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The Politics of Palm Sunday
Originally Posted: 04/10/2014 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

Make no mistake: the Gospel is political. Make no mistake: the Gospel is political. Politics refers to “the affairs of the city” and “influencing other people on a civic or in ...

A Crash Course: Australia, Refugees, and the Politics of Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

The church in Australia is showing signs of being a Calvary-like-love political alternative when it comes to refugees. Here’s a crash course to understand what’s happening in Aust ...

Studying Interfaith Leadership
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel This may be a field whose time has come. CAN YOU GO to school to become an interfaith leader? An i ...

A Watershed Moment
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Ched Myers In the face of ecocide, the choice before us is stark: discipleship or denial. OUR HISTORY IS incr ...

For the Love of God, Love Others
Originally Posted: 03/31/2014 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

As we try to follow Jesus and grow in our Christian faith, it's time we honestly evaluate the motivations behind our faith. How do our culture, upbringing, experiences, desires, and hundreds of other fact ...

So Long, Jerry Falwell: Reconsidering Evangelical Public Engagement
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Press

March 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Lempke ...

A Bridge Too Far? Not Likely.
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. It's only New Jersey. So fugetaboutit. SINCE THE 2014 election could be the most decisive ...

Long Elusive Immigration Reform Faces Narrow Path Forward In Congress
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 3:32pm | Type: Press

February 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Naureen Khan ...

Kansas, Arizona Bills Reflect National Fight Over Gay Rights vs. Religious Liberty
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Gay rights are colliding with religious rights in states like Arizona and Kansas as the national debate over gay marriage morphs into a fight over the dividing line between religious liberty and anti-gay discr ...

Transcript For Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons And Lucas Johnson On Deromanticizing The Civil Rights Movement And Rediscovering Its Humanity
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Press

January 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Krista Tippett ...

The (Anti)Gospel of Francis Underwood
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Will you trample over others or will you empty yourself, taking the very nature of a servant? In short, will you choose the way of Frances Underwood or the way of Jesus Christ? ...

The Power of None
Originally Posted: 02/11/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

What does surprise me is our failure to see that affiliation with a traditional, God-centered religion is no longer the primary way that many Americans express their deeply rooted need for faith. ...

A New Way of Being 'Pro-Choice'
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

Beyond commonplace decisions are those personal, communal, and national selections that will have an impact on our lives years from now. “I knew from the beginning that as a wom ...

AUDIO: The "I Am Not A Bully" Gabfest
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Press

January 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Emily Bazelon ...

Faith Leaders Wrestle Over Growing Support for Marijuana
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

Sunday’s Super Bowl was dubbed by some as the “pot bowl,” as the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks hail from the two states where fans can soon get marijuana as easily as they can get pizza. ...

The Gospel According to George McGovern
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert G. Duffett The peacemaking bomber pilot (and son of the evangelical church) offers a model political vision for young Christians t ...

The Seven Best Articles You'll Regret Missing from 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on what has happened over the past 12 months. It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on ...

The Missing Middle: Three Expressions Of Christ I'm Yearning To See In Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Press

December 12, 2013 Sojo in the News Ed Stetzer ...

Fasting for Families and Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

I was grateful to be at the beginning of the Fast for Families on November 12. Courageous leaders from many communities were making an incredible sacrifice to remind our leaders what is really at stake in the ...

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 ...

Conservatives Shift Tone on Gay Anti-discrimination Bill
Originally Posted: 11/06/2013 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

As a law extending workplace protection to gay, bisexual, and transgender workers makes its way through the Senate this week, there’s a shift in the political air: Arguments that stand purely on religious grou ...

Saving Faith
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

For many, including myself, the past few weeks have been discouraging, given the state of our politics and culture and what many vulnerable people across the country are experiencing. But despite the frustrati ...

Survey: Majority of Libertarians Do Not Identify with Tea Party
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

According to the new American Values Survey, an annual release from the Public Religion Research Institute, a full 61 percent of libertarians do not consider themselves part of the Tea Party. ... In fact, only ...

Syria Is About People, Not Politics
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Press

September 12, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

The Welfare of the City
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

We struggle mightily with what it means to be American when what we need to be more concerned with is what it means to be Christian no matter where we may find ourselves. " ...

A Strong Third Political Party for the Disaffected Middle?
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

In a sense, we are being held hostage by our own democratic process, one that has assumed that having relatively opposing views on either side was sufficient to keep the wheels of government turning. But this ...

Jim Wallis on the Shutdown: 'It's Unbiblical'
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis gives his commentary on the government shutdown. Jim Wallis sat down to discuss the government shutdown. His conclusion? It's unbiblical.   ...

Why the Debt Ceiling Matters
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Beau Underwood These manufactured crises show how much our politics could use a dose of moral sanity. AS FIGH ...

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? ...

Musings of a Millennial: Removing the Political Baggage from Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

My generation (the millennials) no longer identify with divisive partisan politics of our country done under the guise of “evangelicalism.” We have seen and heard the long and dirty history of evangelical poli ...

Newest ‘Values Voters’ Adversary to America: The Emergent Church
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

Christian conservatives who think Satan is using communism and Islam to bring down America can add a new “adversary” to the list: the Emergent Church movement. Christian conservat ...

The Post-Cynical Christian
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Press

June 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Huffington Post ...

The Post-Cynical Christian
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

Be skeptical and ask the hard, tough questions about our institutions — especially Washington and Wall Street. But cynicism is a spiritually dangerous thing because it is a buffer against personal commitment. ...

Do Republicans Have an Evangelical Problem?
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

The vast majority of evangelicals have voted with the GOP in recent elections. In fact, despite some qualms about his Mormon faith, 79 percent of evangelicals voted for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 2012, ...

10 POLITICAL Things You Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn't worry much about stepping on political toes, and the Bible insists that governments be just toward the least of these (the books of the prophets alone make this point very clear). ...

Church of England Drops Opposition to Gay Marriage Bill
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Bishops in the Church of England, who had strenuously opposed a bid to allow same-sex marriage, signaled that they won’t try to derail the bill after an overwhelming vote of support in the House of Lords. ...

Love, Race, and History
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Trethewey focuses her keen verbal gifts on the most sensitive nerve in American life. WHE ...

The Common Good Amid Individualism
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

As Americans, we live in a culture that is hyper-individuated, fragmented, and dehumanizing as it pushes a mantra of success based on material accumulation and power. Being in community with others is the coun ...

The Budget Battles are Back
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

As they review Obama's budget proposal, only time will tell if Republicans are willing to engage the president in a serious way to find common ground on deficit reduction instead of letting dysfunction co ...

North Carolina Minorities Remain Worried After Religion Bill is Pulled
Originally Posted: 04/09/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

A resolution to allow North Carolina to defy the Constitution and establish a state-sanctioned religion may be dead in the state capitol, but minority faiths say there’s more than enough reason to remain nervo ...

VIDEO: The Story of the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

I invite you to watch this short video, and to engage in the discussion as we move forward, toward our common good. Years ago, I tutored inner-city kids from my Washington, D.C., ...

On God's Side: For the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 10:20am | Type: Press

March 28, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Balancing our Budget through Humility, Shared Sacrifice, and Hope
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

In the midst of an exasperating and polarized political debate around the U.S. budget, our national and political leaders can learn valuable lessons from Holy Week. This week   ...

On God’s Side: For the Common Good
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

On God's Side is about moving beyond the political ideologies that have both polarized and paralyzed us, by regaining a moral compass for both our public and personal lives — by reclaiming an ancient yet ...

Changing Poverty Into Opportunity: A Moral Cause To Bring Us Together
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Fighting poverty must not be a partisan issue. When we look at both the causes and the solutions, this battle should bring both liberals and conservatives together. Overcoming poverty, by creating opportunity, ...

Deep in the Heart of Texas Mythology
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Those who try to simplify American culture and demand that it fit their uniform standards fail to see the beauty of diversity, and they miss the half-truth – charming, but always partial – of the mythologies w ...

On Scripture: Waiting on the Messiah and Presidential Expectations
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

It is an odd juxtaposition, December 21, 2012 and January 21, 2013. The former date representing the “so-called” Mayan apocalypse where the usual suspects prepared for the end of the world – many of whom were ...

Love, Faith ... Action!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

It wasn’t until I started getting into politics that I really began examining just how strange some of the more vocal positions of the conservative right might look to a person who has never sat in a pew. ...

Faith Leaders Want Americans to Pray for Collegiality
Originally Posted: 01/04/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

At a time when the ideals of compromise and collegiality seem like a distant dream in the nation’s capital, an unusually diverse coalition of religious leaders is asking Americans to pray for civility. ...

Ten Defining Phrases of 2012
Originally Posted: 01/02/2013 - 1:14am | Type: Blog

Here are my selections for the ten most defining phrases that will stay with us from the past year. Generally, we only know how history will be remembered once it is in the rearvi ...