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Rediscovering Values for Lent: Trusting God That We Have Enough
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> [ Editors' note ...

How To Start a Revolution: A New Film About Gene Sharp
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100318-genesharp.jpg"></a>With all the <a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/2011/02/gene-sharp-and-the-science-of-people-power/&quo ...

We Must Pray and Act for Japan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Once again, we are seeing human and environmental tragedy. In Japan, a natural disaster has destroyed all human attempts for control. Once again, we are seeing human and environme ...

Wisconsin Strengthens Ties Between Labor and Environment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Corporations have long used the false rhetoric of "jobs versus the environment" to pit what would be natural allies -- environmentalists and labor activists -- against one another. ...

In the Wake of Japan Disaster, Must We Accept Nuclear Power?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Navy reported today that it had detected low levels of airborne radiation at the Yokosuka and Atsugi bases, about 200 miles to the north of the Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactors. ...

What Does Rob Bell Really Say? (A Review of the Actual Book Itself)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/15/what-does-rob-bell-really-say-a-review-of-the-actual-book-itself/" target="_self"></a>Whether it was a brilliant marketing stra ...

Finding the Way Out: Why It's Time to End the War in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The clock is ticking toward a July decision by President Obama to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, as he has promised. The clock is ticking toward a July decision by Pre ...

Flood of Refugees from Libya Pose New Opportunities for Welcoming the Stranger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As the world is watching Libya, I am keeping close watch and prayers over the sea. As the world is watching Libya, I am keeping close watch and prayers over the sea. A recent he ...

America's Greatest Deficit is Spiritual, Not Merely Financial
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

With all the angst about the economy, the deficit, and a looming government shut-down, I'm still concerned that we're treating symptoms rather than diagnosing the underlying disease. ...

Meet the Martinezes: One Family's Reach For the American Dream
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the [Lord], is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."</em> (James 1:27)& ...

The Theological Mistake of the King Hearings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There is no doubt, terrorism is real. And there are small groups of terrorists who threaten countless innocents across the world. They are waging a battle on two fronts. There is ...

An Apology to My Muslim Friends
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On the weekend of Oct. 6, 2001 -- less than one month after 9/11 -- my husband preached a sermon called "Religion Gone Awry." That was not the message he had originally scheduled for that weekend. ...

Why Your State Should Follow Utah's Example
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Reading the recent headlines of immigration news has hardly been uplifting, with multiple state legislatures attempting to pass <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/29/arizona-style-imm ...

God Uses Insignificant Persons to Change the World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-February-2011/15741163_ShwH4#1198959247_g3Xko" target="_blank"></a>We have seen the collapse of Mub ...

Securing Women's Rights in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In a northern Kabul neighborhood in December, I met with the director of the Afghan Women's Skills and Development Center, a non-governmental organization working to enhance the basic skills and ca ...

Remember Bloody Sunday by Counting the Votes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Forty-six years ago, civil rights activists in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/selma/" target="_blank">Selma, Alabama</a> began what they hoped would be a 50-mile march to the ...

Feeling Green Guilt at 30,000 Feet
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I just returned from a fabulous little weekend getaway. Skipped town with the hubby. Just us, sans three kids for the first time in four years, and it was glorious. I just returne ...

Opportunity Missed in the U.N. Veto of the Israel Settlement's Resolution
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. Resolution calling Israel to account for it ...

Prayer of the Day: Work for change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the strength of your spirit and inspired by your compassion, we make this promise to work for change which empowers the forgotten. In the strength of your spirit and inspired b ...

Losing Our Sons and Daughters: The Cost of Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In November, 2010, Marine 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly was killed by a landmine in Afghanistan. He became one of now nearly 1,500 young Americans to die there. In November, 2010, Mari ...

Why I'm Fasting From Facebook This Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 11:02pm | Type: Blog

In contemplating next weekend's National Day of Unplugging, I'm reminded of the Facebook Fast I embarked on back in 2008. In contemplating next weekend's National ...

'Judge, Appeal To Your Inner Self!'
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

I spent all day Saturday at a middle-school debate tournament. My seventh-grade son Luke loves being on his middle school baseball team. I spent all day Saturday at a middle-schoo ...

Friday Links Round Up: Books. Pizza. Women Writers.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Books. Pizza. Women Writers. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:</p> Books. Pizza. Women Writers. Here's a little ...

Matthew Kelty and the Beauty of a Good Death
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Writer and Trappist monk Matthew Kelty died last week at age 95. His is an example of a good life and a good death. Writer and Trappist monk Matthew Kelty died last week at age 95 ...

Contend for the Gospel, But Please Don't Be a Jerk
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In a pluralistic world of a plethora of thoughts, ideas, philosophies, and worldviews, it makes total sense to me that Christians need to be equipped and engaged in "contending" for the gospel.</p ...

'Have You Tried Washing Their Feet?'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/have-you-tried-washing-their-feet/" target="_self"></a>A few weeks ago, I got a free sermon on the metro.</p> ...

Loving Your Enemies (Even When You Don't Want To)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Sometimes when I'm bored I kind of like to fill in sound effects that I think the crowd listening to Jesus might have responded with. Sometimes when I'm bored I kind of ...

Wisconsin: America's Tahrir Square?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A week after a shocked world reveled in Egypt's incredible moment of freedom and people power, Wisconsin is reviving its own unique tradition of people power and creative protest. ...

Poverty Tourism Can Make Us Thankful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The jolt in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/port-au-prince/" target="_blank">Port-au-Prince</a> herniated a disk in my lower back last month. The pain is making it hard to sle ...

Still Missing in the Arab World: Assembly and Free Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, I established AmmanNet, the Arab world's first Internet radio that used technology to create audio and text content freely. Ten years ago, I established AmmanN ...

Lara Logan and Sexual Violence in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Agree with her politics or not, Lara Logan is charting territory in which we still see very few women as the chief foreign correspondent at <em>CBS News</em>. Agree w ...

This Lent -- Looking Inward, Looking Outward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. It is now clear tha ...

How Child Sex Trafficking is Being Overcome in the Philippines
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One of the things that make the work of fighting global slavery so difficult is that people feel defeated by the sheer size and scope of the problem. One of the things that make t ...

Tahrir Square: The Many Little Revolutions
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/15/tahrir-square-the-many-little-revolutions/" target="_self"></a>Last week, I received this photo of Maggie, an Egyptian Christia ...

Political Winter Storms in the West Virginia Coalfields
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

In the old days, in the coal towns of West Virginia, winter was a time when folks hunkered around the pot-bellied stove and whiled away time spinning stories. In the old days, in ...

Egypt: Another Step Towards Mainstreaming Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The movement that ended President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year autocratic rule has not only created a spectacular breakthrough for Egyptian democracy, it has bequeathed a priceless gift to the rest of u ...

A Letter to Young Egyptian Protesters, From a Veteran U.S. Activist
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I hope that somehow, through the vast network we call social media, this gets to you in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/tahrir-square/" target="_blank">Tahrir Square</a>, even ...

This Valentine's Day, Do You Know Where Your Chocolate Comes From?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday I received my email copy of ePistle, Evangelicals for Social Action’s weekly electronic communication. Yesterday I received my email copy of  ePistle , Evangelicals fo ...

Why Are the Big Banks Still So Bad?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, Elizabeth Warren and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau convened their first roundtable of religious leaders at the White House. Why does this matter? Yesterd ...

The Truth About the BP Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ten months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and by now most of the nation has shifted its focus away from the gulf to more recent and pressing topics. Ten months ...

Why We Need Criminal Justice Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. prisons and jails accounts for 25 percent of the world's incarcerated, and, as Michelle Alexander ...

'Christians and Muslims, We Are All Egyptians'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/07/christians-and-muslims-we-are-all-egyptians/" target="_self"></a>While much of the prognostication about Egypt's future ha ...

Cairo is Burning, Mr. President
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/07/cairo-is-burning-mr-president/" target="_blank"></a>While watching live footage from <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/ ...

How to Pray for Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here is a new update from my friend, Wafik Wahba, Associate Professor of Global Christianity at Tyndale University and Seminary. Here is a new update from my friend, Wafik Wahba, ...

Happy Birthday, Rosa Parks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/04/happy-birthday-rosa-parks/" target="_self"></a>Rosa Parks would have been 98 years old this Friday, February 4, 2011. As I watc ...

Cast Off the Stupor of Indifference
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Today I want to focus on the people of Egypt -- those million or more who have gathered in Tahrir Square, both as a united, insistent, revolutionary body, and as individuals -- professors and bake ...

Closer to God, Closer to the Poor: A President's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was able to attend the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday morning and noted two important things about <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/03/remarks-president-national-p ...

Egypt's Power Vacuum
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/110202-gascannister.jpg"></a>For an entire week now we've watched tens of thousands of Egyptians march demanding a change in government. ...

Mary and Martha: Women in Ministry in the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've always found this story of Mary and Martha perplexing. Mainly because of Jesus' response to Martha. I've always found this story of Mary and Martha perplexing. ...

Prayer and Fasting for Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

An Egyptian friend living in Chicago just spoke with a pastor in Cairo. For security purposes, I have not used the name of the pastor in Cairo, but I do know him and deeply respect him. ...