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A Bottom-Up Perspective on Obama's Nobel Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I didn't get a chance to watch Barack Obama's Nobel speech live, but I've read the transcript and found very little in the speech that couldn't have been given by any number of past preside ...

'Stand up for Christmas'?!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Here's a post from one of my favorite blogs titled, <em><a href="http://dritta.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/stand-up-for-christmas/" target="_blank">'Stand Up for Christma ...

Cheerful Books for the Bleak Midwinter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

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Copenhagen: Three Global Factions and a Volatile Mix of Hope and Despair
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

In search of a global ethic and political will, in freezing weather and the most dispiriting cavernous building under cold grey Copenhagen skies, this search by 34,000 people with 3500 press observ ...

Christians Must Find a More Christ-like Symbol than 'Crusaders'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Imagine for a minute the fallout were a Muslim high school in America to choose for its mascot "the Jihadists."</p> <p>In that light, how do you think Muslims (or Jews) view Chri ...

Dinesh D'Souza, the New Atheism, and Constantinian Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week at the Innovative Evangelism Conference, I got a chance to hear <a href="http://www.dineshdsouza.com/">Dinesh D'Souza</a> speak to a standing room only crowd. ...

Health Care: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>The following is a memo Jim Wallis has provided to leaders throughout the nation concerning the ongoing issue of abortion within the health care reform debate and the need to find common ground ...

The Charter for Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sympathy for another's suffering."</p> Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sy ...

An Evangelical Trojan Horse in the Democratic Party?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/11/8/802231/-Does-the-Evangelical-Movement-Belong-in-the-Democratic-Party">A recent Daily Kos post asks this question</a>: Does the Evangel ...

Remembering Native Americans -- Beyond November
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In November we first think of Thanksgiving, and as we Native Americans say, Thanksgiving is a time when we once again reflect upon all we have and the genocide it took to get it. ...

Conservative Evangelicals and Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I sat and listened attentively as a series of American religious leaders explained to several members of a <a href="http://www.faithandimmigration.org/blog/faith-leaders-testify-se ...

What a Neighborhood Elder Taught Me About Interfaith Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A story I have written about before and preached on time and time again recently took on new meaning for me. A story I have written about before and preached on time and time agai ...

A Child's Prayer and a Parent's Predicament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video. A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video. The clip, which apparently has now gone viral with ov ...

Why Interfaith Work Does Not Equal Relativism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is a line in the <em>Riga Veda, </em>a collection of ancient Hindu scripture, that says "Truth is One, but the sages speak of it by many names." I had heard of this before, but hadn ...

Light vs. Heat
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Science and religion books explore the "seen and the unseen." The fields of science and ...

The Health-Care Roller Coaster Rolls On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We continue the roller coaster ride that we hope will end with universal or near universal coverage for health care in the United States. We continue the roller coaster ride that ...

Signs of Evangelical Renewal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

At a major conference at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts recently, 500 evangelicals met to discuss how to "renew the evangelical mission."</p> ...

The Media's Favorite Catholic Culture Warrior
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just in time for Halloween, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is once again spooked about all those "radical secularists" lurking ominously behind ever corner. ...

Caught Between Two Worlds: Progressive and Evangelical
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm trembling as I write this one. I'm trembling as I write this one. I'm already isolated within my own faith community (Pentecostalism) for my views on war and pe ...

'Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion': Interview with Frank Schaeffer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>In my ongoing quest to find a third way between the extremes espoused by the Religious Right and their secular counterparts, I came across the Frank Schaeffer's latest book </em><em> ...

Dan Brown's Lost Symbol and the Lure of Secret Knowledge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dan Brown, the author of <em>The Da Vinci Code</em> and of <em>Angels and Demons</em>, has a new book out Dan Brown, the author of The Da Vinci Code a ...

Columbus in Reverse: 'Travel as a Political Act'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

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Why Celebrate Columbus Day?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Critics on Our Left, Meet the Critics on Our Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Every now and then someone to our right or left posts an article excoriating Sojourners or Jim Wallis for not being _____ enough, infuriated that we still claim to be _____ even though we're really ...

The Conservative Bible Project, Jesus, and Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is a conservative project to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/07/the-gospel-according-to-the-conservative-bible-project/">translate the Bible to reflect a conservative ideology</a ...

Scripture and History Remind Us That We Are All Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Health Care: Human Right, Civil Right, Privilege, or Market Commodity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What is health care?</p> What is health care? Is it a human right, civil right, privilege or market commodity? Is it a public good, moral obligation, government obligat ...

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This week, a friend sent me a link to a video from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas titled <a href="http://www.swbts.edu/index.cfm?pageid=1701">"Taking the Hill."< ...

A Prayer for Derrion Albert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Every dawning day we wake to the news of human violence against humanity. We see images of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who've traveled a long way from home to fight terrorists. ...

Thou Shalt Not Abuse the Ten Commandments
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<p class="MsoNormal">ABC's Nightline has been running a series on the Ten Commandments in which they explore the issues and dimensions of each commandment in contemporary society.<span& ...

Health Care: Where Do We Go from Here?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim Wallis, Harry R. Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim ...

Applying Just Peace Theory to Obama's UN Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory is the middle way between pacifism and just war theory. It recognizes the moral force of nonviolence and the goal of a world that solves its disputes through nonviolent means. ...

Discrimination in Services -- No. Protection of Faith Identity -- Yes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 & ...

How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary <em><a href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the ...

'Indecent' Clothing and Abusive Control
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Over the past couple of months, I've followed the unfolding story of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/world/africa/07sudan.html" target="_blank">Lubna Hussein</a> ...

Peace Day and Our Fearless Obligation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught fearlessness.</p> Jesus taught fearlessness. Thus, to follow Jesus means to live a faith that takes us beyond our anxieties, beyond our deepest fears and tr ...

A Plea for a New Generation of Republican Leadership
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I believe our nation works best with robust and civic dialogue and civil debate. I believe our nation works best with robust and civic dialogue and civil debate. For mature societ ...

Dog is My Co-Pilot?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last week a friend who knows my dogs sent me a link to Wendy Francisco's wildly popular new song, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H17edn_RZoY">"God and Dog" < ...

Judgment Day: Does Matthew 25 Apply to the Health-Care Debate?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I heard a Christian leader say that the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25 is not a reason for Christians to support universal health care guaranteed by their government. ...

Remembering Sen. Edward Kennedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I woke up this morning planning an essay for God's Politics about love and fear. It will be another essay in support of health-care reform. This issue has commandeered my pen.</p> ...

Honoring the Greatest Commitment of Sen. Edward Kennedy's Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In the aftermath of the 2004 presidential election, the Democrats were roundly accused of losing the "moral values voters" in America, and of being the party of "secularists" who w ...

Interfaith Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Hospital waiting rooms are glum places pretty much everywhere. People, sick or injured, wait and wait and wait. Nowhere are the huge gaps between rich and poor so graphically in evidence. ...

In the Culture War, Justice Loses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few days ago, radical Muslims in Pakistan began terrorizing the Christian minority in the town of Gojra. A few days ago, radical Muslims in Pakistan began terrorizing the Christ ...

To Whom Much is Given
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We learned the story in Sunday school: </p> We learned the story in Sunday school: The rich ruler comes to Jesus and asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesu ...

A Conversation with Robert Jensen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

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Making Peace with Sam Harris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Francis Collins, President Obama's choice to head the National Institute of Health, has been met with much resistance from certain quarters of the scientific community. D ...

Health Care is a Human Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), article 25 paragraph 1 says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, i ...

My Summer Road Trips
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For our family, summer is road trip time. Joy loves to drive, and our two boys, Luke and Jack, are veteran travelers - by land, air, and even sea! For our family, summer is road t ...

Mark Sanford, John Ensign, and 'The Family'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Presently, the glare of the media spotlight has started to shine on a number of political figures, all of whom coincidentally have a connection to a D.C.-based group called The Family. ...

Jimmy Carter's Stand on Women in Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>An autographed photo of Jimmy Carter sits on our piano. A friend of ours wrote to Carter and told him that he was one of our sons' favorite presidents, and would he please send them a signed phot ...