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My Definition of the Emerging Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 ...

An Education in Border Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As I sat in the federal court room in Tucson witnessing the sentencing of over 60 people who had been caught crossing the border between the U.S. As I sat in the federal court roo ...

Kingdom Values Over Cultural Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Do you find it curious that some Christians seem entirely focused on gender differences? Have you also noticed that this is rarely the posture of scripture? Do you find it curious ...

The Next Stage in the Fight Against Torture
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

It is still hard to believe that the hopes we have nurtured in the Christian anti-torture movement would come to fruition -- and so early, and so comprehensively, as they did with President Obama's ...

Look Who's Praying at the Inauguration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The first openly gay Episcopal bishop.</p> <p>The first female president of the Disciples of Christ.</p> The first openly gay Episcopal bishop. The first fem ...

Audio: Taking 'Change We Can Believe In' to the Next Level
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It was hard to narrow this sermon down to a short clip -- it makes so many good points! It was hard to narrow this sermon down to a short clip -- it makes so many good points! In ...

Women Missionaries Who Can't Preach at Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Do you have family or friends on the mission field who are women? How many of them preach, teach, and exercise their gifts of leadership beside men on the mission field? Do you ha ...

In Support of Rick Warren
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<a title="blocked::http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?author=147 Posts by Valerie Elverton Dixon" href="../?author=147"></a></p> ...

My Advent Calendar: December 24
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> The Christmas Eve window hid a picture of the baby Jesus with his ar ...

My Advent Calendar: December 23
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a> This morning's window opened to a picture of Joseph, Mary's husband and Jesus' earthly father.</p> ...

My Advent Calendar: December 22
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>As the days grow shorter, darker, and colder, our longing for the light intensifies. In these length ...

My Advent Calendar
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Diana's Advent reflections will conclude next week.</p> ...

My Advent Calendar: December 19
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> I missed yesterday's Advent reflection. Although I woke up earl ...

Numbers That Mark the Beast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

I wrote a book recently with a friend of mine that stirred some conversation. In it we try to retell the story of the Bible in the context of the American empire. I wrote a book r ...

My Advent Calendar: December 17
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>A set of double doors marked "17" on my Advent calendar opened to a charming image of a mi ...

My Advent Calendar: December 16
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> The 16th window on the cathedral revealed a gargoyle-not exactly a t ...

My Advent Calendar: December 13
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 12
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Following on the theme of the last two windows, Dec. 12 on the Advent calendar opened to a picture o ...

Audio: Change We Can Believe In
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

In this clip Pastor Efrem talks about how, in order to be change agents in society, we need to change a church divided by race, class, and culture.</p> In this clip Pastor E ...

My Advent Calendar: December 11
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 10
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>As I opened window 10, I had to squint to see a small angelic figure holding a book-the traditional ...

My Advent Calendar: December 9
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>I had a hard time finding window nine, an elusive little door hidden in the bushes outside of the ca ...

Trump Blames "Act of God" for Economic Woes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Donald Trump is trying his hand at theology. Trump was sued l ...

My Advent Calendar: December 8
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> As mentioned in an earlier post , this year's Advent calenda ...

My Advent Calendar: December 6
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

My Advent Calendar: December 5
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>I'm on the road this morning. So I called my husband and asked him to open the fifth window on ...

My Advent Calendar: December 4
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>The fourth window of my Advent calendar opened to reveal a deer in the snow, a nostalgic vision of w ...

Christmas Presence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

A few years ago, as I and the rest of the audience waited patiently for a passion play to begin, a homeless man burst into the church and began running up the aisle, screaming. A ...

My Advent Calendar: December 3
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> I love Advent. I love lighting the candles on the Advent wreath, si ...

Video: Indigenous Theologians Discuss Christianity and Culture
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As we reflect on the history, meaning, and mythologies surrounding the season of Thanksgiving, indigenous theologians Richard Twiss, Raymond Aldred, and Terry LeBlanc offer their perspectives on the i ...

Share Your Dreams: Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America, Part 4
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=4064">continued from part 3</a>] [<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/romal-tune-joel-sermon">read all four parts</a> ...

Overcoming Shame: Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3975">continued from part 1</a>] [<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/romal-tune-joel-sermon">read all four parts</a> ...

Paul's Teaching on Women in Context
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Do you often find comfort and insight, even direction for your life, through a careful study of scripture? Do you believe that God's truth is found in the pages of the Bible? ...

The Election, Immigration, and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In the months leading up to the election, the topic of immigration reform has disappeared from the presidential candidates' conversations. In the months leading up to the ele ...

Seeing Immigration Through Biblical Spectacles
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

About 20 years ago, Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon wrote a book provocatively titled <em>Resident Aliens</em>. About 20 years ago, Stanley Hauerwas and William ...

Seeing True Worth Despite Financial Downfall and Political Demonization
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Editor's Note: I've been enjoying The Sanc ...

The Idolatry of Security (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2457">Continued from part 1&l ...

Once Upon a Time There Was a House...
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> <p>Once upon a time there was a house...</p> Once upon a t ...

Peach-Pit Philosophy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> There's a great deal of conversation these days about the nature ...

Beer and Bible Night at Kudzu's
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> One of the great recent joys of my life has been a thing called " ...

The Indescribable Drama of Transfiguration
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> Next Wednesday is the Feast of the Transfiguration. What that means is ...