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Joyless Christians and The Lord of the Rings
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

My favorite characters in The Lord of the Rings are the Ents -- an ancient race of giant living, talking, breathing trees in J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional land, Middle Earth. My ...

The Top 10 Stories of July 13, 2011
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

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Listen to Your Pastors: 4,000 of Them Want a Moral Budget
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

is theft" with Romans 13, and Mark 12:17? Pres. Obama has proposed a Pres. Obama has proposed a grand ...

10 Ways to Revive a Dying Church
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God." ( Ephesians 3: 17-19 ) You don't ...

Is Glenn Beck's Departure the Beginning of the End for Fox News?
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

If you haven't noticed, Glenn Beck -- the vitriolic voice of "reason" and "values" for Fox News -- is gone. If you haven't noticed, Glenn Beck -- the ...

Bringing the Camp Spirit Back Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:15pm | Type: Blog

I was not one of the 1,500 who attended the inaugural Wild Goose Festival in Shakori Hills, North Carolina last month, but I did grow up going to Christian summer camp. I was not ...

Being There: Why I Want to go to Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

Don't get me wrong -- I love sitting behind my computer here at Sojourners, or proofreading a stack of magazine-pages-to-be, fresh from Art Director Ed Spivey's printer. But sometimes there's no ...

Enough Activists, But Not Enough Convergence: An Interview With James Lawson
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Over lunch last week, during the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict's <a href="http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/index.php/learning-and-resources/educational-initiatives/fletche ...

Muslim Victim Rais Bhuiyan Campaigns to Save His Attacker
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Ten days after 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was working at a gas station in Dallas, Texas when a man walked in with a gun. Thinking the store was being robbed, Bhuiyan opened the cash regi ...

Loving Casey Anthony in a Culture of Vengeance
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

I couldn't bear to watch any of the coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial. I heard snippets of information on occasion: intimations of incest; a car that "smelled of death"; fist fights bre ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: David Cameron. Fighting Shifts. Soldiers.
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:22am | Type: Blog

As part of Sojourners&#39; campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest news and developments related to the war, the U.S. mi ...

What Does it Mean to 'Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors?'
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:50am | Type: Blog

Smack dab in the middle of the Lord’s Prayer, obscured by old translations and otherworldly assumptions, is a radical cry for Jubilee justice “And forgive us our debts, as we al ...

Why Afghan Women Need to be Part of the Peace Process
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

What is wrong with the typical photo of world leaders making decisions for their countries? The general absence of women -- at the table, in the room, and, as a result, from the agenda. ...

Observing the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 by Sharing Faith
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

The email came just a few days before two Jewish rabbis and two Muslim friends joined two of us Christian ministers for a Sunday morning service. This service was part of a national event called Faith Shared. ...

Sudan: History Must Not Repeat Itself
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

We cannot allow the history of a brutal genocide to repeat itself in Sudan, nor denial and inaction to repeat itself in Washington, D.C., but both are happening at this very moment ...

Dissenters, Monastics, and Doubters: My Kind of Faith at the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/07/01/dissenters-monastics-and-doubters-my-kind-of-faith-at-the-wild-goose-festival/" target="_self"></a>Fed up and worn out from th ...

Just Jesus and an Unjust July 4: Why I Don't Celebrate Independence Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:57pm | Type: Blog

My friends and I can be stupid. Add explosives to the equation and the idiocy quotient increases exponentially. Such was the case every 4th of July during high school. My friends ...

Stranger in a Strange Land
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 3:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

because of its fundamentally transformative power. I was 17 when I joined the Army in 2003. I had ...

Rediscovering Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 3:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Wes Granberg-Michaelson Love, justice, and the radical challenge raised by the untamed Christ. When I was ...

Good Intentions Gone Bad
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 3:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lauren F. Winner Lauren F. Winner reviews The Furnace of Affliction: Prison and Religion in Antebellum America, by Jennifer Graber. UNC P ...

The Art of Dying
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 3:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Montgomery Fate One man searches for balance between family and solitude, nature and technology. I have bee ...

The Things that Make for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis In this fallen world we are often faced with imperfect choices in response to clear evil. When a te ...

Judgment Day 2.0
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Eventually, a Rapture prediction will come true, right? Whew! That was close. Looks like May ...

Where Her Heart Is
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:15pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard Humanitarian, award winning actress, and best-selling author Ashley Judd reflects on her faith and "true calling" - ...

The Ayn Rand Makeover
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 3:47pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The mainstreaming of Rand is, in large part, the work of one man (and his money). I have a ...

God's Care Package is Bursting
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 3:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

situations. [ July 17 ] We Are Not Alone Genesis 28:10-19; Psalm 86:11-17; Romans ... (Psalm 145:17). God does not want to fight or strive with us. God does not call us to wrestle our ...

Revolutionary Spirit
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 6:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Margaret Wilde I'm rejoicing in the news from Egypt. I'm rejoicing in the news from Egypt. I thought ...

Nonviolence Classic
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 6:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Ewell Thank you for the excellent articles about Egypt's use of nonviolence in its successful liberation from the Mubarak regime ...

Liquid Statistics
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 6:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ray Higgs Could Doug Thorpe's meaningful "Living Waters" (April 2011) have been complemented by a fact file on the injustic ...

When a Kiss Isn't Just a Kiss
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 6:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Wendy Holland To quote my husband on "The Surprising Power of Nonviolence" issue (May 2011): "Best cover ever."        ...

My Other Calling? Coaching Jack and Luke
Originally Posted: 08/06/2011 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

My iPhone died and I didn't even care. A cooler full of water and ice was dumped on my head, which soaked not only me, but also my phone. My older son Luke's Little League team, called the Nationals, ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: The Politics and Pain of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

8 Inspiring Movies About Social Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/29/8-inspiring-movies-about-social-change/" target="_self"></a>Ah the joy of watching movies in the summer! Of course, there are a ...

Could a Decline in Numbers Bring New Hope to Southern Baptists?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart for them. Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart ...

Toothbrushes, Towels, and Tackling Root Causes in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://mccpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/toothbrushes-towels-and-tackling-root-causes-in-gaza/" target="_blank"></a>We met 10-year-old Noor Al-Abid in Nove ...

Worship, Liturgy, and an Introduction to Poet Scott Kinder-Pyle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian pastor in Spokane, Washington, and the featured poet in <em>Sojourners</em>' July issue. Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian p ...

Michelle Obama and the Women of South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divine meet. Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divi ...

Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When evang ...

A Gun, a Pause, and Innocence Lost in the West Bank
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:13am | Type: Blog

"zones." Area A is for Palestinians only -- their police, and their civic authorities. It comprises 17 ...

Graduates: Boast Gladly in Your Weaknesses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

[<strong>Editors' note: </strong><em>This blog post is taken from a commencement address Nadia Bolz-Weber delivered for the graduates of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley ...

Wanted: An Uncool Church of Distractions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Sitting in church the other night, I thought about Jackson Helms.</p> Sitting in church the other night, I thought about Jackson Helms. Helms, a 12-year-old who suffers ...

The War Must Not Go On!
Originally Posted: 08/06/2011 - 8:12am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama made his long-awaited announcement on beginning withdrawal of the 103,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Last evening, President Obama made his long-a ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Obama to Bring 33,000 Troops Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Aid, Not War in Afghanistan: An Open Letter From Religious Leaders to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/soj11031.jpg"></a>Dear Mr. President,</p> Dear Mr. President, As your target date to begin U.S. ...

The Infuriating, Scary, and Ironic Inside Job
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Matt Damon's closing words in the Academy Award winning film, <em><a href="http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/" target="_blank">Inside Job</a>, </em>are as f ...

Black Men and 'Jumping the Broom'
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/22/black-men-and-jumping-the-broom/"></a>In one of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/20/bern ...

This is Not Enough
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

With President Obama's announcement on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan expected in a speech tomorrow evening, news stories today are citing a variety of unnamed sources claiming to know what he ...

10 Ways Pastors Muck It Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After posting a blog about my <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/13/10-problems-of-a-dying-church-and-how-to-fix-them/" target="_blank">observations of a dying church</a>, th ...

Ashley Judd: 'My Christian Faith Demands I Work for Social Justice'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

17:3 "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. (John 7:24) "Stop ... not judgemental. I'm glad you bring up Luke 17:3 because it illustrates the point I was trying to make. ...

Are Millennials Conflicted About Morality?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:55pm | Type: Blog

The Public Religion Research Institute recently released the results of their newest survey, "Committed to Availability, Conflicted About Morality," which shined new light on the complexity of opinio ...