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Pope Francis Is Not a Standard Bearer for the Right or the Left
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

What Francis is doing is prophetic, not political, and we should recognize that he’s playing, to his credit, in a whole different arena. It’s one thing to say  kind words  about ...

What Do We Mean By 'Putting Christ Back in Christmas'?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

As a person who would say that Jesus is the most important thing in my life, who has devoted my life to the service of God’s Kingdom, and spends all of my waking moments trying be faithful to that devotion, I ...

They Called Him a Dissident: Vaclav Havel (1936-2011)
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 5:38pm | Type: Blog

Though admittedly I hunger after his well-crafted words, what I desire more so and will miss in greater ways is the manner in which he led and wrought deep and lasting change. Dis ...

WARNING: No Compassion. Proceed with Caution.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

In an interview earlier this week with MSNBC's Martin Bashir, economist Jeffrey Sachs laid out some of the issues tackled in his latest book, The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue an ...

Yoga Sabbath: Shabbat Shal-OM.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

What can you learn from an Israeli Hindu-monk-in-training about peace? As Palestine makes a bid for nationhood status at the United Nations, and Israel and the United States. do what they can to block it, I think back to May 2010, when I wa ...

Randall Balmer answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Blog

The puzzle here is not that readers of the Bible would tilt toward the political left. That, for me, as well as for thousands of other American evangelicals, is self-evident. ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 10:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

Immigration Reform for Texas: Seeking a Winning Cocktail
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

One little known fact about Houston is that it was the only major city in the South to integrate nonviolently. One little known fact about Houston is that it was the only major ...

When the Earth Shakes
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It was over in less than a minute. Three miles below the surface of the earth near a town in Virginia named Mineral, a fault line shifted. It was over in less than a minute. Thre ...

Have we Christianized Jesus?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The Christianized Jesus -- the turning of a radical into a conservative shadow of his former self -- explains our problem of establishing and celebrating freedom fighters today. ...

The Moral Default
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken, but corrupt. The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken ...

'God is Watching' the Budget Debate in Congress
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"God is Watching," reads the headline for a full page ad Sojourners ran in this morning's Politico. "God is Watching," reads the headline for a full pag ...

Listen to Your Pastors: 4,000 of Them Want a Moral Budget
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

As the federal debt ceiling standoff threatens to cause an economic catastrophe for our nation, more than 4,000 pastors across the country are opposing proposed immoral budget cuts that harm the most vulnerabl ...

The Debt Ceiling Play: My 'CliffsNotes' Version
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

Our country is in the midst of a clash between two competing moral visions. It is not, as we have known in recent history, a traditional fight between Republicans and Democrats. It is a conflict between those ...

Congressman Weiner and the Rules of Decent Behavior
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/26/zero-tolerance-trump-schwarzenegger-and-strauss-kahn/" target="_blank">the following in response</a> ...

The Church Called to Rebellion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-Israel-Portfolio/13237970_n64hV#1125028640_vBEo3" target="_blank"></a>People can take a certain amo ...

Why I am Beginning a Fast Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<ol> <li>Because I am an evangelical Christian and the root of the word "evangelical" is found in the opening statement of Jesus in Luke 4, where Christ says he has come to bring "&l ...

A Grassroots Call to Tackle Corporate Tax Dodging
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Across the United States, there is a new movement emerging to dramatize the immorality of corporate tax dodging in the face of drastic budget cuts.</p> Across the United Sta ...

How Should Christians Respond to Uprisings in the Arab World?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Egypt-Solidarity-Rally-in/15817757_mcbiZ#1180102181_Mup8Q" target="_blank"></a>After decades of repressio ...

One World: Of Earthquakes and Interdependence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As Americans were complaining about all the snow this winter, arguing about the <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/147615-senate-republicans-introduces-bill-to-defund-npr-pbs" t ...

Opportunity Missed in the U.N. Veto of the Israel Settlement's Resolution
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. Resolution calling Israel to account for it ...

What Would Jesus Cut? Who Would Jesus Bomb?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/28/what-would-jesus-cut-who-would-jesus-bomb/" target="_blank"></a>Growing up in the Bible belt in east Tennessee, I can remember ...

Xenophobic Border Watch Groups are Domestic Terrorists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">On May 30, 2009, a terrorist attack in Arizona ended the lives of two U.S. citizens -- a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter. On Ma ...

The Truth About the BP Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ten months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and by now most of the nation has shifted its focus away from the gulf to more recent and pressing topics. Ten months ...

End-of-Life Planning: Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"The Obama administration, reversing course, will revise a Medicare regulation to delete references to end-of-life planning as part of the annual physical examinations covered under the new health ...

Four Reasons Not to Mess with Payroll Taxes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Now that President Obama's people have sent out glowing press releases about how wonderful the proposed tax agreement is (<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/12/10/a-win-women-mothers-and ...

The Story of One Unemployed Man
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

He has been working since he was a teenager. He graduated from high school, went to college, graduated, got a good job with a good company, married, had children, and bought a house. ...

Who Will Speak for Our Nation's Soul?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Abraham Lincoln said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." Has America started down this road? Yes. ...

Political Meltdown
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is very difficult to observe the current political landscape and not conclude that the process has seriously broken down. It is very difficult to observe the current political ...

Which Corporations are Buying Your Candidates?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100907-congress-tshirts.jpg"></a>The midterm election season is upon us, the first since the <a href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/supc ...

Refracting America Through 9/11 Lens
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington," said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "Nazis don't have the r ...

Wanted: A Strong Dose of Bipartisan Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"How good and pleasant it is when the people of God live together in unity" (Psalm 133:1). Yes, and how ugly it is when we don't. "How good and pleasant it is ...

Civility and a Hermeneutic of Generosity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We live in an increasingly partisan world. This is not news. But it's the news "business," in many ways, that has made it so.</p> We live in an increasingly ...

Video: A Second Grader's Challenge to Michelle Obama on Immigration
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Michelle Obama is used to being in front of children. She routinely visits schools, community centers, shelters, and social service agencies in and around Washington, D.C. She speaks with them, reads ...

King Coal: Ruling Principality and Power in West Virginia
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1006"></a>In this month's Sojourners, <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action= ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855070806_wCQFN"></a>There's a scene in the film <a href= ...

Immigration Enforcement Goes From Bad to Worse in Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>The following blog is a response to the passage of controversial immigration legislation in Arizona. The following blog is a response to the passage of controversial i ...

Scandal, Secularism, and the Politics of the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is far too easy to blame the highly publicized priestly scandal for the alienation of Catholics in Europe or the United States. It is far too easy to blame the highly publicize ...

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 ...

Free Markets and False Dichotomies
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've just completed reading Jim Wallis' n ...

'Twas a Week Before Christmas: A D.C. Holiday Poem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

'Twas a week before Christmas, and all through my city<br /> Politicians were scrambl'n, it wasn't very pretty.<br /> Health care and climate were up in the air, ...

What Do Health-Care Reform, the 40-Hour Work Week, Unemployment Insurance, the Minimum Wage, etc., Have in Common?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Well, they were all brought to you be political progressives, they were all opposed by political conservatives, and they all are now viewed as fundamental presuppositions of a healthy society by vi ...

Sarah Palin, Newsweek Cover, and Sexism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sarah Palin is all over the news -- just like she wants. And before you criticize her, she and her team have a strategy and they're implementing it well to ensure that her persona is before the A ...

With a Political Deal on the Horizon, Hondurans Seek a Real Plan for the Future
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Friday morning, Hillary Clinton praised what she called "an historic agreement" between de facto President Roberto Micheletti and deposed President Manuel Zelaya. Frida ...

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 ...