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Using the Afghan War Diaries to Guide our Path to Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The details brought to us in the <a href="https://mail.sojo.net/owa/redir.aspx?C=a57607d98ddf41daad4719eb09bd2c7a&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwardiary.wikileaks.org%2f" target="_blank">A ...

Selling Our Children
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 9:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Letitia Campbell Atlanta does battle against the sex trafficking of kids. In 1999, Fulton County Juvenile Cour ...

The 'Sacrifice Trap' of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Australia's total to 17. The last month has seen six Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan , bringing Australia's total to 17. Yet even with a federal election looming and 61 percent ... killed in Afghanistan, bringing Australia's total to 17. afghan,Afghanistan,Australia,australian ...

Humanizing the Prison System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"I hate civilians," Warden Clooney barked into the microphone. "I hate civilians," Warden Clooney barked into the microphone. With these words, David Chura thr ...

Wikileaking Afghanistan: Disaster Is Not a Good Thing, But Knowing About It Is
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100728-wikileaks.jpg"></a>It's out: An enormous trove of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/27/wikileaks-truth-tellers-and-a- ...

Op-Eds Worth Reading
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This morning, I found a trifecta of three of my favorite op-ed writers in the papers. This morning, I found a trifecta of three of my favorite op-ed writers in the papers. The eff ...

Wikileaks, Truth Tellers, and a Crisis of Conscience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've been staying with friends over the summer as I make my way slowly to North Carolina for divinity school, and I have been enjoying a few luxuries that I'm not used to, like television. ...

Scary Hope: The Nuclear Cinema of Summer 2010
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Back in the late '90s, when Y2K fears were running rampant, apocalyptic fantasies like <em>Armageddon </em>and <em>End of Days</em> burned up the box office. ...

What Does Justice Look Like in Cambodia?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

of 1.7 million people from 1975 to 1979. I listened intently, scribbling down notes as she recalled vivid ...

Americans With Disabilities and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. It seems a bit strange when you think about. ...

Inception: The Art of Paying Attention in Books and Film
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p> I've been reading Paul Harding's debut novel, Tinkers, which was this year's surprise Pulitzer Prize winner. It's a modest tome -- slim of build, light in the hand. ...

A Hymn of Welcome for Immigrants: 'Abraham Journeyed to a New Country'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Bible, we see <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/comprehensive-immigration-reform/">stories of immigrants</a> -- people called to settle in new lands and begin new lives for ...

How Heroes are Made: Remembering Nate Henn
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Heroes are not made in the warm hallways of cul-de-sac safety. Nor are they made of black and white print from the critic's air-conditioned desk. Heroes are not made in the w ...

A New Movement to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The famed Chautauqua Institution devoted this entire week to the theme of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/nuclear-disarmament/">nuclear disarmament</a>. It is a sign of the times. ...

A Rare Opportunity for Direct Civil Disobedience in Arizona
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Since the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/us/politics/24immig.html">recent passage of Arizona Senate Bill 1070</a>, scheduled to go into effect on July 29, those of us ...

Glenn Beck and the Foolishness of the Cross
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

for the second lowest quintile) rose by only 28% from $14,002 to $17,984. As the majority of households ... $17,984 $16,457 Median (50th) $43,318 $38,510 80th percentile $86,867 $68,318 95th ... $14,002 to $17,984. As the majority of households in the top quintile had two income earners, versus zero ...

The Fruit of the Spirit For Everyone, Not Just Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Kindness, gentleness, love, peace, joy. Would you be more likely to describe these character traits as "masculine" or "feminine"? Kindness, gentleness, love, p ...

Glenn Beck and a Neighborless Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

is shown in regards to the plight of the poor and afflicted (e.g., Deuteronomy 10:18; 24:17; 27:19). ...

Glenn Beck, Wrong Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Once again, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a> has waded into theological waters beyond his depth. Once again, Glenn Beck has ...

A Sermon on the "Good" Samaritan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

From what I hear, if you are taking a trip to the Holy Land you can visit the actual road from Jerusalem to modern-day Jericho, and local tour guides are happy, for the right price, to show you the ...

Cruise Ships: Dark Secrets Below Deck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

While working as an entertainer on a cruise ship, I often sat in one of the many distinguished seats on board that reflected my status. While working as an entertainer on a cruise ...

Bad Theology in the House of Representatives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Wednesday morning I listened to a House Judiciary Committee <a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294531-1">hearing on "The Ethical Imper ...

The Importance of Being Engineers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I often say that one of my favorite parts of being a pastor for 24 years was pronouncing the benediction each week at the end of gathered worship. I often say that one of my favor ...

Changing the Script on Political Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I picked up a copy of Daniel Schultz's book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1935439146?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wwwbeckygarri-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9 ...

The Meaning Behind 'Saved Through Childbearing'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

was saturated with the worship of the goddess Artemis, called Diana by the Romans (cf. Acts 19:17 ... the false teachers in 1 Timothy 1:7, "they do not know what they are talking about or what they so ... Satan." Also compare the false teachers in 1 Timothy 1:7, "they do not know what they are talking ...

How Technology Fought Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A couple of months ago, the <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/">MetaFilter</a> weblog community came together to rescue a couple of young Russian women from the clutches of a <a href= ...

After World Cup, Violence Persists in South Africa
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100714-fifa-worldcup.jpg"></a>The World Cup eclipsed our lives in South Africa as we witnessed four weeks of unbelievable soccer and celebrat ...

A Martyr's Death Puts Faith Into Perspective
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Fatu was 25 years old when her father and his two sons burned her to death. Her crime was converting to Christianity in a Muslim land. Fatu was 25 years old when her father and hi ...

Tupac Shakur: Liberation Theologian for Our Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Many music critics have said that a truly special artist comes around only once every generation. Many music critics have said that a truly special artist comes around only once e ...

Mark Twain's Radical Pacifism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100712-marktwain.jpg"></a>Mark Twain's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/nonviolence/">antiwar leanings</a> are al ...

11 Women Writers You Should Be Reading
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Here are some of my favorite women writers of spirituality and theology in no particular order with short comments on why I recommend them.</p> Here are some of my favorite ...

Deportations that Destroy the Human Spirit
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"Maybe I would be better off just crossing again and going to prison for many years." Upon hearing this, an instant knot forms in my gut. "Maybe I would be better o ...

God's Provision in a Recession
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The okra is coming up.) We are harvesting cucumbers that are more than a foot long, some as long as 17 ...

Vandana Shiva: Gandhi, MLK, and the Way of Jesus in the Obama Administration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

21:11, 21:26, 21:46; Mark 6:15, 11:32; Luke 7:16, 7:26, 9:19, 24:19; John 4:19, 6:14, 7:40, 9:17) Jesus ... 10:15, 11:24, 12:39-40, 16:4, 24:37-39; Luke 10:12, 11:29,32, 17:26-29,32) Jesus began his ministry ... will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:17-20) Jesus also upheld the Torah in Luke ...

The Beginning of Justice for Marcelo Lucero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

was only ---- 17!" as he burst out of the courtroom. Members of the Lucero family muttered,"Now ...

Everyone Needs to Read This
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100708-justice-amos.jpg"></a>Everyone needs to read this.</p> <p>Every Christian needs to read this.</p> <p>Every Chr ...

Helping Women Leave the Sex Industry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's note:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1008&amp;article=selling-our- ...

Pastor Prays for Worker Justice in the Face of Intimidation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em> </em></p> "Workers are human beings, they are people, they are NOT disposable, they are children of God According to abc the ...

Am I Living the American Dream?
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

<em>We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.</em></p> We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. ...

Why Christianity and July 4th May Be Compatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This past Fourth of July weekend, I reflected on Kurt Willems' <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/why-christianity-and-july-4th-are-incompatible/">recent post</a>, which had a ...

It's Time to End This War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After his unanimous approval by the Senate Armed Services Committee as the new Afghan war commander, General David Petraeus was pictured in <em>The Washington Post</em> with a broad smile and thu ...

On Arizona, Artists Speak Up, Refuse to Play
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As a musician, I'm always interested in seeing how my fellow creative types respond to injustice or need. As a musician, I'm always interested in seeing how my fellow cr ...

Following Jesus in the West Bank
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels I am still pro-Israel, but I've also become pro-Palestinian. As a Christian committed to jus ...

First Among Equals
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. I never look forward to my trips to Dallas, a red-state city short on political tolerance but long on congenial in-laws, who ...

Boys Don't Cry
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:54am | Type: Magazine Article

somewhere between the ages of 13 and 17, and it was called “initiation.” It likely didn’t even work in most ...

'I Kneel to the Desert God': An interview with Richard Rodriguez
Originally Posted: 03/02/2011 - 9:22pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Faith's roots in a dry land. Raised in Sacramento, California, the son of immigrants from Me ...

Faith's Wild Poetry
Originally Posted: 03/02/2011 - 9:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The Complete Psalms, by Pamela Greenberg. Bloomsbury USA. Joyful Noise, edited by Robert Strong. Autumn House Press. ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/02/2011 - 9:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Be Not Consumed Be Not Consumed The Story of Stuff Project and the GreenFaith coalition p ...

Real Life, Real Truth
Originally Posted: 03/02/2011 - 9:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Documentary films have the potential to both show us the world and change it. Documentary films ...

A New START
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kevin Martin A real beginning toward global nuclear disarmament? High hopes for progress toward nuclear disarm ...