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Mormon Missionaries Find Work, Meaning in Community Service
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

In Northern California, the image of Mormon missionaries in dark suits and white shirts, knocking on doors at inconvenient times, is being replaced by the sight of these name-tag-wearing twosomes in blue jeans ...

War on Poverty Anniversary Recalls Religion's Role in Appalachia
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

The 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s launch of the War on Poverty, which falls today, reminds us how intractable that effort can be, despite the hope and determined idealism when the legislation ...

Southern Baptists Push for More Black Missionaries
Originally Posted: 06/11/2013 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

As the denomination meets in Houston Tuesday and Wednesday, Luter’s trip is bringing home a stark and persistent reality: Few missionaries are black. Fred Luter had a lot of first ...

To Tell the Truth: The Courage to Speak Out Against Respected Men
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

I long for each of us to wrestle with the truth that we are never to blame — no matter how we dress, what we look like, or how much we’ve had to drink. We never, ever deserve to have our bodies treated as obje ...

Urban Legends: Rethinking Inner-City Ministry
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Here is the most common myth that Christians mistakenly apply to urban areas: The Inner-City is Morally Bankrupt. I used to lead and organize inner-city mission trips. Churches, y ...

Mormon Missionary Applications Soar: Up By 471 Percent
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

SALT LAKE CITY -- Mormon apostle Jeffrey R. Holland predicted that lowering the age limits for young Mormon missionaries would trigger a “dramatic” uptick in their numbers. Turns out, "dramatic" was ...

Mission: Transformed
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle Garcia The Street Psalms community pursues theology from below—and that changes everything about how "missionary" work ...

Pennsylvania Pastor and Church Charged in Mock Raid, Kidnapping
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

It was supposed to be a realistic lesson on the dangers missionaries sometimes face overseas. But after a mother’s complaint that her teen daughter was injured and terrorized during a mock terrorist kidnapping ...

Church’s Mock Raid Leaves Teen Traumatized
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Church stages fake raid to show the teens the perils faced by Christian missionaries in the world's trouble spots. MIDDLETOWN, Pa.--The men burst into the church classroom a ...

Is Tim Tebow on God's Fantasy Football Team?
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

If Tebow and I (and his pastor) are reading the same Gospel, every player in the NFL is on God’s team. Not just Tebow. Not just the ones who pray or express their faith as openly as he does. ...

From the Malls of America to the Destitute and Lost
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Do you find yourself reluctant to attend women's retreats, Bible studies, or conferences because too often they focus on fashion, dieting, women's emotions, and new forms of abdominal exercises? ...

Does the Church Need a Missionary Code of Conduct?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I just recently became aware of a discussion that grew out of the Third Lausanne International Congress on World Evangelism in Cape Town this past October. I just recently became ...

Who's Holding Back U.S. Aid to Haiti?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On Friday, September 24, at 3 p.m. a violent and terrifying storm erupted over <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/haiti/" target="_blank">Port-au-Prince, Haiti</a>. ...

Where is God on the Border?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There is no doubt in my mind that the border has religion. There is no doubt in my mind that the border has religion. The Arizona border region as well as the surrounding border s ...

Postcolonialism Comes Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For most of us, the term<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/colonialism/" target="_blank"> "colonialism" </a>conjures images of palm trees, pith helmets, and mosquito ne ...

Missionaries: What's Wrong with Them?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Mention the word <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/missionaries/">"missionary"</a> to an assortment of people around the world, and you are sure to see quite a range of reaction ...

Why did God Create Women?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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An Evangelical Missionary's Honest Perspective on Pat Robertson's Haiti Remarks
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

When I was a student at Christ for the Nations School of Missions, I learned about the so-called "pact with the devil" that the African slaves of Haiti made to free themselves from the French. ...

'Human Wrongs' and the Next Generation of Christian Activists at Urbana
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.wayneyuan.com/2010/01/urbana-09-photos.html"></a>Last week I had the privilege of attending the <a href="http://www.urbana09.org/home.main.cfm"&g ...

Where are the Other Christian Voices Against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

As a career missionary to Africa, I fear what would happen to me on judgment day if I didn't speak out against what is happening in Uganda right now in the name of Christ. As ...

How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>In the August 2009 issue of</em> Harper's Magazine<em>, Brooklyn-based writer Rachel Aviv penned an article titled "Like I was Jesus: How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ." ...

A Martyr in Mauritania: Missionaries, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Mauritania is a land of striking beauty, with sand dunes lined against the sky, Bedouins riding camels in the countryside, and flying beetles that look like they come straight from the abyss of the Ap ...

God is Not [and has never been] White: Biblical Post-colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"The Bible knows nothing about peace without justice," said that great prophet of joyful restorative justice, Desmond Tutu, when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.</p> ...

Torture and Evangelical Prejudice Toward Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I read <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/05/01/white-evangelicals-for-torture/">Brian McLaren's post</a> on this blog that caused some intense soul-searching. ...

Women Who Were Wild at Heart
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or universities. I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or u ...

They Killed Sister Dorothy: HBO's Book of Martyrs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

From Joan of Arc to Sir Thomas More, courageous martyrs continue to inspire us. Their powerful witness is memorialized in homilies, books, and even movies. From Joan of Arc to Sir ...

Defiant Hope: St. Patrick's Day in Northern Ireland
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland with my parents, my husband, and my one-year-old son. Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland w ...

Women Missionaries Who Can't Preach at Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Do you have family or friends on the mission field who are women? How many of them preach, teach, and exercise their gifts of leadership beside men on the mission field? Do you ha ...

An Atheist's Praise of Evangelism in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Matthew Parris is a self-confessed atheist, but he writes with extraordinary candor and insight about the role of faith in social transformation in a recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t ...

An Evangelical Heritage of Gender Equality
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

How many times have you heard the oft-repeated claim that Christians who advance the shared authority and leadership of men and women in the church and home ignore the authority of scripture? ...

Burma's Untold Suffering
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Soldiers entering villages and killing people on sight. Landmines blowing pregnant women to smithereens. There's no way this is really going on. The world would never tolerate this. ...

SBC-Controlled Bookstores Remove Magazine With Women Pastors on Cover
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Just recently, more than <a href="http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctpolitics/2008/09/magazines_with.html">100 bookstores controlled by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) removed t ...