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Deconstructing Harry: Is Jim Wallis' Ideology Really "the Doctrine of Devils"?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

"[Wallis'] ideology is not Christian "[Wallis'] ideology is not Christian Glad to see you on this, Tim. Glad to see you on this, Tim. Jackso ...

Welcome to the Poverty Thunderdome
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, professional loudhailer Bill O'Reilly welcomed -- well, welcomed might be a bit generous -- radio and TV host Tavis Smiley and Princeton University professor Cornel West to his Fox ...

Of Traffic and Tee Times: The Grace of Unexpected Community
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

The things you do for your children. Or rather, the things you unwittingly do for yourself. It was an early autumn Thursday afternoon, four days after the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 4:25 p.m. If ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Playing with Fire and Corraling the Golden Calf
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

"The Lord said to Moses, 'Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Generation Finds Its Voice
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | 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 ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

For those about to rock-upy, Ben & Jerry salute you! For those about to rock-upy, Ben & Jerry salute you! Although they haven't introduced a new ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Examine Poverty in America Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Examine Poverty in America Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West have put together ...

An Oldie but a Goodie
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 5:17am | Type: Blog

This poster originally appeared in the inaugural issue of The Post-American magazine in the fall of 1971. The Post-American was the original name of Sojourners Magazine. ...

WARNING: No Compassion. Proceed with Caution.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 11:46am | 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 ...

Meet Lily -- The Hunger Awareness Muppet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:10am | Type: Blog

This Sunday (Oct. 9) , Sesame Street will introduce a brand-new Muppet character — a magenta-faced, impoverished 7-year-old named Lily who represents one of the 17-million Americans who struggle daily with hun ...

Evangelicals: By The Numbers
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

What are "the evangelicals," you ask? Certainly not a political or ideological monolith, as recent polling and survey numbers demonstrate. What are "the evang ...

The F Word
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:32am | Type: Blog

What's more obscene? Thirty-thousand children dead in Somalia in three months? Or the world standing by and letting it happen? What's more obscene? Thirty-thousa ...

The Gospel Should Be Offensive
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

Before Jesus was born, his mother Mary predicted that he would offend some people. In the Magnificat she sang: "He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the pow ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 7:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

Randall Balmer answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:28pm | 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. ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

How many slaves work for you?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 7:55pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the torrent of mail that flows into my in-box each day. Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the t ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 9:30pm | 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 ...

Requiem for Republicans
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Last weekend, former Senator Charles Percy of Illinois passed away. Along with former Sen. Mark Hatfield of Oregon, who died a month ago, they represented the last vestiges of an era of moderate Republicans ...

Too Poor to Die?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Every time I think I've exhausted my outrage capacity, I see something new to refuel it. Every time I think I've exhausted my outrage capacity, I see something n ...

BREAKING NEWS: Report Says Abuse is Part of "Institutional Culture" of U.S. Border Patrol
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Beatings. Dehydration. Medical treatment denied. Families separated. Meager belongings and money stolen. Beatings. Dehydration. Medical treatment denied. Families separated. Meage ...

Why Christians Should Be Biased
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Make no mistake, Christians should be biased. I know there has been a lot of conversation in the past few years about Christians cleaning up their image. We are often known more for our prejudices than princi ...

We Are Family! (Get Up Everybody and Sing!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I think I was about nine or ten years old when I first heard the passage read. Or first really listened to it, anyway. I sat in church, likely running the crease of the bulletin under my fingernails, trying ...

Jon Stewart on 'the Poors': Fridges & Microwaves & TVs, Oh My!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

WARNING: Sarcasm ahead. WARNING: Sarcasm ahead. Scandalous statistics reveal that nearly every household ( 99.9 percent according to the Heritage Foundation ) classified as ...

What is 'Biblical Politics'?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners has always tried to understand and advocate for "biblical politics." But what does that mean now, especially as we approach another major election? Sojourne ...

Poverty: By The Numbers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The Census Bureau on Tuesday released the latest data on poverty in the United States, and the news was troubling. The Census Bureau on Tuesday released the latest data on poverty ...

Preach it, Father Pfleger!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"OK to all those attacking Tavis and Dr. "OK to all those attacking Tavis and Dr. West and me for hosting the Poverty tour, can you get off your Hating a seco ...

Jim Wallis: Poverty Should Be #1 Issue in 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

More than 15 percent of the U.S. population now lives in poverty -- the highest rate in 18 years, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released this morning. More than 15 perc ...

For LGBT Youth, a Shelter From the Streets of Rejection
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: This post is part of a series over the last few weeks on youth homelessness. [ Editors' note : This post is part of a series over the last few week ...

Hurricanes, Hype, and Hope
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Did anyone else get the feeling, as we watched weather reporters wave their arms frantically in swirling motions across oversized maps of the eastern seaboard -- with their eyes bulging as they pus ...

Joy's Shadow As New School Year Begins
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

My daughter attended her first day of kindergarten today. A poignant milestone dressed up in an exceptionally cute plaid jumper. My daughter attended her first day of kindergarten ...

Martin Luther King's Other Dream
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The forthcoming dedication of the national memorial monument honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., affords an opening for considering the complexity and meaning of his leadership. ...

Latin American Churches Criticize U.S. Budget Debate, Support 'Circle of Protection'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

More than 140 prominent Protestant leaders from 12 Latin American countries have signed an "open letter to the Christian churches of the United States," asking American Christians to stand with &qu ...

A Hymn for Somalia
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: Below is a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to inspire churches to further support and pray for famine relief in Somalia and the Horn of Africa.] O God, You Love the Needy ...

A Lifestyle of Enough
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

About two years ago, Minhee and I made one of the hardest decisions we've made thus far in our marriage and in our calling as parents. About two years ago, Minhee and I made ...

Life as a Homeless Youth
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to homeless youth the facts are simple, services in the City of Chicago are falling far behind the need. When it comes to homeless youth the facts are simple, servic ...

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West's 'Poverty Tour'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West just wrapped up their 18-city "Poverty Tour." The aim of their trip, which traversed through Wisconsin, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and th ...

Picture This
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across barren cracked earth. Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across bar ...

Ali Forney Center's Ad Supporting LGBT Homeless Youth
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The first few nights weren't so bad. It was on the fourth night, the night it rained, that it got to me. The first few nights weren't so bad. It was on the fourth night ...

Building Bridges > Burning Bridges
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Do yourself a favor and watch this. It's 7:15 minutes long but well worth your time. Do yourself a favor and watch this. It's 7:15 minutes long but well worth your time ...

Why is America Cutting Emergency Food Aid in the Middle of a Famine?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When I first visited Ethiopia at the height of the 1984 famine, I watched as twenty-four people died of starvation in less than fifteen minutes, right in front of my eyes. When ...

Dear World: Please Wake Up!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Some sources have stated that more than 12 million people are being impacted by the worst drought and famine in the region of the Horn of Africa in 60 years. 12 million people. So ...

It's Time For Us to Grow Up and Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day the mail brought an advertisement for something I desperately need (or so the ad suggested). If I ordered it right now, the ad said, I would save a hefty percentage off the usual price. ...

Saying Goodbye to Uncle John: My Memories of John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. What many people don't understand is that he was the most influentia ...

God Is Watching
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The markets are watching, the Republicans are watching, the Democrats are watching, the media are watching, the pollsters and pundits are watching. The markets are watching, ...

'God is Watching' the Budget Debate in Congress
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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 ...

Where Has All the Sanity Gone?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Where has all the sanity gone? I, for one, never expected in my wildest dreams to pine for the days of Ronald Reagan. But I'm there. Where has all the sanity gone? I, for ...

Sojourners Launches Radio and Facebook Ads Calling Politicians to Remember the Poor
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

If you live in Kentucky, Nevada, or Ohio and listen to Christian or country radio, you'll be hearing some of Sojourners' new radio ads calling for legislators to remember the least of these during th ...

Solomon's Wisdom and the Debt Ceiling
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As the time shortens for Congress and President Obama to agree to the contours of legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling, I am reminded of the story of King Solomon and his judgment regarding ...