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Science, Salvation, Slavery, and Equality: The Bible and Historic Reforms
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

and not sacrifice." (Matthew 9:10-13, 12:6-7; Mark 2:15-17; Luke 5:29-32) The epistle to the Hebrews 10:5-10 ... of the moneychangers in the Temple. (Matthew 21:12-14; Mark 11:15-17; Luke 19:45-46; John 2:14-17) Jesus not only repeatedly upheld Mosaic Law (Matthew 5:17-19; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 16:17), he justified his ...

Two Cheers for Danforth on Health Care and Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/17/opinion/17dan... I don't necessarily agree with every public policy position that Senator Danforth has ... http://www.nytimes.com/2005/0 http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/17/opinion/17dan... I don't necessarily agree ... http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/17/opinion/17dan... I don't necessarily agree with every public policy position that Senator Danforth has ...

Zuma's Visit to Zimbabwe: Seeking 'Batho Pele'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is a Sotho expression, <em>batho pele</em> -- meaning "putting people first" -- that one wishes could inform politics in Zimbabwe. There is a Sotho exp ...

Death Penalty Injustices
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Vicki Harley Holland I applaud the commentary “When Governments Kill” (by Richard Viguerie, July 2009), as an American who used to support ...

Speaking for the Silenced
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Kaitlin Barker The Stoning of Soraya M., written and directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh. Mpower Pictures. ON A DUSTY ...

Prepared to Die, but Not to Kill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently received a reply or two on <a href="../2009/08/18/court-martialed-for-christian-conscience/">my last blog post</a>, regarding <a href="http://www.truthout.org/081209A&q ...

Genocide, Not War, Is the Problem in Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The outgoing commander of the U.N./African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur has garnered much press by saying, on his way out of the door, that "I would not say there is a war going on in Darfur. ...

Sex Trafficking: Rescuing the Other Jaycee Dugards
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I, along with the rest of the nation, have watched in horror this past week as the <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gvBeg7MFDN7NMl_R8k1J_21SuoVAD9ACUQAG0">details of t ...

A Health Insurance Industry Whistle-Blower and a Call for Christian Accountability
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In Matthew 18:15-17, Jesus laid out a principle that, if applied correctly, could go a long way in correcting ...

Video: Health-Care Hermeneutics with Jon Stewart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I need to find something to do until Sept. 13 or thereabouts. The Daily Show is on a three-week vacation until then. (Anyone have a good home remedy for the Stewart Shakes?) I kid.</p> ...

Where Did Jesus Stand at the ELCA Assembly?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

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Remember 9/11, Lament Violence, Invest in Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As we remember the eighth anniversary of the Sept. As we remember the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, we join our voices with the psalmist in a cry of lament: "Ho ...

Honduran Coup Government Showing Sensitivity to U.S. Pressure -- More is Needed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

While the United States remains focused on health-care reform and back-to-school activities, the impact of the Honduras coup in June continues, much out of the popular media. Whil ...

When it Comes to Biblical 'Authority,' Words Matter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/24/criteria-for-spiritual-leadership-content-of-character/">In a recent post examining the biblical qualities of a leader</a>, I considered the simil ...

Broken Hearts and Deep Concern for Honduras
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

They were a very diverse group -- students, a lawyer, Sisters of Mercy and Notre Dame, a union organizer, a teacher, survivors of the brutal 1980s in Honduras. They were a very di ...

Video: Jim Wallis and Tony Perkins on CNN
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

I'm pleased to hear Jim say I'm pleased to hear Jim say that there is not one Christian method for fixing the problems of our health care system and that both he and Perkins agree that faith has a role to play in this debate. ...

Health-Care Debate Requires the Wisdom of Solomon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Thomas Friedman, learning from an experience on safari in Botswana, gets it right in his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/opinion/23friedman.html?_r=1&amp;th&amp;emc=th" target=& ...

Life, Liberty, Happiness, and Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Declaration of Independence says:</p> The Declaration of Independence says: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are e ...

New Martyrs in El Salvador
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jamie Moffett, co-founder of <a href="http://www.thesimpleway.org/">The Simple Way</a> and director of <a href="http://www.theordinaryradicals.com"><em>The Ordinary ...

Court-martialed for Christian Conscience
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There are good men (and certainly at least a few women) who have been slipping through the cracks within our military. Too often service members are not made fully aware of their rights under the Uni ...

Clinton's Africa Trip and Tutu's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

August is women's month in South Africa, with Woman's Day celebrated on August 9. August is women's month in South Africa, with Woman's Day celebrated on Aug ...

Eat That
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I went to the grocery store at midnight the other night.</p> <p>Is it just me or are the lights at the grocery story brighter at midnight?</p> I went to the groc ...

Liberty in North Korea
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's been more than a week since journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee returned to American soil, and the entire world is waiting on baited breath to hear their stories. It ...

In the Culture War, Justice Loses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few days ago, radical Muslims in Pakistan began terrorizing the Christian minority in the town of Gojra. A few days ago, radical Muslims in Pakistan began terrorizing the Christ ...

Christian Hospitality in Phnom Penh
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/excavator.jpg"></a>A handful of Christians living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, are making use of the age-old nonviolent practice of hospitality t ...

Put Down the Bottle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm not a complete locavore purist, at least not yet. I do eat things shipped from the other side of the world, such as ginger, or (fair trade) chocolate. But <em>water</em>? ...

More Than Beer-Bottle Diplomacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It has now been a couple of weeks since President Obama convened what was infamously dubbed the "Beer Summit." You know <a href="../2009/07/28/gates-arrest-analysis-cliff-notes/">the ...

We Must Act on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As a nation, we are engaged in making decisions about our health care that will impact our families and communities for generations to come.</p> As a nation, we are engaged ...

Weaving Networks from Iowa to Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is an African proverb from Ethiopia that says, "When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion." What a graphic illustration of power that emerges as an outcome of networking, partnership, and ...

To Whom Much is Given
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We learned the story in Sunday school: </p> We learned the story in Sunday school: The rich ruler comes to Jesus and asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesu ...

A Place at the Table
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my favorite family gathering. I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my ...

An Open Letter On Health Care to Conservative Christians in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dear Friends,</p> Dear Friends, Although today I would not call myself a political or social conservative, I am grateful for my heritage as an evangelical Christian: My ...

President Obama to Participate in Nationwide Call-in on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 Days for Health Reform" Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 ...

Speaking Truth in Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do ...

How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>In the August 2009 issue of</em> Harper's Magazine<em>, Brooklyn-based writer Rachel Aviv penned an article titled "Like I was Jesus: How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ." ...

Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Yesterday was the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Here is an important piece wo ...

Just Say No to Khartoum Appeasement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In a <a title="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/08/06/the_phony_optimism_on_darfur/" href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/artic ...

The Struggle Continues in South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have been home in South Africa for two months as of August 6. I am grateful that my family and I are home in the land of our beginnings. I have been home in South Africa for tw ...

A Meditation on Christian Extremism: Blackwater and the Bonhoeffer 4
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"You need to realize that war is money. And money makes the world go round. "You need to realize that war is money. And money makes the world go round. As soon as you re ...

'Jose Illegal' is a Lie
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's an e-mail to make your blood boil.</p> It's an e-mail to make your blood boil. A recent e-mail forward contrasts the lives and lifestyles of hypothetical ...

The Vanishing Scenery of Glacier National Park
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

the House of Representatives passed legislation to address climate change. It calls for a 17 percent ...

Prayer Vigil at the Detention Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am a seminary professor. Activism is not something that comes naturally to me, but I am learning! I am a seminary professor. Activism is not something that comes naturally to me ...

A Conversation with Robert Jensen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

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Risking Ourselves for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm a big fan of iTunesU, and I usually try to listen to informative podcasts on long drives, since I can't read and drive simultaneously. I'm a big fan of iTunesU, ...

The Hurt Locker and the Cause of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like. Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like. I've seen 'Saving ...

Israel Kicks Refugees Out of Their Tents
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/gallery/9000011_7mJL3/1/#598715803_CuAwi-A-LB"></a>In most cases in Occupied Palestine at this point, Palestinian refugees live in U ...

Making Peace with Sam Harris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Francis Collins, President Obama's choice to head the National Institute of Health, has been met with much resistance from certain quarters of the scientific community. D ...

Health Care is a Human Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), article 25 paragraph 1 says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, i ...

Was it Torture, or Value-Added Questioning?
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 4:07pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. With all the mixed signals we’ve been getting these days about the use of torture, it’s hard to know what to believe. ...

Gut-Level Healing
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter We can overcome obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula could be a curse from the book of Job, if J ...