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Kevin Palau answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:32pm | Type: Blog

"Although Portland is hardly the only place where evangelical Christianity is evolving (and making new friends in the process), there is little doubt that evangelicals here are on the front-end of a d ...

An Oldie but a Goodie
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 5:17am | Type: Blog

This poster originally appeared in the inaugural issue of The Post-American magazine in the fall of 1971. The Post-American was the original name of Sojourners Magazine. ...

David Vanderveen answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:29pm | Type: Blog

The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. "The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. His books ...

Evangelicals: By The Numbers
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

What are "the evangelicals," you ask? Certainly not a political or ideological monolith, as recent polling and survey numbers demonstrate. What are "the evang ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:16am | Type: Blog

This Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the name of the "War on Terror." Sadly, this summer President Obama announced he'll continue our milit ...

The Gospel Should Be Offensive
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

Before Jesus was born, his mother Mary predicted that he would offend some people. In the Magnificat she sang: "He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the pow ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 7:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

Randall Balmer answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:28pm | Type: Blog

The puzzle here is not that readers of the Bible would tilt toward the political left. That, for me, as well as for thousands of other American evangelicals, is self-evident. ...

So, about those "Evangelicals..."
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

Below is a compilation of recent media reports where the word "evangelical" is invoked. When you read these, evangelical brothers and sisters, do you recognize yourself in how the word is used and de ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Next Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 ye ...

Must Read: Mother of Amish Massacre Shooter Caring for His Paralyzed Victim
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Today Religion News Service reporter Daniel Burke has an absolutely stellar, exclusive interview with Terri Roberts, the mother of Charles Carl "Charlie" Roberts IV, who, on Oct. ...

Defining "Evangelicals" in an Election Year: What is an evangelical?
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 9:57pm | Type: Blog

Here we go again. Presidential elections are coming and the role of "the evangelicals" is predictably becoming a hot political story. Here we go again. Presidential elec ...

Generation XYZ: This Is Not Your Grandfather's Morality
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

If older generations paint morality in black and white, young people's palettes are disappointingly grey. If older generations paint morality in black and white, young ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Dead Sea Scrolls go digital Dead Sea Scrolls go digital The Dead Sea scrolls, 2,000 parchment and papyrus copies of 974 biblical texts, have been pixilated f ...

Church: Socks Are Optional but Grace is Required
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. ...

Life: Interrupted
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

I've come to believe that one aspect of maturity is the ability to see life's interruptions not as interruptions but as necessary events and journeys. If we think of the unexpected as an interrupt ...

Western Christians Should Support a Palestinian Statehood
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Late last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood status at the UN. ...

Must-Read du Jour: Why the Antichrist Matters in U.S. Politics (NYT)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Today's Must-Read du Jour comes from an op-ed by Matthew Avery Sutton in the New York Times. Sutton, an associate professor of history at Washington State University, and author of Aimee Semple McPherson ...

The Polemics of Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. In the wake of Troy Davis' exe ...

Somebody You Should Know: Christopher Sofolo
Originally Posted: 09/29/2011 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

That the email ever made its way to me is something of a miracle. That the email ever made its way to me is something of a miracle. And brother, am I glad it did. ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

Austin's Autumn (Nonfiction) List: Pete Rollins, Part 2
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I wrote yesterday of Peter Rollins' new book Insurrection. I wrote yesterday of Peter Rollins' new book Insurrection . Rollins posted the introduction a ...

BREAKING NEWS: Report Says Abuse is Part of "Institutional Culture" of U.S. Border Patrol
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Beatings. Dehydration. Medical treatment denied. Families separated. Meager belongings and money stolen. Beatings. Dehydration. Medical treatment denied. Families separated. Meage ...

Austin's Autumn (Nonfiction) List: Pete Rollins, 'Insurrection' and desire
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday I wrote about the novels I'm eager to read this fall. Yesterday I wrote about the novels I'm eager to read this fall . And while, yes, autumn is ...

Why Christians Should Be Biased
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Make no mistake, Christians should be biased. I know there has been a lot of conversation in the past few years about Christians cleaning up their image. We are often known more for our prejudices than princi ...

Stassen and Gushee: An Open Letter to Christian Zionists
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

NOTE TO READERS: As Palestine applies for membership to the United Nations, frequent Sojourners contributors Glen Stassen and David Gushee have penned An Open Letter to Christian Zionists. ...

On the Immorality of Fracking
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Illness among people and livestock. Tainted drinking water. Explosions and fires. Illness among people and livestock. Tainted drinking water. Explosions and fires. ...

Rick Perry, Superman and Immigration
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Rick Perry was recently asked by a nine-year-old "If you were a super hero, what kind of super hero would you be?" His answer to the child's benign question was simultaneously predictable and ...

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself...
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

They call me ..."God Girl."* And I'll be your new tour guide here at God's Politics. Some of you may know me by my more official byline, Cathleen Falsani. I've been a contributing edi ...

We Are Family! (Get Up Everybody and Sing!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I think I was about nine or ten years old when I first heard the passage read. Or first really listened to it, anyway. I sat in church, likely running the crease of the bulletin under my fingernails, trying ...

What is an Evangelical, anyway?
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:28pm | Type: Blog

Not long after the 2004 presidential election, I was dining with some friends in Brooklyn when the conversation turned to religion and politics - the two things you're never supposed to discuss in pol ...

TGIF: Links 'n' Such
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 9:13am | Type: Blog

The Gubbio Project, which helps churches become refuges for homeless people throughout the U.S., recently earned a new fan: Author Anne Rice. "When I was in San Francisco, I visited St. Boniface Church in ...

Jesus: We Interrupt This Execution to Bring You a Message of Grace
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 9:02pm | Type: Blog

Last night, death was interrupted when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of execution for a Texas man convicted of a double murder in Houston in 1995. Last night, dea ...

Preach it, Father Pfleger!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"OK to all those attacking Tavis and Dr. "OK to all those attacking Tavis and Dr. West and me for hosting the Poverty tour, can you get off your Hating a seco ...

A.M. Giggle: Cookie Waits does 'God's Away on Business'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Some clever folks have created a magnificent "mash-up" of Sesame Street's resident pastry enthusiast, Cookie Monster, and the iconoclastic performer Tom Waits' song "God's Away ...

Surprised by Joy on 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"[Music] is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us." -- Martin Luther ...

Sermon on Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When I was growing up, there was a house down the street from us which had slightly tattered window coverings and the front lawn was like a graveyard of broken things. When I wa ...

Commemorating 9/11 by Desegregating Theological Education
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont School of Theology where I am on the faculty. I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont Sch ...

An Interview With Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Nadia Bolz-Weber likes to have both tradition and innovation happening at the same time in House for All Sinners and Saints, a mission church she founded in Denver, Colorado, that's part of the Evan ...

Joy's Shadow As New School Year Begins
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

My daughter attended her first day of kindergarten today. A poignant milestone dressed up in an exceptionally cute plaid jumper. My daughter attended her first day of kindergarten ...

Who is the Messiah of Evangelical Politicians?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The evangelical world expands to a far-off horizon and the topographical valleys and peaks cover landscapes that are both long and wide. The evangelical world expands to a far-o ...

What Karl Barth Says about Blog Comments
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The comment code of conduct for the God's Politics blog includes familiar commitments to civility, courtesy, and respect, and even connects these pledges to biblical passages. ...

Hurricane Irene and the Wrath of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"Do you think God sent Hurricane Irene?" a young man asked me with a curious look in his eyes that was as innocent as it was pensive. "Do you think God sent Hurric ...

Reflecting the Image of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In reading some of the responses to my last post Embodied Theology, I was reminded of an essay I wrote for a class last semester, so I've rewritten part of it as a blog post to help clarify my positi ...

A Lifestyle of Enough
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

About two years ago, Minhee and I made one of the hardest decisions we've made thus far in our marriage and in our calling as parents. About two years ago, Minhee and I made ...

Embodied Theology
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this summer I attended a church service where the pastor, a man struggling with what appears to be his final bout with cancer, preached about the hope that Jesus promises to those who trust ...

Here I Am!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, 'Here I am, for you called me.' Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. ...

I'm Not that Kind of Feminist
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Over the past few weeks various news outlets have run stories on the so-called feminism of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Over the past few weeks various news outlets have run ...

Jesus Walking on the Water: A Sermon Sarcastic and Serious
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It's Jesus walking on the water Sunday here at House for All Sinners and Saints, and we thought maybe during "Open Space" we should have a kiddie pool set up in the back so you could all " ...

New Models of the Church in a New Media World
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In his seminal 1974 book Models of the Church, theologian Avery Dulles offered five paradigms, or "models," each of which called attention to certain aspects of the worldwide Christian church. ...