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The Problem with Labels
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

It’s easy to classify people, communities, institutions, organizations, and ideas into systems and label them accordingly. But Christianity and the people who embody it are extremely complex. ...

The Surprising Afterlife of Pope Benedict XVI
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI officially left the Vatican in a helicopter a year ago this week, becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to resign, many in his conservative fan base were aghast, even angry. ...

Want To Win The War On Poverty? For The Sake Of The Most Vulnerable, Let's Work Together
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Press

January 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

'Liberals With Guns' -- False Witness in a Viral Video
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I got one of those viral emails from a guy who shares my interest in Lutheran hymnody — but, most emphatically, not my politics. It linked to a video called “Liberals With Guns!” that claims t ...

Pope Francis Is Not a Standard Bearer for the Right or the Left
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

What Francis is doing is prophetic, not political, and we should recognize that he’s playing, to his credit, in a whole different arena. It’s one thing to say  kind words  about ...

The Morning News: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 THE NEW YORK TIMES: Policy-Making Billionaires OVER the past 30 years, as the gap between wealthy and poor grew ever wider, total phi ...

Is The American Dream God's Dream?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Nearly 50 million Americans are currently living below the poverty line (that is $22,000 for a household of four) and half of them are working full time jobs. Edit ...

British Clergy to Support #OccupyLondon with Circle of Protection, Prayer
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

On Sunday (10/30), the Anglican Bishop of London, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Richard Chartres, met with Occupy London protesters who have encamped for several weeks now on the ground of St. ...

Caryn Rivadeneira answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:34pm | Type: Blog

On my first day as an editor at Marriage Partnership magazine, I slipped into my office, pulled the pocket door closed and grabbed the phone. On my first day as an editor ...

Luci Shaw answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:33pm | Type: Blog

I wonder if the Lord God abhors labels as much as I do. I wonder if the Lord God abhors labels as much as I do. Somehow we human beings need to group and categorize pe ...

Columbus Day, Wall Street, and Alabama Immigrants: "It's About Power, Stupid"
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

In 1992, political strategist James Carville coined the catchphrase that won Bill Clinton the presidency: "It's the economy, stupid." In 1992, political strategist ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Examine Poverty in America Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Examine Poverty in America Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West have put together ...

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. ...

Defining "Evangelicals" in an Election Year: What is an evangelical?
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 10:57pm | Type: Blog

Here we go again. Presidential elections are coming and the role of "the evangelicals" is predictably becoming a hot political story. Here we go again. Presidential elec ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

The Problem With Christian Labels
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

A week or two after the 2004 election, I was dining with some friends in New York when the conversation turned to religion and politics -- the two things that you're never supposed to discuss in po ...

What's in a Name?: Campus Crusade for Christ Becomes 'Cru'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Maybe, but a Stink Rose by any other name (say... garlic?) might get more play. Shakespeare said a rose by any othe ...

A Democratic Egypt: Worker Justice and Civilian Rule
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

After months of good-faith reforms and patience, the drama is back in Egypt's Tahrir Square as protesters are preparing for a potential showdown with the state's military rule. ...

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 ...

Could a Decline in Numbers Bring New Hope to Southern Baptists?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart for them. Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart ...

Are Millennials Conflicted About Morality?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:55pm | Type: Blog

The Public Religion Research Institute recently released the results of their newest survey, "Committed to Availability, Conflicted About Morality," which shined new light on the complexity of opinio ...

Acedia and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was at the pool with the kids recently and couldn't help but overhear a very loud and opinionated conversation happening near me. I was at the pool with the kids recently a ...

How To Talk With Climate Change Skeptics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The reasons for raising doubts about the human causes of global warming, explains <em>Skeptical Science's</em> John Cook, are often political rather than scientific. ...

Theology That Matters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When I was in high school as part of my participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, I had to write what was called an "extended essay" -- basically an essay of the (then) extreme ...

America's Greatest Deficit is Spiritual, Not Merely Financial
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

With all the angst about the economy, the deficit, and a looming government shut-down, I'm still concerned that we're treating symptoms rather than diagnosing the underlying disease. ...

Sojourners Supporters and Partners Challenge Congress on Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/28/sojourners-supporters-and-partners-challenge-congress-on-budget-cuts/" target="_self"></a>Thanks to Sojourners supporters and o ...

Wisconsin: America's Tahrir Square?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A week after a shocked world reveled in Egypt's incredible moment of freedom and people power, Wisconsin is reviving its own unique tradition of people power and creative protest. ...

The Inconsistency for the Call to Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In light of an unsuccessful campaign to become the president of my middle school as an eighth grader, I have no plans on entering politics and running for political office. In lig ...

American 'Exceptionalism' Can Degenerate Into Superiority
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There has been a fascinating and important dialogue going on this week over at the <a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/" target="_blank"><em>Washington ...

When is an Incentive a Bribe? Israel, Settlements, and Fighter Jets
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:15am | Type: Blog

Imagine a parent with two recalcitrant teenagers.</p> Imagine a parent with two recalcitrant teenagers. Parent: "We've got one spare car that we'd like ...

It Takes a Movement: Moral Centering and Political Recalibration
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Why I'm Not Tired of Reading About the Tea Party
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Are you tired of reading about the Tea Party? The group represents 11 percent of our population, yet it has been on the front cover of every national newspaper for months now. Are ...

Getting Beyond Labels (Part I)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Ever since Peter and Paul had opposing views about ministry to the Gentil ...

Salvation Through Doctrine or Christ?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've been getting into trouble lately. I've been getting into trouble lately. It all started when I asked myself the simple question, "What did the apostles preach ...

Craigslist Attorneys Threaten Georgia Anti-Trafficking Activists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's Note: </strong></em><em>What is behind Craigslist's recent enigmatic, and dramatic, choice to replace (at least for now) its entire "adult serv ...

Robert Byrd, Truth, and Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Truth is a two-edged sword that cuts both ways. We may wield it against an enemy with great satisfaction. However, the truth also cuts us, and does so with a fare-thee-well. Tru ...

Beyond Camelot: Britain's Un-American Austerity Program
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Our British cousins have come up with an economic policy that could not be more different from what we Americans have been doing for decades. I rather like it.</p> Our Briti ...

Texas School Board: The "Common Good" as Liberal Conspiracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> The Texas School Board has approved controversial new social studies standards . Some on the board appear more intent on imme ...

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 ...

Pentecost's Pente-chaos: Nothing's Changed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

All the Christian archetypes were already in place on the very first day.</p> All the Christian archetypes were already in place on the very first day. The story opens w ...

Glenn Beck, Immigration, and Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After Glenn Beck said "social justice is a perversion of the gospel" and a "code" for Marxism, communism, and Nazism, I invited him to a public dialogue to discuss the true meaning of socia ...

Is Western Christianity Suffering From Spiritual Amnesia?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an evangelical college, a place where the students were serious young Christians. In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an ...

Why My Conservative Business Friends Support Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Recently I turned to a conservative, white businessman friend to get some insight into how immigrants enhance our culture. Recently I turned to a conservative, white businessman f ...

An Open Letter to the Emergent Church Movement
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>article "<a href="http://www ...

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:// ...

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 ...

Can Petraeus Push the U.S. Toward Peace in the Middle East?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The taboo was finally broken and the genie is out of the bottle, despite some attempts to force it back. The taboo was finally broken and the genie is out of the bottle, despite s ...

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=" ...

Justice Stevens Hasn't Moved, the Supreme Court Has
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There's an old story about a man and his wife driving into town one evening. There's an old story about a man and his wife driving into town one evening. The wife looks ...

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 ...