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A Year of Reading
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Although I didn't read as much or as widely as I would have liked this past year (having a baby and moving cross-country had something to do with that), I did encounter quite a few good books. ...

New Year's Hope from Love All The People and The Last Lecture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As 2008 came to a close, I found myself mourning the unexpected loss of several people I thought were friends. Simply put, they chose to do venture down some very self-destructive paths. ...

An Atheist's Praise of Evangelism in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Matthew Parris is a self-confessed atheist, but he writes with extraordinary candor and insight about the role of faith in social transformation in a recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t ...

The Battle Over the 1960s
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Can Obama move us past the culture wars of the last 40 years? Even before his inauguration ...

Buy, Buy Baby
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Valerie Weaver-Zercher Helping parents resist the siren song of marketers. The branding of childhood is almost ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Good News Good News Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican …or Democrat , by Lisa Sharon ...

Cinema Review 2008: The Top Ten
Originally Posted: 07/15/2011 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

I'm always somewhat suspicious of "top 10" lists, despite the fact that I've written one. I'm always somewhat suspicious of "top 10" lists, desp ...

Books for Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

My favorites from a year of reading:</p> My favorites from a year of reading: Yellow Leaves: A Miscellany , by Frederick Buechner When You Are Engulfed ...

Life-Shaping Books for Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Children's literature provides one of the most uplifting, energizing, and soul-freeing pursuits for any child-or any adult who cares about children. Children's literatur ...

Struggling with Tolerance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Frank Schaeffer at The Huffington Post has <a title="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer/obama-was-right-to-pick-w_b_152330.html" href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer ...

2008: Cinema in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Looking back on the year's movies, I'm struck by how many of my favorites featured the theme of family and community -- perhaps this reflects only my current personal concerns, or maybe there's ...

Favorite Books and Movies of 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Here are some books I read this past year that gave me considerable food for thought:</p> Here are some books I read this past year that gave me considerable food for though ...

The Myth of Redemptive Violence: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

In the spirit of peace on earth and goodwill toward all, I went to see the remake of the 1951 movie <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043456/">The Day the Earth Stood Still</a& ...

Audio: Change We Can Believe In
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

In this clip Pastor Efrem talks about how, in order to be change agents in society, we need to change a church divided by race, class, and culture.</p> In this clip Pastor E ...

Odetta Has Gone Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Odetta has gone home.</p> <p>Artists that touch our hearts help us to see, and they speak for us our own mute truth. A spiritual breath of courage and grace breathes through them and upon ...

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 ...

Buy Nothing Day as Advent Activism Against the Demon Mammon
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W5t_VeoxZA"></a>As per usual, on Friday, we had all sorts of Buy Nothing Day festivities (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v ...

Looking for Truth, Beauty, and Love
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Fred Rogers, the creator and host of the children?s TV show, Mister Rogers? Fred Rogers, t ...

Mountain Music
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Saving a Kentucky community and its culture, one kid at a time. Ten years ago old-time mus ...

Hip-Hop Holy Land
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Wilkes In Disciples of the Street, Eric Gutierrez weaves three storylines into a narrative about the role of hip-hop in Christian m ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Voices of the Movement Voices of the Movement Freedom Song: Young Voices and the Struggl ...

How Would Jesus Rock?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Amy Spaulding Move over Guitar Hero, Guitar Praise is the new toy for ...

A Public Prayer of Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

This historic proclamation of <a href="http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nmah/thanks.htm#Transcription%20of%20George%20Washington%27s%20Proclamation">"A Day of Public Thanksgiving and Pray ...

Video: How to Make Christmas Ornaments from Credit Cards
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The word "plastic" means "anything which can be easily shaped or sculpted" (actually, an even older meaning is "sculptor") The word " ...

Black Friday and Consumerism, White Privilege and Buy Nothing Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

All of you who have a pulse know that the Friday after Thanksgiving is the single most crazy shopping day in the United States. All of you who have a pulse know that the Friday af ...

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 ...

Celebrate 'Buy Nothing Day' with 'Make Something Day'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The day after Thanksgiving, thousands of Americans head for the shopping malls for a ritual known as Black Friday, called such as it's a day when many retailers move from the red (losses) into th ...

'Yes Men' Distribute Fake New York Times Declaring 'Iraq War Ends'!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/uploads/081112-yes-men.jpg"></a>Eating scrolls, taking a stroll around the city naked, cooking food over dung, marrying a prostitut ...

Soldiers of Conscience: The War Within Those Trained to Kill
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Life is easier in black and white, when things are clearly right or clearly wrong. We tend not to like the gray very much. It was certainly easier for me to hard-headedly disapprove of all war, includ ...

Happy Birthday, Billy Graham
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/uploads/081107-billy-graham.jpg"></a>As a 30-something Christian in the U.S., I just want to wish Dr. Billy Graham a happy 90th bir ...

A Hardheaded Faith
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 2:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Mary Doria Russell, author of the best-selling books The Sparrow and Children of God, tells Sojourners about her discipl ...

This World and the Next
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 2:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Classic books on science fiction and spirituality. Some—okay, a lot—of science fiction trea ...

Building Bridges
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Books that traverse the terrain of war and peace, faith and family, and continents and cultures. ...

Publishing on Demand
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum For 500 years, Western culture, for better or worse, was formed by its books. For 500 year ...

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 ...

Party for Your Right to Fight Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

This week, a number of "awareness days" fall on the calendar-October 16 was World Food Day, today is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, October 17-19 are the Millenium Development Gr ...

Spiritually-Inflected Science Fiction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Some -- okay, a lot -- of science fiction treats religion, and even spirituality, as pre-rational claptrap or dangerous authoritarianism. Some -- okay, a lot -- of science fiction ...

Changeling and the Spirituality of Activism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/uploads/081015-changeling.jpg"></a>Clint Eastwood's latest feature <a href="http://changelingmovie.net/">Chang ...

No Conviction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In a world where following Christ is decreed to be a subversive and illegal activity, you have been accused of being a believer, arrested, and dragged before a court.</p> In ...

Make Culture, Not War
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Not quite 200 years ago, the English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley said something that is perhaps more true today than when he first put it down on paper: "Poets are the unacknowledged legis ...

Bill Maher's Religulous: Polemic Based on Cynical Preconceptions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Bill Maher is that rare thing: a media figure unafraid to say what he really thinks. Bill Maher is that rare thing: a media figure unafraid to say what he really thinks. When he ...

A 'Call and Response' to End Modern Slavery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.callandresponse.com"></a></p> Last week two films were released that present propagandized visions of the Unite ...

Ten Commandments for Bloggers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

The Evangelical Alliance in the UK recently held a "Godblogs" conference, bringing Christian bloggers together to discuss a Christian approach to blogging. The Evangelic ...

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 ...

Video: Flobots on Faith - The 'Rise' of New Music for New Movements
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://flobots.com/">Flobots</a> are a Denver-based, hip-hop/rock alternative group, whose powerful activist lyrics explore issues from globalization and poverty to war ...

Paul Newman's Lesser-Known Legacy
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

<p>With the passing of Hollywood legend Paul Newman, there is a significant legacy that many in the mainstream media are unaware of. With the passing of Hollywood legend P ...

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 ...

Fomenting a Fair Trade Chocolate Revolution
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

During a recent trip to Seattle, I took a tour of <a href="http://www.theochocolate.com/">Theo Chocolate</a>, the first and only organic and fair trade chocolate factory in the United Sta ...

Forbidden Revivals and the Birth of Bluegrass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> In the days of my childhood, summer was the season of the big-tent reviv ...

Organizing Hope
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Tapping the reservoirs of church and community. Regardless of the outcome of the current pre ...