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Smart Bomb Hype and the Christian Conscience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As the U.S. As the U.S. government continues to try to sell the new war in Libya as a "humanitarian intervention," Christians should beware of the smart bomb hype that h ...

This Lenten Season is For Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Every Lenten season I give up something, usually chocolate. I sometimes fast for several hours during the day. Sometimes I read an extra book or two, usually on peace theory. Ever ...

God in Wisconsin: Scott Walker's Misguided 'Obedience'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As the stand off between workers and Governor Scott Walker continues in Wisconsin, <a href="http://www.wichurches.org/advocacy/faith-community-response-to-the-wisconsin-budget-crisis/" target=&quo ...

Is 'What Would Jesus Cut' Heresy?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Heresy is a strong accusation. Heresy is a strong accusation. But that is right where Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center took his column about Sojourners' ...

Xenophobic Border Watch Groups are Domestic Terrorists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">On May 30, 2009, a terrorist attack in Arizona ended the lives of two U.S. citizens -- a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter. On Ma ...

Democratization: Another Mountain to Climb in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There is a Haitian proverb that says after every mountain, there is another mountain. There is a Haitian proverb that says after every mountain, there is another mountain. We work ...

Why Are the Big Banks Still So Bad?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, Elizabeth Warren and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau convened their first roundtable of religious leaders at the White House. Why does this matter? Yesterd ...

The True Meaning of Investing in our Future
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Before the 2011 State of the Union address, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41276794/ns/msnbc_tv-hardball_with_chris_mat ...

Values at Davos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, a little mountain village in Switzerland, where each January corporate CEOs, heads of state, and leaders of nonprofit organizations ...

Does the Church Need a Missionary Code of Conduct?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I just recently became aware of a discussion that grew out of the Third Lausanne International Congress on World Evangelism in Cape Town this past October. I just recently became ...

Our Persistent Reach for the American Dream
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

We set aside a national holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because he welded an ethos of agape love onto the founding principles of the United States. We set aside a nati ...

Praying and Fasting in the New Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. The holiday season is a season of feasting and of celebration. Biblical wisdom teaches that there is a ...

In Memory of Richard Holbrooke
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Some people in the world are large. They occupy a large space, cast a large shadow, reach for large and lofty goals. Some people in the world are large. They occupy a large space, ...

The Story of One Unemployed Man
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

He has been working since he was a teenager. He graduated from high school, went to college, graduated, got a good job with a good company, married, had children, and bought a house. ...

Thanksgiving Alone is Not Lonely
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It had been a busy semester and the Tuesday before Thanksgiving I arrived back home from an exhausting American Academy of Religion meeting. It had been a busy semester and the Tu ...

Tell Congress: We Support More Resources for Sex Trafficking Survivors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, November 17, the <a href="http://www.change.org/national_coalition_to_end_domestic_minor_sex_trafficking" target="_blank">National Coalition to End Domestic Minor Sex Tr ...

Obama's Remarks to the Indian Parliament and Just Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

One goal of just peace theory is to make war obsolete. The idea is to establish justice, in all of its various iterations, so that peace will prevail. One goal of just peace theor ...

It Takes a Movement: The Next Steps
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Is Women's Leadership in the Church a Primary Issue?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

If you are concerned about the question of gender and Christian faith you have probably heard someone say, "Yes, the woman's question is important, but it is not a 'primary issue.'" Wh ...

Not Happy with the Results? Hallelujah, Anyhow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I am not happy with the results of the 2010 elections. I think the elections turned on misinformation, anger, and fear. I am not happy with the results of the 2010 elections. I th ...

Voting in Honor and Solidarity
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When my children were young, I took them with me to vote. Before we went ...

Friday Links Round Up: The Simpsons. Ethnic Studies. Walter Brueggemann.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The Simpsons. Ethnic Studies. Walter Brueggemann. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:</p> The Simpsons. Ethnic Studies. ...

Blogging Religion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As newspapers continue to shrink and reduce staff, too often the first to go are religion reporters. As newspapers continue to shrink and reduce staff, too often the first to go a ...

Post-Colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note: </strong><a href="http://www.emergentvillage.com/events/2010-theo-conv">Emergent Village</a> will be hosting its annual Theological Conv ...

We Have Our Brother Back
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I rejoice that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/14/my-phone-conversation-with-terry-jones/" target="_blank">Pastor Terry Jones</a> and his church have decided never to burn ...

Craigslist Attorneys Threaten Georgia Anti-Trafficking Activists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's Note: </strong></em><em>What is behind Craigslist's recent enigmatic, and dramatic, choice to replace (at least for now) its entire "adult serv ...

All Who Labor
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lauren F. Winner Is Sabbath only for the privileged few -- or for all of us? One of the persistent themes of m ...

Why We Must Challenge Society's Notions of Beauty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The earliest representations of Jesus show him eating and healing. In both instances, those who shared the scenes with Jesus included misfits, outcasts, the infirm, and the impoverished. ...

The Dangers of Just Peacemaking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory holds that peace can only come when the basic needs of people are met. This need includes health care. Just peace theory holds that peace can only come when the ...

"CO2 is Green": More Big Oil Propaganda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> Big oil and big coal are worried about the upcoming climate change legislation. They're especially worried about what it will do to their b ...

Glenn Beck, Wrong Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Once again, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a> has waded into theological waters beyond his depth. Once again, Glenn Beck has ...

Bad Theology in the House of Representatives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Wednesday morning I listened to a House Judiciary Committee <a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294531-1">hearing on "The Ethical Imper ...

11 Women Writers You Should Be Reading
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Here are some of my favorite women writers of spirituality and theology in no particular order with short comments on why I recommend them.</p> Here are some of my favorite ...

It Will Take a Mission
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This week, in President Barack Obama's Oval Office speech on the oil spill, he used the term "mission." That's the right word. This week, in President Barack O ...

Christian Anti-Logic and Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855594020_q5SQY"></a>The issue of illegal immigration in the United S ...

Sins of the System
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

John E. Hill Jim Wallis (“A Bad Morality Play,” February 2010) beautifully exposed the false dichotomy between greedy, casino capitalism a ...

Wall Street, Repent!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, "Repent, for the end is near!" But repentance is actually a fundamental religious theme, and ...

Goldman Sachs' Excremental Deals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

They were described using the first word on George Carlin's list of the seven words you cannot say on television. They were described using the first word on George Carlin� ...

Glenn Beck's Faulty Logic
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I do not usually watch Glenn Beck's program. So many books, so little time. However, on April 6, while working on another project, my intuitive mind told me to watch Glenn Beck. So, I did. ...

The Radical Love of Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598629326_5jZy4"></a>When I was a little girl, Easter morning in my house smelled of vi ...

From the Archives: April 1974
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

John Howard Yoder The Church's Role The Christian community is a means of influencing other groups ... [a ...

Endurance in the Struggle for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

President Obama has postponed his trip to Guam, Indonesia, and Australia to work for the passage of health-care reform. President Obama has postponed his trip to Guam, Indonesia, ...

Health-Care Polls, Good Will, and the Golden Rule
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#693960076_qjZLW"></a>Good will is a primary element of moral conduct. This is an importa ...

The Soul of Davos: Oxymoron?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>In past years, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, focused primarily on ...

'Health and Fitness Are Better Than Any Gold'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Life and the body require exertion. There was a time -- and this is still the case in some places on earth -- when eating required physical effort. Life and the body require exer ...

Video: Jim Wallis' Conversation with McKinsey Quarterly
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> At this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, ...

What is God? An Interview with Jacob Needleman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In <a href="http://www.jacobneedleman.com">Jacob Needleman</a>'s newest book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1585427403?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wwwbeckygarri-2 ...

Now is the Time for Congressional Courage on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too many of the rest of us do not. The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too ...

The Real Housewives of Orange County...Really?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

Book Tour Diary: Riverside Church and Rock and Roll
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Last night, at the historic Riverside Church, New Y ...