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Will Violence Have the Last Word at Fort Hood?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Like so many across our country, I have been reeling about the news coming out of Ft. Hood, TX. Like so many across our country, I have been reeling about the news coming out of F ...

The Plank in Australia's Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"F%*# OFF! WE'RE FULL!" read the bumper sticker I saw this morning, written within the outline of the Australian continent. "F%*# OFF! WE'RE FULL!" r ...

Afghanistan: Women and Children First
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It may be too idealistic to believe that one day the U.S. will elect a pacifist as president or that Gen. It may be too idealistic to believe that one day the U.S. will elect a pa ...

Crossing the Lines: A White Reporter's View of the Civil Rights Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1434799840?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1434799840">&l ...

Repeat After Me: Profit is NOT Satanic
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Don't you love it when someone tries to argue for one thing by distracting your attention to another? Don't you love it when someone tries to argue for one thing by dis ...

Big Oil, Corporate Greed, and Social Sin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of work and trendy restaurants, I rarely drive these days. As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of wor ...

Fort Hood Shootings and the Prophetic 'IF'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One reader wrote me to ask: " "What effect will the Fort Hood shootings have on the American public's perception of Islam?" That question asks us to be foretellers, fortune tellers, to pr ...

An Apology from Deadly Viper Authors Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

An update to an <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/deadly-viper/">ongoing discussion with our Asian and Asian-American friends</a>. An update to an ongoing ...

Three General Thoughts on Deadly Vipers, Mike Foster, Jud Wilhite, Soong-Chan Rah, Chuck Norris, Joyluck Club, Angry Asian Man, Wanna-Be Ninjas and Everyone Else
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I don't know if I have the energy or bandwidth to write this but it's important so here goes I don't know if I have the energy or bandwidth to write this but it ...

Deadly Viper Blind Spots: When Uninformed Intentions Have Hurtful Outcomes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One of the toughest parts of being the author of a book about racial reconciliation is that when the latest racial incident flares up, everyone expects you to chime in with your two cents. ...

How Deadly Viper Character Assassins Undermines its Message with Co-opted Culture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

(John 17) I'd love to know specifics of I'd love to know specifics of what ... (John 17) I'd love to know specifics of I'd love to know specifics of what ...

What a Neighborhood Elder Taught Me About Interfaith Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A story I have written about before and preached on time and time again recently took on new meaning for me. A story I have written about before and preached on time and time agai ...

Audio: For God So Loved the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. He emphasizes that new birth thro ...

A Child's Prayer and a Parent's Predicament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video. A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video. The clip, which apparently has now gone viral with ov ...

Why Interfaith Work Does Not Equal Relativism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

offspring'." (acts 17) whether folks recognize it or not, we are all one in the One, beloved children ... offspring'." (acts 17) whether folks recognize it or not, we are all one in the One, beloved children ...

Billy Graham's Theological Humility Should Challenge Evangelical Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Every three years, young evangelists from around the world gather in Portland Oregon to attend a conference put on by the Next Generation Alliance, an organization dedicated to mentoring the next g ...

Ending AIDS' Stigma
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

President Obama and his administration were busy this past Friday. President Obama and his administration were busy this past Friday. The president signed into legislation The Rya ...

Regional Leaders Take More Confrontational Approach to Zimbabwe's Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Over a week has passed after the partial withdrawal of the opposition party (MDC) from the unity government. Over a week has passed after the partial withdrawal of the opposition ...

Hark! Halloween Haters and Holiday Hype
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Halloween is over. I was standing in the kitchen tonight pilfering through the bowl of chewy, crinkly wrapped treats that my children acquired last night. Poor things. They do all the work of running ...

With a Political Deal on the Horizon, Hondurans Seek a Real Plan for the Future
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Friday morning, Hillary Clinton praised what she called "an historic agreement" between de facto President Roberto Micheletti and deposed President Manuel Zelaya. Frida ...

An Altar Call from Bill and Melinda Gates
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, my wife Joy and I were front and center when Bill and Melinda Gates launched their new Living Proof campaign in Washington, D.C. Last week, my wife Joy and I were front ...

Gran Torino Revisited
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I had starting writing this post last night, before receiving <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/30/why-clint-eastwood-can-be-trusted-with-mandela-and-why-glenn-beck-cant-be-trusted-with-mlk/"& ...

Why Clint Eastwood Can be Trusted with Mandela (and Why Glenn Beck Can't be Trusted with MLK)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's that time of year again -- you know, when Clint Eastwood releases a trailer for a movie that looks fascinating and completely different from the last thing he did, and your trio of reactions ...

Video: Jon Stewart Interviews Jewish American and Palestinian Nonviolence Advocates
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Jon Stewart courageously hosted an American Jewish woman (<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/09/a-jewish-american-advocate-against-the-injustice-of-occupation/">Anna Balzer</a> ...

Afghanistan: A Whole New Approach
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We've all been watching carefully as the Obama administration tries to decide how to move forward on U.S. policy in Afghanistan. We've all been watching carefully as the ...

From Bethlehem: A Human Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When it comes to Israel/Palestine, the human story often gets lost in the confusion of ideology and politics. Let me just highlight the story of one woman, a wife and mother named Isme. Prior to Octob ...

Half-Handed Cloud Audio Interview and Free Song Download
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

There are several factoids about John Ringhofer that elicit fandom, and none of them have anything to do with his music. There are several factoids about John Ringhofer that eli ...

More Heat than Light: Randall Terry's 'Burn in Hell' Protest
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Sometimes the things you read are so outrageous that you simply sit at your desk, unclear how to respond. Sometimes the things you read are so outrageous that you simply sit at yo ...

Whip It: What a Girl Power Movie Should Be
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This is what a girl power movie should be. I went to see Whip It because it looked fun and was a totally Austin film (there's something fun about sitting in the Alamo Drafthouse watching a movie ...

Redemptive Poetry on a Night of Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It is Sunday night, and I am suddenly awake at the crack of too-close gunfire. It is Sunday night, and I am suddenly awake at the crack of too-close gunfire. I creep to the window ...

'Offensive Play': Why I've Watched My Last Superbowl
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Humans drug themselves with violence. Violence has been and continues to be a path for cathartic release and for entertainment. Humans drug themselves with violence. Violence has ...

Confronting Urban Violence with Jesus' Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This morning as I was running on the treadmill, I was also watching CNN. A story came on about a shooting in Washington, D.C. The police chief was speaking, with the mayor of D.C looking on. ...

We Need an Abrahamic Alliance of the 'Passionate Best'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>For the next few days in Washington, D.C., 1,200 people are gather ...

The Media's Favorite Catholic Culture Warrior
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just in time for Halloween, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is once again spooked about all those "radical secularists" lurking ominously behind ever corner. ...

Cautious Optimism on Obama's New Sudan Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Activists greeted the Obama administration's <a title="http://www.enoughproject.org/publications/fierce-urgency-implementation" href="http://www.enoughproject.org/publications/fierce-ur ...

Penny Per Pound Is Gaining Ground: Join the Call for Tomato Worker Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

migrant worker salaries will rise to around $17,000 -- above the poverty line. Such a small difference ...

Dear President Obama (An Open Letter on Afghanistan)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am a loyal supporter of your presidency. I worked hard in the campaign and have never been as proud of my country as I was when we elected you.</p> I am a loyal supporter ...

God Does not Heed my Snotty Opinions About Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God <a title="http://www.biblestudytools.com/OnlineStudyBible/bible.cgi?word=Mark+10%3A17-31&amp;section=0&amp;version=nrs&amp;new=1&amp;oq=&amp; How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God says Jesus ...

VIDEO: How To Build a Memorial Prayer Altar
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

banner (Exodus 17:15). From the beginning, God's people have built ... banner (Exodus 17:15). In each of these instances, physical objects were erected in remembrance ...

Have You Thought About Nuclear Weapons Today?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The day one is detonated, it will be the only thing anyone will think about ... which is why we need to apply the biblical vision of "turning swords into plowshares" to nuclear weapons. ...

One Day's Wages
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.onedayswages.org/"></a>We are excited to announce the launch of One Day's Wages -- an international grassroots movement dedicated to ending extreme globa ...

Humans, Humility, and the Higgs Boson Particle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Imagine trying to figure out the earth, while living on a grain of sand on a small island in the middle of the Pacific. What could be known of snow, of plants, of wolves? Not much. ...

'Illegal Alien' Halloween Costumes Cash in on Racist Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p>For many in the US, Halloween is a time to dress-up as a character from a movie, a politician, a witch, vampire, and For many in the US, Hallow ...

A Pre-Emptive Peace Prize?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I know it's been a week and a bit, which in the contemporary mode suggests that ancient history has already passed under the bridge since the Nobel Committee announced its decision, but I wanted to ...

Audio: Confronting the Rage That Killed Derrion Albert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Lisa Sharon Harper was interviewed recently by <a href="http://everydaydemocracy.podbean.com/2009/10/12/interview-with-lisa-sharon-harper-in-response-to-recent-beating-death-of-chicago-teen/">& ...

Danger and Opportunity in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Chinese symbol for crisis can mean either danger or opportunity. The Chinese symbol for crisis can mean either danger or opportunity. This weekend's announcement by the o ...

Nobel, Obama, Bono, and 'Rebranding America'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Events/U2-Concert-at-FedEx-Field-2009/9812626_6qWPB#666574154_jUtaF"></a>Like many folks a couple weeks ago, I was stunned that Obama ha ...

Video: Colbert on the 'Desert Cross' Church-State Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I had invited one of our regular bloggers to comment on the <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8295490.stm">"desert cross" controversy</a>--a Supreme Court ca ...

'You Shall Not Oppress an Immigrant'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>These remarks were presented on October 13, 2009 at a press conference in Aurora, CO urging Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) to take a public stand in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. ...

Scripture's Role in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Israelites or between one of them and an alien. Deu 10:17-19 For the LORD your God is God of gods ... of sin. Deu 24:17-18 Do not deprive the alien or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak ... honors God. Pro 17:5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over ...