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Harold Camping, Rapture, and Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The rapture date and prediction has come and gone.</p> The rapture date and prediction has come and gone. By now, all of you have heard about the frenzy around 89-year-o ...

Ordinary People and Just Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When we think about world events, we often think about them in relation to larger-than-life people -- the leaders of nations or of revolutions. When we think about world events, w ...

Worship Songs for a New Generation: 'Hold On to Love'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/17/worship-songs-for-a-new-generation-hold-on-to-love/" target="_self"></a>Much ink has been spilled about the so-called "lov ...

8 Lessons Learned as a Pastor and Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/13/8-lessons-learned-as-a-pastor-and-mother/" target="_self"></a>I love this photo. Exemplified in this photo is where my life as ...

President Obama and the Economic and Moral Imperatives of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The world around us is teaming with meaning. Words are lush with meaning. One word can point to many different ideas, emotions, expectations. The world around us is teaming with m ...

Afghanistan: No More Excuses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After 10 long years, the national conversation on the war in Afghanistan has changed significantly. And now, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, used for years to justify the war, is over. ...

Love Comes First
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was in the middle of a degree in biblical and theological studies when one of my close friends told me she was gay. She didn't last long at her church after coming out to her small group. ...

Osama bin Laden: The Death of the 'Madman with a Sword'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The mix of relief and grief displayed by crowds in the streets outside the White House and the Capitol building was a human response to the news that U.S. The mix of relief and gr ...

How Should We Respond to the Death of Osama bin Laden?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This morning most Americans are feeling a sense of relief at the news that Osama bin Laden is dead. This morning most Americans are feeling a sense of relief at the news that Osam ...

Jane Eyre, Sucker Punch, and Feminism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Hollywood is generally fairly reluctant to produce films with strong feminist messages. It is far easier to sell women cast as the sexy sidekick or vapid damsel in distress. Holly ...

Why I Do Not Support President Obama's Decision on Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama forcefully <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/us/politics/29prexy-text.html" target="_blank">defended</a> his decision to launch airstrikes ...

Day Two of Fasting Against 'Selectively Cruel' Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning, Tony Hall, David Beckmann, Ritu Sharma, and I began a water fast because of what I call "selectively cruel" <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/budget-cuts/" target=&quo ...

Give to Uncle Sam What is Uncle Sam's: Tax Season War Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.warresisters.org/sites/default/files/FY2012piechart-color.pdf" target="_blank"></a>Imagine what would happen if a massive popular movement of ordina ...

Tread Lightly During Spring Break Travel
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

My family, while I was growing up, was not much for spring breaks. As other families we know flitted about preparing for palm trees and sand, my sister and I would pout and lament to my mother that we had the ...

Writing Words to Change a Life
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

I love words. They nourish me more than food. As a child (and even now, as an adult) I read novel after novel, losing myself in the characters, the plot, and the effortless descriptions of good writers. ...

Revisiting Rwanda: Finding the Truth After Genocide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the documentary <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJU-zBKe4uI" target="_blank">Earth Made of Glass</a></em>, director Deborah Scranton weaves together t ...

We Must Pray and Act for Japan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Once again, we are seeing human and environmental tragedy. In Japan, a natural disaster has destroyed all human attempts for control. Once again, we are seeing human and environme ...

The Theological Mistake of the King Hearings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There is no doubt, terrorism is real. And there are small groups of terrorists who threaten countless innocents across the world. They are waging a battle on two fronts. There is ...

Securing Women's Rights in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In a northern Kabul neighborhood in December, I met with the director of the Afghan Women's Skills and Development Center, a non-governmental organization working to enhance the basic skills and ca ...

Study on Budget Cuts Finds Evangelicals' Social Priorities 'Have Faded'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100302-evangelicals-federa.jpg"></a>According to a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/702/" target="_blank">new survey ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Army Psy-Ops. Taliban Infighting. Mobile Banking.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[</em><strong>Editors' note</strong><em>: As part of Sojourners campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our reader ...

Friday Links Round Up: Books. Pizza. Women Writers.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Books. Pizza. Women Writers. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:</p> Books. Pizza. Women Writers. Here's a little ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Civilian Casualties. Drones. Solutions.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>As part of Sojourners campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest ne ...

Poverty Tourism Can Make Us Thankful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The jolt in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/port-au-prince/" target="_blank">Port-au-Prince</a> herniated a disk in my lower back last month. The pain is making it hard to sle ...

Lara Logan and Sexual Violence in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Agree with her politics or not, Lara Logan is charting territory in which we still see very few women as the chief foreign correspondent at <em>CBS News</em>. Agree w ...

What Would You Do With $1 Trillion?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/16/what-would-you-do-with-1-trillion/" target="_self"></a>The United States has already spent $3 trillion on the Iraq and <a hr ...

Xenophobic Border Watch Groups are Domestic Terrorists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">On May 30, 2009, a terrorist attack in Arizona ended the lives of two U.S. citizens -- a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter. On Ma ...

Political Winter Storms in the West Virginia Coalfields
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

In the old days, in the coal towns of West Virginia, winter was a time when folks hunkered around the pot-bellied stove and whiled away time spinning stories. In the old days, in ...

Why Are the Big Banks Still So Bad?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, Elizabeth Warren and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau convened their first roundtable of religious leaders at the White House. Why does this matter? Yesterd ...

U.S. Militarization of the Border Provides False Security
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

You can't miss the barrage of headlines detailing the drug cartel war in Mexico. You can't miss the barrage of headlines detailing the drug cartel war in Mexico. " ...

How I've Learned to Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I confess: I used to cringe every time I heard the "R" word. I confess: I used to cringe every time I heard the "R" word. Growing up in suburban Atlanta, th ...

What Should We Remember About Dr. King?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Over the years, I have read thousands upon thousands of pages on the life of Dr. Over the years, I have read thousands upon thousands of pages on the life of Dr. King, and as an e ...

The Work of Healing Starts in Our Hearts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Many members of Congress and their staffers have had friends and loved ones call to check on their personal safety. Many members of Congress and their staffers have had friends an ...

Violent Stories That Change Us for the Worse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

A public figure is shot. School children are shot. A building explodes. A package explodes. And immediately we look for someone or something to blame: Republicans? A public figu ...

We Three Kings of Orient Are (Not in the Bible): An Epiphany Sermon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of cr&egrave;che scenes. He especially likes really bad ones. I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of crèche scenes. He especi ...

Daughters of Deborah: What is a Leader in the 21st Century?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"Deborah was a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth. She was judge over Israel at that time. She held court under Deborah's palm between Ramah and Bethel in the hills of Ephraim. ...

'Come and See': A Reflection from Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"Tell them to come and see who we are." Almost every Afghan we met said that. <em>Tell them to come and see</em>. "Tell them to come and see who we are. ...

Does Sunday School Have a Future?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Sunday school. It was one of the main reasons I enjoyed church as a child. As a young adult, it sometimes still is. But there's a conversation brewing: Does Sunday school have a future? ...

Record Levels of Violence in Afghanistan Do Not Equal Progress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Greetings from <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/afghanistan/" target="_blank">Afghanistan</a>. Greetings from Afghanistan . I arrived here now ...

Afghanistan: Light at the End of the Tunnel?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama released the Afghanistan-Pakistan <a href="http://www.politico.com/static/PPM182_101216_apar_overview.html" target="_blank">annual review</a> on Thursday morning ...

My Story as an Undocumented Immigrant
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

To become an undocumented immigrant requires very little but is a result of tremendous social, economic, political, and environmental forces; I offer my story as example.</p> ...

For the DREAMers, The Waiting Must End Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In this <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/advent/" target="_blank">season of Advent</a>, we in our Christian churches speak often about how this is a time of waiting and prepara ...

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 ...

Buy Nothing Day as Advent Activism Against the Demon Mammon
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

As per usual, on Friday, we had all sorts of Buy Nothing Day festivities. But that's not what I want to talk about. [ Editors' ...

Underwear For a Cause
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Recently I walked through downtown Austin in my underwear. Okay, so it was actually men's boxers and an undershirt, but still, technically, underwear. Recently I walked thro ...

Why I Will Feast This Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

I am ready to give thanks. Last year, I joined my family for Thanksgiving but when the food was served, I could only watch. I am ready to give thanks. Last year, I joined my famil ...

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 ...

What Does it Mean to Have No African American Senators?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On November 2, the mid-term elections were held and the conversation the next day for many people I talked with was that there were no African-American senators. On November 2, th ...

Waging Peace During Threats of Terrorism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

We've all heard the horrible news of the threatening packages sent from <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1003&amp;article=is-military-money-a-sta ...

Veterans' Suicides and Selective Conscientious Objection
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>This is the fourth installment of a series Logan Mehl-Laituri is writing for God's ...