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Deadly Viper Backlash: Doing the Right Thing is Only the First Step
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In case you hadn't heard, Zondervan made <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/20/tremendous-act-of-repentance-by-zondervan/" target="_blank">a major announcement</a> yeste ...

Thoughts on Zondervan's and Authors' Statements After Pulling of Deadly Viper Products
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As many of you know, several Asian-American leaders and I have been in dialogue with both the authors of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Character-Assassins-Foster-Wilhite/dp/1888741074"> ...

Tremendous Act of Repentance by Zondervan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Zondervan Statement Regarding Concerns Voiced About <em>Deadly Viper: Character Assassins</em> from Moe Girkins, President and CEO:</p> <blockquote><p>Hello and thanks for your pa ...

Unseen Privilege: The Overlooked Gender Dimension of the 'Deadly Viper' Conversation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In the eight years I worked specifically with Christian Asian American college students, I knew that my gender would get in the way. In the eight years I worked specifically with ...

Why Big D Needs a Justice Revival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Residents of the Lone Star state are known as proud folk, but there are a few startling facts that should make everyone -- not just ...

The Deadly Viper Conversation Moves from Authors to Publisher
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last Friday, a group of Asian-American leaders (Kathy Khang, IVCF / Eugene Cho, Quest Church / Ken Fong, Evergreen Baptist Church and I) were on a conference call with three executives of Zondervan ...

Walking, Chewing Gum, and Confronting Racism and Sexism at the Same Time
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

People who do diversity work run the risk of setting impossible goals for themselves: The Beloved Community. The Kingdom of God. People who do diversity work run the risk of setti ...

Deadly Viper: Personal Apologies and Power Structures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Without trying to be too presumptuous about the resolution of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/deadly-viper/">an ongoing story</a>, I'm doing some personal reflection on the last fe ...

Crossing the Lines: A White Reporter's View of the Civil Rights Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1434799840?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1434799840">&l ...

Continuing an Honest Conversation on Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I want to follow up on yesterday's post which I believe has broken the record for the longest title in history: <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/04/three-general-thoughts-on-deadly-vipers-mik ...

The Deadly Viper Conversation: 'We're sorry. We didn't know. We want to learn. How do we do that?'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Wednesday afternoon I was part of a conversation with the authors of <em><a href="../tag/deadly-viper/">Deadly Viper</a></em> (and Chris Huertz) and a number of Asian-American ...

An Apology from Deadly Viper Authors Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

An update to an <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/deadly-viper/">ongoing discussion with our Asian and Asian-American friends</a>. An update to an ongoing ...

Three General Thoughts on Deadly Vipers, Mike Foster, Jud Wilhite, Soong-Chan Rah, Chuck Norris, Joyluck Club, Angry Asian Man, Wanna-Be Ninjas and Everyone Else
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I don't know if I have the energy or bandwidth to write this but it's important so here goes I don't know if I have the energy or bandwidth to write this but it ...

Deadly Viper Blind Spots: When Uninformed Intentions Have Hurtful Outcomes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

One of the toughest parts of being the author of a book about racial reconciliation is that when the latest racial incident flares up, everyone expects you to chime in with your two cents. ...

How Deadly Viper Character Assassins Undermines its Message with Co-opted Culture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

An open letter to Zondervan and to Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite, authors of <em>Deadly Viper Character Assassin: A Kung Fu Survival Guide for Life and Leadership</em>.</p> ...

Christianity Today and Cultural Captivity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last month's <em>Christianity Today</em> featured an <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/october/13.23.html?start=5" target="_blank">article </a>o ...

Gran Torino Revisited
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I had starting writing this post last night, before receiving <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/30/why-clint-eastwood-can-be-trusted-with-mandela-and-why-glenn-beck-cant-be-trusted-with-mlk/"& ...

Exorcising the Demons of a Church's Racial Divide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On a sad but pivotal day in the late 1780s, several of the African American members of Philadelphia's St. On a sad but pivotal day in the late 1780s, several of the African A ...

Confronting Urban Violence with Jesus' Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

This morning as I was running on the treadmill, I was also watching CNN. A story came on about a shooting in Washington, D.C. The police chief was speaking, with the mayor of D.C looking on. ...

Why I Choose to Be at Times, 'an Angry Asian Man'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We often speak of 'loving our neighbors,' but it's really hard when we don't even know our neighbors. I see this to be a growing problem -- not just in the Church but our larger so ...

Judge Refuses to Marry Interracial Couple
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_v._Virginia"><em>Loving v. Loving v. Virginia , the Supreme Court case which ended race-based restriction ...

It's Time for a Justice Revival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>"It's time."</p> <p>"Dallas needs this."</p> <p>Those are the two statements Aaron ...

In Defense of the Suburbs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

This past week I was walking home from the school drop-off with a newish friend. Swapping stories about the basics of our lives. Marital status, where we grew up, favorite pastimes. ...

'Illegal Alien' Halloween Costumes Cash in on Racist Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p>For many in the US, Halloween is a time to dress-up as a character from a movie, a politician, a witch, vampire, and For many in the US, Hallow ...

Chris Rock's 'Good Hair': A Humorous Deconstruction of Stubborn Beauty Standards
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the big conversations in my household this year has revolved around the question of whether my 9-year-old daughter is ready to get her hair "permed." Some girls at her school have alr ...

Love Casts Out Fear, Not Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the driving force of the debate? I say it is fear.</p> What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the drivin ...

Growing the Beloved Community in Spite of Sinful Soil
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke often of something he called the beloved community. This was the title given to describe a reality in which freedom, love, justice, and reconciliation would reign. ...

Why Celebrate Columbus Day?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

From the journal of Christopher Columbus:</p> From the journal of Christopher Columbus: In all the world, there is no better people nor better country. They love their ...

Running the Green Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

For the past week, I've been inspired as I've watched (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/DOESolarDecathlon">online</a>) houses being erected along the National Mall. The U.S. ...

Scripture and History Remind Us That We Are All Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly five years ago my friends, Hector and Gabby and their five kids, entered the U.S. legally from Mexico in order to join the pastoral staff at my church, Willow Creek. Nearly ...

Stopping Anti-Immigrant Violence at its Ideological Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

November 8, 2009 will mark the one-year anniversary of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcello Lucero's brutal murder at the hands of seven high school teens in the infamously anti-immigrant Suffolk County, ...

Ken Burns' National Parks: An Unnatural Wilderness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week Ken Burns unleashed his new series on America's national parks, subtitled "America's Best Idea." The cinematography is incredible and Ken Burns is known as a progressive thinker. ...

Health Care, Race, and the Role of Government
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I was recently talking with a European-American friend of mine who is also an evangelical. I am African-American and evangelical. I was recently talking with a European-American f ...

Obama, Bigotry, and Balance ... and Death Threats
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is some good conversation going around God's Politics partner blogs about what role race is playing in the current wave of opposition to Obama's policies, including Rep. ...

Discrimination in Services -- No. Protection of Faith Identity -- Yes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>This post responds to the following question posed on <a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/2009/09/should_religious_charities_dis/all.html">The Washington Post's & ...

Why are the First Family's Hairstyles a Political Issue?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I, perhaps recklessly, began to think that the debate on black hair had finally been put to rest, that black women could choose to wear their hair straightened or natural, in braids, locks, or twis ...

What?! Racism Still in America?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Here we go again. Some people raise the issue of race (this time about the ways others are talking about or treating the first black U.S. president) and the media goes crazy. He ...

Love Your Political Enemies: A Response to Jimmy Carter's Comments on Racism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I love my fellow citizens who have taken to the street against President Obama and his plans for health-care reform. I love my fellow citizens who have taken to the street against ...

Bible Translation Debates: The Challenge of Changing Language
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever noticed how every day language is used to manipulate and shape rather than describe reality? Here is one example. Have you ever noticed how every day language is use ...

One Nation, Underprivileged: Analyzing the Game Instead of the Players
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

If life were a game, it could be said that we like to analyze the players (the winners and the losers) of the game, rather than the game itself. If life were a game, it could be s ...

When Grace Backfires
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In 1958 the Teddy Bears released the song "To know him is to love him," which might as well have been called "To know, know, know, him is to love, love, love, him," since that's the wa ...

Sister Sotomayor: Lady Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed more than one month ago, so why, you may ask, am I just now penning a blog about her historic appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court? The answer is easy -- I was scared. I ...

Four Years after Katrina: Hope and Challenge on the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>This will be the first year congressional leaders and President Obama won't travel to the Gulf Coast to honor the anniversary ...

Science, Salvation, Slavery, and Equality: The Bible and Historic Reforms
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever pondered the dangers of reading the Bible? Have you ever pondered the dangers of reading the Bible? Perhaps booksellers should provide consumer warning labels that r ...

A Doctor Makes Sense of the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As the debate over health-care reform heats up, conflicting claims from both sides make it increasingly difficult to sort out the issues and choose a position for which to advocate. ...

46 Years and Counting: What Happened to the Dream?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Forty-six years ago, on Aug. 28, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood and gave the <a href="http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm">"I Have a Dream" ...

More Than Beer-Bottle Diplomacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It has now been a couple of weeks since President Obama convened what was infamously dubbed the "Beer Summit." You know <a href="../2009/07/28/gates-arrest-analysis-cliff-notes/">the ...

Now that a Wise Latina is a Supreme Court Justice ...
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Early next Saturday morning I will board a plane with my daughter to spend a week in Honduras. Early next Saturday morning I will board a plane with my daughter to spend a week in ...

Prayer Vigil at the Detention Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I am a seminary professor. Activism is not something that comes naturally to me, but I am learning! I am a seminary professor. Activism is not something that comes naturally to me ...

What is Wrong With Me, When Seeing Babies is Depressing?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I've heard from many of you who liked <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/17/kids-need-all-the-positive-words-they-can-get/">last month's post</a>, or were at least relieved b ...