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Verse of the Day: Love Your Neighbor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.</p> You shall not take vengeance or be ...

Voice of the Day: Desmond Tutu
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

For many of us it is not our politics that constrains us to say and do what we do and say in opposition to apartheid and in working for a new South Africa. For many of us it is no ...

Verse of the Day: "Thanks to the Lord"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord; I will praise him in the midst of the throng. With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord; I will praise him in the mids ...

Verse of the Day: Greed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.</p> <p>- Ezekiel 16:49-49</p> ...

Voice of the Day: Gandhi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

The earth provides enough resources for everyone's need, but not for some people's greed.</p> <p>- Mahatma Gandhi </p> The earth provides enough resour ...

Jeff Carr: Talking About Iran with Hannity and Colmes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG2XbQ0TP6c">Watch it:</a></p> Watch it: Was Jeff Carr taken by the Was Jeff Car ...

Verse of the Day: "People of this Generation"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

"To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? "To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? T ...

Voice of the Day: Richard Foster
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

With a power given from above we shout, "No!" to him who promises the whole world if we will only worship him. We crucify the old mechanisms of power- push, drive, climb, grasp, trample. ...

Jeff Carr: Solidarity with Iran's Christian Minority
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

My guess is that most Americans either don't know or don't think much about Christians in Iran. My guess is that most Americans either don't know or don't thin ...

Voice of the Day: Peter Gomes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

It is not we who do Christ the favor of worshiping him; it is Christ who empowers us by strengthening us, and enabling us to fight for the things that are worth fighting for, the things that endure ...

Verse of the Day: Loving Your Enemies
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. Do to others as you would hav ...

Verse of the Day: Providing for the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and for the alien: I am the Lo ...

Verse of the Day: Clothed in Righteousness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my ju ...

Voice of the Day: James Baldwin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

In a society that is entirely hostile, and, by its nature, seems determined to cut you down - that has cut down so many in the past and cuts down so many every day - it begins to be almost impossib ...

Voice of the Day: Obery M. Hendericks, Jr.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

In essence, what Jesus imparted to his disciples was that they must strive for true justice on earth as in heaven, as their righteous service to God; that they must honor God by doing indiscriminat ...

Verse of the Day: Unjust Judgement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbor.</p> <p>- Leviticus 19:15-15</p> ...

Verse of the Day: Precious are the Needy in His Sight.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

For [a king] delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. For [a king] delive ...

Voice of the Day: Biersdorf on Prayer as an Act of Love.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

As an act of love, prayer is a courageous act. It is a risk we take. It is a life-and-death risk, believing in the promises of the gospel, that God's love is indeed operative in the world. ...

Jeff Carr: Two Different Histories
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p> Yesterday we had a meeting at the Iranian Foreign Ministry headquarters, in some of the most beautiful and historic buildings I have ever visited. I wish I were able to send a picture to show you all ...

Jeff Carr: How Do You Know Someone Until You Talk?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.maroc-oase.de/_islam/sura.htm"></a>We have been keeping quite a schedule here in Iran, meeting with various religious leaders, government officials, and visit ...

Tony Jones: Honest Questions for Mitt Romney
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6358801.stm"></a>OK, I'll be honest. I'm ambivalent about Mormonism, and, be it Mitt Romney or any other Mormon, I'm a ...

Ryan Beiler: With a Little Help from Our Friends
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Apparently there was something about <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/02/jim-wallis-dear-kos-can-left-stop.html">Jim's tone in his last post</a> that struck a ner ...

Video: Jim Wallis on Tucker Carlson
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Also, watch the panel discussion with Pat Buchanan and Peter Fenn that follows Jim's interview - he and his ideas are mentioned several times:</p> ...

Jeff Carr: What Would You Ask Iran's President?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=128837"></a>As <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/02/jeff-carr-words-not-war-with-iran.html">I ...

Rose Marie Berger: Poetry and the Language of War
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

<a title="http://www.eethelbertmiller.com/main.html" href="http://www.eethelbertmiller.com/main.html">E. E. Ethelbert Miller , who has been called &qu ...

Ryan Beiler: Your Comments, and Biden on The Daily Show
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

I knew I was asking for it by writing <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/02/ryan-beiler-whos-articulate-whos.html">a post about choosing one's words carefully</a>. ...

Rose Marie Berger: Davos, Meet Nairobi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=297210&amp;area=/insight/insight__international/"></a>"God weeps," Archbishop Tutu told participants in the ...

Snapshot: Sojourners/Call to Renewal Staff at Work (for Peace)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>A Sojourners/Call to Renewal contingent joined the thousands at Saturday's <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/27/AR2007012700629.html">peace ral ...

Jim Wallis: Video of Davos Religion Roundtable
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Click on the image below to see video of Jim Wallis among religous, cultural, and political leaders from around the world engaging in a forum titled, <a href="http://gaia.world-television.com/wef/w ...

Adam Taylor: 'The Poor Will Always Be Among You...' Except in Your Political Priorities?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

After all of the pundits and commentators were done picking apart President Bush's State of the Union address, one glaring point had still not been made. After all of the pun ...

Adam Taylor: 'The Poor Will Always Be Among You...' Except in Your Political Priorities?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

After all of the pundits and commentators were done picking apart President Bush's State of the Union address, one glaring point had still not been made. After all of the pun ...

Adam Taylor: 'The Poor Will Always Be Among You...' Except in Your Political Priorities?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

After all of the pundits and commentators were done picking apart President Bush's State of the Union address, one glaring point had still not been made. After all of the pun ...

Jim Wallis: State of the Union - Reactions in Davos
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2007/01/23/news/122839.txt"></a>DAVOS, Switzerland - The first comments I heard in response to President Bush's State of the Unio ...

David Cortright: Soldiers Say 'No' to Escalation in Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Active duty service members are saying no to Bush's proposed escalation of the war in Iraq. On January 16, to commemorate Martin Luther King day, messages are being delivered to Congress from mor ...

Ryan Beiler: Dirty Deeds Not Done Dirt Cheap
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Thanks to <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/januaryweb-only/001-41.0.html"><em>Christianity Today</em></a> for quoting <a href="http://www.beliefnet.co ...

Brian McLaren: How Does Saddam's Execution Make You Feel?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I see little or no value to weighing in on the subject of capital punishment. People have their opinions and relatively few seem interested in changing them. But I would like to express in personal t ...

Brian McLaren: How Does Saddam's Execution Make You Feel?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I see little or no value to weighing in on the subject of capital punishment. People have their opinions and relatively few seem interested in changing them. But I would like to express in personal t ...

Jim Wallis' Books of the Year
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://www.powells.com/partner/29218/biblio/0743285018" _base_href="http://www.beliefnet.com/">Our Endangered Values</a>, ...

Joe Roos: Americans Abroad Face Hussein Hanging Backlash
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p> (Photo from a protest in India during a visit by George W. Bush earlier in 2006, by Gautam Singh, AP) <p>Nationwide demonstrations against the United States and the execution of Saddam H ...

Jim Wallis' Books of the Year
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://www.powells.com/partner/29218/biblio/0743285018" _base_href="http://www.beliefnet.com/">Our Endangered Values</a>, ...

Duane Shank: Politicizing Ford's Passing?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Judging from your <a href="http://www.haloscan.com/comments/godspolitics/116724231109010434/">comments</a>, <a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/godspolitics/2006/12/d ...

Duane Shank: Politicizing Ford's Passing?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Judging from your <a href="http://www.haloscan.com/comments/godspolitics/116724231109010434/">comments</a>, <a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/godspolitics/2006/12/d ...

Brian McLaren's Books of the Year
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p>In 2006 I read so many excellent books, old and new. Here are about 20 of my favorites ... in no order of importance:</p> In 2006 I read ...

Jim Wallis: Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

<span style="font-style: italic;">We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has sinc ...

Michael Battle's Books of the Year
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://www.powells.com/partner/29218/biblio/1401308589">The Five People You Meet in Heaven</a>, by Mitch Albom<a style="fon ...

Brian McLaren's Books of the Year
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p>In 2006 I read so many excellent books, old and new. Here are about 20 of my favorites ... in no order of importance:</p> In 2006 I read ...

Michael Battle's Books of the Year
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://www.powells.com/partner/29218/biblio/1401308589">The Five People You Meet in Heaven</a>, by Mitch Albom<a style="fon ...

Amy Sullivan's Books of the Year
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p>I do enough heavy reading professionally - when I read for pleasure, I'm looking for a good novel, or very entertaining non-fiction. These five are guaranteed beach, holiday, ...

Amy Sullivan's Books of the Year
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p>I do enough heavy reading professionally - when I read for pleasure, I'm looking for a good novel, or very entertaining non-fiction. These five are guaranteed beach, holiday, ...

Deanna Murshed: O Strangled Town of Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.mcc.org/gallery/04_09/index.html"></a> "It is unconscionable that Bethlehem should be allowed to die slowly from strangulation." - Archbishop Desmo ...