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Faith, Hope, and the Advent of Health-care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches us to "give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (I Thessalonians 5:18). Biblical wisdom teaches us t ...

Rediscovering Values: A Book I Didn't Plan to Write
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I am an Evangelical Christian. What does that mean ...

How 'Scroogenomics' Is Saving My Christmas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I recently heard a clip on NPR referencing a new ...

Advent: Hope for Immigrants Too
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Last year at Christmastime one of my neighbors was deported. The next day his mother showed up to volunteer as a gift wrapper at our annual community Christmas Store. Last year at ...

Advent, Mary, and Sudan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The season of Advent always invites me to contemplate many facets of Christianity: the contrast between what God extols versus the world's values, the power of patience, and the strength of hope ...

Deadly Viper Backlash: Doing the Right Thing is Only the First Step
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In case you hadn't heard, Zondervan made <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/20/tremendous-act-of-repentance-by-zondervan/" target="_blank">a major announcement</a> yeste ...

Thoughts on Zondervan's and Authors' Statements After Pulling of Deadly Viper Products
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As many of you know, several Asian-American leaders and I have been in dialogue with both the authors of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Character-Assassins-Foster-Wilhite/dp/1888741074"> ...

Helping the Church Be the Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>Every day churches across the country respond to the economic crisis by supporting families in need, assisting those in search of a jo ...

Learning from the 'Lowly'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>I am excited about the Justice Revival because it brings the lowly center stage, and we all can be blessed by them. Romans 12:15-16 te ...

Teaching Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

My first job after college forever changed the way I prayed. Before I started it, I prayed that God would show me how to best serve him after receiving my diploma. My first job a ...

Obama's Health-Care Speech: Hope Over Fear
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/us/politics/10obama.text.html?ref=politics">speech last evening</a>, President Barack Obama made the commitments that a broad coalition i ...

Truth and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) pledged to support the program on national healing in Zimbabwe. Last week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ...

Kennedy, Health Care, and Imperfection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The first time I met Sen. Edward Kennedy was in the underbelly of the Capitol on the Capitol Subway. The first time I met Sen. Edward Kennedy was in the underbelly of the Capitol ...

An Essential Point in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As debates rage over the proposed health-care reform (which I strongly support), I believe many politicians, activists, religious leaders, and ideologues are missing an essential point. ...

Letter to Congress on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<h3 style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://livelydust.blogspot.com/2009/08/what-most-of-us-want-to-say-to-congress.html"> D ...

Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Yesterday was the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Here is an important piece wo ...

Just Say No to Khartoum Appeasement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In a <a title="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/08/06/the_phony_optimism_on_darfur/" href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/artic ...

The Struggle Continues in South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I have been home in South Africa for two months as of August 6. I am grateful that my family and I are home in the land of our beginnings. I have been home in South Africa for tw ...

The Hurt Locker and the Cause of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like. Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like. I've seen 'Saving ...

Health Care is a Human Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), article 25 paragraph 1 says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, i ...

Abortion Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

that are 69 percent more fuel efficient than their clunker, saving $750 a year on gasoline on average. ... that are 69 percent more fuel efficient than their clunker, saving $750 a year on gasoline on average. ...

A Mother of the Disappeared Rejoices at Another's Release
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Here is a moving expression of faith-based solidarity from Mrs. Here is a moving expression of faith-based solidarity from Mrs. Edita Burgos to Melissa Roxas , and I was very t ...

Alone
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Schiffman To you who are lost today like a needle in a haystack, reading this poem alone. Alone, brother island, sister moon. The ...

Iran: Two Kinds of Islam, Two Kinds of Religion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There is the Islam of the dictators and their religious allies, used to keep people in their place, used to justify their own power, used to shame and threaten those who question their authority. And ...

To My Brothers, Sisters in Iran
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I have never met you but I have to thank you. You are half a world a way but I'm watching you on TV, reading blogs, looking at pictures and following your Twitter updates. I ...

Iran: We are Born to be Free
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://eugenecho.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/where-is-my-vote.jpg"></a></p> <p>Are you tracking with the developments in Iran? I'd love to hear your tho ...

Iran Elections: Hope, Excitement, Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Elections -- indeed the democratic process itself -- shape countries, culture, and the future, no matter what their outcome.</p> Elections -- indeed the democratic process i ...

What Sustains Me: Contemplation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's note: In the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home#">July issue of Sojourners magazine</a></em><em>, we asked social activists to ...

Immigration Reform: The time has come
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The time has come for comprehensive immigration reform. After several failed attempts in past years, the president has promised it and the White House is showing a clear commitment to it. ...

Women Preachers Strengthened by God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31, NRSV)</p> "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31, NRSV) H ...

Combatants for Peace: A Grassroots View from the Middle East, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Another amazing grassroots effort in the Middle East is <a href="http://www.combatantsforpeace.org/">Combatants for Peace</a>, a group of former Palestinian fighters and Israeli ...

Water of Life: Wee Man Doesn't Take it for Granted (And Neither Should You)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

One of the everyday things Vasco has enjoyed most since arriving in Chicago from Malawi five weeks ago is being able to go into the kitchen and pour a cool glass of crystal clear water, from the si ...

Reconciliation and Homecoming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Homecoming is on my mind in this day and this hour. Homecoming is on my mind in this day and this hour. My family and I will leave the twin cities, our Bethel University, our Sanc ...

Saving Kansas City, One (Green) Step at a Time
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, has been dividing rich and poor, black and white, jobless and employed in this city since the days of Jim Crow when it was a legal line of segregation. ...

Obama's Catholic Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Against the backdrop of protest and spectacle that threatened to overshadow graduation at the University of Notre Dame last week, President Obama delivered a graceful commencement address that stan ...

The Good News About Yesterday's Duel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm in Germany at the biannual <em>Kirchentag </em>festival of faith of the German churches, so I missed the news and analysis of President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney&# ...

Memorial Day: After the Parades and Picnics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"Only the dead have seen the end of war." "Only the dead have seen the end of war." The better angels of m ...

Financial Assistance: Is Your Church Ready?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In the upcoming weeks and months, desperate people will knock on the doors of almost every church across the nation to ask for emergency financial assistance. In the upcoming week ...

Using My Liberty for Aung San Suu Kyi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/protest1.jpg"></a>I spent my Monday lunch hour, and maybe longer due to D.C. traffic, standing with some 30 protesters across the street from ...

Watch and Pray
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, before the budget vote, I talked with several senators on the phone as they were about to cast their vote. The ones I spoke to were friends, and I told them that I was praying for them. ...

Calling a Nation to its Best Values and Priorities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a <a href="http://www.so ...

Compassionate Conservatives Looking to Rebrand and Expand Their Mission
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I've been asked to comment on churches that are more conservative, predominantly evangelical, and how they are coalescing around poverty reduction. I've been asked to co ...

Rising Up to Heal a Sick Global System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It would have been the last thing they expected. They thought this was their chance to discredit him on a point of law they thought was safe ground. It would have been the last t ...

Defiant Hope: St. Patrick's Day in Northern Ireland
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland with my parents, my husband, and my one-year-old son. Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland w ...

Miracle Shots: On the Court and on the Street
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I stayed up way too late in a Buffalo hotel room the other night, eating string cheese and Oscar Mayer salami from the convenience store across the parking lot, watching the tail end of the Connect ...

Through Lenten Darkness, Rays of God's Grace in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The sad news from Zimbabwe continues The sad news from Zimbabwe continues (activist, Africa, Churches, farm invasions, global issues, God's Politics, Grace, Hope, Hum ...

Why Stories Matter
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 12:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Marshall Ganz The art and craft of social change. I grew up in Bakersfield, California, where my father was a ...

Obama's Call to Rebuild
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

This wasn't really a budget speech, or even a State of the Union. It was a call to rebuild a country -- from its infrastructure, to its economy, to its values. This wasn' ...

Save Darfur's Women: Rape as a War Crime
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I recently heard a voice from Darfur. She sat on a stage in front of me, not on the pages of the newspaper, and Darfur's resilient voice said, "The crisis has turned our lives upside down."</ ...

Hope for Darfur?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The United States has recognized that genocide is taking place in Darfur, Sudan. That recognition is now five years old. The United States has recognized that genocide is taking ...