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Our Response to Immigrants: A Blaring Horn or a Beautiful Song?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"I'm against you guys." A middle-aged man from Cincinnati proudly wearing an American flag on his T-shirt defiantly uttered these words to me a few weeks ago in Columbus, Ohio. ...

Social Justice is a Virtue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Christianity promises, by grace and through faith, that believers will spend eternity with God in paradise. Christianity promises, by grace and through faith, that believers will ...

Is Nature Worth Saving?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/08/is-nature-worth-saving/"></a></p> I'm a nature guy, smitten with a lifelong love fo ...

Forgiveness, Fear, and the Mosque at Ground Zero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. While a few years ago these were ...

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 ...

What is the Gospel?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last week at her blog, <a href="http://rachelheldevans.com/gospel" target="_blank">Rachel Held Evans</a> proposed the question "What is the Gospel?" She received s ...

Learning to Love White Men: Between Bigoted Brothers and Holy Husbands
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

At eight months pregnant, I had a dream my new baby boy was born. He came out with pale white skin, blue eyes, and long, pin-straight red hair. He didn't look like he belonged to me at all. ...

Ignoble Indifference: Evangelicals, Race, and GLBT Issues
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>magazine article "<a href="http://www.so ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ruth Was a Moabite 'Illegal' Immigrant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816811802_XDKLQ"></a>Every once in a while I get an "aha" mom ...

Wisdom from Cesar Chavez: 'The Oppressed Almost Always Overestimate the Oppressor'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Today's Lenten prayer comes from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9sar_Ch%C3%A1vez" target="_blank">Cesar Chavez</a> (1927-1993) -- Mexican American farm worker, ...

By Fearing Churches that Speak out for Social Justice, Glenn Beck Fears the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

In a recent show, Glenn Beck told his listeners to watch out for churches that use the term "social justice," or "economic justice." He thinks that those terms are code words that will lead ...

Racism on Campus: UC San Diego's Struggle is Every Community's Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

My heart has been burdened the past several weeks by the hurt and pain in a place I call home: UC San Diego. Through my studies at UCSD, but also my community, I grew and was challenged. ...

Maybe It's Not Supposed to Feel Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I wanted to share a bit with my blog community about the ongoing tension of balance, priorities, schedules, focus, goals, etc. I wanted to share a bit with my blog community about ...

My Alter Ego
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I have a fantasy persona. There are only select times that I'm tempted to bring it out: on an airplane, out with friends on a Friday night, on vacation, at the dentist. I hav ...

Mennonite College Will Now Play National Anthem Before Sporting Events
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Goshen (Ind.) College recently <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/20/AR2010022002035_pf.html">unveiled its landmark decision</a> to play the national an ...

Afghanistan: War is Still Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

As the U.S. As the U.S. death toll in Afghanistan nears 1,000, and as civilian casualties continue to mount during the latest offensive, it's hard to know how to offer fresh ...

An Ash Wednesday Memoir of Mortality
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_wnFEbT1wwhs/S3q7WikSifI/AAAAAAAABNw/EO3vNVmCR3w/s1600-h/Norval+%26+Blanche+at+81.jpg"></a>Fifteen years ago next week, on my mother's 85th ...

Lent Isn't About Denial -- It's About Transformation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The point of Lent is not denial.</p> The point of Lent is not denial. But for a long time I thought it was. Everything I heard about Lent revolved around acts of self-de ...

Easy Hate, Hard Love, Cornel West, and Barack Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us, "<a href="http://74.125.153.132/quotation/hatred_paralyses_life-love_releases_it-hatred/146458.html">Hatred paralyses life; love releases it. ...

Not Your Typical Valentine's Day-Type Love
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This week my friend Sara reminded me that the really amazing thing about 1 Corinthians 13 is that even hundreds of thousands of schlocky wedding and inspirational posters and bad Christian coffee mug ...

The Bleeding Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I love my church. And I love that it isn't afraid to explore the difficult issues -- and figure out how to do so in loving ways. I love my church. And I love that it isn' ...

Perfect Love
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cathleen Falsani Ah, February, the month that is, for those of us in northern climates, the coldest, darkest, and, blessedly, shortest mon ...

My Son's Struggle with Christianity vs. Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

As is the case for many Americans, I use the Christmas and New Year holidays as a time to reflect and try to gain perspective on matters near and dear to me. As is the case for ma ...

What is God? An Interview with Jacob Needleman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In <a href="http://www.jacobneedleman.com">Jacob Needleman</a>'s newest book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1585427403?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wwwbeckygarri-2 ...

How I Responded to Public Racial Mockery
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

A while back, I was in a situation where I was mocked publicly in front of 300-plus young leaders. There were racial overtones.</p> A while back, I was in a situation where ...

Repeat After Me: Profit is NOT Satanic
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Don't you love it when someone tries to argue for one thing by distracting your attention to another? Don't you love it when someone tries to argue for one thing by dis ...

Who Sinned, That This Child Was Born Uninsurable?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinne ...

U2's Music and Mission--and My Kid's First Rock Concert
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Events/U2-Concert-at-FedEx-Field-2009/9812626_6qWPB#666442735_FC6on"></a>Oh no, my eleven-year-old went to his first rock concert this w ...

A Prayer for Derrion Albert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Every dawning day we wake to the news of human violence against humanity. We see images of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who've traveled a long way from home to fight terrorists. ...

Thou Shalt Not Abuse the Ten Commandments
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<p class="MsoNormal">ABC's Nightline has been running a series on the Ten Commandments in which they explore the issues and dimensions of each commandment in contemporary society.<span& ...

A Meditation on Christian Extremism: Blackwater and the Bonhoeffer 4
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"You need to realize that war is money. And money makes the world go round. "You need to realize that war is money. And money makes the world go round. As soon as you re ...

'Jose Illegal' is a Lie
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's an e-mail to make your blood boil.</p> It's an e-mail to make your blood boil. A recent e-mail forward contrasts the lives and lifestyles of hypothetical ...

Making Peace with Sam Harris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Francis Collins, President Obama's choice to head the National Institute of Health, has been met with much resistance from certain quarters of the scientific community. D ...

Beer Diplomacy: What Would Jesus Brew?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T46kEyyVU_k/SnJYnNcPDHI/AAAAAAAACw8/4G6Xga-fHwU/s1600-h/obama-beer.jpg"></a></p> <p>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they sha ...

Bishops vs. The Bomb: Act II
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When the United States and the Soviet Union stared into the abyss of nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick began reading obscure journals like the <em>Bulletin of the At ...

My Summer Road Trips
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For our family, summer is road trip time. Joy loves to drive, and our two boys, Luke and Jack, are veteran travelers - by land, air, and even sea! For our family, summer is road t ...

Living Isaiah 61: Justice Work is My Song of Praise to God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">"I do the work of justice not out of a disdain for the privileged but out of a love for Life." - <em>Womanist Theologian Dr. Kelly ...

A Father to the Fatherless
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Father's Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. For most of my life, my father was absent, having abandoned our family when I was in elementary school. Father ...

Rethink Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

An interview with a man and his children in an Internally Displaced Person (refugee) camp quickly devolves into a father desperately trying to sell his smallest child to the cameraman. ...

A Father's Day Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<p class="title">It's daunting for me to even begin writing about Fathers' Day ... It's daunting for me to even begin writing about Fathers' Da ...

Daddy's Girls
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

At a recent wedding I attended, one of the groomsmen toasted the bride saying that she was going to make the perfect wife because she had already demonstrated her ability to be her fianc&eacute;'s ...

To My Brothers, Sisters in Iran
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have never met you but I have to thank you. You are half a world a way but I'm watching you on TV, reading blogs, looking at pictures and following your Twitter updates. I ...

Re-founding Fathers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Many problems in our society will be solved when young men are willing to become good fathers. Of course, they can do this only if they have an example to follow. Many problems in ...

Iran: We are Born to be Free
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://eugenecho.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/where-is-my-vote.jpg"></a></p> <p>Are you tracking with the developments in Iran? I'd love to hear your tho ...

A Father's Day Remembrance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away.</p> On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away. I had gone to the hospital the morning before in San Diego to vis ...

Dads Healing Holes and Wounded Souls
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When my oldest son, Jamin, was moving out of the toddler years, I started to have a difficult time hugging and kissing him. When my oldest son, Jamin, was moving out of the toddle ...

What Sustains Me: Contemplation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's note: In the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home#">July issue of Sojourners magazine</a></em><em>, we asked social activists to ...