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CNN, Jesus and Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

I must admit, I was skeptical. Justin Bieber and Jesus -- at least not together -- weren't exactly on my radar. I must admit, I was skeptical. Justin Bieber and J ...

Must Read: Mother of Amish Massacre Shooter Caring for His Paralyzed Victim
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Today Religion News Service reporter Daniel Burke has an absolutely stellar, exclusive interview with Terri Roberts, the mother of Charles Carl "Charlie" Roberts IV, who, on Oct. ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 President Obama and aides are bracing for a tough re-el ...

Generation XYZ: This Is Not Your Grandfather's Morality
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

If older generations paint morality in black and white, young people's palettes are disappointingly grey. If older generations paint morality in black and white, young ...

The Republican Debates So Far (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Most people who follow the political public discourse in our country know the Republican mantra on the economy -- cut taxes, cut regulation, cut federal spending, balance the national budget, and all ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Get Your Click On!
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

It's Oktoberfest. A frosty papal pilsner, perhaps? ] When Pope Benedict XVI visited Germany last week, the beer meisters were ready. The German newspaper Der Spiegel reports: "According to Helmut Ku ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Dead Sea Scrolls go digital Dead Sea Scrolls go digital The Dead Sea scrolls, 2,000 parchment and papyrus copies of 974 biblical texts, have been pixilated f ...

Church: Socks Are Optional but Grace is Required
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Evangelical author nears the end of her "biblical year" From making her own clothes to praising her husband at the city gate to sleeping outside in a tent for the duration of her period, Rachel Held ...

R.E.M. Taught Me How to Lose Religion and Live a Life of Faith
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... One of my earliest experiences with m ...

The Republican Debates So Far (part 1)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

As a liberal, a progressive that stands to the left of President Obama, I do not expect to hear much in a Republican presidential debate with which I will agree. As a liberal, a p ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 2:04pm | 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 ...

BREAKING NEWS: R.E.M. Breaks Up (Requiem For My Youth)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! It's the End of the World and We Know It. We're Losing Our Religion. Our Pilgrimage is OVER. NOOOOOO ...

Two Thumbs Up for Ebert and "Life Itself"
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"The conditions of my life are precarious," film critic Roger Ebert wrote last week in a posting on his online journal titled, "Fall from Grace." Ebert, 69, perhaps the pre-eminent film cr ...

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself...
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

They call me ..."God Girl."* And I'll be your new tour guide here at God's Politics. Some of you may know me by my more official byline, Cathleen Falsani. I've been a contributing edi ...

What is an Evangelical, anyway?
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Blog

Not long after the 2004 presidential election, I was dining with some friends in Brooklyn when the conversation turned to religion and politics - the two things you're never supposed to discuss in pol ...

Red State Wins: Take a Bow, Silent Bob
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Don't believe most of what you'll hear about Kevin Smith's new movie, Red State. Don't believe most of what you'll hear about Kevin Smith's new m ...

Jim Wallis: Poverty Should Be #1 Issue in 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | 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 ...

Turning Mourning into Voyeurism
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I'm sure it will end on September 12 when the news media go back to reporting the most urgent question of our time -- which GOP candidate will win the tea party debate on Monday night? ...

Liberate Eden: A Digital Meditation on the Contemporary Life of Faith
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"The man who can articulate the movements of his inner life," the late Christian apologist and author Henri Nouwen said, "need no longer be a victim of himself, but is able slowly and consiste ...

Working for the Kingdom of God: A Defense
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Deep down I don't believe in the separation of church and state. Deep down I don't believe in the separation of church and state. Oh, I am against the idea of a state c ...

Hurricanes and Spoiled Romance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When our ideas about nature come primarily from Sierra Club calendars or selected snippets from Thoreau, an east coast earthquake and monster hurricane (in the same week) are powerful wake-up calls. ...

10 Years After 9/11 the Question Remains the Same
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was standing in the bathroom of my apartment outside Chicago, about to hop in the shower, when I heard the phone ring and then my husband call my name. ...

Why Christianity and Comics Go Together
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I remember vividly the first time I went to a comic book shop with my mom. I'd sneaked there before. But this time was different. I remember vividly the first time I went to ...

The Problem With Christian Labels
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

A week or two after the 2004 election, I was dining with some friends in New York when the conversation turned to religion and politics -- the two things that you're never supposed to discuss in po ...

A Tennessee Church Welcomes its Muslim Neighbors
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Rev. Steve Stone was just trying to be a good neighbor. Rev. Steve Stone was just trying to be a good neighbor. Two years ago, the pastor of Heartsong Church in Cordova, Tenne ...

Should Worship be Entertaining?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In recent days I've been thinking through with a friend one of the enduring challenges of pastoral and catechetical ministry: how to dispel the notion that worship should be entertaining. ...

I'm Not that Kind of Feminist
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Over the past few weeks various news outlets have run stories on the so-called feminism of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Over the past few weeks various news outlets have run ...

Deaths in Afghanistan: Robbing the World of Human Possibilities
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I hate war. I do not hate it because people die. Death is inescapable. And believers believe that we will meet those we love again in heaven. I hate war. I do not hate it because ...

Alabama Clergy Sue to Stop Anti-Immigrant Law
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When the Alabama legislature passed their infamous, anti-immigrant law (HB 56), the religious community in the state immediately cried foul. When the Alabama legislature passed th ...

Palestinian Nonviolence: Muslims, Not Christians, Are the Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I give talks on the effects of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian livelihood, the status of nonviolence as a means to resisting the occupation, and how I believe nonviolence is the only wa ...

Neocolonialism and Cowboys & Aliens
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Excep ...

The Conservative Radical: An Article by John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: Rev. John Stott, one of the world's most influential evangelical figures over the past half-century, died this Wednesday at age 90. Rev. [ Edi ...

The Importance of Sharing Our Stuff
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. "And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was le ...

Let Us Be Clear: The Debt Ceiling Crisis is Purely Artificial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

We have come to an impasse in the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling because of several conceptual errors in our public discourse. We have come to an impasse in the negotiatio ...

Solomon's Wisdom and the Debt Ceiling
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | 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 ...

Are Books a Thing of the Past?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 Zhao ! | more info (via: Wylio)Sales of printed books are down 9 percent this year, supplanted in part by digital versions on Kindles, Nooks, and even iPhone apps. ...

Betty Ford and the Trials and Blessings of Life
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Life is hard. It is full of pain, disappointments, and challenges of every kind. When hard times come our way, we often ask, Why me? And the answer comes: Why not you? Life is har ...

Enough Activists, But Not Enough Convergence: An Interview With James Lawson
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Over lunch last week, during the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict's <a href="http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/index.php/learning-and-resources/educational-initiatives/fletche ...

Loving Casey Anthony in a Culture of Vengeance
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

I couldn't bear to watch any of the coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial. I heard snippets of information on occasion: intimations of incest; a car that "smelled of death"; fist fights bre ...

Should Churches Be Allowed to Meet in Public Schools?
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

A recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling, and the subsequent fallout here in New York, hits close to home for many of us New Yorkers. The ruling, which came down on June 2, allows for the city of New York to rest ...

Crazy, Holy, Hungry Ones: My Wild Goose Festival Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"Blessed are the good-hearted, poets, and the dreamers. And all us crazy, holy, hungry ones who still believe in something better."</em></p> &quo ...

Could a Decline in Numbers Bring New Hope to Southern Baptists?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart for them. Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart ...

Worship, Liturgy, and an Introduction to Poet Scott Kinder-Pyle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian pastor in Spokane, Washington, and the featured poet in <em>Sojourners</em>' July issue. Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian p ...

Michelle Obama and the Women of South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divine meet. Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divi ...

Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When evang ...

Are Millennials Conflicted About Morality?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:55pm | Type: Blog

The Public Religion Research Institute recently released the results of their newest survey, "Committed to Availability, Conflicted About Morality," which shined new light on the complexity of opinio ...

Thank God That I am a Man and Not a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It's likely that some of you will take offense at the title of this post. But if you read through the post, it'll certainly make more sense in the larger context. It ...

What Would Jonathan Edwards Say About Twitter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As I play with my young son, walk to the grocery store, or wait for a subway, I feel the presence of emails I haven't answered, Facebook invites I haven't responded to, tweets I haven't sent. ...

My Search for the Truth About the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In 2008, as I heard the increasing public rhetoric of hostility emanating from the Middle East, I found myself wondering what Jesus would say and do if he were here in the flesh today. ...