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From Frozen Rebellion to Flowering Seed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As the band of runaway Israelite slaves wander in their search for freedom, again and again they grow rebellious. In the greatest of these rebellions, Korach criticizes Moses, claiming "The whole ...

Iran: Two Kinds of Islam, Two Kinds of Religion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There is the Islam of the dictators and their religious allies, used to keep people in their place, used to justify their own power, used to shame and threaten those who question their authority. And ...

Radical Love: A Father's Day Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a rel="me" href="http://technorati.com/claim/w5fpwem56m"></a> Many of us understand God the Father through our relationship with our own fathers. ...

A Calendar is a Moral Document
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Dad, could we go to the field and practice a little more pitching?" Our Astros Little League baseball team had just won the Northwest Washington, D.C. championship game in the last inning. ...

Reclaiming the Church's Mission and Message on Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the role of the church will be significant. As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the ...

What Sustains Me: Contemplation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's note: In the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home#">July issue of Sojourners magazine</a></em><em>, we asked social activists to ...

Diplomacy: Revisiting the Huntington Thesis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo ...

Women Preachers Strengthened by God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31, NRSV)</p> "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31, NRSV) H ...

Yearning for Change in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Since the signing of the agreement that led to a government of "national unity," there was an expectation that this could be the start of a new era in Zimbabwe. Since t ...

The Day I got 'Left Behind'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The year was 1988. I was 11 years old and my younger brother Paul was 7 years old. The year was 1988. I was 11 years old and my younger brother Paul was 7 years old. Our family wa ...

Theology in a Minor Key
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh The blues live in this world -- yet long for the next. An interview with Steve Nichols. The blues ...

Christ and Whose Culture?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kent Annan A new wave of Native American evangelical theologians rejects the false choice between following Jesus or embracing their tradi ...

The Myth of Holy War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I, like <a href="../2009/05/22/was-iraq-a-holy-war/">Aaron Taylor</a> before me, noticed the <a href="http://men.style.com/gq/features/landing?id=content_9217"><em>G ...

The Biblical Truth about Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I heard a preacher once say, "Don't let facts blind you to the truth." What did he mean? Facts, misunderstood or taken out of context, can take us further away from, rather than closer to, truth ...

God is Not [and has never been] White: Biblical Post-colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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> ...

On Racism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Many in the Republican Party and some noteworthy Christian leaders have come together to call Judge Sotomayor a racist. Many in the Republican Party and some noteworthy Christian ...

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 ...

Zimbabwe's Hall of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I realize that I have been guilty of overlooking "conversations of faith" with friends and family -- conversations that reflect the spirit of faith similar to that of the heroes and heroines record ...

What if the Bible's Ruth Came to America Today?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Learning from Shavuot and Pentecost: Can we share our harvest? Can we share our talk and tongues? Can we relearn how to share our work and rest?</p> Learning from Shavuot an ...

Native American Theology(ies)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"It's a problem of being heard," says Randy Woodley, a Native American theologian. "I feel like 500 years ago, maybe God did bring the white man over. "It ...

Dogma and Disagreement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently found myself in conversation with a fellow believer who asked where I stood on the "non-negotiable" issues that seemed to him definitive for voting Christians. ...

Biblical Ambiguity Doesn't Diminish Authority
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A student once asked me whether in my opinion Mark Twain actually said that the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. A student once asked me whether in my o ...

Torture and Evangelical Prejudice Toward Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I read <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/05/01/white-evangelicals-for-torture/">Brian McLaren's post</a> on this blog that caused some intense soul-searching. ...

The New 'Nones' Aren't Atheist--Just Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Historically, the number of individuals who say they have no religious affiliation in America ranges between 5-10%, but a new poll conducted by Robert Putnam (of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/p ...

Video: Eugene Cho Interviews Jim Wallis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, I had the privilege of spending <a title="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/my-official-announcement-to-enter-into-politics/" href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2009/04/3 ...

God's Image and Caesar's Image: Torture and the Currency of Empire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the central teachings of Torah is that all human beings are made in the Image of God. That teaching and what flows from it are at the heart of Jewish prohibitions on the use of torture -- and p ...

The Burden of Inclusion Should Rest Upon 'Insiders'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As I process the conversations I had recently at EVDC09 (a gathering of emerging church participants to discuss the future of Emergent Village), I realized that one of the topics that keeps surfaci ...

Confessions of a (Reforming) Bookaholic
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dale Hanson Bourke Books get a second life in a global library. It’s possible that we finally get it. We live ...

M2EP Video: Voices from Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Day two of the Mobilization to End Poverty included a trip to Capitol Hill to lobby senators and representatives on issues related to poverty and social justice. Day two of the Mo ...

Defining 'Progressive'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

"Progressive" has become the adjective of choice to describe faith communities with commitments to justice, serving the poor, and environmentalism. "Progressive&quo ...

A Christian Mistake
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In ominous red and black, last week's <em>Newsweek</em> cover carried the headline, "The Decline and Fall of Christian America." The magazine's <a href="http://www.newsw ...

The Power to Dominate and the Power to Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As Christians, our continual task is to explore and mediate on Jesus' teachings, as well as to emulate his deeds. As Christians, our continual task is to explore and mediate ...

Audio: The Beloved Community, the Kingdom of God, and Candy Bar Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this sermon, Pastor Efrem discusses the focus in April on Martin Luther King's death and the Easter Season, and proclaims that there is no separation between proclaiming the gospel and advancing ...

Celebrating Easter Reconciliation: Alive and One in Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As we celebrate Easter and Christ's empty tomb, we recognize that Calvary changes everything! As we celebrate Easter and Christ's empty tomb, we recognize that Calvary c ...

Jesus Wants to Eat With You
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

There are numerous significant theological and biblical meanings behind <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Supper" target="_blank">the Last Supper</a> (Passover Seder) a ...

Jesus and the Children of Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Roman occupation, preached a message that was anti-state and religious imperialism. Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Rom ...

Pentecostalism's Forgotten Nonviolent Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As I write this post, I'm sitting in a hotel room in Eugene, Oregon waiting for the Society for Pentecostal Studies conference to start. It's nice to have a day to myself. ...

Diagnosing Our Economic Illness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a <a href="http://www.so ...

Atheist Bus Ads Arrive in Seattle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

To support and amplify the already pervasive non-religious reputation of Seattle, the atheist bus ads are set to arrive. To support and amplify the already pervasive non-religious ...

Romero: The Price of Preaching and Living Jesus' Gospel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://store.sojo.net/product_p/icnp_or.htm"></a>Twenty-nine years ago today, a Salvadorian government hit man assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero as he ...

My Definition of the Emerging Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>If I had a dollar for every person who has asked me "So, what IS the emerging church?" we could meet our budget this year. Here's my own definition, and it is just that -- my definition ...

3rd Sunday of Lent: Unpredictable Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2: 13-22</em></p> Bible readings from the Revised ...

Audio: Who is in Control? Wealth and Wisdom
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>It's always difficult to find just a few minutes from Pastor Efrem's sermons to highli ...

The God Who Sees: International Women's Day Synchroblog
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Shortly after I took a position as Children's Ministry Director at a small Baptist church, I sat down with the kids under my care and asked them what questions they would like to ask God. ...

Does Grace Abound to the Chief of Torturers?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On the first day of the Obama administration, our newly elected president signed the order to close down Guatanamo. Scores of human rights advocates were in ecstasy. For those of us committed to peace ...

From Lazy Pluralism to Active Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I guess that people are on a journey when it comes to faith. Some admit to being on a journey, while there are those who state they have arrived. I guess that people are on a jour ...

A More Excellent Way
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>It is often pointed out that some of the places most lacking in hope are not the industrial wastelands or the bleak landscapes shorn of beauty, but the places where there is too much ...

2nd Sunday of Lent: Bringing Everyone to the Table
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38<br /> </em> Bible readings from the Revi ...

Audio: The Right Relationships to Fight Physical and Spiritual Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Preaching from the story of Ezekiel and the dry bones, Pastor Efrem describes the "right relationships" that God wants to bring about for both physical and spiritual change in our lives. ...

Pastor-in-Chief
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this week's town hall meetings, President Obama demonstrated an important aspect of his office: Pastor-in-Chief.</p> In this week's town hall meetings, Presiden ...