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God forgives. What about bikers? Sin, death and dollars near Jerusalem on Brazos
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 10:44am | Type: Press

May 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Terry Mattingly ...

The Theology of a Biker Gang
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

God forgives. Bandidos don’t. We can easily dismiss that slogan as a biker gangs attempt to intimidate, but do not dismiss it. That pithy statement tells a profound truth about both God and humanity. ...

World Vision Suspends Operations in South Sudan State over Escalating Violence
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

International evangelical humanitarian agency World Vision indefinitely suspended its operations in South Sudan’s Unity State over the escalating conflict. Amid killings, rapes an ...

Peter the Violent Agitator
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 6:35pm | Type: Blog

The similarities in the stories in Baltimore and Jerusalem are uncanny. One of my favorite Bible characters has to be Peter. To me, Peter reminds me of people here in Baltimore — ...

Activists Demand Obama Appoint Envoy for Persecuted Middle Eastern Christians
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

“There is a moral imperative to do everything we can to advocate for imperiled religious minorities.” Beheadings, enslavement, kidnappings, and rape plague minority religious comm ...

A Letter from Mother Earth
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Bombs, land mines, and chemical weapons you use to kill your brothers and sisters instantly are slowly killing you too by ripping me apart and rendering me unable to provide for you. “Scorched earth” tactics u ...

Easter, the Game Changer
Originally Posted: 04/04/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

In cultures where Christianity has become the dominant power, the resurrection of Jesus has been turned into the triumph of the victors. The way “Jesus is Risen” is proclaimed, it sounds like bragging — essent ...

'The Mask You Live In': A Blessed Mess
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

In many respects, boys are set up to fail. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women's History Month featuring stories of men and women working ...

The Strength of our Stories
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

There is room and need for men’s stories in the narrative of ending violence against women. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women's History ...

Shooting in a Moral Vacuum
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins If the purpose of art is to help us live better, then to have integrity, storytellers who feature characters who behave ba ...

Men: Take a Stand to End Gender-Based Violence
Originally Posted: 03/05/2015 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

We believe that now is the time for men to engage in these issues; to stand up and speak out against violence; to be “First Men Standing.” Editor's Note: This article is ...

Resisting ISIS
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Maria J. Stephan Surprisingly, acts of civil resistance in Syria and Iraq have shown success against the so-called Islamic State.  ...

A Call to Prayer: Make Violence Against Women History
Originally Posted: 03/27/2015 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

But while it’s important to make space to honor and recognize the contributions of women in history/herstory, I also pray that more men will be a part of the conversation. March m ...

Why We Must Change How We Change the World
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

There is a different narrative that summons those of us who dare to care. It begins when we confront the things that have kept millions from breaking free from poverty and injustice. It ends when we find the c ...

New Government Program to Root Out Extremists Is Seriously Flawed
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

Clothed in the language of community policing, the effort sounds like a kinder, gentler alternative to the well-documented surveillance of American Muslims. As my kids have grown ...

Violence Begets Violence: ISIS and its Origins
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

These days ISIS, more than any other global power, evokes the specter of violence and death. Boko Haram kidnaps girls by the thousands. The Soviets —I mean, the Russians acting like Soviets — impose their violent will on the Ukraine. Terror abounds all ...

Choosing the Side of Justice
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis There is no "symmetry" in the violence of the Middle East today.  THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIA ...

‘American Sniper’ or ‘Selma’ — How Christian Is Your Movie Choice?
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

The latest box office numbers for Selma were also released today following the MLK holiday weekend. The film reportedly brought in $11.5 million through Monday, bringing its domestic total to $29.1 million. Se ...

Obama Extends U.S. Combat Role in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan for at least another year. ...

The Oracle of Certainty: From Ancient Athens to ISIS
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Though we no longer sacrifice to the gods or consult Oracles, I am afraid that we are still victim to the curse of knowing the end of things. I’m talking about the sense of inevitability that comes from politi ...

On Being A Muslim Parent
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Would his first taste of Islamaphobia come at the age of 5 during show-and-tell.  LAST YEAR, as I ...

From the Archives: December 1990
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Sister Ita Ford Worth Living For THE ODDS that this note will arrive for your birthday are poor, but know tha ...

'Demilitarize the Police!'
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 12:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Across the country, police departments act more like an occupying army than keepers of the peace.  ...

Unlocking the Answer to School Shootings
Originally Posted: 10/29/2014 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

Whenever these tragedies occur we are tempted to blame the shooter by making him into a monster. We label the shooter “mentally ill,” claim that he was isolated from his peers, or was a generally troubled yout ...

The Lives of Others
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A and B WE LIVE IN A TIME of widespread violen ...

Why Do Westerners Join ISIS?
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Why do they join? Is it religious devotion? Psychological imbalance? Tendency toward radical movements and anarchy? All of these motivations may play a part, but my argument is that these men and women who lea ...

In Compassion and Sympathy: A Christian Response to Religious Violence
Originally Posted: 09/25/2014 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

How then ought Christ-followers respond to the religiously inspired violence perpetrated by groups like ISIS/ISIL? I believe that Christ-followers, while denouncing all forms of violence—especially religious v ...

How Christians Reject Jesus: On Violence and ISIS
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Many Christians look to the Bible to justify divinely sanctioned violence against our enemies. Excuse me for stating the obvious, but Christians are not Biblians. We are Christians. As Christians, we should be ...

A Teacher in Kabul
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

He isn’t sure what impact his actions have had. Zekerullah isn’t inclined to brag. But he surely has affected me. Here in Kabul, one of my finest friends is Zekerullah, who has go ...

Give Us New Eyes
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

I am convinced that recent events in Ferguson have become a mirror to the nation. This may very well be a critical moment in history, if we take a time to stop and listen to each other. ...

Pope to Iraqi President: ‘I Appeal to You with My Heart Full of Pain’
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis wrote to the president of Iraq, calling for an end to the “brutal suffering of Christians and other religious minorities” and urging political leaders to end the humanitarian crisis in the country ...

Gratitude as Resistance: An Ancient Idea for our Collective Anxiety
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

My point: if it’s joy we are looking for, we might need to shift our attention pretty dramatically. This is especially for those of us who want to be on the pioneering front edge of God’s restorative work. ...

Dispatch From Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

We made it back safely to our vehicle and safely out of Ferguson. But democracy didn’t. She took a heavy beating last night. The question is will she recover? Editor's N ...

Borderfree
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

The borders now vanishing in the Middle East – the most radical transformations of the map here since the post-WWI Sykes Picot agreement – are being redrawn in chaos and fear. The bubbles that burst here are t ...

The Nature of Joy
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

As tanks open fire on the humble homes of the Gazan poor and rockets rain down on a terrified Israeli populace we are compelled to ask, “How do we keep coming back to this profane and violent place called war? ...

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: A Public Reflection on the Power of a Picture
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

In response to the death of Michael Brown, many people are using the hastag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown on Twitter to consider the role that images used by the media have on the public's perception of vicitms. ...

On Iraq Pope Francis' Message of Peace Meets Realities of War
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Even as Francis called on the international community to find “an efficient political solution that can stop these crimes,” the Vatican also tried to make peace with the idea that U.S. military strikes that be ...

From the Archives: September 1984
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Stacey Merkt Where is the Refuge? EL SALVADOR'S war has already claimed 40,000 lives. But our government ...

Until We See Their Faces
Originally Posted: 08/01/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, God calls us to love and show compassion to the stranger, particularly those who suffer. But first, they must become real to us. And there is nothing more viscerally real, per ...

The Loophole That Allows Domestic Abusers to Have Guns
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

Across the country, dangerous people with records of domestic violence, stalking, and aggression have no legal restriction keeping them from obtaining guns. Across the country, d ...

Israel and Palestine: Peace or Pieces?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

To suggest that there simply needs to be another ceasefire in the current conflict, then more negotiations — without acknowledging that past negotiations have unalterably yielded the same result: more missiles ...

Let's Tell the Truth About This International Madness
Originally Posted: 07/24/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

We have politicians who are mostly looking for opportunities to blame their political opponents, boost their own reputations, and protect business interests. As people of faith, we are called to speak the trut ...

Political and Religious Leaders Denounce European Anti-Jewish Outbursts Tied to Gaza
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Amid mounting protests in Europe against the Gaza conflict, political and religious leaders in the region have sharply denounced anti-Semitism within their borders. Amid mounting ...

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. Afghan Taliban Bans Polio Vaccination Teams "Afghanistan is one of just three countries, along w ...

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. WATCH: Powerful Ad Shows What A Little Girl Hears When You Tell Her She's Pretty “A new Verizon ...

Iraq: Humility Is the Best Option
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

America is stunned by what is happening in Iraq right now, and happening so quickly. We may be facing the worst terrorist threat to international security so far — despite all we have done and sacrificed. Both ...

The Bible is Not A Myth: God’s Patience with a Tone Deaf People
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

I AM SENDING YOU MY SON, THE ONE THROUGH WHOM I DO MY GREATEST WORK TO SHOW YOU WHO I AM! IS ANYONE LISTENING?? I don’t know where God gets the patience. We are absolutely the mo ...

Left Behind, Failed Peace, and the Human Implications of (Bad) Theology
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Ignoring the remarkable movements of peacemaking, reconciliation, and collaboration in the Holy Land, we often choose only to amplify of the violence, discord, and disintegration of the region. ...

The New Normal?
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

I grew up in the state of Colorado. It’s known for cowboys, mountains, skiing, smoking pot, the Broncos, but also — mass school shootings. I grew up in the state of Colorado. It’ ...

The Resurrection Effect: Guns, God's Sovereignty, and the Last Word
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

We know that God is sovereign, and because of that we know that violence will not have the last word. It seems like violence will never end. Portland. Seattle. Las Vegas.  Isla V ...