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Anti-Immigrant Law Passes in Arizona, 'We Will Not Comply'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The law signed today by Arizona Gov. Brewer is a social and racial sin, and should be denounced as such by people of faith and conscience across the nation. The law signed today b ...

God is Big Enough to Take Our Doubt and Anger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"To believe is human, to doubt divine."</p> "To believe is human, to doubt divine." Those words are central to the self-described "incendiary th ...

An Open Letter to Governor Brewer of Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Esteemed Governor Brewer:</p> Esteemed Governor Brewer: My wife and I are both Evangelical pastors who have unrelenting commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our pa ...

Turning the Tables of White-European-Male-Privilege: 'Our' Tables, 'Their' Tables, and New Tables
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index. ...

'The Earth is the Lord's and all that is in it'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Today is Earth Day, an occasion for marking our responsibility to care for our world and the environment. It seems trite to have just one day to remind ourselves of the importance of this -- though th ...

A Word from Phoenix: 'I don't want my city to be the Birmingham or Selma in this drama'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, a group of local faith and community leaders, along with <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/21/arizonas-immigration-bill-is-a-social-and-racial-sin/">Jim Wallis</a> and Noe ...

Arizona's Immigration Bill is a Social and Racial Sin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530258814_kGpKA"></a>I got up at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning to fly to Pho ...

So, Am I a Reductionist?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on my blog entitled <a href="http://aarondtaylor.blogspot.com/2010/03/will-real-gospel-please-stand-up.html">Will the Real Gospel Please Stand Up?</a> In t ...

Fight or Die: How to Lose Friends and Irritate People
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>This video clip by <a href="http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/">The Work of The People</a> is going to upset a lot of people.</p> This video c ...

Evangelicals on the Border: Steps Forward and Back for Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

From the borderlands perspective, it has been a week of momentous steps both forward and back for immigrants. From the borderlands perspective, it has been a week of momentous ste ...

An Emerging Introspection Round-up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index. ...

My Changing Understanding of Creation (and Five More Ways to Keep it Simple and Go Green)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Over the years my understanding of the creation account has changed. Over the years my understanding of the creation account has changed. I would picture Barbie and Ken doubling ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/on-faith-on-glenn-beck-and-a-video-psa-for-social-justice-christians/"></a>Last week, The Washington Post's <a href="http:// ...

What Is Happening Is Bigger Than Emergent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index. ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

Beyond Anti-War: Nonviolence in Our Neighborhoods
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This semester at Princeton Seminary, I am taking a course on War and Christian Conscience. This semester at Princeton Seminary, I am taking a course on War and Christian Conscienc ...

Faith Over Certainty: The Difference Between a 'Pilgrimage' and a 'Testimony'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I was filling out an application recently and was asked to write a short statement on my "personal faith pilgrimage." I grew up in the Christian world, and so have had to write out my testimony ...

Immigration Enforcement Goes From Bad to Worse in Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>The following blog is a response to the passage of controversial immigration legislation in Arizona. The following blog is a response to the passage of controversial i ...

Wearing My Jesus Goggles to the Boston Tea Party
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Tea Party Express -- the traveling band of conservative speakers, entertainers, and organizers -- stops in Washington, D.C., today on its nationwide effort to "vote them out of office" i ...

Scandal, Secularism, and the Politics of the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is far too easy to blame the highly publicized priestly scandal for the alienation of Catholics in Europe or the United States. It is far too easy to blame the highly publicize ...

Glenn Beck as Theologian
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Did you know that scripture says, "there is no God?" Yep, it sure does, right there in Psalm 14:1, right after the words "The fool has said in his heart..." Interesting, isn't it? ...

Who's to Blame for the Continuing Tragedy in Coal Country?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The heart-chilling news flashed through West Virginia's Coal River valley, a darkening pall on the blue sky afternoon of April 5, 2010, one day after Easter's hope-filled celebration of resurrectio ...

Looking Beyond the U.S. for Emerging Church Trends
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.freshworship.org/node/660"></a>[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the Sojour ...

The Emerging Church Brand: The Good, the Bad, and the Messy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>magazine article "<a href=" ...

Living into the Hope of the Resurrection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I have never been as conscious of the incredible hope of the Easter message as I have been this last Easter. I have never been as conscious of the incredible hope of the Easter ...

Speak Evil of No One -- Really?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I love the New Testament. I think it's fair to say that I live, eat, breathe, and drink the New Testament. I love the New Testament. I think it's fair to say that I liv ...

The Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal and the Paradoxical Legacy of Pope John Paul II
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Catholic church is reeling from the several sexual abuse allegations that have come to light over the past three months. Downplaying the severity of this scandal will only further damage the alrea ...

Glenn Beck's Faulty Logic
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I do not usually watch Glenn Beck's program. So many books, so little time. However, on April 6, while working on another project, my intuitive mind told me to watch Glenn Beck. So, I did. ...

Looking at Christ Through Cultural Lenses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Looking at me, pale-skinned and blonde-haired, you would not know that I come from a diverse background with an African-American great-grandmother and an American-Indian great-grandfather. ...

Evangelical Border Perspective: If Seeing is Believing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I recently guided a national group of evangelical leaders to the Arizona-Mexico border. The visit was momentous and timely for many reasons. I recently guided a national group of ...

Jesus and the Klan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I recently viewed an episode of Gangland on The History Channel. This particular show, which documents the rise of the younger members of the Imperial Klan of America (or KKK), really roused my anger. ...

Christian Militias and Litmus Tests
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've been told that I am obviously not a Christian because I watch movies. Because I believe women can be pastors. Because I don't take Mass in a Catholic church. Because I've rea ...

Jesus is Risen but What Happened to the Kingdom?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Jesus is Risen, Alleluia.</p> Jesus is Risen, Alleluia. Most of us spent yesterday praising God and singing about the resurrection. But as I sat down this morning to ...

The Burning Patience of Easter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"We're not desperate."</em></p> "We're not desperate." - Theologian Stanley Hauerwas, in a ...

Christians, Jews, and Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity toward Jews, of a never-ending sense to be protective of their religion As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity towa ...

The Radical Love of Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598629326_5jZy4"></a>When I was a little girl, Easter morning in my house smelled of vi ...

'God, is it Okay to Be Afraid Now?'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I gave up fear for Lent. That seemed like a good and perhaps even holy idea at the time. I gave up fear for Lent. That seemed like a good and perhaps even holy idea at the time. ...

The Darkness of Easy Hate and the Light of Easter's Love
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598909340_QiDdc"></a>Hate is easy and the domain of the lazy. This insight came in the ...

'Jesus Never Stopped Being a Faithful Jew'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As we approach the climax of Holy Week, James Carroll offers <a href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/03/29/preach_peace_in_holy_week/">an appropriate cau ...

Video: Glenn Beck Meets with Jim Wallis for Social Justice Dialogue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>On the eve of Good Friday, recognizing that sad and tragic events often dominate the headlines, airwaves, and even our own blog, a dose of the "best medicine" might help us all make it thr ...

Songs of the Thieves Who Hung On Either Side
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 11:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Maryhelen Snyder The first thief and the second. The first thief For years the energy of my body came to m ...

Planting Trees on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After a hard winter in the Eastern United States, spring offers a resurrection. Particularly here in the Appalachian Bible Belt, we're looking toward Easter.</p> After ...

Our Response to Poverty in the Light of Easter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Why are people poor? Why do they stay poor? What would it take to get them out of poverty? These are major questions that have been heavily debated for a century in our country.</p> ...

'Christian' Militias and Tavis Smiley's MLK Documentary
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Many are wondering of what to make of the shameful association of the word "Christian" with "militia." Understandably, with Christianity being associated with something so anti-Jesus, one m ...

A Palm Sunday Procession to Jerusalem Ends in Arrests -- Including the Donkey
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Palm Sunday 2010. Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethle ...

The Cross, Easter, and the 'They' Narrative
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The <em>other </em>has been a philosophical idea with a rich history. The other has been a philosophical idea with a rich history. The idea is how do individuals r ...

A New START Toward Nuclear Disarmament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When word came down last Friday that the U.S. and Russia would sign a new strategic arms reduction treaty (START), Ana Marie Cox posted this message to her 1.5 million twitter followers:</p> ...

Christian Militias, Revelation, and Christ's Consistent Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One of the most important subjects addressed in my recent book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/New-Kind-Christianity-Questions-Transforming/dp/0061853984/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books& ...

Dorothy Day: Unapologetic Radical, but no Marxist
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://store.sojo.net/product_p/icnp_dd.htm"></a>It was surprising to see Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/201 ...

A Million Christians for Social Justice: Are You In?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/25/a-million-christians-for-social-justice/">Yesterday, I shared our prayers and discussions about possibly launching A Million Christians for Social Justi ...