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Obama's Brand of American Exceptionalism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/12/17/obamas-nobel-speech-violence-and-nonviolence-naivete-and-realism/">As I suggested in my previous post</a>, I was troubled by some elements of the ...

'Stand up for Christmas'?!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Here's a post from one of my favorite blogs titled, <em><a href="http://dritta.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/stand-up-for-christmas/" target="_blank">'Stand Up for Christma ...

Obama's Nobel Speech: Reflection and Response
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama laid out a moral defense of the use of force in his <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-acceptance-nobel-peace-prize">acceptance speech in Oslo ...

Drowning in a Rising Tide
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> This month I watched as folks in Washington D.C. ce ...

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill: A Betrayal of Christ's Teachings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

There are times in the "culture wars" when a very diverse group of religious leaders can come together across the political spectrum in a common cause. There are times i ...

Advent: Hope for Immigrants Too
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last year at Christmastime one of my neighbors was deported. The next day his mother showed up to volunteer as a gift wrapper at our annual community Christmas Store. Last year at ...

Christmas Toy Drives Bring Protests of Anti-Immigrant Discrimination
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last week we received word from Houston, Texas, that some charitable organizations would screen out the children of undocumented residents of the city when it comes time to distribute toys and othe ...

Lamenting Churches Labeled by Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So there is something on my mind, and I'm not quite sure how to approach the subject. So there is something on my mind, and I'm not quite sure how to approach the subjec ...

Bedbugs: A Modern-Day Leprosy. Seriously.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Stanley is a dirty old man, and by that I don't just mean he talks about younger women in inappropriate ways. He smells bad, too. Really bad. Stanley is a dirty old man, an ...

The Struggle of Our Environmental Neighbors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Marvin Gaye once sang, "Oh, mercy mercy me/Oh, things ain't what they used to be/No, no/Where did all the blue sky go?/Poison is the wind that blows/From the north, east, south, and sea/Oh, mercy m ...

Neighbors We May Rarely See
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I don't know about you, but I rarely, if ever travel the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. I've heard it's a rough neighborhood -- people get robbed, beaten and left for dead. ...

Continuing an Honest Conversation on Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I want to follow up on yesterday's post which I believe has broken the record for the longest title in history: <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/04/three-general-thoughts-on-deadly-vipers-mik ...

What a Neighborhood Elder Taught Me About Interfaith Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A story I have written about before and preached on time and time again recently took on new meaning for me. A story I have written about before and preached on time and time agai ...

Gran Torino Revisited
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I had starting writing this post last night, before receiving <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/30/why-clint-eastwood-can-be-trusted-with-mandela-and-why-glenn-beck-cant-be-trusted-with-mlk/"& ...

Redemptive Poetry on a Night of Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It is Sunday night, and I am suddenly awake at the crack of too-close gunfire. It is Sunday night, and I am suddenly awake at the crack of too-close gunfire. I creep to the window ...

What's Wrong with a 'Taxpayer Bill of Rights'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Voters in Maine and Washington state are being asked to vote this November on whether they want impose a rigid formula limit on state and local revenues and services. Voters in Ma ...

It's Time for a Justice Revival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>"It's time."</p> <p>"Dallas needs this."</p> <p>Those are the two statements Aaron ...

In Defense of the Suburbs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This past week I was walking home from the school drop-off with a newish friend. Swapping stories about the basics of our lives. Marital status, where we grew up, favorite pastimes. ...

Scripture's Role in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>For many years now, religious leaders and diverse faith groups have <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_thy_neighbor.html">contributed</a> much to the ...

The 'Other' Chicago: A New Tale of Two Cities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It has been over a week since the news story broke of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/30/a-prayer-for-derrion-albert/">deadly beating of 16 year old Derrion Albert</a> on Chicag ...

Scripture and History Remind Us That We Are All Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly five years ago my friends, Hector and Gabby and their five kids, entered the U.S. legally from Mexico in order to join the pastoral staff at my church, Willow Creek. Nearly ...

Smashing Economic Idols
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So I've been having a few interesting conversations about my book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830836284?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp= ...

Notorious Arizona Sheriff has Federal Immigration Enforcement Role Revoked
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Living in Maricopa County, Arizona, we are used to seeing our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/12/action-alert-victory-department-of-justice-to-investigate-arizona-sheriffs-racial-profiling/" ...

Listening to Poor People 'Offstage'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to explain much of what he sees on the news or reads about in the local paper. I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to ...

Five Benefits of Common Security Clubs' Economic Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this year, I wrote <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0902&amp;article=we-re-in-this-together">an article in <em>Sojourners</em ...

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 ...

A Woman with Full Authority
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Many people in Minnesota get really excited about fall. We welcome cooler weather, colorful trees, and a chance to share treasures from our garden. Many people in Minnesota get re ...

We've Crashed Our Cars into the Living Room of the World's Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Proverbs 31:8 says "Speak out for those who cannot speak [for themselves]."</p> Proverbs 31:8 says "Speak out for those who cannot speak [for themselves].&quo ...

Proclaiming Jubilee in the Midst of Foreclosures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. He and I were both guilty of trespassing, but a passerby would ...

'Loving Thy Neighbor': People of Faith Speak Out against Unjust Immigration Laws
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A recent Center for American Progress report, <a title="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_thy_neighbor.html" href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_t ...

Seven Steps for Creation Caretaking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What could be more joyful than rediscovering our God-given role as caretakers, stewards, and lovers of creation? What could be more joyful than rediscovering our God-given role as ...

Integrity and the Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The economic crisis that started last fall and was remembered last week brought to light a lot of things: the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/business/14spiral.html">vulnerability< ...

My Reaction to Obama's Speech? It's a Start, but I Want More
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am a voracious woman.</p> I am a voracious woman. There was much in President Obama's speech on health care that I appreciated. He has taken us a long way toward ...

Hope is a Verb
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was too young to remember President John F. Kennedy. My mother worked on his campaign and hauled her baby (me) along with her to pass out literature. I was too young to remembe ...

When Grace Backfires
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In 1958 the Teddy Bears released the song "To know him is to love him," which might as well have been called "To know, know, know, him is to love, love, love, him," since that's the wa ...

Republicans Want Health-Care Reform Too!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm a registered Republican. I didn't vote for Obama. I believe in free-market enterprise. I like smaller government. There, I said it. It's out!</p> I&# ...

Sam's Story: Another Human Tragedy in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This week many of you heard the story of Sam.* Sam was a 21-year-old young man from a hard-working family. Over the course of several weeks in July he experienced extreme stomach pains. ...

Five Christian Considerations for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I approach the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/11/an-open-letter-to-conservative-christians-in-the-us-on-health-care/">discussion about health-care reform</a> from the perspective o ...

As a Pediatrician, a Muslim, and a Mother: Speaking Out for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As representatives from many different faiths, we stand together today, united in our support for health-care reform so that affordable, quality health care can be made available to all. ...

We Must Act on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As a nation, we are engaged in making decisions about our health care that will impact our families and communities for generations to come.</p> As a nation, we are engaged ...

Weaving Networks from Iowa to Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is an African proverb from Ethiopia that says, "When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion." What a graphic illustration of power that emerges as an outcome of networking, partnership, and ...

A Place at the Table
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my favorite family gathering. I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my ...

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." ...

Israel Kicks Refugees Out of Their Tents
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/gallery/9000011_7mJL3/1/#598715803_CuAwi-A-LB"></a>In most cases in Occupied Palestine at this point, Palestinian refugees live in U ...

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 ...

What is Wrong With Me, When Seeing Babies is Depressing?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I've heard from many of you who liked <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/17/kids-need-all-the-positive-words-they-can-get/">last month's post</a>, or were at least relieved b ...

The Professor and the Police Officer Got Trapped in the 'Script'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have been away for the last couple of weeks, first for a family wedding and reunion on a lake in northern Michigan, and then at the Chautauqua conference center in rural New York state. ...

Gates Arrest Analysis Cliff Notes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090727/ap_on_re_us/us_harvard_scholar_caller">Audio of the 911 call</a> that brought Sgt. James Crowley to the home of Henry Louis Gates Jr. ...

'Grace to Heal': Deconstructing the Culture of Violence in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The government of Zimbabwe, in a groundbreaking move, dedicated this past weekend to renouncing political violence and promoting national healing. The government of Zimbabwe, in a ...

Professor Gates, Sgt. Crowley, and the Balance of Power
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There are only a handful of widely, cross-culturally known black intellectuals in this country-Maya Angelou, Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson, Julianne Malveaux, and maybe a few others. ...