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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 ...

My Advent Calendar: December 3
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> I love Advent. I love lighting the candles on the Advent wreath, si ...

Who Moved My Cheese?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"The cheese is gone, someone came in and stole the cheese."</p> "The cheese is gone, someone came in and stole the cheese." I looked at Sh ...

Questioning the 'Survivor' Mentality of Some Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

First a confession First a confession Well said. Thank you. Well said. Thank you. Wow. You make too much Wow. You make too much sense. This is a mindset th ...

Obama's Ethic of Responsibility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>In a recent <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/25/barbara-walters-interview_ ...

Buy Nothing Day as Advent Activism Against the Demon Mammon
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W5t_VeoxZA"></a>As per usual, on Friday, we had all sorts of Buy Nothing Day festivities (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v ...

The Short But Significant Life of Brenden Foster
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

This entry is dedicated to Brenden Foster and to all -- in ways seen or unseen -- who seek to live their lives with grace, compassion, and generosity. This entry is dedicated to B ...

What If All Churches Treated Women as Jesus Did?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Do you wonder why the words and deeds of Christ are not given more attention in the current gender debate? Do you wonder why the words and deeds of Christ are not given more atten ...

Thinking Thankfully About Money
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>When you are giving thanks this week, why not give thanks for money? Sound crass? It shouldn ...

Share Your Dreams: Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America, Part 4
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=4064">continued from part 3</a>] [<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/romal-tune-joel-sermon">read all four parts</a> ...

Give Thanks in All Circumstances
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Imagine. You pack up your family, your kin, and tribe, leave th ...

Overcoming Shame: Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3975">continued from part 1</a>] [<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/romal-tune-joel-sermon">read all four parts</a> ...

Ethnic Cleansing in Orissa: India's Persecuted Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In India, the world's largest democracy, <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Sunday_Specials/The_Audacity_of_Hope/articleshow/3690305.cms">millions applauded the recent U.S. ...

Black Friday and Consumerism, White Privilege and Buy Nothing Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

All of you who have a pulse know that the Friday after Thanksgiving is the single most crazy shopping day in the United States. All of you who have a pulse know that the Friday af ...

Paul's Teaching on Women in Context
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Do you often find comfort and insight, even direction for your life, through a careful study of scripture? Do you believe that God's truth is found in the pages of the Bible? ...

Is the Dream Fulfilled? Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Where have all the prosperity preachers gone? It seems like only yesterday when we were hearing about prosperity preachers and messages about God pouring out financial blessing. ...

How the Big Three Automakers Could Test Better Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I am a follower of Jesus. As such, I understand God to have a special concern for the poor and marginalized of society. I am a follower of Jesus. As such, I understand God to have ...

Happy Birthday Sojourner Truth!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On this day in 1797, Isabella Baumfree (<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0109&amp;article=010923">Sojourner Truth</a>) was born ...

Celebrate 'Buy Nothing Day' with 'Make Something Day'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The day after Thanksgiving, thousands of Americans head for the shopping malls for a ritual known as Black Friday, called such as it's a day when many retailers move from the red (losses) into th ...

Obama: The Power of a Precedent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I live in a small but proud neighborhood in Saint Paul, called Rondo. I live in a small but proud neighborhood in Saint Paul, called Rondo. In the early 1960s, it was a vibrant, t ...

Seeing the Election Beyond Black and White
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Watching Barack Obama's victory speech and reflecting upon the significance of his election as the next president of the United States left me profoundly moved.</p> Wat ...

The Upside to the Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> The first line in Charles Dickens classic novel A Tale of Two ...

Even More Will Be Expected
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear President-elect Obama,</p> Dear President-elect Obama, You have been given a wonderful opportunity to help and heal America and the world. Thank you for using your ...

We Need Post-Election Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I follow politics, but I don't go crazy. I'm not the kind of person who wears buttons, puts bumper stickers on their cars, and signs on their home lawns. I follow polit ...