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Wendell Berry Protests Coal's Influence in Kentucky
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Renowned Kentucky farmer, poet, essayist, and environmental writer <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0407&amp;article=040710x&amp;cookies_enabled=f ...

Fatherhood: The Best Job in the World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> Sometimes the most important things are not at the top of the news cycle -- even the things that ultimately make the most difference in the world. The c ...

Missionaries: What's Wrong with Them?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Mention the word <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/missionaries/">"missionary"</a> to an assortment of people around the world, and you are sure to see quite a range of reaction ...

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. ...

My Initial Response to President Obama's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I was glad the president emphasized the need to break our addiction to oil in his speech last night, and I thought he did a good job of demonstrating commitment to the people of the Gulf region. ...

Foreclosure: Dismantling Family Ties
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A recent study authored by National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Center for Community Capital at the University of North Carolina found that family bonds were profoundly distressed after exper ...

What's in a Name? Living in a "Rule of Law" City
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, the mayor of Costa Mesa -- where I live -- proposed and passed a proclamation declaring our city a "Rule of Law" city. It is not that we were in total anarchy before May. ...

Empathy and Empire are Antithetical
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A University of Michigan study suggests that the college students of today are 40 percent less empathetic than students twenty or thirty years ago. A University of Michigan study ...

Nonviolence takes hold in "Mexico's Gaza"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/09/nonviolence-ta (ironically called the Unit (ironically called the Unit for the Social Well-being of the Triqui Region), a ...

Forgiveness, Fear, and the Mosque at Ground Zero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. While a few years ago these were ...

A Time for Moral Reckoning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I am watching unbelievable pictures tonight of endless swaths of brown oil mixed with the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, of dying wetlands and marshes, of miles of contaminated coastlines, of d ...

Labor is Part of the Immigration Equation
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>If migration policy was "freed" or emanc ...

Time to Declare a Mission Trip Moratorium
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Like many Christ-followers in the United States, I have participated in my fair share of mission trips to the Caribbean and Central and South America over the past few decades. Li ...

We Interrupt This Family for Baseball Season
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Somebody sent that sign to my wife Joy and she promptly put it up outside right next to our front door. It's true -- our family now organizes life around baseball. Somebody s ...

Video: A Second Grader's Challenge to Michelle Obama on Immigration
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Michelle Obama is used to being in front of children. She routinely visits schools, community centers, shelters, and social service agencies in and around Washington, D.C. She speaks with them, reads ...

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. ...

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>< ...

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 ...

'God's Maternal Nature': One of the Best Mother's Day Sermons I Can Remember
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday I heard one of the best Mother's Day sermons I can remember. It was by the pastor at our family's church, Rev. Jeff Haggray of First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.</p> ...

Pro Baseball Players Join Protest of Arizona Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Professional sports and political issues have traditionally remained separate. But the new immigration law in Arizona is closing that divide. Professional sports and political is ...

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 ...

Slavery is Alive and Well ... For Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it?</p> It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it? ...

Why My Conservative Business Friends Support Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Recently I turned to a conservative, white businessman friend to get some insight into how immigrants enhance our culture. Recently I turned to a conservative, white businessman f ...

Echoes of Arizona: Illinois Congressional Candidate Stopped and Searched for Driving-While-Looking-Latino
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Early Saturday evening, three friends and I headed out to Chicago for dinner at a favorite restaurant in our old neighborhood (Pilsen). Early Saturday evening, three friends and I ...

The God Who Sees
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When I was in second grade handball was all the rage. We played it with big red rubber balls against backboards on the playground. When I was in second grade handball was all the ...

Wall Street and the Crisis of Urban Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As an urban minister and a political professional, there have been two big news stories that I have followed with some level interest recently. As an urban minister and a politi ...

'Can the Subaltern Speak?' or, Moving the Emerging Conversation Forward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

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

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 ...

The Global Emergence Won't Be Televised
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </ ...

Evangelicals on the Border: Steps Forward and Back for Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

From the borderlands perspective, it has been a week of momentous steps both forward and back for immigrants. From the borderlands perspective, it has been a week of momentous ste ...

An Emerging Introspection Round-up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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. ...

Friendship Sealed with Accountability
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Do you remember the moment your friend became your friend? Not j ...

My Changing Understanding of Creation (and Five More Ways to Keep it Simple and Go Green)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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 ...

Emerging or Converging?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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.c ...

Beyond Anti-War: Nonviolence in Our Neighborhoods
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This semester at Princeton Seminary, I am taking a course on War and Christian Conscience. This semester at Princeton Seminary, I am taking a course on War and Christian Conscienc ...

Who Speaks for American Jews?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It's the age-old question. Who can claim to speak for American Jews on Israel?</p> <p>World Jewish Congress president Ron Lauder seems to think he's found the answer. It's him.< ...

Who's to Blame for the Continuing Tragedy in Coal Country?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The heart-chilling news flashed through West Virginia's Coal River valley, a darkening pall on the blue sky afternoon of April 5, 2010, one day after Easter's hope-filled celebration of resurrectio ...

Tribal Tensions in Southern Sudan and Election Approaches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's Note: As Sudan prepares for this April's election, the Khartoum regime's leader, President al-Bashir, has threatened to cut off the fingers of foreign election observers who & ...

Looking Beyond the U.S. for Emerging Church Trends
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.freshworship.org/node/660"></a>[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the Sojour ...

The Emerging Church Brand: The Good, the Bad, and the Messy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

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

A Reading for April 15: The Parable of the Taxpayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpayer (from the VERY New Testament). This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpa ...

Why Outsider Critiques are Important for Emergent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

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

The Advent of a New Global Faith Family
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The Grand River flows through Grand Rapids, Mich. with power and peace on its way to Lake Michigan 30 miles west. The Grand River flows through Grand Rapids, Mich. with power and ...

Coal Mines, Potato Salad, and Damn Good People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The unfolding coal mine disaster in West Virginia has me constantly checking the news for updates on the plight of our fellow Americans who are victims of this latest tragedy.</p> ...

A Covenant for Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. Honest di ...

Baseball, Tiger Woods, March Madness, and the American Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I'm not much of a sports person, but I have to admit that April 5 was a remarkable day for sports -- especially sports and religion. I'm not much of a sports person, bu ...

West Virginia Mine Disaster: Mourning in the Mountains
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

There was a lovely reflection in today's <em>NYT</em> by novelist Denise Giardina about the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia. There was a lovely ...

Looking at Christ Through Cultural Lenses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Looking at me, pale-skinned and blonde-haired, you would not know that I come from a diverse background with an African-American great-grandmother and an American-Indian great-grandfather. ...

Sojourners Cover Story on Race and the Emerging Church Already Making Waves
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="https://www.cambeywest.com/subscribe/?p=sjn&amp;f=paid"></a>[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in ...