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Five Spiritual Resolutions For 2014: What Elders, Suffering, And Loss Have Taught Me About The Gospel

Date: January 3, 2014
This past year taught me so much about the gospel and caused me to go deeper into my faith. As this new year begins, here are five spiritual resolutions I learned from last year:

Christians On Right And Left Agree; Church Must Push Back Against Trend Of Government Cynicism

Date: January 3, 2014
Jim Wallis, who is President of the progressive Evangelical political advocacy group Sojourners delineated between "healthy skepticism" and cynicism.

I Pledge Allegiance To The Kingdom Of God

Source: Subversive1
Date: January 3, 2014
As Christian pastor and activist Jim Wallis has said, "God is not a Republican or a Democrat. God is not partisan. God is not ideologically committed to our Left or Right. God's politics challenges all of our politics. It includes the people our politics regularly leave out; the poor and the vulnerable. That's God's politics."

Pastor's Corner: Consider A Deeper Resolution To Compassion

In this month’s Sojourner magazine, its editor, Jim Wallis, wrote of the unfinished agenda of racism. He wrote, “This historically horrendous evil existed because we tolerated it. That’s why evil always continues to exist: because we tolerate it.”

My 10 Favourite Books Of 2013

Date: January 2, 2014
Jim Wallis’ Rediscovering Values - On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street, A Moral Compass for the New Economy: This book should come with a warning: It will upset you if you’re a fiscal conservative, but, if you are, you might want to give yourself this challenge. Wallis is as close to a ‘Dorothy Day’ as our generation has.

The Idolatry Of Money

Source: fin24
Date: December 30, 2013
I once interviewed a writer from the US, Jim Wallis, author of the 2005 book, God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It, who told me a little story. When he was studying at the seminary, he and fellow students took an old bible and they cut out of it every verse that referred to how one should treat the poor, the widow, the orphan, the vulnerable. In the end, he said, they had a bible that looked like lace and a pile of confetti on the floor – clear evidence of the importance of these issues in Judaeo-Christian faith.

The Bible, Bigotry And The Willie Nelson Look

Source: Patheos
Date: December 27, 2013
Let’s go further. Jim Wallis started Sojourners with a hole-y Bible, a Bible with all the verses about “the poor, wealth and poverty, and social justice” all cut out. As a result, he’s been shunned, shouted at by Glenn Beck and almost thrown out of the seminary where he started. All for just telling people what the Bible says.

The Pope's Criticisms Hit Where It Hurts

Date: December 21, 2013
The Rev. Jim Wallis highlighted the debate in his 2005 New York Times bestseller, God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It.

Sojo Authors Have the Right Stuff for Under Your Tree

As you make your winter reading list or shop for gifts, consider these 2013 books from Sojourners magazine staff and contributors. Or, buy yourself a gift for 2014.

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