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Five Observations from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>We arrived in Bethlehem with our wonderful group of pilgrims. Folk ...

Learning from Iraqi Good Samaritans
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Just a few days ago, I returned from with a small group of Christian peacemakers. Just a few days ago, I returned from a short trip into Iraq with a small group of Christian p ...

What Would Jesus Do in Palestine?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598941252_ZXPyp"></a>It was 3 a.m. when they came barreling into town -- Israeli jeeps ...

'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 ...

Clear Benchmarks for Sudan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Darfur-Protest-2006/10213948_CNDRU#704006756_mb46L"></a>As many of us know with New Year's resolutions, the on ...

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 ...

Breaking the 'Resource Curse'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The Enough Project's <a href="http://www.enoughproject.org/publications/digging-in-conflict-minerals">recent report about conflict minerals in Congo</a> highlights how the "reso ...

The Flight to Egypt and the Continuing Challenges of Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>E<a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>piphany has passed as well as Coptic Christmas earlier in January ...

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 ...

Terrorism and 'the Primitive Brain'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Parker Palmer, in a beautiful and important essay called <a href="http://www.upperroom.org/weavings/articles/brokenopenheart.asp">"The Broken-Open Heart: Living with Faith and Hop ...

TIAA-Cref Divests from Sudan Oil Interests
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While the situation in Sudan remains dire (and could worsen as the country faces volatile elections this spring), Christians can celebrate a recent story of hope: the first major U.S. ...

'Irreconcilable Islam' and Irascible Christianity, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/05/gingrich-labels-irreconcilable-wing-of-islam-but-ignores-irascible-christianity/">[continued from part 1]</a> If duplicity were the only moral fai ...

Gingrich Labels 'Irreconcilable Wing of Islam' but Ignores Irascible Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

"'Tell me what distinguishes the murderer at Fort Hood, the people we arrested in Denver and Detroit and New York, and the five people who were just picked up in Pakistan?'" Former House Sp ...

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>" ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own Charlie Brown Christmas special, if you will. With the ongoing conflicts raging d ...

A Bottom-Up Perspective on Obama's Nobel Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I didn't get a chance to watch Barack Obama's Nobel speech live, but I've read the transcript and found very little in the speech that couldn't have been given by any number of past preside ...

Stepping Back from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>For much of the world, the heart of Bethlehem is found down a narr ...

Advent and Advocacy: A Year of Activism in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Advent is with us again, calling us to reflect and review, and the Sojourners policy team wants to thank you for walking with us in 2009. Advent is with us again, calling us to re ...

Obama's Brand of American Exceptionalism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/12/17/obamas-nobel-speech-violence-and-nonviolence-naivete-and-realism/">As I suggested in my previous post</a>, I was troubled by some elements of the ...

Obama's Nobel Speech, Violence, and Nonviolence: Who's Na
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The president's campaign speech in Philadelphia on race and his speech earlier this year to the Muslim world from Egypt were, in my mind, two of the most important presidential speeches of my lifet ...

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 ...

Obama in Oslo: Nonviolence is the Strongest Weapon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I was saddened by our president's acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize. He missed a chance to witness to courage and leadership. True, Mr. I was saddened by our presid ...

Obama's Nobel Speech: Reflection and Response
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama laid out a moral defense of the use of force in his <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-acceptance-nobel-peace-prize">acceptance speech in Oslo ...

U.S. Military Aid and the Paramilitaries Behind the Philippine Election Massacre
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

For many of us in the U.S., the sometimes vicious attack ads of last year's presidential election are more than just a recent memory. For many of us in the U.S., the sometime ...

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Speech and Just Peace Theory
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

If all we notice in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/11/world/europe/11prexy.text.html">President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture</a> is a justification of war, we will miss ...

The Archbishop and the President's Common Problem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>The best lack all conviction, while the worst<br /> Are full of passionate intensity.<br /> --William Butler Yeats, from "The Second Coming"</p> ...

Advent Echoes: Checkpoints and Childbirth on a West Bank Winter Night
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Although Hani Abu Haikal is a Muslim, he probably can identify with the sense of panic Joseph and Mary must have felt as they searc ...

Afghanistan: Praying Our Part
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The decision has been made. The orders have been signed. The first wave of the 30,000 additional warriors heading to Afghanistan is scheduled to arrive before Christmas. The dec ...

Obama's Afghanistan Policy and Christian Political Humility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

On the eve of the election last November, I wrote <a href="http://aarondtaylor.blogspot.com/2008/11/im-pro-life-christian-thats-why-im.html">a thinly-veiled endorsement of Barack Obama </a&g ...

Advent, Mary, and Sudan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The season of Advent always invites me to contemplate many facets of Christianity: the contrast between what God extols versus the world's values, the power of patience, and the strength of hope ...

We Needed a New Approach in Afghanistan -- and This Isn't It
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/12/02/we-needed-a-new-approach-in-afghanistan-and-this-isn't-it/"></a>The decision by President Obama to send additional troops to Afghani ...

Equality in the Beautiful Image of God -- and the Ugliness of Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In every culture and in every part of the world, this injustice is present. What is the oldest injustice in the world?</p> In every culture and in every part of the world, ...

An Afghan Leader We Can Admire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> The media coverage of Afghanistan focuses, on the one hand, on the evils of the Taliban and, on the other hand, on the necessi ...

Affirming the Footnotes: What the Manhattan Declaration Gets Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Although there are several points I find troubling, inaccurate, or misleading in the recent <a href="http://manhattandeclaration.org/">Manhattan Declaration</a>, and although I noticed th ...

Reduce the Danger of Nuclear War and Help Feed Hungry Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nowadays <em>everyone's</em> talking about nuclear disarmament. Nowadays everyone's talking about nuclear disarmament. The Queen of England , Geo ...

Can You Hear Them Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When I went to hear a staged reading of Lynn Nottage's play "Ruined," about the price of the ongoing war in Congo, last week, I had a stronger than usual motive to be sure to turn off my cell ph ...

Dinesh D'Souza, the New Atheism, and Constantinian Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week at the Innovative Evangelism Conference, I got a chance to hear <a href="http://www.dineshdsouza.com/">Dinesh D'Souza</a> speak to a standing room only crowd. ...

Build, Don't Destroy in Afghanistan: An Open Letter to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/afghan_8years?source=act_0911_afghan_bc"></a>Your voice is being heard. Already, thousands of you have <a href="http://go.sojo.net/c ...

Obama's Bow and R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The gospel according to Aretha Franklin says: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me."</p> <p>Biblical wisdom teaches: "Give everyone what you owe him. If you owe tax ...

Pentagon Blocks Release of Detainee Abuse Photos -- Obama Agrees
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The release of photos of Americans supposedly treating imprisoned suspected terrorists badly has been <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/11/15/scotus.detainee.photos/index.html">blocked by the ...

Uwem Akpan's Double Calling as Priest and Writer
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316086371?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0316086371">< ...

New Tools for Peace in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When all you have is a hammer everything seems like a nail. No famous line more aptly applies to the president's current dilemma of seeking the best solution for Afghanistan. ...

For God and Country (in that Order)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nobody today will be able to celebrate our many veterans without the <a href="http://www.google.com/news/more?pz=1&amp;cf=all&amp;ncl=dGVEwVrxusKklQMKSmmL9hfvxDoyM&amp;topic=h">memo ...

More Walls Need to Fall
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598690495_zMVcR"></a>As we celebrate the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, let us reflec ...

Beat the Defense Budget into a Plowshare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Almost exactly 4 years ago, more than 100 faith leaders from around the country went to jail together as we prayed for a moral budget and lamented the current one. Almost exactly ...

Thanking the Refugee (The Plank in Australia's Eye, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/09/the-plank-in-australias-eye/">[continued from part 1]</a> Philosopher Emmanuel Levinas reminds us that "the other" is not an object for ...

Will Violence Have the Last Word at Fort Hood?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Like so many across our country, I have been reeling about the news coming out of Ft. Hood, TX. Like so many across our country, I have been reeling about the news coming out of F ...

Afghanistan: Women and Children First
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It may be too idealistic to believe that one day the U.S. will elect a pacifist as president or that Gen. It may be too idealistic to believe that one day the U.S. will elect a pa ...

Fort Hood Shootings and the Prophetic 'IF'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One reader wrote me to ask: " "What effect will the Fort Hood shootings have on the American public's perception of Islam?" That question asks us to be foretellers, fortune tellers, to pr ...

Video: Jon Stewart Interviews Jewish American and Palestinian Nonviolence Advocates
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Jon Stewart courageously hosted an American Jewish woman (<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/09/a-jewish-american-advocate-against-the-injustice-of-occupation/">Anna Balzer</a> ...