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Iran: We are Born to be Free
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 - 7:18am | 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 ...

The Mosque in Morgantown: Finding Our Religion within American Pluralism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In March, I had lunch with Asra Nomani at Sticky Fingers, the vegan bakery across from the Sojourners office. In March, I had lunch with Asra Nomani at Sticky Fingers, the vegan b ...

Diplomacy: Revisiting the Huntington Thesis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo ...

Listen to it Loud
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Listen to it loud!" That was the advice that came with a disc of the new film, <em>I Bring What I Love,</em> about Youssou N'Dour, a Senegalese singer who has worked for social jus ...

A Woman's Right to Fish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. <em>If you teach his wife how to fish, you feed the whole family for a lifetime</em>. ...

Free Music Monday: The Welcome Wagon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

About a month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Rev. About a month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Rev. Vito Aiuto one early Saturday morning at his church, Resurrection Pre ...

Evangelical Leaders Overlook Minorities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In a <a title="http://www.nae.net/index.cfm?FUSEACTION=editor.page&amp;pageID=569&amp;idCategory=1" rel="#someid0" href="http://www.nae.net/index.cfm?FUSEACTION=editor.page& ...

Christ and Whose Culture?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 12:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kent Annan A new wave of Native American evangelical theologians rejects the false choice between following Jesus or embracing their tradi ...

How to Save Journalism
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Can a government-subsidized press save democracy? Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that giv ...

Theology in a Minor Key
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh The blues live in this world -- yet long for the next. An interview with Steve Nichols. The blues ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Money & Faith: The Search for Enough, by Michael Schut; After Gandhi: 100 Years of Nonviolent Resistance, by Anne and Perr ...

Indigenous theologians discuss embracing their culture
Originally Posted: 11/16/2012 - 9:51am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Indigenous theologians Richard Twiss, Terry LeBlanc, and Raymond Aldred discuss the importance of reviving Native American th ...

The Biblical Truth about Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I heard a preacher once say, "Don't let facts blind you to the truth." What did he mean? Facts, misunderstood or taken out of context, can take us further away from, rather than closer to, truth ...

God is Not [and has never been] White: Biblical Post-colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:30pm | 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 - 7:30pm | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 1:17pm | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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Colorblinded in the Workplace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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Be Not Afraid: Faith and Reason in the Notre Dame 'Scandal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 ...

Body Language
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 12:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

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

Against the Tide
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | 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 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

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