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Teaching Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

My first job after college forever changed the way I prayed. Before I started it, I prayed that God would show me how to best serve him after receiving my diploma. My first job a ...

Singing and Praying Justice, Part 1
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

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

Everybody Hates Washington
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/Washington-DC/9784402_5Kps2#663709242_ZioTU"></a>There's one thing these days that it seems you can get everyone to agree ...

Health Care: Where Do We Go from Here?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim Wallis, Harry R. Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim ...

Obama, Bigotry, and Balance ... and Death Threats
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is some good conversation going around God's Politics partner blogs about what role race is playing in the current wave of opposition to Obama's policies, including Rep. ...

Prayerland U.S.A.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/magazine/20Prayer-t.html?pagewanted=1&amp;_r=1&amp;em"><em>The New York Time</em>s <em>Magazine</em> publish ...

Global Warming's Six Americas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Climate Week is upon us, and as world leaders gather at the UN and the G-20 to nibble away at the problem of international cooperation to address the issue, popular American responses seem to veer ...

Don't Isolate Gender from the Biblical Big Picture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The gender discussion in the church today is captured succinctly by New Testament scholar Gordon Fee in <em><a title="http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102710879856&amp;s=5547&amp;e=0012JIqccVLH ...

Audio: 'If You Don't Do Compassion, Mercy, and Justice, You Will Catch Hell'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's always hard to narrow down Pastor Efrem's sermons to a few key minutes, and this one was no exception. Preaching from Matthew 25, he puts some extended focus on the health-care debate. ...

Science, Salvation, Slavery, and Equality: The Bible and Historic Reforms
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

When it Comes to Biblical 'Authority,' Words Matter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/24/criteria-for-spiritual-leadership-content-of-character/">In a recent post examining the biblical qualities of a leader</a>, I considered the simil ...

Criteria for Spiritual Leadership: Content of Character
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Does it seem curious to you that when the issue of leadership in the church is discussed, gender is frequently cited as a primary element to consider? Does it seem curious to you ...

Three Responses to a Conservative Critic on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Just received this:</p> Just received this: I am one of the conservative Christians you refer to in your letter. I did not and still do not support President Obama alt ...

An Open Letter On Health Care to Conservative Christians in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Dear Friends,</p> Dear Friends, Although today I would not call myself a political or social conservative, I am grateful for my heritage as an evangelical Christian: My ...

President Obama to Participate in Nationwide Call-in on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 Days for Health Reform" Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 ...

The Vanishing Scenery of Glacier National Park
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

If anyone still doesn't believe in global warming, come to Glacier National Park. My wife Karin and I just spent two days of our vacation here. If anyone still doesn't ...

Prayer Vigil at the Detention Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I am a seminary professor. Activism is not something that comes naturally to me, but I am learning! I am a seminary professor. Activism is not something that comes naturally to me ...

Abortion Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Gates Arrest Analysis Cliff Notes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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. ...

Talking While Stupid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I think President Obama was right to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/us/politics/25gates.html?_r=1&amp;th&amp;emc=th">soften the tone</a> of his statement the other day ...

Mark Sanford, John Ensign, and 'The Family'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Presently, the glare of the media spotlight has started to shine on a number of political figures, all of whom coincidentally have a connection to a D.C.-based group called The Family. ...

Four Lessons from the Religious Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009506344_religiousright21m.html" target="_blank">This <em>Seattle Times</em> article </a>on the current st ...

Acedia and Vacation Bible School
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, less than 48 hours after there was a senseless homicide in our neighborhood, my family participated in a time-honored summer ritual: My husband and I took our 5-year-old son to Vacation ...

Be Fair to the Pharisees: Guarding Against Anti-Jewish Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union Coll ...

Women Excluded from Ministry: 'I Just Didn't Think About You'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"When the previous youth minister was here, he always filled in when the pastor was out," Bethany, a youth minister at a church in the southeastern U.S. told me. "W ...

Women Leaders in the Early Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As you may know, the question of whether women can serve as deacons has been recently debated among many evangelicals. Since scripture makes clear that Phoebe served as a deacon in the church in Cench ...

Why the Fuss About Dr. Francis Collins' Faith?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'm excited about the <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0908&amp;article=with-all-your-mind" href="http://www.sojo.net/index.c ...

The Next Evangelicalism: Interview with Soong-Chan Rah, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830833609?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0830833609">&l ...

A Father to the Fatherless
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Father's Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. For most of my life, my father was absent, having abandoned our family when I was in elementary school. Father ...

Immigration Reform: The time has come
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The time has come for comprehensive immigration reform. After several failed attempts in past years, the president has promised it and the White House is showing a clear commitment to it. ...

Obama in Cairo: A New Beginning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Every so often, I will begin the week with a post about something that I believe deserves further reflection and comment from the God's Politics community. Every so often, I ...

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& ...

To Hell with Human Trafficking. There, I Said It.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Is it possible that we as Christians just aren't angry enough about injustices like human trafficking and slavery? Perhaps we've grown too desensitized, domesticated, and docile. ...

The Day I got 'Left Behind'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The year was 1988. I was 11 years old and my younger brother Paul was 7 years old. The year was 1988. I was 11 years old and my younger brother Paul was 7 years old. Our family wa ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Good News About Yesterday's Duel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm in Germany at the biannual <em>Kirchentag </em>festival of faith of the German churches, so I missed the news and analysis of President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney&# ...

Was Iraq a Holy War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Bush to renege on his usage of the word "crusade" ...

The End of Christianity?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last month, in an issue of <em>Newsweek</em>, Jon Meacham describes what he perceives to be <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/id/192583">"The End of Christian America."< ...

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 ...

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 ...

God or Country?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a title="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/godingovernment/2009/05/torture_poll_its_about_politics_not_religion.html" href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/godingovernmen ...

Women Who Were Wild at Heart
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or universities. I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or u ...

A New President and a New Generation Seek a Nuclear Weapons-Free Future
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

An <a title="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/07/AR2009050704070.html" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/07/AR2009050704070.html&q ...

For the Record: Still Not the Religious Left
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Before our Mobilization to End Poverty, a member of our staff sent an e-mail to some members of the media in which he mistakenly referred to it as "the first big mobilization of the Religious Left ...

The Two Futures Project: Who Would Jesus Bomb?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In light of <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/05/us-afghanistan-civilian-deaths-coalition-bombing">headlines that dozens of kids and families were killed in US bombings of Afgh ...

White Evangelicals for Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Too many white evangelicals stand for torture, according to a recent Pew Forum study reported by <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/04/30/religion.torture/index.html" target="_blank"> ...

Culture War Casualties: Responding to Carrie Prejean and Bullying Suicides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week Carrie Prejean, also known as the former Miss California, lost the Miss U.S.A. Last week Carrie Prejean, also known as the former Miss California, lost the Miss U.S.A. p ...