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The ACLJ and the Goldstone Report on Gaza War Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few days ago I received a mass e-mail from the ACLJ. For those who don't get their daily dose of Christian talk radio, ACLJ stands for the American Center for Law and Justice. ...

Jesus Didn't Overlook Gender, He Transcended It
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this year I spent nearly one week at a Christian university. Earlier this year I spent nearly one week at a Christian university. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn m ...

Free Music Download and Interview with DM Stith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In an age of quick and easy fame, where reality stars are more popular than actual actors, it's always refreshing to find an artist quietly making genuinely beautiful music with little to no rega ...

Health Care, Immigrants, and the Character of our Country
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

With an issue like health, deeply personal, but of great public concern, the faith community has a unique and important role to play -- to define and raise the moral issues beneath the policy debat ...

Thou Shalt Not Abuse the Ten Commandments
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<p class="MsoNormal">ABC's Nightline has been running a series on the Ten Commandments in which they explore the issues and dimensions of each commandment in contemporary society.<span& ...

Zelaya Returns: But How Will Honduras Move Forward?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this morning Radio Globo -- a pro-resistance radio source -- broke the news that Manuel "Mel" Zelaya, the deposed president of Honduras, has arrived in Tegucigalpa and was calling his suppo ...

Love Your Political Enemies: A Response to Jimmy Carter's Comments on Racism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I love my fellow citizens who have taken to the street against President Obama and his plans for health-care reform. I love my fellow citizens who have taken to the street against ...

Bible Translation Debates: The Challenge of Changing Language
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever noticed how every day language is used to manipulate and shape rather than describe reality? Here is one example. Have you ever noticed how every day language is use ...

'We Are Defined as a Nation by How We Treat Those Who Have Chosen to Hurt Us'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The decision by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to release on compassionate grounds the convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has been ferociously and strongly condemned i ...

Republicans Want Health-Care Reform Too!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm a registered Republican. I didn't vote for Obama. I believe in free-market enterprise. I like smaller government. There, I said it. It's out!</p> I&# ...

Prepared to Die, but Not to Kill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently received a reply or two on <a href="../2009/08/18/court-martialed-for-christian-conscience/">my last blog post</a>, regarding <a href="http://www.truthout.org/081209A&q ...

Nazis, Commies, and Manicheans in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Life, Liberty, Happiness, and Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Declaration of Independence says:</p> The Declaration of Independence says: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are e ...

Court-martialed for Christian Conscience
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There are good men (and certainly at least a few women) who have been slipping through the cracks within our military. Too often service members are not made fully aware of their rights under the Uni ...

A Place at the Table
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

President Obama to Participate in Nationwide Call-in on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 Days for Health Reform" Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 ...

'Jose Illegal' is a Lie
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's an e-mail to make your blood boil.</p> It's an e-mail to make your blood boil. A recent e-mail forward contrasts the lives and lifestyles of hypothetical ...

Prayer Vigil at the Detention Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am a seminary professor. Activism is not something that comes naturally to me, but I am learning! I am a seminary professor. Activism is not something that comes naturally to me ...

Risking Ourselves for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm a big fan of iTunesU, and I usually try to listen to informative podcasts on long drives, since I can't read and drive simultaneously. I'm a big fan of iTunesU, ...

Making Peace with Sam Harris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Francis Collins, President Obama's choice to head the National Institute of Health, has been met with much resistance from certain quarters of the scientific community. D ...

Health Care is a Human Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), article 25 paragraph 1 says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, i ...

Abortion Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Beer Diplomacy: What Would Jesus Brew?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T46kEyyVU_k/SnJYnNcPDHI/AAAAAAAACw8/4G6Xga-fHwU/s1600-h/obama-beer.jpg"></a></p> <p>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they sha ...

A Cancer Survivor Speaks Out For Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/yes-multi-scarf-0132.jpg"></a></p> I just read an e-mail forward where someone compared the pr ...

Demanding Justice for the People that Harvest our Food
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/ciw_kroger"></a>Last weekend I watched the documentary Food, Inc. and it left me inspired in a surprising way ...

'Grace to Heal': Deconstructing the Culture of Violence in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Mark Sanford, John Ensign, and 'The Family'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Presently, the glare of the media spotlight has started to shine on a number of political figures, all of whom coincidentally have a connection to a D.C.-based group called The Family. ...

Debating Race
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Are we living in the golden age of racial debates? Every week seems to bring some new wrinkle in the national conversation about race, class, and ethnicity. And with the emergence of social media, we ...

Acedia and Vacation Bible School
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Honoring Deacon Phoebe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/13/women-leaders-in-the-early-church-2/">In last week's post</a>, I argued that because the apostle Paul commended the work of Phoebe-a ...

Be Fair to the Pharisees: Guarding Against Anti-Jewish Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union Coll ...

A Prime Minister's Conscience is Pricked
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Only God would open up an opportunity for a Catholic from San Francisco to speak prophetically to the Prime Minister of Australia, at the Anglican Centre in Rome, on behalf of Cambodians about to lose ...

Immigration Policy: Where's the Love?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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. ...

Women Leaders in the Early Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As you may know, the question of whether women can serve as deacons has been recently debated among many evangelicals. Since scripture makes clear that Phoebe served as a deacon in the church in Cench ...

A Martyr in Mauritania: Missionaries, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Mauritania is a land of striking beauty, with sand dunes lined against the sky, Bedouins riding camels in the countryside, and flying beetles that look like they come straight from the abyss of the Ap ...

Why the Fuss About Dr. Francis Collins' Faith?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'm excited about the <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0908&amp;article=with-all-your-mind" href="http://www.sojo.net/index.c ...

Executions Worldwide Nearly Doubled in 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The number of executions worldwide nearly doubled last year compared with 2007, according to a <a title="http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ACT50/003/2009/en/0b789cb1-baa8-4c1b-bc35-58b6063098 ...

Pope Benedict on the Global Economy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new encyclical on the global economy. As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new enc ...

Celebrating Singleness with a Biblical Perspective
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/7664262_f2SVv#494818117_uXdMB"></a>I graduated from a wonderful Christian college about a year ago, and it was a great experienc ...

Amahoro: An Emerging Conversation in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and the exchange or exploration of ideas. Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and t ...

Immigration Reform This Year: Let's Get to Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama met with key legislators to discuss the details of moving comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year. Yesterday, President Obama met with ke ...

A Call to Serve and Preserve Creation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I just returned to the United States from a clergy conference I was invited to address by Rev. James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool. I just returned to the United States from a clergy ...

Are Single Moms the New Widows?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

40 Ways to Celebrate Interdependence Day on July 4
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's wild how easily we get sidetracked from Holy days by holidays, and how quickly we can smother our central identity in Christ with other identities such as our national identity. ...

Iran: Two Kinds of Islam, Two Kinds of Religion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There is the Islam of the dictators and their religious allies, used to keep people in their place, used to justify their own power, used to shame and threaten those who question their authority. And ...

Are Christians More Compassionate Towards Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am heartened by a new analysis of data from a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/274/americas-immigration-quandary">2006 Pew Research Center poll</a>, which indicates that people w ...

A Father's Day Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

To My Brothers, Sisters in Iran
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have never met you but I have to thank you. You are half a world a way but I'm watching you on TV, reading blogs, looking at pictures and following your Twitter updates. I ...

Reclaiming the Church's Mission and Message on Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the role of the church will be significant. As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the ...

Jim Wallis and Jon Stewart Get It Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis is one of the most talented interviewees I've ever known. He knows how to get substance, not just spin, into a sound byte, and he has an amazing ability to think on his feet. ...