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An Open Letter to Speaker Boehner
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Dear Mr. Speaker,</p> Dear Mr. Speaker, This past Sunday, you gave a speech to the National Religious Broadcasters annual conference and said that cutting spending is th ...

Matthew Kelty and the Beauty of a Good Death
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Writer and Trappist monk Matthew Kelty died last week at age 95. His is an example of a good life and a good death. Writer and Trappist monk Matthew Kelty died last week at age 95 ...

I Was Attacked During Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's Speech Yesterday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/17/i-was-attacked-during-secretary-hilary-clintons-speech-yesterday/" target="_self"></a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/201 ...

Why Does a Yemeni Woman Have Pictures of Gandhi, King, and Mandela?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As I read <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/14/AR2011021406586.html" target="_blank">Sudarsan Raghavan</a>'s <em>Washington Post ...

Budget Cuts and Bad Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

House Republicans announced a plan yesterday to cut <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/3/republicans-find-places-to-cut-43-billion/" target="_blank">$43 billion in ...

How William J. Barber Saved Wake County Schools
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

February is Black History month. February is Black History month. In public schools and community centers across the United States, Black History month means that the busts of pre ...

President Obama and the National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Long story short, I have a meeting with a group of other folks at the White ...

Egypt's Power Vacuum
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:19am | 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. ...

Egypt Coverage Round Up
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/01/egypt-coverage-round-up/" target="_self"></a>There's been a lot of fascinating coverage of the protest in Egypt today. Her ...

Why Asian Parents Are the Best and Worst
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It's amazing what one article can do, but one thing that's clear is Amy Chua is going to sell some books. Cha-ching.</p> It's amazing what one article can do, ...

Remembering Sargent Shriver, Dedicated Public Servant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/19/remembering-sargent-shriver-dedicated-public-servant/" target="_blank"></a>Yesterday afternoon <a href="http://www.wash ...

Must I Teach My Daughter About Racism and Bigotry?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

My daughter came home from school recently with a worksheet that described life before and after <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luthe ...

Acknowledging the Giver of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dreams
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/110113-MLK.jpg"></a>In anticipation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (this coming Monday, January 17, I'm sharing one of my favorite M ...

Guantanamo: When Will It Get Foreclosed?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

Please keep in your prayers those who are fasting and praying at the U.S. capitol between January 11 to 21, keeping vigil for the closing of the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo. As an opening to their prayer vi ...

An Attack on the Soul of the Nation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/110110-GabrielleGiffords1.jpg"></a>The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the young Congresswoman from Arizona, must speak to the soul of this n ...

A Message of Gratitude
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On New Year's Day I sat and reflected on the past year. On New Year's Day I sat and reflected on the past year. The feeling that rushed through me was gratitude -- of co ...

Seeking Justice: Does it Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning, I arrived at <a href="http://qcafe.org/" target="_blank">Q Cafe</a> as I do on nearly every work morning to begin a new day. Yes ...

Palestinians Protest Death of Nonviolent Activist
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Jawaher-Abu-Rahmah.jpg"></a>For nearly six years, the Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Bil' ...

In Memory of Richard Holbrooke
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Some people in the world are large. They occupy a large space, cast a large shadow, reach for large and lofty goals. Some people in the world are large. They occupy a large space, ...

The Christian Industrial Complex
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I went into a Christian bookstore the other day and was surprised to see some of the most prominent display space given over to military flags for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. These fl ...

A Season for Holy Mischief and Divine Conspiracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Critiquing the thick irony of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/christmas/" target="_blank">Christmas season</a> is fair. Critiquing the thick ...

This Veterans Day, Honor the Consciences of Our Veterans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Today, on Armistice Day, 18 American military vets will commit suicide. Today, on Armistice Day, 18 American military vets will commit suicide. This weekend, military veterans are ...

It Takes a Movement: How Access to Power can be Dangerous
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 ...

Prison and Profits: The Politics of AZ's SB1070 Bill Revealed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

What's behind <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/arizona/" target="_blank">Arizona's SB1070 law</a> besides politics? Money, of course.</p> ...

5 Books on Making Nonviolence Work in a Scary World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the November issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, Rose Marie Berger <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1011&amp;article=celebrate-the-peace-para ...

Mythbusters: The Truth About Immigrants and Assimilation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[</em><strong><em>Editor's Note: </em></strong><em>Myths and misinformation abound when it comes to the topic of immigration reform. ...

Mythbusters: Beyond the Shadow of Race-Baiting and Partial Truths
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[</em><strong><em>Editor's Note: </em></strong><em>Myths and misinformation abound when it comes to the topic of immigration reform. ...

Is He a Christian, a Muslim, or a Cactus? Why Can't We Just Believe President Obama?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/10/01/is-he-a-christian-a-muslim-or-a-cactus-why-cant-we-just-believe-president-obama/" target="_blank"></a>I received a letter this ...

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 ...

God Loves Gays, and So Should We
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/23/god-loves-gays-and-so-should-we/"></a>This summer, while at my favorite lake in Maine, I read Andrew ...

Justice in the Hole: A New Way to Educate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I think about the gospel as being a new way of seeing the world. Jesus would empower people that usually did not have power in their normal day to day life. I think about the gosp ...

Applauding Humility (and a Good Decision by Terry Jones)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Humility is not easy. Humility is not easy. After all it shares the same root word as "humiliation." But the humility that allows us to say we are sorry and to change ou ...

Community Organizing: Changing Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note: </strong>In the current issue of </em>Sojourners<em> magazine, </em><em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine ...

Flipped: A Film Review
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100908-flipped.jpg"></a>A lot of contemporary movies picture American suburban life as banal, hypocritical, and morally bankrupt -- a deceitf ...

Community Organizing Affirms Human Dignity For All
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>In</em> <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home">Sojourners</a><em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home"> ...

A Different Idea for Ground Zero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Here's an idea for people who are unhappy about having an Islamic Center near the site of the World Trade Center, especially if those people are Bible-believing Christians and/or defenders of the U ...

The Best Part of Wanting to Change the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constant requests wanting to know the future.</p> <p>Why?</p> I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constan ...

Choices Make Changes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." <em>William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925)</em></p> ...

Death By Ministry: Why is Being a Pastor so Unhealthy?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Several years ago, I spent several hours/week doing research (and meeting with other pastors) about pastoral health and vitality for my denomination.</p> Several years ago, ...

'Darkness Cannot Put Out Darkness': Friends Murdered in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-heather-afghanistan1.jpg"></a><a href="http://www.iam-afghanistan.org/">Ten more lives were lost in Afghanistan last w ...

Why I Am Not Quitting Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

By now, most of you have heard of the <em>dramatic news</em> of Anne Rice's simple statement of "quitting Christianity." I'm amazed how much coverage this has received -- everyw ...

The Immigration Fight Isn't Over
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, U.S. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton preliminarily struck down key provisions in Arizona's infamous SB 1070 law and ruled that states cannot pr ...

"CO2 is Green": More Big Oil Propaganda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> Big oil and big coal are worried about the upcoming climate change legislation. They're especially worried about what it will do to their b ...

Gulf Apocalypse: Don't Watch This Video
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<h1><span style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px;">Conservationist John L. Wathen a.k.a. Conservationist John L. Wathen a.k.a. "Hurricane Creek C ...

The Importance of Being Engineers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I often say that one of my favorite parts of being a pastor for 24 years was pronouncing the benediction each week at the end of gathered worship. I often say that one of my favor ...

'Gentrification Kills': Confronted by the Writing on the Wall
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100714-gentrification-kills.jpg"></a>Every morning I walk to my job -- from my neighborhood that sits on a hill along the edge of Howard Univ ...

Fatherhood: The Best Job in the World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> Sometimes the most important things are not at the top of the news cycle -- even the things that ultimately make the most difference in the world. The c ...

The Gulf Spill Brings Christians to Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In early June, a week-long gathering at the <a href="http://divinity.duke.edu/reconciliation/index.html">Center for Reconciliation</a> at Duke Divinity School brought together a diverse g ...

A Pledge to the Next Generation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We are witnessing a massive despoiling of God's creation that will impact ecosystems for generations. Our response must think that far ahead as well -- to our children and our children's children. ...

What's in a Name? Living in a "Rule of Law" City
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, the mayor of Costa Mesa -- where I live -- proposed and passed a proclamation declaring our city a "Rule of Law" city. It is not that we were in total anarchy before May. ...