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Basketball Underdogs: The Afghanistan National Team
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The Olympics is the greatest representation of national athletic pride. The Olympics is the greatest representation of national athletic pride. Somehow every couple of years, patr ...

The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring actor Jonathan Goldsmith as "the most interesting man in the world"? Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring ac ...

'Christians and Muslims, We Are All Egyptians'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/07/christians-and-muslims-we-are-all-egyptians/" target="_self"></a>While much of the prognostication about Egypt's future ha ...

Call on Obama: Tell Mubarak to Leave Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/03/call-on-obama-tell-mubarak-to-leave-now/" target="_blank"></a>By all journalistic reports, it was the Egyptian government of Pr ...

Faith, Music, and Arts at the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

My life changed when I went to a Christian festival in the UK in the 1990s. The same could happen to you if you come to the Christian music and social justice festival happening in the U.S. ...

Solar Panels from 1979 Return to the White House
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100910-solarpanel.jpg"></a>In 1979, then-President Jimmy Carter announced the installation of solar panels on the White House roof. ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: Making Real the Promises of Democracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>[<em>Editor's Note<span style="font-weight: normal;">: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, God's Politics will featur ...

Glenn Beck and the Foolishness of the Cross
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Should Christians reject the cross of Jesus Christ? Should Christians reject the cross of Jesus Christ? Listen to Glenn Beck and it would be reasonable to think that the answe ...

Why National Flags Don't Belong in Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

Something There Is That Doesn't Love a Wall
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598662228_VWVrR"></a>In this simple statement from his poem <a href="http://wri ...

Palestine's True Leaders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598662228_VWVrR"></a>For many years, Palestinians have engaged in nonviolent actions a ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | 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:// ...

This Palestinian Life: Stories of Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.thispalestinianlife.org/Stories.php"></a>Last weekend I was at a family reunion where I had been invited to show <a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeile ...

Passover for Non-Jews and 'the Bread of Affliction'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In preparing a Passover seder in which many of my guests are first-timers and non-Jews, I am challenged by a number of factors: There is the barrier of language -- some of the texts that we read ar ...

Four Steps to Save the Souls of Big Banks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> The biggest banks have an ethical obligation to hel ...

So I'm a Heretic
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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Paint Your Faith: Graffiti Art as Witness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;article_mode=edit&amp;issue=soj1002&amp;article=video-about-paint-your-faith"></a>One of the reason ...

Greening the Winter Games
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This time of year I find myself humming the Olympic anthem throughout the day. The Vancouver games run Feb. 12-28; it is time to start dreaming of mogul runs and bobsled victories. For some reason I h ...

Hearing MLK's Full Message
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This year, as we celebrate the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we are too often tempted to celebrate what has been achieved rather than examine what God continues to call out of us. Hop ...

Christians Must Find a More Christ-like Symbol than 'Crusaders'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Imagine for a minute the fallout were a Muslim high school in America to choose for its mascot "the Jihadists."</p> <p>In that light, how do you think Muslims (or Jews) view Chri ...

A More Serious Threat to Catholic Identity than Removing Public Crucifixes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In his article<a href="http://ncronline.org/blogs/all-things-catholic/benedicts-ongoing-battle-against-secularism"> "Benedict's ongoing battle against secularism,"</a> < ...

Tim Burton and Belief
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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Obama's Bow and R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The gospel according to Aretha Franklin says: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me."</p> <p>Biblical wisdom teaches: "Give everyone what you owe him. If you owe tax ...

Deadly Viper Blind Spots: When Uninformed Intentions Have Hurtful Outcomes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One of the toughest parts of being the author of a book about racial reconciliation is that when the latest racial incident flares up, everyone expects you to chime in with your two cents. ...

How Deadly Viper Character Assassins Undermines its Message with Co-opted Culture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

An open letter to Zondervan and to Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite, authors of <em>Deadly Viper Character Assassin: A Kung Fu Survival Guide for Life and Leadership</em>.</p> ...

Gran Torino Revisited
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I had starting writing this post last night, before receiving <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/30/why-clint-eastwood-can-be-trusted-with-mandela-and-why-glenn-beck-cant-be-trusted-with-mlk/"& ...

Video: Colbert on the 'Desert Cross' Church-State Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I had invited one of our regular bloggers to comment on the <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8295490.stm">"desert cross" controversy</a>--a Supreme Court ca ...

Dan Brown's Lost Symbol and the Lure of Secret Knowledge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dan Brown, the author of <em>The Da Vinci Code</em> and of <em>Angels and Demons</em>, has a new book out Dan Brown, the author of The Da Vinci Code a ...

Amahoro: An Emerging Conversation in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and the exchange or exploration of ideas. Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and t ...

Thank You, Michael
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Only God can or ought to judge Michael Jackson's personal life. We do not have enough information to judge his behavior, but we do know that we have lost a true musical genius.</p> ...

Obama in Cairo: A New Beginning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Every so often, I will begin the week with a post about something that I believe deserves further reflection and comment from the God's Politics community. Every so often, I ...

Reconciliation and Homecoming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Homecoming is on my mind in this day and this hour. Homecoming is on my mind in this day and this hour. My family and I will leave the twin cities, our Bethel University, our Sanc ...

In the Footsteps of Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Angels and Demons</em>, the movie inspired by Dan Brown's novel by the same title, has raked in nearly $190 million worldwide (with approximately $90 million in the U.S.) in only its secon ...

The Poverty Forum's Three Points of Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It is the power of relationships that make new things possible. Relationships are the foundation of and the means for creating a culture shift. It is the power of relationships t ...

Poem: Freedom's Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Freedom is on my mind. In the case of South Africa, political freedom was achieved almost 15 years ago. It was a freedom from the heresy of Apartheid. Freedom is on my mind. In th ...

New York Post Monkey Cartoon: Beyond the Pale
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

What?! Really... the editors of the <em>New York Post</em> thought this would work?</p> What?! Really... the editors of the New York Post thought this woul ...

Police Violence Undercuts Pundits' 'Post-Racial' Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after Barack Obama was elected president, I heard people say multiple times that we have now arrived as a "post-racial" nation and that it can now be said that anyone can truly be president ...

My Advent Calendar: December 13
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>The December 13 window opens to the fourth gospel-the eagle symbol of the evangelist John.</p> ...

My Advent Calendar: December 11
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Not surprisingly, when I opened the eleventh window, it revealed a picture of a lion holding a book- ...

My Advent Calendar: December 6
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>When I opened the sixth window on the Advent calendar, a very traditional Christian picture greeted ...