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Prayer of the Day: For Our President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Lord, we pray that you bless our president and members of Congress with wisdom and right judgment. Lord, we pray that you bless our president and members of Congress with wisdom ...

The Power of the People of Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

After 18 days of ever-growing protests, Egyptian Vice-President Omar Suleiman went on state television with a terse <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12433045" target="_bla ...

This Valentine's Day, Do You Know Where Your Chocolate Comes From?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday I received my email copy of ePistle, Evangelicals for Social Action’s weekly electronic communication. Yesterday I received my email copy of  ePistle , Evangelicals fo ...

Closer to God, Closer to the Poor: A President's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was able to attend the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday morning and noted two important things about <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/03/remarks-president-national-p ...

Experimenting With Holiness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

What does it mean to be holy? That has been the question revolving in my mind this morning. What does it mean to be holy? That has been the question revolving in my mind this morn ...

Christian Civility: The Test of Intra-Faith Relations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Recently, I read an article featuring a pastor with whom I had strong disagreements. The more I read, the less I liked -- and it was a long article. Recently, I read an article fe ...

What a Tragedy Can Call Us To Do
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We needed to be called to transcend politics in our response to the shootings in Arizona, lest the politics of our reactions to this tragedy turn us even further against one another. ...

In Memory of Richard Holbrooke
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Some people in the world are large. They occupy a large space, cast a large shadow, reach for large and lofty goals. Some people in the world are large. They occupy a large space, ...

Thank God for the Patriot Millionaires
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This morning I learned about a website and a letter signed by more than 3 dozen millionaires (folks who have earned over $1 million in a year either now or in the past) asking the President to allo ...

Patriotism and Idolatry
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This meditation is part of a dialog on Patheos.com about the question, &q ...

God Loves Gays, and So Should We
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/23/god-loves-gays-and-so-should-we/"></a>This summer, while at my favorite lake in Maine, I read Andrew ...

Quran Burning is a Sacrilegious Slap in the Face of Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The extremes now seem to dictate the political discourse -- extremists in caves who invoke their distorted brand of Muslim faith as they murder innocent people; and extremists in a Florida church w ...

Glenn Beck vs. Christ the Liberator
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After his colossal "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., Glenn Beck took aim at one of his favorite targets, Barack Obama, but in a novel way. After his colossal ...

The DRC: The Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, with fertile soil and rich minerals. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, wi ...

The Best Part of Wanting to Change the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constant requests wanting to know the future.</p> <p>Why?</p> I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constan ...

The Dragonfly Abides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Tombolombo. Tombolombo. That is the word for "dragonfly" in Chichewa, my son Vasco's native language. It was one of the first words Vasco taught me when he came ...

Controversy in Wisconsin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It was a nice invitation, not unlike many I've received before. It was a nice invitation, not unlike many I've received before. Every summer, a number of Christian mus ...

Voices from the Gulf: We Arise to the Putrid Scent of Oil
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender"></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender">Edi ...

Oil Spill: We've Exchanged Beauty, Hope, and Wonder for Profit
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A heart has been pierced, four miles of seabed violated, and the aorta is gushing unabated. A heart has been pierced, four miles of seabed violated, and the aorta is gushing unaba ...

How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenom ...

The Song of Rosanna's Survivor Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> I came to be friends with Rosanna through my wife's work. B ...

Poisoned Sea, Impoverished Soul: A Litany of Lament Over a Despoiled Ocean
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the beginning, darkness covered the face of the deep.</p> <p>Then the Breath of Heaven swept across the waters, blessing the sea with all manner of creatures.</p> ...

Bill McKibben's Brave New Eaarth (No, That's Not a Typo)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eaarth-Making-Life-Tough-Planet/dp/0805090568/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1274450099&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20"></a&g ...

Further Reflections on the Biblical Ruth as an 'Illegal Immigrant'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In March, I wrote a <a href="http://aarondtaylor.blogspot.com/2010/03/ruth-was-illegal-immigrant-so-does-that.html">piece</a> praising the Biblical character Boaz for showing compassion ...

Scope of Oil Spill and BP's Bungling Demand Greater Government Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last Friday, the <a href="http://www.equityandinclusion.org/">Equity and Inclusion Campaign</a> and <a href="http://www.oxfamamerica.org/">Oxfam America</a> hosted a ...

Cosmic Child Abuse?: Mark Driscoll, N.T. Wright and Atonement that does Jesus Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

British Evangelist Steve Chalke upset a lot of evangelicals of a reformed bent with two little paragraphs in (his book that has so much worth reading in it beyond what has got all the attention) <a ...

Ignoramus Racial Moments and Interracial Adoption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes in life you learn best not from the times that you shine, but from the times that you act like a total ignoramus. It seems that racism and fear of outsiders are on the rise in the U.S.A. ...

Glenn Beck Attacks Churches on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I thought Glenn Beck must have moved on to other things, but the other night, he went back to his attack on social justice churches. This time the issue was climate change.</p> ...

Responding to a Shocking Image of the Gulf Oil Spill's Scope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

NASA released a new image yesterday that shows a large column of oil heading from the Deepwater Horizon rig site in the Gulf of Mexico out into the open ocean, a startling and heartbreaking indicat ...

Why Glenn Beck is a Danger to True Evangelical Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I watched the Glenn Beck show on Fox News yesterday. His topic was how churches that are using the term, "social justice" are misinterpreting scripture in order to spread Marxism. ...

A Psalm for Mine Worker Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I read through psalm after psalm searching for the "right" one to read at the opening of the <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jT_TJF6XHvkIcroUc3uaHO184YLA ...

Christian Zionism: Theology that Legitimates Oppression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598997294_wdMxF"></a>I recently returned from a speaking engagement at the Bethlehem Bi ...

What is the Gospel?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last week at her blog, <a href="http://rachelheldevans.com/gospel" target="_blank">Rachel Held Evans</a> proposed the question "What is the Gospel?" She received s ...

Screwtape and Self-Righteous Hell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I had the recent pleasure of seeing Max McLean's deliciously wicked portrayal of Screwtape in <a href="http://www.fpatheatre.com/screwtape/">The Screwtape Letters</a> curren ...

The Dangers of Disconnecting from Community: An Interview with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>Jonathan, you were quoted in a recent <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/mayweb-only/28-41.0.html"><em>Christianity Today</em> Web article</a>< ...

10 Good Things Vegetarianism Can do for You (and the World)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Having just read <a href="http://livelydust.blogspot.com/2010/05/review-of-eating-animals-jonathan.html">Jonathan Safran Foer's <em>Eating Animals</em></a>, I'm in ...

Pope Benedict: Greatest Persecution is from Sin Within the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On the papal plane, <em>Shepherd One</em>, en route to Portugal to visit the <a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/portugal/fatima-shrine-of-our-lady-of-fatima" target="_bla ...

Arizona's Questionable Track Record on Race: MLK Day, Banning Ethnic Studies, and Regulating Accents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It wasn't that long ago that the state of Arizona did not recognize, in fact went out of its way to criticize, the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It wasn't t ...

A Hymn and Prayer for the Gulf: 'O God, the Great, Wide Seas are Yours'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong>This hymn-prayer was written in response to the ongoing oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig that started on April 20<sup>th</sup>. ...

'God's Maternal Nature': One of the Best Mother's Day Sermons I Can Remember
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday I heard one of the best Mother's Day sermons I can remember. It was by the pastor at our family's church, Rev. Jeff Haggray of First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.</p> ...

Psalm 94 and Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Psalm 94 is not my psalm, and perhaps it's not yours either. Psalm 8; Psalm 23; Psalm 100. They get a lot of air time because they really speak to us. Psalm 94 is not my ps ...

Mother's Day Challenges
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Mother's Day is a challenge. While advertisements evoke misty eyed memories and quaint appreciation for mothers, the truth is that Mother's Day began as a call to action by Julia Ward Howe. ...

Evangelicals on the Border: Relationship Instead of Partisanship
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"When we met the young lady in Nogales, the daddy in me wanted to take her to a safe place. "When we met the young lady in Nogales, the daddy in me wanted to take her to ...

Mother's Day Gifts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Usually when Mother's Day comes, we think of the women in our lives who nurture, teach, rear, and comfort us. Usually when Mother's Day comes, we think of the women in o ...

The Gulf Oil Spill as Seen from Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm in Kenya with a group of about<a href="http://www.amahoro-africa.org/" target="_blank"> 150 emerging leaders </a>from across East and South Africa. ...

Gulf Oil Spill: Watching a Disaster Unfold with a Log in My Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Watching a disaster unfold on the news is always heartbreaking, but when it occurs in your hometown and you are far away, it can be debilitating. Watching a disaster unfold on the ...

Big Oil Isn't Just a Gulf Coast Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

An oil rig exploded into fire, and a huge oil spill -- perhaps the biggest in history -- is spreading across the Gulf of Mexico and will soon wreak both ecological and economic devastation on the ...

Is Western Christianity Suffering From Spiritual Amnesia?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an evangelical college, a place where the students were serious young Christians. In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an ...

Power and the Emerging Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.c ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855070806_wCQFN"></a>There's a scene in the film <a href= ...