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Paul's Teaching on Women in Context
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | 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 - 6:51am | 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 - 6:51am | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 6:51am | 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 - 6:51am | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 6:51am | 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 - 6:51am | 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 ...

My Three Hopes for Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Dear Mr. President,</p> <p>You have my active and prayerful support. In addition, I am hoping you will:</p> Dear Mr. President, You have my active and praye ...

Still Hungry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

This weekend I found myself irritable, tired, and hungry. Not hungry for food, but with an ache in my spirit. A burdensome kind of discontent not easily soothed by quick fixes.</p> ...

An Iraq Veteran's Ambivalent Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I have given a lot of thought in the last several months about the vote coming up. I have given a lot of thought in the last several months about the vote coming up. Shane an ...

Confessions of an Alternative Voter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I'm pretty sure I have more sympathy for <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3293">Shane and his treatment of what I'll call "alternative voting"</a> (pr ...

Jesus is not an Essene nor a Herodian
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

If you care about peace, justice, the common good, poor people, the environment, genocide, war, peoples' health, human life or general wellbeing, come hell or high water, you are going to vote on N ...

Christian Voters Need to Reorient, not Disengage
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In the spirit of honest and civil dialogue, I would like to both affirm and respectfully disagree with a few points made by <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3293">Shane Claibor ...

Not Voting is Irresponsible, Not Less Responsible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Dear Shane,</p> Dear Shane, Your recent post is helpful, well-written, and - While I disagree, I very much While I disagree, I very much respect the viewpoi ...

Why I Believe Christians Should Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Hey Shane, thanks for weighing in. I appreciate it. Hey Shane, thanks for weighing in. I appreciate it. I am so thankful for you and everybody who is asking the question of how to ...

Voting as Damage Control
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Every day I am asked how I will be voting.</p> Every day I am asked how I will be voting. Principled Christian non-voters and secular anarchists have written to urge a p ...

A Tribute to Gayle Williams, Christian Martyr
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Life is a gift.</p> Life is a gift. It is a gift from God, creation, nature, father, and especially mother. It is a gift in the sense of the pure gift, the gift that as ...

The Election, Immigration, and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In the months leading up to the election, the topic of immigration reform has disappeared from the presidential candidates' conversations. In the months leading up to the ele ...

Seeing Immigration Through Biblical Spectacles
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

About 20 years ago, Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon wrote a book provocatively titled <em>Resident Aliens</em>. About 20 years ago, Stanley Hauerwas and William ...

No Conviction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In a world where following Christ is decreed to be a subversive and illegal activity, you have been accused of being a believer, arrested, and dragged before a court.</p> In ...

American First, Christian Second?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Recently, I watched an ongoing <em>New York Times</em> online report by Jennifer Steinhauer and Ben Werschkul called <a title="http://video.on.nytimes.com/?fr_story=5aac1546381f300674da8a59 ...

Bill Maher's Religulous: Polemic Based on Cynical Preconceptions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Bill Maher is that rare thing: a media figure unafraid to say what he really thinks. Bill Maher is that rare thing: a media figure unafraid to say what he really thinks. When he ...

Seeing True Worth Despite Financial Downfall and Political Demonization
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Editor's Note: I've been enjoying The Sanc ...

New Barriers Will Prevent Communion Across the Border
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This past Sunday, Oct. 5, was <a title="http://www.worshipconnection.cokesbury.com/content.aspx?dyn=1635" href="http://www.worshipconnection.cokesbury.com/content.aspx?dyn=1635" ...

Court Victory for Orlando's Homeless - Now What?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I confess, <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2513">it feels good to win.</a> It is easy to slip into the trap of feeling as if we have vanquished the oppressor and slain ...

Just as You Did for the Middle Class, You Also Did For Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In the all too familiar script of presidential elections and debates, these words have essentially replaced the words of Jesus. In the all too familiar script of presidential elec ...

Jubilee on Wall Street: Reimagining God's Vision in Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> All the ruckus on Wall Street has created an incredible moment f ...

President of ABC News Tells His Church to 'Vote Out Poverty'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

<em>David Westin, president of ABC News, was the speaker at </em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/action/alerts/VOP_poverty-sunday-toolkit.pdf"><em>Poverty Sunday</em></a ...

Top 10 Reasons to Sign the Vote Out Poverty Pledge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Because politics have failed to solve big problems in the past, it is tempting, even during a critical election year, to become apathetic and disengage from the political process. ...

The Idolatry of Security (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2457">Continued from part 1&l ...

Hard Data on the Shifting Evangelical Ethos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

The soul of evangelical Christianity is under stress.</p> The soul of evangelical Christianity is under stress. A few weeks ago, there was the disturbing report on tor ...

Peace in the Midst of Economic Turbulence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> When I was a girl, I heard preachers preach various iterations o ...

Vote Out Poverty: 'That's Just How We Roll Around Here'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I dropped by the office at Discovery Church on Orange Avenue in Orlando yesterday to deliver some posters and flyers for the Poverty Sunday premiere of the film <a href="http://www.ordinaryradicals ...

Once Upon a Time There Was a House...
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> <p>Once upon a time there was a house...</p> Once upon a t ...

Jesus Convinces Some Evangelicals to Reject Torture
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

Based on some responses to <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/09/torturing-the-least-of-these-b.html">my last post</a>, and <a href="http://blog.faithinpubliclif ...

Torturing the Least of These
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Christians are people who follow a tortured and murdered God. This fact speaks clearly to what our values should be. One of those values should be a rejection of torture, violence in the name of " ...

A New Christian Manifesto: "Follow Me" (Part 2s)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/09/a-new-christian-manifesto-foll.html">continued from part 1</a>]</p> [ continued from part 1 ...

A New Christian Manifesto: "Follow Me" (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

The most direct self-referential command Jesus has given to those who would call themselves by his name is, "Follow me." That means that even before praising Jesus, we must follow him on his path o ...

The Indescribable Drama of Transfiguration
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> Next Wednesday is the Feast of the Transfiguration. What that means is ...

Bible Stories Your Mother Never Told You -- and One to be Told Differently
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> Folks in my line of work ... i.e., writers in the field of religion ... ...

A Crash Course in Jesus Studies
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> A Sunday or two ago, I made mention of -- more to the truth, wrote a w ...

Advise Everyone... Endorse No One
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

As we pass the half-way point of our <a href="http://www.jesusforpresident.org/">Jesus for President tour</a>, we remember Jesus' admonition that we be "as wise as serpents and ...

Forbidden Revivals and the Birth of Bluegrass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> In the days of my childhood, summer was the season of the big-tent reviv ...

Young Evangelicals, Elections, and Our Real Work
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

It is no secret that young evangelicals are opting out of the 'religious right' in ever-larger numbers, and are becoming more (what for lack of a better term we'll call) progressive. ...

Hope, in Perspective
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Here in Manhattan, the city streets hum with hope following the announcement of the first African American to be nominated for president by a major political party. Here in Manhat ...

Why We Can't Wait & Why We Must: The Radical Timing of God's Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Zack Exley over at <a href="http://revolutioninjesusland.com/">Revolution in Jesusland</a> has been offering some <a href="http://revolutioninjesusland.com/index.php/2008/05/16/is ...

Jesus-Following vs. Social Activism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Claiming to follow Jesus is a ridiculous thing to try and do. Claiming to follow Jesus is a ridiculous thing to try and do. He's a really hard guy to follow, especially when ...