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Voting Through the Lens of the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Around the nation, Christians are lifting up the biblical call to social justice and care for the poorest and most vulnerable, globally and in their communities, through participation in Sojourners ...

Listening to the Black Church Tradition on Voting and Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In the black Baptist church where I worship every Sunday, it's no surprise that Republicans don't own the evangelical vote. In the black Baptist church where I worship e ...

Egalitarians' Feminism Based on Scripture, Not Secular Ideals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

For egalitarians, it is an appeal to scripture rather than liberal political thought (as <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/june/28.41.html">Sarah Sumner suggested in <em>C ...

Uniting to Ban Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Those of us who categorically oppose U.S.-sponsored torture were gratified to hear the consensus between John McCain and Barack Obama in their recent debate at Ole Miss.</p> ...

Holy Boldness by Biblical Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2347">Last week I celebrated the political prominence women enjoy today</a> as a direct extension of the gains earned for women by early ...

Hard Data on the Shifting Evangelical Ethos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

The soul of evangelical Christianity is under stress.</p> The soul of evangelical Christianity is under stress. A few weeks ago, there was the disturbing report on tor ...

Talking to the New Evangelical Voters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

During the final week of the 2000 presidential election, I was in the fall semester of my freshman year in college, feeling incredibly hungry-hungrier than I had ever been before. ...

Standing on the Shoulders of Women Leaders
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Regardless of your political affiliation or inclinations, the presidential campaign this year has been one of "firsts" for women. Regardless of your political affiliatio ...

Fair Questions for Sarah Palin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

After Sarah Palin was selected by John McCain as the Republican vice-presidential candidate, reporters asked me whether the pick was desperate, brilliant, or risky. After Sarah Pa ...

Jesus Convinces Some Evangelicals to Reject Torture
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Based on some responses to <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/09/torturing-the-least-of-these-b.html">my last post</a>, and <a href="http://blog.faithinpubliclif ...

Why My Church is Hosting a Poverty Sunday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/voteoutpoverty/"></a>Two of the mantras that my evangelicalism has taught me over the years are these:</p> <p>1. Be True to Scr ...

Amy Sullivan: 'Are Evangelicals Really Sold on Palin?'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

I saw a column this weekend in <em>Time </em>magazine by Amy Sullivan in which <a href="http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1839190,00.html">she asks, "Are Evangelic ...

Invisible Evangelicals' Insight on the Common Good
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Evangelical women and minorities, it seems, exist on the muted margins of political discourse in America. Evangelical women and minorities, it seems, exist on the muted margins of ...

A Call for Evangelical Rhetorical Accountability
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability <a href="http://ecfa.org/">(ECFA.org) </a>was launched in 1979, in response to growing concern "over an increase of [sic] questio ...

Video: Jim Wallis talks about Dobson and Obama on CBN
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The <a class="f12BlueBoldAnchor" href="http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/397550.aspx">Christian Broadcasting Network talks to Jim Wallis</a> in a recent segment on James Dobson's ...

Good News in Pew's Latest Survey
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I hear those three little words -- "the latest poll" -- I generally tune out. Whenever I hear those three little words -- "the latest poll" -- I gener ...

Video: Dobson, Obama, and Jim Wallis on the Evangelical Agenda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis talks about the evangelical agenda in the context of James Dobson's recent criticism of Barack Obama. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zyLrRr4FzQ">Watch it:</a>< ...

Dobson and Obama: Who is 'Deliberately Distorting'?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

James Dobson, of Focus on the Family Action, and his senior vice president of government and public policy, Tom Minnery, used their "Focus on the Family" radio show to criticize Barack Obama's u ...

Dobson and Obama: Who is 'Deliberately Distorting'?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

James Dobson, of Focus on the Family Action, and his senior vice president of government and public policy, Tom Minnery, used their "Focus on the Family" radio show to criticize Barack Obama's u ...

Young Evangelicals, Elections, and Our Real Work
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

It is no secret that young evangelicals are opting out of the 'religious right' in ever-larger numbers, and are becoming more (what for lack of a better term we'll call) progressive. ...

What Do You Mean by Politics? (Part 2 of 2 by Brian McLaren)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

[continued from <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/06/what-do-you-mean-by-politics-p.html">part one</a>]</p> [continued from part o ...

What Do You Mean by Politics? (Part 1 of 2 by Brian McLaren)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

A recent <em>New York Times</em> story, "<a title="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/us/01evangelical.html" target="_blank" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/ ...

Megachurches Meet on Immigration
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Alexis Vaughan Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform a Sojo ...

A Generation Comes of Age
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis These young evangelicals refuse to reduce the gospel to a "fire-insurance" salvation pitch. ...

Fearsome, Fearless, and Fearful
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I've remarked to a number of friends lately that there seem to be three main kinds of religious people in the world.</p> I've remarked to a number of friends latel ...

The Manifesto and the Media
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Last week, I wrote about the new <a href="http://www.evangelicalmanifesto.com/">Evangelical Manifesto</a>, of which I was a signatory. Last week, I wrote abo ...

An Evangelical Manifesto
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The church has a serious image problem. The church has a serious image problem. A recent book, unChristian, by Barna pollster David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons reveals much about ...

Border-blenders and Corner-dwellers (Part 4 of 5 by Rich Nathan)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

My dear friend, Ken Wilson, who pastors the Ann Arbor Vineyard, showed me a chart that I found very helpful:</p> <table cellpadding="10" border=1> <tr> <td width="120"& ...

The Year of Living Biblically: Interview with Author A.J. Jacobs
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>In church one day, my pastor asked us to raise our hands if we believed in what the Bible said. The right answer seemed pretty obvious, and the whole congregation and I raised our hands. Then ...

Lifeboat Theology vs. Ark Theology (Part 3 of 5 by Rich Nathan)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Let me give you an illustration of the difference between the narrow focus of contemporary American evangelicalism and the big focus of the Bible. <p> D.L. Moody, the great 19th-century evangeli ...

Is Social Justice a Distraction from the Gospel? (Part 2 of 5 by Rich Nathan)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Social justice is not a distraction from our commitment; it is part and parcel of the gospel of the kingdom. We read in Mark 1:15:</p> Social justice is not a distraction fr ...

Video: Jim Wallis and Tony Perkins on CNN
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>On CNN's <em>The Situation Room</em>, Jim Wallis and the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins talk about evangelical attitudes in the election. ...

Exciting SBC Alternative Not Without Shortcomings
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>During the closing days of January, more than 15,000 Baptists from 30 different Baptist denominations gathered together at the Convention Center in Atlanta. During th ...

PLUS: Latino Expressions of Faith and Justice
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos Latino believers don't fit a single mold, and they have expressed their faith in the world in a variety of w ...

Video: Has the Religious Right Lost Its Way?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis talks with Tony Perkins (Family Research Council), Harry Jackson (High Impact Leadership), and Sammy Rodriguez (National Hispanic Leadership Conference) about the broadening evangelical ...

Good News for Southern Baptists
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

As the nation's second largest denomination (after the Roman Catholic Church), Southern Baptists have been given much, so their potential to do good is considerable - as is the danger of missing op ...

Movers and Shakers
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tony P. Hall When I first entered politics in the late 1960s, I had never heard the term “evangelical.” If I did, I certainly didn’t know ...

Video: Jim Wallis and Diana Butler Bass on CNN
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yjr88xvWJtI">Watch it:</a><br><br></p> Watch it: Not long , pretty inter ...

Crazy Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>On this Super Tuesday, there will no doubt be a lot of discussion (again) about the role of religion On this Super Tuesday, there will no doubt be a lot of discussio ...

Why I Wrote The Great Awakening
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Evangelicals are leaving the Religious Right in droves. My book God’s Politics called ...

Ron Sider's The Scandal of Evangelical Politics
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ronald J. Sider Tragically, Christian political activity today is a disaster. Christ­ians embrace contradictory positions on almost every ...

The New Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

June G. Vajda Richard Babb The tide of political priorities among white evangelicals m ...

What Do Evangelicals Want? (Jim Wallis)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>On Wednesday, Sojourners and Beliefnet, in collaboration with the National Association of Evangelicals Christian Student Leadership Conference, hosted a panel discussion on <A href="http://www ...

Amens and Amendments to Rich Nathan's Israel Sermon
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>I commend <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/01/how-should-christians-relate-t.html">Pastor Nathan</a> for the courage and commitment to truth required to publi ...

Women, Faith, and Presidential Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>During the South Carolina Republican debate, Mike Huckabee garnered greatest applause when defending his views of wifely submission as part of his evangelical faith. ...

Getting the Evangelicals Wrong-Again
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>The upcoming primary in South Carolina will be critical for both the Democrats and the Republicans, say the media pundits. And South Carolina is full of evangelicals, they also say. ...

A Call to Repentance
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Christian support for the Iraq war raises the critical question: To whom do we belong? To whom do w ...

The Evangelical Factor in Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Nov. 27 Annapolis meeting on Israel/Palestine has launched us into a momentous one-year process to seek a permanent peace agreement between Israel and its neighbors. What is at stake is whether af ...

Mitt Romney's Defining Moment
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>In what may be the defining moment of his campaign, Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and a Mormon, addressed the issue of faith and its bearing on his pursuit of the presiden ...

No Time for Retreat
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Celeste Kennel-Shank The difficulty - and necessity - of finding a middle ground on stem cells. On the stage o ...