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Dinesh D'Souza, the New Atheism, and Constantinian Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week at the Innovative Evangelism Conference, I got a chance to hear <a href="http://www.dineshdsouza.com/">Dinesh D'Souza</a> speak to a standing room only crowd. ...

Practicing Jesus' Third Way in the Public Square
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In the midst of the hate speech that's surfacing in the public square these days, I've been asking myself how I can respond to such speech nonviolently. In the midst of ...

Why Big D Needs a Justice Revival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Residents of the Lone Star state are known as proud folk, but there are a few startling facts that should make everyone -- not just ...

A 'Big Tent' in Dallas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>For those who came to the <a href="http://www.justicerevival.org">Justice Revival</a>'s free opening nig ...

What Do You Get When You Cross Micah 6 with John 3:16?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Well, you get progressive evangelicals -- a people who unite those two things too long separated: the invitation to become followe ...

More Walls Need to Fall
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598690495_zMVcR"></a>As we celebrate the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, let us reflec ...

Thanking the Refugee (The Plank in Australia's Eye, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/09/the-plank-in-australias-eye/">[continued from part 1]</a> Philosopher Emmanuel Levinas reminds us that "the other" is not an object for ...

Deadly Viper: Personal Apologies and Power Structures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Without trying to be too presumptuous about the resolution of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/deadly-viper/">an ongoing story</a>, I'm doing some personal reflection on the last fe ...

Repeat After Me: Profit is NOT Satanic
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Don't you love it when someone tries to argue for one thing by distracting your attention to another? Don't you love it when someone tries to argue for one thing by dis ...

Neighbors We May Rarely See
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I don't know about you, but I rarely, if ever travel the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. I've heard it's a rough neighborhood -- people get robbed, beaten and left for dead. ...

What a Neighborhood Elder Taught Me About Interfaith Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A story I have written about before and preached on time and time again recently took on new meaning for me. A story I have written about before and preached on time and time agai ...

Audio: For God So Loved the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. He emphasizes that new birth thro ...

A Child's Prayer and a Parent's Predicament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Why Interfaith Work Does Not Equal Relativism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is a line in the <em>Riga Veda, </em>a collection of ancient Hindu scripture, that says "Truth is One, but the sages speak of it by many names." I had heard of this before, but hadn ...

Billy Graham's Theological Humility Should Challenge Evangelical Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Hark! Halloween Haters and Holiday Hype
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Halloween is over. I was standing in the kitchen tonight pilfering through the bowl of chewy, crinkly wrapped treats that my children acquired last night. Poor things. They do all the work of running ...

Video: 'Jesus Camp' Kids Pray for President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Pastor Tim O'Brien received a lot of flack when his son Levi O'Brien supposedly <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxdt_f0hwUg">prayed "to" a cardboard cut-out ...

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 ...

Confronting Urban Violence with Jesus' Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

This morning as I was running on the treadmill, I was also watching CNN. A story came on about a shooting in Washington, D.C. The police chief was speaking, with the mayor of D.C looking on. ...

Signs of Evangelical Renewal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

At a major conference at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts recently, 500 evangelicals met to discuss how to "renew the evangelical mission."</p> ...

We Need an Abrahamic Alliance of the 'Passionate Best'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>For the next few days in Washington, D.C., 1,200 people are gather ...

What Else Will Our Children Pay For?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Check out the FRC's latest ad opposing health-care reform:</p> Check out the FRC's latest ad opposing health-care reform: Don't you hav ...

Dear President Obama (An Open Letter on Afghanistan)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I am a loyal supporter of your presidency. I worked hard in the campaign and have never been as proud of my country as I was when we elected you.</p> I am a loyal supporter ...

God Does not Heed my Snotty Opinions About Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God <a title="http://www.biblestudytools.com/OnlineStudyBible/bible.cgi?word=Mark+10%3A17-31&amp;section=0&amp;version=nrs&amp;new=1& ...

Video: Colbert on the 'Desert Cross' Church-State Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I had invited one of our regular bloggers to comment on the <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8295490.stm">"desert cross" controversy</a>--a Supreme Court ca ...

Who Sinned, That This Child Was Born Uninsurable?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinne ...

A Theology of Ecology
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.blogactionday.org"></a>Today is <a href="http://www.blogactionday.org/">Blog Action Day 2009</a>, an ...

Caught Between Two Worlds: Progressive and Evangelical
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm trembling as I write this one. I'm trembling as I write this one. I'm already isolated within my own faith community (Pentecostalism) for my views on war and pe ...

Adam Smith Meets the Rich Young Ruler: Health Care and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wnFEbT1wwhs/StNETZJ93SI/AAAAAAAABEU/z_JR-1l974w/s1600-h/Adam_Smith.jpg"></a>For more than sixty years American presidents have tried to reform ...

Love Casts Out Fear, Not Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the driving force of the debate? I say it is fear.</p> What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the drivin ...

Dan Brown's Lost Symbol and the Lure of Secret Knowledge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Dan Brown, the author of <em>The Da Vinci Code</em> and of <em>Angels and Demons</em>, has a new book out Dan Brown, the author of The Da Vinci Code a ...

What Does Big Government Have to do with Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"I'm here to stand up for Jesus," said the anti-health reform protester to a CNN correspondent. "Government is getting too big."</p> "I'm ...

Growing the Beloved Community in Spite of Sinful Soil
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke often of something he called the beloved community. This was the title given to describe a reality in which freedom, love, justice, and reconciliation would reign. ...

The Conservative Bible Project, Jesus, and Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is a conservative project to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/07/the-gospel-according-to-the-conservative-bible-project/">translate the Bible to reflect a conservative ideology</a ...

Scripture and History Remind Us That We Are All Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly five years ago my friends, Hector and Gabby and their five kids, entered the U.S. legally from Mexico in order to join the pastoral staff at my church, Willow Creek. Nearly ...

Smashing Economic Idols
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

So I've been having a few interesting conversations about my book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830836284?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp= ...

The Gospel According to the Conservative Bible Project
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, the <a href="http://conservapedia.com/Conservative_Bible_Project">Conservative Bible Project</a> has made some headlines. Recently, the Conservat ...

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 ...

Jesus Didn't Overlook Gender, He Transcended It
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this year I spent nearly one week at a Christian university. Earlier this year I spent nearly one week at a Christian university. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn m ...

Listening to Poor People 'Offstage'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to explain much of what he sees on the news or reads about in the local paper. I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to ...

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

This week, a friend sent me a link to a video from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas titled <a href="http://www.swbts.edu/index.cfm?pageid=1701">"Taking the Hill."< ...

Personal and Pragmatic Reasons for Health Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Jesus is a healer -- of body, spirit, and heart. He also called Christians to be peacemakers and healers. Jesus is a healer -- of body, spirit, and heart. He also called Christian ...

Singing and Praying Justice, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/01/singing-and-praying-justice-part-1/">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from part 1] How can w ...

Singing and Praying Justice, Part 1
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"He who sings prays twice." -- Saint Augustine</em></p> <p><em>"What's going on?" -- Marvin Gaye</em></p> ...

A Woman with Full Authority
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Many people in Minnesota get really excited about fall. We welcome cooler weather, colorful trees, and a chance to share treasures from our garden. Many people in Minnesota get re ...

A Prayer for Derrion Albert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Every dawning day we wake to the news of human violence against humanity. We see images of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who've traveled a long way from home to fight terrorists. ...

Conservative Catholicism's Political Enforcers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. Catholic groups (with t ...

Thou Shalt Not Abuse the Ten Commandments
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<p class="MsoNormal">ABC's Nightline has been running a series on the Ten Commandments in which they explore the issues and dimensions of each commandment in contemporary society.<span& ...

Proclaiming Jubilee in the Midst of Foreclosures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. He and I were both guilty of trespassing, but a passerby would ...

Obama, Bigotry, and Balance ... and Death Threats
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is some good conversation going around God's Politics partner blogs about what role race is playing in the current wave of opposition to Obama's policies, including Rep. ...