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Palestinian Nonviolence: Muslims, Not Christians, Are the Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I give talks on the effects of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian livelihood, the status of nonviolence as a means to resisting the occupation, and how I believe nonviolence is the only wa ...

The Violence We Live By
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"However much we try to distinguish between morally good and morally evil ways of killing, our attempts are beset with contradictions, and these contradictions remain a fragile part of our mode ...

Where are the Women?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Well, the last time I checked, women were in the front lines of civil resistance struggles in <a href="http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/03/03/women-on-the-frontlines-in-bahrain/" target=" ...

Experiencing God's Creation, Rain or Shine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I'm a Midwestern girl coming out of her winter shell this month. Flip flops are lost companions just now crawling out from under beds and hidden closet shelves. I'm a Mi ...

Five Frustrations When You Debate Israel and the Palestinians
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:11am | Type: Blog

I've been fascinated watching an earlier blog hunker down into a strong debate about Israel and the Palestinians (February 22, "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/when-will-3-5-million- ...

Is Facebook Changing the World?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

In recent weeks, Facebook and other social media have clearly demonstrated their capacity to do far more than just allow us to keep in touch with our family and friends. In recent ...

Still Missing in the Arab World: Assembly and Free Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, I established AmmanNet, the Arab world's first Internet radio that used technology to create audio and text content freely. Ten years ago, I established AmmanN ...

The Tiger Mother In Us
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

By now, you've surely heard about the infamous <em>Wall Street Journal</em> <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704111504576059713528698754.html" target="_ ...

Egypt's Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable." -- ...

Why Asian Parents Are the Best and Worst
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's amazing what one article can do, but one thing that's clear is Amy Chua is going to sell some books. Cha-ching.</p> It's amazing what one article can do, ...

Friday Links Round Up: Dutch Winter. Chinese Mothers. Martin Luther King Jr.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Dutch Winter. Chinese Mothers. Martin Luther King Jr. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:</p> Dutch Winter. Chinese Mot ...

This Advent, Embrace a Doubting Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In <a href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=159874132" target="_blank">Matthew 11: 2-11</a>, when John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and ...

Prayer and the Persistent Widow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Well, it's parable day again boys and girls. Parables are like Jesus' subversive little stories of an alternate universe. Well, it's parable day again boys and girl ...

Martin Luther King Jr. Was a Social Justice Christian
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This coming Saturday, August 28 will mark the 47th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream Speech." Glenn Beck has chosen this d ...

Cosmic Child Abuse?: Mark Driscoll, N.T. Wright and Atonement that does Jesus Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

British Evangelist Steve Chalke upset a lot of evangelicals of a reformed bent with two little paragraphs in (his book that has so much worth reading in it beyond what has got all the attention) <a ...

Christian Zionism: Theology that Legitimates Oppression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598997294_wdMxF"></a>I recently returned from a speaking engagement at the Bethlehem Bi ...

A Generation Making Poverty Personal
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p> "My father was born by a river bed and left to die. My mother grew up in extreme poverty. They made it. I am their story, they inspire me!" These are the words of my new friend Rudo, an ama ...

The Global Emergence Won't Be Televised
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </ ...

A Word from Phoenix: 'I don't want my city to be the Birmingham or Selma in this drama'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, a group of local faith and community leaders, along with <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/21/arizonas-immigration-bill-is-a-social-and-racial-sin/">Jim Wallis</a> and Noe ...

I Didn't Learn About the Emerging Church From White Males
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

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

Emerging or Converging?
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>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.c ...

A Darfuri Perspective on Sudan's Dubious Elections
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As a Darfuri, I recognize the fact that this presidential and parliamentary election in Sudan is an important milestone for the implementation of the North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ...

Why Outsider Critiques are Important for Emergent
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.sojo.ne ...

I Am Emergent and I Don't Fit the Stereotype
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

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

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 Second-Best Book on Sabbath
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

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International Women's Day: 'Whom God Hath Made Equal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Most countries around the world are celebrating a holiday today. Most countries around the world are celebrating a holiday today. While here in the United States we might have a f ...

The Question of Climate Change is Secondary to the Need for Creation Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

It is still very much winter in Chicago. Sure, the calendar says March, but the piles of snow on the ground look more like mid-January. Everything is brown and crusty. It is still ...

Four Friends' Perspectives on Tiger Woods' Buddhism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Apart from the Dalai Lama, who reportedly had never heard of him until earlier this week, Tiger Woods is the most famous Buddhist on the planet.</p> <p>But until Woods invoked his Buddhist ...

Greed is God: Exporting the Values of America's Prosperity Heresy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

Devils in the Details: Robertson's Revision of Haitian History
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | 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 ...

Michael Steele and Racially Insensitive or Racist Comments
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I am writing to educate Michael Steele and those whose understanding of Native Americans are as superficial as his. On Jan. 4, 2010, Steele, the leader of the Republican Party, held up his hand in the ...

Avatar and The Blind Side: The Never-ending Messianic Complex Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The last two movies that my wife and I had the chance to watch were Avatar and The Blind Side. Not sure how that happened, but both movies had very rich missiological and race themes to them. Or maybe ...

Interfaith Interaction at Parliament of the World's Religions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | 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 ...

High Drama and Delicate Negotiations in Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was a day of high drama where Africa walked out, suspended talks, and then later in the day returned after the Danish facilitators took on some of their concerns. Yester ...

Copenhagen: Three Global Factions and a Volatile Mix of Hope and Despair
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

In search of a global ethic and political will, in freezing weather and the most dispiriting cavernous building under cold grey Copenhagen skies, this search by 34,000 people with 3500 press observ ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 4
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

Advent: Apocalypse Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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. ...

Christians Must Find a More Christ-like Symbol than 'Crusaders'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Imagine for a minute the fallout were a Muslim high school in America to choose for its mascot "the Jihadists."</p> <p>In that light, how do you think Muslims (or Jews) view Chri ...

The Deadly Viper Conversation Moves from Authors to Publisher
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last Friday, a group of Asian-American leaders (Kathy Khang, IVCF / Eugene Cho, Quest Church / Ken Fong, Evergreen Baptist Church and I) were on a conference call with three executives of Zondervan ...

Christianity Today and Cultural Captivity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

The Church-State Debate: Biblical Insiders and Outsiders
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A frequently asked question these days relates to the role of the church in civic society. A frequently asked question these days relates to the role of the church in civic societ ...

Columbus in Reverse: 'Travel as a Political Act'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

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Why Celebrate Columbus Day?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

From the journal of Christopher Columbus:</p> From the journal of Christopher Columbus: In all the world, there is no better people nor better country. They love their ...

Ken Burns' National Parks: An Unnatural Wilderness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week Ken Burns unleashed his new series on America's national parks, subtitled "America's Best Idea." The cinematography is incredible and Ken Burns is known as a progressive thinker. ...

Listening to Poor People 'Offstage'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to explain much of what he sees on the news or reads about in the local paper. I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to ...

In the Culture War, Justice Loses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A few days ago, radical Muslims in Pakistan began terrorizing the Christian minority in the town of Gojra. A few days ago, radical Muslims in Pakistan began terrorizing the Christ ...

Weaving Networks from Iowa to Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is an African proverb from Ethiopia that says, "When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion." What a graphic illustration of power that emerges as an outcome of networking, partnership, and ...

Is National Health Care Hazardous to Your Health? Check the Facts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Various Web sites and e-mails are reporting that cancer survival rates are much higher in the U.S. than in various European countries. Various Web sites and e-mails are reporting ...

A Martyr in Mauritania: Missionaries, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Mauritania is a land of striking beauty, with sand dunes lined against the sky, Bedouins riding camels in the countryside, and flying beetles that look like they come straight from the abyss of the Ap ...