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Bombing the Moon? Really?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There's a joke that re-surfaces in Indian country every so often. There's a joke that re-surfaces in Indian country every so often. It goes like this: When NASA was prep ...

Scripture and History Remind Us That We Are All Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly five years ago my friends, Hector and Gabby and their five kids, entered the U.S. legally from Mexico in order to join the pastoral staff at my church, Willow Creek. Nearly ...

Smashing Economic Idols
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So I've been having a few interesting conversations about my book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830836284?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp= ...

David vs. Oil-iath
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I just saw a really good movie in which an overweight, pasty-looking guy makes outrageous statements related to capitalism. I just saw a really good movie in which an overweight, ...

Jesus Didn't Overlook Gender, He Transcended It
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this year I spent nearly one week at a Christian university. Earlier this year I spent nearly one week at a Christian university. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn m ...

Ken Burns' National Parks: An Unnatural Wilderness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week Ken Burns unleashed his new series on America's national parks, subtitled "America's Best Idea." The cinematography is incredible and Ken Burns is known as a progressive thinker. ...

Disability as Entertainment: So You Think I Can't Dance?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>So I'm a fan of <a href="http://www.fox.com/dance/" target="_blank">So You Think You Can Dance</a>. I enjoy watching dance and I used to dance, so I like the show ...

Singing and Praying Justice, Part 1
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"He who sings prays twice." -- Saint Augustine</em></p> <p><em>"What's going on?" -- Marvin Gaye</em></p> ...

'Apology Porn' and Yom Kippur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If there had been a way to power-wash my brain, I would have done it.</p> If there had been a way to power-wash my brain, I would have done it. The words, images, and em ...

Remembering History's Evils
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I spent some time this summer visiting my parents in Taos, NM, and while doing all the touristy things there, I couldn't help but encounter stories of the history of the place that truly made me th ...

Want to End Poverty? Focus on Women and Girls
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Promoting gender equality is crucial to combating global poverty, a point Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn make in their new book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307267148?ie=UTF8&amp ...

Truth and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) pledged to support the program on national healing in Zimbabwe. Last week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ...

Science, Salvation, Slavery, and Equality: The Bible and Historic Reforms
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever pondered the dangers of reading the Bible? Have you ever pondered the dangers of reading the Bible? Perhaps booksellers should provide consumer warning labels that r ...

A Token of God's Grace
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Smietana A theological variety show mixes humor, music, and cultural analysis. THEY DON’T SERVE Powdermilk ...

Health-Care Debate Requires the Wisdom of Solomon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Thomas Friedman, learning from an experience on safari in Botswana, gets it right in his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/opinion/23friedman.html?_r=1&amp;th&amp;emc=th" target=& ...

An Essential Point in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As debates rage over the proposed health-care reform (which I strongly support), I believe many politicians, activists, religious leaders, and ideologues are missing an essential point. ...

How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>In the August 2009 issue of</em> Harper's Magazine<em>, Brooklyn-based writer Rachel Aviv penned an article titled "Like I was Jesus: How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ." ...

A Conversation with Robert Jensen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

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The Hurt Locker and the Cause of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like. Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like. I've seen 'Saving ...

Making Peace with Sam Harris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Francis Collins, President Obama's choice to head the National Institute of Health, has been met with much resistance from certain quarters of the scientific community. D ...

Family Reunions
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Two multimedia projects see Africa as the planet's musical heart and soul. IN THE FIL ...

Abortion Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In recent days, it seems that the Religious Right is trying everything they can to derail the health-care reform our country so desperately needs. In recent days, it seems that th ...

Washington Update: Abortion Funding Not in Health-Care Bill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<strong></strong>The health-care reform debate in Washington, D.C., has many components, but one that has drawn enormous attention from the pro-life community is a concern over whether health-care ...

Beer Diplomacy: What Would Jesus Brew?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T46kEyyVU_k/SnJYnNcPDHI/AAAAAAAACw8/4G6Xga-fHwU/s1600-h/obama-beer.jpg"></a></p> <p>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they sha ...

Gates Arrest Analysis Cliff Notes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090727/ap_on_re_us/us_harvard_scholar_caller">Audio of the 911 call</a> that brought Sgt. James Crowley to the home of Henry Louis Gates Jr. ...

'Grace to Heal': Deconstructing the Culture of Violence in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The government of Zimbabwe, in a groundbreaking move, dedicated this past weekend to renouncing political violence and promoting national healing. The government of Zimbabwe, in a ...

Fear, Race, and Pride in the Gates Arrest
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/us/25cop.html?_r=1&amp;hp" target="_blank">A <em>New York Times</em> piece</a> picks up on a question <a href=" ...

How to Win a Culture War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Want to know how to win a culture war? Don't fight one. The soul of our nation has been marred from a perpetual state of culture war. Want to know how to win a culture war? ...

Sotomayor's 'Temperament Problem': Perception and Reality
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Judge Sonia Sotomayor's approval as a U.S. Judge Sonia Sotomayor's approval as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice may be a forgone conclusion at this point, but her nomination ...

Turning My Travels into Pilgrimages
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recently, I've begun to think how I can reconnect with God by turning all my travels (including my everyday errands) into pilgrimages. In this quest, I am greatly aided by the Rev. Kurt Neilson, ...

Walter Cronkite and True Journalism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Within the context of just peace theory, Walter Cronkite was and remains an important figure. Truth. Respect. Security. We know the truth through the hard work of scholars doing the difficult and nece ...

Interpretation, Hermeneutics, and Judge Sotomayor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Judge Sonia Sotomayor has begun jumping through the Senate's ritual hoops to become the next member of the Supreme Court. Judge Sonia Sotomayor has begun jumping through the ...

Michael Jackson's Legacy of Social and Environmental Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Though it has been two weeks since Michael Jackson's death, the world continues to mourn and to monitor news sources for the latest developments. Though it has been two weeks ...

The Next Evangelicalism: Interview with Soong-Chan Rah, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/06/the-next-evangelicalism-interview-with-soong-chan-rah">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from part ...

The Next Evangelicalism: Interview with Soong-Chan Rah, Part 1
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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The Dude Abides, Indeed
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cathleen Falsani Patience may be a virtue, but it’s definitely not my strong suit. I hate to wait. H-A-T-E it. ...

Preaching Beyond the Choir
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Katie Balestra Christian radio finds a new audience -- outside the church. About a year ago, John Konrad, the ...

The Language of Peace
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rosalie Riegle Contesting Patriotism: Culture, Power, and Strategy in the Peace Movement, by Lynne M. Woehrle, Patrick G. Coy, and Gregory ...

Changing Our Minds
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum When I began writing this column back in 1985, my page could hold up to 1,000 words. Over the years that number has sh ...

Celebrating Singleness with a Biblical Perspective
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/7664262_f2SVv#494818117_uXdMB"></a>I graduated from a wonderful Christian college about a year ago, and it was a great experienc ...

Amahoro: An Emerging Conversation in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and the exchange or exploration of ideas. Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and t ...

Thank You, Michael
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Only God can or ought to judge Michael Jackson's personal life. We do not have enough information to judge his behavior, but we do know that we have lost a true musical genius.</p> ...

Dear Hacker: Letters to the Man Who Hijacked My E-mail Account
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One day last month, friends and family from around the world flooded me with messages alerting me to some suspicious activity in my yahoo e-mail account One day last month, frien ...

Jon Stewart and Mike Huckabee on Abortion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

He did it again. He did it again. Soon after my post about interviewing Jon Stewart , his interview with Mike Huckabee about abortion was brought to my attention. I was surpris ...

Why Are People Poor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Why are people poor? </em>I remember being asked this question 10 years ago while training for a program I was volunteering with. Why are people poor? I rememb ...

My Interview with Jon Stewart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/magazine"></a>"A joyful heart is good medicine," the scriptures say in Proverbs 17:22. Laughter truly is good for the soul, and quite poss ...

Are Christians More Compassionate Towards Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am heartened by a new analysis of data from a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/274/americas-immigration-quandary">2006 Pew Research Center poll</a>, which indicates that people w ...

Reclaiming the Church's Mission and Message on Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the role of the church will be significant. As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the ...

Iran: We are Born to be Free
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://eugenecho.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/where-is-my-vote.jpg"></a></p> <p>Are you tracking with the developments in Iran? I'd love to hear your tho ...

Iran Elections: Hope, Excitement, Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Elections -- indeed the democratic process itself -- shape countries, culture, and the future, no matter what their outcome.</p> Elections -- indeed the democratic process i ...