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What Does Rob Bell Really Say? (A Review of the Actual Book Itself)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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 ...

This Lenten Season is For Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Every Lenten season I give up something, usually chocolate. I sometimes fast for several hours during the day. Sometimes I read an extra book or two, usually on peace theory. Ever ...

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' ...

Contend for the Gospel, But Please Don't Be a Jerk
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In a pluralistic world of a plethora of thoughts, ideas, philosophies, and worldviews, it makes total sense to me that Christians need to be equipped and engaged in "contending" for the gospel.</p ...

Closer to God, Closer to the Poor: A President's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was able to attend the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday morning and noted two important things about <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/03/remarks-president-national-p ...

Is Evangelical Christianity Having a Great Gay Awakening?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/25/is-evangelical-christianity-having-a-great-gay-awakening/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Some of my dearest friends a ...

Christian Civility: The Test of Intra-Faith Relations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Recently, I read an article featuring a pastor with whom I had strong disagreements. The more I read, the less I liked -- and it was a long article. Recently, I read an article fe ...

Young Evangelicals Must Champion Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In some ways, 2010 was a great year for evangelicals who have longed for the church to stand for just and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration/">compassionate immigration reform</a& ...

Seeking Justice: Does it Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning, I arrived at <a href="http://qcafe.org/" target="_blank">Q Cafe</a> as I do on nearly every work morning to begin a new day. Yes ...

A Christmas DREAM for Students Around the Country
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">As the holidays draw near, bright lights decorate the streets of the District of Columbia, carols are sung, cookies are baked, and stores fill up with anxious shopp ...

Korean-American Women and Ordination in the Church
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

In 2004, I was the 40th Korean-American clergywomen to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. denomination. Forty seems like such a small number when you consider that in 2011, Korean-American Clergywom ...

Three Steps Toward a Balanced Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There has been a lot of talk about deficits lately. This is for good reasons. Our personal and national relationship to debt is indeed a moral issue. There has been a lot of talk ...

Prayer and the Persistent Widow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

Pastors: God Calls us to Cross-Cultural Ministry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As we continue to live within the ever-increasing multi-ethnic and multicultural reality, it is more and more obvious that the "black and white" matrix of the American Christian church is outdated. ...

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 ...

Is Women's Leadership in the Church a Primary Issue?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

If you are concerned about the question of gender and Christian faith you have probably heard someone say, "Yes, the woman's question is important, but it is not a 'primary issue.'" Wh ...

7 Steps to Civility this Election Season
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> Last week, I asked you all to tell FOX ...

Getting Beyond Labels (Part I)
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>Ever since Peter and Paul had opposing views about ministry to the Gentil ...

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 ...

'Welcome, Cordoba House!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note: </strong>Lisa Sharon Harper spoke at a candlelight vigil in support of the Cordoba House in New York on September 10. Below is her transcription of the speech ...

Glenn Beck: Does He Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the course of our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">various responses</a> and<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1009& ...

Are Christians the Only Children of God?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the film "Dead Man Walking", shortly before Matthew Poncelet (played by Sean Penn) is executed, there's a scene where Poncelet confesses his crime of rape and murder. ...

Are We Saved by Doctrine, or Saved by Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

My article "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/10/can-muslims-follow-the-biblical-christ-and-still-be-muslim/">Can Muslims follow the Biblical Christ and still be Muslim</a>?" ...

Glenn Beck and a Neighborless Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I want to thank <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a>. I want to thank Glenn Beck . His recent tirade against liberation theolog ...

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

Dear Pastors,</p> Dear Pastors, This week, a group called NumbersUSA sent out a message to hundreds of thousands of Americans to ask them to please contact their pastor. ...

What Do We Do When There Are No Simple Solutions?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The other day, I got together with a pastor friend who is feeling discouraged and overwhelmed by the extent of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">the Gulf oil spill</a> and his ...

Why Christianity and July 4th are Incompatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: What I am about to write may sound radical or irrational to some. I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: ...

Calling People to Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Several months ago, I was invited to speak at </em><a href="http://www.lifest.com/"><em>Lifest</em></a><em>, a Christian festival in Wisconsin with more ...

Patriarchy in the Church and its Effects
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>In this month's issue of Sojourners, Anne Eggebroten's article <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1007&amp;article=the-persistence-o ...

Is Christ's Gender Paramount?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>How many of us come from traditions where we have been told that women cannot serve in positions of leadership because Jesus was male? How many of us come from tradit ...

Goodbye, Styrofoam Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last Monday evening, a massive storm front hit southwestern Ohio. Last Monday evening, a massive storm front hit southwestern Ohio. Although the damage was minimal, the storm turn ...

Further Reflections on the Biblical Ruth as an 'Illegal Immigrant'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In March, I wrote a <a href="http://aarondtaylor.blogspot.com/2010/03/ruth-was-illegal-immigrant-so-does-that.html">piece</a> praising the Biblical character Boaz for showing compassion ...

Video: A Second Grader's Challenge to Michelle Obama on Immigration
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Michelle Obama is used to being in front of children. She routinely visits schools, community centers, shelters, and social service agencies in and around Washington, D.C. She speaks with them, reads ...

'What the Arizona?': Silence is not an Option in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#830413851_fem9v"></a>I know that there are many of you that are engagin ...

A Psalm for Mine Worker Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I read through psalm after psalm searching for the "right" one to read at the opening of the <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jT_TJF6XHvkIcroUc3uaHO184YLA ...

Christian Zionism: Theology that Legitimates Oppression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598997294_wdMxF"></a>I recently returned from a speaking engagement at the Bethlehem Bi ...

What is the Gospel?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last week at her blog, <a href="http://rachelheldevans.com/gospel" target="_blank">Rachel Held Evans</a> proposed the question "What is the Gospel?" She received s ...

A Day in the Life of Phoenix
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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 ...

'God's Maternal Nature': One of the Best Mother's Day Sermons I Can Remember
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday I heard one of the best Mother's Day sermons I can remember. It was by the pastor at our family's church, Rev. Jeff Haggray of First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.</p> ...

Psalm 94 and Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Psalm 94 is not my psalm, and perhaps it's not yours either. Psalm 8; Psalm 23; Psalm 100. They get a lot of air time because they really speak to us. Psalm 94 is not my ps ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855070806_wCQFN"></a>There's a scene in the film <a href= ...

Praise the Lord and Fire Away
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Valerie Elverton Dixon What does holy scripture have to do with weapons of war? Not much. The U.S. military ha ...

Why My Conservative Business Friends Support Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Recently I turned to a conservative, white businessman friend to get some insight into how immigrants enhance our culture. Recently I turned to a conservative, white businessman f ...

From Fear to Fact: U.S. Citizen Arrested for 'Driving While Latino' in Arizona
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Certain moments in our nation's history have consistently opened the door for the least civil voices to enact evil through civil policy: think the institution of race-based U.S. slavery, the In ...

God is Big Enough to Take Our Doubt and Anger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"To believe is human, to doubt divine."</p> "To believe is human, to doubt divine." Those words are central to the self-described "incendiary th ...

An Open Letter to Governor Brewer of Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Esteemed Governor Brewer:</p> Esteemed Governor Brewer: My wife and I are both Evangelical pastors who have unrelenting commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our pa ...

Fight or Die: How to Lose Friends and Irritate People
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>This video clip by <a href="http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/">The Work of The People</a> is going to upset a lot of people.</p> This video c ...

Emerging or Converging?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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.c ...

Glenn Beck as Theologian
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Did you know that scripture says, "there is no God?" Yep, it sure does, right there in Psalm 14:1, right after the words "The fool has said in his heart..." Interesting, isn't it? ...

Christian Militias and Litmus Tests
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've been told that I am obviously not a Christian because I watch movies. Because I believe women can be pastors. Because I don't take Mass in a Catholic church. Because I've rea ...