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Sojourners Magazine Wins Top Magazine Honors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.sojo.net/magazine"><em>Sojourners</em> magazine</a> was recently recognized as the best general interest magazine by two leading religious press organizati ...

Questioning the 'Survivor' Mentality of Some Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

First a confession First a confession Well said. Thank you. Well said. Thank you. Wow. You make too much Wow. You make too much sense. This is a mindset th ...

Video: Indigenous Theologians Discuss Christianity and Culture
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As we reflect on the history, meaning, and mythologies surrounding the season of Thanksgiving, indigenous theologians Richard Twiss, Raymond Aldred, and Terry LeBlanc offer their perspectives on the i ...

Paul's Teaching on Women in Context
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Do you often find comfort and insight, even direction for your life, through a careful study of scripture? Do you believe that God's truth is found in the pages of the Bible? ...

Make Something Money Can't Buy (Glue Gun Optional)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Since the early 1990s, a guerrilla campaign has been waged by ...

Common Ground Abortion Reduction on The Washington Post's Front Page
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/17/AR2008111703682.html">Today's front page feature in <em>The Washington Post</em></a> is a good pr ...

Why Does God Need a Starship?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

[Editor's Note: In <em>Sojourners</em>' newest issue there's an <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0811&amp;article=a-hardhe ...

Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2608">Continued from part 1</a>] I began to wonder what the TBN folks would think of me, a heavily tattooed Christian progressi ...

Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>To say that Christian television is "not my thing" doesn't even get close. To say that Christian television is "not my thing" doesn't even ...

Lakeview Terrace: Somewhat Thoughtful Thriller
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The number one film at the U.S. box office this past weekend was Lakeview Terrace, Neil La Bute's somewhat thoughtful thriller in which an LAPD officer harasses his new neighbors; the cop is blac ...

Ordinary Radicals Film Premieres Sept. 4
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

On Sept. On Sept. 4, I'm going to Philadelphia to attend the premiere of The Ordinary Radicals , a documentary directed and produced by Jamie Moffett, co-founder of ...

Beer and Bible Night at Kudzu's
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> One of the great recent joys of my life has been a thing called " ...

A Sequel to the 1968 Olympics 'Salute' Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Jarrod McKenna's <a title="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/08/the-olympics-human-rights-and.html" href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/08/the-olympics-h ...

A Sequel to the 1968 Olympics 'Salute' Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Jarrod McKenna's <a title="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/08/the-olympics-human-rights-and.html" href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/08/the-olympics-h ...

The Olympics, Human Rights, and Holy Mischief
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>"God Is Love," inscribed on the tracksuit of the athlete who would become the second-fastest man alive, is what first caught the attention of Australian Olympic official Ray Weinberg in the ...

Rene Marie's National Anthem Controversy (Good Art Gives -- but Doesn't Always Sell; part 2, by Melvin Bray)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

[... continued from <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/07/good-art-gives-but-doesnt-alwa.html">part one</a>]</p> [... continued from ...

Good Art Gives -- but Doesn't Always Sell (Part 1, by Melvin Bray)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I've been on a real art binge of late. Reading, watching, listening to, experiencing, and creating as much as I can. I've been on a real art binge of late. Reading, watc ...

The View from 1908
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This summer, two friends and I are doing something that seems a bit outlandish (especially for 40-year-old guys). We've borrowed a friend's RV, and we're touring the country to talk abo ...

Hancock: Promising Premise, Great Talent, but ...
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>(Spoiler warning--some major plot details are revealed in this article. Stop reading now if you want to see the movie without knowing the outcome. However by the time you've read this article you ...

Low: Struggling but Hopeful
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.chairkickers.com/">Low</a> is a band that defies easy characterization. Low is a band that defies easy characterization. O ...

Baseball, Football, and George Carlin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Comedian <a title="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/arts/24carlin.html?_r=1&amp;ref=obituaries&amp;oref=slogin" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/arts/24carlin.html?_r ...

Video: They Will Have Their Reward
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Eyes%20to%20See&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p>Sometimes it's hard to hear justice at first ...Y ...

Father's Day Remembering Tim Russert
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Father's Day was especially poignant this year with the shocking weekend news of the death of Tim Russert, the long-time and extraordinary host of <em>Meet The Press</em>. ...

'Footprints' Marches into Court
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.wowzone.com/fprints.htm"></a>Some days the material writes itself. As reported by <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/0 ...

In Memory of Maria -- and Millions More
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I don't want to assume that readers automatically know who Steven Curtis Chapman is, but if you've been surfing the Web recently, it's very likely you may have seen the name. Chapman is ...

What Would Ned Flanders Do?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Some fun for your Friday: Mark Pinsky, author of <a title="http://www.powells.com/partner/29218/biblio/0664224199" href="http://www.powells.com/partner/29218/biblio/0664224199"& ...

'New Year Baby' Documents Khmer Rouge Survivors
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On Christmas Day a few years ago in Dallas, Texas, Socheata Poeuv's parents called a family meeting to tell her that her sisters weren't really her sisters, and her brother was not her full ...

Body of War's All-Star Soundtrack
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>My fingers have been tapping out of control for more than a month and a half now. Don't worry, though -- I am not falling to the symptoms of <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitic ...

The Sound of Social Justice in Australia: 'From Little Things Big Things Grow'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

If you thought socially conscious music in the mainstream was a thing of the past, turn your ears to what Australia is listening to. If you thought socially conscious music in the ...

Media Circus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I've been traveling lately, and in various hotels and friend's guest rooms, have seen more TV than usual. I've been traveling lately, and in various hotels and frie ...

The Year of Living Biblically: Interview with Author A.J. Jacobs
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>In church one day, my pastor asked us to raise our hands if we believed in what the Bible said. The right answer seemed pretty obvious, and the whole congregation and I raised our hands. Then ...

Charlton Heston: Complex Icon
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Charlton Heston died this weekend at age 84, following Roy Scheider and Richard Widmark as the latest in a series of powerful cinematic actors to pass away -- although Heston was probably best known t ...

Interview with Bob Abernethy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Following is an excerpt from an interview with Bob Abernethy that will appear in a forthcoming issue of <A href="http://www.wittenburgdoor.com/">The Wittenburg Door</A>. ...

A Giant Religious Rummage Sale
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P><a href="http://www.powells.com/partner/29218/biblio/0787987425"></a>When I interviewed <A href="http://www.phyllistickle.com">Phyllis Tickle</A> f ...

Struggling With a 'Purple State of Mind'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>When I got an invite to attend a screening of the documentary, <A href="http://www.purplestateofmind.com">Purple State of Mind</A>, I went in expecting to see a blue sta ...

Carrie Newcomer's Songs for Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>On Jan. 22, 2008, I headed down to Joe's Pub in New York City to celebrate the launch of Quaker singer-songwriter <A href="http://www.carrienewcomer.com/">Carrie Newcomer ...

Who Should Win the Oscars
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As I wrote here last week, this year's Oscars, which take place on Sunday night, seem to have caught a cultural mood in cinema that's worthy of reflection As ...

The Moral Pulse of the Oscars
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Oscars are a little under two weeks from now - with the threat of the writer's strike leading to an unexpected interruption of one of the most surreal nights of the pop culture year now gone. ...

The Millennials Are Waking Up
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>During the 2004 election cycle, I was bombarded repeatedly with messages about how young voters had failed to be involved in the electoral process. My generation-the Millennials-was failing t ...

Juno: A Truly Pro-Life Film
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last night I finally saw Juno, Roger Ebert's favorite film of 2007 and recipient of four Oscar nominations, which has as its center the story of an unplanned pregnancy and the people affected by ...

Interview with John Sayles on Religion, Race, and Rock and Roll
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Recently, I had the opportunity to interview John Sayles about his movie <A href="http://honeydripper-movie.com/">Honeydripper</A>, a multilayered and complex account of ...

Sweeney Todd and the Spiral of Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Tim Burton's striking and gruesome film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical 'Sweeney Todd' made me feel alternately impressed by Johnny Depp's singing talent and wince at ...

Enduring Works of Beauty
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p> <P>I would love to live as a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.</P> <P>The Irish writer, priest, and environmental activist, and my beloved friend - John O&# ...

Maher's Mass Mishap
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MyfLmLROHQ"></a>This past Friday Bill Maher crossed the WGA picket line to offer this witticism on <A href="http://www.youtube.co ...

I Am Legend: Isolated But Not Alone
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>When I got an invite to the premiere of the IMAX screening for <A href="http://www.iamlegendmovie.com/">I am Legend</A>, I went to the theater expecting an evening of fr ...

A Rock Star Environment Minister
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/11/changes-down-under-by-jim-wall.html">Jim wrote a piece</a> a few weeks back about the new Bonhoeffer-quoting Aussie PM Kev ...

My Top 11 (OK, 12) Films of 2007
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

This will be my final post for the God's Politics blog in 2007, and given that it's the time of year for lists, here's my choice of the films that have struck me the most in the past 12 months. ...

Creative Cures for the Common Christmas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>A few years ago I remember a pastor friend telling me they tried something a little different for their Christmas services. Instead of the usual holiday d&eacute;cor and clutter of the sa ...

Where Does 'The Golden Compass' Point ?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Here's the good news: The Golden Compass does not promote atheism. It isn't going to steal your children. It does not signal the end of hope for religion in the West. That's the good ne ...

'No Country for Old Men': Thoughtful, Frightening, and Beguiling
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>When a film ends with the recounting of a dream in which a weather-beaten, life-weary man searches for the fire his father is building to warm them, it's impossible not to think of the love we al ...