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Three Ways to Remind Hospitals Why They Exist
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What to do as a Christian when presented with an injustice? I missed. What to do as a Christian when presented with an injustice? I missed. After sharing my story about how outr ...

World AIDS Day and Rosa Parks' Civil Disobedience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the day that Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat on a bus in Montgomery. December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the d ...

Lamenting Churches Labeled by Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So there is something on my mind, and I'm not quite sure how to approach the subject. So there is something on my mind, and I'm not quite sure how to approach the subjec ...

Six Questions for Rev. Laura Sumner Truax
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi Serving the community of LaSalle Street Church in Chicago. Tell us about L ...

Fair Trade Christmas Lists and Links
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So the stores are playing Christmas music and down here in Texas the highs are only the 70s and 80s, so the holiday season must be upon us. So the stores are playing Christmas mus ...

Christians Must Find a More Christ-like Symbol than 'Crusaders'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Imagine for a minute the fallout were a Muslim high school in America to choose for its mascot "the Jihadists."</p> <p>In that light, how do you think Muslims (or Jews) view Chri ...

A More Serious Threat to Catholic Identity than Removing Public Crucifixes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In his article<a href="http://ncronline.org/blogs/all-things-catholic/benedicts-ongoing-battle-against-secularism"> "Benedict's ongoing battle against secularism,"</a> < ...

In My Community: Equal at Birth, but Incarcerated at Adulthood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dane County, Wisconsin, is an amazing community for African-American babies to be born into. It is a horrible community in which to live if you are an adult African-American male. ...

An Open Letter from Sojourners to Zondervan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We at Sojourners, in solidarity with our Asian American sisters and brothers, affirm the <a href="../2009/11/20/tremendous-act-of-repentance-by-zondervan/">act of repentance by Zondervan</a& ...

Continuing the Deadly Viper Conversation: Illuminating Gender Blind Spots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In response to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/19/unseen-privilege-and-the-overlooked-gender-dimension-of-the-deadly-viper-conversation/">Kathy Khang's recent blog post, "Unseen ...

Some Final Reflections on Deadly Viper and Zondervan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Mike Foster, Jud Wilhite, and Zondervan acted in a decisive manner yesterday. Zondervan issued a statement that boldly declared their intention to pull the book off the shelves. ...

Boys are Warriors and Girls are Princesses? Spiritual Gifts are not Divided by Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studies? Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studie ...

A 'Big Tent' in Dallas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>For those who came to the <a href="http://www.justicerevival.org">Justice Revival</a>'s free opening nig ...

For God and Country (in that Order)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nobody today will be able to celebrate our many veterans without the <a href="http://www.google.com/news/more?pz=1&amp;cf=all&amp;ncl=dGVEwVrxusKklQMKSmmL9hfvxDoyM&amp;topic=h">memo ...

Conservative Evangelicals and Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I sat and listened attentively as a series of American religious leaders explained to several members of a <a href="http://www.faithandimmigration.org/blog/faith-leaders-testify-se ...

The Deadly Viper Conversation Moves from Authors to Publisher
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last Friday, a group of Asian-American leaders (Kathy Khang, IVCF / Eugene Cho, Quest Church / Ken Fong, Evergreen Baptist Church and I) were on a conference call with three executives of Zondervan ...

Will Violence Have the Last Word at Fort Hood?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Like so many across our country, I have been reeling about the news coming out of Ft. Hood, TX. Like so many across our country, I have been reeling about the news coming out of F ...

Crossing the Lines: A White Reporter's View of the Civil Rights Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1434799840?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1434799840">&l ...

Robed Revolutionary: Thoughts on Progressivism from the Ultimate 'Conservative'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The bearded, robed, and bespectacled keynote speaker at Georgetown University's Gaston Hall on Tuesday made a wise first move. His All Holiness Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of the Ortho ...

Continuing an Honest Conversation on Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I want to follow up on yesterday's post which I believe has broken the record for the longest title in history: <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/04/three-general-thoughts-on-deadly-vipers-mik ...

How Deadly Viper Character Assassins Undermines its Message with Co-opted Culture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

An open letter to Zondervan and to Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite, authors of <em>Deadly Viper Character Assassin: A Kung Fu Survival Guide for Life and Leadership</em>.</p> ...

Helping the Church Be the Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>Every day churches across the country respond to the economic crisis by supporting families in need, assisting those in search of a jo ...

Christianity Today and Cultural Captivity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last month's <em>Christianity Today</em> featured an <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/october/13.23.html?start=5" target="_blank">article </a>o ...

Video: 'Jesus Camp' Kids Pray for President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Pastor Tim O'Brien received a lot of flack when his son Levi O'Brien supposedly <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxdt_f0hwUg">prayed "to" a cardboard cut-out ...

Learning from the 'Lowly'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>I am excited about the Justice Revival because it brings the lowly center stage, and we all can be blessed by them. Romans 12:15-16 te ...

Confronting Urban Violence with Jesus' Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This morning as I was running on the treadmill, I was also watching CNN. A story came on about a shooting in Washington, D.C. The police chief was speaking, with the mayor of D.C looking on. ...

Signs of Evangelical Renewal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

At a major conference at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts recently, 500 evangelicals met to discuss how to "renew the evangelical mission."</p> ...

Justice Revival is Coming
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>Earlier this month, I was in Dallas for the official launch of Sojourners' next <a href="http://www.justicerevival.org/&q ...

National Association of Evangelicals Provides Moral Model on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

After nearly two years of collective scripture study, discernment, and dialogue, on Oct. After nearly two years of collective scripture study, discernment, and dialogue, on Oct. 8 ...

It's Time for a Justice Revival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>"It's time."</p> <p>"Dallas needs this."</p> <p>Those are the two statements Aaron ...

Chris Rock's 'Good Hair': A Humorous Deconstruction of Stubborn Beauty Standards
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the big conversations in my household this year has revolved around the question of whether my 9-year-old daughter is ready to get her hair "permed." Some girls at her school have alr ...

Love Casts Out Fear, Not Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the driving force of the debate? I say it is fear.</p> What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the drivin ...

'Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion': Interview with Frank Schaeffer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>In my ongoing quest to find a third way between the extremes espoused by the Religious Right and their secular counterparts, I came across the Frank Schaeffer's latest book </em><em> ...

Dan Brown's Lost Symbol and the Lure of Secret Knowledge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dan Brown, the author of <em>The Da Vinci Code</em> and of <em>Angels and Demons</em>, has a new book out Dan Brown, the author of The Da Vinci Code a ...

Growing the Beloved Community in Spite of Sinful Soil
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke often of something he called the beloved community. This was the title given to describe a reality in which freedom, love, justice, and reconciliation would reign. ...

Teaching Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My first job after college forever changed the way I prayed. Before I started it, I prayed that God would show me how to best serve him after receiving my diploma. My first job a ...

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

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Argentinian singer Mercedes Sosa died yesterday. I don't know much about her life, so you can <a href="http://en.wikip ...

How Our Health-Care System Wrecks People Who Play by the Rules
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. This course was set due to illness w ...

Listening to Poor People 'Offstage'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to explain much of what he sees on the news or reads about in the local paper. I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to ...

Five Benefits of Common Security Clubs' Economic Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this year, I wrote <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0902&amp;article=we-re-in-this-together">an article in <em>Sojourners</em ...

Singing and Praying Justice, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/01/singing-and-praying-justice-part-1/">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from part 1] How can w ...

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, Race, and the Role of Government
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was recently talking with a European-American friend of mine who is also an evangelical. I am African-American and evangelical. I was recently talking with a European-American f ...

Proclaiming Jubilee in the Midst of Foreclosures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. He and I were both guilty of trespassing, but a passerby would ...

How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary <em><a href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the ...

Don't Isolate Gender from the Biblical Big Picture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The gender discussion in the church today is captured succinctly by New Testament scholar Gordon Fee in <em><a title="http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102710879856&amp;s=5547&amp;e=0012JIqccVLH ...

Seven Steps for Creation Caretaking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What could be more joyful than rediscovering our God-given role as caretakers, stewards, and lovers of creation? What could be more joyful than rediscovering our God-given role as ...

A Prophetic Call in the Midst of Political Corruption (Colombia's Churches Cry Out, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/22/colombias-churches-cry-out-for-accompaniment/">continued from part 1</a>]</p> [ continued from part 1 ] ...

Colombia's Churches Cry Out for Accompaniment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"If [state officials and the paramilitary groups] knew what we were telling you, we would be riddled with bullets as soon as we walked out that door."</p> ...

'Indecent' Clothing and Abusive Control
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Over the past couple of months, I've followed the unfolding story of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/world/africa/07sudan.html" target="_blank">Lubna Hussein</a> ...