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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 ...

The Hole in Our Gospel: Interview with World Vision's Richard Stearns
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.urbanfaith.com/images/HoleinGospelCover121x178.jpg"></a> <p>As the pastor of a church with a deep desire to love others as Christ would, I've recently been ...

Turning the Focus Beyond Gender Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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? ...

Why I Got Arrested on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Good" Friday was real good this year. We remembered Jesus, and we remembered Jesus disguised in the "least of these" -- those who continue to be tortured, spit on, slapped, insul ...

Three Encouragements Toward Making Your Churches More Multicultural
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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 ...

A Christian Argument for Progressive Taxation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Wednesday morning, at 9 a.m. sharp, I took my tax payment to the local post office. When I handed it to the clerk, she said, "I hate tax day." I replied, "Not me. ...

Four Points Toward Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>I've written <a href="http://www.brianmclaren.net/cgi-bin/mt3/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=2&amp;search=gaza"&g ...

The Power to Dominate and the Power to Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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 ...

American Violet: Drug War Injustice Hits the Big Screen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.americanviolet.com/"><em>American Violet</em></a>, a Hollywood blockbuster that opens in theaters next week, tells the story of Regina Kelly, one of the pe ...

Sacred Jazz: An Interview with Deanna Witkowski
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001UXJOLM?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001UXJOLM">&l ...

Taxes and Tithes, Contract and Covenant
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

We cannot avoid death and taxes. Our own death is an event that we only face once. We cannot avoid death and taxes. Our own death is an event that we only face once. My faith tell ...

Audio: The Beloved Community, the Kingdom of God, and Candy Bar Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this sermon, Pastor Efrem discusses the focus in April on Martin Luther King's death and the Easter Season, and proclaims that there is no separation between proclaiming the gospel and advancing ...

Celebrating Easter Reconciliation: Alive and One in Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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 ...

Be Not Afraid: Faith and Reason in the Notre Dame 'Scandal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Notre Dame President Rev. Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins is facing furious backlash after inviting President Barack Obama to give the university's commencemen ...

G-20 Recap: Global Economics Cannot Be a Values-Free Zone
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The group of 20 leading and emerging nations met at the Excel Centre in London's Docklands last week in a meeting which Gordon Brown heralded as the dawning of a new world order. ...

Readers Speak Out on Body Image and Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Many thanks to the folks who answered <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/20/share-your-strength/" href="../2009/03/20/share-your-strength/">our request</a> for your thought ...

Video: Jim Wallis on CNN Discussing Obama's Faith Council
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis, Eboo Patel, and Rabbi David Saperstein discuss the role of President Obama's Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Jim Wallis, Eboo Patel, and Rab ...

Calling a Nation to its Best Values and Priorities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a <a href="http://www.so ...

Compassionate Conservatives Looking to Rebrand and Expand Their Mission
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I've been asked to comment on churches that are more conservative, predominantly evangelical, and how they are coalescing around poverty reduction. I've been asked to co ...

A Must Read from Frederick Douglass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of my heroes is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass" target="_blank">Frederick Douglass</a>. I have a list of folks whose stuff I regularly re ...

'Women Should Remain Silent'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Many of us were raised in churches that taught that women should be silent in the church because of the teachings of Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:34. Many of us were raised in churche ...

An Inclusive Vision of the Church
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Soong-Chan Rah Excerpt from The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity. I am ...

The Obama Notre Dame Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The University of Notre Dame recently announced that President Barack Obama will be its spring commencement speaker and that he will also be receiving an honorary doctorate of laws degree. ...

Atheist Bus Ads Arrive in Seattle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

To support and amplify the already pervasive non-religious reputation of Seattle, the atheist bus ads are set to arrive. To support and amplify the already pervasive non-religious ...

Romero: The Price of Preaching and Living Jesus' Gospel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://store.sojo.net/product_p/icnp_or.htm"></a>Twenty-nine years ago today, a Salvadorian government hit man assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero as he ...

Mocking Our Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/19/im-taking-down-all-my-miley-cyrus-and-jonas-brothers-posters/">Eugene Cho posted his thoughts</a> on how it hurt him and his children wh ...

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Faith into Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary:</em></em><em> Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm107; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21</em></p> ...