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Rich Cizik, Pioneer for New Evangelicals, Resigns from NAE
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Rich Cizik has been a pioneer in the "new evangelical" movement and a real hero, especially to the next generation of young believers. Rich Cizik has been a pioneer in t ...

Seeing the Election Beyond Black and White
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Watching Barack Obama's victory speech and reflecting upon the significance of his election as the next president of the United States left me profoundly moved.</p> Wat ...

Time to Open up a Two-Way Street
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear President-elect Obama,</p> Dear President-elect Obama, I am sending you some wonderful memos, letters, and reflections on what your election means , and what peo ...

Frank Schaeffer on Who Lost this Election and Why
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Not everyone in the country is happy with the election results, but Frank Schaeffer argues that only two groups lost, the New Atheists and the Religious Right.</p> Not every ...

A New Faith Coalition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Most elections are just power rearrangements; this one was a transformational moment in our history. Most elections are just power rearrangements; this one was a transformational ...

James Dobson's 'Letter From 2012 in Obama's America'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

James Dobson, you owe America an apology. James Dobson, you owe America an apology. The fictional letter released through your Focus on the Family Action organization, titled &q ...

An InterVarsity Chapter Shifts Focus from the Campus Booth to the Voting Booth
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Max Kuecker was a devoted member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IV) on Northwestern's campus in the mid 90's. It provided faith, fellowship, support, and friends. One thing, however, ...

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 ...

American First, Christian Second?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Recently, I watched an ongoing <em>New York Times</em> online report by Jennifer Steinhauer and Ben Werschkul called <a title="http://video.on.nytimes.com/?fr_story=5aac1546381f300674da8a59 ...

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 ...

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 ...

A New Christian Manifesto: "Follow Me" (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

The most direct self-referential command Jesus has given to those who would call themselves by his name is, "Follow me." That means that even before praising Jesus, we must follow him on his path o ...

Obama, Perkins, Palin, and a Plea for Christian Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Whew. Take a breath, Christians! Whew. Take a breath, Christians! I just read all the comments to my post Friday on Barack Obama's historic acceptance speech of a major p ...

Rev. Otis Moss on Prophetic Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Somebody came up to me in Denver and said, "At the Democratic Convention of 2008, faith is cool!" That is indeed a big change from recent years. Somebody came up to me i ...

A 'Postmodern Negro' Perspective on Not Voting
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

I'm voting in this election, not with naivete but with sincere enthusiasm. I'm voting in this election, not with naivete but with sincere enthusiasm. Not with any messia ...

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 ...

Why Faith at the Conventions Matters
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I am now in Denver for the Democratic National Convention, and I will be in the Twin Cities next week for the Republican National Convention. I am now in Denver for the Democratic ...

Mal-Engagement, Disengagement, and Wise Engagement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I understand the sentiments shared by many voters in the recent <a href="http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=334">Pew poll on faith and politics</a>. I understan ...

Another Religious Swing Vote
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

One of the stories I first heard on my recent visit to Australia was about what helped swing the vote last November to Kevin Rudd, the new Labor prime minister. One of the stories ...

Prophetic Distance and the Perils of Picking a Winner
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I like winning, but I've done a lot of losing in my life, especially when it comes to voting. I've got a pretty good track record of picking losers.</p> I like win ...

A Prime Minister's Preferential Option for the Poor, and the Planet
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Last weekend in Australia, I had the opportunity to have a four-hour dinner conversation with Kevin Rudd, the new prime minister. Last weekend in Australia, I had the opportunity ...

A Prime Minister's Preferential Option for the Poor, and the Planet
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Last weekend in Australia, I had the opportunity to have a four-hour dinner conversation with Kevin Rudd, the new prime minister. Last weekend in Australia, I had the opportunity ...

Advise Everyone... Endorse No One
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

As we pass the half-way point of our <a href="http://www.jesusforpresident.org/">Jesus for President tour</a>, we remember Jesus' admonition that we be "as wise as serpents and ...

Jesus for President: Declaring Independence from Partisan Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Soccer moms, NASCAR dads, and now holy hipsters have been touted by political pundits and the mainstream media as the group du jour that political candidates must court in order to win the coveted pre ...

Obama's Faith-Based Plan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In 2000 I was part of a small group of religious leaders invited to Austin, Texas, to discuss a new White House faith-based initiative with George W. In 2000 I was part of a small ...

Obama's Faith-Based Plan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In 2000 I was part of a small group of religious leaders invited to Austin, Texas, to discuss a new White House faith-based initiative with George W. In 2000 I was part of a small ...

Obama's Faith-Based Plan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In 2000 I was part of a small group of religious leaders invited to Austin, Texas, to discuss a new White House faith-based initiative with George W. In 2000 I was part of a small ...

Obama's Faith-Based Plan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In 2000 I was part of a small group of religious leaders invited to Austin, Texas, to discuss a new White House faith-based initiative with George W. In 2000 I was part of a small ...

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 ...

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. ...

Personal and Social Responsibility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<em>Beliefnet invited Jim Wallis to participate in a <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/blogalogue/">"blogalogue"</a> with David Klinghoffer, author of </em>How Woul ...

Political Labels and the So-called 'Religious Left'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Recently I served on a <a href="http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6567016.html?nid=2287">panel at BookExpo America</a> that explored evangelicals' changing attitudes toward p ...

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/ ...

Response to Zack Exley: Avoiding 'Resident Alienation' in Pursuit of New Humanity
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Dear Zack,</p> Dear Zack, First of all, let me say thanks. I'm so grateful for the honest questioning of a convert to Christianity who seems to intuit Jesus ...

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 ...

Which Jesus? The Horror (and Hope) of Religion and Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>During the New York City leg of Brian McLaren's empowering <A href="http://www.deepshift.org/">Everything Must Change tour</A>, Jay Bakker and I were asked to give ...

Faith and Conscience in the Indiana Primary
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Tomorrow, Indiana residents will play a significant role in the Democratic presidential race. Tomorrow, Indiana residents will play a significant role in the Democrat ...

Immature Media or Mature Faith?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>No two events in this political season stand in starker contrast than last night's ABC Democratic debate and last Sunday's CNN Compassion Forum. </P><br /> <P></P> ...

Questions of Substance at the Compassion Forum
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Last evening, I was privileged to be one of the religious leaders asked to participate in the Compassion Forum, sponsored by <a href="http://www.faithinpubliclife.org/">Faith in Public ...

Interview with Bob Abernethy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Following is an excerpt from an interview with Bob Abernethy that will appear in a forthcoming issue of <A href="http://www.wittenburgdoor.com/">The Wittenburg Door</A>. ...

Where the Spirit Leads
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:59pm | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos Pentecostals may be the least known and most unpredictable group on the landscape. Th ...

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

Molly Marsh Books that bridge faith and politics. These days, you’d have to work pretty hard to avoid the floo ...

Pledging Allegiance
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cara Boekeloo In his 2006 book, The Irresistible Revolution, Shane Claiborne urged us to be careful what we pray for, because God may call ...

The Faith of Our Founders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>In writing my new book, <A href="http://www.amazon.com/Founding-Faith-Providence-Politics-Religious/dp/1400064376/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1206135861&am ...

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 ...