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An Education in Border Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As I sat in the federal court room in Tucson witnessing the sentencing of over 60 people who had been caught crossing the border between the U.S. As I sat in the federal court roo ...

Audio: Shifting How We 'Have Church'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem talks about how the church has constantly changed throughout history to get closer to God's heart. In this clip, Pastor Efrem talks about how the c ...

Jimmy Carter Interview: 'We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President Jimmy Carter just published a new book about the ongoing violent unrest in the Middle East titled, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439140634?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=soj ...

My Hope is not Entirely Dead
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I want to be hopeful these days, what with Barack Obama just being inaugurated as our nation's 44th president, but <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2008/04/11/keeping-the-faith-by-bart-campolo/" ...

Kingdom Values Over Cultural Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Do you find it curious that some Christians seem entirely focused on gender differences? Have you also noticed that this is rarely the posture of scripture? Do you find it curious ...

Books on Grace, Power, and Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Getting time to read is always a challenge, but here are the top 10 books I read this year:</p> Getting time to read is always a challenge, but here are the top 10 books I r ...

Seeking Reconciliation Between Rich and Poor in Immokalee
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When I think of Immokalee, my mind remembers a place where reconciliation has come alive. When I think of Immokalee, my mind remembers a place where reconciliation has come alive. ...

When Jesus and Justice Kiss
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It seems that much of our conversation as a Church is in a perpetual cycle of reaction. We are tempted to exaggerate the neglected truth, and end up making incomplete disciples, either social justice ...

JFK, Resurrection, and Post-Modern Christianity: Books for a New Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As you've probably surmised over the last few weeks, we asked God's Politics contributors to send us some of their favorite books of 2008. Here are a few more to add to your list:</p> ...

God Showing Up in Older Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It's happened twice in as many months: God showing up in an older woman. A stranger offering me her blessing. Not offering it so much as insisting on it, now that I think about it.</p> ...

Gaza: A War Without Winners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I began a fast for peace when Israeli troops entered the Gaza Strip. Last week, I ended the fast, as fighting has stopped and most if not all the troops have left Gaza.</p> ...

Peacemaking, Power, and Politics: Books for Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

As a former theology and philosophy professor at Asbury Seminary, Sojourners' COO, Chuck Gutenson, is a walking encyclopedia of all things theological As a former theology a ...

When One Suffers, All Suffer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Have you ever noticed how scripture celebrates our interdependence, our mutuality, and our oneness as the church? Have you ever noticed how scripture celebrates our interdependenc ...

Hope Replaces Cynicism: Reflections on the Inauguration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Generations are often defined by tragedy and crisis. Cultural milestones are often measured by a traumatic event that is shared by a generation. Remember Pearl Harbor? Generatio ...

The Next Stage in the Fight Against Torture
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

It is still hard to believe that the hopes we have nurtured in the Christian anti-torture movement would come to fruition -- and so early, and so comprehensively, as they did with President Obama's ...

Inauguration Journal: Scattered Thoughts Over Four Days of History
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's a better country than I thought it was. I honestly wouldn't have thought this possible. I guess I would have agreed with the older generation of African Americans in my neighborhood: Th ...

God's Inaugural Spokespersons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I thought God -- the real God, the One who cares passionately about justice, peace, and diversity -- came out rather well in the inaugural ceremonies.</p> I thought God -- t ...

Video and Transcript: Rick Warren's Inaugural Invocation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Here's the video and the transcript of Rick Warren's prayer at the inaugural ceremony, for your reference and comment:</em></p> Here's the v ...

An Inauguration Pilgrimage: Dreams From My Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We waited for 30 minutes. Standing, awkward, we looked up at the board. When I arrived at Penn Station the board said train #167, enroute to Washington D.C., "25 mins late"... Five minutes l ...

Arriving in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As of Thursday, the Red Cross reported 900 Palestinians from Gaza killed, half of them civilians, over 3,400 severely wounded, and 28,000 displaced from their homes. The special medical supplies which ...

Your Ballots at Work: 'Waterboarding is Torture'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

This kind of feels close to an exercise in I-told-you-so, but for all the folks who assert that voting is a hopelessly corrupted exercise in irredeemable empire, consider as an indicator the testim ...

Suffer the Little Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When Jesus said, <a title="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%2019:14;&amp;version=9;" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%2019:14;&amp;version= ...

Women Missionaries Who Can't Preach at Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Do you have family or friends on the mission field who are women? How many of them preach, teach, and exercise their gifts of leadership beside men on the mission field? Do you ha ...

Taking Aid to Gaza and Israel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As I write this, I am en-route to Egypt on a commercial aircraft with 1/4 ton of priceless kits containing basic medical equipment but no drugs or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. ...

Nonviolence Begets Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The dynamics of "violence begets violence" are simple and probably understood by everyone who has ever been in a fight. The dynamics of "violence begets violence&qu ...

An Atheist's Praise of Evangelism in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Matthew Parris is a self-confessed atheist, but he writes with extraordinary candor and insight about the role of faith in social transformation in a recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t ...

The Promise of Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the time of year when Christians proclaim the birth of the Prince of Peace, in too many places our world remains wracked by violence, and our efforts to end it seem futile. ...

My Advent Calendar: December 23
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a> This morning's window opened to a picture of Joseph, Mary's husband and Jesus' earthly father.</p> ...

My Advent Calendar: December 22
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>As the days grow shorter, darker, and colder, our longing for the light intensifies. In these length ...

Favorite Books and Movies of 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Here are some books I read this past year that gave me considerable food for thought:</p> Here are some books I read this past year that gave me considerable food for though ...

My Advent Calendar: December 19
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> I missed yesterday's Advent reflection. Although I woke up earl ...

My Advent Calendar: December 17
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>A set of double doors marked "17" on my Advent calendar opened to a charming image of a mi ...

An Evangelical Heritage of Gender Equality
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

How many times have you heard the oft-repeated claim that Christians who advance the shared authority and leadership of men and women in the church and home ignore the authority of scripture? ...

My Advent Calendar: December 15
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>This morning, I found window 15 outside the church building on the stairs leading up to the cathedra ...

My Advent Calendar: December 13
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>The December 13 window opens to the fourth gospel-the eagle symbol of the evangelist John.</p> ...

My Advent Calendar: December 12
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Following on the theme of the last two windows, Dec. 12 on the Advent calendar opened to a picture o ...

Dear Santa, All I Want for Christmas...
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Dear Santa,</p> <p>I remember how Christmas used to be when I was a little girl: waking up early Christmas morning, racing downstairs to see the presents and unwrapping gifts.</p> ...

Audio: Change We Can Believe In
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

In this clip Pastor Efrem talks about how, in order to be change agents in society, we need to change a church divided by race, class, and culture.</p> In this clip Pastor E ...

My Advent Calendar: December 11
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Not surprisingly, when I opened the eleventh window, it revealed a picture of a lion holding a book- ...

My Advent Calendar: December 10
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>As I opened window 10, I had to squint to see a small angelic figure holding a book-the traditional ...

Remembering Merton on the 40th Anniversary of His Death
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

1968 was a year filled with tragic deaths, of young leaders lost. 1968 was a year filled with tragic deaths, of young leaders lost. In April, we reflected on 40 th anniversary ...

My Advent Calendar: December 9
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>I had a hard time finding window nine, an elusive little door hidden in the bushes outside of the ca ...

Midwifing a New America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

I think it was sometime early in 2007 that I began to find myself almost possessed by a profound premonitory sense that the next year, this year, 2008, would be filled with a special power. ...

Election Night Unity, Online Animosity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

<strong>Jamie</strong>: We took a puzzle system of trains for about an hour or so until we pulled to an unexpected stop on the tracks, just feet from the platform of 125th Street. ...

My Advent Calendar: December 8
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> As mentioned in an earlier post , this year's Advent calenda ...

My Advent Calendar: December 6
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>When I opened the sixth window on the Advent calendar, a very traditional Christian picture greeted ...

This Season of Giving, Workers Need a Chance to Get Ahead
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> As the holiday season approaches, America's families will g ...

The Green Bible
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061627992?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0061627992">&l ...

My Advent Calendar: December 4
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>The fourth window of my Advent calendar opened to reveal a deer in the snow, a nostalgic vision of w ...

Christmas Presence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

A few years ago, as I and the rest of the audience waited patiently for a passion play to begin, a homeless man burst into the church and began running up the aisle, screaming. A ...