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Egypt: The Revolution One Year On
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

Today is one year to the day since protestors massed in Cairo's now-legendary Tahrir Square. Inspired by events in nearby Tunisia, hundreds of thousands of Egyptians called on their leader, Hosni Mubarak, ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Jan. 24, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Violinist responds to a cell phone ring that interrupts his performance with improvised number. The ringtone comes in around 39 seconds. [ Viral Viral Videos ] ...

Grace, Magic, and Hard Work
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

If animals are being abused in factory farms and the immigrants who work in those places are treated like animals, it makes it difficult to sit down to enjoy a feast much less mindlessly consume the cheap food ...

I Continue to Fail “The Poor”
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

Once in a while, it feels like this work is hardly making a dent in the poverty juggernaut we’re fighting against. So sometimes it’s just easier to keep it at arms-length and focus on “the poor.” That may help ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 24, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

At 9pm ET, President Barack Obama will address a joint session on Congress to give them information on the State of the Union. THE WASHINGTON POST: Obama To Take On Economic Anxiety In Election-Year State Of The Union, Amid GOP Attacks ...

"Helping One is Better than Helping None"
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

a 17-year-old Afghan girl  forced to flee her homeland, in the reporter's care, to escape certain death ...

He Said, She Said: Driscoll's "Real Marriage" is Really Not
Originally Posted: 01/23/2012 - 5:41am | Type: Blog

Real Marriage is a poorly written, poorly researched book by a well-meaning pastor who I believe is struggling with his own sexuality and sense of self-worth. Editor's ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Jan. 20, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/20/2012 - 6:01pm | Type: Blog

President Obama wishes Betty Wh ite a happy 90 th birthday – and asks to see her long-form birth certificate. See video below. [ Mediate ] ...

Iran: Ask Questions First
Originally Posted: 01/20/2012 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 2002 and winter of 2003, a steady drumbeat of rhetoric and accusations from the Bush administration were leading the United States into war against Iraq. In the fa ...

Tripp Hudgins' First Thoughts: SOPA and the Wisdom of Creative Freedom
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 11:24pm | Type: Blog

"Wisdom wants to be free. As a Christian, I believe there is actually some theology to this....Wisdom is a woman and she stands at the gates of the city and she cries out to the people, 'Be free. Be ...

Defining "Evangelical" and Other Unsolved Mysteries
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 2:24pm | Type: SojoMail

January 19, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “In recent months, the pu ...

Just How Free?
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

Freedom is a word often used by politicians, economists and others in positions of power/authority as a byword for happiness. The more freedom we have, the happier we are. Whether this is actually the case, fr ...

Defining "Evangelical" and Other Unsolved Mysteries
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

I understand the interest in us evangelicals, I really do. The way much of the mainstream media covers our communities in the news can make us seem like a puzzling subspecies of the American population, not un ...

From Sex to Satan, Some Churches Will Try Anything
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Like a fallow field, sometimes it’s best to take what is left, turn it into the ground and allow it to be reborn into something entirely new. I wrote a piece last week about Pasto ...

Forget The Firm--Meet Francia
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Most real-life law students I've met are at way, way less risk of being murdered than their counterparts in a John Grisham novel--except for Francia Marquez. Most real-life l ...

Shane Claiborne: Five Great Gatherings in 2012
Originally Posted: 01/18/2012 - 8:15pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes folks ask me if I’ve spoken at any conferences that I get excited about. I’ll be speaking more than 150 times this next year in about a dozen countries — at all sorts of events from a Spanish speakin ...

Two Smart Cookies: Girl Scouts' Wired Campaign Calls Cookie Folk to Clean Up Act
Originally Posted: 01/20/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

We're once again in that sugary time of year, Girl Scout cookie season — but, as two Girl Scouts from Ann Arbor, Mich., want you to know, there's palm oil in those cookies, as there is in many foods ...

Is Iran the New Iraq?
Originally Posted: 01/18/2012 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

It’s hard to remember the warm-up to the Iraq war now almost 10 years old. Following the devastating experience of 9/11 (Sept. 11, 2001), the United States experienced enormous national feelings of anger and s ...

Two-Thirds of Americans Say They're Both: "Pro-Life" AND "Pro-Choice"
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

A fascinating new study by the Public Religion Research Institute found that two-thirds of all Americans identify with both the "pro-life" and "pro-choice" labels simultaneously. ...

Atheism: A Null Hypothesis on God
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

When I talk about myself in relationship to atheists I often sound like a post-civil-rights white person trying to minimize the gap between myself and another group. When I talk a ...

Tripp Hudgins' First Thoughts: Public Displays of Tebow
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

I know it's late. I know you are done with the guy and the Broncos' season is over. Still, I have a question for you. I know it's late. I know you are done w ...

Assessing the Afghanistan War
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 9:01pm | Type: Blog

Over the past few days, news sources have reported on a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Afghanistan delivered to the White House in December. NIEs represent the consensus view of the CIA and 15 oth ...

U.S. Veterans Show Solidarity With Iraqi Restaurant
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

After vandals threw a 20-pound rock through the window of an Iraqi restaurant in Lowell, Mass., its owners, overwhelmed with fear at this unwarranted hate crime, came close to shutting its doors permanently. T ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

NPR: Evangelical Leaders Struggle To Crown A Candidate Rick Santorum was fresh off his surprise showing in the Iowa caucuses and fielding questions on a radio program, when a caller challenged the Republican presidential candidate on his overt rel ...

The Selling of America's Children
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

The church is realizing the need to deal with Human trafficking Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far has ...

Robert Duvall: The Sojourners Interview
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 9:04pm | Type: Blog

Many cinephiles have a short list of virtuoso actors who are so graceful and true we'd watch them read a phone book. For me, the list includes Jeff Bridges, Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton, John Mahoney, Chris ...

Waxing Poetic: Blue Christmas
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

An original poem by Sarah Vanderveen. It was a December of golden days and crisp, sparkling nights. I saw swooping pelicans and Orion's belt, bright blooming ...

Is George Lucas Revealing Hollywood’s Systemic Racism?
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

The Star Wars saga helped define pop culture in many ways throughout my childhood. And so George Lucas, creator of the epic films, was the cinematic god of our youth. And if anyone has juice in Hollywood to ge ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: January 12, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

TV's award winning comedy 30 Rock debuts tonight, create your own remixes with Mono's customer appreciation page, discover hidden features on the iPhone, Hostess nears bankruptcy, GOOD's new soc ...

Two Years After a Devastating Earthquake: Hope for a New Haiti
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Indeed, we need to plant ourselves at the gates of hope and work toward a just peace, on Earth as it is in heaven. Haiti will always be Haiti. It will never change. That's wh ...

Sex God: Jesus, Intimacy and Exploitation
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Christians can’t have it both ways. We can’t use quasi-sexual sensationalism to promote our products, while also condemning the culture around us that does exactly the same thing. That, my friends, is hypocris ...

Return of the Drones
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 6:30pm | Type: Blog

Since mid-November, the CIA had not launched a drone attack against Pakistan. On Sunday, the New York Times front page prominently featured a story headlined Lull in Strikes by U.S. Drones Aids Militants. ...

Football: Our Finest Christian Witness
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

and the unsympathetic Tom Brady is humbled again like he was by the Giants. Going 17-1 is pretty good though... ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: January 11, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

Polaroid camera are back on the market, apocalypse survival guide, Jack Kerouac for bros, the NBA begins using 3D graphics, the hit show Portlandia, James Franco's new film, classic album covers are given ...

Court blocks Oklahoma's Islamophobia
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's decision to halt anti-Sharia initiative from going into effect. Earlier this week, the U.S. 1 ...

Sojourners Observes Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners has long been committed to the fight to end this abhorrent evil, and the current issue of Sojourners Magazine seeks to engage the topic head-on. Click through to explore our coverage and involvement ...

Soundtrack for the #Occupation Grows
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

It's always encouraging to see musicians using their unique platform to inspire social change. When it comes to an indie supergroup such as  New Party Sysytems — compirsed of members from TV on the Radio, Notekillers, and Liturgy — disparate ...

Justin Bieber's Ecce Homo
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

who does . So, for the sake of the children, please hear me out. Justin Drew Bieber, age 17 ... Mallette (then 17) and Jeremy Bieber (then 19), who were engaged at the time of their son’s birth but never ... at 17, at least he’s making meaningful ones. When I was Justin’s age, I was beginning to move away ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: January 10, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/10/2012 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

A zombie version of the Oregon Trial, what it would look like if Batman had been created by Dr. Suess, and could an App a day keep the doctor away? Plus, videos of wackadoo political candidates, what happens i ...

Kicking at the Darkness: Bruce Cockburn and the Christian Imagination
Originally Posted: 01/10/2012 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

Kick at the Darkness gave me a refresher course in my Christian worldview. It led me into theological thinking and inspired me to imagine the way the world is — and how the world can be — and how, as a preache ...

Cee Lo, Tebow and American Fundamentalisms
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Cee Lo Green got himself in some pop-culture hot water on New Years Eve when he changed the lyrics to John Lennon's "Imagine." You would think he was changing the Bible or something, but no, it ...

Digital Prayers of the People
Originally Posted: 01/10/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

Prayer has always been a means to cross-over bounds of geography, personal experience and other divisions in order to lift up a common hope that God’s love, hope, peace and joy will be made known. ...

Epiphany: A Light to the World
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 9:00pm | Type: Blog

From the heavenly star to the radiant robes of transfiguration, Epiphany is about revelation, the kind of sudden brightness that lights up the landscape of a mind or a community or a whole social order. The li ...

Passion 2012 Calls Us to Rise Up Against Modern-Day Slavery
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

A pervasive criticism of modern Christians, both from outsiders as well as concerned Christians, is that people of faith are not taking seriously Jesus’ call for us to serve “the least of these.” Thankfully, ...

The Gospel According to Lady Gaga
Originally Posted: 01/10/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Lady Gaga calls out to the little monsters. And Jesus eats with with tax collectors, sinners, and prostitutes. Okay, I'm going to get real vulnerable with you. Very confessio ...

Fifty Years of USAID: There is Hope Ahead
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

But one thing that remains is USAID. 2012 marks the agency’s 50th anniversary, and its commitment to global political, economic and social development has been sustained since its foundation in 1961. USAID ha ...

Dear SoJo Commenters: "This Aggression Will Not Stand, Man."
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

even if I feel disrespected by them. ( Romans 12:17-21 ) ·       I will express my disagreements ...

Father Jim Martin on "Jesus and Joy"
Originally Posted: 01/08/2012 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

In this segment from his new CatholicTV series "Blinks," the Rev. Jim Martin considers why Christianity is often considered so joyless, and why "religious" usually means "serious." ...

The Friday News: January 6, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/06/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

The Friday News: January 6, 2012 PATHEOS: Evangelicalism's Changing Heart On Immigration The conventional wisdom among pundits and journalists holds that immigration is ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: January 6, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/06/2012 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

Stephen Colbert takes Pat Robertson's challenge to America and prays at full volume, Harrison Ford watches Indiana Jones for the first time, Gary Busey and Ted Haggard on Wife Swap, part two of Jimmy Kimm ...