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Living into the Hope of the Resurrection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I have never been as conscious of the incredible hope of the Easter message as I have been this last Easter. I have never been as conscious of the incredible hope of the Easter ...

A Reading for April 15: The Parable of the Taxpayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpayer (from the VERY New Testament). This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpa ...

An Open Letter to Parents Who Owe Child Support
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The legal definition of Child Support is "periodic monetary payments by the non-custodial parent for the care of his or her minor child." In our country, non-custodial parents are usually obligat ...

The Inevitable Results of War: Sins as Well as Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea. The end of Passover is said to mark ...

Once Again, the Health-Care Bill Is Far From Perfect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

According to Robert Pear's recent article in <em>The New York Times</em> (<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/29/health/policy/29health.html">"Coverage Now for Sick C ...

A Six-Point Summary of What the New Health-Care Law Should Accomplish Now (and Some Other Details)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the most comprehensive health reform legislation in decades. On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law th ...

A Pastor's Petition
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Cesar and Angelica first contemplated migrating to the U.S. from ...

A World Water Week Warning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I grew up in the water world. My dad worked for the water department in Dallas and served as director of Austin water and wastewater. I grew up in the water world. My dad worke ...

A New March on Washington
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816712604_FVFqL"></a>March 21, 2010: With crowd turnout twice the expec ...

A Real Hero
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> For the last four years I have been living and working in sout ...

'What Has Helped Me the Most is My Faith'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Alvaro was forced to leave his wife and three children behind in ...

War is Ugly, God is Good: What I Learned from the Truth Commission on Conscience in War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I can't imagine a better way to lament the 7<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the war in Iraq than by spending it with Iraq veterans who are horrified by the war and courageously speaking out again ...

Jesus-Focused Conversations in Occupied Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>I arrived in Bethlehem last Sunday evening to speak at a conferenc ...

Pray Immigration Reform Into Passage
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530299533_pYZW5"></a> On Sunday, a major <a href="http://changetake ...

'My Prayers Were Heard'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>An immigrant woman's testimony, as told to Juan Daniel Espitia, a pastor in Solana Beach, C ...

Walking Prophetically: Marching as a Form of Worship
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530360477_v2ewK"></a>This Sunday like tens of thousands of Americans I' ...

Video: Phone Calls from Papi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://facingdeportation.org/?page_id=7"></a>Linzi, a U.S. citize ...

Family Values Without Borders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Norma comes from a small town in Nicaragua, where she had to end ...

Inspired by Haitians Rebuilding Haiti
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>First of all, I have several pictures below I'd love to share with you from my recent trip to Haiti. It's surreal to me that a week ago, I was in Haiti -- hosted by the good folks at <a ...

A Pastor's Testimony of Redemption May End in Deportation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>Pastor Walter is experiencing firsthand the effects of a broken immigration system. Walter migra ...

A Hold-Out and a Hunger Strike on Aid for Uganda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>My alarm went off at 5 a.m. today. As I sat up and unzipped my sleeping bag, a gust of Oklahoma wind bitterly ushered me into a new day. Drops of rain splashed my face, extinguishing the last few embe ...

A Pastor's Response to Glenn Beck's Call to Leave 'Social Justice' Churches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recently Glenn Beck made <a href="http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/03/08/glenn-beck-urges-listeners-to-leave-churches-that-preach-social/">some comments</a> about leaving a chur ...

God is Going to Change Hard Hearts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Erica grew up in San Salvador and had to work with her parents s ...

Bearing Witness Against Cyber-Smears in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Isn't there something in the Bible about not bearing false witness? Isn't there something in the Bible about not bearing false witness? How is it then, whether in relati ...

Immigration Reform: Change Takes Courage and Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530254746_CFpJb"></a>The window is closing on comprehensive immigration ref ...

Mixed Victory: A Better Poverty Measure Counts More as Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Eight million more Americans are now in poverty. Well Eight million more Americans are now in poverty. Well Reduce poverty, yes! But how? Reduce poverty, yes! But how? Do ...

The Question of Climate Change is Secondary to the Need for Creation Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

It is still very much winter in Chicago. Sure, the calendar says March, but the piles of snow on the ground look more like mid-January. Everything is brown and crusty. It is still ...

Excitement and Depression in the Potential for Change in Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

I have been reluctant to write about health care recently. I have been reluctant to write about health care recently. My 11-month-old son will be going in for major brain surg ...

Healing Presence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

During the past two years, I've traveled internationally quite extensively, focused on issues related to extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and war. During the ...

Sadness and Hope in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Debates about immigration policies and reform continue to rage. Consequently, op-ed pieces, books, and reports on this contentious topic appear daily. Debates about immigration po ...

The Real Solution to Childhood Obesity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

With more than a third of our children now overweight and many already diabetic, Americans of all political colors should commend the First Lady for her recently-announced campaign against childhoo ...

A Haitian Church Engages Long-Term Needs in Port-au-Prince
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Law student Sebastien Doussous currently manages the database on a needs-assessment survey administered, just days following the Jan. 12 earthquake, by members of his church, L'...glise Communaut ...

Cut the Deficit--Cut Military Spending
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama's 2011 budget, submitted to Congress this week, totals $3.8 trillion and projects a deficit of $1.6 trillion. President Obama's 2011 budget, submitted to ...

Obama's Call for Civility Amid Prayer Breakfast Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-national-prayer-breakfast">spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast</a> this morning, with a plea for c ...

Justice for Vieques
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The book of Jeremiah states, "For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? The ...

Creating Change in the Midst of Crisis: Re-thinking Our Values
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> In past years at Davos, I often found myself in ear ...

My Son's Struggle with Christianity vs. Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

As is the case for many Americans, I use the Christmas and New Year holidays as a time to reflect and try to gain perspective on matters near and dear to me. As is the case for ma ...

Saying Good-Bye to the Pause After the Hyphen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

My husband asked me that question last night: "Do you think you'll feel different after you become a citizen?"</p> My husband asked me that question last nigh ...

Haiti, Aftershocks and Tremors: One week and two days later
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

While the rest of the world has been pondering the economic and social fate of the recently earthquake-devastated island nation of Haiti, Haitian-Americans alone have asked, "What will happen to ou ...

A New Direction for Juvenile Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. ...

Now is the Time for Congressional Courage on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too many of the rest of us do not. The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too ...

Immigration: Drama and First Drafts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

"Why do you have to be so dramatic?" I thought as I rolled my eyes. "Why do you have to be so dramatic?" I thought as I rolled my eyes. The speaker was tellin ...

The Real Housewives of Orange County...Really?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> With the release of Jim's newest book, Red ...

Poor Folks' Food
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

My mother loved food.</p> My mother loved food. She loved it from the garden to the table. She enjoyed feeding people and all of creation. In the winter she and my fat ...

Five Steps to Avoid Financial Disaster (Inflated Expectations, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/50-years-of-inflated-expectations/ ...

The Flight to Egypt and the Continuing Challenges of Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>E<a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>piphany has passed as well as Coptic Christmas earlier in January ...

50 Years of Inflated Expectations
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>Over my working life, I have seen investments inflate. I have also seen prices infl ...

Nothing But Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The jobs that pay my bills -- speaking and managing <a href="http://eape.org/">EAPE </a>-- often carry me far from the jobs that don't: writing and loving my neighbors here in Walnut ...

On the Ground in Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Thank you so much for your concern, prayers, and gifts for people in Haiti. Here is a three-minute video from Haiti Partners co-director John Engle, who is in Port-au-Prince right now. ...

Religion and Women: The Oldest Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Nicolas Kristof had a recent article in <em>The New York Times</em> titled, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/opinion/10kristof.html?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss">"R ...