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Santa Knows All (Even Your Budget)
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

What about Santa? Does he have a budget? He certainly has a belt, but does it get tightened in harsh (let’s not say LEAN) times ? Maybe Santa could stand to lose a few… Well, according to Fred Honerkamp, Old ...

Fierce For Peace
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 4:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Larisa Friesen Hall 'Does the bullet know Christian from Muslim? Does the bullet choose?' TWO LIBER ...

White House Honors National Adoption Awareness Month
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

As many of us head back to work or school and continue to recover from our post-Thanksgiving-turkey-induced food comas, let us remember that November is National Adoption Month.  While we can be thankful that over 1.5 million children have found permane ...

The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Nov. 22, 2011 THE HUFFINGTON POST: Is The Bible A Reliable Moral Guide? Amos, for instance, declares that the Lord despises all of Israel's solemn a ...

Shoulder to Shoulder, Brick on Brick
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

We bought our rickety old house almost seven years ago: an eternity of time, it seems to us now. It was winter then and we had just one child — a son, our first, a little butterbean with bright blue eyes. ...

A Peacemakers Litany
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Gracious Lord, Gracious Lord, We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence, and a nation -- America -- that ...

A Robin Hood for Wall Street
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

With the opening of the G20 Summit in Cannes, France today, an idea that's been around for awhile is in the news again and gaining more attention as a result of the #OWS movement: The so-called " ...

Halloween Treats Can Be Tricky: The Ethics of Chocolate
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

There are plenty of big things for us to worry about in America right now. Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading quickly across North America and around the world. There ...

Faith Without Borders
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Whose responsibility was it to feed the 30,000 hungry children in the Horn of Africa who have starved to death in the last three months? Who should be ensuring that no child in this world dies before his or h ...

"Courageous": A Sermon Wrapped in a Movie
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

A blockbuster-style feature-length movie made by a church? I have to admit, as a Brit, this concept baffled me, but it also piqued my interest. A blockbuster-style feature- ...

Of Traffic and Tee Times: The Grace of Unexpected Community
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

The things you do for your children. Or rather, the things you unwittingly do for yourself. It was an early autumn Thursday afternoon, four days after the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 4:25 p.m. If ...

Lynne Hybels answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 11:00pm | Type: Blog

It's 5 a.m. and I'm in a hotel room preparing for the second day of a conference on Middle East Peace. It's 5 a.m. and I'm in a hotel room preparing for the se ...

Meet Lily -- The Hunger Awareness Muppet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:10am | Type: Blog

This Sunday (Oct. 9) , Sesame Street will introduce a brand-new Muppet character — a magenta-faced, impoverished 7-year-old named Lily who represents one of the 17-million Americans who struggle daily with hun ...

The F Word
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:32am | Type: Blog

What's more obscene? Thirty-thousand children dead in Somalia in three months? Or the world standing by and letting it happen? What's more obscene? Thirty-thousa ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 President Obama and aides are bracing for a tough re-el ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

How many slaves work for you?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 8:55pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the torrent of mail that flows into my in-box each day. Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the t ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 10:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

Maurice Sendak: "Live your life, live your life, live your life."
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In case you missed it, National Public Radio's Goddess of Conversation, Terry Gross, had a simply outstanding, incredibly moving interview with the author Maurice Sendak on Tuesday's Fresh Air. ...

We Are Family! (Get Up Everybody and Sing!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I think I was about nine or ten years old when I first heard the passage read. Or first really listened to it, anyway. I sat in church, likely running the crease of the bulletin under my fingernails, trying ...

Poverty: By The Numbers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The Census Bureau on Tuesday released the latest data on poverty in the United States, and the news was troubling. The Census Bureau on Tuesday released the latest data on poverty ...

Surprised by Joy on 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"[Music] is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us." -- Martin Luther ...

Obama's Remembrance: 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spent Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, by visiting each of the attack sites in New York City, Washington, ...

For LGBT Youth, a Shelter From the Streets of Rejection
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: This post is part of a series over the last few weeks on youth homelessness. [ Editors' note : This post is part of a series over the last few week ...

When the Earth Shakes
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It was over in less than a minute. Three miles below the surface of the earth near a town in Virginia named Mineral, a fault line shifted. It was over in less than a minute. Thre ...

Tools for Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday afternoon I found out that ABC news plans to dedicate it programming today to "Hunger at Home: Crisis in America." It precipitated my writing of this post which I had planned to add as a la ...

A Lifestyle of Enough
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

About two years ago, Minhee and I made one of the hardest decisions we've made thus far in our marriage and in our calling as parents. About two years ago, Minhee and I made ...

Why is America Cutting Emergency Food Aid in the Middle of a Famine?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When I first visited Ethiopia at the height of the 1984 famine, I watched as twenty-four people died of starvation in less than fifteen minutes, right in front of my eyes. When ...

Dear World: Please Wake Up!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Some sources have stated that more than 12 million people are being impacted by the worst drought and famine in the region of the Horn of Africa in 60 years. 12 million people. So ...

Deaths in Afghanistan: Robbing the World of Human Possibilities
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I hate war. I do not hate it because people die. Death is inescapable. And believers believe that we will meet those we love again in heaven. I hate war. I do not hate it because ...

Inspired by Rosa Parks, Israeli and Palestinian Women Take a Swim
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

An account in The New York Times by Ethan Bronner reports that Israeli women and West Bank Palestinian women and girls have once again broken Israeli laws. http://creativecommon ...

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I have gotten so used to stories of violence in the news every morning that I confess they don't move me as much as they should, or used to. I have gotten so used to stories ...

The Moral Default
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken, but corrupt. The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken ...

It's Time For Us to Grow Up and Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day the mail brought an advertisement for something I desperately need (or so the ad suggested). If I ordered it right now, the ad said, I would save a hefty percentage off the usual price. ...

Migrant Workers and The Grapes of Wrath Revisited
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When John Steinbeck's classic novel The Grapes of Wrath was published in 1939, it caused a sensation. It won the Pulitzer Prize and was the best-selling novel of the year. Wh ...

The Conservative Radical: An Article by John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: Rev. John Stott, one of the world's most influential evangelical figures over the past half-century, died this Wednesday at age 90. Rev. [ Edi ...

God Is Watching
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The markets are watching, the Republicans are watching, the Democrats are watching, the media are watching, the pollsters and pundits are watching. The markets are watching, ...

The Importance of Sharing Our Stuff
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. "And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was le ...

BREAKING: Obama Meets with Faith Leaders on Budget Crisis
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Today, I, alongside other faith leaders, met with President Obama about the critical budget debate. We are grateful and hopeful leaving this meeting. Please pray for us as the conversation continues. ...

A Moral Budget: Politics, Policies, and People
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Several weeks ago (right before I left for my sabbatical), I joined with six other pastors from around the country -- in partnership with Sojourners -- to draft an open letter to Congress and Preside ...

Will Politicians Listen to Pastors?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The way you think and feel about the world is shaped by what you see when you get out of bed in the morning. I remember hearing this from civil rights activists. The way you think ...

Betty Ford and the Trials and Blessings of Life
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Life is hard. It is full of pain, disappointments, and challenges of every kind. When hard times come our way, we often ask, Why me? And the answer comes: Why not you? Life is har ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Ahmed Wali Karzai. Veterans. NATO.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest news and developments related to ...

10 Ways to Revive a Dying Church
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

You don't need a ton of proof to know that more and more churches are struggling to survive. It seems churches that are in this predicament have one of two options: revive or die ...

Enough Activists, But Not Enough Convergence: An Interview With James Lawson
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Over lunch last week, during the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict's <a href="http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/index.php/learning-and-resources/educational-initiatives/fletche ...

Muslim Victim Rais Bhuiyan Campaigns to Save His Attacker
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

Ten days after 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was working at a gas station in Dallas, Texas when a man walked in with a gun. Thinking the store was being robbed, Bhuiyan opened the cash regi ...

The Debt Ceiling Play: My 'CliffsNotes' Version
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

Our country is in the midst of a clash between two competing moral visions. It is not, as we have known in recent history, a traditional fight between Republicans and Democrats. It is a conflict between those ...

Should Churches Be Allowed to Meet in Public Schools?
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

A recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling, and the subsequent fallout here in New York, hits close to home for many of us New Yorkers. The ruling, which came down on June 2, allows for the city of New York to rest ...

What Does it Mean to 'Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors?'
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

Smack dab in the middle of the Lord’s Prayer, obscured by old translations and otherworldly assumptions, is a radical cry for Jubilee justice “And forgive us our debts, as we al ...