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Karen McKim: 'Twas the War Before Christmas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

<span style="font-style: italic;">Fed up with the so-called "War on Christmas" craziness? One of our readers decided to fight back - with poetry:</span></p> ...

Tony Jones' 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/0767902890">The Things they Carried</a>, by Tim O'Brien<a style="FONT-STYLE ...

Karen McKim: 'Twas the War Before Christmas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

<span style="font-style: italic;">Fed up with the so-called "War on Christmas" craziness? One of our readers decided to fight back - with poetry:</span></p> ...

Tony Jones' 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/0767902890">The Things they Carried</a>, by Tim O'Brien<a style="FONT-STYLE ...

Ryan Beiler: Conservatives Cash in on the War on Christmas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

We've all heard the tired sermon cliches about the real meaning of Christmas being overshadowed by the materialism and commercialism of holiday shopping. Blah Blah Blah. We&# ...

Jeff Halper: Yes Virginia, It Is Apartheid
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

<span style="font-style: italic;">Beliefnet asked God's Politics to dialogue with <a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/virtualtalmud/2006/12/presidents-foul-play.html">a ...

Jim Wallis: Peace on Earth?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p> Two months ago, we helped convene a group of 24 evangelical Christian leaders to launch an <a href="http://www.evangelicalsfordarfur.org/">Evangelicals for Darfur</a> campai ...

Humbled by Mystery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

<span style="font-style: italic;"><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=about_us.redletterchristians">Red Letter Christian</a> Richard Rohr was featured in today&# ...

Brian McLaren: The Politics of Joy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I know this is a "God's Politics" blog, and I know that this won't sound very political, but in the end, it sort of is, especially ten days before Christmas.</p> <p>Ear ...

Jim Wallis: Video of Anderson Cooper 360 on 'What Is a Christian?'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis joins Anderson Cooper along with Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Rev. Jim Wallis joins Anderson Cooper along with Richard Land of the Southern Bapt ...

Brian McLaren: Three Things You Can Do For Justice In Honduras
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I spent much of the summer of 2006 visiting seven countries in Latin America with theologian Rene Padilla (<a href="http://www.integral-mission.org">integral-mission.org</a>). Am ...

Diana Butler Bass: Beyond Two Party Paradigms
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last week, I participated in a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2006/12/05/DI2006120501030.html">Washington Post real-time online chat</a> about d ...

Ryan Beiler: Christian Peacemakers Forgive Iraqi Captors Now Facing Trial
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Norman Kember, Harmeet Singh Sooden, and James Loney, the three Christian Peacemaker Team members held by Iraqi militants for 118 days last year <a href="http://www.cpt.org/archives/2006/dec06/0008 ...

Jim Wallis: Iraq Study Group: Another Dose of Reality
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/godspolitics/2006/12/jim-wallis-speaking-to-america.html"></a><a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/godspolitics/2006/12/jim-wal ...

Alice Scott-Ferguson: Hope for an End to Hostilities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

The animus between the traditional (complementarian) and the egalitarian views of women's roles shows little signs of abating. The animus between the traditional (complementa ...

Jim Wallis: Working Together
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/godspolitics/2006/12/jim-wallis-speaking-to-america.html">On Friday, I wrote about the invitation</a> from Sen. Harry Reid to speak on the ...

Ryan Beiler: Even Stratfor Believes in a 'Solid Coalition' of Social Justice Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

For those of you who are unfamiliar with them, <a href="https://www.stratfor.com/about-stratfor/">Stratfor is a highly unfluential consulting firm known in some circles as the "shadow CIA. ...

Adam Taylor: Turning the Corner on AIDS in Africa
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Five years ago I traveled to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nairobi">Nairobi</a> to witness firsthand the devastating toll of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/ ...

Jim Wallis: Thanksgiving for Thoughtful Readers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>At the beginning of the Thanksgiving weekend, I put the <a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/godspolitics/2006/11/jim-wallis-jim-wallis-sr-thanksgiving.html">eulogy </a><a ...

Ryan Beiler: ...Speaking of Common Ground
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

In his entry for the <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Washington Post/Newsweek </span>"On Faith" discussion (<a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/godspolitics/2006/11 ...

Jim Wallis on NBC's Today Show
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p align="center"><a href="http://video.msn.com/v/us/msnbc.htm?g=1292c877-6422-45c2-9687-52cc791c3ca4&amp;f=00&amp;fg=copy"></a></p> <p>Continuing a To ...

Brian McLaren: Compassion and Hope in the Haggard Scandal
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>As a representative of the <a href="http://www.redletterchristians.org">Red Letter Christians</a>, I was asked the other day to participate in an NPR dialogue about the recent re ...

Jeff Carr: Evangelicals 'Didn't Show Up'?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Some of you will remember that I wrote an<a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/godspolitics/2006/10/jeff-carr-open-letter-to-james-dobson.html"> open letter to Dr. ...

Amy Sullivan: And in Other News...
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Lost amid some of the understandably bigger headlines were a few stories that would have been remarkable in a normal election season. Lost amid some of the understandably bigger h ...

Jim Wallis: A Defeat for the Religious Right and the Secular Left
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>In this election, both the Religious Right and the secular Left were defeated, and the voice of the moral center was heard. A significant number of candidates elected are social conservatives on issue ...

Tony Jones: Why I Didn't Waste My Vote
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>For the third election in a row, I voted for the Independence Party candidate in the Minnesota gubernatorial election. For the third election in a row, I voted for the ...

Amy Sullivan: The Fallout from Ted Haggard
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

It's somewhat surprising that it took so long for <a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/story/203/story_20310_1.html">this story</a> to get some attention today. ...

Amy Sullivan: The Difference Between Negative and Dishonest Campaign Ads
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

There's an election a week away, and consequently some of us are pretty busy with election reporting and commentary. But that shouldn't mean that the discussion here at God's Politics stalls. ...

Amy Sullivan: Ha! That'll Be The Day! Erm...
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

I promise to limit the number of times I link to my boyfriend (or myself) on this blog, but since he's a writer, a fellow journalist, and an astute political observer, it's going to happen from tim ...

Jim Wallis Audio: Can Faith and Politics Coexist?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis talks to <a href="http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/10/24/midmorning2/">Minnesota Public Radio</a> about a new generation of evangelical progressives, how the L ...

Amy Sullivan: Has Bush Been Good for Religion?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

I just wanted to let our readers know that I'm involved in <a href="http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=w061023&amp;s=locontesullivan102406#Loconte1">a week-long debate over at <em>Th ...

Ryan Beiler: ONE Vote Video Spot Support Spans Spectrum
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

I'm impressed. I'm impressed. A week after Sojourners/Call to Renewal got an impressive spectrum of religious leaders to unite as Evangelicals for Darfur (it's ...

Amy Sullivan: I'm Shocked!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>To say there are few surprises in David Kuo's new book, Tempting Faith, is not to suggest that it is uninteresting or to be skipped. On the contrary, the book provides a fascinating behind-the-sc ...

Amy Sullivan: More Kuo Book Goodness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

My longer, point-by-point response to attacks made by critics of the Kuo book can be read <a href="http://faithfuldemocrats.com/content/view/371/92/">here</a>, at FaithfulDemocrats.com. ...

Amy Sullivan: Federally-Funded Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>This four-part <a href="http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/10/11/healing_the_body_to_reach_the_soul/">Boston Globe series on faith and foreign aid</a> is required re ...

Jeff Carr: An Open Letter to James Dobson
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Dear Dr. Dobson,</p> Dear Dr. Dobson, I've wanted to write you a letter for a long, long time, but until now, it just hasn't seemed like the right time. I wait ...

Brian McLaren: Christianity and the 'Pride of Power'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I recently came across this quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, from his sermon on 2 Corinthians 12:9:</p> I recently came across this quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, ...

Candorville on the IRS and Churches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>by Darrin Bell, used with permission.See more comics at <a href="http://www.candorville.com">www.candorville.com</a> by Darrin Bell, used with ...

Amy Sullivan: But Whose Religion?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I was setting out to write a post about a <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/10/01/MNGGCLG6581.DTL&amp;hw=god&amp;sn=012&amp;sc=374">little-noti ...

Amy Sullivan: In Good Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>A few weeks ago, <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/news_theswamp/2006/09/new_group_asks_.html">Jim Wallis pledged </a>that we who write about the Religious Right--incl ...

Amy Sullivan: Upsetting the Apple Cart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I heard a <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6147475">thought-provoking commentary on "All Things Considered"</a> last night by a woman named ...

Ron Sider: A Biblically Balanced Agenda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>The consensus evangelical document (<a href="http://www.nae.net/images/civic_responsibility2.pdf#search=%22for%20the%20health%20of%20the%20nations%22">For the Health of the Nation: AnE ...

Video: Jim Wallis on the CBS Evening News
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

After viewing the segment After viewing the segment here, I am not sure Wallis came out ahead. Perkins' language is clear, simple, focused, and unam ...

Ralph Reed to Jim Wallis: Broad Concerns Are Compatible with a Focused Agenda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

<span style="font-style: italic;">Part four of a dialogue between Jim Wallis and former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed on the question: "What should values voters value most?"& ...

Jim Wallis to Ralph Reed: Not Liberal nor Conservative
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

<span style="font-style: italic;">Part three </span><span style="font-style: italic;">of a dialogue between Jim Wallis and former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed on ...

Jim Wallis to Ralph Reed: What Do Values Voters Value Most?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>This week I welcome Ralph Reed, the former director of the Christian Coalition and one of the most articulate leaders of America's Religious Right, to be my first dialogue partner on God's P ...

Ralph Reed to Jim Wallis: Rejecting the Liberal "Straw Man"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

<span style="font-style: italic;">Part two of a dialogue between Jim Wallis and former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed on the question: "What should values voters value most?"&l ...

Jim Wallis: Welcome!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I want to welcome you to the first edition of "God's Politics"--The Blog--a new project done in an exciting partnership between Sojourners and Beliefnet. ...