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'Darkness Cannot Put Out Darkness': Friends Murdered in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-heather-afghanistan1.jpg"></a><a href="http://www.iam-afghanistan.org/">Ten more lives were lost in Afghanistan last w ...

The 'Sacrifice Trap' of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The last month has seen six Australian soldiers killed in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/afghanistan/">Afghanistan</a>, bringing Australia's total to 17. ...

Wikileaks, Truth Tellers, and a Crisis of Conscience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I've been staying with friends over the summer as I make my way slowly to North Carolina for divinity school, and I have been enjoying a few luxuries that I'm not used to, like television. ...

How Heroes are Made: Remembering Nate Henn
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Heroes are not made in the warm hallways of cul-de-sac safety. Nor are they made of black and white print from the critic's air-conditioned desk. Heroes are not made in the w ...

Why National Flags Don't Belong in Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When I first heard the announcement to rise for "the presentation of the colors," I didn't understand what that was. When I first heard the announcement to rise for ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Missing God. Modern day slavery. A crawfisher turned crooner. Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> ...

Praying on the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<strong><em>Editor's note: </em></strong><em>Jim Wallis is on a tour of the Gulf Coast with an interfaith group of leaders sponsored by the Sierra Club. ...

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

This past Fourth of July weekend, I reflected on Kurt Willems' <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/why-christianity-and-july-4th-are-incompatible/">recent post</a>, which had a ...

It's Time to End This War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

After his unanimous approval by the Senate Armed Services Committee as the new Afghan war commander, General David Petraeus was pictured in <em>The Washington Post</em> with a broad smile and thu ...

A Late-Night Save, A Lifetime Commitment to Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The other night as I rode my bike up Massachusetts Ave. with my friend Jeehye, we came upon a man who was about to jump off a bridge. The other night as I rode my bike up Massachu ...

From the Archives: June-July 1975
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gordon Cosby Power and Servanthood I believe that radical obedience to Jesus Christ means to be identified wit ...

Evangelical History and 'Nonperson' Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I recently stumbled across the book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/young-evangelicals-Revolution-orthodoxy/dp/0060667257/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1274304265&amp;sr=8-2&amp ...

A Matter of Integrity: Richard Blumenthal's Vietnam Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut attorney general and Senate candidate, got himself into hot water last week when <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/nyregion/18blumenthal.html"> news ac ...

The Dangers of Disconnecting from Community: An Interview with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>Jonathan, you were quoted in a recent <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/mayweb-only/28-41.0.html"><em>Christianity Today</em> Web article</a>< ...

A Hymn and Prayer for the Gulf: 'O God, the Great, Wide Seas are Yours'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong>This hymn-prayer was written in response to the ongoing oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig that started on April 20<sup>th</sup>. ...

Listeners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, at the height of the media coverage of the most recent sex abuse crisis, Father Francis Clooney, a professor at Harvard Divinity School and Director of the Center for the Study of Wor ...

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 ...

Undocumented and Unafraid: American DREAMers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This January, four immigrant college students from Florida began a fifteen hundred mile pilgrimage, "risking their future because the present is unbearable" (Matos, 23, in <a href="http://www ...

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 ...

Another Vatican II Moment for the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy sexual abuse scandals are a source of profound pain and raw anger. These are dark days for Catholics and our church. T ...

In Honor of Civil Rights Leaders Benjamin Hooks and Dorothy Height
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The world is stubborn. It changes its thinking at a glacial pace. People fear change, and they come to hate what they fear. Powerful interests do not want to lose or to share power. The work of so ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/on-faith-on-glenn-beck-and-a-video-psa-for-social-justice-christians/"></a>Last week, The Washington Post's <a href="http:// ...

Singing in Exile: An Arizona Church Responds to Immigration Enforcement Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Let me first say that neither I, nor Neighborhood Ministries, no ...

Beyond Anti-War: Nonviolence in Our Neighborhoods
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This semester at Princeton Seminary, I am taking a course on War and Christian Conscience. This semester at Princeton Seminary, I am taking a course on War and Christian Conscienc ...

Tribal Tensions in Southern Sudan and Election Approaches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's Note: As Sudan prepares for this April's election, the Khartoum regime's leader, President al-Bashir, has threatened to cut off the fingers of foreign election observers who & ...

Looking Beyond the U.S. for Emerging Church Trends
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.freshworship.org/node/660"></a>[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the Sojour ...

Immigration Reform: What's Next?
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#816745587_ynVuB"></a>Last weekend, tens of thousands of people marched ...

A Reading for April 15: The Parable of the Taxpayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpayer (from the VERY New Testament). This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpa ...

Video of Civilian Deaths in Iraq and America's Culture of Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>"C'mon, just let us shoot "C'mon, just let us shoot I wonder what President I wonder what President Eisenhower would have said... ...

Searching for Community in a Hyper-Mobile Culture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

My friend Joe told me the story of relocating his family to be part of a church that takes community seriously. My friend Joe told me the story of relocating his family to be part ...

The Second-Best Book on Sabbath
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sabbath-World-Glimpses-Different-Order/dp/1400062004/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;s=books&amp;amp;qid=1270152829&amp;amp;sr=1-1&amp;amp;tag=sojo_bl ...

Planting Trees on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

After a hard winter in the Eastern United States, spring offers a resurrection. Particularly here in the Appalachian Bible Belt, we're looking toward Easter.</p> After ...

Our Response to Poverty in the Light of Easter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Why are people poor? Why do they stay poor? What would it take to get them out of poverty? These are major questions that have been heavily debated for a century in our country.</p> ...

War is Ugly, God is Good: What I Learned from the Truth Commission on Conscience in War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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 ...

Jesus-Focused Conversations in Occupied Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>I arrived in Bethlehem last Sunday evening to speak at a conferenc ...

We All Share Responsibility for Going to War -- and for Stopping It
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Christian-Peace-Witness-for/7990927_btnkC#519468687_JHFYM"></a>A comment on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2 ...

Hurt Locker Can't Contain the Reality of War
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I am not a movie buff by any standard, but somehow I suspect I am not the only one who was more than a little surprised at the reception of the latest war movie at Sunday's Oscars. ...

Anonymous Generosity: Go Into the Closet and Do in Secret
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

I recall a discussion once with a friend about the different kinds of needs that existed within our own community. I recall a discussion once with a friend about the different kin ...

The Contentious Issue of 'Selective Conscientious Objection'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/02/09/encouraging-informed-freedom-of-conscience-on-questions-of-war/">As I have been talking about</a> the <a href="http://www.conscienceinwar. ...

Black History Month Syndrome
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://edwardg.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/black-history-month278x2001.jpg"></a>I've kind of avoided the topic of Black History Month this year until now, almost th ...

Change Your Pew, Change Your Perspective
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

When my usual pew was filled, I was almost panic-stricken as the usher led me to a different section of the church. Little did I know, I needed a change in perspective.</p> ...

All Are Equally Called to 'Servant Leadership'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

How many of us feel uneasy when we are told that men, rather than women, are called to be "servant leaders?" Perhaps we are confused by this notion -- that men alone are to be "servant leaders&q ...

An Ash Wednesday Memoir of Mortality
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_wnFEbT1wwhs/S3q7WikSifI/AAAAAAAABNw/EO3vNVmCR3w/s1600-h/Norval+%26+Blanche+at+81.jpg"></a>Fifteen years ago next week, on my mother's 85th ...

Reinvigorating the Discourse on Just War and Pacifism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Before <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/25/learning-from-iraqi-good-samaritans/">I went to Iraq</a> with my friend and fellow God's Politics contributor <a href="http:// ...

Can I Get A Witness (for Immigration Reform)?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530323111_4Ljmo"></a>Some in Washington would have us believe that immigrat ...

Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove on Friendship and Leadership (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/28/audio-interview-with-shane-claiborne-and-jonathan-wilson-hartgrove-on-friendship-and-leadership/">[continued from part 1]</a></p> ...

Interview with Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove on Friendship and Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>For Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, "subversive" friendship is about creating God's counterculture in the midst of a dominant culture.</p> ...

Listening for the Call to Service
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>After college I completed a year of service with <a href="http://www.publicallies.org/site/c.liKUL3PNLvF/b.3158921/k.D04A/New_York.htm">Public Allies New York,</a> an <a href= ...

A New Direction for Juvenile Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. ...

From 'Strangers at Our Gates' to Brothers and Sisters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Just say it: Feliz Just say it: Feliz Interesting article. When I Interesting article. When I saw the title of this, I thought of Mel White's book, "Stranger at ...