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Growing Where We're Planted
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

To make a difference for good in this world a person has to have a sense of place. But few of us have such a sense. We are a people on the move. To make a difference for good in t ...

A Matter of Integrity: Richard Blumenthal's Vietnam Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut attorney general and Senate candidate, got himself into hot water last week when <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/nyregion/18blumenthal.html"> news ac ...

Further Reflections on the Biblical Ruth as an 'Illegal Immigrant'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In March, I wrote a <a href="http://aarondtaylor.blogspot.com/2010/03/ruth-was-illegal-immigrant-so-does-that.html">piece</a> praising the Biblical character Boaz for showing compassion ...

Pentecost's Pente-chaos: Nothing's Changed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

All the Christian archetypes were already in place on the very first day.</p> All the Christian archetypes were already in place on the very first day. The story opens w ...

The Lazarus Effect: The Miracle of AIDS Treatment in Zambia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>When I got a press release announcing that Spike Jonze was the executive producer of </em><a href="http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-lazarus-effect/index.html">The Lazarus Ef ...

Cosmic Child Abuse?: Mark Driscoll, N.T. Wright and Atonement that does Jesus Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

Video: Vulture Funds' Absurd Assaults on the Global Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Do secondary debt markets, hedge funds, and offshore banking make you want to dance? Probably not. Do secondary debt markets, hedge funds, and offshore banking make you want to da ...

Why Glenn Beck is a Danger to True Evangelical Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I watched the Glenn Beck show on Fox News yesterday. His topic was how churches that are using the term, "social justice" are misinterpreting scripture in order to spread Marxism. ...

A Psalm for Mine Worker Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I read through psalm after psalm searching for the "right" one to read at the opening of the <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jT_TJF6XHvkIcroUc3uaHO184YLA ...

Christian Zionism: Theology that Legitimates Oppression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | 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 ...

Iran's Nuclear Deal: A Success for Sanctions Diplomacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The nuclear fuel swap deal signed between Iran and Turkey and Brazil is a positive development that deserves U.S. support. The nuclear fuel swap deal signed between Iran and Turke ...

What is the Gospel?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/resources/vid... John 3:16 & 17 The Gospel is John 3:16 & 17 The Gospel is simple, ... Hallelujah! Amen! John 3:16 & 17 The Gospel is John 3:16 & 17 The Gospel is simple, ... explains it well. http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/resources/vid... John 3:16 & 17 ...

New Research on Why Nonviolence Works
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I was in a "webinar" (live online presentation thingy) recently with <a href="http://echenoweth.faculty.wesleyan.edu/" target="_blank">Erica Chenoweth</a> from Wesley ...

The Myth of Out-of-Control Border Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855525806_h5Bmr"></a>My beloved city, Phoenix, is making a fantastic ...

Telling Stories True: An Interview with Sara Zarr
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Kirkus Reviews</em> calls Sara Zarr's third young adult novel, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316036048?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners-20&amp;linkCode=xm2 ...

Screwtape and Self-Righteous Hell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I had the recent pleasure of seeing Max McLean's deliciously wicked portrayal of Screwtape in <a href="http://www.fpatheatre.com/screwtape/">The Screwtape Letters</a> curren ...

A Gulf Coast Tribal Community in Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

be the final straw. Currently there are 17,000 members of the Houma tribe, and though they have tribal ...

The Dangers of Disconnecting from Community: An Interview with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>Jonathan, you were quoted in a recent <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/mayweb-only/28-41.0.html"><em>Christianity Today</em> Web article</a>< ...

Facebook: Friend or Foe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Well, they're at it again. Well, they're at it again. In the April issue of Sojourners I wrote about the joys and potential pitfalls of Facebook : On one hand, us ...

As Civilian Casualties Spike in Afghanistan, New Attempts to Reward 'Courageous Restraint'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Two recent news reports on the war in Afghanistan present a more complete story together.</p> Two recent news reports on the war in Afghanistan present a more complete story ...

Pope Benedict: Greatest Persecution is from Sin Within the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On the papal plane, <em>Shepherd One</em>, en route to Portugal to visit the <a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/portugal/fatima-shrine-of-our-lady-of-fatima" target="_bla ...

A Day in the Life of Phoenix
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>8:00 a.m.</strong> 8:00 a.m. Arizona is a great state. And Arizona is a great state. And they are on the right track with the law they passed. Y ...

A Hymn and Prayer for the Gulf: 'O God, the Great, Wide Seas are Yours'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong>This hymn-prayer was written in response to the ongoing oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig that started on April 20<sup>th</sup>. ...

Lena Horne's Bright Shining Light
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Lena Horne is gone, but she remains a bright shining light.</p> Lena Horne is gone, but she remains a bright shining light. When Lena Horne went to Hollywood, ...

'God's Maternal Nature': One of the Best Mother's Day Sermons I Can Remember
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday I heard one of the best Mother's Day sermons I can remember. It was by the pastor at our family's church, Rev. Jeff Haggray of First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.</p> ...

Listeners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, at the height of the media coverage of the most recent sex abuse crisis, Father Francis Clooney, a professor at Harvard Divinity School and Director of the Center for the Study of Wor ...

The Gulf Spill and Big Oil's Legacy of Corporate Unaccountability
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

in the event of an accident are capped at $17.5 million per year until either a claim has been met, ... by companies in the event of an accident are capped at $17.5 million per year until either a claim has been ...

'Lovely to Me': A Music Video Tribute to Immigrant Mothers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Our Voices of Immigration campaign seeks to bring the stories ...

Psalm 94 and Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Psalm 94 is not my psalm, and perhaps it's not yours either. Psalm 8; Psalm 23; Psalm 100. They get a lot of air time because they really speak to us. Psalm 94 is not my ps ...

Eating Animals: 10 Reasons to Avoid Factory Farmed Flesh
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

are given to humans each year, but a whopping 17.8 million pounds are fed to livestock-at least ...

Dispatch from Prison: How Strong Is Hope?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>In my daily prayer book, the morning antiphon for today said: "The Lord chose these holy men for their unfeigned love In my daily prayer book, the morning antiph ...

Mother's Day Gifts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Usually when Mother's Day comes, we think of the women in our lives who nurture, teach, rear, and comfort us. Usually when Mother's Day comes, we think of the women in o ...

The Gulf Oil Spill as Seen from Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm in Kenya with a group of about<a href="http://www.amahoro-africa.org/" target="_blank"> 150 emerging leaders </a>from across East and South Africa. ...

Palestine's True Leaders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598662228_VWVrR"></a>For many years, Palestinians have engaged in nonviolent actions a ...

40 Years After: 'Four Dead in Ohio'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

May 4, 1970 -- 40 years ago yesterday -- was the day protesting the war in Vietnam became serious. May 4, 1970 -- 40 years ago yesterday -- was the day protesting the war in Vietn ...

White Flag Warriors at the Border: Recognizing Humanity on All Sides of the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/04/white-flag-warriors-at-the-border/"></a>About a year ago, when we were writing our song "White Flag Warrior," my friend (and fe ...

Is Western Christianity Suffering From Spiritual Amnesia?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

without saying, "Things were so cool back in the 17th Century with plagues, famines, and religious ... in the 17th Century with plagues, famines, and religious wars. AWESOME!" Mind you some Enlightenment ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

blah"...how does this reconcile with Romans 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:13-17 or Titus 3:1? "illegality, rule ... 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:13-17 or Titus 3:1? comparing being undocumented comparing being undocumented ...

This I Believe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One of the best gifts I received when I finished grad school was a book called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805086587?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1 ...

Resources on Christian and Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 03/02/2011 - 10:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors David Cortright writes in his article in th David Cortright writes in his article in the M ...

Why Flobots Is Doing a May Day Concert in Arizona (+Free Download)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I am a rapper. I rap in a band called <a href="http://flobots.com/">Flobots</a>. Today is day one of our spring tour promoting our new album Survival Story, so I am writing this ...

Slavery is Alive and Well ... For Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it?</p> It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it? ...

Dr. Dorothy Height's Funeral: Lifting Her to Heaven
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Under the sweeping arches of the Washington National Cathedral, we <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/29/AR2010042901014.html">celebrated</a> the life o ...

Echoes of Arizona: Illinois Congressional Candidate Stopped and Searched for Driving-While-Looking-Latino
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Early Saturday evening, three friends and I headed out to Chicago for dinner at a favorite restaurant in our old neighborhood (Pilsen). Early Saturday evening, three friends and I ...

Packaging the Voice of the Other
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>After the <a href="http://julieclawson.com/2010/04/19/what-is-emerging/" target="_blank">synchroblog</a> last week and all the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag ...

The God Who Sees
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I was in second grade handball was all the rage. We played it with big red rubber balls against backboards on the playground. When I was in second grade handball was all the ...

Video: Jon Stewart on Arizona's 'Law and Border'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p> <a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/senate_ccir2010">+Click here to take action for immigration reform!</a></p> +Cli ...

Wall Street and the Crisis of Urban Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As an urban minister and a political professional, there have been two big news stories that I have followed with some level interest recently. As an urban minister and a politi ...

Ignoble Indifference: Evangelicals, Race, and GLBT Issues
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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.so ...

Dialogue at the Demonstration: Risking Conversation with the Face of Occupation
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:14am | Type: Blog

<p>Bethlehem, West Bank. Evangelicals have never been keen on political protests. Especially the sort that includes rifles and grenades -- in the hands of your opponents.</p> ...