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Tweets v. Tweaks: Financing Seminary Education (Part III)
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

Pastors, denominational leaders, under-employed seminary grads, active laity, Nones, seminary professors, and administrators let’s get moving! Let’s organize a viable movement that challenges Congress to work ...

Payday Lending: Time to Crack the Trap in Minnesota
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

The practices of most contemporary payday lenders are similar to those condemned in the sacred texts and teachings of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. As the Hebrew Bible declares, “If you lend money to my pe ...

The Need to Be Relevant
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

The goal of the Christian leader should always be to look for what the Spirit is already doing in a given place or situation. It is a challenge because you have to suppress your “relevant” self and become vuln ...

For the World's Poor, Violence Is an Everyday Threat
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

According to the United Nations, there are 4 billion people in our world who live outside the protection of law. That’s more than half the world’s population, and most of the world’s poor. ...

On Scripture: Enjoy the Super Bowl; Be Suspicious of Its Values
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

At least, when we read the opening sentences of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (found in Matthew 5:1-12), it seems his values are light years away from the confident and muscular ethos that football teams rel ...

Watching Super Bowl Ads with the Little Prince: From Delusion to Freedom
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

Our convoluted logic about desire leads us to falsely conclude that if our desires are not our own then that must mean we are inauthentic at the core of our being, more like puppets rather than independent, se ...

The Justice of Eating
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Forty-nine million Americans live at risk of hunger. Any policies that create additional poverty among the working poor are reprehensible. It is unacceptable for lawmakers to take vital food stamp benefits awa ...

Pastor, Prophet, Pope
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 4:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stephen F. Schneck Francis—refreshingly candid and seemingly repelled by the perks of the papacy—offers new hope for the Catholic Church ...

INFOGRAPHIC: The Racial Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Recent studies from both the Urban Institute and the Pew Forum tell the story of America's growing racial wealth gap. In the May issue of Sojourners magazine, Otis Moss III talked about the unjust trend. ...

Apocalypse Now!?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

It’s true that the Book of Revelation was written almost 2,000 years ago. Those were the days of the Roman Empire – think Ben Hur and Spartacus. For sure, things have changed a lot since then. Yet, the more th ...

The Teaching of Empathy
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

I reflected over my five years teaching at this Title I elementary school. "Who am I, what have I done, to become Teacher of the Year?" I asked myself. The announcement ...

Poor, Small, Broken — Beautiful
Originally Posted: 01/28/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

My poor, smart, small, broken looking student is indeed like beautiful music ... beautiful in his simplicity, astonishing in his complexity. He is like the galimoto. He is a gift to me and to the world. ...

Christmas Confrontation with a Homeless Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/25/2012 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

Too often fail to recognize the social circumstances in which Jesus was born; our understanding of the nativity narrative is too often left incomplete. When asked to identify c ...

Pastor Wanders Streets in Personal Bid to Understand Homelessness
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

Pastor Dustin Buff traded in his job, his house and his sense of security for a backpack, a Bible, a sleeping bag, one change of clothes, identification, and a cell phone. NORMAN, ...

If I Had a Million Dollars ...
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

Play along with me. If you had $1 million to spend to help stimulate the economy, what would you do? What would I do? Play along with me. If you had $1 million to spend to help st ...

10 Reasons Climate Change Should Be An Election Issue
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

I’m not sure about you, but I’m incredibly disappointed that our nation’s leaders – from all sectors, all parties, and all levels – continually neglect to take leadership on our climate and energy crisis. ...

Echoes of the Poor People's Campaign
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

What if MLK had lived to lead the Poor People's march? Would the United States be a place where 1 out of 5 children, around 15.5 million, are in poverty and where close to 50 million people are without he ...

Alabama Needs to Put People Before Profits
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

Living in poverty has always been a struggle, but in Alabama being poor could land you in prison. Living in poverty has always been a struggle, but in Alabama being poor could lan ...

An Election Between the 1 percent and the 99 percent?
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

For The Nation, Ari Berman argues that President Obama must hold Wall Street accountable. For  The Nation ,  Ari Berman  argues that President Obama must hold Wall Street ...

Murder-Suicide Desperation Prompts Soul-Searching in Oregon
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

Up to 10 percent of elderly or near-elderly residents are uninsured, and many more can't afford the kind of supplemental insurance that will provide a strong safety net. ORTL ...

In Case You Missed It: #OccupyWallStreet's Official Statement
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 4:55am | Type: Blog

On Sept. 30, the NYC General Assembly of #OccupyWallStreet -- organizers of the ongoing demonstrations in New York City's financial district against economic injustice that has spread to other cities acro ...

The Church Must Retain a Prophetic Voice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We have all heard the old saying that Satan's greatest ploy is to get people to stop believing in him. We have all heard the old saying that Satan's greatest ploy is to ...

Glenn Beck and a Neighborless Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I want to thank <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a>. I want to thank Glenn Beck . His recent tirade against liberation theolog ...

Seeing Our Place in the Matrix
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I won't forget the day the 15-year-old Korean exchange student I tutored informed me she needed surgery to "correct" her eyes. I stopped my grammar lesson and had her teach me about racism.</ ...