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A Republican Pastor for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

My name is Rev. Gary Wiley, pastor of justice and care at Trinity Grace Church in New York City. I am an evangelical Christian. My name is Rev. Gary Wiley, pastor of justice and c ...

An Open Letter to Pastors: Our Nation Needs Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Pastors,</p> Dear Pastors, This week, a group called NumbersUSA sent out a message to hundreds of thousands of Americans to ask them to please contact their pastor. ...

Controversy in Wisconsin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It was a nice invitation, not unlike many I've received before. It was a nice invitation, not unlike many I've received before. Every summer, a number of Christian mus ...

The Meaning Behind 'Saved Through Childbearing'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Certainly one of the most puzzling remarks in Paul's writings is found in 1 Timothy 2:15, "But <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/women/">women</a> will be saved through <a hr ...

The Beginning of Justice for Marcelo Lucero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/07/stopping-anti-immigrant-violence-at-its-ideological-roots/">In November 2008, a Latino man, Marcelo Lucero, was stalked and murdered</a> on a stre ...

Everyone Needs to Read This
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100708-justice-amos.jpg"></a>Everyone needs to read this.</p> <p>Every Christian needs to read this.</p> <p>Every Chr ...

Am I Living the American Dream?
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

<em>We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.</em></p> We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. ...

Why Christianity and July 4th are Incompatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: What I am about to write may sound radical or irrational to some. I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: ...

Calling the Church to Pray for the Gulf
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> "If we believe in God, then we have hope," said Maurice, a resident of Grand Bayou, Louisiana. Having just traveled 80 miles walking, ...

Fixing Immigration: President Obama's Speech
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100524_100501-0007-immigration-rally.jpg"></a>President Obama is getting no respite from contentious issues. Today, speaking at American Univ ...

Calling People to Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Several months ago, I was invited to speak at </em><a href="http://www.lifest.com/"><em>Lifest</em></a><em>, a Christian festival in Wisconsin with more ...

Durham Stands in Solidarity with Arizona Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last week the City Council of Durham, NC voted to suspend city-funded travel to Arizona in response to the passage of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sb-1070/">SB 1070.</a> According to ...

Voices from the Gulf: Pray We Will Not Lose Heart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p class="wackmsg_new_sender"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> Editor's note: This w ...

Children, Church, and God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 3:40pm | 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 - 3:40pm | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 3:40pm | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 3:40pm | 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 - 3:40pm | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 3:40pm | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 3:40pm | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 3:40pm | 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 - 3:40pm | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 ...