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Originally Posted: 01/05/2014 - 10:03pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Sister Churches: American Congregations and Their Partners Abroad by Janel Kragt Bakker / The State of Arizona by Catherine ...

Boo! It's Jesus!: Halloween and Evangelization
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Is Halloween a prime time for evangelism? Are religious tracts passed out along with (or in lieu of) "treats" really the best way to spread the gospel message? Is ...

Kal Penn: Enough with the Cynicism and Disappointment, Time to Re-engage!
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Before I met President Obama, I was always cynically independent when it came to politics. Like a lot of other young people with different views on different issues, I never considered myself to be either a D ...

For LGBT Youth, a Shelter From the Streets of Rejection
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: This post is part of a series over the last few weeks on youth homelessness. [ Editors' note : This post is part of a series over the last few week ...

The Works of the Flesh and the Debt Ceiling Deal
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In Galatians 5:19-20, Paul lists the "works of the flesh," contrasting them to the "fruit of the Spirit" immediately thereafter (Gal. 5:22-23). In Galatians ...

What's in a Name?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Whether we realize it or not, names matter. Ask Barack Hussein Obama, whose infamous middle name has led xenophobic adversaries to question his citizenship. Whether we realize it ...

Being There: Why I Want to go to Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Don't get me wrong -- I love sitting behind my computer here at Sojourners, or proofreading a stack of magazine-pages-to-be, fresh from Art Director Ed Spivey's printer. But sometimes there's no ...

Crazy, Holy, Hungry Ones: My Wild Goose Festival Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"Blessed are the good-hearted, poets, and the dreamers. And all us crazy, holy, hungry ones who still believe in something better."</em></p> "Ble ...

10 Ways Pastors Muck It Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

After posting a blog about my <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/13/10-problems-of-a-dying-church-and-how-to-fix-them/" target="_blank">observations of a dying church</a>, th ...

The Highest Calling: Being a Dad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was Father's Day. As a favor to a dear friend, I did a speaking event on Saturday night away from home, and planned on returning very early in the morning for Sunday and Father's Day. ...

An Undocumented Student's Message to Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">We want actions, not words.</p> We want actions, not words. For nearly two decades I've called the United States of Ame ...

Big, Fat Kisses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

My first date was a big fat sloppy hour and a half of kissing (sorry Mom and Dad) supported by the screenplay of <em>My Big Fat Greek Wedding</em>. My first date was a ...

Jon Stewart and the Sheer Hypocrisy of FOX News on Teachers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/04/jon-stewart-and-the-sheer-hypocrisy-of-fox-news-on-teachers/" target="_self"></a>I like teachers. My three sisters are teachers ...

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 ...

Peace For Me Must Also Mean Peace For My Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

In Wake of Shooting, Love is the Better Portion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A bullet discharged. Then another. And another. And another. And suddenly, a grocery store is transformed from the mundane to the horrible, hell on earth. People lay dead. A bulle ...

My Story as an Undocumented Immigrant
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

To become an undocumented immigrant requires very little but is a result of tremendous social, economic, political, and environmental forces; I offer my story as example.</p> ...

Remember the DREAMers, Remember Their Dreams
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><em>[</em><strong><em>Editor's note</em></strong><em>: The Senate will be voting on the <a href="https://secu ...

Citizenship: What's It Worth?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sen. Sen. Lindsey Graham's proposal to modify the 14th amendment (yes, the one that granted slaves citizenship after the Civil War) is perhaps the clearest signal yet of the ...

Update from Haiti: Despite Ruin, Pockets of Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | 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 ...

Child Care Cuts Force Parents Back on Welfare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

With middle-class families mostly worrying about how they are surviving this Great Recession, and with the political leaders who want their votes aiming spins at them, there hasn't been much attent ...

A Neighborhood View of Consumer Financial Protection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As someone who lives in Cleveland -- which in some years is identified as the poorest city in the U.S. As someone who lives in Cleveland -- which in some years is identified as th ...

This I Believe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One of the best gifts I received when I finished grad school was a book called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805086587?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1 ...

Packaging the Voice of the Other
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>After the <a href="http://julieclawson.com/2010/04/19/what-is-emerging/" target="_blank">synchroblog</a> last week and all the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag ...

My Changing Understanding of Creation (and Five More Ways to Keep it Simple and Go Green)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Over the years my understanding of the creation account has changed. Over the years my understanding of the creation account has changed. I would picture Barbie and Ken doubling ...

An Open Letter to Parents Who Owe Child Support
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The legal definition of Child Support is "periodic monetary payments by the non-custodial parent for the care of his or her minor child." In our country, non-custodial parents are usually obligat ...

I'm also an 'Illegal'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>"Look at those illegals," my friend laughed, pointing at two Latino immigrants leaning ...

God is Going to Change Hard Hearts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Erica grew up in San Salvador and had to work with her parents s ...

A Disturbing Question and a Determined Conviction on the Treatment of Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

At the urging of one of <a href="http://www.ebcla.org">EBCLA's</a> deacons, I began reading <em>NY Times</em> bestseller <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/ ...

Not Your Typical Valentine's Day-Type Love
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This week my friend Sara reminded me that the really amazing thing about 1 Corinthians 13 is that even hundreds of thousands of schlocky wedding and inspirational posters and bad Christian coffee mug ...

The Real Solution to Childhood Obesity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

With more than a third of our children now overweight and many already diabetic, Americans of all political colors should commend the First Lady for her recently-announced campaign against childhoo ...

Haiti, Aftershocks and Tremors: One week and two days later
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While the rest of the world has been pondering the economic and social fate of the recently earthquake-devastated island nation of Haiti, Haitian-Americans alone have asked, "What will happen to ou ...

The Advent Yearning of Families Separated by a Broken System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

This Advent, the Church's cry of deep longing and anticipation for her bridegroom strikes a chord straight through my own life. This Advent, the Church's cry of deep lon ...

How 'Scroogenomics' Is Saving My Christmas
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> I recently heard a clip on NPR referencing a new ...

I've Done It. I've Reclaimed Christmas.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I refuse to write a blog about how overwhelmed I am by the holiday season. I'm not going to wax eloquent about how the season I loved most as a child has become the source of excruciating stress. ...

Three Ways to Remind Hospitals Why They Exist
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What to do as a Christian when presented with an injustice? I missed. What to do as a Christian when presented with an injustice? I missed. After sharing my story about how outr ...

This Thanksgiving Remember the Immigrant, Pilgrim
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530383196_HMehM"></a>As I take time to reflect on what I am truly thankful ...

From Bethlehem: A Human Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When it comes to Israel/Palestine, the human story often gets lost in the confusion of ideology and politics. Let me just highlight the story of one woman, a wife and mother named Isme. Prior to Octob ...

Judge Refuses to Marry Interracial Couple
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_v._Virginia"><em>Loving v. Loving v. Virginia , the Supreme Court case which ended race-based restriction ...

Hope from the Next Generation: Hey, There's Recycling on the Floor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There's this place near our home called Kiddie Land. It's sort of this epic little corner nearish to the city that, for 80 some years, has boasted good times for kiddos. Think wooden roller ...

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. ...

Palin Bad for Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last Thursday, I wrote about <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/06/truth-telling-and-responsibility-in-health-care/" href="../2009/08/06/truth-telling-and-responsibility-in-health-care/&q ...

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 ...

My Summer Road Trips
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

with my coffee, inspired by Psalm 50:1-3. Its title is My Zion. In the north wood of Michigan, ... creation rejuvenates me. It was morning on the beach, alone with my coffee, inspired by Psalm 50:1-3. Its ... on the beach, alone with my coffee, inspired by Psalm 50:1-3. Its title is My Zion. In the north wood ...

How to Win a Culture War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Want to know how to win a culture war? Don't fight one. The soul of our nation has been marred from a perpetual state of culture war. Want to know how to win a culture war? ...

Immigration Policy: Where's the Love?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. ...

Radical Love: A Father's Day Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a rel="me" href="http://technorati.com/claim/w5fpwem56m"></a> Many of us understand God the Father through our relationship with our own fathers. ...

A Father to the Fatherless
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Father's Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. For most of my life, my father was absent, having abandoned our family when I was in elementary school. Father ...

A Father's Day Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<p class="title">It's daunting for me to even begin writing about Fathers' Day ... It's daunting for me to even begin writing about Fathers' Da ...

A Calendar is a Moral Document
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Dad, could we go to the field and practice a little more pitching?" Our Astros Little League baseball team had just won the Northwest Washington, D.C. championship game in the last inning. ...