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Video: David Bazan's Reasonable Doubt
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Since 1994, musician David Bazan (former front man of Pedro the Lion and Headphones) has put sharp questions about faith, justice, and his Pentecostal-evangelical upbringing front and center in his so ...

'I don't live for the Jesus who eats red meat, drinks beer, and beats on other men.'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Several weeks ago, I had an extensive phone interview with a reporter from The New York Times about the growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the wide and nebulous net of "evangelical ...

An Answering God
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 3:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Brueggemann Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C The readings for February include the ...

Greed is God: Exporting the Values of America's Prosperity Heresy
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> <p>America, dominating the global economy, imports more goods than it exports. What is ...

My Son's Struggle with Christianity vs. Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

As is the case for many Americans, I use the Christmas and New Year holidays as a time to reflect and try to gain perspective on matters near and dear to me. As is the case for ma ...

'We Hunt People for Jesus': Are U.S. Soldiers Proselytising in Afghanistan?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I Yes. I knew it was there. I think in the 23rd chapter of Matthew. A warning we do not often ... American culture. Yes. I knew it was there. I Yes. I knew it was there. I think in the 23rd chapter ...

What is God? An Interview with Jacob Needleman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In <a href="http://www.jacobneedleman.com">Jacob Needleman</a>'s newest book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1585427403?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wwwbeckygarri-2 ...

Who Would Jesus Shoot? Military Contractor Puts Bible References on Gunsights
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In case you haven't already seen this, it's been discovered that <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8468981.stm">gunsights on weapons used by British and American f ...

Haiti and the Wedding at Cana
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

My family and I returned from vacation Tuesday to news reports of the devastation in Haiti. My family and I returned from vacation Tuesday to news reports of the devastation in Ha ...

Voodoo Haiti, Voodoo West
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/vudu-haiti-vudu-occidente/">En espa&ntilde;ol</a>] Haiti is an example of how both flesh and bones politicians as well as countries can look ...

Vudu Haiti, Vudu Occidente
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/voodoo-haiti-voodoo-west/">English version</a>] Hait&iacute; es ejemplo de c&oacute;mo los pol&iacute;ticos de carne y hueso pero tam ...

My Prayer for Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Father in Heaven,</p> Father in Heaven, We are a people well acquainted with grief, but you O Lord are still merciful Though the earth give way and mountains be remove ...

Devils in the Details: Robertson's Revision of Haitian History
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Whether or not Robertson had malicious intentions when he declared that Haiti's tragic history was the result of a "pact with the devil" made by early leaders of the revolt against their French ...

An Evangelical Missionary's Honest Perspective on Pat Robertson's Haiti Remarks
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

When I was a student at Christ for the Nations School of Missions, I learned about the so-called "pact with the devil" that the African slaves of Haiti made to free themselves from the French. ...

More Haitian History and Perspective on Pat Robertson and the 'Pact with the Devil'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

take God's name (in vain?) or those who do justice ( Matthew 5 , Matthew 7:21-23 )? Two ...

Religion and Women: The Oldest Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Nicolas Kristof had a recent article in <em>The New York Times</em> titled, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/opinion/10kristof.html?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss">"R ...

Haiti: God's Love is Greater
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

By now you have heard that there was a major earthquake in Haiti yesterday, which brought much of Port-au-Prince to the ground and also devastated other areas where our ministries work. ...

Haiti and Anti-Evangelist Pat Robertson's 'Gospel' of Disgrace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Sam Harris, Richard Dawkin, and Christopher Hitchens have nothing on the greatest evangelist of atheism today, Pat Robertson. Sam Harris, Richard Dawkin, and Christopher Hitchens ...

The Televangelist and the Archbishop: Contrasting Christian Responses to Haiti's Tragedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Upon learning of the ruinous earthquake that leveled most of Haiti, my wife and I felt sadness and horror, as well as concern for the affected, their families, and friends. Upon l ...

Experiments in Accountability, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

One day when I was walking along the Hudson River on a crisp winter's day, I caught a glimpse of my reflection. One day when I was walking along the Hudson River on a crisp w ...

Oldest Known Hebrew Script, Recently Deciphered, Links Worship and Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I've long been interested in archaeology, particularly <a href="http://www.bib-arch.org/">biblical archaeology</a>. I've long been interested in ar ...

The (Second) Worst Religious Idea of the Decade
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Earlier this month, the nice folks over at The Washington Post's Outlook section asked me to write an essay about what I thought the worst religious idea of the past decade was. I ended up giving ...

A Revival for Justice
Originally Posted: 01/30/2013 - 2:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis In November, Dallas hosted Sojourners’ Justice Revival. In November, Dallas hosted Sojourners’ Just ...

Thank a Sister
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Sister Linda Fuselier was my first-grade teacher. It was 1969 at St. Ignatius Catholic School in Sacramento, California. ...

Can I Get a Witness?
Originally Posted: 04/26/2011 - 12:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Gedeik Thousands gathered in the Dallas Market Center in November for three days of preaching, Bible study, and action for social ju ...

Wondrous, Inexplicable, Demanding Newness
Originally Posted: 04/26/2011 - 1:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Brueggemann Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C The biblical writers, in a rich varie ...

The Nazareth Declaration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

On November 20, 2009, to considerable media fanfare, a group of 140 senior Christian leaders issued <a href="http://manhattandeclaration.org/">'The Manhattan Declaration.'</a> I ...

Could Church Become a Playground for All?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Malcolm Gladwell, in his popular book <em>The Tipping Point</em>, names three types of people who do the work of making social movements succeed: Connectors, who bring us together, Mavens, who conn ...

Praying the Hand
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I do not remember where I learned the idea that the hand represents a pattern of prayer. I do not recall my mother or other teachers teaching it to me. I do not remember where I ...

Interfaith Interaction at Parliament of the World's Religions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia where I attended the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions. I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia w ...

Preaching the Whole Magnificat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Again this Wednesday we joined the broader church in singing vespers, the evening prayer which always includes Mary's song, the Magnificat. Again this Wednesday we joined the ...

Interview with a 'Hopeful Skeptic' Nick Fielder
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830837272?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0830837272">&l ...

'Stand up for Christmas'?!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Here's a post from one of my favorite blogs titled, <em><a href="http://dritta.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/stand-up-for-christmas/" target="_blank">'Stand Up for Christma ...

Contemplating Feminine Incarnation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>At church on a recent Sunday we were encouraged to find ways to see the world differently this week. Change our routine and change our perspective to help us get out of the rut of going through life w ...

Where are the Other Christian Voices Against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

As a career missionary to Africa, I fear what would happen to me on judgment day if I didn't speak out against what is happening in Uganda right now in the name of Christ. As ...

Jail Journal: The Boomerangs of Biblical Wrath
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<em>The following is part of the author&acute;s "jail journal," written in early 2004 while he was serving a 90-day sentence in Georgia for having "crossed the line" at Ft. ...

How 'Scroogenomics' Is Saving My Christmas
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> I recently heard a clip on NPR referencing a new ...

In Praise of Christmas Materialism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

the kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:16-24; Mark 10:17-23; Luke 18:18-25) His apostles lead lives of voluntary ... the kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:16-24; Mark 10:17-23; Luke 18:18-25) His apostles lead lives of voluntary ...

I've Done It. I've Reclaimed Christmas.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I refuse to write a blog about how overwhelmed I am by the holiday season. I'm not going to wax eloquent about how the season I loved most as a child has become the source of excruciating stress. ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 4
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Unlike the other clips we've been showing in this <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/cop15/"> "countdown to COP15,"</a> Empowering Peacemakers hasn't shown thi ...

Governments, a Kingdom Agenda, and Reading Scripture Badly
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A popular argument amongst political conservatives goes like this: while they grant that Scripture requires concern and care for the poor and marginalized, that concern is one to be addressed by in ...

Christmas is Supposed to Be Crusty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's time to haul out the Christmas lights and stockings, Advent calendars, and odd-shaped Santa pillows from grandparents. Every year I sort of dread dragging all the chaos out of the basement. ...

Advent: Apocalypse Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations caused by the roaring of the sea and the waves," proclaims Jesus in the gospel of Luke. ...

A More Serious Threat to Catholic Identity than Removing Public Crucifixes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In his article<a href="http://ncronline.org/blogs/all-things-catholic/benedicts-ongoing-battle-against-secularism"> "Benedict's ongoing battle against secularism,"</a> < ...

A Thanksgiving Reflection on Food
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The United States is a country that is at once overweight and hungry. There are those among us who are overweight and obese. There are those among us who live with food insecurity. ...

How I Came to Write an Apostolic Letter to Non-Christians in Esquire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As some of you know (though I know not many of you keep up with the latest men's magazines) -- Esquire magazine's end of the year "Best and Brightest" edition named me one of the & ...

Boys are Warriors and Girls are Princesses? Spiritual Gifts are not Divided by Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studies? Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studie ...

Psalm 109:8 -- A Prayer to Destroy Obama?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

During the last few days, Psalm 109:8, a Bible verse in the form of a "prayer for Obama," has topped the Google trends chart: "May his days be few; may another take his office." Evidently ...

The Charter for Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sympathy for another's suffering."</p> Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sy ...

Push Pause Now!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Do you find yourself adding more to your to-do list, even though you already feel overwhelmed?</p> <p>Are your weekends just as jam-packed as your workdays?</p> ...