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Orphans Among Us
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

We were wealthy and Southern and had everything that went along with both: a close-knit community, punctilious social obligations, and money to stay afloat. In the world in which I grew up, everyone surely kne ...

Not All Budget Cuts Are Created Equal
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Less than one percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid. Our spending on development and foreign assistance is not -- by any stretch of the facts or imagination -- our national debt. ...

A Devotion for Wall Street
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

A reporter recently asked me, "As a Christian leader, does your faith have anything to say about Wall Street?" I said, "How much time do you have?" The Christian message has a lot to say ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon ...

Maurice Sendak: "Live your life, live your life, live your life."
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In case you missed it, National Public Radio's Goddess of Conversation, Terry Gross, had a simply outstanding, incredibly moving interview with the author Maurice Sendak on Tuesday's Fresh Air. ...

We Are Family! (Get Up Everybody and Sing!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I think I was about nine or ten years old when I first heard the passage read. Or first really listened to it, anyway. I sat in church, likely running the crease of the bulletin under my fingernails, trying ...

The Story and Voice of Sung-Bong Choi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100609-sungchoi.jpg"></a>Have you heard the story of Sung-Bong Choi? I absolutely love these kinds of stories. And it's not that I just ...

After Tucson, the State of the Union
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In Tucson, Arizona, President Obama spoke to the state of the nation's soul. Next Tuesday, January 25, he will speak to the state of the union. In Tucson, Arizona, President ...

Balancing Stillness and Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Like many others who are currently unemployed or partially employed, this seminary graduate finds herself with unexpected time on her hands. Like many others who are currently une ...

Update from Haiti: Despite Ruin, Pockets of Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-haiti-partners-updat.jpg"></a>Driving today through Port-au-Prince in the glaring summer sun, there is still plenty of rubble being re ...

A Sermon on the "Good" Samaritan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

From what I hear, if you are taking a trip to the Holy Land you can visit the actual road from Jerusalem to modern-day Jericho, and local tour guides are happy, for the right price, to show you the ...

Adjusting to an Inter-racial Adoption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/21/ignoramus-racial-moments-and-interracial-adoption/">I traveled to Ethiopia to pick up our adopted son, Isaac.</a> Isaac was abando ...

Psalm 94 and Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Psalm 94 is not my psalm, and perhaps it's not yours either. Psalm 8; Psalm 23; Psalm 100. They get a lot of air time because they really speak to us. Psalm 94 is not my ps ...

Haiti: One Month Later, by the Numbers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

One month later rain pours into the streets of Port-au-Prince. One month later rain pours into the streets of Port-au-Prince. Some call it "fresh misery." I think, h ...

Haiti: Living and Loving Through Tragedy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I was at the supermarket at my home in Florida with my two young daughters when my sister-in-law called to ask if I'd heard that there had been an earthquake in Haiti. I was a bit stunned. " ...

Seeking Justice for Haiti's Oppressed, Orphans, and Widows
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

"Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow." Isaiah 1:17</p> "Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead fo ...

Oldest Known Hebrew Script, Recently Deciphered, Links Worship and Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I've long been interested in archaeology, particularly <a href="http://www.bib-arch.org/">biblical archaeology</a>. I've long been interested in ar ...

The (Second) Worst Religious Idea of the Decade
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Earlier this month, the nice folks over at The Washington Post's Outlook section asked me to write an essay about what I thought the worst religious idea of the past decade was. I ended up giving ...

To Love God is to Love Our Immigrant Neighbors
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530383196_HMehM"></a>"We believe the scriptures are God's revelat ...

'Stand up for Christmas'?!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | 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 ...

Governments, a Kingdom Agenda, and Reading Scripture Badly
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A popular argument amongst political conservatives goes like this: while they grant that Scripture requires concern and care for the poor and marginalized, that concern is one to be addressed by in ...

An Afghan Leader We Can Admire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> The media coverage of Afghanistan focuses, on the one hand, on the evils of the Taliban and, on the other hand, on the necessi ...

Psalm 109:8 -- A Prayer to Destroy Obama?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

During the last few days, Psalm 109:8, a Bible verse in the form of a "prayer for Obama," has topped the Google trends chart: "May his days be few; may another take his office." Evidently ...

Living Isaiah 61: Justice Work is My Song of Praise to God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...