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Giving Up Your Spiritual Journey (and Putting Down Roots)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Don lived for years in the Chicago area, working hard and trying to keep up with the fast pace of his profession. Don lived for years in the Chicago area, working hard and trying ...

A Word from Phoenix: 'I don't want my city to be the Birmingham or Selma in this drama'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, a group of local faith and community leaders, along with <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/21/arizonas-immigration-bill-is-a-social-and-racial-sin/">Jim Wallis</a> and Noe ...

My Changing Understanding of Creation (and Five More Ways to Keep it Simple and Go Green)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

Emerging or Converging?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

Why Can't I Just Shut Up?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I have a problem. My internal filter doesn't always work. I have a problem. My internal filter doesn't always work. Sometimes thoughts that aren't fully formed but ...

This Palestinian Life: Stories of Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.thispalestinianlife.org/Stories.php"></a>Last weekend I was at a family reunion where I had been invited to show <a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeile ...

Looking Beyond the U.S. for Emerging Church Trends
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | 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 ...

Why Outsider Critiques are Important for Emergent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

I Am Emergent and I Don't Fit the Stereotype
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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>article "<a href="http://www ...

The Advent of a New Global Faith Family
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

The Inevitable Results of War: Sins as Well as Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea. The end of Passover is said to mark ...

Baseball, Tiger Woods, March Madness, and the American Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

Video of Civilian Deaths in Iraq and America's Culture of Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>"C'mon, just let us shoot "C'mon, just let us shoot I wonder what President I wonder what President Eisenhower would have said... ...

Searching for Community in a Hyper-Mobile Culture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

My friend Joe told me the story of relocating his family to be part of a church that takes community seriously. My friend Joe told me the story of relocating his family to be part ...

The Second-Best Book on Sabbath
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sabbath-World-Glimpses-Different-Order/dp/1400062004/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;s=books&amp;amp;qid=1270152829&amp;amp;sr=1-1&amp;amp;tag=sojo_bl ...

The Cross, Easter, and the 'They' Narrative
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The <em>other </em>has been a philosophical idea with a rich history. The other has been a philosophical idea with a rich history. The idea is how do individuals r ...

5 Books to Spark Your Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Alas, simply reading a book won't make you a better person. Alas, simply reading a book won't make you a better person. But when it comes to spirituality, books can some ...

The Family Research Council, Wolves, and Shepherds' Clothing
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>In a recent Family Research Council e-mail, in an article titled, "Rev. Wallis: Wolf in Shepard's [sic] Clothing?" Tony Perkins aligned himself with Fox News commentator <a href=&quo ...

Inspired by Haitians Rebuilding Haiti
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>First of all, I have several pictures below I'd love to share with you from my recent trip to Haiti. It's surreal to me that a week ago, I was in Haiti -- hosted by the good folks at <a ...

Two Words for Glenn Beck, Five Thoughts for the Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>By now, most of you have heard the brouhaha regarding what Glenn Beck said on his radio and TV show recently:</p> By now, most of you have heard the brouhaha rega ...

By Fearing Churches that Speak out for Social Justice, Glenn Beck Fears the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

In a recent show, Glenn Beck told his listeners to watch out for churches that use the term "social justice," or "economic justice." He thinks that those terms are code words that will lead ...

A Disturbing Question and a Determined Conviction on the Treatment of Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

At the urging of one of <a href="http://www.ebcla.org">EBCLA's</a> deacons, I began reading <em>NY Times</em> bestseller <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/ ...

Committed: Family Values from Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/"></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0670021652?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp ...

Why did God Create Women?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307267148?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0307267148"> ...

Reading Ezekiel with Nick Kristof
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

In Sunday's <em>New York Times</em>, Nicholas Kristof, one of my favorite columnists, has a striking piece on the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28kristof.html&quo ...

To Dye or Not to Dye: How Do We Honor Aging Gracefully?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I had never noticed them before. I'm sure I would have noticed them if they had been there just a few weeks ago. I had never noticed them before. I'm sure I would have n ...

Audio: Social Justice on Australian Christian Radio
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Question: How would America's largest mainstream Christian radio stations respond to issues of social justice for the poorest of poor, climate change, and nonviolence? Questi ...

Black History Month Syndrome
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://edwardg.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/black-history-month278x2001.jpg"></a>I've kind of avoided the topic of Black History Month this year until now, almost th ...

Professional Women and Impostor Syndrome
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I knew I was dreaming when Michelle Obama sat down across from me. I was wearing a formal dress sitting on one of the tall bar stools at our local pub, in the quiet back corner near the dartboard. ...

Biden vs. Cheney on Afghanistan, the Unpopularity of Lamentation, and Shutter Island
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Joe Biden appeared on the Sunday morning talk shows last week to defend the Obama administration from Dick Cheney's disgraceful attacks, which appear to suggest his earlier bloodlust has not yet be ...

The Pope vs. Climate Change Deniers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The recent blizzard of bunk coming from climate change deniers giddy over the recent Snowmageddon that paralyzed the nation's capital is a classic case of putting ideology and politics before scien ...

The Bleeding Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I love my church. And I love that it isn't afraid to explore the difficult issues -- and figure out how to do so in loving ways. I love my church. And I love that it isn' ...

Paint Your Faith: Graffiti Art as Witness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;article_mode=edit&amp;issue=soj1002&amp;article=video-about-paint-your-faith"></a>One of the reason ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/02/08/fashion-as-a-social-justice-vehicl ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> On his blog , international missiologist Andrew ...

Tim Tebow's Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad Brouhaha
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Is nothing sacred anymore?</p> Is nothing sacred anymore? With the exception of one Super Bowl in the '80s, I've generally looked at Super Bowl Sunday as an ex ...

Is George W. Bush Pro-Life? Is Any Politician?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President George W. Bush <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/news/bush-232385-life-president.html">receives a pro-life award</a> this weekend from Legatus, an organization ...

Consuming Our Way to Compassion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>"Help us raise $10 million for Haiti!!!"</p> <p>My friend Lau ...

Video: David Bazan's Reasonable Doubt
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Since 1994, musician David Bazan (former front man of Pedro the Lion and Headphones) has put sharp questions about faith, justice, and his Pentecostal-evangelical upbringing front and center in his so ...

'I don't live for the Jesus who eats red meat, drinks beer, and beats on other men.'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Several weeks ago, I had an extensive phone interview with a reporter from The New York Times about the growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the wide and nebulous net of "evangelical ...

Glenn Beck, Come Drink Some Kool-Aid with Me
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I used to be just like Glenn Beck, only without the multi-million dollar TV show: I used to get attention by angrily, and humorously, attacking politicians. I'm ashamed of how I acted back then. ...

Challenging Media Narratives on Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

A number of commentators have questioned the accepted logic that disasters bring out the worst in people, directly challenging the pervasive "looters run amok" imagery often perpetuated by the medi ...

Blurred Lines Between Military and Humanitarian Efforts in Afghanistan Raise More Questions than Answers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Reported in a recent <a href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article7003724.ece">Times article</a>, leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs), specul ...

Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove on Friendship and Leadership (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/28/audio-interview-with-shane-claiborne-and-jonathan-wilson-hartgrove-on-friendship-and-leadership/">[continued from part 1]</a></p> ...

Interview with Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove on Friendship and Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>For Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, "subversive" friendship is about creating God's counterculture in the midst of a dominant culture.</p> ...

Greed is God: Exporting the Values of America's Prosperity Heresy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>America, dominating the global economy, imports more goods than it exports. What is ...

Saying Good-Bye to the Pause After the Hyphen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

My husband asked me that question last night: "Do you think you'll feel different after you become a citizen?"</p> My husband asked me that question last nigh ...

Haiti, Aftershocks and Tremors: One week and two days later
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While the rest of the world has been pondering the economic and social fate of the recently earthquake-devastated island nation of Haiti, Haitian-Americans alone have asked, "What will happen to ou ...

Book Tour Diary: Changing the Script with Jon Stewart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Last night I was on The Daily Show again ...