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'God's Maternal Nature': One of the Best Mother's Day Sermons I Can Remember
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday I heard one of the best Mother's Day sermons I can remember. It was by the pastor at our family's church, Rev. Jeff Haggray of First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.</p> ...

Mother's Day Challenges
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Mother's Day is a challenge. While advertisements evoke misty eyed memories and quaint appreciation for mothers, the truth is that Mother's Day began as a call to action by Julia Ward Howe. ...

Palestine's True Leaders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598662228_VWVrR"></a>For many years, Palestinians have engaged in nonviolent actions a ...

40 Years After: 'Four Dead in Ohio'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

May 4, 1970 -- 40 years ago yesterday -- was the day protesting the war in Vietnam became serious. May 4, 1970 -- 40 years ago yesterday -- was the day protesting the war in Vietn ...

White Flag Warriors at the Border: Recognizing Humanity on All Sides of the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/04/white-flag-warriors-at-the-border/"></a>About a year ago, when we were writing our song "White Flag Warrior," my friend (and fe ...

Slavery is Alive and Well ... For Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it?</p> It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it? ...

Wall Street and the Crisis of Urban Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As an urban minister and a political professional, there have been two big news stories that I have followed with some level interest recently. As an urban minister and a politi ...

Ignoble Indifference: Evangelicals, Race, and GLBT Issues
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>magazine article "<a href="http://www.so ...

Dialogue at the Demonstration: Risking Conversation with the Face of Occupation
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:14am | Type: Blog

<p>Bethlehem, West Bank. Evangelicals have never been keen on political protests. Especially the sort that includes rifles and grenades -- in the hands of your opponents.</p> ...

Another Vatican II Moment for the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy sexual abuse scandals are a source of profound pain and raw anger. These are dark days for Catholics and our church. T ...

Fight or Die: How to Lose Friends and Irritate People
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>This video clip by <a href="http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/">The Work of The People</a> is going to upset a lot of people.</p> This video c ...

30 Years of Zimbabwean Independence: Promises of Hope and 'Acts of Madness'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Thirty years ago on April 18<sup>th</sup>, Zimbabwe celebrated independence and started a new chapter in its political history, full of promise and hope. Thirty years ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

The Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary and Home-Grown Terrorism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Today, April 19, is the 15<sup>th</sup> anniversary of one of the most heinous acts of domestic terrorism -- the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building -- which killed 168 people, many of th ...

Beyond Anti-War: Nonviolence in Our Neighborhoods
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This semester at Princeton Seminary, I am taking a course on War and Christian Conscience. This semester at Princeton Seminary, I am taking a course on War and Christian Conscienc ...

Sudanese Churches' Four Key Concerns on Troubled Elections--and Four Ways We Can Help
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sudan's impending presidential and parliamentary elections have degenerated into a chaotic mixture of fraud accusations, boycotts, political assassinations, intimidation, abuses of power by the rul ...

Tribal Tensions in Southern Sudan and Election Approaches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's Note: As Sudan prepares for this April's election, the Khartoum regime's leader, President al-Bashir, has threatened to cut off the fingers of foreign election observers who & ...

This Palestinian Life: Stories of Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.thispalestinianlife.org/Stories.php"></a>Last weekend I was at a family reunion where I had been invited to show <a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeile ...

Africa's 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I was watching the news coverage on the meeting of world leaders in Washington hosted by President Obama on reducing nuclear weapons and ensuring that these do not get into the hands of terrorists ...

Tragic Anniversaries and Embodying Resurrection Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This week is a confluence of anniversaries. April 7 was the 16<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda where more than 800,000 died in a few days. This wee ...

Nonviolence: What About Hitler?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In any in-depth conversation about the effectiveness of nonviolence as a strategy, this question always comes up: Would these nonviolent strategies have worked against the Nazis? ...

Presidents' Plans and Precedents for Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#599051510_WL6dK"></a>Several sources have recommended <a href="http://mediamatt ...

A Covenant for Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. Honest di ...

The Inevitable Results of War: Sins as Well as Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea. The end of Passover is said to mark ...

The Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal and the Paradoxical Legacy of Pope John Paul II
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Catholic church is reeling from the several sexual abuse allegations that have come to light over the past three months. Downplaying the severity of this scandal will only further damage the alrea ...

Video of Civilian Deaths in Iraq and America's Culture of Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>"C'mon, just let us shoot "C'mon, just let us shoot I wonder what President I wonder what President Eisenhower would have said... ...

Ahead of Sudan Vote, Concern over Interference by Lord's Resistance Army
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>The murderous regime in Khartoum is showing its true colors again. While they parade and pretend to be preparing for fair election ...

Jesus and the Klan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I recently viewed an episode of Gangland on The History Channel. This particular show, which documents the rise of the younger members of the Imperial Klan of America (or KKK), really roused my anger. ...

Christian Militias and Litmus Tests
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've been told that I am obviously not a Christian because I watch movies. Because I believe women can be pastors. Because I don't take Mass in a Catholic church. Because I've rea ...

Murder and Militant Songs Betray Mandela's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As millions of Christians celebrated Easter this past weekend, their celebrations were interrupted by events in South Africa and Zimbabwe that reinforced the relevance of the message of Easter for ...

Christians, Jews, and Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity toward Jews, of a never-ending sense to be protective of their religion As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity towa ...

'Jesus Never Stopped Being a Faithful Jew'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As we approach the climax of Holy Week, James Carroll offers <a href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/03/29/preach_peace_in_holy_week/">an appropriate cau ...

Our Response to Poverty in the Light of Easter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Why are people poor? Why do they stay poor? What would it take to get them out of poverty? These are major questions that have been heavily debated for a century in our country.</p> ...

'Christian' Militias and Tavis Smiley's MLK Documentary
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Many are wondering of what to make of the shameful association of the word "Christian" with "militia." Understandably, with Christianity being associated with something so anti-Jesus, one m ...

Mennonite College Follows First Playing of National Anthem with St. Francis' Peace Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

From the beginning, <a href="../2010/03/01/mennonite-college-will-now-play-national-anthem-before-sporting-events/">I opposed Goshen's landmark decision </a>to play the national anth ...

A Palm Sunday Procession to Jerusalem Ends in Arrests -- Including the Donkey
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Palm Sunday 2010. Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethle ...

The Cross, Easter, and the 'They' Narrative
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The <em>other </em>has been a philosophical idea with a rich history. The other has been a philosophical idea with a rich history. The idea is how do individuals r ...

Attempting to Understand Clergy Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The sex abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church simply will not go away. Even the Pope himself is not immune. The sex abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church simply will n ...

'God Will Not Hear You': Death Threat to a Colombian Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"God will not hear you," the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1004&amp;article=a-paramilitary-death-threat&amp;1004_webextra=Extended%20 ...

Christian Militias, Revelation, and Christ's Consistent Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

One of the most important subjects addressed in my recent book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/New-Kind-Christianity-Questions-Transforming/dp/0061853984/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books& ...

Dorothy Day: Unapologetic Radical, but no Marxist
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://store.sojo.net/product_p/icnp_dd.htm"></a>It was surprising to see Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/201 ...

Finding Watchtowers and Blind Spots in Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598749580_J3NyL"></a>From the window of my hotel room in Bethlehem, I could see the &qu ...

A New March on Washington
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816712604_FVFqL"></a>March 21, 2010: With crowd turnout twice the expec ...

Glenn Beck on Martin Luther King and Gandhi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Given Glenn Beck's threat that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/15/in-spite-of-glenn-becks-new-threats-my-invitation-to-dialogue-stands/">"the hammer is coming,"< ...

War is Ugly, God is Good: What I Learned from the Truth Commission on Conscience in War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I can't imagine a better way to lament the 7<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the war in Iraq than by spending it with Iraq veterans who are horrified by the war and courageously speaking out again ...

Jesus-Focused Conversations in Occupied Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>I arrived in Bethlehem last Sunday evening to speak at a conferenc ...

We All Share Responsibility for Going to War -- and for Stopping It
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Christian-Peace-Witness-for/7990927_btnkC#519468687_JHFYM"></a>A comment on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2 ...

Jon Stewart: 'How Oscar Romero Got Disappeared by Right-Wingers...for the Second Time'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/19/jon-stewart-how-oscar-romero-got-disappeared-by-right-wingers-for-the-second-time/"></a>Jon Stewart has pointed out that one of the revis ...

A Major Victory for the Peace Movement Down Under
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Through tears I write this post as breaking news of the Waihopai Plowshares activists have been found by a New Zealand jury "NOT GUILTY!"</p> Through tears I write ...

World Vision Staff Killed in Pakistan: The Cost of Courageous Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

When was the last time you felt gripped by crushing fear? Like the kind that might take over as you listen to friends and co-workers being killed? When was the last time you felt ...