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Hurricanes and Spoiled Romance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When our ideas about nature come primarily from Sierra Club calendars or selected snippets from Thoreau, an east coast earthquake and monster hurricane (in the same week) are powerful wake-up calls. ...

Reflecting the Image of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In reading some of the responses to my last post Embodied Theology, I was reminded of an essay I wrote for a class last semester, so I've rewritten part of it as a blog post to help clarify my positi ...

Climate Witness as Act of Faithfulness
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The earth dries up and withers ... The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant. - Isaiah 24:4-6 ...

Immigration Theology from a Dreamer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"I will call them my people, who were not my people. And her beloved, who was not beloved." (Romans 9:25 referencing Hosea 2:23) http://creativecommons.org/license ...

Facebook, Google+, and More: Does Social Networking Enhance Our Faith?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping our lives . The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping ...

What's in a Name?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Whether we realize it or not, names matter. Ask Barack Hussein Obama, whose infamous middle name has led xenophobic adversaries to question his citizenship. Whether we realize it ...

A Hymn Celebrating God's Creation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This hymn was originally used for the dedication of the 180 solar panels on the sanctuary of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware where I am the co-pastor. This h ...

More Financial Madness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Here is part two of my thoughts on the financial situation that the United States faces. Our nation needs a jobs bill. The country needs a second stimulus bill. Here is part two o ...

Presidential Contenders: None Standing Tall on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Whoever is our next president -- whether President Obama in a second term or the eventual Republican nominee -- will be the most consequential president <em>ever</em> for overcoming global warming ...

Choosing Priest Instead of Princess: The Pitfalls of Ransomed Heart Ministries
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Growing up, I had never heard of John and Stasi Eldredge's Ransomed Heart Ministries and their co-written book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400200385?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners- ...

I know that Jesus is the Answer, But What Does That Mean?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven Actually, I don ...

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day as a Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Here are 10 ways to make Earth Day a church day for your congregation, small group, or family.<em></em></p> Here are 10 ways to make Earth Day a church day for y ...

Reflections on the Gulf Oil Spill and a Prayer for Lost Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last year, I was deeply troubled by the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/gulf-coast/" target="_blank">Gulf Oil Spill</a>, having been born and raised on the Florida Gulf Coast. ...

Make Earth Day a Church Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It is fitting that this year <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/earth-day/" target="_blank">Earth Day</a> falls on Good Friday and that three days later the greatest dawn since t ...

What Would Jesus Tax?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

In the face of state and federal budget cuts, many of us have been fasting and contemplating the question: "What would Jesus cut?" In light of tax day, however, we might equally contemplate: "Wh ...

Protecting the EPA's Authority to Help Overcome Global Warming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As I discuss more fully in my book, <a href="http://creationcare.org/blog.php?blog=19" target="_blank"><em>Global Warming and the Risen LORD</em></a>, in the United ...

In the End, Love Always Wins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope in the church than I have felt in a long time. I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope ...

The Truth About the BP Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Ten months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and by now most of the nation has shifted its focus away from the gulf to more recent and pressing topics. Ten months ...

Defending the 'Cult' of Environmentalism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Environmentalism is "deadly." It is "one of the greatest deceptions of our day," "striving to put America and the world under its destructive control" and "seducing your chil ...

In Wake of Shooting, Love is the Better Portion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

A bullet discharged. Then another. And another. And another. And suddenly, a grocery store is transformed from the mundane to the horrible, hell on earth. People lay dead. A bulle ...

Does Sunday School Have a Future?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Sunday school. It was one of the main reasons I enjoyed church as a child. As a young adult, it sometimes still is. But there's a conversation brewing: Does Sunday school have a future? ...

What Does Violence in the Bible Tell Us About God?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1101&amp;article=is-god-violent" target="_blank"></a>I recently received a note from ...

Moral Measure of a Tax Plan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it further concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a few? In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it ...

Prayer and the Persistent Widow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Well, it's parable day again boys and girls. Parables are like Jesus' subversive little stories of an alternate universe. Well, it's parable day again boys and girl ...

The Plowshares 8: Thirty Years On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

While imprisoned after his 1967 <a href="http://www.jonahhouse.org/pics67-73.htm">Baltimore 4 action</a>, Philip Berrigan, in his <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ ...

Flipped: A Film Review
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100908-flipped.jpg"></a>A lot of contemporary movies picture American suburban life as banal, hypocritical, and morally bankrupt -- a deceitf ...

What Do We Do When There Are No Simple Solutions?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The other day, I got together with a pastor friend who is feeling discouraged and overwhelmed by the extent of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">the Gulf oil spill</a> and his ...

Why Bad Boundaries Don't Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Some authorities in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, are upset that they didn't get a permit to build rock dykes between barrier islands to keep the BP oil spill out of fragile estuaries. ...

Voices from the Gulf: We Arise to the Putrid Scent of Oil
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender"></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender">Edi ...

We Must Ask Moral Questions About Our Oil Addiction (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I asked some <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/07/we-must-ask-moral-questions-about-our-oil-addiction-part-i/">moral questions about our oil addiction</a>. ...

Helping Women Leave the Sex Industry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's note:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1008&amp;article=selling-our- ...

Voices from the Gulf: 'I am Hurt, Angry, but Hopeful'
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 ...

Time for Some Angry Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I'd say Barack Obama's long and often tenuous honeymoon with progressive Americans took what looks like a lethal blow in spring 2010. I'd say Barack Obama's lo ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week: ...

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=& ...

An Oily, Slimy, Putrid Epiphany
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100513-crude-awakening.jpg"></a>Joanna Weiss asks the right question in a recent <a href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial ...

We Must Respond to the Needs of the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We are counting the days now: the 49<sup>th</sup> day of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">the oil spill</a>, the 50<sup>th</sup>, the 51<sup>st& ...

Is Nature Worth Saving?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/08/is-nature-worth-saving/"></a></p> I'm a nature guy, smitten with a lifelong love fo ...

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. ...

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 ...

I'm Part of the Reason For That Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>In the daily grind of life there are few obstacles as irritating as traffic. The opening scene of "Office Space" deftly captures the sentiment. You know it, the neurotic jockeying and ill- ...

How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenom ...

Poisoned Sea, Impoverished Soul: A Litany of Lament Over a Despoiled Ocean
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the beginning, darkness covered the face of the deep.</p> <p>Then the Breath of Heaven swept across the waters, blessing the sea with all manner of creatures.</p> ...

Video: Jim Wallis Talks About the Oil Spill with Chris Matthews
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p> Jim Wallis is the author of <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=special.RV&amp;item=RV_order">Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street -- A Mor ...

Scope of Oil Spill and BP's Bungling Demand Greater Government Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last Friday, the <a href="http://www.equityandinclusion.org/">Equity and Inclusion Campaign</a> and <a href="http://www.oxfamamerica.org/">Oxfam America</a> hosted a ...

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> ...

Responding to a Shocking Image of the Gulf Oil Spill's Scope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

NASA released a new image yesterday that shows a large column of oil heading from the Deepwater Horizon rig site in the Gulf of Mexico out into the open ocean, a startling and heartbreaking indicat ...

What is the Gospel?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last week at her blog, <a href="http://rachelheldevans.com/gospel" target="_blank">Rachel Held Evans</a> proposed the question "What is the Gospel?" She received s ...

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>. ...