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The Politics of Palm Sunday
Originally Posted: 04/10/2014 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

Make no mistake: the Gospel is political. Make no mistake: the Gospel is political. Politics refers to “the affairs of the city” and “influencing other people on a civic or in ...

Cine-Monastic Disciplines
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Without conscious resistance, the flattened culture of entertainment globalization is going to continue to dominate. ...

When Leaders Let You Down
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

If we don’t learn how to deal with being let down, we’ll end up getting increasingly cynical and jaded and disconnected, and we’ll burn out and check out and get out, and nothing will ever change except that w ...

Five Spiritual Resolutions for 2014: What Elders, Suffering, and Loss Have Taught Me About the Gospel
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

This past year taught me so much about the gospel and caused me to go deeper into my faith. As this new year begins, here are five spiritual resolutions I learned from last year. ...

A Very Cheney Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

The holidays are a perfect arena for family combat and we can take some small comfort that even the Cheney family is not immune. I sympathize with the Cheney family this Thanksgiv ...

In Search of the Real Alec Baldwin
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

Is Alec Baldwin a raging (literally) homophobe or is he a decent guy protecting his family and neighbors? Or, are we in the presence of scapegoating? Alec Baldwin was caught on ...

Rapper Shad Wrestles with Humanity and Humility
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

There is no mistaking it: Shad Kabango's music is authentic and tenacious. With incredible humility, he speaks from his heart, with no fear of calling out the inconsistencies he sees in the world. ...

Pope Francis Fires Warning Shot at Church’s ‘Top-Down’ Bureaucracy
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has once again given a startlingly candid interview that reinforces his vision of a Catholic Church that engages the world and helps the poor rather than pursuing culture wars, and one “that is no ...

10 Things Christians Should Say More Often
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

I had a series a while back about the Christian Cliches that we should drop from our lexicon, and since then I’ve had people ask what they should be saying instead. So here’s a list of handy phrases to help br ...

Pastor, Prophet, Pope
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 4:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stephen F. Schneck Francis—refreshingly candid and seemingly repelled by the perks of the papacy—offers new hope for the Catholic Church ...

The Pope We've Been Waiting For?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger To have the "poor one" at the center of the Catholic faith is right and just. I W ...

Leaning In, Mommy Wars, and a Dose of Humility
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out exactly why I feel so bothered by Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. Over the last several weeks, I’ve been trying to ...

Sermon: Knowing Our Own Minds
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

This is the trouble about knowing our own minds. It's not the same thing as having a thesis with a well constructed argument. And it's not the same thing as being right. ...

Crossing the Belief Divide
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God's Heart. Zondervan. / Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the R ...

Five Reasons Why Failure is Awesome
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Here are some reasons I’ve decided that failure isn’t just inevitable or necessary, but that it’s actually kind of wonderful. When I was in preschool, I was insanely jealous of th ...

A Dialogue about Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

A friend of mine once said, “a true and genuine dialogue only takes place when each person is willing to be ‘converted’ to the other side of the argument.” At first I was skeptical of this remark, as I wondere ...

Deliver Us From Smugness
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 7:59pm | Type: Blog

It is not the imperfection or presence of conflict themselves within the Communion of the Saints that too many of those who would not call themselves Christians find repellent. It is how the church deals with ...

The Feast of Christ the King
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

Christ threw in his lot entirely with those whom the doors of power shut out. He would talk with anyone, eat with everyone, and, in the end, died among the refuse of his people. He was a leader who led from be ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon ...

Working for the Kingdom of God: A Defense
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Deep down I don't believe in the separation of church and state. Deep down I don't believe in the separation of church and state. Oh, I am against the idea of a state c ...

An Interview With Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Nadia Bolz-Weber likes to have both tradition and innovation happening at the same time in House for All Sinners and Saints, a mission church she founded in Denver, Colorado, that's part of the Evan ...

Saying Goodbye to Uncle John: My Memories of John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. What many people don't understand is that he was the most influentia ...

A Moral Budget: Politics, Policies, and People
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Several weeks ago (right before I left for my sabbatical), I joined with six other pastors from around the country -- in partnership with Sojourners -- to draft an open letter to Congress and Preside ...

Commencing Hubris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I can appreciate how difficult it must be to craft a good commencement address. The need to avoid well-worn pieties while also offering something of the best-distilled wisdom of the ages. ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: The Mind of Christ
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

'Have You Tried Washing Their Feet?'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/have-you-tried-washing-their-feet/" target="_self"></a>A few weeks ago, I got a free sermon on the metro.</p> ...

Poverty Tourism Can Make Us Thankful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The jolt in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/port-au-prince/" target="_blank">Port-au-Prince</a> herniated a disk in my lower back last month. The pain is making it hard to sle ...

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 ...

Applauding Humility (and a Good Decision by Terry Jones)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Humility is not easy. Humility is not easy. After all it shares the same root word as "humiliation." But the humility that allows us to say we are sorry and to change ou ...

Pastor Prays for Worker Justice in the Face of Intimidation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em> </em></p> "Workers are human beings, they are people, they are NOT disposable, they are children of God According to abc the ...

Robert Byrd, Truth, and Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Truth is a two-edged sword that cuts both ways. We may wield it against an enemy with great satisfaction. However, the truth also cuts us, and does so with a fare-thee-well. Tru ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/on-faith-on-glenn-beck-and-a-video-psa-for-social-justice-christians/"></a>Last week, The Washington Post's <a href="http:// ...

A Covenant for Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. Honest di ...

Baseball, Tiger Woods, March Madness, and the American Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm not much of a sports person, but I have to admit that April 5 was a remarkable day for sports -- especially sports and religion. I'm not much of a sports person, bu ...

War is Ugly, God is Good: What I Learned from the Truth Commission on Conscience in War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I can't imagine a better way to lament the 7<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the war in Iraq than by spending it with Iraq veterans who are horrified by the war and courageously speaking out again ...

Two Words for Glenn Beck, Five Thoughts for the Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>By now, most of you have heard the brouhaha regarding what Glenn Beck said on his radio and TV show recently:</p> By now, most of you have heard the brouhaha rega ...

Professional Women and Impostor Syndrome
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I knew I was dreaming when Michelle Obama sat down across from me. I was wearing a formal dress sitting on one of the tall bar stools at our local pub, in the quiet back corner near the dartboard. ...

Don't Give Anything Up for Lent -- Give Yourself
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Are you giving something up for Lent? What and why?</p> Are you giving something up for Lent? What and why? Lent is the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Holy Satu ...

Beyond a Predictable Script: Dialogue with Comments on My Israel/Palestine Posts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesus worked and walked in the past. It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesu ...

What Would Jesus Do in Palestine?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598941252_ZXPyp"></a>It was 3 a.m. when they came barreling into town -- Israeli jeeps ...

Religion and Women: The Oldest Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Nicolas Kristof had a recent article in <em>The New York Times</em> titled, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/opinion/10kristof.html?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss">"R ...

Preaching the Whole Magnificat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Again this Wednesday we joined the broader church in singing vespers, the evening prayer which always includes Mary's song, the Magnificat. Again this Wednesday we joined the ...

Obama's Nobel Speech, Violence, and Nonviolence: Who's Na
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The president's campaign speech in Philadelphia on race and his speech earlier this year to the Muslim world from Egypt were, in my mind, two of the most important presidential speeches of my lifet ...

Obama in Oslo: Nonviolence is the Strongest Weapon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I was saddened by our president's acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize. He missed a chance to witness to courage and leadership. True, Mr. I was saddened by our presid ...

'Spewing Reasonable Dialogue': Affirmation from a 'Skeptical' Commenter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's not often that a message from a blog commenter makes my day, let alone my week. It's not often that a message from a blog commenter makes my day, let alone my week. ...

What Do Health-Care Reform, the 40-Hour Work Week, Unemployment Insurance, the Minimum Wage, etc., Have in Common?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Well, they were all brought to you be political progressives, they were all opposed by political conservatives, and they all are now viewed as fundamental presuppositions of a healthy society by vi ...

Psalm 109:8 -- A Prayer to Destroy Obama?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

During the last few days, Psalm 109:8, a Bible verse in the form of a "prayer for Obama," has topped the Google trends chart: "May his days be few; may another take his office." Evidently ...

Deadly Viper Blind Spots: When Uninformed Intentions Have Hurtful Outcomes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One of the toughest parts of being the author of a book about racial reconciliation is that when the latest racial incident flares up, everyone expects you to chime in with your two cents. ...

A Child's Prayer and a Parent's Predicament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video. A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video. The clip, which apparently has now gone viral with ov ...

Billy Graham's Theological Humility Should Challenge Evangelical Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Every three years, young evangelists from around the world gather in Portland Oregon to attend a conference put on by the Next Generation Alliance, an organization dedicated to mentoring the next g ...