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Breaking the Habits of Machismo
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle A. Gonzalez Some churches calling themselves Christian continue to act as if women are second-class citizens in the kingdom of G ...

Pope Francis: God Redeemed Everyone, ‘Not Just Catholics’
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is warning Catholics not to demonize those who are not members of the church, and he specifically defended atheists, saying that building walls against non-Catholics leads to “killing in the name ...

Illuminated
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Mass in Las Choapas, Mexico On my knees I beg forgiveness for my greed— and for starving m ...

Experiments in Love
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

What would it be like if, instead of responding to violence with vengeance, we, as leaders, imagined ways for love to drive out hate? When I got off the plane at O’Hare Airport in ...

'Paranorman:' Unmasking the Myth of Redemptive Violence with Cartoon Zombies
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

Not surprisingly, if you look for Christian reviews of Paranorman you will see many focus on warnings to stay way from the occult. Sadly, this response misses the profoundly deep moral message behind this film ...

To Redeem the Soul of America
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 9:21am | Type: Magazine Article

Vincent Harding King's "living letter" from Birmingham jail still speaks to us all. AT TIMES I ...

The Cross: An Exposé of Human Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 7:47am | Type: Blog

We commit sacrifice when we scapegoat, demonize, marginalize, expel, persecute or kill others in the name of our own safety and security or to bolster our belief in our own goodness. ...

A Heart for Peace
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Geoff Tunnicliffe Rick Love Lisa Sharon Harper Tyler Wig ...

Gandalf, Gollum, and the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Theological considerations should frame the Christian response to capital punishment. EARLY I ...

All Sinners, All Saints, All Welcome
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

"I am a flawed person. I should not be allowed to be here talking to you. But you know what? That's the God we're dealing with, people." ~ Nadia Bolz-Weber to the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering ...

He Said: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Is a Redemption Tale
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

"The Dark Knight Rises" is a story about redemption. It is a tale of finding courage in the face of overwhelming adversity, in spite of overwhelming physical and spiritual suffering. ...

Black Evangelicals, White Evangelicals and Franklin Graham's Repentance
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 6:20pm | Type: Blog

When Franklin Graham expressed doubts about President Obama’s Christian faith during and interview on Morning Joe last week, it reminded me of an uncomfortable dinner I had in the late ‘90s. ...

Haley Barbour's Unintentional Lesson: Keep Religion and Governance Separate
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

To my eyes, Gov. Barbour unfairly (and illegally?) predetermined who was eligible to be pardoned based upon their professing the adoption of his religion. Suppose there are two in ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Exegeting Ebenezer Scrooge
Originally Posted: 12/28/2011 - 8:57pm | Type: Blog

A Christmas Carol, I would argue, is not ultimately about Christmas, but conversion. Christmas as Ebenezer “Marley was dead, to begin with.” So begins the classic ta ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Charity worth Laughing At
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 6:40pm | Type: Blog

If you don’t find the idea of God putting on flesh and dwelling among us scandalous, then you don’t understand it. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let t ...

A Christmas Reflection: Grace
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

That baby Jesus will be many more things as his life, death, resurrection and eternity continues but here in the straw, and central to everything he will do and be, he is a symbol of grace. This is what Christ ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: The Horizon of Death
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

For a story about conversion, death is a necessary character. It is in the finality of death that our eyes are able to readjust and see the horizon of our life and being. It is wi ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: A Chain of Our Own Making
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

“I wear the chain I forge in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free-will, and of my own free-will I wore it.” The spect ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Christmas as Ebenezer
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

An ebenezer is a reminder. It tells the story of God’s faithfulness and our repentance. It is a marker for transformation and conversion. “Marley was dead, to begin with.”   ...

GOP Candidates Answer: Does Marital Fidelity Matter?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

The question of moral character and how it plays into public life has tended to be fairly low level conversation in our country. It’s subjects of discussion are usually those who we aren’t planning on voting f ...

On Redundancies: Social Justice and Personal Salvation
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Social justice is redundant. Justice, properly understood in a biblical sense, always has social implications. Personal salvation is redundant in the same way. Salvation, properly understood in a biblical se ...

Linda Midgett answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

I think an evangelical is someone who believes Jesus is the Son of God, that the Word of God is true, and that we all need redemption from this fallen word. I think an ...

Crime, Forgiveness and Retributive Justice: A God's Politics Interview with Naseem Rakha
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

An eye for an eye, a life for a life. This is one way -- based, some argue, in scripture and biblical ethics -- that proponents of capital punishment justify the death penalty. ...

Jesus: We Interrupt This Execution to Bring You a Message of Grace
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 10:02pm | Type: Blog

Last night, death was interrupted when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of execution for a Texas man convicted of a double murder in Houston in 1995. Last night, dea ...

The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2007 Laura Askelin | more info (via: Wylio)Though I like a rousing round of ave maria's as much as the next person, the past few centuries of church prayer trends have eschewed Latin in f ...

Shane Claiborne on Rupert Murdoch, Zondervan, and Empire
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2009 World Economic Forum | more info (via: Wylio)Most people know now that Rupert Murdoch presides over the News Corp media empire, and that he is fighting for his reputation after being ...

Muslim Victim Rais Bhuiyan Campaigns to Save His Attacker
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

Ten days after 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was working at a gas station in Dallas, Texas when a man walked in with a gun. Thinking the store was being robbed, Bhuiyan opened the cash regi ...

How To Prepare for Turbulent Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Change happens in our lives whether we like it or not so we must learn how to mold our lives so that we bend, rather than break, in the midst of change. Change happens in our live ...

Remembering the Real, Radical Martin Luther King
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

"I had no idea Martin Luther King was a radical!" These shocked words were spoken to me this weekend after an activist training I'd been running in Sydney. "I ...

Finding God on the Running Course
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

I started running because of my sister. Kim and I began when we were pre-teens. I believed running was the key to making me more like her -- 5 foot 9, lean, beautiful, and highly intelligent. There was one pro ...

Love Wins: My Interview with Rob Bell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/18/love-wins-my-interview-with-rob-bell/" target="_self"></a>Monday morning, 8 a.m PST. My phone rings. It's Rob Bell calling ...

What Does Rob Bell Really Say? (A Review of the Actual Book Itself)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/15/what-does-rob-bell-really-say-a-review-of-the-actual-book-itself/" target="_self"></a>Whether it was a brilliant marketing stra ...

Lent: Giving Up Coffee, or My Life?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

spiritual growth. We neglect those in need (10/40 window etc.) If we give up certain things, say coffee, ... neglect those in need (10/40 window etc.) If we give up certain things, say coffee, do we give that money ...

In the End, Love Always Wins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope in the church than I have felt in a long time. I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope ...

'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 ...

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/& ...

Prayer and the Persistent Widow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Well, it's parable day again boys and girls. Parables are like Jesus' subversive little stories of an alternate universe. Well, it's parable day again boys and girl ...

Glenn Beck, Wrong Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Once again, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a> has waded into theological waters beyond his depth. Once again, Glenn Beck has ...

Silent Prayers and a More Than Perfect Game
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There are times when there are no words. There are times when it seems that there is no hope for humankind, that our blindness to the things that make for peace is willful. There ...

A Day in the Life of Phoenix
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>8:00 a.m.</strong> 8:00 a.m. Arizona is a great state. And Arizona is a great state. And they are on the right track with the law they passed. Y ...

My Emergent Experience: 'Stories Can Close Humans as Much as Open Them'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index. ...

War is Ugly, God is Good: What I Learned from the Truth Commission on Conscience in War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I can't imagine a better way to lament the 7<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the war in Iraq than by spending it with Iraq veterans who are horrified by the war and courageously speaking out again ...

A Pastor's Testimony of Redemption May End in Deportation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>Pastor Walter is experiencing firsthand the effects of a broken immigration system. Walter migra ...

Racism on Campus: UC San Diego's Struggle is Every Community's Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

My heart has been burdened the past several weeks by the hurt and pain in a place I call home: UC San Diego. Through my studies at UCSD, but also my community, I grew and was challenged. ...

We Sentence Innocent People to their Deaths
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.witnesstoinnocence.org/"></a>It is <a href="http://www.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty/participate-in-death-penalty-awareness-week/page.do?id=1641094&quo ...

What I Learned From the-Gasp!-Word of Faith Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Perhaps you've heard of them. Perhaps you've heard of them. Televangelists with bouffant hairstyles and Rolex watches saying send me a dollar and God will give you a hun ...

Four Friends' Perspectives on Tiger Woods' Buddhism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Apart from the Dalai Lama, who reportedly had never heard of him until earlier this week, Tiger Woods is the most famous Buddhist on the planet.</p> <p>But until Woods invoked his Buddhist ...

A Reconciliation Reading List for Black History Month
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830822569?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0830822569">Mo ...

Crazy Heart: One Journey Ends, Another Begins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We love a redemption story.</p> <p>The profound appeal of rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches or the fall-from-grace-followed-by-a-spectacular-comeback is about as ingrained in our American p ...

Haiti: God's Love is Greater
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

By now you have heard that there was a major earthquake in Haiti yesterday, which brought much of Port-au-Prince to the ground and also devastated other areas where our ministries work. ...