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Be Ready to Be Changed
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Blog

We’re surrounded by beauty all of the time. Sometimes we just need a little help seeing it. We have a group at our church that does a weekly sandwich ministry together. Though we ...

Serving Joyfully
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

How could he do something as mundane as washing dishes and do it with joy? Washing dishes. This is how I remember Momadu. Washing dishes is a chore, you know. In the pre-dishwa ...

Remembering 9/11 Through Music and Literature
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Ten years on, I'm remembering the literature I read and the music that kept me going in the days and months after 9/11. Ten years on, I'm remembering the literature I r ...

Embodied Theology
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this summer I attended a church service where the pastor, a man struggling with what appears to be his final bout with cancer, preached about the hope that Jesus promises to those who trust ...

A Moral Budget: Politics, Policies, and People
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Several weeks ago (right before I left for my sabbatical), I joined with six other pastors from around the country -- in partnership with Sojourners -- to draft an open letter to Congress and Preside ...

Will Politicians Listen to Pastors?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The way you think and feel about the world is shaped by what you see when you get out of bed in the morning. I remember hearing this from civil rights activists. The way you think ...

A Gun, a Pause, and Innocence Lost in the West Bank
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:13am | Type: Blog

I send many of my students to the Middle East as interns. In fact, Wheaton College has an entire program devoted to student short-term placement. I send many of my students to the ...

10 Ways Pastors Muck It Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After posting a blog about my <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/13/10-problems-of-a-dying-church-and-how-to-fix-them/" target="_blank">observations of a dying church</a>, th ...

What Men and Women Lose Under Complementarianism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Any discussion of shared authority and responsibility between men and women must start with the importance Jesus placed on unity among his followers. Any discussion of shared auth ...

Friday Links Round Up: Awesome people. Vegetarians. Going mute.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:41pm | Type: Blog

Awesome people. Vegetarians. Going mute. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Awesome people. Vegetarians. Going mute. Here� ...

Overcoming Depression (and Stigma) as an Asian American Woman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:38pm | Type: Blog

Today is my one-year anniversary on vitamin L, and it's finally time to talk about. Today is my one-year anniversary on vitamin L, and it's finally time to talk about. ...

Theology That Matters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When I was in high school as part of my participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, I had to write what was called an "extended essay" -- basically an essay of the (then) extreme ...

Single Pastors, The Church, and Community
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Recently I found a story about a friend from seminary in <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/us/22pastor.html" target="_blank">New York Times</a></em>. ...

The Scandal and Beauty of Grace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus came to us full of grace and truth (<a href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=167387230" target="_blank">John 1</a>). Jesus came to us full of gra ...

Peace Through (Nonviolent) Strength
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Erica Chenoweth directs Wesleyan University's program on terrorism and insurgency research, which she established in 2008. Erica Chenoweth directs Wesleyan University's ...

Does the Church Need a Missionary Code of Conduct?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I just recently became aware of a discussion that grew out of the Third Lausanne International Congress on World Evangelism in Cape Town this past October. I just recently became ...

DREAMS Should Not Be Illegal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The House acted last night with boldness and leadership to pass the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/dream-act/" target="_blank">DREAM Act</a>. Th ...

Recipes for Resistance: Cooking With GMOs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As genetically modified organisms (GMOs) become more prevalent, so do protests against them. As genetically modified organisms (GMOs) become more prevalent, so do protests against ...

The New Consumer: Has the Recession Changed Us?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As young kids, my sister and I always loved to rummage through my grandmother's basement. As young kids, my sister and I always loved to rummage through my grandmother' ...

Hymn for Pakistan: "Whatever You Do"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief efforts in Pakistan.</p> This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief ...

Death By Ministry: Why is Being a Pastor so Unhealthy?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Several years ago, I spent several hours/week doing research (and meeting with other pastors) about pastoral health and vitality for my denomination.</p> Several years ago, ...

Americans With Disabilities and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. It seems a bit strange when you think about. ...

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. ...

Missionaries: What's Wrong with Them?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Mention the word <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/missionaries/">"missionary"</a> to an assortment of people around the world, and you are sure to see quite a range of reaction ...

Who Can Throw the First Stone at BP? None of Us.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100525-bp-oily.jpg"></a> I don't know the personal, spiritual ground of those who created the situation that has become the <a href=& ...

Glenn Beck Attacks Churches on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I thought Glenn Beck must have moved on to other things, but the other night, he went back to his attack on social justice churches. This time the issue was climate change.</p> ...

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>. ...

Dr. Dorothy Irene Height: A Servant Leader Among Us
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>In an age when many leaders desperately seek their 15 minutes of YouTube fame, Dr. Dorothy Irene Height was celebrated by presidents and everyday citizens alike for being the rarest of all humans -- ...

My Green Hangover
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yikes. It has been a long month, and it is technically not over yet. Green jargon and advertising every place your eyes dare to settle. Yikes. It has been a long month, and it is ...

The God Who Sees
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When I was in second grade handball was all the rage. We played it with big red rubber balls against backboards on the playground. When I was in second grade handball was all the ...

Arizona's Immigration Bill is a Social and Racial Sin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530258814_kGpKA"></a>I got up at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning to fly to Pho ...

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> ...

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. ...

The Balancing Act of a Successful Woman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Hollywood isn't real life, but when real life (mine and the lives of the actors) and Hollywood converge it is great fodder for thinking and conversation. Peter and I can't stop talking about ...

Why did God Create Women?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307267148?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0307267148"> ...

Healing Presence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

During the past two years, I've traveled internationally quite extensively, focused on issues related to extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and war. During the ...

Is Christianity a Straitjacket?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Would you be interested in getting to know someone if all you knew about her was what she didn't do?</p> Would you be interested in getting to know someone if all you k ...

The Little Voice of Self-Doubt Inside My Head
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Right now my head is a bit stuffed up thanks to a cold, but the little voice inside my head usually takes no prisoners. Right now my head is a bit stuffed up thanks to a cold, but ...

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= ...

Haiti: Praying, Waiting, and Worshiping in the Rubble
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>This is Cindy and Phyllis writing to let you know that we are all safe here at Bolosse. We were hit hard though. This is Cindy and Phyllis writing to ...

Asian ? White
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1950943-1,00.html" target="_blank">Articles like this make me want to celebrate and cringe</a>. ...

Five Christian Considerations for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I approach the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/11/an-open-letter-to-conservative-christians-in-the-us-on-health-care/">discussion about health-care reform</a> from the perspective o ...

Criteria for Spiritual Leadership: Content of Character
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Does it seem curious to you that when the issue of leadership in the church is discussed, gender is frequently cited as a primary element to consider? Does it seem curious to you ...

Celebrating Mandela's Birthday and Serving Zimbabwe's Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On July 18<sup>th</sup> many people from different parts of the world celebrated Nelson Mandela's 91<sup>st</sup> birthday! On July 18 th many peop ...

'Win Over' or 'Love On' for Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm currently rockin' in Knoxville, Tennessee. I'm currently rockin' in Knoxville, Tennessee. I have the privilege of being one of the morning teachers of an e ...

In Defense of the 'Nice White Lady'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I really hope no one gets offended I really hope no one gets offended I guess i'm a "nice white I guess i'm a "nice white lady", since I have r ...

A Sojourner Goes Home: In Memory of a 'Cherished Pastor and Rebellious Saint'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As our nation mourns the untimely death of the King of Pop, I am grieving over the death of a lesser know man: a man whom many will never know, but whose mark on the world is significant. Two weeks ag ...

Free Music Monday: The Welcome Wagon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

About a month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Rev. About a month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Rev. Vito Aiuto one early Saturday morning at his church, Resurrection Pre ...

To Hell with Human Trafficking. There, I Said It.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Is it possible that we as Christians just aren't angry enough about injustices like human trafficking and slavery? Perhaps we've grown too desensitized, domesticated, and docile. ...

God is Not [and has never been] White: Biblical Post-colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"The Bible knows nothing about peace without justice," said that great prophet of joyful restorative justice, Desmond Tutu, when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.</p> ...