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The Real Housewives of Orange County...Really?
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> With the release of Jim's newest book, Red ...

Religion and Women: The Oldest Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Nicolas Kristof had a recent article in <em>The New York Times</em> titled, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/opinion/10kristof.html?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss">"R ...

Ayiti...ke'w an Dey: My Lament for Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Ayiti...ke'w an Dey...</p> <p>"Haiti believe in God," reads a friend's Google mail status.</p> Ayiti...ke'w an Dey... "Haiti be ...

Avatar and The Blind Side: The Never-ending Messianic Complex Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The last two movies that my wife and I had the chance to watch were Avatar and The Blind Side. Not sure how that happened, but both movies had very rich missiological and race themes to them. Or maybe ...

Wise Local Living -- Without Leaving
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last year I borrowed a copy of Doug Fine's book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0812977890?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creat ...

Megachurches Make (Some) Progress on Crossing the Racial Divide
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As you probably know, one of the big articles making the rounds this week is <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1950943,00.html">Time magazine's major repor ...

'Irreconcilable Islam' and Irascible Christianity, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/05/gingrich-labels-irreconcilable-wing-of-islam-but-ignores-irascible-christianity/">[continued from part 1]</a> If duplicity were the only moral fai ...

Gingrich Labels 'Irreconcilable Wing of Islam' but Ignores Irascible Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

"'Tell me what distinguishes the murderer at Fort Hood, the people we arrested in Denver and Detroit and New York, and the five people who were just picked up in Pakistan?'" Former House Sp ...

From 'Strangers at Our Gates' to Brothers and Sisters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Just say it: Feliz Just say it: Feliz Interesting article. When I Interesting article. When I saw the title of this, I thought of Mel White's book, "Stranger at ...

Why N.T. Wright is Wrong About Social Media
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The Out of Ur blog recently posted a <a href="http://www.outofur.com/archives/2009/11/ur_video_nt_wri.html" target="_blank">video of N.T. Wright</a> going off on the dangers of ...

Could Church Become a Playground for All?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Malcolm Gladwell, in his popular book <em>The Tipping Point</em>, names three types of people who do the work of making social movements succeed: Connectors, who bring us together, Mavens, who conn ...

Which Message Are You Listening to?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Have you seen the two videos below produced by Dove?</p> Have you seen the two videos below produced by Dove? I showed one of them recently before a sermon and the s ...

A Bottom-Up Perspective on Obama's Nobel Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I didn't get a chance to watch Barack Obama's Nobel speech live, but I've read the transcript and found very little in the speech that couldn't have been given by any number of past preside ...

Interfaith Interaction at Parliament of the World's Religions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia where I attended the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions. I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia w ...

Obama's Brand of American Exceptionalism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/12/17/obamas-nobel-speech-violence-and-nonviolence-naivete-and-realism/">As I suggested in my previous post</a>, I was troubled by some elements of the ...

Cheerful Books for the Bleak Midwinter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

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Contemplating Feminine Incarnation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>At church on a recent Sunday we were encouraged to find ways to see the world differently this week. Change our routine and change our perspective to help us get out of the rut of going through life w ...

Disney's A Christmas Carol: A Missed Opportunity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Disney's new high-tech, 3-D animated version of Charles Dicken's <em>A Christmas Carol</em>, already a box office smash well before Thanksgiving, is a film that comes with high expectatio ...

Where are the Other Christian Voices Against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

As a career missionary to Africa, I fear what would happen to me on judgment day if I didn't speak out against what is happening in Uganda right now in the name of Christ. As ...

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill: A Betrayal of Christ's Teachings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

There are times in the "culture wars" when a very diverse group of religious leaders can come together across the political spectrum in a common cause. There are times i ...

Rediscovering Values: A Book I Didn't Plan to Write
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> I am an Evangelical Christian. What does that mean ...

The Murphy Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse: Why We All Need Accountability
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The day the <a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/1127/1224259546533.html">Murphy Report</a> on clergy sexual abuse of children in Dublin, Ireland was recently release ...

Make Your Wish List a Giving List
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I have mixed feelings about wish lists. They rob Christmas of creativity, surprise, and personal contact, but they make shopping much, much easier. I have mixed feelings about wis ...

Attacking Our Mental Programming on Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'll tell you up front -- I'm going to talk about race. I know some are tired of hearing about it, and I think that's mainly because we've been hearing about it in the same ways for so long ...

Beyond 'Diversity': New Creation and a Mestizo Vision
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Integration" and "diversity" do not express God's purpose for reconciliation deeply enough. What we need is a fresh paradigm that declares our <em>new</em> culture in Chri ...

Lamenting Churches Labeled by Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So there is something on my mind, and I'm not quite sure how to approach the subject. So there is something on my mind, and I'm not quite sure how to approach the subjec ...

Equality in the Beautiful Image of God -- and the Ugliness of Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In every culture and in every part of the world, this injustice is present. What is the oldest injustice in the world?</p> In every culture and in every part of the world, ...

Uniting to Eliminate Violence against Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"Some 70 percent of women experience in their lifetime some form of physical or sexual violence from men -- the majority from husbands, intimate partners or someone th ...

A Thanksgiving Reflection on Food
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The United States is a country that is at once overweight and hungry. There are those among us who are overweight and obese. There are those among us who live with food insecurity. ...

Affirming the Footnotes: What the Manhattan Declaration Gets Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Although there are several points I find troubling, inaccurate, or misleading in the recent <a href="http://manhattandeclaration.org/">Manhattan Declaration</a>, and although I noticed th ...

Human Trafficking, Justice, and CSI
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've gotten used to popular TV shows going the after-school special route and highlighting some issue or another. Granted, it boosts their ratings, but it also brings attention to issues that ne ...

Unseen Privilege: The Overlooked Gender Dimension of the 'Deadly Viper' Conversation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In the eight years I worked specifically with Christian Asian American college students, I knew that my gender would get in the way. In the eight years I worked specifically with ...

Boys are Warriors and Girls are Princesses? Spiritual Gifts are not Divided by Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studies? Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studie ...

Sarah Palin and the Demise of Public Discourse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I wonder how many doctoral dissertations will be written over the next several years aimed at exploring the cultural phenomenon that is Sarah Palin. I wonder how many doctoral dis ...

Tools for Turning Your Travels into Pilgrimages
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In my ongoing quest to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/20/turning-my-travels-into-pilgrimages">turn my travels into pilgrimages</a>, I keep discovering resources that help me along ...

Uwem Akpan's Double Calling as Priest and Writer
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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Deadly Viper: Personal Apologies and Power Structures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Without trying to be too presumptuous about the resolution of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/deadly-viper/">an ongoing story</a>, I'm doing some personal reflection on the last fe ...

Big Oil, Corporate Greed, and Social Sin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of work and trendy restaurants, I rarely drive these days. As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of wor ...

Continuing an Honest Conversation on Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I want to follow up on yesterday's post which I believe has broken the record for the longest title in history: <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/04/three-general-thoughts-on-deadly-vipers-mik ...

Deadly Viper Blind Spots: When Uninformed Intentions Have Hurtful Outcomes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One of the toughest parts of being the author of a book about racial reconciliation is that when the latest racial incident flares up, everyone expects you to chime in with your two cents. ...

How Deadly Viper Character Assassins Undermines its Message with Co-opted Culture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

An open letter to Zondervan and to Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite, authors of <em>Deadly Viper Character Assassin: A Kung Fu Survival Guide for Life and Leadership</em>.</p> ...

Christianity Today and Cultural Captivity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last month's <em>Christianity Today</em> featured an <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/october/13.23.html?start=5" target="_blank">article </a>o ...

Hark! Halloween Haters and Holiday Hype
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Halloween is over. I was standing in the kitchen tonight pilfering through the bowl of chewy, crinkly wrapped treats that my children acquired last night. Poor things. They do all the work of running ...

Why Clint Eastwood Can be Trusted with Mandela (and Why Glenn Beck Can't be Trusted with MLK)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's that time of year again -- you know, when Clint Eastwood releases a trailer for a movie that looks fascinating and completely different from the last thing he did, and your trio of reactions ...

We Need an Abrahamic Alliance of the 'Passionate Best'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>For the next few days in Washington, D.C., 1,200 people are gather ...

In Defense of the Suburbs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This past week I was walking home from the school drop-off with a newish friend. Swapping stories about the basics of our lives. Marital status, where we grew up, favorite pastimes. ...

The Church-State Debate: Biblical Insiders and Outsiders
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A frequently asked question these days relates to the role of the church in civic society. A frequently asked question these days relates to the role of the church in civic societ ...

Adam Smith Meets the Rich Young Ruler: Health Care and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wnFEbT1wwhs/StNETZJ93SI/AAAAAAAABEU/z_JR-1l974w/s1600-h/Adam_Smith.jpg"></a>For more than sixty years American presidents have tried to reform ...

Love Casts Out Fear, Not Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the driving force of the debate? I say it is fear.</p> What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the drivin ...

Columbus in Reverse: 'Travel as a Political Act'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

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