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Children, Church, and God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One of the joys of vacation Bible school (VBS) is watching what the kids take away from the week. One of the joys of vacation Bible school (VBS) is watching what the kids take awa ...

Goodbye, Styrofoam Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last Monday evening, a massive storm front hit southwestern Ohio. Last Monday evening, a massive storm front hit southwestern Ohio. Although the damage was minimal, the storm turn ...

The Gulf Spill Brings Christians to Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In early June, a week-long gathering at the <a href="http://divinity.duke.edu/reconciliation/index.html">Center for Reconciliation</a> at Duke Divinity School brought together a diverse g ...

A Pledge to the Next Generation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We are witnessing a massive despoiling of God's creation that will impact ecosystems for generations. Our response must think that far ahead as well -- to our children and our children's children. ...

Dear Red-Headed God?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There has been a fair amount of conversation at House for All Sinners and Saints recently about the use of inclusive language for God. There has been a fair amount of conversation ...

Immigration, Children, and the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/15/immigration-children-and-the-way-of-jesus/"></a>Last month, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/20/a-second-graders-challenge-t ...

Who Can Throw the First Stone at BP? None of Us.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100525-bp-oily.jpg"></a> I don't know the personal, spiritual ground of those who created the situation that has become the <a href=& ...

Faith & Justice Networks: New Wineskins for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Over the past decade, discussions about justice have reached a tipping point in the evangelical world. Over the past decade, discussions about justice have reached a tipping point ...

Health Care and a New Imagination
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

About 25 years ago, the pastor of a relatively poor congregation had an accident and racked up a huge medical bill in the hospital. About 25 years ago, the pastor of a relatively ...

BP: Is It Time to Ban Companies Again?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It appears that BP has decided it needs tips from the Spin Master to protect its thoroughly corroded reputation in the U.S. No, they haven't hired Republican strategist Frank Luntz. ...

Imagining a New American Church Response to Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This week, a group of 150 Christian leaders committed to the ministry of reconciliation in their churches, communities, schools, and organizations gathered at Duke Divinity School to explore how th ...

Quitting Church: An Interview with Julia Duin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0801072271?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=0801072271"><em>Quitting Church: Why ...

Evangelical History and 'Nonperson' Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I recently stumbled across the book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/young-evangelicals-Revolution-orthodoxy/dp/0060667257/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1274304265&amp;sr=8-2&amp ...

Further Reflections on the Biblical Ruth as an 'Illegal Immigrant'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In March, I wrote a <a href="http://aarondtaylor.blogspot.com/2010/03/ruth-was-illegal-immigrant-so-does-that.html">piece</a> praising the Biblical character Boaz for showing compassion ...

Pentecost's Pente-chaos: Nothing's Changed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

All the Christian archetypes were already in place on the very first day.</p> All the Christian archetypes were already in place on the very first day. The story opens w ...

Glenn Beck Attacks Churches on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I thought Glenn Beck must have moved on to other things, but the other night, he went back to his attack on social justice churches. This time the issue was climate change.</p> ...

'What the Arizona?': Silence is not an Option in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#830413851_fem9v"></a>I know that there are many of you that are engagin ...

Why Glenn Beck is a Danger to True Evangelical Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I watched the Glenn Beck show on Fox News yesterday. His topic was how churches that are using the term, "social justice" are misinterpreting scripture in order to spread Marxism. ...

Christian Zionism: Theology that Legitimates Oppression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598997294_wdMxF"></a>I recently returned from a speaking engagement at the Bethlehem Bi ...

Screwtape and Self-Righteous Hell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I had the recent pleasure of seeing Max McLean's deliciously wicked portrayal of Screwtape in <a href="http://www.fpatheatre.com/screwtape/">The Screwtape Letters</a> curren ...

A Gulf Coast Tribal Community in Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Houma Tribe, located in southern Louisiana, has had more than their fair share of trials and obstacles over the last 100 years. The oil spill may be the final straw.</p> ...

The Dangers of Disconnecting from Community: An Interview with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>Jonathan, you were quoted in a recent <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/mayweb-only/28-41.0.html"><em>Christianity Today</em> Web article</a>< ...

Pope Benedict: Greatest Persecution is from Sin Within the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On the papal plane, <em>Shepherd One</em>, en route to Portugal to visit the <a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/portugal/fatima-shrine-of-our-lady-of-fatima" target="_bla ...

A Day in the Life of Phoenix
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>8:00 a.m.</strong> 8:00 a.m. Arizona is a great state. And Arizona is a great state. And they are on the right track with the law they passed. Y ...

A Hymn and Prayer for the Gulf: 'O God, the Great, Wide Seas are Yours'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong>This hymn-prayer was written in response to the ongoing oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig that started on April 20<sup>th</sup>. ...

Listeners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, at the height of the media coverage of the most recent sex abuse crisis, Father Francis Clooney, a professor at Harvard Divinity School and Director of the Center for the Study of Wor ...

Mother's Day Gifts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Usually when Mother's Day comes, we think of the women in our lives who nurture, teach, rear, and comfort us. Usually when Mother's Day comes, we think of the women in o ...

White Flag Warriors at the Border: Recognizing Humanity on All Sides of the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/04/white-flag-warriors-at-the-border/"></a>About a year ago, when we were writing our song "White Flag Warrior," my friend (and fe ...

Is Western Christianity Suffering From Spiritual Amnesia?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an evangelical college, a place where the students were serious young Christians. In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an ...

This I Believe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One of the best gifts I received when I finished grad school was a book called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805086587?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1 ...

From Fear to Fact: U.S. Citizen Arrested for 'Driving While Latino' in Arizona
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Certain moments in our nation's history have consistently opened the door for the least civil voices to enact evil through civil policy: think the institution of race-based U.S. slavery, the In ...

Arizona Immigration Conflagration News Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The media The media Social comments and analytics Social comments and analytics for this post... This post was mentioned on Twitter by sojourners: #Arizona #Imm ...

Packaging the Voice of the Other
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>After the <a href="http://julieclawson.com/2010/04/19/what-is-emerging/" target="_blank">synchroblog</a> last week and all the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag ...

Video: Jim Wallis on MSNBC: Churches Will not Comply With Arizona Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p> <a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/senate_ccir2010">+Click here to take action for immigration reform!</a></p> ...

U.K. Catholic Bishops Address Abuse Scandal 'Directly and Unambiguously'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Late last week, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales released an <a href="http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/catholic_church/media_centre/press_releases/press_releases_2010/statement_by_the_catholi ...

Lamentations and Turning the Next Page in Arizona's Immigration Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may ...

God is Big Enough to Take Our Doubt and Anger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"To believe is human, to doubt divine."</p> "To believe is human, to doubt divine." Those words are central to the self-described "incendiary th ...

An Open Letter to Governor Brewer of Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Esteemed Governor Brewer:</p> Esteemed Governor Brewer: My wife and I are both Evangelical pastors who have unrelenting commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our pa ...

Arizona's Immigration Bill is a Social and Racial Sin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530258814_kGpKA"></a>I got up at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning to fly to Pho ...

30 Years of Zimbabwean Independence: Promises of Hope and 'Acts of Madness'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Thirty years ago on April 18<sup>th</sup>, Zimbabwe celebrated independence and started a new chapter in its political history, full of promise and hope. Thirty years ...

My Changing Understanding of Creation (and Five More Ways to Keep it Simple and Go Green)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Over the years my understanding of the creation account has changed. Over the years my understanding of the creation account has changed. I would picture Barbie and Ken doubling ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/on-faith-on-glenn-beck-and-a-video-psa-for-social-justice-christians/"></a>Last week, The Washington Post's <a href="http:// ...

What Is Happening Is Bigger Than Emergent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index. ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

Faith Over Certainty: The Difference Between a 'Pilgrimage' and a 'Testimony'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I was filling out an application recently and was asked to write a short statement on my "personal faith pilgrimage." I grew up in the Christian world, and so have had to write out my testimony ...

Scandal, Secularism, and the Politics of the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is far too easy to blame the highly publicized priestly scandal for the alienation of Catholics in Europe or the United States. It is far too easy to blame the highly publicize ...

Sudanese Churches' Four Key Concerns on Troubled Elections--and Four Ways We Can Help
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sudan's impending presidential and parliamentary elections have degenerated into a chaotic mixture of fraud accusations, boycotts, political assassinations, intimidation, abuses of power by the rul ...

This Isn't About Wallis vs. Beck--It's About Biblical Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>This post was written in response to the </em>Washington Post <em><a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/2010/04/beck_vs_wallis_social_justice/all.html">On Fa ...

Immigration Reform: What's Next?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816745587_ynVuB"></a>Last weekend, tens of thousands of people marched ...

Nonviolence: What About Hitler?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In any in-depth conversation about the effectiveness of nonviolence as a strategy, this question always comes up: Would these nonviolent strategies have worked against the Nazis? ...