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Women Preachers Strengthened by God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31, NRSV)</p> "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31, NRSV) H ...

Obama in Cairo: A New Beginning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Every so often, I will begin the week with a post about something that I believe deserves further reflection and comment from the God's Politics community. Every so often, I ...

Combatants for Peace: A Grassroots View from the Middle East, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Another amazing grassroots effort in the Middle East is <a href="http://www.combatantsforpeace.org/">Combatants for Peace</a>, a group of former Palestinian fighters and Israeli ...

Free Music Monday: The Welcome Wagon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

About a month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Rev. About a month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Rev. Vito Aiuto one early Saturday morning at his church, Resurrection Pre ...

Water of Life: Wee Man Doesn't Take it for Granted (And Neither Should You)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One of the everyday things Vasco has enjoyed most since arriving in Chicago from Malawi five weeks ago is being able to go into the kitchen and pour a cool glass of crystal clear water, from the si ...

Remembering Stories: A Grassroots View from the Middle East, Part 1
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When President Obama was giving his speech in Cairo, I was just across the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan, and caught a glimpse on a corner store TV, the translation making it hard to hear his words. ...

Obama Reaches Out to Palestinian Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>It is undeniable that the Palestinian people - Muslim and Christians - have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than 60 years they have endured the pain of dislocation. ...

Yearning for Change in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Since the signing of the agreement that led to a government of "national unity," there was an expectation that this could be the start of a new era in Zimbabwe. Since t ...

Abu Ghraib: Don't Be Afraid of the Truth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba wrote the U.S. Army's report on the Abu Ghraib torture scandal. He was then forced into retirement.</p> Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba wrote the U.S. ...

To Hell with Human Trafficking. There, I Said It.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Is it possible that we as Christians just aren't angry enough about injustices like human trafficking and slavery? Perhaps we've grown too desensitized, domesticated, and docile. ...

The Day I got 'Left Behind'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The year was 1988. I was 11 years old and my younger brother Paul was 7 years old. The year was 1988. I was 11 years old and my younger brother Paul was 7 years old. Our family wa ...

Taking the 'Micro' out of Microfinance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For too many households around the world, living paycheck-to-paycheck is a luxury out of reach. For too many households around the world, living paycheck-to-paycheck is a luxury o ...

Abortion: Conversations, Not Killings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer/how-i-and-other-pro-life_b_209747.html"><em>The Huffington Post</em>, former religious-right leader Frank Schaeff ...

My Mama in Congo
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We were in Masisi, a small town in the endless rolling green mountains of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. We were in Masisi, a small town in the endless rolling green mounta ...

The Woman Who Changed America
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:08am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Francis Perkins was the consience behind the New Deal. When Frances Perkins was appointed S ...

What Actually Works?
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:09am | Type: Magazine Article

Glen Stassen The right supports can reduce abortion rates. Shirley Bogard was an impressive teenager in the Ke ...

Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:12am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter A promising new movement leaves the bumper-sticker platitudes behind and offers the potential to actually reduce abortion. ...

Human Freight
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Laurel Frodge Sin Nombre, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Focus Films. Like hearing an unresolved chord, seei ...

The Myth of Holy War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I, like <a href="../2009/05/22/was-iraq-a-holy-war/">Aaron Taylor</a> before me, noticed the <a href="http://men.style.com/gq/features/landing?id=content_9217"><em>G ...

The Biblical Truth about Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I heard a preacher once say, "Don't let facts blind you to the truth." What did he mean? Facts, misunderstood or taken out of context, can take us further away from, rather than closer to, truth ...

Christian Soldiers in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

William Faulkner once said: "The past is not dead. William Faulkner once said: "The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past." We often think about time ...

In the Footsteps of Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Angels and Demons</em>, the movie inspired by Dan Brown's novel by the same title, has raked in nearly $190 million worldwide (with approximately $90 million in the U.S.) in only its secon ...

Eschatology or Bigotry?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Psalm 47:5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.] 17 Then we who ... Psalm 47:5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.] 17 Then we who ... Psalm 47:5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.] 17 Then we who ...

Stop Starbucks
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When Robert Greenwald, founder and president of <a title="http://bravenewfilms.org/" href="http://bravenewfilms.org/" target="_blank">Brave New Films</a> -- an organi ...

What if the Bible's Ruth Came to America Today?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Learning from Shavuot and Pentecost: Can we share our harvest? Can we share our talk and tongues? Can we relearn how to share our work and rest?</p> Learning from Shavuot an ...

Judge Sotomayor's Nomination
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<p class="MsoNormal">This morning I was touched and blessed by the tears of a Puerto Rican immigrant grandmother. She came to the U.S. This morning I was touched a ...

The Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/acabar-blog-photo.jpg"></a>One morning earlier this year, Edelina "Eden" Jolloso-Jerus, working at her family store in San Juan-Ror ...

Native American Theology(ies)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"It's a problem of being heard," says Randy Woodley, a Native American theologian. "I feel like 500 years ago, maybe God did bring the white man over. "It ...

The Poor Can Lead the Charge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If Hernando de Soto was overestimating <a title="http://ild.org.pe/en/mystery/english" href="http://ild.org.pe/en/mystery/english" target="_blank">how much wealth the world& ...

Obama's Catholic Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Against the backdrop of protest and spectacle that threatened to overshadow graduation at the University of Notre Dame last week, President Obama delivered a graceful commencement address that stan ...

Was Iraq a Holy War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Bush to renege on his usage of the word "crusade" ...

Memorial Day: After the Parades and Picnics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"Only the dead have seen the end of war." "Only the dead have seen the end of war." The better angels of m ...

Discovering Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The media coverage and analysis of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/17/us/politics/17text-obama.html?pagewanted=print">President Obama's speech at Notre Dame</a> on Sunday largely focused o The media coverage and analysis of President Obama's speech at Notre Dame on Sunday largely ...

Shedding 'Pro-Choice' and 'Pro-Life' Labels
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In his <a title="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-at-Notre-Dame-Commencement/" href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-at- ...

Using My Liberty for Aung San Suu Kyi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/protest1.jpg"></a>I spent my Monday lunch hour, and maybe longer due to D.C. traffic, standing with some 30 protesters across the street from ...

Reflection on Prophet Malcolm X
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this hour, amongst everything else that is on my mind, I am mindful of the 19th of May, 2009, marking the birthday of a mystic activist and voice of justice. In this hour, amon ...

Let Us Pray for the World's Bad Actors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Let us pray for Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe and for the Burmese generals. Let us send them our love. This is the counterintuitive radicality of the Christian witness. ...

Dogma and Disagreement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently found myself in conversation with a fellow believer who asked where I stood on the "non-negotiable" issues that seemed to him definitive for voting Christians. ...

Thoughts on Obama's Notre Dame Address
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

they both are abomination to the LORD." Proverb 17:15 "By funding Planned Parenthood, ... they both are abomination to the LORD." Proverb 17:15 "By funding Planned Parenthood, ...

Peace in the Middle East: A Step Forward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Two days, in comparison to years of conflict, is not a lot of time, but it was long enough for a broad spectrum of Christian leaders to find hope in a growing consensus around a way forward for pea ...

A Big Problem for Land Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Why should the world turn away from huge, monocropped factory farms? Pick the reason you like best. Why should the world turn away from huge, monocropped factory farms? Pick the r ...

Challenging Obama on Abortion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It was +637 according to the CDC. The rates did NOT increase among teeanagers going from 19.1 to 17 ...

Justice for Vieques
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For more than sixty years For more than sixty years How could you begin to How could you begin to compensate people who have suffered from being target practice, not to ...

Why You Need to Know Vincent Chin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'll be honest. I get timid writing these kind of posts. I'm scared of being labeled an angry or bitter Asian. I'm scared of the emails that come in. I'm scared of being de-invit ...

Witness to Sri Lanka's Onslaught, part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Doctors who are working in the war zone in northern Sri Lanka Doctors who are working in the war zone in northern Sri Lanka (Asia, attack, civilians, conflict, death, Fami ...

Biblical Ambiguity Doesn't Diminish Authority
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A student once asked me whether in my opinion Mark Twain actually said that the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. A student once asked me whether in my o ...

Love Your Neighbor, Love the Earth
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 healing ...

Witness to Sri Lanka's Onslaught
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I know of two priests who have decided to stay with their people in the so-called No-Fire Zone in northern Sri Lanka, where tens of thousands of Tamil civilians are trapped in a living hell. ...

Torture and Evangelical Prejudice Toward Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I read <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/05/01/white-evangelicals-for-torture/">Brian McLaren's post</a> on this blog that caused some intense soul-searching. ...

Jesus did NOT Kill Mohammed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Jesus Killed Mohammed" was written in Arabic in large red letters on the side of a U.S. Army Special Forces vehicle, armed to kill and rolling through a town in Iraq. It sounds like a bad M ...