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The Measure of a Christian
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

This identity as a beloved child of God extends past ideological differences in the world, to doctrinal differences in the church. I hate to be yet another critic (because it seems that this is what Christians ...

How to Respond to Online Religious Wars
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

There is a religious war being waged online, but love will win. For the religious, this is Good News indeed. The history of religious wars in human civilization is a tragic commen ...

The Problem with Labels
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

It’s easy to classify people, communities, institutions, organizations, and ideas into systems and label them accordingly. But Christianity and the people who embody it are extremely complex. ...

Losing My Religion
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Randall Balmer How U.S. evangelicals rejected one of their own—and helped spawn the "New Atheism." ...

7 Reasons God Just Might Be Psyched About the Millennial Generation
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I think there is a lot to be excited about in the generation that’s poised to inherit the world … after we move out of our parents’ houses, that is. Millennials ar ...

The 25 Best Progressive Victories Of 2013
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 9:44am | Type: Press

January 1, 2014 Sojo in the News Peter Dreier ...

Learning to Love Complexity
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

In the modern global connectedness, our future depends on making our way through a minefield of things we don’t understand and can’t reduce to crime-drama simplicity. Tumult in Eg ...

Waiting on God
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Linda Kaufman A story about falling in love with Jesus all over again. WHEN I FIRST started attending the Chu ...

PHOTO ESSAY: 'Pro-Life' Redefined
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 12:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey People of all stripes are redefining what it means to be “pro-life” by upholding a consistent ethic of life—from womb to tomb. Take conservative luminary Richard Vigu ...

A Call to Transform Politics
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

In times like these, when politicians are sweating to sway voters to their side, or frame their opponents as the polar opposite—the enemy—it is tempting to begin to define ourselves and each other through the ...

A Personal Cross Responds to Its Progressive Critique
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Crosses as powerful symbols predate Christianity and are not the singular insignia of our faith. Some Christians prefer the fish to the cross as an identity marker for Jesus followers. I confess I simultaneous ...

Our Values ... Charted
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

The Atlantic provides some insights into its recent American Values Survey. The Atlantic provides some insights into its recent American Values Survey, conducted in conjunctio ...

Defining "Evangelical" and Other Unsolved Mysteries
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

I understand the interest in us evangelicals, I really do. The way much of the mainstream media covers our communities in the news can make us seem like a puzzling subspecies of the American population, not un ...

News: Morning Quick Links
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

DAILY KOS: Social Justice Index: USA Number 27 Of 31 OECD Members Social justice index: USA No. 27 of 31. Democrats in Congress attempt to eat on $4.50 a day to protest potential ...

Andrew Marin answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:35pm | Type: Blog

To me, reclaiming the word evangelical starts with how Christians see their call by Jesus in Matthew 28 as the Great Commission. To me, reclaiming the word evangelical start ...

Luci Shaw answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:33pm | Type: Blog

I wonder if the Lord God abhors labels as much as I do. I wonder if the Lord God abhors labels as much as I do. Somehow we human beings need to group and categorize pe ...

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 ...

Defining "Evangelicals" in an Election Year: What is an evangelical?
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 9:57pm | Type: Blog

Here we go again. Presidential elections are coming and the role of "the evangelicals" is predictably becoming a hot political story. Here we go again. Presidential elec ...

Western Christians Should Support a Palestinian Statehood
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Late last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood status at the UN. ...

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 ...

Commemorating 9/11 by Desegregating Theological Education
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont School of Theology where I am on the faculty. I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont Sch ...

Let's Hold Glenn Beck to His Pledge of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

On his radio show last week, Glenn Beck read a vow of nonviolence, which he said he'd been working on for about a year, and pleaded his followers to take it as well. On his ...

An Interview With Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Nadia Bolz-Weber likes to have both tradition and innovation happening at the same time in House for All Sinners and Saints, a mission church she founded in Denver, Colorado, that's part of the Evan ...

A Flat Tax and 'the New Austerity,' or
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

At Europe Through the Back Door, our tour program just sold its 11,782nd seat for our 2011 season -- topping our best tour sales year ever (2007). At Europe Through the Back Doo ...

Embodied Theology
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this summer I attended a church service where the pastor, a man struggling with what appears to be his final bout with cancer, preached about the hope that Jesus promises to those who trust ...

Have we Christianized Jesus?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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. ...

Claremont Lincoln: The World's First Interreligious University
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On May 16, 2011, the Claremont School of Theology, located in Claremont, California, announced the receipt of a $50 million naming gift from Joan and David Lincoln that will establish the Claremont ...

My Thoughts on Sojourners, Coalition Building, and LGBTQ Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On my personal blog, I <a href="http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/this-is-not-actually-a-blog-post.html" target="_blank">traced my journey</a> on the issue of homosexuality ...

Was Jesus a Passive Doormat?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This past <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/palm-sunday/" target="_blank">Palm Sunday</a> marked the beginning of Holy Week for Christians -- a week of remembering Jesus' s ...

Glenn Beck and Teachable Moments
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/06/glenn-beck-and-teachable-moments/"></a>It was announced today that Glenn Beck will <a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com ...

Rethinking Our Approach to Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It is time for those of us who have been advocating for comprehensive immigration reform to rethink our strategies. It is time for those of us who have been advocating for compreh ...

A Grassroots Call to Tackle Corporate Tax Dodging
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

Is 'What Would Jesus Cut' Heresy?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Heresy is a strong accusation. Heresy is a strong accusation. But that is right where Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center took his column about Sojourners' ...

The Other Side of the Border
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, we knew that advancing progressive immigration policy would be challenging. Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, ...

Mary and Martha: Women in Ministry in the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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. ...

Moral Measure of a Tax Plan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it further concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a few? In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it ...

What Does God Think of Economic Equality?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In American evangelical circles, there's an idea that goes something like this: progressive taxation = socialism, and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/socialism/" target="_blank"&g ...

Thank God for the Patriot Millionaires
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This morning I learned about a website and a letter signed by more than 3 dozen millionaires (folks who have earned over $1 million in a year either now or in the past) asking the President to allo ...

It Takes a Movement: Why Politics is Frozen Solid
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

It Takes a Movement: A Post-Election Analysis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

MLK and the "Progressive Hunter"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by st ...

Social Justice is Not Totalitarianism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1009&amp;article=why-does-glenn-beck-hate-community-organizers" tar ...

Beck, Nazis, and Civil Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Glenn Beck can do better. Fox News can do better. When it comes to upholding truth and having civil dialogues, let's be honest, we all can do better. Glenn Beck can do better ...

We Won't Back Down from Beck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Until recently, I bet most of you didn't realize how dangerous that concept is, and ...

The Immoral Impediments to Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

One day I'd love to understand why conservatives seem so good at public relations, while liberals, at ridicule. One day I'd love to understand why conservatives seem so ...

An Open Letter to Pastors: Our Nation Needs Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

and of special concern to God (Psalm 146:9; Ezekiel 22:7; Deuteronomy 10:18; Zechariah 7:10). Leaders also ...

Changing the Script on Political Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When I picked up a copy of Daniel Schultz's book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1935439146?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wwwbeckygarri-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9 ...

A Martyr's Death Puts Faith Into Perspective
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Fatu was 25 years old when her father and his two sons burned her to death. Her crime was converting to Christianity in a Muslim land. Fatu was 25 years old when her father and hi ...

Time for Some Angry Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I'd say Barack Obama's long and often tenuous honeymoon with progressive Americans took what looks like a lethal blow in spring 2010. I'd say Barack Obama's lo ...

My Initial Response to President Obama's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I was glad the president emphasized the need to break our addiction to oil in his speech last night, and I thought he did a good job of demonstrating commitment to the people of the Gulf region. ...