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'Win Over' or 'Love On' for Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm currently rockin' in Knoxville, Tennessee. I'm currently rockin' in Knoxville, Tennessee. I have the privilege of being one of the morning teachers of an e ...

The Death Penalty Denies the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

He was taken before the authorities and subjected to abuse and beatings. No one arose to defend his case with the integrity it deserved. He was taken before the authorities and s ...

Let the Little Children Come: Scripture and the DREAM Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Old Testament, we find God's repeated command to care and look out for immigrants. Throughout the Old Testament, we find God's repeated command to care an ...

Jesus People Against Pollution: 'People Should Not Still Be in Formaldehyde Trailers'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8023684_Fnjyb/1/#526070792_uNqwG-A-LB"></a>Charlotte Keys, of Jesus People Against Pollution in Columbia, Mississippi, who was & ...

'A Step-by-Step Agenda for the Elimination of Nuclear Arms'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/05/world/05nuclear.html?th&amp;emc=th">page one story</a> in Sunday's<em> New York Times</em> is one that I have been wait ...

Thank You, Michael
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Only God can or ought to judge Michael Jackson's personal life. We do not have enough information to judge his behavior, but we do know that we have lost a true musical genius.</p> ...

Lazarus and the Iranians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I spent this week at a clergy conference in Liverpool, England, where the theme was the Justice of God: "Just by God, Just with God, Just for God." One of my presentations focused on Jesus' sto ...

A Sojourner Goes Home: In Memory of a 'Cherished Pastor and Rebellious Saint'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As our nation mourns the untimely death of the King of Pop, I am grieving over the death of a lesser know man: a man whom many will never know, but whose mark on the world is significant. Two weeks ag ...

What Sustains Me: Lectio
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's note: In </em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0907&amp;article=what-sustains-me"><em>"What Sustains ...

Are Single Moms the New Widows?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Bible, God's people are instructed to care for those who often cannot thrive on their own, most often widows and orphans. Throughout the Bible, God's peop ...

40 Ways to Celebrate Interdependence Day on July 4
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's wild how easily we get sidetracked from Holy days by holidays, and how quickly we can smother our central identity in Christ with other identities such as our national identity. ...

Radical Love: A Father's Day Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a rel="me" href="http://technorati.com/claim/w5fpwem56m"></a> Many of us understand God the Father through our relationship with our own fathers. ...

A Father to the Fatherless
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Father's Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. For most of my life, my father was absent, having abandoned our family when I was in elementary school. Father ...

Reclaiming the Church's Mission and Message on Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the role of the church will be significant. As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the ...

Re-founding Fathers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Many problems in our society will be solved when young men are willing to become good fathers. Of course, they can do this only if they have an example to follow. Many problems in ...

Diplomacy: Revisiting the Huntington Thesis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo ...

Who Should Pay for Our Pollution?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Congress is hard at work on historic energy and climate change legislation. The House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill in the next few weeks, with the Senate to follow in early fall.</p> ...

Women Preachers Strengthened by God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

The Legacy of an Eco-Prophet: Remembering Thomas Berry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Today's most pressing task for humanity, I believe, is to halt the current environmental crisis. Today's most pressing task for humanity, I believe, is to halt the curre ...

Reconciliation and Homecoming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

God is Not [and has never been] White: Biblical Post-colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"The Bible knows nothing about peace without justice," said that great prophet of joyful restorative justice, Desmond Tutu, when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.</p> ...

Christian Soldiers in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

William Faulkner once said: "The past is not dead. William Faulkner once said: "The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past." We often think about time ...

In the Footsteps of Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Angels and Demons</em>, the movie inspired by Dan Brown's novel by the same title, has raked in nearly $190 million worldwide (with approximately $90 million in the U.S.) in only its secon ...

Proximity: Relocation Doesn't Equal Relationship
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One of the principles of the Christian community development movement is "relocation." While the principle has depth to it, more times then not it is lived out as people who choose to move their p ...

Let Us Pray for the World's Bad Actors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Let us pray for Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe and for the Burmese generals. Let us send them our love. This is the counterintuitive radicality of the Christian witness. ...

The Unique Awareness, Insight, and Wisdom of Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As friends and I met for dinner to enjoy pictures of mutual friends' wedding, their four-year old joined in the fun. As friends and I met for dinner to enjoy pictures of mutu ...

Torture and Evangelical Prejudice Toward Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I read <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/05/01/white-evangelicals-for-torture/">Brian McLaren's post</a> on this blog that caused some intense soul-searching. ...

Jesus did NOT Kill Mohammed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Jesus Killed Mohammed" was written in Arabic in large red letters on the side of a U.S. Army Special Forces vehicle, armed to kill and rolling through a town in Iraq. It sounds like a bad M ...

Women Who Were Wild at Heart
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or universities. I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or u ...

The New 'Nones' Aren't Atheist--Just Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Historically, the number of individuals who say they have no religious affiliation in America ranges between 5-10%, but a new poll conducted by Robert Putnam (of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/p ...

The Two Futures Project: Who Would Jesus Bomb?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In light of <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/05/us-afghanistan-civilian-deaths-coalition-bombing">headlines that dozens of kids and families were killed in US bombings of Afgh ...

You Go J-O!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When I found out A Night of Hope with Joel &amp; Victoria would be playing in New York City, at the brand new $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium, I knew I had to attend this concert. (Sorry, but if you ...

Video: Eugene Cho Interviews Jim Wallis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, I had the privilege of spending <a title="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/my-official-announcement-to-enter-into-politics/" href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2009/04/3 ...

God's Image and Caesar's Image: Torture and the Currency of Empire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the central teachings of Torah is that all human beings are made in the Image of God. That teaching and what flows from it are at the heart of Jewish prohibitions on the use of torture -- and p ...

Mark Driscoll, St. Francis, and the Megachurch
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I rarely agree with Mark Driscoll. Yet he points to something when he said:</p> I rarely agree with Mark Driscoll. Yet he points to something when he said: This genera ...

The Hole in Our Gospel: Interview with World Vision's Richard Stearns
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.urbanfaith.com/images/HoleinGospelCover121x178.jpg"></a> <p>As the pastor of a church with a deep desire to love others as Christ would, I've recently been ...

Torture Memos: 'What Is Done in the Dark'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught: "For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light" (Luke 8:17). In other words: the truth will come out. ...

Why I Got Arrested on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Good" Friday was real good this year. We remembered Jesus, and we remembered Jesus disguised in the "least of these" -- those who continue to be tortured, spit on, slapped, insul ...

Torture: What Part of 'Do Not Repay Evil for Evil' Don't You Understand?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush administration torture memos. There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush adm ...

A Christian Argument for Progressive Taxation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Wednesday morning, at 9 a.m. sharp, I took my tax payment to the local post office. When I handed it to the clerk, she said, "I hate tax day." I replied, "Not me. ...

The Power to Dominate and the Power to Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As Christians, our continual task is to explore and mediate on Jesus' teachings, as well as to emulate his deeds. As Christians, our continual task is to explore and mediate ...

Video: 'Beyond Belief' - An Interview with David Wilcox
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The rhetorical question <a href="http://www.davidwilcox.com/">David Wilcox</a> asks aloud before a crowd outside Baltimore, Maryland, is The rhetorical ques ...

Might Will Never Make Right In Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of warriors and military servicemen. I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of ...

Audio: The Beloved Community, the Kingdom of God, and Candy Bar Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this sermon, Pastor Efrem discusses the focus in April on Martin Luther King's death and the Easter Season, and proclaims that there is no separation between proclaiming the gospel and advancing ...

50 Ways to Love Your Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

With the National Day of Prayer coming up (May 7), a lot of folks around the country are organizing prayer services in church sanctuaries and town halls. With the National Day of ...

Celebrating Easter Reconciliation: Alive and One in Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As we celebrate Easter and Christ's empty tomb, we recognize that Calvary changes everything! As we celebrate Easter and Christ's empty tomb, we recognize that Calvary c ...

Witchhunt: I Was in Prison and You Visited Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Twenty-seven years ago this month, Brenda and Scott Kniffen, a homemaker and an inventory manager of a diesel shop, were arrested and charged with sexually abusing their two young sons, Brian and B ...

Jesus Wants to Eat With You
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

There are numerous significant theological and biblical meanings behind <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Supper" target="_blank">the Last Supper</a> (Passover Seder) a ...

Watch and Pray
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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 - 4:39pm | 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 ...