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Greed is God: Exporting the Values of America's Prosperity Heresy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>America, dominating the global economy, imports more goods than it exports. What is ...

My Son's Struggle with Christianity vs. Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

As is the case for many Americans, I use the Christmas and New Year holidays as a time to reflect and try to gain perspective on matters near and dear to me. As is the case for ma ...

'We Hunt People for Jesus': Are U.S. Soldiers Proselytising in Afghanistan?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While the story of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/us/22guns.html?ref=us">bible-verses-on-gun-scopes</a> is getting more press, I am just (if not more) disturbed to read of a U ...

What is God? An Interview with Jacob Needleman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In <a href="http://www.jacobneedleman.com">Jacob Needleman</a>'s newest book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1585427403?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wwwbeckygarri-2 ...

Who Would Jesus Shoot? Military Contractor Puts Bible References on Gunsights
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In case you haven't already seen this, it's been discovered that <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8468981.stm">gunsights on weapons used by British and American f ...

Haiti and the Wedding at Cana
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

My family and I returned from vacation Tuesday to news reports of the devastation in Haiti. My family and I returned from vacation Tuesday to news reports of the devastation in Ha ...

Voodoo Haiti, Voodoo West
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/vudu-haiti-vudu-occidente/">En espa&ntilde;ol</a>] Haiti is an example of how both flesh and bones politicians as well as countries can look ...

Vudu Haiti, Vudu Occidente
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/voodoo-haiti-voodoo-west/">English version</a>] Hait&iacute; es ejemplo de c&oacute;mo los pol&iacute;ticos de carne y hueso pero tam ...

Devils in the Details: Robertson's Revision of Haitian History
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Whether or not Robertson had malicious intentions when he declared that Haiti's tragic history was the result of a "pact with the devil" made by early leaders of the revolt against their French ...

An Evangelical Missionary's Honest Perspective on Pat Robertson's Haiti Remarks
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

When I was a student at Christ for the Nations School of Missions, I learned about the so-called "pact with the devil" that the African slaves of Haiti made to free themselves from the French. ...

More Haitian History and Perspective on Pat Robertson and the 'Pact with the Devil'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Like many of you, my first reaction when hearing <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/14/the-televangelist-and-the-archbishop-contrasting-christian-responses-to-haitis-tragedy/">Pat Robertson& ...

Religion and Women: The Oldest Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Nicolas Kristof had a recent article in <em>The New York Times</em> titled, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/opinion/10kristof.html?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss">"R ...

Haiti: God's Love is Greater
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

By now you have heard that there was a major earthquake in Haiti yesterday, which brought much of Port-au-Prince to the ground and also devastated other areas where our ministries work. ...

Haiti and Anti-Evangelist Pat Robertson's 'Gospel' of Disgrace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Sam Harris, Richard Dawkin, and Christopher Hitchens have nothing on the greatest evangelist of atheism today, Pat Robertson. Sam Harris, Richard Dawkin, and Christopher Hitchens ...

The Televangelist and the Archbishop: Contrasting Christian Responses to Haiti's Tragedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Upon learning of the ruinous earthquake that leveled most of Haiti, my wife and I felt sadness and horror, as well as concern for the affected, their families, and friends. Upon l ...

Experiments in Accountability, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

One day when I was walking along the Hudson River on a crisp winter's day, I caught a glimpse of my reflection. One day when I was walking along the Hudson River on a crisp w ...

Oldest Known Hebrew Script, Recently Deciphered, Links Worship and Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I've long been interested in archaeology, particularly <a href="http://www.bib-arch.org/">biblical archaeology</a>. I've long been interested in ar ...

The Power of Questions
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Jim Wallis is right in his new book, ...

The (Second) Worst Religious Idea of the Decade
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Earlier this month, the nice folks over at The Washington Post's Outlook section asked me to write an essay about what I thought the worst religious idea of the past decade was. I ended up giving ...

The Nazareth Declaration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

On November 20, 2009, to considerable media fanfare, a group of 140 senior Christian leaders issued <a href="http://manhattandeclaration.org/">'The Manhattan Declaration.'</a> I ...

An Activism that Loves its Enemies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Sad news from Sydney as a headline for the ABC read, "<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/10/2738383.htm">Abusive letter suspect 'a peace activist'</a>" ...

Interfaith Interaction at Parliament of the World's Religions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia where I attended the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions. I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia w ...

Preaching the Whole Magnificat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Again this Wednesday we joined the broader church in singing vespers, the evening prayer which always includes Mary's song, the Magnificat. Again this Wednesday we joined the ...

Interview with a 'Hopeful Skeptic' Nick Fielder
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830837272?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0830837272">&l ...

Obama's Nobel Speech: What If?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

What if? What if Obama's speech had not simply referenced Gandhi and King but followed them in following the way of Jesus? What if? What if Obama's speech had not simply ...

Contemplating Feminine Incarnation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>At church on a recent Sunday we were encouraged to find ways to see the world differently this week. Change our routine and change our perspective to help us get out of the rut of going through life w ...

Where are the Other Christian Voices Against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

As a career missionary to Africa, I fear what would happen to me on judgment day if I didn't speak out against what is happening in Uganda right now in the name of Christ. As ...

Seeing Christ in Human Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Today, Dec. 10, is Human Rights Day, an annual observance commemorating the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Today, Dec. 10, is Human Rights Day, ...

Jail Journal: The Boomerangs of Biblical Wrath
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<em>The following is part of the author&acute;s "jail journal," written in early 2004 while he was serving a 90-day sentence in Georgia for having "crossed the line" at Ft. ...

In Praise of Christmas Materialism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> 'Tis the season. As we get into the full ritua ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 4
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Unlike the other clips we've been showing in this <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/cop15/"> "countdown to COP15,"</a> Empowering Peacemakers hasn't shown thi ...

Governments, a Kingdom Agenda, and Reading Scripture Badly
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A popular argument amongst political conservatives goes like this: while they grant that Scripture requires concern and care for the poor and marginalized, that concern is one to be addressed by in ...

Advent: Apocalypse Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations caused by the roaring of the sea and the waves," proclaims Jesus in the gospel of Luke. ...

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> < ...

How I Came to Write an Apostolic Letter to Non-Christians in Esquire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As some of you know (though I know not many of you keep up with the latest men's magazines) -- Esquire magazine's end of the year "Best and Brightest" edition named me one of the & ...

Boys are Warriors and Girls are Princesses? Spiritual Gifts are not Divided by Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studies? Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studie ...

Psalm 109:8 -- A Prayer to Destroy Obama?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

During the last few days, Psalm 109:8, a Bible verse in the form of a "prayer for Obama," has topped the Google trends chart: "May his days be few; may another take his office." Evidently ...

Missing from Wall Street's Calculations: Sin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Driving home from Seattle, the rain was both daunting and beautiful. Driving home from Seattle, the rain was both daunting and beautiful. So was our immediate future, as our son ...

Walking, Chewing Gum, and Confronting Racism and Sexism at the Same Time
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

People who do diversity work run the risk of setting impossible goals for themselves: The Beloved Community. The Kingdom of God. People who do diversity work run the risk of setti ...

Repeat After Me: Profit is NOT Satanic
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Don't you love it when someone tries to argue for one thing by distracting your attention to another? Don't you love it when someone tries to argue for one thing by dis ...

Big Oil, Corporate Greed, and Social Sin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of work and trendy restaurants, I rarely drive these days. As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of wor ...

What a Neighborhood Elder Taught Me About Interfaith Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A story I have written about before and preached on time and time again recently took on new meaning for me. A story I have written about before and preached on time and time agai ...

Audio: For God So Loved the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. He emphasizes that new birth thro ...

A Child's Prayer and a Parent's Predicament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video. A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video. The clip, which apparently has now gone viral with ov ...

Billy Graham's Theological Humility Should Challenge Evangelical Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Every three years, young evangelists from around the world gather in Portland Oregon to attend a conference put on by the Next Generation Alliance, an organization dedicated to mentoring the next g ...

Christianity Today and Cultural Captivity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last month's <em>Christianity Today</em> featured an <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/october/13.23.html?start=5" target="_blank">article </a>o ...

God Does not Heed my Snotty Opinions About Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God <a title="http://www.biblestudytools.com/OnlineStudyBible/bible.cgi?word=Mark+10%3A17-31&amp;section=0&amp;version=nrs&amp;new=1& ...

Humans, Humility, and the Higgs Boson Particle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Imagine trying to figure out the earth, while living on a grain of sand on a small island in the middle of the Pacific. What could be known of snow, of plants, of wolves? Not much. ...

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 ...

'You Shall Not Oppress an Immigrant'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>These remarks were presented on October 13, 2009 at a press conference in Aurora, CO urging Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) to take a public stand in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. ...