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An Advent Reflection: The Pregnant Church
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Faith-rooted mobilizing draws from the roots of people’s faith and determines both the outcome and the means of change. F I had a conversation with a young woman I met at a confer ...

Being Pushy Is OK When You’re Pushing Back
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Imagine the moral authority that church leaders could exercise if they turned their eyes outward to a needy world, rather than endlessly surveying the insider crowd for what they want and are willing to pay fo ...

A Devotion for Wall Street
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

A reporter recently asked me, "As a Christian leader, does your faith have anything to say about Wall Street?" I said, "How much time do you have?" The Christian message has a lot to say ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

Preach it, Father Pfleger!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"OK to all those attacking Tavis and Dr. "OK to all those attacking Tavis and Dr. West and me for hosting the Poverty tour, can you get off your Hating a seco ...

Hurricane Irene and the Wrath of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"Do you think God sent Hurricane Irene?" a young man asked me with a curious look in his eyes that was as innocent as it was pensive. "Do you think God sent Hurric ...

Jesus, Bombs, and Ice Cream
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I was in Baghdad in March 2003, where I lived as a Christian and as a peacemaker during the "shock-and-awe" bombing. I was in Baghdad in March 2003, where I lived ...

A Faith-Full Labor Day Weekend
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Socrates famously said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates famously said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Sometimes I wonder if the church that f ...

Mandatory E-Verify: Immoral and Bad Business
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I admit it: A few years back, when I first heard about the E-Verify program, I thought it sounded reasonable. The program was described to me as a way for employers to voluntarily verify the U.S. ...

The Moral Default
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken, but corrupt. The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken ...

10 Ways to Revive a Dying Church
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

You don't need a ton of proof to know that more and more churches are struggling to survive. It seems churches that are in this predicament have one of two options: revive or die ...

How Friends, Facebook, and Prayer Stopped the Deportation of Bernard Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

In November 2009, Bernard Pastor, an 18-year-old undocumented student in Ohio, was stopped by police for a minor traffic violation and detained. ICE held Pastor in federal detention with plans to deport him to ...

Worship, Liturgy, and an Introduction to Poet Scott Kinder-Pyle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian pastor in Spokane, Washington, and the featured poet in <em>Sojourners</em>' July issue. Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian p ...

Wanted: An Uncool Church of Distractions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Sitting in church the other night, I thought about Jackson Helms.</p> Sitting in church the other night, I thought about Jackson Helms. Helms, a 12-year-old who suffers ...

The Faith Community and the Wisconsin State Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus never said anything about collective bargaining. He never called for the continuation of the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers. Jesus never said anything about ...

8 Lessons Learned as a Pastor and Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/13/8-lessons-learned-as-a-pastor-and-mother/" target="_self"></a>I love this photo. Exemplified in this photo is where my life as ...

Christians Must Call For This War to End
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There is no more room or time for excuses. There is no more room or time for excuses. The war in Afghanistan -- now the longest war in American history -- no longer has any justif ...

African-American Clergy on Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On April 4th, the global community commemorated the life and legacy of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Dr. On ...

Breaking the Fast, Building the Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On Easter weekend, I will break my fast. I will have spent almost four weeks drinking only liquids. But, as is often true of fasts, what has been gained is far greater than anything given up. ...

Jesus Knows Sign Language
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:27pm | Type: Blog

During my last year of college, my pastor lent me the book Living Gently in a Violent World, co-authored by Jean Vanier and Stanley Hauerwas. This book is an exploration on how followers of Christ ought to liv ...

Woe to You, Legislators!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It is <a href="http://nymag.com/print/?/news/politics/70282/index1.html" target="_blank">reported</a> that Congressman Paul Ryan makes every member of his staff read philosopher ...

My Letter to the IRS: 'I Reserve the Right Not to Kill'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning act of grace and enemy-love in human history -- Jesus' death and resurrection. As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning a ...

The Spiritually Viral Hunger Fast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The hunger fast for a moral budget has gone spiritually viral. Ten days ago, we announced at the National Press Club that the budget debate had become a moral crisis. The hunger f ...

Why I am Fasting (Again)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In 1993 -- nearly 20 years ago -- I went on a water only fast to protest the lack of conscience of the U.S. Congress towards hungry people.</p> In 1993 -- nearly 20 years ag ...

What Would Jesus Cut? Who Would Jesus Bomb?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/28/what-would-jesus-cut-who-would-jesus-bomb/" target="_blank"></a>Growing up in the Bible belt in east Tennessee, I can remember ...

Obama's Budget Battle Hurts the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama released his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/02/15/us/politics/15obama-doc.html" target="_blank">budget proposal</a> Monday, officially staking ...

Budget Cuts and Bad Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

House Republicans announced a plan yesterday to cut <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/3/republicans-find-places-to-cut-43-billion/" target="_blank">$43 billion in ...

Why We Need Criminal Justice Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. prisons and jails accounts for 25 percent of the world's incarcerated, and, as Michelle Alexander ...

Call on Obama: Tell Mubarak to Leave Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/03/call-on-obama-tell-mubarak-to-leave-now/" target="_blank"></a>By all journalistic reports, it was the Egyptian government of Pr ...

Mary and Martha: Women in Ministry in the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've always found this story of Mary and Martha perplexing. Mainly because of Jesus' response to Martha. I've always found this story of Mary and Martha perplexing. ...

Values at Davos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

Conviction and Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We are both evangelical Christians who believe that our treatment of the poor, weak, and most vulnerable is how a society is best biblically measured. We are both evangelical Chri ...

The Christian Industrial Complex
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I went into a Christian bookstore the other day and was surprised to see some of the most prominent display space given over to military flags for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. These fl ...

A Season for Holy Mischief and Divine Conspiracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Critiquing the thick irony of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/christmas/" target="_blank">Christmas season</a> is fair. Critiquing the thick ...

Come Celebrate With Us Where You Are
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

A few years ago, a bunch of activist-types and a bunch of prayer-warriors got together to create a prayer book with the goal of bringing together the Bible and the newspaper. A fe ...

It Takes a Movement: The Next Steps
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

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

It Takes a Movement: How Access to Power can be Dangerous
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

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

It Takes a Movement: Why a 'Movement' is Necessary
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

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

After This Election, We Need a New Vision Forward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank">This election</a>, some good people were elected and other good people lost. ...

Honor Roll: Trinity United Methodist Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> [Editor's Note: Welcome to Sojourner's Truth and Civility Election Watch Honor Ro ...

Poverty is Not a Dirty Word
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Just a few years ago, I remember how often people would be surprised when I told them that one in six children lived in poverty in America. Just a few years ago, I remember how of ...

It Didn't Happen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It didn't happen. The threat of a pastor from a very small Florida church to burn Qurans and start "International Burn a Koran Day," was not carried out. It didn� ...

Applauding Humility (and a Good Decision by Terry Jones)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Humility is not easy. Humility is not easy. After all it shares the same root word as "humiliation." But the humility that allows us to say we are sorry and to change ou ...

On Glenn Beck and the Restoring Honor Rally (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100901-restoringhonor1.jpg"></a>Glenn Beck is wrong on so much: wrong on social justice and liberation theology. His logic is often flawed. ...

Using the Afghan War Diaries to Guide our Path to Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The details brought to us in the <a href="https://mail.sojo.net/owa/redir.aspx?C=a57607d98ddf41daad4719eb09bd2c7a&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwardiary.wikileaks.org%2f" target="_blank">A ...

The Importance of Being Engineers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I often say that one of my favorite parts of being a pastor for 24 years was pronouncing the benediction each week at the end of gathered worship. I often say that one of my favor ...

A Martyr's Death Puts Faith Into Perspective
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Fatu was 25 years old when her father and his two sons burned her to death. Her crime was converting to Christianity in a Muslim land. Fatu was 25 years old when her father and hi ...

Immigration, the Bible, and the Lawsuit
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100524-immigration-civil-disobedience-lisa-sharon-harper.jpg"></a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/getting-past-false-debates ...

Video: President's Address on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/video-presidents-address-on-comprehensive-immigration-reform/"></a>President Obama spoke at American University yesterday and called for ...

Fixing Immigration: President Obama's Speech
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100524_100501-0007-immigration-rally.jpg"></a>President Obama is getting no respite from contentious issues. Today, speaking at American Univ ...