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Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Taliban. Kill Team. Photos.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our reader ...

Fasting in Unity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! "How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil ...

The Real March Madness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/30/the-real-march-madness/" target="_self"></a>At the end of Roland Joff&eacute;'s exquisite film, <a href="http: ...

Day Two of Fasting Against 'Selectively Cruel' Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning, Tony Hall, David Beckmann, Ritu Sharma, and I began a water fast because of what I call "selectively cruel" <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/budget-cuts/" target=&quo ...

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 ...

Palestinians at Their Worst and Best
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of Palestinian action.</p> During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of P ...

President Obama Visits the Tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

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Rediscovering Values for Lent: Trusting God That We Have Enough
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editors' note ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: Seeing Signs of Sickness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/banner-rediscovering-values.jpg"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the ...

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 ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: What is Idolatry?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

My Lent: Ashes, Addiction, and the Reality of Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Lent is late this year, thanks to an unusual alignment of the earth and heavens -- the vernal equinox, the paschal full moon -- and to the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/easter/" target="_ ...

Why Your State Should Follow Utah's Example
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Reading the recent headlines of immigration news has hardly been uplifting, with multiple state legislatures attempting to pass <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/29/arizona-style-imm ...

Can an Orange Bracelet Turn Hearts in Washington?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/03/can-an-orange-bracelet-turn-hearts-in-washington/" target="_self"></a>In a credit to both Republicans and Democrats, Congress j ...

Losing Our Sons and Daughters: The Cost of Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In November, 2010, Marine 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly was killed by a landmine in Afghanistan. He became one of now nearly 1,500 young Americans to die there. In November, 2010, Mari ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Army Psy-Ops. Taliban Infighting. Mobile Banking.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[</em><strong>Editors' note</strong><em>: As part of Sojourners campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our reader ...

An Open Letter to Speaker Boehner
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Dear Mr. Speaker,</p> Dear Mr. Speaker, This past Sunday, you gave a speech to the National Religious Broadcasters annual conference and said that cutting spending is th ...

'Judge, Appeal To Your Inner Self!'
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

I spent all day Saturday at a middle-school debate tournament. My seventh-grade son Luke loves being on his middle school baseball team. I spent all day Saturday at a middle-schoo ...

This is Not Fiscal Conservatism. It's Just Politics.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The current budget and deficit debate in America is now dominating the daily headlines. There is even talk of shutting down the government if the budget-cutters don't get their way. ...

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 ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Civilian Casualties. Drones. Solutions.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>As part of Sojourners campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest ne ...

Poverty Tourism Can Make Us Thankful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The jolt in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/port-au-prince/" target="_blank">Port-au-Prince</a> herniated a disk in my lower back last month. The pain is making it hard to sle ...

Lara Logan and Sexual Violence in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Agree with her politics or not, Lara Logan is charting territory in which we still see very few women as the chief foreign correspondent at <em>CBS News</em>. Agree w ...

A Letter to Young Egyptian Protesters, From a Veteran U.S. Activist
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I hope that somehow, through the vast network we call social media, this gets to you in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/tahrir-square/" target="_blank">Tahrir Square</a>, even ...

Budget Cuts and Bad Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

House Republicans announced a plan yesterday to cut <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/3/republicans-find-places-to-cut-43-billion/" target="_blank">$43 billion in ...

'Dad, What is Rape?'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The Super Bowl was a good football game and the team I liked best won -- the Green Bay Packers. The team is owned by its city, not some narcissistic rich guy, and I like that. The ...

Looking For Light Along the Border
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100208-nomoredeaths.jpg"></a>For many Americans, the Sonora Desert conjures up images of a summer vacation replete with tequila shots and su ...

President Obama and the National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Long story short, I have a meeting with a group of other folks at the White ...

The Big Thug Must Go
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I am watching the television as Mubarak's thugs attack peaceful demonstrators in the streets of Cairo. Tahrir Square is now a scene of terrible violence. I am watching the te ...

Mary and Martha: Women in Ministry in the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've always found this story of Mary and Martha perplexing. Mainly because of Jesus' response to Martha. I've always found this story of Mary and Martha perplexing. ...

Jordan Follows Egypt's Lead
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The excitement in Cairo -- including the biggest crowd yet today in Tahrir Square -- has made it difficult to follow the development of protests elsewhere in the Arab world. The e ...

Changing Bad Behavior at Davos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The contradictions here in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/27/values-at-davos/" target="_blank">Davos </a>are enormous. The contradictions he ...

The True Meaning of Investing in our Future
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Before the 2011 State of the Union address, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41276794/ns/msnbc_tv-hardball_with_chris_mat ...

Education For More Than Global Economic Dominance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"Education is not primarily an industry and its proper use is not to serve industries, either by job-training or by industry-subsidized research." -- </em><a style="color: #90 ...

Grading Civility: 75 Percent Give the United States a C, D, or F
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama spent <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/state-of-the-union-2011-breakdown/" target="_blank">4 percent</a> of his State of the Union ...

Conversion Stories and Mary Karr's Lit
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I used to live in a world where God was a given and unapologetic faith was the lens through which the world was seen and interpreted.</p> I used to live in a world where God ...

After Tucson, the State of the Union
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In Tucson, Arizona, President Obama spoke to the state of the nation's soul. Next Tuesday, January 25, he will speak to the state of the union. In Tucson, Arizona, President ...

Young Evangelicals Must Champion Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In some ways, 2010 was a great year for evangelicals who have longed for the church to stand for just and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration/">compassionate immigration reform</a& ...

The King's Speech: MLK and Tucson
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In his role as prophet to the nation, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luther King Jr. In his role as pro ...

What a Tragedy Can Call Us To Do
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We needed to be called to transcend politics in our response to the shootings in Arizona, lest the politics of our reactions to this tragedy turn us even further against one another. ...

The Work of Healing Starts in Our Hearts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Many members of Congress and their staffers have had friends and loved ones call to check on their personal safety. Many members of Congress and their staffers have had friends an ...

Paying Tribute to Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Style
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

<p style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">In observance of <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Human-Trafficking-Awareness-Day-Global-Observation ...

Join Us in Signing the Peace and Civility Pledge
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&amp;id=373" target="_blank"></a>The horrible shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others is ...

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: Speaking for the Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The Sunday after <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luther Kin</a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/& ...

An Attack on the Soul of the Nation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/110110-GabrielleGiffords1.jpg"></a>The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the young Congresswoman from Arizona, must speak to the soul of this n ...

Taking the Constitution Seriously
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Today, the new 112th Congress convenes. Today, the new 112th Congress convenes. Among the new rules for this Congress adopted by the incoming Republican majority is that in th ...

Praying and Fasting in the New Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. The holiday season is a season of feasting and of celebration. Biblical wisdom teaches that there is a ...

Light in the Midst of the Darkest Night
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Sometimes, a friend can send just the right email at just the right time. Sometimes, a friend can send just the right email at just the right time. A message that is meant for a p ...

DREAMS Should Not Be Illegal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The House acted last night with boldness and leadership to pass the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/dream-act/" target="_blank">DREAM Act</a>. Th ...

President Obama Should Have Fought This One
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

He should have fought this one. The richest 2 percent of the country just got an extension of tax cuts they didn't need at great cost to us all. He should have fought this on ...