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What 'Normal Politicians' Should Look Like
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

We can do better. We can be like Aung San Suu Kyi. The 2014 election-year posturing forces me back to November, 2010, when a living parable walked into freedom after 15 years of ...

Pope Francis: A ‘Good Christian’ Prays for Bad Politicians
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

Wading into ongoing debates over religion and politics, Pope Francis on Sunday gently chided Christians to pray for politicians, saying “a Christian who does not pray for his leaders is not a good Christian.” ...

Syria Is About People, Not Politics
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

There are massive numbers of human lives involved here, plus a real danger of war engulfing the region and spreading out with weapons of mass destruction present — yet all we can talk about is politics? ...

Experiments in Love
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

What would it be like if, instead of responding to violence with vengeance, we, as leaders, imagined ways for love to drive out hate? When I got off the plane at O’Hare Airport in ...

On Scripture: After the Chaos Ends
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

No politician wants to look weak – even before a god. According to Jeremiah, the leaders of Judah have prioritized – not the building of an ethical community – but their own comfort and position. ...

The Hand Is Quicker Than the Eye
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

Political parties are organized around “big ideas” but they get their power – and they get elected – because of “little ideas” – those rumors, speculations and paranoid fantasies that drive voters into panic a ...

6 Suggestions for Christians for Engaging in Politics
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Every four years, posts about politics pop up with increasing frequency on social media, eliciting often-furious back-and-forths that usually end up doing nothing more than reminding each side how right they a ...

A Season of Civility in Response to Campaign Incivility
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

Instead of trying to fight fire with more fire, the time has come to practice civility among ourselves as we engage in public life, and as we do so, learn to demand respectfulness from our elected officials, b ...

The Politics of Poverty
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

In my mind, the poor are the ones being hijacked in all of this. Wealthy politicians from both major parties certainly are not arguing or creating policy from the viewpoint of Jesus. In fact, thinly veiled rel ...

QUIRK: Politicians Who Look Like Disney Characters
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

When you're in the public eye, it's only a matter of time before you're known, not by your name, but as "that guy who looks like Pinocchio." In this hilarious compilation of look-alike ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: May 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Politwoops presents deleted tweets from politicians -- bloopers from The Muppets -- crocheting massive portraits -- mashup of Men in Black III and Wes Anderson -- The Walkmen -- Rainn Wilson's airplane ma ...

America to Politicians: Easy on the Religion Please
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

New research released today by the Pew Forum shows that the American public are becoming increasingly anxious of the amount of religious language being used by their public officials. ...

Jon Stewart on Limbaugh: 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Gross'
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 7:55pm | Type: Blog

WARNING: Jon Stewart's take on Rush Limbaugh's latest rhetorical offense against humanity (or at least womankind) is not for the faint of heart. But it is funny ... cuz it's true. ...

Time to Go Deeper
Originally Posted: 12/29/2011 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

It is time to engage in the spiritual reflection that would restore the moral compass our politics and economics have lost. It’s been a bad year, and the 2012 election year looks ...

The Morning SoJo: Of Supercommittees and Such
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

Rather than the opinions of individual pundits, here’s a roundup of what the editors of some of the nation’s largest newspapers had to say this week about the failure of the “Supercommittee.” Some blame Republ ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Zuccotti Park Cleaning Cancelled Early Friday
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

The clean up of Zuccotti Park -- announced by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday -- by city workers has been scrapped as of early Friday a.m. The clean up of Zuccotti ...

Jim Wallis on #OccupyWallStreet: "This Could Really Change Things" (Video)
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Last week, Sojourners CEO, the Rev. Jim Wallis, visited with #OccupyWallStreet demonstrators in New York City. Last week, Sojourners CEO, the Rev. Jim Wallis, visited wi ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Generation Finds Its Voice
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Like many of my contemporaries, I found the non-violent protests in Egypt that led to regime change earlier this year terribly inspiring. But, also like many in my generation, I never thought such a movement ...

Video Commentary:"New Hashtag...#Didn'tYouEverLearnToShare?"
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

+ Video may contain brief coarse language + + Video may contain brief coarse language + "And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since ...

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. ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 President Obama and aides are bracing for a tough re-el ...

More than 1,000 Arrested Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

As of this morning, more than 1,009 Americans have been arrested to bring national attention to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. This is what church looks like. As of thi ...

Who is the Messiah of Evangelical Politicians?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The evangelical world expands to a far-off horizon and the topographical valleys and peaks cover landscapes that are both long and wide. The evangelical world expands to a far-o ...

Hurricane Irene and the Wrath of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"Do you think God sent Hurricane Irene?" a young man asked me with a curious look in his eyes that was as innocent as it was pensive. "Do you think God sent Hurric ...

Could the Riots in England Have Been Averted?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The rioting and rampages that spread across English cities last week have caused severe property destruction and raised public alarm. The rioting and rampages that spread across E ...

A Tribute to Mark O. Hatfield
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Mark O. Hatfield's political witness shaped a whole generation of students, teachers, pastors, and social activists in the evangelical community and beyond. Mark O. Hat ...

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 ...

Will Politicians Listen to Pastors?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The way you think and feel about the world is shaped by what you see when you get out of bed in the morning. I remember hearing this from civil rights activists. The way you think ...

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 ...

Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When evang ...

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> ...

Presidential Contenders: None Standing Tall on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Whoever is our next president -- whether President Obama in a second term or the eventual Republican nominee -- will be the most consequential president <em>ever</em> for overcoming global warming ...

Facebook, Freedom Riders, and Other Lessons in Nonviolent Activism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

By the time Egyptian activists in Tahrir square had ousted Mubarak, I'd read more articles labeling it a "Facebook revolution" than you can wave a shoe at. By the t ...

Breaking the Fast, Building the Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On Easter weekend, I will break my fast. I will have spent almost four weeks drinking only liquids. But, as is often true of fasts, what has been gained is far greater than anything given up. ...

America's National Humiliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started fasting, calling people of faith and conscience to do the same.</p> Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started f ...

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 ...

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 ...

This Lenten Season is For Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Every Lenten season I give up something, usually chocolate. I sometimes fast for several hours during the day. Sometimes I read an extra book or two, usually on peace theory. Ever ...

The Economics of Anxiety
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One of the steadfast realities of following the lectionary is the predictable rhythm of its three-year cycle of readings. Preparing a sermon for Baptism of the Lord Sunday in 2011? ...

Why I'm Trying to Resist Political Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I'll be honest, I've been pretty disgusted with the callousness of our national discourse, how so many politicians, including Democrats, seem all too eager to balance state and federal <a href=&qu ...

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 ...

Groupon's Controversial Social Critique
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/08/groupons-controversial-social-critique/" target="_self"></a>I admit, I only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. Yes, it&# ...

Obama's Global Challenge: Healthy Competition or Unhealthy Nationalism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Another State of the Union has come and gone. The kingdom of God did not come with it, and the sky did not fall. Another State of the Union has come and gone. The kingdom of God d ...

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. ...

Political Games in Dead-Serious Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Some brief observations on the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/elections/" target="_blank">2010 election season</a> which, thankfully, has come to an end:</p> ...

The Global Church Must Hold Politicians Accountable
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One of the great things about <a href="http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010" target="_blank">Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization</a> in Cape Town, South Africa is ...

Getting Beyond Labels (Part I)
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>Ever since Peter and Paul had opposing views about ministry to the Gentil ...

Give 60 Seconds of Prayer for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is the time it takes to say the Lord's Prayer three times. Sixty seconds. One minute. On September 21, 2010, U.N. It is the time it takes to say the Lord's Prayer thr ...

Poverty is Not a Dirty Word
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Just a few years ago, I remember how often people would be surprised when I told them that one in six children lived in poverty in America. Just a few years ago, I remember how of ...