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Your Ballots at Work: 'Waterboarding is Torture'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

is littleroundtop Being Mindful of Our Blessings http://blog.sojo.net/2008/12/24/4916 Your ballots ... in the trenches http://blog.sojo.net/2008/12/24/christmas-in-th... In Support of Rick Warren http://blog.sojo.net/2009/01/05/in-support-of-r... Struggling with Tolerance http://blog.sojo.net/2008/12 ...

Natural Disaster or Natural Opportunity?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

This week, for the second time in a few years, I found myself walking the streets of a city talking to pastors and people about how Mission Year could help them recover from a devastating storm.</p ...

Suffer the Little Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When Jesus said, <a title="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%2019:14;&amp;version=9;" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%2019:14;&amp;version= ...

Audio: Taking 'Change We Can Believe In' to the Next Level
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

our 'bailout', in the form of our redemption (Heb 9:12). We didn't deserve it, ... 'immigrants' have the desire to pursue this citizenship with 'fear and trembling' (Phil 2:12 ... our 'bailout', in the form of our redemption (Heb 9:12). We didn't deserve it, ...

Racial Reconciliation: A Necessary Conversion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In 2001, my husband Bill was jolted out of racial complacency. In 2001, my husband Bill was jolted out of racial complacency. Through books he read and conversations he had with A ...

Come to the MLK Day Open House at Sojourners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Right now at Sojourners we are feeling the energy of all the activities planned around the inauguration-the concerts, worship services, <a href="../../../mlk">MLK day of service</a>, and ...

This Feels Like Family: The Obama Inauguration and Beyond
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As my mother and I prepare to "Thelma and Louise-it" to travel to Washington for the Obama inauguration, my excitement is tempered with anxiety. As my mother and I prepa ...

My Obama Inauguration Benediction: A Singular Moment in Time
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

You would think attempting to summarize my feelings on having been asked to deliver the Benediction at the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama-would be simple. In fact, it's quite a challenge; gi ...

In Zimbabwe, a Picture is Worth One Hundred Billion Words
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A friend sent me these pictures, and they capture the reality of mind-boggling inflation in Zimbabwe!</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p> ...

Giving Your Shirt for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In the February issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0902&amp;article=mother-liberia" href="../../../ ...

Hope for Troubled Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Where would we incarcerate 12 milion people, if we could round them all up? One congressman--Rep. ... Where would we incarcerate 12 milion people, if we could round them all up? One congressman--Rep. ...

MLK and the Mountain Moving Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>This post was Jim Wallis' contribution when invited to write a guest post on the blog for <a href="http://usaservice.org/blog">USA Service</a>, a campaign to encourage nati ...

Creating a New American Ethos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. America has come from Native American genocid ...

Women Missionaries Who Can't Preach at Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Do you have family or friends on the mission field who are women? How many of them preach, teach, and exercise their gifts of leadership beside men on the mission field? Do you ha ...

Nonviolence Begets Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The dynamics of "violence begets violence" are simple and probably understood by everyone who has ever been in a fight. The dynamics of "violence begets violence&qu ...

Crossing the Line Between Legitimate Criticism and Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

claiming anyway? If it is the land of the 12 tribes, when will the land east of the Jordan be claimed? ...

MLK Day Altar Call to Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the Presidential Inauguration Committee announced that the annual celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be an official part of the inauguration activities. ...

Child Tax Credit: Better Late Than Never
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

is not the Christian's standard of living but the standard of giving. Duhsciple See Luke 12:13-21 for a story See Luke 12:13-21 for a story told by Jesus about a man who thought that he was the owner instead ... is not the Christian's standard of living but the standard of giving. Duhsciple See Luke 12:13-21 for a story ...

Release Your Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When we think of megachurches, very often we imagine large evangelical congregations-numbering in the thousands, located in the United States. When we think of megachurches, very ...

Make Sure that Our Country Does Not Become Detroit
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Yesterday, Barack Obama told the leaders of the Congress that th ...

In Support of Rick Warren
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

to others as you would have them do to you" (Matthew 7:12). It does not say: "In everything ... as you would have them do to you" (Matthew 7:12). It does not say: "In everything except ... would have them do to you (if you were in their position)" (Matthew 7:12). What position can ...

My Four Weeks in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. As ...

An Atheist's Praise of Evangelism in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Matthew Parris is a self-confessed atheist, but he writes with extraordinary candor and insight about the role of faith in social transformation in a recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t ...

Verse of the Day: 'Must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet?'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord God: I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats: Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, but you must A ...

This Is Not About the Economy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Made you look. Anyway, the world economy continues to spin downward despite my previous column on the subject, which was int ...

It's the Equality, Stupid
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 11:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert S. McElvaine The financial crisis. ... that quaint period, the thirties, when the huge middle class ...

The Poverty Pulpit
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Amy Spaulding In September, hundreds of churches nationwide joined in ...

Dear President Obama
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Marian Wright Edelman Elizabeth Edwards ...

Being Mindful of Our Blessings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

During this time of Advent, a season of cheer and joy, there are people who do not have much in economic standings or bank balances to be cheerful or grateful for. During this tim ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own</em></em> Charlie Brown Christmas <em><em>spec ...

My Advent Calendar: December 24
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> The Christmas Eve window hid a picture of the baby Jesus with his ar ...

Palestinian Christians Still Waiting for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

of 12? Just perused through either Just perused through either Newsweek or Time and read about ... of 12? Just perused through either Just perused through either Newsweek or Time and read about ...

The Promise of Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the time of year when Christians proclaim the birth of the Prince of Peace, in too many places our world remains wracked by violence, and our efforts to end it seem futile. ...

My Advent Calendar: December 23
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a> This morning's window opened to a picture of Joseph, Mary's husband and Jesus' earthly father.</p> ...

Will Obama Spell Justice Outside of the U.S.?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

More people around the world will watch Barack Obama's inauguration than any other presidential inauguration in history. More people around the world will watch Barack Obama& ...

Struggling with Tolerance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

(Proverbs 12:18) I gave back your point . I gave back your point . Don, I wonder how many ...

2008: Cinema in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Looking back on the year's movies, I'm struck by how many of my favorites featured the theme of family and community -- perhaps this reflects only my current personal concerns, or maybe there's ...

My Advent Calendar: December 22
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>As the days grow shorter, darker, and colder, our longing for the light intensifies. In these length ...

My Advent Calendar
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Diana's Advent reflections will conclude next week.</p> ...

An Agenda of Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

While most attention is being paid to the deepening economic crisis, the incoming Obama administration will also inherit a number of interrelated international crises. While most ...

Policy and Organizing: A Year in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

that he paid the illegals $12.50 per hour in cash and paid the US Citizens and legal residents the same ... that he paid the illegals $12.50 per hour in cash and paid the US Citizens and legal residents the same ...

My Advent Calendar: December 19
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> I missed yesterday's Advent reflection. Although I woke up earl ...

Another Reason for Being a Red Letter Christian
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

With the resignation of Richard Cizik as vice president for government affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, we have one more reason why many of us are calling ourselves Red Letter C ...

Border Walls Keep Out Mary and Baby
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

She walks the trails until her ankles swell and her back pulsates with pain. She walks the trails until her ankles swell and her back pulsates with pain. Her abdomen, swollen with ...

International Migrants Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Eight years ago, the United Nations proclaimed Dec. 18 as <a href="http://www.nnirr.org/">International Migrants Day</a>. Eight years ago, the United Nations ...

Numbers That Mark the Beast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

I wrote a book recently with a friend of mine that stirred some conversation. In it we try to retell the story of the Bible in the context of the American empire. I wrote a book r ...

Mary's Song: A Poem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Dark times<br /> Regime change.<br /> "How are we gonna make it?"<br /> "How are we gonna live?"<br /> Tomorrow?</p> <p>Fear for breakfast<br /> Tr ...

My Advent Calendar: December 17
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>A set of double doors marked "17" on my Advent calendar opened to a charming image of a mi ...

An Evangelical Heritage of Gender Equality
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

universal application of 1 Tim 2:11-12 that prohibits all woman from teaching or having "spiritual ... "Deacons and Deaconesses" p. 12, Summer 2007, Volume 13, Number 3, Aggregate Issue 65) Another ... application of 1 Tim 2:11-12 that prohibits all woman from teaching or having "spiritual authority" ...

My Advent Calendar: December 16
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> The 16th window on the cathedral revealed a gargoyle-not exactly a t ...