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Losing Our Sons and Daughters: The Cost of Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In November, 2010, Marine 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly was killed by a landmine in Afghanistan. He became one of now nearly 1,500 young Americans to die there. In November, 2010, Mari ...

Is 'What Would Jesus Cut' Heresy?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Heresy is a strong accusation. Heresy is a strong accusation. But that is right where Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center took his column about Sojourners' ...

Why I'm Fasting From Facebook This Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 11:02pm | Type: Blog

In contemplating next weekend's National Day of Unplugging, I'm reminded of the Facebook Fast I embarked on back in 2008. In contemplating next weekend's National ...

Circle of Protection for a Moral Budget
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 4:04pm | Type: Action Alert

Take Action May 1, 2011 - January 1, 2014 Poverty & ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Army Psy-Ops. Taliban Infighting. Mobile Banking.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

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

Five Frustrations When You Debate Israel and the Palestinians
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:11am | 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- ...

Our Budget Must Hold Fast to the American Dream
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Langston Hughes wrote a short but powerful <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=7JDHPmklV-IC&amp;pg=PA52&amp;dq=Hold+fast+to+dreams+For+if+dreams+die+Life+is+a+broken-winged+bird+That+cann ...

'Farewell Rob Bell' (Or, John Piper's Inferno)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100301-robbell.jpg"></a>"Farewell Rob Bell." With this three word tweet John Piper -- senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist church in ...

Finding the Way Out
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright Why it's time to end the war in Afghanistan, and how to do it. The clock is ticking towar ...

Audio Slideshow with Heather Wilson
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 5:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Heather Wilson In this audio slideshow, photographer Heather Wilson talks about the beauty of the people, culture, and land of Afghanistan ...

The Human Toll
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eric Stoner Counting the costs of Obama's 'good war.' A report from Afghanistan. In December, a ...

Securing Women's Rights
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:44am | Type: Magazine Article

Farah Mokhtareizadeh When the Taliban ruled, they prevented girls from going to school. Who's stopping them now? ...

The Jonah Effect
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

societies, the most obvious targets are God and the government. When I joined the U.S. Army at age 17, I ...

The Cost of War
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 9:33am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis It's time to end the war in Afghanistan. When the Vietnam-era draft ended, I thought it would ...

Almost Heaven
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter For nearly six decades, Mavis Staples has been bringing the gospel truth to song. The hymn &q ...

There Are No Lone Gunmen
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg We can't avoid the tough questions on how to change the culture in which we all participate. ...

A Step Toward Justice
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

David M. Whettstone Finally, reparations for past federal mistreatment of American Indians and African-American farmers move forward. ...

Grandfathers Are Our Future
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 9:41am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. It's official: WikiLeaks says she's the cutest. As the nation's leaders have warn ...

Happiness You Can't Buy
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 4:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot A review of Why Love Will Always Be A Poor Investment: Marriage and Consumer Culture, by Kurt Armsrong; foreward by Aiden E ...

Worship's Joys and Dangers
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 4:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Shirley Enuma Okoro Author Enuma Okoro talks about life and liturgy. ...

Extended Interview with Enuma Okoro
Originally Posted: 03/07/2011 - 7:42am | Type: Magazine Article

Enuma Okoro Betsy Shirley Enuma Okoro grew up in four countries, including Nigeria and ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 4:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Reviews of The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman, Standing in the Shoes My Mother Made, Somebody's Daughter, and This Sacr ...

From Escape to Reality
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 4:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Reviews of 2010 films, and looking ahead to 2011. The strongest motif of 2010's great movi ...

In the Line of Fire
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 4:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum American alienation is the real killer that stalks our past, and our present. The attempte ...

Luke 5:1 Disciples
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 4:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joseph Ross This time they are the ones cauth, though they try to close their eyes. Here are working men wit ...

Trusting God's Inexplicable Goodness
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 5:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

In verse 17, the Davidic designation of the psalm is reiterated with reference to Jesus. Both Sinai ... alone" who matters (Matthew 17:8). It is enough to have the rule of Christ as "as a lamp shining in a dark place" (2 Peter 1:19). [ March 13 ] False Desire to Life Genesis 2:15-17 ...

Audio Reading and Interview with Joseph Ross
Originally Posted: 03/23/2011 - 12:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Joseph Ross Claire Lorentzen Hear Joseph Ross read his poem, Luke 5:1 Disciples. ...

A More Excellent Way
Originally Posted: 03/07/2011 - 8:07am | Type: Magazine Article

John Asa Hertzler Let me give a word of support to Brian McLaren's God of love. Let me give a word of sup ...

Sing Without Ceasing
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 4:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter For nearly six decades, Mavis Staples has been bringing the gospel truth to song. The rally to ...

Is Facebook Changing the World?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:47pm | 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 ...

Budgets Are Still Moral Documents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/10/budget-cuts-and-bad-faith/" target="_blank">What Would Jesus Cut?</a>" campaign, launched by Jim Wallis and the good peop ...

Matthew Kelty and the Beauty of a Good Death
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Writer and Trappist monk Matthew Kelty died last week at age 95. His is an example of a good life and a good death. Writer and Trappist monk Matthew Kelty died last week at age 95 ...

The Economics of Anxiety
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One of the steadfast realities of following the lectionary is the predictable rhythm of its three-year cycle of readings. Preparing a sermon for Baptism of the Lord Sunday in 2011? ...

Contend for the Gospel, But Please Don't Be a Jerk
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ" (Rom 10:17). In order to be saved, ... "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ" (Rom 10:17). In order to be saved, ...

Will Gaddafi Fall?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

For the tenth day in a row, protesters in Libya took to the streets today, despite the use of far more violence from the state than what happened during Egypt's recent uprising.</p> ...

How Do We Take Lent Beyond Chocolate and Caffeine?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Lent. It's an odd word, not exactly one that shows up in the vernacular of our everyday.</p> Lent. It's an odd word, not exactly one that shows up in the vernacula ...

Why I'm Trying to Resist Political Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I'll be honest, I've been pretty disgusted with the callousness of our national discourse, how so many politicians, including Democrats, seem all too eager to balance state and federal <a href=&qu ...

People of Faith United in Wisconsin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the midst of the national uproar over the attempt by Wisconsin Gov. In the midst of the national uproar over the attempt by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to remove most collectiv ...

'Have You Tried Washing Their Feet?'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/have-you-tried-washing-their-feet/" target="_self"></a>A few weeks ago, I got a free sermon on the metro.</p> ...

When Will 3.5 Million Palestinians Get Their Chance For Freedom?
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:13am | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Sheikh-Jarrah-February-11-2011/15817766_oNNEG#1185436967_Pd7Jf" target="_blank"></a>I must confess I was ...

Back in Business in Haiti
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/back-in-business-in-haiti/" target="_self"></a>More than a year after an earthquake stalled the country's economy, some bu ...

Showcasing Unsung Heroes in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

During my interview in <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1012&amp;article=reel-struggles-for-justice" target="_blank"><em>Sojou ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Civilian Casualties. Drones. Solutions.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

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

Loving Your Enemies (Even When You Don't Want To)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Sometimes when I'm bored I kind of like to fill in sound effects that I think the crowd listening to Jesus might have responded with. Sometimes when I'm bored I kind of ...

Wisconsin: America's Tahrir Square?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

was first introduced on February 11, with the intent of getting a vote by February 17. "But ...

Poverty Tourism Can Make Us Thankful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The jolt in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/port-au-prince/" target="_blank">Port-au-Prince</a> herniated a disk in my lower back last month. The pain is making it hard to sle ...

Wall Street's Plastic -- and Poison -- Ivy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

If corporate fronts designed to look like grassroots efforts are known as <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/10/who-lit-the-fire-under-the-right-wing-populists-against-healthcare-reform/" targe ...

Still Missing in the Arab World: Assembly and Free Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

Lara Logan and Sexual Violence in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Agree with her politics or not, Lara Logan is charting territory in which we still see very few women as the chief foreign correspondent at <em>CBS News</em>. Agree w ...

The Solution in Afghanistan: Get Out
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1103" target="_blank"></a>In as clear a statement as has been made, Rep. Jim McGovern ( ...