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From Church Triumphant to ‘Least of These’
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

The most far-reaching implication is this: We are discovering that the world can get along without us. Few are asking for our authoritative guidance. Our clergy aren’t seen as “thought leaders” or our institut ...

To Serve, We Must First Nourish Our Own Souls
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

When you truly experience the love of God, there is nothing you won’t do for God. However, we often push ourselves beyond measure and forget to allow God to nurture and nourish our own souls. ...

Moral Mondays
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

In North Carolina, pastors and civil rights leaders, along with thousands of others, have been living out their personal faith in a very public way. Since late April, dozens of faith leaders and hundreds of ot ...

Leading Toward Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Notice how different this is from a superficial notion of freedom, which, all too often, is interpreted as the right to pursue one’s own selfish interests, unencumbered by human conscience and in a way that is ...

10 POLITICAL Things You Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn't worry much about stepping on political toes, and the Bible insists that governments be just toward the least of these (the books of the prophets alone make this point very clear). ...

A Lenten Reflection on 'The Least of These'
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 7:49am | Type: Blog

When you hear the term mental illness, what is your honest, initial, gut reaction? For many, the initial response to mental illnesses is fear. As a seminary graduate and a Masters ...

Catholic Bishops Warn Congress Not to Throw Poor Off ‘Fiscal Cliff’
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

As Congress embarks on high-stakes budget negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are warning elected officials not to target programs for the poor and inst ...

Art in Life
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

In a world where the law of evolution is in effect, where there is survival of the fittest, where only the strong survive, there is an art in life where the smallest and most forgotten paint a picture of strug ...

Religious Consistency and Hypocrisy: Election 2012
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

Let’s be clear: On Nov. 6, neither a Republican nor Democratic victory will bring in the Kingdom of God. Most people in America, whether they are religious or not, prefer consist ...

Visiting Jesus in Jail
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

It’s not just innocent prisoners we are to see; it’s prisoners. They are all Jesus. As a public defender in one of the biggest, busiest court systems in the country — Cook County, ...

6 Suggestions for Christians for Engaging in Politics
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Every four years, posts about politics pop up with increasing frequency on social media, eliciting often-furious back-and-forths that usually end up doing nothing more than reminding each side how right they a ...

The Missing Religious Principle in Our Budget Debates
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders do believe that massive deficits are moral issues, and that we must not saddle future generations with crippling debt. But we believe that how we resolve deficits also is a moral issue. And o ...

The Ryan Budget and Moral Cowardice
Originally Posted: 03/22/2012 - 2:25pm | Type: SojoMail

March 22, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Iranians see our page and ...

Randall Balmer answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Blog

The puzzle here is not that readers of the Bible would tilt toward the political left. That, for me, as well as for thousands of other American evangelicals, is self-evident. ...

Alabama Clergy Sue to Stop Anti-Immigrant Law
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When the Alabama legislature passed their infamous, anti-immigrant law (HB 56), the religious community in the state immediately cried foul. When the Alabama legislature passed th ...

So, What's in The Deal?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Late last night it was announced that the president and congressional leadership reached a deal that should ensure that our country does not default on its debts. Late last night ...

Sojourners Launches Radio and Facebook Ads Calling Politicians to Remember the Poor
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

If you live in Kentucky, Nevada, or Ohio and listen to Christian or country radio, you'll be hearing some of Sojourners' new radio ads calling for legislators to remember the least of these during th ...

Matthew 25 -- Why We Went to the White House
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Today is another intense day of politics at the White House. The debt default deadline is fast approaching. Today is another intense day of politics at the White House. The debt d ...

A Moral Budget: Politics, Policies, and People
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Several weeks ago (right before I left for my sabbatical), I joined with six other pastors from around the country -- in partnership with Sojourners -- to draft an open letter to Congress and Preside ...

Leaders Create Alliance to Defend Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Piercing through the bitter, partisan bickering regarding the nation's budget, an unprecedented and diverse group of Christian leaders announced today the forming of a Circle of Protection agains ...

Breaking the Fast, Building the Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On Easter weekend, I will break my fast. I will have spent almost four weeks drinking only liquids. But, as is often true of fasts, what has been gained is far greater than anything given up. ...

The Ryan Plan: A Declaration of War on the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've been fasting for 15 days in solidarity with the <a href="https://secure3.convio.net/sojo/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&amp;page=UserAction&amp;id=399&amp;autologin=true" ta ...

Why I am Beginning a Fast Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<ol> <li>Because I am an evangelical Christian and the root of the word "evangelical" is found in the opening statement of Jesus in Luke 4, where Christ says he has come to bring "&l ...

Can an Orange Bracelet Turn Hearts in Washington?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/03/can-an-orange-bracelet-turn-hearts-in-washington/" target="_self"></a>In a credit to both Republicans and Democrats, Congress j ...

Is 'What Would Jesus Cut' Heresy?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Heresy is a strong accusation. Heresy is a strong accusation. But that is right where Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center took his column about Sojourners' ...

Study on Budget Cuts Finds Evangelicals' Social Priorities 'Have Faded'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100302-evangelicals-federa.jpg"></a>According to a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/702/" target="_blank">new survey ...

What Would Jesus Cut? Who Would Jesus Bomb?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/28/what-would-jesus-cut-who-would-jesus-bomb/" target="_blank"></a>Growing up in the Bible belt in east Tennessee, I can remember ...

Closer to God, Closer to the Poor: A President's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was able to attend the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday morning and noted two important things about <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/03/remarks-president-national-p ...

Defending the 'Cult' of Environmentalism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Environmentalism is "deadly." It is "one of the greatest deceptions of our day," "striving to put America and the world under its destructive control" and "seducing your chil ...

In the Immigration Debate, the Children Suffer Most
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/11/in-the-immigration-debate-the-children-suffer-most/"></a>It's hard to ignore the children. As voiceless as children are in our world ...

Political Meltdown
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is very difficult to observe the current political landscape and not conclude that the process has seriously broken down. It is very difficult to observe the current political ...

Glenn Beck: Does He Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the course of our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">various responses</a> and<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1009& ...

An Open Letter to Glenn Beck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Glenn,</p> Dear Glenn, I think we got off on the wrong foot. I listened to your speech last Saturday and heard a lot of things that we agree on. In fact, I have u ...

A Republican Pastor for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

My name is Rev. Gary Wiley, pastor of justice and care at Trinity Grace Church in New York City. I am an evangelical Christian. My name is Rev. Gary Wiley, pastor of justice and c ...

New York Domestic Workers Call for Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last spring while eating lunch I noticed a <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/workers/">domestic worker</a> poring over piles of Christian books. Last spring ...

How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenom ...

'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 ...

Governments, a Kingdom Agenda, and Reading Scripture Badly
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A popular argument amongst political conservatives goes like this: while they grant that Scripture requires concern and care for the poor and marginalized, that concern is one to be addressed by in ...

How Our Health-Care System Wrecks People Who Play by the Rules
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. This course was set due to illness w ...

Wisdom of a 5th-Grade Solomon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Ms. Baker, why are you teaching <em>here</em>?" one student, whom I'll call Solomon, inquired during one of our after school tutoring sessions. "You went to college," he ...

Stand for Freedom in Iran: 'Enough is Enough!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>The following is a message delivered at the "Stand for Freedom in Iran" rally that took place yesterday at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, across from the United Nations.</em></p> ...

Consequences of the Recession
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Did you see it? It wasn't the leading story in <em>The</em> <em>New York Times, The</em> <em>Washington</em><em> Post</em>,<em> </em>or most oth ...