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Jesus did NOT Kill Mohammed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Jesus Killed Mohammed" was written in Arabic in large red letters on the side of a U.S. Army Special Forces vehicle, armed to kill and rolling through a town in Iraq. It sounds like a bad M ...

The New 'Nones' Aren't Atheist--Just Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Historically, the number of individuals who say they have no religious affiliation in America ranges between 5-10%, but a new poll conducted by Robert Putnam (of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/p ...

Are Christians Bad for an Empire's Economy? Should They Be?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Mike recently brought to my attention a <a href="http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/jod/texts/pliny.html" target="_blank">letter written by Pliny the Younger to the Emperor Trajan< ...

The Two Futures Project: Who Would Jesus Bomb?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In light of <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/05/us-afghanistan-civilian-deaths-coalition-bombing">headlines that dozens of kids and families were killed in US bombings of Afgh ...

God's Image and Caesar's Image: Torture and the Currency of Empire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the central teachings of Torah is that all human beings are made in the Image of God. That teaching and what flows from it are at the heart of Jewish prohibitions on the use of torture -- and p ...

Poem: Through the Eyes of the Beholder
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

This piece was written as a personal testimony as to how we can use scripture to liberate us from mental and physical bondage. Through the Eyes of the Beholder is dedicated to all of us who struggle with insec ...

Turning the Focus Beyond Gender Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Do you find yourself reluctant to attend women's retreats because they tend to focus on things like fashion, women's emotions, crafts, and new forms of stomach exercises? ...

Three Encouragements Toward Making Your Churches More Multicultural
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. But one of the joys of planting and pastoring Quest Church is that it's one of t ...

Torture: What Part of 'Do Not Repay Evil for Evil' Don't You Understand?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush administration torture memos. There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush adm ...

The Power to Dominate and the Power to Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As Christians, our continual task is to explore and mediate on Jesus' teachings, as well as to emulate his deeds. As Christians, our continual task is to explore and mediate ...

Celebrating Easter Reconciliation: Alive and One in Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As we celebrate Easter and Christ's empty tomb, we recognize that Calvary changes everything! As we celebrate Easter and Christ's empty tomb, we recognize that Calvary c ...

Jesus and the Children of Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Roman occupation, preached a message that was anti-state and religious imperialism. Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Rom ...

Pentecostalism's Forgotten Nonviolent Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As I write this post, I'm sitting in a hotel room in Eugene, Oregon waiting for the Society for Pentecostal Studies conference to start. It's nice to have a day to myself. ...

I'm the Older Brother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>When it comes to President Obama's stimulus package and its provisions to help those Americ ...

Defiant Hope: St. Patrick's Day in Northern Ireland
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland with my parents, my husband, and my one-year-old son. Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland w ...

The Danger of Deception
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

How many times have we heard that women are more easily deceived than men? How many times have we heard that women are more easily deceived than men? In overt and also subtle ways ...

U2's Sacred Pilgrimage: 'I Found Grace, It's All That I Found'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001O0EQ5U?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001O0EQ5U">&l ...

Good News in Both Word and Deed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It's a new world we're living in. The troubles and hardships that were once easy to shove under our country's red, white, and blue rug now fly up in our faces on a daily basis. ...

Ash Wednesday: Concrete Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51; 2nd Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.</em></p> Bible readings f ...

Waltz with Bashir: Drawing a Massacre from Memory
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://waltzwithbashir.com"></a>Each time I write about the Middle East, I feel compelled to repeat three concepts.</p> Each ti ...

Women Leaders in the Early Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Look at these astonishing verses from Romans 16.</p> Look at these astonishing verses from Romans 16. I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cen ...

Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Claiborne, was recently moved to tears after witnessing a youth gathering in Australia. That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Cla ...

Two Kinds of Economic Recovery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> I just watched President Obama's Indiana speech and town ha ...

'The Needs of the Poor Take Priority Over the Desires of the Rich'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> As a Catholic, I have been taught about the importance of the po ...

Peacemaking, Power, and Politics: Books for Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

As a former theology and philosophy professor at Asbury Seminary, Sojourners' COO, Chuck Gutenson, is a walking encyclopedia of all things theological As a former theology a ...

God's Inaugural Spokespersons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I thought God -- the real God, the One who cares passionately about justice, peace, and diversity -- came out rather well in the inaugural ceremonies.</p> I thought God -- t ...

Your Ballots at Work: 'Waterboarding is Torture'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

This kind of feels close to an exercise in I-told-you-so, but for all the folks who assert that voting is a hopelessly corrupted exercise in irredeemable empire, consider as an indicator the testim ...

One Hundred Eyes for One Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

One hundred tons of bombs are Israel's way of saying to the captive citizens of Gaza, Merry Christmas, Happy Eid (feast), and Happy New Year. One hundred tons of bombs are Is ...

An Atheist's Praise of Evangelism in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Matthew Parris is a self-confessed atheist, but he writes with extraordinary candor and insight about the role of faith in social transformation in a recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t ...

The Promise of Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

At the time of year when Christians proclaim the birth of the Prince of Peace, in too many places our world remains wracked by violence, and our efforts to end it seem futile. ...

My Advent Calendar: December 17
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>A set of double doors marked "17" on my Advent calendar opened to a charming image of a mi ...

My Advent Calendar: December 13
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>The December 13 window opens to the fourth gospel-the eagle symbol of the evangelist John.</p> ...

Dear Santa, All I Want for Christmas...
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Dear Santa,</p> <p>I remember how Christmas used to be when I was a little girl: waking up early Christmas morning, racing downstairs to see the presents and unwrapping gifts.</p> ...

My Advent Calendar: December 11
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Not surprisingly, when I opened the eleventh window, it revealed a picture of a lion holding a book- ...

My Advent Calendar: December 8
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> As mentioned in an earlier post , this year's Advent calenda ...