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The Dark Side of Development
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 - 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. ...

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 ...

Kids Need All the Positive Words They Can Get
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Immigration Policy: Where's the Love?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. ...

Health Care in the UK: An Astonishing Example of Communitarian Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Sometime in the spring of 1974, my world was somewhat disturbed by the event of my conception, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sometime in the spring of 1974, my world was somewhat ...

A Mother of the Disappeared Rejoices at Another's Release
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Here is a moving expression of faith-based solidarity from Mrs. Here is a moving expression of faith-based solidarity from Mrs. Edita Burgos to Melissa Roxas , and I was very t ...

Living Isaiah 61: Justice Work is My Song of Praise to God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">"I do the work of justice not out of a disdain for the privileged but out of a love for Life." - <em>Womanist Theologian Dr. Kelly ...

Three Moral Issues of Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Death, disease, and pain did not exi ...

Just One Day ... for Lynne
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I stepped up to the automatic sliding doors, but they didn't open. I knocked. The guard recognized me, waved, and the South Bronx-based special care facility opened arms of welcome. ...

Celebrating Singleness with a Biblical Perspective
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/7664262_f2SVv#494818117_uXdMB"></a>I graduated from a wonderful Christian college about a year ago, and it was a great experienc ...

Dear Hacker: Letters to the Man Who Hijacked My E-mail Account
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

One day last month, friends and family from around the world flooded me with messages alerting me to some suspicious activity in my yahoo e-mail account One day last month, frien ...

Are Single Moms the New Widows?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Bible, God's people are instructed to care for those who often cannot thrive on their own, most often widows and orphans. Throughout the Bible, God's peop ...

40 Ways to Celebrate Interdependence Day on July 4
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's wild how easily we get sidetracked from Holy days by holidays, and how quickly we can smother our central identity in Christ with other identities such as our national identity. ...

Justice for Victims of Colombia's Military
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On June 8, Pastor Reinel Martinez Medina testified before the Colombian Congress on the execution of his brother at the hands of Colombian Public Security Forces: "I dare to speak out about my brot ...

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 ...

A Father's Day Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<p class="title">It's daunting for me to even begin writing about Fathers' Day ... It's daunting for me to even begin writing about Fathers' Da ...

Re-founding Fathers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Many problems in our society will be solved when young men are willing to become good fathers. Of course, they can do this only if they have an example to follow. Many problems in ...

A Father's Day Remembrance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away.</p> On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away. I had gone to the hospital the morning before in San Diego to vis ...

Inspiring Fatherhood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

More than the primaries, general election, board meetings, or the budget fight on Capitol Hill, this past week was a high-intensity roller coaster for me. It was Little League playoffs. ...

A Woman's Right to Fish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. <em>If you teach his wife how to fish, you feed the whole family for a lifetime</em>. ...

Arab Christians Getting Overdue Recognition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I was glad to see Daoud <a href="../2009/06/05/obama-reaches-out-to-palestinian-christians/">Kuttab's recent post on Obama and Arab Christians</a>. I wa ...

Peru: People and Rainforests in Peril
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Dozens Dozens Dear SOJOURNERS,We call upon Christians around the world to express their solidarity in light of the recent acts of deplorable violence in the Peruvian A ...

Education in Color
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Raising one half-African son and one of mixed European descent posed both ordinary and unique parenting challenges for my husband and me. Raising one half-African son and one of m ...

Reconciliation and Homecoming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Homecoming is on my mind in this day and this hour. Homecoming is on my mind in this day and this hour. My family and I will leave the twin cities, our Bethel University, our Sanc ...

Should We Tolerate Legalized Prostitution?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

This week has been eventful in Australia. This week has been eventful in Australia. At the launch of The Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal -- a new fund-raising initiative - ...

My Mama in Congo
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

We were in Masisi, a small town in the endless rolling green mountains of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. We were in Masisi, a small town in the endless rolling green mounta ...

Zimbabwe's Hall of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I realize that I have been guilty of overlooking "conversations of faith" with friends and family -- conversations that reflect the spirit of faith similar to that of the heroes and heroines record ...

The Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/acabar-blog-photo.jpg"></a>One morning earlier this year, Edelina "Eden" Jolloso-Jerus, working at her family store in San Juan-Ror ...

Proximity: Relocation Doesn't Equal Relationship
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

One of the principles of the Christian community development movement is "relocation." While the principle has depth to it, more times then not it is lived out as people who choose to move their p ...

Priest Scandal Re-opens Celibacy Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Scandal has again surfaced in the American Catholic Church, but, gratefully, this time it is not over child abuse or mismanagement of funds. Scandal has again surfaced in the Amer ...

Are We Offering Grace, or Just Another Program?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I really like Marlena, but that doesn't mean she is a good person. She is smart and easy to talk to, but only if you are talking about her stuff. I really like Marlena, but t ...

Zimbabwe's 'Burial Societies'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In African culture death is accepted as an inevitable aspect of life and a promotion to the spiritual level where one becomes an ancestor whose duty is to protect and intercede for one's living fam ...

The Glue of Society: Celebrating Mother's Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Thank God for mothers! Mother's Day is an opportunity to make life special for them. It is a chance to celebrate family. I tha ...

Fighting Poverty with Family and Faith on the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>I am a native of Biloxi, Mississippi. To the rest of the world, we are the left behind communities. I thank God on a daily basis th ...

A Must Read from Frederick Douglass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of my heroes is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass" target="_blank">Frederick Douglass</a>. I have a list of folks whose stuff I regularly re ...

Liberian Deportation Threat One More Reason for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The clock is ticking for thousands of Liberian immigrants as the month of March draws to a close. The clock is ticking for thousands of Liberian immigrants as the month of March d ...

Potluck Perspective
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> The "Church Potluck" is an old and cherished tradition ...

Gender, Genetics, and God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

"The difference between men and women," the humorist Dave Barry says, "is that, if given the choice between saving the life of an infant or catching a fly ball, a woman will automatically choose ...

There's Just Something About Madea
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The first three screenings of Tyler Perry's new film, Madea Goes to Jail, that I tried to go to last week were sold out. When I finally did get a ticket, I had one of the last single seats in the ...

Save Darfur's Women: Rape as a War Crime
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I recently heard a voice from Darfur. She sat on a stage in front of me, not on the pages of the newspaper, and Darfur's resilient voice said, "The crisis has turned our lives upside down."</ ...

A First Person Fight for the Millenium Development Goals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>I am the tenth of 17 children from a polygamous East African family. I hail from the village ...

Two Kinds of Economic Recovery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> I just watched President Obama's Indiana speech and town ha ...

The Solidarity of Motherhood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Today I listened to a persecuted woman, mother to mother. Today I listened to a persecuted woman, mother to mother. Idia, the wife of disappeared pastor William Reyes, held m ...

Black and White Like Us
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I took my 11-year-old daughter to the Cheetah Girls concert a week after Election Day. Stood in line for 20 minutes with other moms to buy her overpriced popcorn and soda. Forked over the rest of the ...

Immigration Reform's Post-Election Potential
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Just a few months ago, Christian advocates of immigration reform believed that the political environment in the country would make it very difficult to make the legislative changes necessary to pro ...

This Feels Like Family: The Obama Inauguration and Beyond
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As my mother and I prepare to "Thelma and Louise-it" to travel to Washington for the Obama inauguration, my excitement is tempered with anxiety. As my mother and I prepa ...

Make Sure that Our Country Does Not Become Detroit
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Yesterday, Barack Obama told the leaders of the Congress that th ...

Dear Santa, All I Want for Christmas...
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Dear Santa,</p> <p>I remember how Christmas used to be when I was a little girl: waking up early Christmas morning, racing downstairs to see the presents and unwrapping gifts.</p> ...

Celebrate 'Buy Nothing Day' with 'Make Something Day'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The day after Thanksgiving, thousands of Americans head for the shopping malls for a ritual known as Black Friday, called such as it's a day when many retailers move from the red (losses) into th ...