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Pray for Glenn Beck
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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Why are the First Family's Hairstyles a Political Issue?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I, perhaps recklessly, began to think that the debate on black hair had finally been put to rest, that black women could choose to wear their hair straightened or natural, in braids, locks, or twis ...

Consequences of the Recession
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Did you see it? It wasn't the leading story in <em>The</em> <em>New York Times, The</em> <em>Washington</em><em> Post</em>,<em> </em>or most oth ...

A Stupid Made-for-TV Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Cable news and the blogosphere heated up with a new controversy in the lead-up to a noon-time address that President Obama gave as a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchool ...

Did Anyone Freak Out in '91 When George H.W. Bush Asked School Children to 'Help Us Achieve Our Goals'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I blame the media for much of this manufactured controversy. I blame the media for much of this manufactured controversy. Just because a conservative fringe now feels entitled to ...

Obama's School Speech Outcry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Most folks who've read my blog over some time should know that while I very much respect President Obama, I don't go ga-ga and drool over this man. Most folks who'v ...

Does President Obama Want to Brainwash Our Kids?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I suppose I'm asking for trouble by going here, but could someone explain to me the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/04/us/04school.html?_r=1&amp;hp" target="_blank">c ...

God's Word for the Pint-Sized
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Vacation Bible Schools isn't nearly as bad as, say, the Inquisition. VACATION BIBLE S ...

Sex Trafficking: Rescuing the Other Jaycee Dugards
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I, along with the rest of the nation, have watched in horror this past week as the <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gvBeg7MFDN7NMl_R8k1J_21SuoVAD9ACUQAG0">details of t ...

Hope from the Next Generation: Hey, There's Recycling on the Floor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There's this place near our home called Kiddie Land. It's sort of this epic little corner nearish to the city that, for 80 some years, has boasted good times for kiddos. Think wooden roller ...

As a Pediatrician, a Muslim, and a Mother: Speaking Out for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As representatives from many different faiths, we stand together today, united in our support for health-care reform so that affordable, quality health care can be made available to all. ...

Nazis, Commies, and Manicheans in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I remember playing WWII as a boy. We would pick sides of American and Nazis. Of course, everyone wanted be the Americans, the good guys. I remember playing WWII as a boy. We would ...

Weaving Networks from Iowa to Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is an African proverb from Ethiopia that says, "When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion." What a graphic illustration of power that emerges as an outcome of networking, partnership, and ...

A Place at the Table
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my favorite family gathering. I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my ...

How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>In the August 2009 issue of</em> Harper's Magazine<em>, Brooklyn-based writer Rachel Aviv penned an article titled "Like I was Jesus: How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ." ...

When Local Police Do Immigration Enforcement, the Community Suffers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Two contrasting images recently brought into focus a growing chasm: a forty-something man in jeans and T-shirt squeezing the microphone at a community forum on immigration, face tight with anger a ...

Abortion Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In recent days, it seems that the Religious Right is trying everything they can to derail the health-care reform our country so desperately needs. In recent days, it seems that th ...

What is Wrong With Me, When Seeing Babies is Depressing?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I've heard from many of you who liked <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/17/kids-need-all-the-positive-words-they-can-get/">last month's post</a>, or were at least relieved b ...

My Summer Road Trips
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

For our family, summer is road trip time. Joy loves to drive, and our two boys, Luke and Jack, are veteran travelers - by land, air, and even sea! For our family, summer is road t ...

'Grace to Heal': Deconstructing the Culture of Violence in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The government of Zimbabwe, in a groundbreaking move, dedicated this past weekend to renouncing political violence and promoting national healing. The government of Zimbabwe, in a ...

The Dark Side of Development
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Development is a word full of hope. It brings to mind water pumps and rice banks, bridges and education, smiling children and sky-scraping financial institutions. Yet there is a dark side to developme ...

How to Win a Culture War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Want to know how to win a culture war? Don't fight one. The soul of our nation has been marred from a perpetual state of culture war. Want to know how to win a culture war? ...

Acedia and Vacation Bible School
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, less than 48 hours after there was a senseless homicide in our neighborhood, my family participated in a time-honored summer ritual: My husband and I took our 5-year-old son to Vacation ...

Celebrating Mandela's Birthday and Serving Zimbabwe's Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On July 18<sup>th</sup> many people from different parts of the world celebrated Nelson Mandela's 91<sup>st</sup> birthday! On July 18 th many peop ...

Kids Need All the Positive Words They Can Get
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Recently a bunch of people e-mailed me the same <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/opinion/16kristof.html"><em>New York Times</em> column</a>, which cited a variety of ...

Update an Obsolete Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a <a href="http://www.cbpp.org/files/7-6-09pov.pdf">study</a> analyzing the effectiveness of our country's safety net pr ...

Immigration Policy: Where's the Love?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. ...

Michael Jackson's Legacy of Social and Environmental Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Though it has been two weeks since Michael Jackson's death, the world continues to mourn and to monitor news sources for the latest developments. Though it has been two weeks ...

Let the Little Children Come: Scripture and the DREAM Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Old Testament, we find God's repeated command to care and look out for immigrants. Throughout the Old Testament, we find God's repeated command to care an ...

Three Moral Issues of Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Death, disease, and pain did not exi ...

Clean Energy and Security Act: If Everyone's Unhappy, It Must Be a Good Compromise
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I rode my bike to work today. Despite the summer heat, it is not a bad trip I rode my bike to work today. Despite the summer heat, it is not a bad trip "As far as ...

Are Single Moms the New Widows?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Bible, God's people are instructed to care for those who often cannot thrive on their own, most often widows and orphans. Throughout the Bible, God's peop ...

Radical Love: A Father's Day Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a rel="me" href="http://technorati.com/claim/w5fpwem56m"></a> Many of us understand God the Father through our relationship with our own fathers. ...

A Father to the Fatherless
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Father's Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. For most of my life, my father was absent, having abandoned our family when I was in elementary school. Father ...

Rethink Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

An interview with a man and his children in an Internally Displaced Person (refugee) camp quickly devolves into a father desperately trying to sell his smallest child to the cameraman. ...

A Father's Day Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<p class="title">It's daunting for me to even begin writing about Fathers' Day ... It's daunting for me to even begin writing about Fathers' Da ...

A Calendar is a Moral Document
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Dad, could we go to the field and practice a little more pitching?" Our Astros Little League baseball team had just won the Northwest Washington, D.C. championship game in the last inning. ...

Re-founding Fathers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Many problems in our society will be solved when young men are willing to become good fathers. Of course, they can do this only if they have an example to follow. Many problems in ...

A Father's Day Remembrance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away.</p> On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away. I had gone to the hospital the morning before in San Diego to vis ...

Dads Healing Holes and Wounded Souls
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When my oldest son, Jamin, was moving out of the toddler years, I started to have a difficult time hugging and kissing him. When my oldest son, Jamin, was moving out of the toddle ...

Inspiring Fatherhood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

More than the primaries, general election, board meetings, or the budget fight on Capitol Hill, this past week was a high-intensity roller coaster for me. It was Little League playoffs. ...

A Woman's Right to Fish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. <em>If you teach his wife how to fish, you feed the whole family for a lifetime</em>. ...

Water of Life: Wee Man Doesn't Take it for Granted (And Neither Should You)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

One of the everyday things Vasco has enjoyed most since arriving in Chicago from Malawi five weeks ago is being able to go into the kitchen and pour a cool glass of crystal clear water, from the si ...

Education in Color
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Raising one half-African son and one of mixed European descent posed both ordinary and unique parenting challenges for my husband and me. Raising one half-African son and one of m ...

To Hell with Human Trafficking. There, I Said It.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Is it possible that we as Christians just aren't angry enough about injustices like human trafficking and slavery? Perhaps we've grown too desensitized, domesticated, and docile. ...

The Day I got 'Left Behind'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The year was 1988. I was 11 years old and my younger brother Paul was 7 years old. The year was 1988. I was 11 years old and my younger brother Paul was 7 years old. Our family wa ...

My Mama in Congo
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

We were in Masisi, a small town in the endless rolling green mountains of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. We were in Masisi, a small town in the endless rolling green mounta ...

The Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/acabar-blog-photo.jpg"></a>One morning earlier this year, Edelina "Eden" Jolloso-Jerus, working at her family store in San Juan-Ror ...

Financial Assistance: Is Your Church Ready?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In the upcoming weeks and months, desperate people will knock on the doors of almost every church across the nation to ask for emergency financial assistance. In the upcoming week ...

Postville Community Leaders Rally Around Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Postville, Iowa, is a powerful place. Tuesday, hundreds of community members and people of faith from across the country gathered to pray and reflect on the traumatic events of May 12, 2008. ...