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The Advent Yearning of Families Separated by a Broken System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

This Advent, the Church's cry of deep longing and anticipation for her bridegroom strikes a chord straight through my own life. This Advent, the Church's cry of deep lon ...

My Hometown Makes the Front Page of The Washington Post
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>At a recent holiday party, I tried to describe my hometown of Warren, Ohio.</p&g ...

The Parable of the Unmerciful Bankers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> This week, I joined a press conference with Peo ...

Cheerful Books for the Bleak Midwinter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

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Rediscovering Values: A Book I Didn't Plan to Write
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I am an Evangelical Christian. What does that mean ...

How 'Scroogenomics' Is Saving My Christmas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I recently heard a clip on NPR referencing a new ...

Advent: Hope for Immigrants Too
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last year at Christmastime one of my neighbors was deported. The next day his mother showed up to volunteer as a gift wrapper at our annual community Christmas Store. Last year at ...

I've Done It. I've Reclaimed Christmas.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I refuse to write a blog about how overwhelmed I am by the holiday season. I'm not going to wax eloquent about how the season I loved most as a child has become the source of excruciating stress. ...

Fair Trade Christmas Lists and Links
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So the stores are playing Christmas music and down here in Texas the highs are only the 70s and 80s, so the holiday season must be upon us. So the stores are playing Christmas mus ...

Bedbugs: A Modern-Day Leprosy. Seriously.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Stanley is a dirty old man, and by that I don't just mean he talks about younger women in inappropriate ways. He smells bad, too. Really bad. Stanley is a dirty old man, an ...

This Thanksgiving Remember the Immigrant, Pilgrim
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530383196_HMehM"></a>As I take time to reflect on what I am truly thankful ...

A Modern Underground Railroad for North Korean Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As I set foot in China, many emotions invaded my thoughts. I guess you could say I was somewhat nervous. My last visit to China involved being detained for a day on suspicion of helping North Korean r ...

A Tale of Two Hospitals: How Sugar Water Helps Make Christmas Sad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This year we were planning to see my folks for Christmas. It won't happen. This year we were planning to see my folks for Christmas. It won't happen. The bills for our ...

Hark! Halloween Haters and Holiday Hype
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Halloween is over. I was standing in the kitchen tonight pilfering through the bowl of chewy, crinkly wrapped treats that my children acquired last night. Poor things. They do all the work of running ...

Significant Others
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Edwidge Danticat Can an author save her parents though her books? My mother is offering her factory forewoman ...

Video: 'Jesus Camp' Kids Pray for President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Pastor Tim O'Brien received a lot of flack when his son Levi O'Brien supposedly <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxdt_f0hwUg">prayed "to" a cardboard cut-out ...

From Bethlehem: A Human Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When it comes to Israel/Palestine, the human story often gets lost in the confusion of ideology and politics. Let me just highlight the story of one woman, a wife and mother named Isme. Prior to Octob ...

Whip It: What a Girl Power Movie Should Be
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This is what a girl power movie should be. I went to see Whip It because it looked fun and was a totally Austin film (there's something fun about sitting in the Alamo Drafthouse watching a movie ...

VIDEO: How To Build a Memorial Prayer Altar
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>From the beginning, God's people have built altars of remembrance in prayer to God. Noah built an altar to the Lord, offering burnt sacrifices of thanksgiving (Genesis 8:20). Abram also built an ...

How Our Health-Care System Wrecks People Who Play by the Rules
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. This course was set due to illness w ...

The Financial Barriers to Legal Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The <em><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-immig24-2009sep24,0,1871688.story">Los Angeles Times</a></em> reported last week that the United States Citizenship an ...

A Woman with Full Authority
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Many people in Minnesota get really excited about fall. We welcome cooler weather, colorful trees, and a chance to share treasures from our garden. Many people in Minnesota get re ...

A Prayer for Derrion Albert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Every dawning day we wake to the news of human violence against humanity. We see images of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who've traveled a long way from home to fight terrorists. ...

Pray for Glenn Beck
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/healthcare_beck/?source=act_0909_beck_bc"></a><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/healthcare_beck/?source=act_0909_beck_bc"> ...

One Nation, Underprivileged: Analyzing the Game Instead of the Players
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If life were a game, it could be said that we like to analyze the players (the winners and the losers) of the game, rather than the game itself. If life were a game, it could be s ...

Labor Day Weekend Ironies: What Do Child Labor and S'mores Have in Common?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last Monday, our family, like millions of other Americans, sat in holiday weekend traffic to get back home after an extra day away. Last Monday, our family, like millions of other ...

Judgment Day: Does Matthew 25 Apply to the Health-Care Debate?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I heard a Christian leader say that the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25 is not a reason for Christians to support universal health care guaranteed by their government. ...

Faith is about Redemption: The Life of Ted Kennedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have never really trusted those who are intolerant and condemning of other people's shortcomings. It makes me suspect they are likely hiding their own. I have never really ...

Shopping Green Without Spending in the Red
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Organic strawberries were $5.99 the other day at our local grocer. $5.99! Their more toxic twins, the non-organic variety, were on ...

A Doctor Makes Sense of the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As the debate over health-care reform heats up, conflicting claims from both sides make it increasingly difficult to sort out the issues and choose a position for which to advocate. ...

Caught With Their Family Values Down
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. This month’s cover story is about sex, and there is nothing I can add to the topic that would not violate the rules of my pa ...

40 Days for Health Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If you watch enough cable news you would think the fight over health-care reform has been reduced to protestors screaming about socialism, "death panels," and the evils of government. ...

Sam's Story: Another Human Tragedy in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This week many of you heard the story of Sam.* Sam was a 21-year-old young man from a hard-working family. Over the course of several weeks in July he experienced extreme stomach pains. ...

Five Christian Considerations for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I approach the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/11/an-open-letter-to-conservative-christians-in-the-us-on-health-care/">discussion about health-care reform</a> from the perspective o ...

Eat That
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I went to the grocery store at midnight the other night.</p> <p>Is it just me or are the lights at the grocery story brighter at midnight?</p> I went to the groc ...

A Place at the Table
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my favorite family gathering. I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my ...

Speaking Truth in Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do ...

Who Lit The Fire Under the Right-Wing 'Populists' Against Health-Care Reform?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://rosemarieberger.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/obamacare.jpg"></a>By now, we've all seen the angry "regular Americans" who are rising up to resist ...

Prayer Vigil at the Detention Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

A Conversation with Robert Jensen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

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Health Care is a Human Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), article 25 paragraph 1 says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, i ...

The Real Meaning of Sports
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Baseball has changed our family's life. This issue of Sojourners focuses on sports, faith, ...

Abortion Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

What is Wrong With Me, When Seeing Babies is Depressing?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I've heard from many of you who liked <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/17/kids-need-all-the-positive-words-they-can-get/">last month's post</a>, or were at least relieved b ...

Beer Diplomacy: What Would Jesus Brew?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T46kEyyVU_k/SnJYnNcPDHI/AAAAAAAACw8/4G6Xga-fHwU/s1600-h/obama-beer.jpg"></a></p> <p>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they sha ...

My Summer Road Trips
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For our family, summer is road trip time. Joy loves to drive, and our two boys, Luke and Jack, are veteran travelers - by land, air, and even sea! For our family, summer is road t ...

The Dark Side of Development
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Development is a word full of hope. It brings to mind water pumps and rice banks, bridges and education, smiling children and sky-scraping financial institutions. Yet there is a dark side to developme ...

Mark Sanford, John Ensign, and 'The Family'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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. ...

Acedia and Vacation Bible School
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Kids Need All the Positive Words They Can Get
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently a bunch of people e-mailed me the same <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/opinion/16kristof.html"><em>New York Times</em> column</a>, which cited a variety of ...