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100 Reasons for a Christmas Miracle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm" target="_blank">Call your Senators right now about the DREAM Act</a>.</p> ...

Different Faiths, Common Humanity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This past week I was afforded a sneak peek at the forthcoming PBS documentary <a href="http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/calling/" target="_blank"><em>The Calling</em>< ...

Pastors: God Calls us to Cross-Cultural Ministry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As we continue to live within the ever-increasing multi-ethnic and multicultural reality, it is more and more obvious that the "black and white" matrix of the American Christian church is outdated. ...

A Hymn for Economic Justice: 'Zacchaeus was a Tax Man'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Many people grew up enjoying the song, "Zacchaeus was a wee little man," celebrating this beloved story of Jesus and a tax collector. Many people grew up enjoying the so ...

Churches and Elections: Do's and Don'ts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the last few weeks, as seems to happen every <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/elections/" target="_blank">election</a> year, both parties along with some pastors and churche ...

Honor Roll: The Institute for Civility in Government
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: Welcome to Sojourner's Truth and and Civility ...

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 ...

Why We Must Challenge Society's Notions of Beauty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The earliest representations of Jesus show him eating and healing. In both instances, those who shared the scenes with Jesus included misfits, outcasts, the infirm, and the impoverished. ...

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, ...

Supporting Churches and Synagogues for Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This spring, we saw an opportunity to join the efforts of Rev. This spring, we saw an opportunity to join the efforts of Rev. Jim Wallis and Sojourners to stand up to the Tea Part ...

An Open Letter to Pastors: Our Nation Needs Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Pastors,</p> Dear Pastors, This week, a group called NumbersUSA sent out a message to hundreds of thousands of Americans to ask them to please contact their pastor. ...

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 ...

Glenn Beck Attacks Churches on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I thought Glenn Beck must have moved on to other things, but the other night, he went back to his attack on social justice churches. This time the issue was climate change.</p> ...

The Dangers of Disconnecting from Community: An Interview with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>Jonathan, you were quoted in a recent <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/mayweb-only/28-41.0.html"><em>Christianity Today</em> Web article</a>< ...

Wall Street, Repent!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, "Repent, for the end is near!" But repentance is actually a fundamental religious theme, and ...

Lamentations and Turning the Next Page in Arizona's Immigration Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may ...

God is Big Enough to Take Our Doubt and Anger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"To believe is human, to doubt divine."</p> "To believe is human, to doubt divine." Those words are central to the self-described "incendiary th ...

An Open Letter to Governor Brewer of Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Esteemed Governor Brewer:</p> Esteemed Governor Brewer: My wife and I are both Evangelical pastors who have unrelenting commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our pa ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

This Isn't About Wallis vs. Beck--It's About Biblical Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>This post was written in response to the </em>Washington Post <em><a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/2010/04/beck_vs_wallis_social_justice/all.html">On Fa ...

A Covenant for Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. Honest di ...

The Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal and the Paradoxical Legacy of Pope John Paul II
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Catholic church is reeling from the several sexual abuse allegations that have come to light over the past three months. Downplaying the severity of this scandal will only further damage the alrea ...

Searching for Community in a Hyper-Mobile Culture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

My friend Joe told me the story of relocating his family to be part of a church that takes community seriously. My friend Joe told me the story of relocating his family to be part ...

Christian Militias and Litmus Tests
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've been told that I am obviously not a Christian because I watch movies. Because I believe women can be pastors. Because I don't take Mass in a Catholic church. Because I've rea ...

Attempting to Understand Clergy Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The sex abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church simply will not go away. Even the Pope himself is not immune. The sex abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church simply will n ...

Why Are There So Few Solo Women Church Planters?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Church planting is its own weird thing. It takes a certain personality to think you might, just might, be able to (with tons of help from God) start a church from scratch. Chur ...

'Jim Wallis Loves His Enemies' (With a Little Help From His Friends)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

When a Fox News pundit who has helped force the resignation of White House advisers is promising he'll be <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/15/in-spite-of-glenn-becks-new-threats-my-invitation ...

Four Steps to Save the Souls of Big Banks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> The biggest banks have an ethical obligation to hel ...

Pastors: Your Kids Are Listening to You on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

The data is in. The data is in. Kids these days trust the news media as a source for information on global climate change only slightly more than they trust Sarah " I'm ...

In Spite of Glenn Beck's New Threats, My Invitation to Dialogue Stands
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Last week, when radio and television talk show host Glenn Beck said that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/11/glenn-beck-responds-social-justice-is-a-perversion-of-the-gospel/">social justi ...

Tell Glenn Beck: I'm a Social Justice Christian
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Glenn Beck says Christians should leave churches that use the word "social justice." He says social justice is a code word for communism and Nazism.</p> Glenn Beck ...

By Fearing Churches that Speak out for Social Justice, Glenn Beck Fears the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

In a recent show, Glenn Beck told his listeners to watch out for churches that use the term "social justice," or "economic justice." He thinks that those terms are code words that will lead ...

A Pastor's Response to Glenn Beck's Call to Leave 'Social Justice' Churches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recently Glenn Beck made <a href="http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/03/08/glenn-beck-urges-listeners-to-leave-churches-that-preach-social/">some comments</a> about leaving a chur ...

Beauty and Ugliness in a Shooting's Aftermath
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Something sort of mystical and magical happened after a 19-year-old kid named Papito was killed on our block a few weeks ago. As our neighborhood ached and grieved and cried with his family, we began ...

Elizabeth Warren and Goliath
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 had a most instructive conversation this week wit ...

'I don't live for the Jesus who eats red meat, drinks beer, and beats on other men.'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Several weeks ago, I had an extensive phone interview with a reporter from The New York Times about the growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the wide and nebulous net of "evangelical ...

The Author of Time's Report on Race and Megachurches: Interview with David Van Biema
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Racial reconciliation among evangelicals is one of those slippery topics that come and go based on which national leader is currently jazzed about it. Racial reconciliation among ...

Time's Report on Race and Megachurches: The Backstory
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<em>Time</em> magazine's Jan. Time magazine's Jan. 11 issue hit newsstands last week with a compelling teaser on its cover: "How Megachurches Are He ...

Diary of a Book Tour
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> <p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=special.RV&amp;item=RV_o ...

Calling All Drug Dealers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Does this sound familiar? A poor, minority community experiences high levels of violence and drug dealing. A predominantly white police force sweeps in and arrests many offenders. ...

Preaching the Whole Magnificat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Again this Wednesday we joined the broader church in singing vespers, the evening prayer which always includes Mary's song, the Magnificat. Again this Wednesday we joined the ...

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 ...

In My Community: Equal at Birth, but Incarcerated at Adulthood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dane County, Wisconsin, is an amazing community for African-American babies to be born into. It is a horrible community in which to live if you are an adult African-American male. ...

Joint Response to Zondervan and Deadly Viper Authors from Asian American Leaders
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

To Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite, and the leaders of Zondervan Publishing,</p> To Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite, and the leaders of Zondervan Publishing, When we received ...

Video: 'Jesus Camp' Kids Pray for President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Pastor Tim O'Brien received a lot of flack when his son Levi O'Brien supposedly <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxdt_f0hwUg">prayed "to" a cardboard cut-out ...

Justice Revival is Coming
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>Earlier this month, I was in Dallas for the official launch of Sojourners' next <a href="http://www.justicerevival.org/&q ...

God Does not Heed my Snotty Opinions About Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God <a title="http://www.biblestudytools.com/OnlineStudyBible/bible.cgi?word=Mark+10%3A17-31&amp;section=0&amp;version=nrs&amp;new=1& ...

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 ...

Obama, Bigotry, and Balance ... and Death Threats
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is some good conversation going around God's Politics partner blogs about what role race is playing in the current wave of opposition to Obama's policies, including Rep. ...

'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 ...