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'Please Welcome Them'
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 12:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels There is a light in me now, and it is taking over the darkness. Two years ago in Jordan, I met an ...

My Search for the Truth About the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In 2008, as I heard the increasing public rhetoric of hostility emanating from the Middle East, I found myself wondering what Jesus would say and do if he were here in the flesh today. ...

Unveiling the Walls that Divide Us
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I find it discomforting that the Lord instructs someone to wage war and therefore reasoning that God-sanctioned war is justifiable even though as Christians we are called to be peacemakers in the w ...

The Dark Underbelly of Fundamentalist, Charismatic Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was raised in a charismatic megachurch that prided itself in being "non-religious." Our pastor thought of himself as a grace preacher, and in many ways he was. I was r ...

Nakba Day Protests: Palestine's Arab Spring?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-Israel-April-2011/16441449_SnEeG#1236911459_74RXd" target="_blank"></a>The scenes were stunning: Hu ...

Ordinary People and Just Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When we think about world events, we often think about them in relation to larger-than-life people -- the leaders of nations or of revolutions. When we think about world events, w ...

Claremont Lincoln: The World's First Interreligious University
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On May 16, 2011, the Claremont School of Theology, located in Claremont, California, announced the receipt of a $50 million naming gift from Joan and David Lincoln that will establish the Claremont ...

On Palestinians: Whose Narrative Wins?
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:16am | Type: Blog

Once again last week the pages of the <em>New York Times</em> was graced with an ad published by David Horowitz's <a href="www.horowitzfreedomcenter.org" target="_blank" ...

Living the Resurrection on Mother's Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:35pm | Type: Blog

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, ...

Books, Films, and Studies on the Surprising Power of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/06/books-films-and-studies-on-the-surprising-power-of-nonviolence/" target="_blank"></a>At Sojourners, we have always been advocat ...

Geronimo: A Revealing Code Name
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

A few days ago <a href="http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/on-waking-up-to-todays-news.html" target="_blank">on my personal blog</a>, I asked this question in response to the ...

Are We Closer to Peace After Bin Laden's Death?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100503-whitehouserally1.jpg"></a>The news of Osama bin Laden's death rippled across social networking sites Sunday night. As I scrolled ...

After Bin Laden, People of Faith Must Transcend Triumphalism
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

For more than a decade, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/osama-bin-laden/" target="_blank">Osama bin Laden</a> has been Exhibit A in the contemporary manifestations of the leth ...

Beyond Egypt
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

Charles A. Kimball The "people's revolutions" in North America and the Middle East raise stark questions about the U.S. ro ...

Where are the Women?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Well, the last time I checked, women were in the front lines of civil resistance struggles in <a href="http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/03/03/women-on-the-frontlines-in-bahrain/" target=" ...

The Elephant in the Sanctuary: Women and Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I concluded my celebration of Women's History Month (March) with a sober realization that the abuse of females is inseparable from the study of women's history.</p> ...

The Church Called to Rebellion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-Israel-Portfolio/13237970_n64hV#1125028640_vBEo3" target="_blank"></a>People can take a certain amo ...

Terry Jones, Burning a Quran, and Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:15am | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/05/terry-jones-burning-a-quran-and-evangelicalism/" target="_self"></a>It isn't as if the Middle East needed another complica ...

Friday Links Round Up: Afghanistan. Geography Game. @jimwallis.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/01/friday-links-round-up-afghanistan-geography-game-jimwallis/" target="_self"></a>Afghanistan. Geography Game. @jimwallis. Here&# ...

Palestinians at Their Worst and Best
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of Palestinian action.</p> During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of P ...

How Should Christians Respond to Uprisings in the Arab World?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Egypt-Solidarity-Rally-in/15817757_mcbiZ#1180102181_Mup8Q" target="_blank"></a>After decades of repressio ...

Seeking Peace and Dignity in Jordan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/16/seeking-peace-and-dignity-in-jordan/"></a>When I announced my plans to go to Jordan several weeks ago for a press trip, my son replied, & ...

God Uses Insignificant Persons to Change the World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-February-2011/15741163_ShwH4#1198959247_g3Xko" target="_blank"></a>We have seen the collapse of Mub ...

Opportunity Missed in the U.N. Veto of the Israel Settlement's Resolution
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. Resolution calling Israel to account for it ...

Prayer of the Day: Work for change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the strength of your spirit and inspired by your compassion, we make this promise to work for change which empowers the forgotten. In the strength of your spirit and inspired b ...

Why I'm Fasting From Facebook This Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:02pm | Type: Blog

In contemplating next weekend's National Day of Unplugging, I'm reminded of the Facebook Fast I embarked on back in 2008. In contemplating next weekend's National ...

Five Frustrations When You Debate Israel and the Palestinians
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:11am | Type: Blog

I've been fascinated watching an earlier blog hunker down into a strong debate about Israel and the Palestinians (February 22, "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/when-will-3-5-million- ...

Is Facebook Changing the World?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

In recent weeks, Facebook and other social media have clearly demonstrated their capacity to do far more than just allow us to keep in touch with our family and friends. In recent ...

When Will 3.5 Million Palestinians Get Their Chance For Freedom?
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:13am | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Sheikh-Jarrah-February-11-2011/15817766_oNNEG#1185436967_Pd7Jf" target="_blank"></a>I must confess I was ...

Showcasing Unsung Heroes in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

During my interview in <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1012&amp;article=reel-struggles-for-justice" target="_blank"><em>Sojou ...

Wisconsin: America's Tahrir Square?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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. ...

Still Missing in the Arab World: Assembly and Free Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, I established AmmanNet, the Arab world's first Internet radio that used technology to create audio and text content freely. Ten years ago, I established AmmanN ...

Should Egyptians Trust Their Military?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Throughout the coverage of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/egypt/" target="_blank">uprising in Egypt</a>, we've been repeatedly told that Egyptians trust their milita ...

'Christians and Muslims, We Are All Egyptians'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/07/christians-and-muslims-we-are-all-egyptians/" target="_self"></a>While much of the prognostication about Egypt's future ha ...

Cairo is Burning, Mr. President
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/07/cairo-is-burning-mr-president/" target="_blank"></a>While watching live footage from <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/ ...

The Egyptian Drama and Israel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Within the American news cycle, the front-and-center story about Egypt has three areas of interest: What will it mean for Egypt? Within the American news cycle, the front-and-cent ...

What Egyptians Want: Jobs, Food, Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/02/what-egyptians-want-jobs-food-peace/" target="_self"></a>I love going to the gym in the mornings. It gives me a chance to watch ...

Egypt's Power Vacuum
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:19am | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/110202-gascannister.jpg"></a>For an entire week now we've watched tens of thousands of Egyptians march demanding a change in government. ...

Jordan Follows Egypt's Lead
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The excitement in Cairo -- including the biggest crowd yet today in Tahrir Square -- has made it difficult to follow the development of protests elsewhere in the Arab world. The e ...

Let's Be Honest About Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's time to be a little more honest about Egypt. President Hosni Mubarak is a dictator, and has run a brutal and corrupt police state for three decades. It's time to be ...

Egypt's Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable." -- ...

Peace For Me Must Also Mean Peace For My Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"To win the future" was a catch phrase for President Obama during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. "To win the future" was a catch phrase for Pres ...

Top 10 Religious Stories of 2010
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Every day as I review the news, I'm conscious of stories relating to religious faith. Every day as I review the news, I'm conscious of stories relating to religious fait ...

What Does Violence in the Bible Tell Us About God?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1101&amp;article=is-god-violent" target="_blank"></a>I recently received a note from ...

Clergy and Students Pray Together for the DREAM Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Interfaith leaders and graduating high school students from across the United States joined hands to pray in the Hart Senate Office Building yesterday at the end of a <a href="http://www.christianp ...

Middle East Martyr-Christians
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:18am | Type: Blog

One of the most precious artifacts I have in my office isn't an ancient coin or oil lamp. It is a business card. From northern Iraq.</p> One of the most precious artifa ...

When is an Incentive a Bribe? Israel, Settlements, and Fighter Jets
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:15am | 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 ...

Angel Island: History Repeats Itself
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's Note</strong></em><em>: This statement was delivered at an interfaith prayer vigil at the U.S. Editor's Note ...

Hope for the Holy Land
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100902-hopeforholyland.jpg"></a>Two years ago, as I listened to the escalating rhetoric of hate in the international media, I became haunted ...

The War in Iraq: At What Cost?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The emotion that grips me this morning, after watching President Obama's speech last night and listening to the commentary about the "end of our combat mission in Iraq," is a deep sadness. ...