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A Genocide of Convenience
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>As I do more reading about Darfur, I've had to re-examine some of my assumptions about genocide. As I do more reading about Darfur, I've had to re-examine s ...

Advent Awakenings to the Jackhammer on the Roof
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>The denomination which I am now seeking to enter and belong to, the Episcopal Church, is a denominaton that many others are now seeking to depart. The denomination wh ...

Blog Comment Housekeeping
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>This is an announcement mostly for those who post comments on this blog. As many have complained, our comments are often less a <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/06 ...

Man Bites Dog of War
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>Nice piece this morning <A title=http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/12/10/all_power_no_influence href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/o ...

The Evangelical Factor in Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Nov. 27 Annapolis meeting on Israel/Palestine has launched us into a momentous one-year process to seek a permanent peace agreement between Israel and its neighbors. What is at stake is whether af ...

Happy St. Nicholas Day!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>As you all encounter pictures of "jolly, old St. Nick" this season, remember that St. Nicholas the Wonderworker was a real Christian hero. He spent his life working for freedom and ...

Soldier Suicides: Counting the Forgotten Casualties of War
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>After more than six years of field exercises in some of the most grueling weather our country offers, I am rarely affected by even the most chilling winter rains. Months of accumulated time i ...

A Reality Check on Iran
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>After months of increasing talk of military strikes against Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, the Bush administration has suddenly received a dose of reality. ...

How Did Advent Accelerate?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>As a child I found no joy in an Advent calendar; all those little flaps and doors and bite-size pieces of chocolate signified nothing more than the fact that Christmas was still a really, rea ...

Darfur: Don't Take No for an Answer
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p> <P>The genocidal regime in Khartoum is, unsurprisingly, trying to undermine and block the joint U.N./African Union peacekeeping team that has been authorized to offer desperately needed protect ...

What Evangelicals Need to Know: More Thoughts on the Beliefnet Roundtable
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>It was my friend, <A href="http://www.emergentvillage.com">Tony Jones</A>, who alerted me recently to the <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/blogalogue/a_beliefnet_roundt ...

Left Behind's Jenkins and Others Shatter Evangelical Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>In light of <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/11/robertson-for-rudy-by-jim-wall.html">Pat Robertson's</A> and Bob Jones III's recent presidential end ...

We Are All Blessed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>What are you thankful for? It's a question often asked this Thanksgiving holiday season. Some think it's a little sappy, but I actually believe it's a very good question. ...

Rigid Biblians and Red Letter Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P><a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=tTYr3JuueF4"></a>A <A href="http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2007/11/postcard_from_s.html">recen ...

Changing How We Talk About Immigration
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Last spring, Sojourners helped <A href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=news.display_article&amp;mode=p&amp;NewsID=5859">launch Christians for Comprehensive Immig ...

Catholic Wisdom on Iran and Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is holding its annual meeting this week. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is holding its annual meeting this week. They ...

Hospitality for 'Ugly Enemies'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Several weeks ago, Larry and Andrea - Christian friends who live and work among Muslims in the Middle East - sent me their reflections on the recent U.S. <A href="http://blog.beliefne ...

My Pregnancy and Hope Amid Colombia's Chaos
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>You've heard about, or maybe experienced first hand, the change in pregnant women's thoughts. This was true for me, but I wasn't able to talk about it for months. ...

A Correction and Apology
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>In my post on Monday, <A title=http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/11/the-bush-administrations-curve.html href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/11/the-bush-administrations- ...

Robertson for Rudy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>Pat Robertson's endorsement of Rudy Giuliani for president is simply astonishing. Pat Robertson's endorsement of Rudy Giuliani for president is simply aston ...

Congress Hears Prayers for Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>In September, as Gen. In September, as Gen. David Petraeus testified before Congress on the progress of the Bush administration's "troop surge" in Iraq ...

The Elusive Reasons for Rami's Death
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>Gaza is a place isolated and unknown. Although the small coastal strip is all too often in the media spotlight, this can be a source just as much for generalization as information.</P> ...

The Elusive Reasons for Rami's Death
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>Gaza is a place isolated and unknown. Although the small coastal strip is all too often in the media spotlight, this can be a source just as much for generalization as information.</P> ...

The Elusive Reasons for Rami's Death
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Gaza is a place isolated and unknown. Although the small coastal strip is all too often in the media spotlight, this can be a source just as much for generalization as information.</P> ...

Evangelical Leaders Meet Rice on Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>On Friday, Oct. 26, I was part of a small delegation of evangelical leaders who met with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. We were there to follow up the letter we sent to President Bush i ...

Twelve Army Captains Offer Front Line Frankness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>"Our best option is to leave Iraq immediately." This is not from a Democratic pundit or a Christian pacifist like myself. "Our best option is to leave ...

Why Rich People Will (or Won't) Go to Hell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<em>Dr. Marvin A. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle delivered the following sermon on the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) at a public witness and rally during Soj ...

'Devils and Dust': How We Learned to Torture
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>In <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/04/washington/04interrogate.html/">The New York Times story</a> about the administration's secret authorization of torture, one se ...

Who Has Betrayed Us?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>I remember about eight years ago when then presidential candidate George W. Bush repeatedly claimed that he would restore honor to the presidency, soiled as it had been by our previous presid ...

A Christian Voice of 'Laughter, Love, and Peace' Murdered in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>The last time I saw Rami, we were at the beach near Gaza City. A group of us were in the water and I was trying to force Rami underwater. Rami was a big man, weighing at least twice what I do ...

Iran's Lame Duck, Our Lame Political Script
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>With all the fuss around Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent visit to New York, you'd think that he had political power, command of the military, or at least strong popular support in his homeland. ...

Sanctions Can Work in Burma
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>International solidarity and support for the Burmese democracy movement is growing, as evidenced in the imposition of new economic sanctions against the military regime. ...

The Power of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>The news this afternoon from Myanmar/Burma is not good. A recent AP story said that</P><br /> <BLOCKQUOTE dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> ...

Daily Verse: 'May the God of hope fill you with all joy'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.</p> <p><strong>- Romans 15:13-13</strong></p> ...

Karl Barth Is Going Back to Prison!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>To everyone who <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/09/outcry-against-prison-censorsh.html">took action</A> and emailed the Bureau of Prisons, thank you! ...

Cynicism, Hope, Discipleship, and Democracy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>How do we live out God's call to prophetic witness in an apathetic and disempowered society? How do we live out God's call to prophetic witness in an apathe ...

Karl Barth Still Belongs in Prison
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>I recently <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/09/karl-barth-belongs-in-prison-b.html">posted</A> about the purging of religious books from prison libraries acro ...

Iraq and Christian Identity
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>I got a LOT of responses to <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/09/the-global-church-and-americas.html">my post at the end of last week</a>, in which I said the ...

The Global Church and America's War
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>From my blogs this week, readers can rightly conclude that I believe Gen. Petraeus' claims of modest security gains in certain sectors of Iraq do not justify extending the U.S occupation ...

The Global Church and America's War
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>From my blogs this week, readers can rightly conclude that I believe Gen. Petraeus' claims of modest security gains in certain sectors of Iraq do not justify extending the U.S occupation ...

The Global Church and America's War
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>From my blogs this week, readers can rightly conclude that I believe Gen. Petraeus' claims of modest security gains in certain sectors of Iraq do not justify extending the U.S occupation ...

The Global Church and America's War
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>From my blogs this week, readers can rightly conclude that I believe Gen. Petraeus' claims of modest security gains in certain sectors of Iraq do not justify extending the U.S occupation ...

Pick-and-Choose Theology
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/september/16.24.html">Recent discussion on Jews and Israel</a> reminds me of a joke we used to hear as youngsters. The joke begi ...

And the Killing Will Go On
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>It was a big day for a general on Capitol Hill yesterday, as Gen. David Petraeus made his long-awaited "progress report" to a joint House committee. But one congressman remembered the last t ...

Six Found Guilty Of Trying to See Their Senator
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>On Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, six of us were found guilty in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by a federal judge for trying to visit the office of our senator. We will be sentenced in a few wee ...

'Ghosts of Abu Ghraib'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

The words of Jesus are unambiguous when it comes to expressing how we<br /> are to love each other--we are to love others as we love ourselves. In The words of Jesus are una ...

Distorting History /by David Cortright/
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>In an attempt to scare off support for a military exit from Iraq, President Bush <A href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/23/washington/23history.html?adxnnl=1&amp;ref=world&am ...

Words, Not War: Building a Bridge to Peace Between the U.S. and Iran /by Jessica Wilbanks/
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Last week's announcement that the Bush administration is seeking to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization is the latest drumbeat in an intensif ...

An American Military Observer in Darfur interview by Becky Garrison
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>An interview with Brian Steidle, a former American military observer in Darfur and the subject of the documentary film and book <A href="http://www.thedevilcameonhorseback.com">The Dev ...

Daoud Kuttab: Good News for Palestinian Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I first heard about the <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/08/deanna-murshed-evangelicals-an.html">letter of the evangelical leaders</a> through an e-mail from ...