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Friday Links Round Up: A North Korean Restaurant. Christian Jerks. Bloody Sunday.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/04/friday-links-round-up-a-north-korean-restaurant-christian-jerks-bloody-sunday/" target="_self"></a>A North Korean restaurant. C ...

Jon Stewart and the Sheer Hypocrisy of FOX News on Teachers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/04/jon-stewart-and-the-sheer-hypocrisy-of-fox-news-on-teachers/" target="_self"></a>I like teachers. My three sisters are teachers ...

In the End, Love Always Wins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope in the church than I have felt in a long time. I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope ...

Is Theology The Most Important Thing?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Over the course of this past weekend and my recent post about <a href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/what-the-hell/" target="_blank">hell, universalism, exclusivism,</a ...

Why I'm Fasting From Facebook This Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:02pm | Type: Blog

In contemplating next weekend's National Day of Unplugging, I'm reminded of the Facebook Fast I embarked on back in 2008. In contemplating next weekend's National ...

Five Frustrations When You Debate Israel and the Palestinians
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:11am | Type: Blog

I've been fascinated watching an earlier blog hunker down into a strong debate about Israel and the Palestinians (February 22, "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/when-will-3-5-million- ...

'Farewell Rob Bell' (Or, John Piper's Inferno)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100301-robbell.jpg"></a>"Farewell Rob Bell." With this three word tweet John Piper -- senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist church in ...

Sojourners Supporters and Partners Challenge Congress on Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/28/sojourners-supporters-and-partners-challenge-congress-on-budget-cuts/" target="_self"></a>Thanks to Sojourners supporters and o ...

Budgets Are Still Moral Documents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/10/budget-cuts-and-bad-faith/" target="_blank">What Would Jesus Cut?</a>" campaign, launched by Jim Wallis and the good peop ...

What Would Jesus Cut? Who Would Jesus Bomb?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/28/what-would-jesus-cut-who-would-jesus-bomb/" target="_blank"></a>Growing up in the Bible belt in east Tennessee, I can remember ...

This is Not Fiscal Conservatism. It's Just Politics.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The current budget and deficit debate in America is now dominating the daily headlines. There is even talk of shutting down the government if the budget-cutters don't get their way. ...

'Have You Tried Washing Their Feet?'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/have-you-tried-washing-their-feet/" target="_self"></a>A few weeks ago, I got a free sermon on the metro.</p> ...

Back in Business in Haiti
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/back-in-business-in-haiti/" target="_self"></a>More than a year after an earthquake stalled the country's economy, some bu ...

This Lent -- Looking Inward, Looking Outward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. It is now clear tha ...

Come Together to Combat Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Duke Divinity School is hosting an inter-faith conference on torture from March 25 to 26, with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), the Duke Human Rights Center, and the North C ...

Obama's Budget Battle Hurts the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama released his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/02/15/us/politics/15obama-doc.html" target="_blank">budget proposal</a> Monday, officially staking ...

When is Nationalism Healthy?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100215-invictus.jpg"></a>I watched the film <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/" target="_blank">Invictu ...

Democratization: Another Mountain to Climb in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There is a Haitian proverb that says after every mountain, there is another mountain. There is a Haitian proverb that says after every mountain, there is another mountain. We work ...

Tahrir Square: The Many Little Revolutions
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/15/tahrir-square-the-many-little-revolutions/" target="_self"></a>Last week, I received this photo of Maggie, an Egyptian Christia ...

Wendell Berry Won't Quit Trying to Save the Mountains
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/14/wendell-berry-wont-quit-trying-to-save-the-mountains/" target="_self"></a>Fourteen mountain-top removal protesters -- including ...

The Truth About the BP Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Ten months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and by now most of the nation has shifted its focus away from the gulf to more recent and pressing topics. Ten months ...

Cairo is Burning, Mr. President
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/07/cairo-is-burning-mr-president/" target="_blank"></a>While watching live footage from <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/ ...

Cast Off the Stupor of Indifference
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Today I want to focus on the people of Egypt -- those million or more who have gathered in Tahrir Square, both as a united, insistent, revolutionary body, and as individuals -- professors and bake ...

The Tiger Mother In Us
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

By now, you've surely heard about the infamous <em>Wall Street Journal</em> <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704111504576059713528698754.html" target="_ ...

The True Meaning of Investing in our Future
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Before the 2011 State of the Union address, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41276794/ns/msnbc_tv-hardball_with_chris_mat ...

Friday Links Round Up: The Pope. Budgeting. Egypt.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The Pope. Budgeting. Egypt. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:</p> The Pope. Budgeting. Egypt. Here's a little ro ...

Grading Civility: 75 Percent Give the United States a C, D, or F
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama spent <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/state-of-the-union-2011-breakdown/" target="_blank">4 percent</a> of his State of the Union ...

How To Say Defiantly, 'I am Baptized!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

At the baptism of our Lord, heaven simply could not contain God Godself and God the Spirit who interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring a very important message. At ...

Christian Civility: The Test of Intra-Faith Relations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Recently, I read an article featuring a pastor with whom I had strong disagreements. The more I read, the less I liked -- and it was a long article. Recently, I read an article fe ...

Young Evangelicals Must Champion Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In some ways, 2010 was a great year for evangelicals who have longed for the church to stand for just and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration/">compassionate immigration reform</a& ...

He Said, She Said: A Personal Journey Through the Use of Inclusive Language
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Growing up, the use of inclusive language was a foreign concept. Growing up, the use of inclusive language was a foreign concept. Although I grew up in diverse church settings -- ...

What a Tragedy Can Call Us To Do
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

We needed to be called to transcend politics in our response to the shootings in Arizona, lest the politics of our reactions to this tragedy turn us even further against one another. ...

Palestinians Protest Death of Nonviolent Activist
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Jawaher-Abu-Rahmah.jpg"></a>For nearly six years, the Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Bil' ...

Does Sunday School Have a Future?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Sunday school. It was one of the main reasons I enjoyed church as a child. As a young adult, it sometimes still is. But there's a conversation brewing: Does Sunday school have a future? ...

Archbishop Deng, George Clooney, and You
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Murderous regime in Khartoum, meet "<a href="http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2039887,00.html" target="_blank">Google Earth on lots of steroids</a>": It&# ...

Praying and Fasting in the New Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. The holiday season is a season of feasting and of celebration. Biblical wisdom teaches that there is a ...

100 Reasons for a Christmas Miracle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm" target="_blank">Call your Senators right now about the DREAM Act</a>.</p> ...

Human Beings Matter More Than Analogies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last week, I joined a conservative talk show in Cincinnati to talk about <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/30/pray-for-bernard-pray-for-the-dream/" target="_blank">Bernard Pastor& ...

The World Cup, BBC, and Corruption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As an Australian with great love for my adopted home in London, I have been following with interest the <a href="http://www.england2018bid.com/" target="_blank">bid by England to host ...

A Season for Holy Mischief and Divine Conspiracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Critiquing the thick irony of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/christmas/" target="_blank">Christmas season</a> is fair. Critiquing the thick ...

Speaking Christian with Marcus Borg
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: As part of Sojourners' commitment to bring you into discussion with a broad range of theological perspectives, writer Becky Garrison offers this ...

Give Smart: Three Tips to Make Donations Count
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

A lot of us don't have as much disposable income as we had two or three years ago. Some of us have a lot less. But Christmas is coming, and we still want to give. A lot of us ...

The Story of One Unemployed Man
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

He has been working since he was a teenager. He graduated from high school, went to college, graduated, got a good job with a good company, married, had children, and bought a house. ...

Global AIDS Day and Advent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"It gets better." Those are the words of promise that many of us spoke to Internet audiences this past autumn to encourage adolescents who are considering suicide. " ...

Pray for Bernard, Pray for the DREAM
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday November 16, hundreds of Christ-followers around the nation prayed and fasted in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration-reform/" target="_blank">solidarity with immi ...

Harry Potter and Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Seeking justice for the oppressed. Working to end the connection of child slavery to chocolate. Helping heal a devastated Haiti. Seeking justice for the oppressed. Working to end ...

A Proper 29 Way to Respond to the War in Iraq
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

How are we to respond as people of faith to the recent revelation that more than 66,000 civilians have died in our two wars? How are we to respond as people of faith to the recent ...

This Veterans Day, Honor the Consciences of Our Veterans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Today, on Armistice Day, 18 American military vets will commit suicide. Today, on Armistice Day, 18 American military vets will commit suicide. This weekend, military veterans are ...

Pastors: God Calls us to Cross-Cultural Ministry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As we continue to live within the ever-increasing multi-ethnic and multicultural reality, it is more and more obvious that the "black and white" matrix of the American Christian church is outdated. ...

Veterans' Suicides and Selective Conscientious Objection
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>This is the fourth installment of a series Logan Mehl-Laituri is writing for God's ...