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The Cost of Killing
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 Ramah, a voice is heard, crying and ...

'I Never Saw Them as Human Beings'
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> A couple of ...

Snapshots of Real People in Iraq
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> Two brothe ...

The Limits of Obedience
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> In my last ...

The Passion of the Iraqi Christ
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> Five years a ...

Five Years of Living with 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> I write th ...

Was Jesus a Politician?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

<P>Last Friday I was in Santa Barbara, California, to speak at Westmont College - where even on a Friday evening, the gymnasium was packed with students. Last Friday I w ...

Todo Cambia (Everything Changes)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

<P>As our baby's due date approaches, the Mercedes Sosa song, "Todo Cambia" ("Everything Changes") has found an echo deep within me. As our baby ...

Rumblings from the New Baptist Covenant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

<P>They came to the Georgia World Congress Center by the thousands. They came to the Georgia World Congress Center by the thousands. They represented thirty different Ba ...

The Cost in Dollars, Democracy, and Memory
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 Iraq war ...

Denouncing the Hillary Haters
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

<P>Last week I wrote about unfair attacks on <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/02/defending-the-facts-on-obamas.html">Sen. Barack Obama's faith</A>. ...

My Son's Grave
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 sorrow ...

Peace Week
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> This week will b ...

I Love My Name
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> My parents h ...

Fresh Fellowship
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

<P><I>The Global Christian Forum is a new phenomenon bringing together Christian churches from throughout the globe and the different parts of the Christian community - from Pentecostal to Catholic ...

Bloodshed in Northern Iraq
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> In what ha ...

Prison Praise Music
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I'm always a bit anxious in new worship environments. As I settle into my plastic chair at New Beginnings Lutheran Church, I realize that now is certainly no different. I ...

A Religious Landscape Ripe for Revival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I haven't yet read the whole study released yesterday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life titled, "<A title=http://religions.pewforum.org/ href="http://religions.pewforum.org/"& ...

A View From Inside Kurdistan
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> Christian Pe ...

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

<P>We are painfully reminded once again of the cascading violence in the U.S. after the senseless killing of six and wounding of many others at Northern Illinois University. ...

Iraq's Refugees Ask: 'What Is Our Future?'
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>I was in Lebanon and Syria in January a ...

We Cannot Afford 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> "Now, ...

Iraqi Kurdistan: 'I Cry All Day Long'
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> Susan sat ...

A Lenten Call to Repentance
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> March 19 wil ...

War Crimes or Criminal 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> In March, ju ...

Murder, Inc.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>The Bush administration wants Congress to sign off on an administration-negotiated trade agreement with Colombia, alleging that to do otherwise is, as <A title=http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0207 ...

Shaming China's Genocide Games
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P><A title=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/24/opinion/24kristof.html?_r=1&amp;ref=opinion&amp;oref=slogin href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/24/opinion/24kristof.html?_r=1& ...

A Warning to Comment Meanies (by Ryan Rodrick Beiler, et al)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P> <P>...I pledged to stay away from this site for a couple of weeks to see if the discussion could possibly turn more civil and not be dominated by one person. Since I had a half hour to ...

Super Tuesday Liveblog: Whose Voice Counts?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Looking for parallels to the Dobson versus conservative evangelical rank-and-file phenomenon, I'm struck by the Democratic vote in Massachusetts. Despite endorsements from Sens. ...

Keeping Up With Our Elders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Because I was born in 1963, I qualify as a bottom-of-the-barrel "baby boomer" (a person born between 1946 and 1964). Because I was born in 1963, I qualify a ...

Race, Religion, and the Election
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>The New Year began with bang. When it comes to presidential politics, we certainly saw some new beginnings. Sen. The New Year began with bang. When it comes to presid ...

Why I Wrote "The Great Awakening"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<em>God's Politics</em> called on people to take back their faith after it had been "hijacked" by the Religious Right. God's Politics called on ...

Amens and Amendments to Rich Nathan's Israel Sermon
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>I commend <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/01/how-should-christians-relate-t.html">Pastor Nathan</a> for the courage and commitment to truth required to publi ...

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

<P>When I asked a leading progressive biblical scholar who was doing the very best bible work on images of God and gender theology, she didn't hesitate in her answer: Elizabeth Johnson, she said. ...

Women, Faith, and Presidential Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>During the South Carolina Republican debate, Mike Huckabee garnered greatest applause when defending his views of wifely submission as part of his evangelical faith. ...

Does Humility Risk More Than Arrogance? (A Dialogue Too Friendly for Focus on the Family - Part 3, by Brian McLaren)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>[Continued from parts one and two. <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/01/a-dialogue-too-friendly-for-fo.html">Click here to read the full response as one post.</A& ...

Part Time Opposition to Genocide
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>The <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj0802">newest issue of<em> Sojourners</em>, </a>hitting mailboxes and newsstands s ...

A New Year's Prayer for Christian Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Last year, my wife Jeanette and I returned to Honduras with a group from our congregation. Last year, my wife Jeanette and I returned to Honduras with a group from ou ...

Arab Christians Worship Allah Too (A Dialogue Too Friendly for Focus on the Family - Part Two, by Brian McLaren)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>[Continued from <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/01/a-dialogue-too-friendly-for-fo.html">yesterday's part one</a>] On January 3, 2008, <A href="h ...

Political Earthquakes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

With the pivotal event of the Iowa Caucuses, news analyses have said that Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee are now the defining candidates of this campaign-even if they don't win their respective nom ...

My Church in a Chop Shop
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P><A title=http://www.boston.com/masiss href="http://www.boston.com/masiss"></a>Before joining Sojourners, my wife, Amy, and I spent the last five years doing urban minist ...

A Dialogue Too Friendly for Focus on the Family
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>On January 3, Focus on the Family's CitizenLink sent an email by associate editor Stephen Adams called, <A href="http://www.citizenlink.org/CLtopstories/A000006202.cfm">"Evan ...

In Search of a Label?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

A lot of us are people without a label these days.</p> A lot of us are people without a label these days. Media folks want to call us the "Religious Left," sin ...

Starting the Year with Bob Dylan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I've had an old 1989 tune by Bob Dylan running through my head for the last couple weeks. I've had an old 1989 tune by Bob Dylan running through my head for the last cou ...

Mourning Benazir Bhutto
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The vicious assassination of Benazir Bhutto means many things for our world. Already pundits are rushing to consider what it means for our presidential elections here in the U.S. ...

Top 10 News Stories of 2007
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

At year-end, many news organizations compile their top 10 stories of the year. After a full year of the Daily Digest, here are my choices.</p> At year-end, many news organi ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P><em>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own </em>Charlie Brown Christmas <em>special, if you will. ...

Video: Reverend Billy on 'What Would Jesus Buy'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Last night <A href="http://www.revbilly.com/">Bill Talen</A> and his wife Savitri Durkee discussed American consumerism at a special <A href="http://www.sojo.net/"&g ...

Acts of Advent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>During Advent, as I kindle the wreath candles that mark the journey to the Bethlehem stable, I return to particular writers that I love and certain music that I can't seem to get through the sea ...

Mother Teresa's Advent Light
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>When I went to check my post office box after Thanksgiving, among the pile of mail waiting for me were review copies of Dinesh D'Souza's <A href="http://www.powells.com/part ...