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Three Moral Issues of Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Death, disease, and pain did not exi ...

Taking the Body and Blood to the Airport
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last Sunday I got a call at 11 a.m. It was Rachel Pater calling from her home town church (denomination to remain unnamed). It took several minutes before she could form a proper sentence through her ...

A Walk to Remember
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joel C. Hunter I loved that movie with Mandy Moore about a terminally ill preacher’s daughter who tutored a rebellious peer. ...

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 ...

A Sojourner Goes Home: In Memory of a 'Cherished Pastor and Rebellious Saint'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As our nation mourns the untimely death of the King of Pop, I am grieving over the death of a lesser know man: a man whom many will never know, but whose mark on the world is significant. Two weeks ag ...

Self-Segregation In Social Networks
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Every day across America we see self-segregation in lunchrooms, in classrooms, and in church pews on Sunday morning. But how about online?</p> Every day across America we se ...

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. ...

Justice for Victims of Colombia's Military
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On June 8, Pastor Reinel Martinez Medina testified before the Colombian Congress on the execution of his brother at the hands of Colombian Public Security Forces: "I dare to speak out about my brot ...

Eco-Justice: Getting There from Here
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As I look at where we need to get, pronto -- 350 parts per million or less carbon in the atmosphere, sustainable use of planetary resources, and a world economy consistent with those things -- and ...

A Father to the Fatherless
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Father's Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. For most of my life, my father was absent, having abandoned our family when I was in elementary school. Father ...

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 ...

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 ...

Iran: We are Born to be Free
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://eugenecho.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/where-is-my-vote.jpg"></a></p> <p>Are you tracking with the developments in Iran? I'd love to hear your tho ...

A Father's Day Remembrance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away.</p> On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away. I had gone to the hospital the morning before in San Diego to vis ...

Inspiring Fatherhood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

More than the primaries, general election, board meetings, or the budget fight on Capitol Hill, this past week was a high-intensity roller coaster for me. It was Little League playoffs. ...

What Sustains Me: Contemplation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's note: In the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home#">July issue of Sojourners magazine</a></em><em>, we asked social activists to ...

Diplomacy: Revisiting the Huntington Thesis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo ...

When Hate Speech Justifies Killing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire those consequences can be. Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire ...

Immigration Reform: The time has come
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The time has come for comprehensive immigration reform. After several failed attempts in past years, the president has promised it and the White House is showing a clear commitment to it. ...

Arab Christians Getting Overdue Recognition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was glad to see Daoud <a href="../2009/06/05/obama-reaches-out-to-palestinian-christians/">Kuttab's recent post on Obama and Arab Christians</a>. I wa ...

Free Music Monday: The Welcome Wagon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

About a month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Rev. About a month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Rev. Vito Aiuto one early Saturday morning at his church, Resurrection Pre ...

To Hell with Human Trafficking. There, I Said It.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Is it possible that we as Christians just aren't angry enough about injustices like human trafficking and slavery? Perhaps we've grown too desensitized, domesticated, and docile. ...

Reconciliation and Homecoming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Homecoming is on my mind in this day and this hour. Homecoming is on my mind in this day and this hour. My family and I will leave the twin cities, our Bethel University, our Sanc ...

Money Creation and Idolatry: How did we let this happen?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/05/28/money-creation-let-there-be-money/">In our recent blog</a>, we described how money "creation" meets the needs of a gradually expanding e ...

The Biblical Truth about Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I heard a preacher once say, "Don't let facts blind you to the truth." What did he mean? Facts, misunderstood or taken out of context, can take us further away from, rather than closer to, truth ...

God is Not [and has never been] White: Biblical Post-colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"The Bible knows nothing about peace without justice," said that great prophet of joyful restorative justice, Desmond Tutu, when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.</p> ...

On Racism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Many in the Republican Party and some noteworthy Christian leaders have come together to call Judge Sotomayor a racist. Many in the Republican Party and some noteworthy Christian ...

Sotomayor: She Deserves Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Barack Obama has electrified the Latino community in America. The nomination of Sonia Soto ...

In the Footsteps of Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Angels and Demons</em>, the movie inspired by Dan Brown's novel by the same title, has raked in nearly $190 million worldwide (with approximately $90 million in the U.S.) in only its secon ...

Money "Creation": Let there be money?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>If the financial crisis shows anything, it's that what's happening on Wall Street matters to Main Street, and that we should never take "it's too complicated for you to understand ...

Zimbabwe's Hall of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I realize that I have been guilty of overlooking "conversations of faith" with friends and family -- conversations that reflect the spirit of faith similar to that of the heroes and heroines record ...

Obama's Catholic Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Against the backdrop of protest and spectacle that threatened to overshadow graduation at the University of Notre Dame last week, President Obama delivered a graceful commencement address that stan ...

The Good News About Yesterday's Duel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm in Germany at the biannual <em>Kirchentag </em>festival of faith of the German churches, so I missed the news and analysis of President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney&# ...

Was Iraq a Holy War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Bush to renege on his usage of the word "crusade" ...

Financial Assistance: Is Your Church Ready?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In the upcoming weeks and months, desperate people will knock on the doors of almost every church across the nation to ask for emergency financial assistance. In the upcoming week ...

Dogma and Disagreement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently found myself in conversation with a fellow believer who asked where I stood on the "non-negotiable" issues that seemed to him definitive for voting Christians. ...

Peace in the Middle East: A Step Forward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Two days, in comparison to years of conflict, is not a lot of time, but it was long enough for a broad spectrum of Christian leaders to find hope in a growing consensus around a way forward for pea ...

The Unique Awareness, Insight, and Wisdom of Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As friends and I met for dinner to enjoy pictures of mutual friends' wedding, their four-year old joined in the fun. As friends and I met for dinner to enjoy pictures of mutu ...

Love Your Neighbor, Love the Earth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The industrialized world's collective failure to both regulate pollution and curb gross overconsumption has put millions and billions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people at increase ...

Breaking Out of the Socially Contructed Box
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"What do you mean by 'just one'? I'm not choosing just one!" I told my wife on the phone. "What do you mean by 'just one'? I'm not cho ...

Jesus did NOT Kill Mohammed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | 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 ...

Postcard from Postville: A Year After the Raids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Today marks the first anniversary of the <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=action.ccir&amp;item=ccir_mult" href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=action.ccir&amp;item ...

Women Who Were Wild at Heart
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or universities. I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or u ...

The New 'Nones' Aren't Atheist--Just Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 - 8:18am | 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 - 8:18am | 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 ...

A Moment or a Movement? Sustaining Momentum after the Mobilization to End Poverty
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8023684_Fnjyb"></a>Last week my son and I spent three days in Washington, D.C., as part of the <a href="http://www.ryanr ...

Spiritual Gifts Are Not Bound by Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Many of you have attended a class at church designed to help you discern your spiritual gifts. Many of you have attended a class at church designed to help you discern your spirit ...

Audio: Earmarked for Kingdom Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem preaches from the book of Proverbs, specifically chapters 10-18, in which there is a contrast made between the righteous person and the wicked person. I ...