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The Torture of Our Hypocrisy
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Hypocrisy was — as it continues to be — the homage our vices pay to our virtues. Hypocrisy is woven into the founding fabric of our nation. While engaged in the systematic th ...

Are All Christians Really Hypocrites?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Hold Christians accountable. Call us out. But offer us the chance to own our faults and seek out forgiveness. According to one of my favorite authors, Brennan Manning,  " ...

Perception Is Reality
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 6:36am | Type: Blog

The problem that is really facing the church is others’ opinions of it. Many people do not have an issue with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Their opinion is formed and shaped by the experiences they ...

Rewriting the Lord's Prayer: What If How We Prayed Matched How We Live?
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

Perhaps we should rewrite the Lord’s prayer and make it conform to what we really believe. In that spirit, here’s a rough draft of what it might sound like if the Lord‘s prayer was actually our prayer. ...

10 Things THE CHURCH Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 7:28am | Type: Blog

The Christian church is full of Christians, right? Sadly, the reality is the answer to that question is heavily dependent on whom you are asking. The Christian church is full of ...

Religious Consistency and Hypocrisy: Election 2012
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Let’s be clear: On Nov. 6, neither a Republican nor Democratic victory will bring in the Kingdom of God. Most people in America, whether they are religious or not, prefer consist ...

The Bait and Switch of Contemporary Christianity
Originally Posted: 12/28/2011 - 7:37pm | Type: Blog

"Christianity" has essentially become a mechanism for allowing millions of people to replace being a decent human being with something else, an endorsed "spiritual" substitute. ...

A Decade of War (and Football)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Let’s face it — while lawmakers are picking their own battles in Washington, they aren’t fighting on the ground in Afghanistan. Not to date myself, but I was in middle ...

Church: Socks Are Optional but Grace is Required
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. ...

The Importance of Sharing Our Stuff
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. "And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was le ...

Just Jesus and an Unjust July 4: Why I Don't Celebrate Independence Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:57pm | Type: Blog

My friends and I can be stupid. Add explosives to the equation and the idiocy quotient increases exponentially. Such was the case every 4th of July during high school. My friends ...

My Response to Sojourners' Article About 'The Family'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/10/all-in-the-family-my-response-to-sojourners-article-about-the-family/" target="_self"></a>I very much appreciated all the good ...

The Meaning of America: President Obama's Address to Parliament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches: "it has not yet been revealed what we shall be." Such is the case with every child, every grandchild, and great grandchild -- those we know and those we will never meet. ...

Navy Honors and Discredits C
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

No one delivers sad irony quite like the United States Military. Yesterday the U.S. No one delivers sad irony quite like the United States Military. Yesterday the U.S. Navy announ ...

Ayn Rand, Manichaeism, and Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Ah, the voice of Ayn Rand from St. Petersburg, Russia rises again with the opening of a new movie based on her novel, <em>Atlas Shrugged</em>. Ah, the voice of Ayn ...

Faith Leaders Announce Fasting, Prayer, and Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/28/faith-leaders-announce-fasting-prayer-and-action/" target="_self"></a>Facing scribbling reporters and flashing cameras at a pac ...

The Hypocrisy of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The U.S. just started another war. We're good at starting wars. We're not good at ending them, but we start them really well. They say this is for "humanitarian" reasons. Aren't they ...

Feeling Green Guilt at 30,000 Feet
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I just returned from a fabulous little weekend getaway. Skipped town with the hubby. Just us, sans three kids for the first time in four years, and it was glorious. I just returne ...

Still Missing in the Arab World: Assembly and Free Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, I established AmmanNet, the Arab world's first Internet radio that used technology to create audio and text content freely. Ten years ago, I established AmmanN ...

Groupon's Controversial Social Critique
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/08/groupons-controversial-social-critique/" target="_self"></a>I admit, I only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. Yes, it&# ...

Human Beings Matter More Than Analogies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last week, I joined a conservative talk show in Cincinnati to talk about <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/30/pray-for-bernard-pray-for-the-dream/" target="_blank">Bernard Pastor& ...

Entitlement Hypocrisy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

You might think that those who spent their campaigns telling their constituents that they would work to appeal "Obamacare" -- just another government entitlement -- would either think that <a hre ...

Why I Am Not Quitting Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

By now, most of you have heard of the <em>dramatic news</em> of Anne Rice's simple statement of "quitting Christianity." I'm amazed how much coverage this has received -- everyw ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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= ...

Scandal, Secularism, and the Politics of the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It is far too easy to blame the highly publicized priestly scandal for the alienation of Catholics in Europe or the United States. It is far too easy to blame the highly publicize ...

To Love God is to Love Our Immigrant Neighbors
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530383196_HMehM"></a>"We believe the scriptures are God's revelat ...

Bishops vs. The Bomb: Act II
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When the United States and the Soviet Union stared into the abyss of nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick began reading obscure journals like the <em>Bulletin of the At ...

Be Fair to the Pharisees: Guarding Against Anti-Jewish Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union Coll ...

Jeremiah's Change of Heart
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Jeremiah lived in Jerusalem at the time when the Babylonians were laying siege to the city. Jeremiah lived in Jerusalem at the time when the Babylonians were laying siege to the c ...