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Khartoum Continues to Undermine Peace Efforts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In the past week, the blood-stained regime ruling Sudan has once again engaged in "<a title="http://www.enoughproject.org/node/910" href="http://www.enoughproject.org/node/910">o ...

Seminary at Sing Sing
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The months of May and June are always a special time for school commencements. The months of May and June are always a special time for school commencements. And, each year, I rea ...

Diplomatic Progress, Continuing Violence in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I will begin with some positive news of growing international pressure on the Zimbabwean government. I will begin with some positive news of growing international pressure on the ...

A Warm Welcome to Summer Sundays
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> Officially speaking and despite what we may all be thinking about the ...

Making Their Mark: Interview with Mark Wallace, Youth Worker
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<a title="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Making%20Their%20Mark&amp;blog_id=37" href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Making%20Their%20Mark&a ...

When a Eucharist of Humility is Rejected
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Eyes%20to%20See&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> </p> <p>When a Eucharist of Humility is Rejectedby ...

Prophetic Lament and Glimmers of Hope for Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

How long, O Lord, must I call for help?<br /> But you do not listen!<br /> "Violence is everywhere!" I cry,<br /> but you do not come to save.<br /> Must I forever see these e ...

From Beliefnet
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Dear Readers--</p> <p>Due to a planned technical upgrade taking place on Wednesday June 11th, the Beliefnet Blogs will not display any new content, and commenting will be disabled.</p> ...

RFK's Legacy: To Seek a Newer World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Forty years ago, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination. I was 16 years old, had just become aware of politics, and his death (only two months ...

The Church and Lost Innocence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<p align="left">Child prostitution and human trafficking are a global problem. The Caribbean is no exception. Child prostitution and human trafficking are a global ...

Seven Ways to Change the World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I'm in the U.K. this week on a speaking and book tour.&#160; It's always good to be here. I'm in the U.K. this week on a speaking and book tour.  It's alwa ...

'Come Let Us Reason' with Iran
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

On May 20, <a href="http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1210668683139&amp;pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull"><em>The Jerusalem Post</em></a> reported that "a s ...

The Lion of the Senate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

They call him a lion. They call him a lion. John McCain, on Tuesday, called him the "last lion in the Senate … because he remains the single most effective member of the Sena ...

Things Fall Apart: Prayer Requests for South Africa and Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<blockquote dir="ltr"><p><em>Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;<br /> Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,<br /> The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywher ...

Diplomacy = Hitler Appeaser?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

President Bush's remarks, made last week in Israel, suggesting that anyone who wishes to talk with a violent enemy is the contemporary equivalent of a Hitler appeaser, are so wide of the mark, patr ...

Holy Mischief: 40 Years after the Catonsville 9 and the 'Fracture of Good Order'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This past weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the historic action of the <a href="http://www.jonahhouse.org/catonsville40/index.htm">Catonsville 9</a>. ...

Fearsome, Fearless, and Fearful
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I've remarked to a number of friends lately that there seem to be three main kinds of religious people in the world.</p> I've remarked to a number of friends latel ...

Jesus-Following vs. Social Activism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Claiming to follow Jesus is a ridiculous thing to try and do. Claiming to follow Jesus is a ridiculous thing to try and do. He's a really hard guy to follow, especially when ...

A Rose That Blooms Every 500 Years
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>At the Associated Church Press conference two weeks ago in Ft. Worth, Texas, I heard <A title=http://www.phyllistickle.com/aboutauthor.html href="http://www.phyllistickle.com/aboutaut ...

N.T. Wright and Bart Ehrman: New Stories and Resurrection (Part 2 of 2 by Melvin Bray)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>[Continued from <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/05/nt-wright-and-bart-ehrman-new.html">part 1</A>]<BR><BR>I pondered what I might offer to spotli ...

In the Image of God
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>When <A title=http://www.zenit.org/article-22334?l=english href="http://www.zenit.org/article-22334?l=english">Pope Benedict XVI recently spoke to the U.N.</A> General Assembly, ...

Pope Watch: Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Sometimes I wish I could channel Washington Post fashion writer Robin Givhan. Then I'd be able to tell you why the pope was wearing bright red leather shoes. </P> <P>I stood ...

Pope Watch: Part 1
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>I love the "construction phase" of liturgy and great ceremony. I love the "construction phase" of liturgy and great ceremony. Waiting at the John ...

Border-blenders and Corner-dwellers (Part 4 of 5 by Rich Nathan)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

My dear friend, Ken Wilson, who pastors the Ann Arbor Vineyard, showed me a chart that I found very helpful:</p> <table cellpadding="10" border=1> <tr> <td width="120"& ...

Bobblehead Pope On the Rails
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Who says that Americans don't have a sense of humor? Who says that Americans don't have a sense of humor? This video ad put out by the Washington, D.C., transit auth ...

Lifeboat Theology vs. Ark Theology (Part 3 of 5 by Rich Nathan)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Let me give you an illustration of the difference between the narrow focus of contemporary American evangelicalism and the big focus of the Bible. <p> D.L. Moody, the great 19th-century evangeli ...

Three Years Later, the Truth Behind a Colombian Massacre
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p> <P>The children were under the bed. The girl was very nice, about 5 or 6, and the boy was interesting The children were under the bed. The girl was very ...

Is Social Justice a Distraction from the Gospel? (Part 2 of 5 by Rich Nathan)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Social justice is not a distraction from our commitment; it is part and parcel of the gospel of the kingdom. We read in Mark 1:15:</p> Social justice is not a distraction fr ...

A New Way to 'Proclaim Jubilee'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p> <P>"Must we starve our children to pay our debts?" -- Julius Nyerere, former president of Tanzania</P> <P>This week Congress will vote on the Jubilee Act, the most importa ...

A Time for Jubilee
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>The subprime mortgage crisis in the U.S. has raised just outrage at the behavior of predatory lenders. The subprime mortgage crisis in the U.S. has raised just outrag ...

Exciting SBC Alternative Not Without Shortcomings
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>During the closing days of January, more than 15,000 Baptists from 30 different Baptist denominations gathered together at the Convention Center in Atlanta. During th ...

Inner-City Riches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

<P>We've gotten enough calls and e-mails from folks concerned about <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/02/im-an-idiot-by-bart-campolo.html">my state of mind</A&g ...

Easter in Iraq - The War Goes On
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p><P>Five weeks ago, we began <a href=&qu ...

Beyond Eye for an Eye
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>In the <I>Washington Post</I> and throughout the blogosphere, debates rage about the recent spate of violence between Palestinians and Israelis, each side condemning with righteous indigna ...

Good Friday at Lockheed Martin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p><P>In our little circles, we've been ...

Fighting Recidivism with Resurrection
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>On Easter Sunday sermons about new life and transformation, resurrection and redemption abound. On Easter Sunday sermons about new life and transformation, resurrecti ...

Easter's Challenge to Empire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> Jesus came w ...

Fools for Christ
Originally Posted: 04/06/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

What is the good news? When all that sin had done, or could ever do, was laid on Jesus, it did not overcome him. Death could not swallow him. I'm on vacation with my family ...

Searching for Jesus' Bones
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Throughout his book, <I>The God Hypothesis,</I> Victor Stenger appears to be obsessed with the need for concrete proof that the son of God was a real man. ...

Echoes of Apartheid
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> I was conscr ...

Hypocrisy in U.S. Policy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> We are told ...

Poisoned Water, Poisoned People
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p><P>"Speak to the earth, and it will t ...

Five Years of War: A Call to Lament and Repent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> Holy Week th ...

'Cowboys and Arabs' and the Cross
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> The week bef ...

My Testimony as a 'Winter Soldier' Witness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> During ...

'War is Always a Defeat for Humanity'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p><P>Five years after bombs first exploded o ...

The Weakness of War
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p><P>"Can I forgive the people who kill ...

David vs. Goliath's Loan Shark
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>A modern-day version of the story of David and Goliath is quickly unfolding at Ohio's State House. A modern-day version of the story of David and Goliath is quic ...

'He May or May Not Have Been the Bomb-maker'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> He may or ma ...

Repentance Means a New Direction
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> On Tuesday, Pre ...