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A Decade of War (and Football)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Let’s face it — while lawmakers are picking their own battles in Washington, they aren’t fighting on the ground in Afghanistan. Not to date myself, but I was in middle ...

David Vanderveen answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:29pm | Type: Blog

The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. "The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. His books ...

Meet Lily -- The Hunger Awareness Muppet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:10am | Type: Blog

of the 17-million Americans who struggle daily with hunger and poverty — during a rare prime-time special called, ... a magenta-faced, impoverished 7-year-old named Lily who represents one of the 17-million Americans who struggle ... estimates that 17 million American children have limited or uncertain access to food. And 9.6 million ...

In Case You Missed It: #OccupyWallStreet's Official Statement
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 4:55am | Type: Blog

On Sept. 30, the NYC General Assembly of #OccupyWallStreet -- organizers of the ongoing demonstrations in New York City's financial district against economic injustice that has spread to other cities acro ...

Lord, Have Mercy: Suicide Bomber Kills 75 in Somalia
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

A truck bomb has killed at least 70 people in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, including a crowd of young students applying for scholarships to study abroad. This just in from A ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:16am | Type: Blog

This Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the name of the "War on Terror." Sadly, this summer President Obama announced he'll continue our milit ...

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Pivotal Church-State Case This Week
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to begin hearing oral arguments this week in one of the most important church-state cases in decades. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to begi ...

The F Word
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:32am | Type: Blog

What's more obscene? Thirty-thousand children dead in Somalia in three months? Or the world standing by and letting it happen? What's more obscene? Thirty-thousa ...

The Gospel Should Be Offensive
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

Before Jesus was born, his mother Mary predicted that he would offend some people. In the Magnificat she sang: "He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the pow ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

Randall Balmer answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Blog

for the disadvantaged. The context of, say, Isaiah 1:17 ("Defend the fatherless, plead the case of the widow") ...

So, about those "Evangelicals..."
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 6:22pm | Type: Blog

Below is a compilation of recent media reports where the word "evangelical" is invoked. When you read these, evangelical brothers and sisters, do you recognize yourself in how the word is used and de ...

A Hymn for Blessing the Animals: "O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth"
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are having services for the blessing of animals. This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are ...

A Memoir in Six Words: What Would Yours Say?
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

In teaching my students the concept of a thesis the other day -- trying to convey that a thesis not just a sentence but rather an overarching statement of what the whole paper will be about -- it occu ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon. At 17, Justin's reach ... animals that is a favorite of DeGeneres. When Justin turned 17 a few weeks later, he asked his fans ...

Separation (of Church and State) Anxiety
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Part of a university education is learning how to navigate the complicated and often competing value systems of different social groups. Part of a university education is le ...

Evening Links of Awesomeness: Banned Books Edition
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! If you're anything like us, you've probably been too busy to read much of anyth ...

UPDATE: Christian Pastor Faces Execution in Iran
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

UPDATES: Earlier today (Friday, Sept. 30), the Iranian Embassy in the U.K. issued the following statement regarding Pastor Nadarkhani: UPDATES: Earlier ...

CNN, Jesus and Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

for the guy. He is 17 years old and is probably reaching more people with his faith than any other 17 year ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Next Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 ye ...

Must Read: Mother of Amish Massacre Shooter Caring for His Paralyzed Victim
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Today Religion News Service reporter Daniel Burke has an absolutely stellar, exclusive interview with Terri Roberts, the mother of Charles Carl "Charlie" Roberts IV, who, on Oct. ...

Defining "Evangelicals" in an Election Year: What is an evangelical?
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 10:57pm | Type: Blog

Here we go again. Presidential elections are coming and the role of "the evangelicals" is predictably becoming a hot political story. Here we go again. Presidential elec ...

Kal Penn: Enough with the Cynicism and Disappointment, Time to Re-engage!
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Before I met President Obama, I was always cynically independent when it came to politics. Like a lot of other young people with different views on different issues, I never considered myself to be either a D ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Food Edition
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Apples Apples Ok, well, Apple (singular) to be more precise. Ever wondered what Steve Jobs' favorite gelato flavor might be? Yeah, us neither. But someone went unde ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 President Obama and aides are bracing for a tough re-el ...

True Story.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

There are definitely some There are definitely some areas where boilerplate Republicans/conservatives completely miss the mark on President Obama. He has no ...

Generation XYZ: This Is Not Your Grandfather's Morality
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

If older generations paint morality in black and white, young people's palettes are disappointingly grey. If older generations paint morality in black and white, young ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Get Your Click On!
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

It's Oktoberfest. A frosty papal pilsner, perhaps? ] When Pope Benedict XVI visited Germany last week, the beer meisters were ready. The German newspaper Der Spiegel reports: "According to Helmut Ku ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Dead Sea Scrolls go digital Dead Sea Scrolls go digital The Dead Sea scrolls, 2,000 parchment and papyrus copies of 974 biblical texts, have been pixilated f ...

Church: Socks Are Optional but Grace is Required
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. ...

Life: Interrupted
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

I've come to believe that one aspect of maturity is the ability to see life's interruptions not as interruptions but as necessary events and journeys. If we think of the unexpected as an interrupt ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Evangelical author nears the end of her "biblical year" From making her own clothes to praising her husband at the city gate to sleeping outside in a tent for the duration of her period, Rachel Held ...

Western Christians Should Support a Palestinian Statehood
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Late last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood status at the UN. ...

Must-Read du Jour: Why the Antichrist Matters in U.S. Politics (NYT)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Today's Must-Read du Jour comes from an op-ed by Matthew Avery Sutton in the New York Times. Sutton, an associate professor of history at Washington State University, and author of Aimee Semple McPherson ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

The Polemics of Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. In the wake of Troy Davis' exe ...

The Hard Cases
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state of Georgia, Lawrence Brewer was killed by the state of Texas. The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state o ...

R.E.M. Taught Me How to Lose Religion and Live a Life of Faith
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Herbert, the 17th century Anglican priest and "metaphysical poet," R.E.M. were once again in full ...

Somebody You Should Know: Christopher Sofolo
Originally Posted: 09/29/2011 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

That the email ever made its way to me is something of a miracle. That the email ever made its way to me is something of a miracle. And brother, am I glad it did. ...

How many slaves work for you?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 8:55pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the torrent of mail that flows into my in-box each day. Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the t ...

Voices from the Web (and World): Responses to the Troy Davis Execution
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"Continuing a cycle of violence through state-sanctioned actions does not bring justice but only creates a culture of death and retribution. " Continuing a cycle of vi ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

Austin's Autumn (Nonfiction) List: Pete Rollins, Part 2
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I wrote yesterday of Peter Rollins' new book Insurrection. I wrote yesterday of Peter Rollins' new book Insurrection . Rollins posted the introduction a ...

Requiem for Republicans
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Last weekend, former Senator Charles Percy of Illinois passed away. Along with former Sen. Mark Hatfield of Oregon, who died a month ago, they represented the last vestiges of an era of moderate Republicans ...

The Mercy Seat
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It ALL began when they come took me from my home And put me on Death Row, a crime for which I am totally innocent, you know. I began to warm and chill To objects and their fields, ...

For Troy Davis
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Troy Anthony Davis died at 11:08 p.m. EST, Sept. 21,2011. Troy Anthony Davis died at 11:08 p.m. EST, Sept. 21,2011. UPDATE : I originally posted this shortly after 7 ...

BREAKING NEWS: R.E.M. Breaks Up (Requiem For My Youth)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! It's the End of the World and We Know It. We're Losing Our Religion. Our Pilgrimage is OVER. NOOOOOO ...

Evening List of Awesomeness: Get Your Click On!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Nerd-dom covers vast swaths of territory, from Trekkies and Settlers of Catan enthusiasts to, apparently, at least a few followers of Christ. Nerd-dom covers v ...

BREAKING NEWS: Report Says Abuse is Part of "Institutional Culture" of U.S. Border Patrol
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

of exploitation and physical harm. Border Patrol deported 869 family members separately, including 17 children ...

Maurice Sendak: "Live your life, live your life, live your life."
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In case you missed it, National Public Radio's Goddess of Conversation, Terry Gross, had a simply outstanding, incredibly moving interview with the author Maurice Sendak on Tuesday's Fresh Air. ...