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The Infuriating, Scary, and Ironic Inside Job
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Matt Damon's closing words in the Academy Award winning film, <em><a href="http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/" target="_blank">Inside Job</a>, </em>are as f ...

Black Men and 'Jumping the Broom'
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/22/black-men-and-jumping-the-broom/"></a>In one of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/20/bern ...

This is Not Enough
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

With President Obama's announcement on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan expected in a speech tomorrow evening, news stories today are citing a variety of unnamed sources claiming to know what he ...

10 Ways Pastors Muck It Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

After posting a blog about my <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/13/10-problems-of-a-dying-church-and-how-to-fix-them/" target="_blank">observations of a dying church</a>, th ...

Ashley Judd: 'My Christian Faith Demands I Work for Social Justice'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

17:3 "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. (John 7:24) "Stop ... not judgemental. I'm glad you bring up Luke 17:3 because it illustrates the point I was trying to make. ...

Are Millennials Conflicted About Morality?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:55pm | Type: Blog

The Public Religion Research Institute recently released the results of their newest survey, "Committed to Availability, Conflicted About Morality," which shined new light on the complexity of opinio ...

The Highest Calling: Being a Dad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was Father's Day. As a favor to a dear friend, I did a speaking event on Saturday night away from home, and planned on returning very early in the morning for Sunday and Father's Day. ...

The Ugliest Word in the English Language: Fracking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I think I know the ugliest word in the English language -- a neologism, actually, coined to describe the technique for pumping liquid at high pressure into rock to open up cracks so that natural ga ...

Thank God That I am a Man and Not a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It's likely that some of you will take offense at the title of this post. But if you read through the post, it'll certainly make more sense in the larger context. It ...

What Would Jonathan Edwards Say About Twitter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

reading a lot of sermons by Jonathan Edwards, a 17th century preacher in colonial North America. ...

What Do People of Faith Have To Say About Torture?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:52pm | Type: Blog

rapidly in the 17th century; Descartes effectively removed all moral objections to animal ... rapidly in the 17th century; Descartes effectively removed all moral objections to animal ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: 80 Percent of Captured 'Taliban' Were Civilians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Is Revivalist Spirituality Still Relevant Today?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I made my first trip to the <a href="http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/" target="_blank">Greenbelt Festival</a> in the UK last summer. I made my first tr ...

More Great Summer Reading Ideas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/15/more-great-summer-reading-ideas/" target="_self"></a>In addition to my summer reading recommendations from the other day, I nee ...

How To Prepare for Turbulent Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Change happens in our lives whether we like it or not so we must learn how to mold our lives so that we bend, rather than break, in the midst of change. Change happens in our live ...

The Logic of Online Community
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:49pm | Type: Blog

When trying to make sense of the changes that new media have brought to us, we can use either supplementary or substitutionary logic. When trying to make sense of the changes that ...

Nonviolent Resistence Resources
Originally Posted: 07/18/2011 - 11:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Claire Lorentzen Studies, Films, Websites, and Books on Nonviolence Here is an extended list of Sojourners ...

Deiglis Delgado
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 9:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Bio: Volunteer with Latinos United for Clean Air (LUCA) in Fresno, California 1. How does ...

We're Number 33 (We Rock!)
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Speaking of my granddaughter, I was changing her diaper the other day, and in the contents I'm pretty sure I saw ... ...

Mustard Seed Power
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 2:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cathleen Falsani Even the weakest faith can give us the strength to move mountains -- or climb them. In the go ...

'Please Welcome Them'
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 1:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels There is a light in me now, and it is taking over the darkness. Two years ago in Jordan, I met an ...

My Search for the Truth About the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

the Psalms where the psalmist rejoiced in the Lord that his enemies were judged (Psalm 17:13-14; 18:37-42, ...

A Hymn Celebrating God's Creation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This hymn was originally used for the dedication of the 180 solar panels on the sanctuary of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware where I am the co-pastor. This h ...

10 Problems of a Dying Church (and How to Fix Them)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:48pm | Type: Blog

I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church, asking questions about what to do with so many churches dying. I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church ...

The Faith Community and the Wisconsin State Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus never said anything about collective bargaining. He never called for the continuation of the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers. Jesus never said anything about ...

Rereading Feminism
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lauren F. Winner Women's ongoing search, in life and texts, for equality and empowerment. Second-wave fem ...

Bringing in the Sheaves
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 1:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jesse Zink In the world's newest country, South Sudan, seminaries have taken on an unusual subject. God ...

For the Healing of the Nation
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Alan Storey Mark's gospel tells us that healing, like suffering, should unite us. A Bible study for the health-care debate. ...

From Mourning to Gladness
Originally Posted: 12/01/2011 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Carolyn McKinstry The KKK bomb that killed four girls did not have the last word. An eyewitness account. On ...

Why I Love Fire, Pentecost, and the Beloved Community
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:44pm | Type: Blog

This past weekend, Christians around the world celebrated one of our holiest holi-days: Pentecost. This past weekend, Christians around the world celebrated one of our holiest hol ...

Acedia and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was at the pool with the kids recently and couldn't help but overhear a very loud and opinionated conversation happening near me. I was at the pool with the kids recently a ...

Waking the Church to Just Consumerism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God blesses the earth with enough provision and food for its inhabitants. The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God ble ...

The Story and Voice of Sung-Bong Choi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100609-sungchoi.jpg"></a>Have you heard the story of Sung-Bong Choi? I absolutely love these kinds of stories. And it's not that I just ...

Pentecost: The Coming of the Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

of a goose being used as a metaphor for the Holy Spirit. I was born, fortuitously, on March 17, and have ... of a goose being used as a metaphor for the Holy Spirit. I was born, fortuitously, on March 17, and have ...

My Summer Reading Recommendations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here are a few books I've been reading and would like to recommend to you for the coming summer:</p> Here are a few books I've been reading and would like to re ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Canada. Petraeus. Exit Strategies.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

I Treat My Slaves Just Great!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

is even mentioned in two of the Ten Commandments ( Exodus 20:10, 17 ), which last time I checked ... in both the ancient world where the Bible was written and in the western world from the 17th to the 19th ...

Can Mindfulness Be Tweeted?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

I attended a basketball game this winter at the University of Maryland, accompanied by an intern at my workplace, a man in his twenties. I attended a basketball game this winter ...

Why Do Christians Think It's Blasphemous to Doubt?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Not too long ago, a family member told me in hushed sad tones that he was praying for me. I wasn't ill. I wasn't going through a tough time. No. Not too long ago, a fami ...

Freedom Fighter
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi Bernard Lafayette Bernard Lafayette, a leader in the civil rights movement ...

What About Gadhafi?
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 10:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Stephen Zunes Does bloody civil war in Libya mean nonviolence has its limits? The overwhelmingly nonviolent pr ...

Nothing Spontaneous About It
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The roots of Egypt's revolt: the story of Egypt's long preparation for nonviolent revolution. ...

Best Practices in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 9:33am | Type: Magazine Article

Kathy Kamphoefner What the Egyptians did right: a Cairo-based nonviolence trainer looks at what the Jan. 25 activists did right. ...

People Power
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 1:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Erica Chenoweth From Cairo, Egypt, to Madison, Wisconsin, civil society is fighting back through massive nonviolent resistance. But what m ...

Yemen: The Difference Between a Peaceful Revolution and Violent Clashes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Atiaf Alwazir, who runs the blog <a href="http://womanfromyemen.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Woman from Yemen</a>, has a new post explaining the relationship between what she ...

Should We Seek Our Dreams or God's Will?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When young people graduate, they're often told to follow their dreams. Change the world. After all, the sky's the limit. When young people graduate, they're often t ...

The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

as "lords" or "gods." Samaria has had five foreign gods since the Assyrians (see 2 Kings 17 ...

His Name is Potlako
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

His name is Potlako. Potlako means "earlier than expected," I suppose he was named Potlako because he was either a premature baby or he followed soon -- too soon -- after his elder brother. ...

What Men and Women Lose Under Complementarianism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

with the importance Jesus placed on unity among his followers. Jesus' prayer over all believers in John 17 ... to provide in John 17. As with the experience of women, men can completely miss seeing themselves as God sees ...

Could the U.S. Be Moving to a State of Perpetual War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

the deficit", the House proposed INCREASING military spending by $17 billion...enough! So much for a committment ... the deficit", the House proposed INCREASING military spending by $17 billion...enough! So much for a committment ...