerry's Co-Founder, Ben Cohen
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/let-them-eat-tanks-my-interview-with-ben-and-jerrys-co-founder-ben-cohen/" target="_self"></a>I had the opportunity to intervie ...

The Time for Immigration Reform is Now
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Back when President Obama was candidate Obama, one of his favorite mantras on the stump was the need to recapture what Martin Luther King, Jr. Back when President Obama was candid ...

An Undocumented Student's Message to Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">We want actions, not words.</p> We want actions, not words. For nearly two decades I've called the United States of Ame ...

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. ...

The Education of An (Unlikely) Immigrant Advocate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

[<strong>Editors' Note: </strong><em>This month, Sojourners and Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will be featuring "The Stories of Immigration" blog series. ...

Geronimo: A Revealing Code Name
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A few days ago <a href="http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/on-waking-up-to-todays-news.html" target="_blank">on my personal blog</a>, I asked this question in response to the ...

Christians Must Call For This War to End
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There is no more room or time for excuses. There is no more room or time for excuses. The war in Afghanistan -- now the longest war in American history -- no longer has any justif ...

Osama bin Laden: The Death of the 'Madman with a Sword'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The mix of relief and grief displayed by crowds in the streets outside the White House and the Capitol building was a human response to the news that U.S. The mix of relief and gr ...

Are We Closer to Peace After Bin Laden's Death?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100503-whitehouserally1.jpg"></a>The news of Osama bin Laden's death rippled across social networking sites Sunday night. As I scrolled ...

How Should We Respond to the Death of Osama bin Laden?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This morning most Americans are feeling a sense of relief at the news that Osama bin Laden is dead. This morning most Americans are feeling a sense of relief at the news that Osam ...

From the Malls of America to the Destitute and Lost
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Do you find yourself reluctant to attend women's retreats, Bible studies, or conferences because too often they focus on fashion, dieting, women's emotions, and new forms of abdominal exercises? ...

I know that Jesus is the Answer, But What Does That Mean?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven Actually, I don ...

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 ...

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 ...

Reflections on the Gulf Oil Spill and a Prayer for Lost Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last year, I was deeply troubled by the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/gulf-coast/" target="_blank">Gulf Oil Spill</a>, having been born and raised on the Florida Gulf Coast. ...

Jesus Knows Sign Language
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:27pm | Type: Blog

During my last year of college, my pastor lent me the book Living Gently in a Violent World, co-authored by Jean Vanier and Stanley Hauerwas. This book is an exploration on how followers of Christ ought to liv ...

Rediscovering Values For Lent: Risky Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

Embracing Creation Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Today is the annual <a href="http://www.dayofsilence.org/" target="_blank">National Day of Silence</a>, a day where students across America pledge to be silent for a day in orde ...

The Ryan Plan: A Declaration of War on the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've been fasting for 15 days in solidarity with the <a href="https://secure3.convio.net/sojo/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&amp;page=UserAction&amp;id=399&amp;autologin=true" ta ...

Reverend Billy Against Mountain Top Removal
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/11/reverend-billy-against-mountain-top-removal/" target="_self"></a>Reverend Billy and the <a href="http://www.revbilly.co ...

Libya, Just War, and Augustine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It was on the shores of North Africa that one of the greatest Christian thinkers tried to work out the relationship between Jesus' teachings about loving even enemies and the impending invasion by ...

The Cincinnati Riots and the Racism That Remains
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, Timothy Thomas died from a gunshot fired by a police officer in Over-the-Rhine -- a neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ten years ago, Timothy Thomas died from a guns ...

The Elephant in the Sanctuary: Women and Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I concluded my celebration of Women's History Month (March) with a sober realization that the abuse of females is inseparable from the study of women's history.</p> ...

In the Midst of Fasting, I am so Grateful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On day three of my prayer fast, I woke up with the hymn, "I Am So Grateful," which the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ Children's Choir sang beautifully yesterday, running throug ...

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 ...

The Church Called to Rebellion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-Israel-Portfolio/13237970_n64hV#1125028640_vBEo3" target="_blank"></a>People can take a certain amo ...

Terry Jones: We Have Lost Our Brother
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In a blog posted on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/14/we-have-our-brother-back/" target="_blank">God's Politics on September 14, 2010</a>, I wrote that I rejoiced th ...

Friday Links Round Up: Afghanistan. Geography Game. @jimwallis.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/01/friday-links-round-up-afghanistan-geography-game-jimwallis/" target="_self"></a>Afghanistan. Geography Game. @jimwallis. Here&# ...

Can We Stand to Lose 70,000 Children?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When I was younger, I played by the rules. Everything had to be fair. The quantity of animal crackers in my possession had to be equal, not greater or less than my brother's. ...

Finding God on the Running Course
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

I started running because of my sister. Kim and I began when we were pre-teens. I believed running was the key to making me more like her -- 5 foot 9, lean, beautiful, and highly intelligent. There was one pro ...

Nestling for the Planet
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

The April issue of Sojourners magazine takes on climate change denial. One challenge is that the truth is hard to face -- but, as scientist Sasha Adkins describes from personal experience, one strategy is to d ...

How To Talk With Climate Change Skeptics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The reasons for raising doubts about the human causes of global warming, explains <em>Skeptical Science's</em> John Cook, are often political rather than scientific. ...

The Real March Madness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/30/the-real-march-madness/" target="_self"></a>At the end of Roland Joff&eacute;'s exquisite film, <a href="http: ...

Why I Do Not Support President Obama's Decision on Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama forcefully <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/us/politics/29prexy-text.html" target="_blank">defended</a> his decision to launch airstrikes ...

Why I Support President Obama's Decision on Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I believe deeply in the power of nonviolence, first as a Christian, and second as one committed to seeing the principles of human dignity, freedom, and justice advanced throughout the world. ...

How Did John 3:16 Become About 'Weirdos and Violence'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? You probably know who he ...

Why I am Beginning a Fast Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<ol> <li>Because I am an evangelical Christian and the root of the word "evangelical" is found in the opening statement of Jesus in Luke 4, where Christ says he has come to bring "&l ...

Salt And Light in Salt, Jordan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was overwhelmed with gratitude as I toured the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf with director Brother Andrew de la Carpentier. I was overwhelmed with gratitude as I toured the H ...

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On the morning of Saturday, March 25, 1911 more than 600 employees, mostly immigrant women, reported for work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. On the morning o ...

Protecting the EPA's Authority to Help Overcome Global Warming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As I discuss more fully in my book, <a href="http://creationcare.org/blog.php?blog=19" target="_blank"><em>Global Warming and the Risen LORD</em></a>, in the United ...

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 ...

Palestinians at Their Worst and Best
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of Palestinian action.</p> During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of P ...

Fast, Pray, and Act -- New Threats to the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The extreme budget cuts proposed to critical programs that save the lives, dignity, and future of poor and vulnerable people have crossed the line. The extreme budget cuts propose ...

Writing Words to Change a Life
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

I love words. They nourish me more than food. As a child (and even now, as an adult) I read novel after novel, losing myself in the characters, the plot, and the effortless descriptions of good writers. ...