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God is Not [and has never been] White: Biblical Post-colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"The Bible knows nothing about peace without justice," said that great prophet of joyful restorative justice, Desmond Tutu, when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.</p> ...

Christian Soldiers in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

William Faulkner once said: "The past is not dead. William Faulkner once said: "The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past." We often think about time ...

In the Footsteps of Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Angels and Demons</em>, the movie inspired by Dan Brown's novel by the same title, has raked in nearly $190 million worldwide (with approximately $90 million in the U.S.) in only its secon ...

Eschatology or Bigotry?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A couple of weeks ago on Glenn Beck's talk radio show, a woman called in to suggest that because President Obama appears to be raising the tax rate to around the same as what it was under President ...

Native American Theology(ies)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"It's a problem of being heard," says Randy Woodley, a Native American theologian. "I feel like 500 years ago, maybe God did bring the white man over. "It ...

Obama's Catholic Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Against the backdrop of protest and spectacle that threatened to overshadow graduation at the University of Notre Dame last week, President Obama delivered a graceful commencement address that stan ...

Dogma and Disagreement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently found myself in conversation with a fellow believer who asked where I stood on the "non-negotiable" issues that seemed to him definitive for voting Christians. ...

Thoughts on Obama's Notre Dame Address
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

After weeks of controversy surrounding Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to receive an honorary doctorate as this year's commencement speaker, we have seen both the American democratic tra ...

Why You Need to Know Vincent Chin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'll be honest. I get timid writing these kind of posts. I'm scared of being labeled an angry or bitter Asian. I'm scared of the emails that come in. I'm scared of being de-invit ...

Biblical Ambiguity Doesn't Diminish Authority
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A student once asked me whether in my opinion Mark Twain actually said that the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. A student once asked me whether in my o ...

Sojourners Magazine Awards
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Sojourners</em> magazine received many honors at the joint annual conventions of the <a title="http://www.epassoc.org/" href="http://www.epassoc.org/">Evangelical Pre ...

Are We Offering Grace, or Just Another Program?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I really like Marlena, but that doesn't mean she is a good person. She is smart and easy to talk to, but only if you are talking about her stuff. I really like Marlena, but t ...

Breaking Out of the Socially Contructed Box
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"What do you mean by 'just one'? I'm not choosing just one!" I told my wife on the phone. "What do you mean by 'just one'? I'm not cho ...

Zimbabwe's 'Burial Societies'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In African culture death is accepted as an inevitable aspect of life and a promotion to the spiritual level where one becomes an ancestor whose duty is to protect and intercede for one's living fam ...

Are Christians Bad for an Empire's Economy? Should They Be?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Mike recently brought to my attention a <a href="http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/jod/texts/pliny.html" target="_blank">letter written by Pliny the Younger to the Emperor Trajan< ...

Are Books Obsolete?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh A rough economy, changing reading habits, and a planet in peril are forcing book publishers to retool the way they do business ...

Dying a Slow Death
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The future of Appalachia -- and the planet -- depends on unseating King Coal. By now every ...

The Hole in Our Gospel: Interview with World Vision's Richard Stearns
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.urbanfaith.com/images/HoleinGospelCover121x178.jpg"></a> <p>As the pastor of a church with a deep desire to love others as Christ would, I've recently been ...

Poem: Through the Eyes of the Beholder
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

This piece was written as a personal testimony as to how we can use scripture to liberate us from mental and physical bondage. Through the Eyes of the Beholder is dedicated to all of us who struggle with insec ...

Travels with Bruce Cockburn: Into the Soul of this World of Wonders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There's roads and there's roads And they call, can't you hear it? Roads of the earth And roads of the spirit . . .</p> <p>- Bruce Cockburn's "Child of the Wind&quo ...

Made in L.A.: Putting a Human Face on the Immigrant Experience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that would put a human face on the struggles of immigrant workers in L.A. Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that wo ...

Three Encouragements Toward Making Your Churches More Multicultural
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. But one of the joys of planting and pastoring Quest Church is that it's one of t ...

American Violet and the Idolatry of Law
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>NPR's Wade Goodwyn has been working on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103056359">this story </a>ever since he attended the premier of the film ...

American Violet: Drug War Injustice Hits the Big Screen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.americanviolet.com/"><em>American Violet</em></a>, a Hollywood blockbuster that opens in theaters next week, tells the story of Regina Kelly, one of the pe ...

Video: 'Beyond Belief' - An Interview with David Wilcox
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The rhetorical question <a href="http://www.davidwilcox.com/">David Wilcox</a> asks aloud before a crowd outside Baltimore, Maryland, is The rhetorical ques ...

Sacred Jazz: An Interview with Deanna Witkowski
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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Colorblinded in the Workplace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

"Is colorblindness or multiculturalism better for minorities?" I missed <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/race/2009/03/is-colorblindness-or-multiculturalism-better-for-minorities.h ...

Witchhunt: I Was in Prison and You Visited Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Twenty-seven years ago this month, Brenda and Scott Kniffen, a homemaker and an inventory manager of a diesel shop, were arrested and charged with sexually abusing their two young sons, Brian and B ...

Wendell Berry's Whitefoot
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1582434328?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1582434328">&l ...

Be Not Afraid: Faith and Reason in the Notre Dame 'Scandal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Notre Dame President Rev. Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins is facing furious backlash after inviting President Barack Obama to give the university's commencemen ...

Readers Speak Out on Body Image and Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Many thanks to the folks who answered <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/20/share-your-strength/" href="../2009/03/20/share-your-strength/">our request</a> for your thought ...

Afghanistan's Anti-Woman Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely restricts the rights of women. Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely rest ...

A Humble and Holy Rebellion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this season of Lent, we often reflect on our need for greater humility as we seek to follow Christ on the road to Calvary. In this season of Lent, we often reflect on our need ...

Against the Tide
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Major record labels haven't adapted to the wired age -- and they're losing. Back ...

The Bible in Vogue
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sarah K. Masterson A pop culture Word for a pop culture world. What happens when a Swedish ad executive sets o ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh God Drops and Loses Things, by Kilian McDonnell; 15 Days of Prayer, series from New Press; Servant or Sucker, by Beth Templeto ...

Body Language
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg In a society that glorifies thinness and individualism, the occurrence of eating disorders has risen sharply. How can C ...

From the Twittersphere: Peace, Love, and Rock 'n' Roll
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It was the cover that caught my attention. Rolling hills of farmland in lush green and yellow. So simple, yet so attractive. It was the cover that caught my attention. Rolling hil ...

They Killed Sister Dorothy: HBO's Book of Martyrs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

From Joan of Arc to Sir Thomas More, courageous martyrs continue to inspire us. Their powerful witness is memorialized in homilies, books, and even movies. From Joan of Arc to Sir ...

What Makes Liberals and Conservatives Angry? Abortion Reduction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When both the Left and Right begin sharpening their knives, it means you are on to something. When both the Left and Right begin sharpening their knives, it means you are on to so ...

Sin Nombre: Immigrants as Sojourners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

President Obama recently addressed the crying need for comprehensive immigration reform. He reminded us that we are a nation of immigrants. President Obama recently addressed the ...

Atheist Bus Ads Arrive in Seattle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

To support and amplify the already pervasive non-religious reputation of Seattle, the atheist bus ads are set to arrive. To support and amplify the already pervasive non-religious ...

Mocking Our Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/19/im-taking-down-all-my-miley-cyrus-and-jonas-brothers-posters/">Eugene Cho posted his thoughts</a> on how it hurt him and his children wh ...

You Can't Say That on TV, Mr. President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I woke up this morning to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donnie_Simpson">Donnie Simpson</a>'s voice (yes, my alarm clock is tuned into morning hip-hop jams on <a href=" ...

I'm Taking Down All My Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers Posters
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Enough is enough! Enough is enough! I bit my tongue several months ago when Miley Cyrus came out with her chink-eyed picture . Last summer, I was pretty furious ab ...

God's Garden: Church-based Community Agriculture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Meet Stephen Bartlett, an urban gardener and educator in Louisville, Kentucky. Meet Stephen Bartlett, an urban gardener and educator in Louisville, Kentucky. His passion isn' ...

Recommended Reading from the Twittersphere
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

If you all didn't know already, <a href="https://twitter.com/Sojourners">Sojourners has a twitter account</a>! It's been a lot of fun communicating with all of you "followe ...

Watchmen: A Clone without a Soul
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Imagine a world in which a human being developed godlike powers and put them to military use. War might soon be a thing of the past. Imagine this world also tolerating people who dress up in costume ...

I Hope Rush Limbaugh Fails
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Go ahead, guess who wrote the following paragraph. And I'll give you a hint: It's not Al Franken, Keith Olberman, Rachel Maddow, or even Michael Moore.</p> Go ah ...

Reading Peace for Lent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I am a good person.</p> I am a good person. We make this declaration from time to time, usually when we have done something wrong or when we want to put distance between ...