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My Alter Ego
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I have a fantasy persona. There are only select times that I'm tempted to bring it out: on an airplane, out with friends on a Friday night, on vacation, at the dentist. I hav ...

Healing Presence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

During the past two years, I've traveled internationally quite extensively, focused on issues related to extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and war. During the ...

Experiments in Accountability, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

One day when I was walking along the Hudson River on a crisp winter's day, I caught a glimpse of my reflection. One day when I was walking along the Hudson River on a crisp w ...

Why N.T. Wright is Wrong About Social Media
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The Out of Ur blog recently posted a <a href="http://www.outofur.com/archives/2009/11/ur_video_nt_wri.html" target="_blank">video of N.T. Wright</a> going off on the dangers of ...

How I Responded to Public Racial Mockery
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

A while back, I was in a situation where I was mocked publicly in front of 300-plus young leaders. There were racial overtones.</p> A while back, I was in a situation where ...

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 ...

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 ...

When Grace Backfires
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In 1958 the Teddy Bears released the song "To know him is to love him," which might as well have been called "To know, know, know, him is to love, love, love, him," since that's the wa ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

A Cancer Survivor Speaks Out For Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/yes-multi-scarf-0132.jpg"></a></p> I just read an e-mail forward where someone compared the pr ...

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 ...

Just One Day ... for Lynne
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 - 4:39pm | 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 ...

Thank You, Michael
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Only God can or ought to judge Michael Jackson's personal life. We do not have enough information to judge his behavior, but we do know that we have lost a true musical genius.</p> ...

A Sojourner Goes Home: In Memory of a 'Cherished Pastor and Rebellious Saint'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As our nation mourns the untimely death of the King of Pop, I am grieving over the death of a lesser know man: a man whom many will never know, but whose mark on the world is significant. Two weeks ag ...

Dear Hacker: Letters to the Man Who Hijacked My E-mail Account
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

A Father's Day Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Daddy's Girls
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

At a recent wedding I attended, one of the groomsmen toasted the bride saying that she was going to make the perfect wife because she had already demonstrated her ability to be her fianc&eacute;'s ...

Sojourners Magazine: We've Got a New Look!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Sojourners</em> magazine just had its first redesign in my seven years of working here, and all I can say is "wow," because I have a limited graphic-design vocabulary.</p> ...

To My Brothers, Sisters in Iran
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have never met you but I have to thank you. You are half a world a way but I'm watching you on TV, reading blogs, looking at pictures and following your Twitter updates. I ...

Jim Wallis and Jon Stewart Get It Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis is one of the most talented interviewees I've ever known. He knows how to get substance, not just spin, into a sound byte, and he has an amazing ability to think on his feet. ...

A Father's Day Remembrance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Iran Elections: Hope, Excitement, Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Elections -- indeed the democratic process itself -- shape countries, culture, and the future, no matter what their outcome.</p> Elections -- indeed the democratic process i ...

Education in Color
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Evangelical Leaders Overlook Minorities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In a <a title="http://www.nae.net/index.cfm?FUSEACTION=editor.page&amp;pageID=569&amp;idCategory=1" rel="#someid0" href="http://www.nae.net/index.cfm?FUSEACTION=editor.page& ...

Proximity: Relocation Doesn't Equal Relationship
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Are We Offering Grace, or Just Another Program?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Evangelicals Need to Love Gay People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jonathan Merritt may be the most courageous Southern Baptist in America this week for his <a href="http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/04/an-evangelicals-plea-love-the-sinner.html#more"><em& ...

Jesus Wants to Eat With You
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

There are numerous significant theological and biblical meanings behind <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Supper" target="_blank">the Last Supper</a> (Passover Seder) a ...

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Faith into Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary:</em></em><em> Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm107; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21</em></p> ...

Tips on Bridging the Persistent Digital Divide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Even in our current political climate, as President <a title="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1XWvs7SL5I&amp;eurl=http://www.freepress.net/ Obama demands" href="http://www.youtube.com/wat ...

Be a Friend to Yourself and the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear President-elect Obama,</p> Dear President-elect Obama, As you prepare to begin your historic presidency, I offer you these simple words from another senator of Illi ...