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The Darkness of Easy Hate and the Light of Easter's Love
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598909340_QiDdc"></a>Hate is easy and the domain of the lazy. This insight came in the ...

'Jesus Never Stopped Being a Faithful Jew'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As we approach the climax of Holy Week, James Carroll offers <a href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/03/29/preach_peace_in_holy_week/">an appropriate cau ...

The Sin of Usury
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

23:19, Psalm 5:5). Biblical prohibitions against usury suggest that there is something unique about ...

The Cross, Easter, and the 'They' Narrative
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The <em>other </em>has been a philosophical idea with a rich history. The other has been a philosophical idea with a rich history. The idea is how do individuals r ...

Christian Militias, Revelation, and Christ's Consistent Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

they are doing" (Luke 23:34). * The title of the "Book of Revelation" or "The ...

Passover for Non-Jews and 'the Bread of Affliction'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

in Egypt." [Exodus 23:9] To love the stranger is a revolutionary concept -- revolutionary in the ancient ...

Lent on $2.50 a Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>My friend Irene Groot decided to try the <a href="http://livelydust.blogspot.com/2010/02/lenten-experiment-blog.html">Lenten Experiment</a> this year. "I recently sent off ...

What the Heck is 'Social Justice'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Today I was interviewed by a sociology student who wanted to know more about "social justice." I was happy to talk to her. Today I was interviewed by a sociology student ...

5 Books to Spark Your Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Alas, simply reading a book won't make you a better person. Alas, simply reading a book won't make you a better person. But when it comes to spirituality, books can some ...

Ruth Was a Moabite 'Illegal' Immigrant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

was an "illegal" immigrant. Her name was Ruth. I'm not making this up. Deuteronomy 23:3 is clear, ... with those out of favor in respectable Israelite society of that day. Question: Deuteronomy 23 Question: Deuteronomy 23 refers to the Assembly of the LORD. Would it not be logical to exclude the Moabites ...

Logging On Differently for Lent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Our experience of the world is increasingly mediated through intricate matrices of Internet networks. Our experience of the world is increasingly mediated through intricate matric ...

Vatican II 101: Social Justice is Part of Catholic Identity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Writer James Carroll, in his recent book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0547336268?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;cre ...

Wisdom from Cesar Chavez: 'The Oppressed Almost Always Overestimate the Oppressor'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Today's Lenten prayer comes from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9sar_Ch%C3%A1vez" target="_blank">Cesar Chavez</a> (1927-1993) -- Mexican American farm worker, ...

St. Patrick's Prayer for the Faithful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Today is St. Today is St. Patrick's day, a day that many of us only know as a day to eat corned beef and cabbage and exchange cards emblazoned with green shamrocks, both of ...

The Family Research Council, Wolves, and Shepherds' Clothing
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God. Ex. 23:11. During ... 23:11-self explanatory. Nothing here is directed towards a "government"-it's directed ... with less. It's 10% across the board with some being left for the poor to use. Exodus 23 also speaks ...

N.T. Wright on Social Justice and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

N.T. Wright, Bishop of Durham and New Testament theologian, is probably one of the best at articulating a theology that the brings together kingdom of God and social justice understanding. ...

Glenn Beck Responds: Social Justice 'Is a Perversion of the Gospel'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

BREAKING UPDATE: <a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/glennbeck_socialjustice">Our message to Glenn Beck is getting through.</a> This morning on his radio show he responded to <a href= ...

Two Words for Glenn Beck, Five Thoughts for the Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

of all and servant of all." (Matthew 23:11; Mark 9:33-35) On another occasion he explained, ... exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Matthew 23:12; Luke ... 14:23; Mark 6:46; Luke 6:12) Jesus explained that celibacy is not something everyone can practice; ...

Tell Glenn Beck: I'm a Social Justice Christian
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Glenn Beck says Christians should leave churches that use the word "social justice." He says social justice is a code word for communism and Nazism.</p> Glenn Beck ...

A Torture Apologist's Flawed Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

The <em>Washington Post </em>has a new op-ed page writer drawing scrutiny for his hearty endorsement of "enhanced interrogation," which translated from Orwellian into English means tortur ...

The Jewish Roots of Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

He went to the synagogue (Matthew 12:9), taught in the synagogues (Matthew 4:23, 13:54; Mark 1:39), ... 7:6) Dogs, like swine, were considered foul and unclean by the Hebrew people. (Deuteronomy 23:18; I ... taught in the synagogues (Matthew 4:23, 13:54; Mark 1:39), expressed concern for Jairus, "one ...

By Fearing Churches that Speak out for Social Justice, Glenn Beck Fears the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

of all and servant of all." (Matthew 23:11; Mark 9:33-35) On another occasion he explained, ... exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Matthew 23:12; Luke ... 14:23; Mark 6:46; Luke 6:12) Jesus explained that celibacy is not something everyone can practice; ...

My Morning with Daniel Berrigan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As a Sojourners intern last year, I, along with my community-mates, had the opportunity to request speakers to invite to address us during weekly seminars. Peace activist and poet Fr. Daniel Berriga ...

A Pastor's Response to Glenn Beck's Call to Leave 'Social Justice' Churches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recently Glenn Beck made <a href="http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/03/08/glenn-beck-urges-listeners-to-leave-churches-that-preach-social/">some comments</a> about leaving a chur ...

Committed: Family Values from Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

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Why did God Create Women?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Colossians 3:18, Timothy 2:9 - 15, Titus 2:3 - 5, Peter 3:1 -3, Peter 3:5 -7, Genesis 3:16, Leviticus 12:2 ... Colossians 3:18, Timothy 2:9 - 15, Titus 2:3 - 5, Peter 3:1 -3, Peter 3:5 -7, Genesis 3:16, Leviticus 12:2 ...

Nouwen on Lent: Strength in Dark Places
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

I was reading through <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0764812866?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=076481286 ...

What I Learned From the-Gasp!-Word of Faith Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Perhaps you've heard of them. Perhaps you've heard of them. Televangelists with bouffant hairstyles and Rolex watches saying send me a dollar and God will give you a hun ...

Constantly Seeking Transfiguration
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As an adolescent, I had a lot in common with <a href="http://fromthepewsintheback.com/2009/04/26/somethingmore/" target="_blank">my youngest brother</a> in terms of my ...

The Purpose of Lent's Season of Darkness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This morning as I was sitting reading my Bible, I caught a glimpse of the Olympic mountains out my window. They were covered in the early morning light which reflected off their snow-covered peaks. ...

So I'm a Heretic
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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Anonymous Generosity: Go Into the Closet and Do in Secret
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

I recall a discussion once with a friend about the different kinds of needs that existed within our own community. I recall a discussion once with a friend about the different kin ...

Let's Get Theological on Health Care and Warfare
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694034604_U2HKp"></a>Did you watch any of the health-care summit yesterday in Washington ...

Four Friends' Perspectives on Tiger Woods' Buddhism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Apart from the Dalai Lama, who reportedly had never heard of him until earlier this week, Tiger Woods is the most famous Buddhist on the planet.</p> <p>But until Woods invoked his Buddhist ...

All Are Equally Called to 'Servant Leadership'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

How many of us feel uneasy when we are told that men, rather than women, are called to be "servant leaders?" Perhaps we are confused by this notion -- that men alone are to be "servant leaders&q ...

My Education in Wake County Jail
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I got locked up once when I was in seminary. I got locked up once when I was in seminary. It was the dead of winter, and for some months a group of Christian peacemakers in North ...

So Dang Jesus-y: Sara Miles' Jesus Freak
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<em>In <a href="http://whyismarko.com/2010/jesus-freak">Mark Oestreicher's review</a> of <a href="http://www.saramiles.net">Sara Miles'</a> latest bo ...

African Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Sun-Ryszard-Kapuscinski/dp/0679779078/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1266035336&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20"></a> ...

Interview with Brian McLaren About 'A New Kind of Christianity' (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061853984?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0061853984">&l ...

Don't Give Anything Up for Lent -- Give Yourself
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Are you giving something up for Lent? What and why?</p> Are you giving something up for Lent? What and why? Lent is the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Holy Satu ...

Interview with Brian McLaren About 'A New Kind of Christianity'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061853984?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0061853984">&l ...

My 'Daniel Fast'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Sometimes things get so bad that you really don't know what to say or do. When that happens, it's a good time to fast and pray. Sometimes things get so bad that you real ...

An Ash Wednesday Memoir of Mortality
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_wnFEbT1wwhs/S3q7WikSifI/AAAAAAAABNw/EO3vNVmCR3w/s1600-h/Norval+%26+Blanche+at+81.jpg"></a>Fifteen years ago next week, on my mother's 85th ...

Lent Isn't About Denial -- It's About Transformation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The point of Lent is not denial.</p> The point of Lent is not denial. But for a long time I thought it was. Everything I heard about Lent revolved around acts of self-de ...

From Fat Tuesday to a Veggie Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's Fat Tuesday. The height of the Mardi Gras celebration. The pinnacle of Carnaval. The time of year when religious and non-religious types alike trek to places like New Orleans and Rio de Jane ...

What if the Church were Christian?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061698768?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0061698768">&l ...

A Lenten Experiment
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In January last year, Mr. Neff and I began a Lenten experiment. We wanted to see if we could eat adequate amounts of tasty and nutritious food on a food-stamp budget. We also wanted to see what we mig ...

Success, Seminars, and Salvation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Ever since the crash of 2008, I've found mysel ...

Not Your Typical Valentine's Day-Type Love
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This week my friend Sara reminded me that the really amazing thing about 1 Corinthians 13 is that even hundreds of thousands of schlocky wedding and inspirational posters and bad Christian coffee mug ...

The Bleeding Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I love my church. And I love that it isn't afraid to explore the difficult issues -- and figure out how to do so in loving ways. I love my church. And I love that it isn' ...