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Why the Government Shutdown Is Unbiblical
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Whether or not you are a person of faith, you might find it interesting to see what the Bible says about the mess we are now in. One of the most depressing things I heard on the f ...

Conservatives, Liberals, and the Fight for America's Future (eBook Shorts)
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 5:15pm | Type: Product

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An Antidote to Religious Strife in Egypt: Nationalism
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

After decades of polarization along religious lines, Christians and Muslims in Egypt are coming together to rally behind their flag. After decades of polarization along religious ...

Jim Wallis on the Shutdown: 'It's Unbiblical'
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis gives his commentary on the government shutdown. Jim Wallis sat down to discuss the government shutdown. His conclusion? It's unbiblical.   ...

Who Elected These Clowns?
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

In a world far removed from the tragic cesspool of Washington scheming and maneuvering, real people flocked to Central Park on El Camino Real for this town’s first Bacon & Brew Festival. ...

Faith Leaders Urge Compromise As Government Shuts Down
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

The federal government began shutting down overnight, for the first time since 1996, after Congress failed to compromise on how to fund federal agencies — battling instead over implementation of the Affordable ...

Jim Wallis Talks Food Stamps Recipients on Ed Show: 'You Must Not Know Them'
Originally Posted: 09/27/2013 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Last night, Jim Wallis appeared on "The Ed Show" to discuss why it's imperative to avoid cutting social programs like food stamps that feed millions of poor and hungry in our country. ...

My Mission: The Salad Bar
Originally Posted: 09/26/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

In a country where the public is encouraged to participate in government, I want to encourage people of faith to voice the heart of God when it comes to issues like feeding the least of these. ...

Conservatives Promote House Bill to Protect Opponents of Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

Conservatives are rallying around a House bill designed to protect religious people who advocate for traditional marriage — a belief, they say, that is held in increasing contempt. ...

Catholic Chaplains Given Marching Orders Barring Service to Gay Couples
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseling retreats that are open to gay couples under new rules issued b ...

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws to Require Death Sentence for False Accusers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Pakistan’s constitutionally mandated Council of Islamic Ideology told the government anyone who wrongly accuses a person of blasphemy against Islam must be executed — a measure intended to protect innocent peo ...

Syrian Christians May Get Pulled into Civil War
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

A huge statue of the Virgin Mary towers over churches, monasteries and mosques in the Syrian city of Maaloula, where a dialect of the Aramaic language of Jesus is still spoken. A ...

The Hidden Immigration Impact on American Churches
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

in the world, with thousands of mosques and temples dotting our religious landscape. Receive 15% off ... By 2009, that number had grown to 1.5 million (the vast majority of them Christian). Many exhibit a vibrant ...

U.S. Asks Supreme Court to Review Hobby Lobby’s Birth Control Mandate Challenge
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

Federal officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the government mandate that private companies offer employees birth control coverage despite the business owner’s moral objections, with the compan ...

N.C. Clergy Seek Release of Senate Report on Torture
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Citing the need for transparency in the U.S. record on human rights, nearly 200 clergy and religious leaders from North Carolina are seeking the public release of a 6,000-page Senate intelligence report on U.S ...

Pope Francis Stuns the Church — But Will It Have a Lasting Effect?
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday rocked the Catholic Church and surprised the wider world with a free-ranging interview that charted a course away from an institution that’s “obsessed” with a few sexual and moral issu ...

After Prop 8, Mormons Take Different Tack in Hawaii Gay Marriage Fight
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

making same-sex marriage legal. In a letter dated Sept. 15 and read to congregations across the state, ...

Pope Francis: A ‘Good Christian’ Prays for Bad Politicians
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

Wading into ongoing debates over religion and politics, Pope Francis on Sunday gently chided Christians to pray for politicians, saying “a Christian who does not pray for his leaders is not a good Christian.” ...

September/October 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 09/15/2013 - 5:53pm | Type: Product

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Syrian Debate Highlights Division in 'Just War' Doctrine
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Even as the world’s powers grasped for a last-minute resolution to the crisis in Syria, it remained an open question whether any amount of diplomacy could prevent the conflict from claiming at least one more v ...

Liberation Theology Finds New Welcome in Pope Francis’ Vatican
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

A progressive theological current that emphasizes the Catholic Church’s closeness to the poor and the marginalized but was subject to decades of hostility and censure is now finding increasing favor in the Vat ...

Birmingham Church Bombing Recalled with Donation, Medal
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

on Sept. 15, 1963. “And, now for this event to take place, it just was shattering for us to hear about.” ...

Musings of a Millennial: Removing the Political Baggage from Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

My generation (the millennials) no longer identify with divisive partisan politics of our country done under the guise of “evangelicalism.” We have seen and heard the long and dirty history of evangelical poli ...

September/October 2013 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 09/01/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Product

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September-October 2013
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Magazine Issue

September, 2013 - October, 2013 Pastor, Prophet ... Reformer? Pope Francis' contagious spirit shakes up the church. ...

N.J. Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Challenged in Federal Court
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

New Jersey’s newly enacted ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors violates a licensed therapist’s obligation to “respect the rights of clients to make decisions,” according to a federal lawsuit f ...

N.C. Governor Allows Anti-Shariah Bill to Become Law
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

Lawyers specializing in Islamic law said such legislation could make it harder for Muslim women married in Islamic countries under Shariah law to obtain alimony and child support payments because husbands will ...

Celebrations of ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech Obscure Its Critique
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

It may be the most famous speech of the 20th century. Millions of American schoolchildren who never experienced Jim Crow or whites-only water fountains know the phrase “I have a dream.” But scholars say it wou ...

Memories of the March
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

“I think we got a long ways to go but I do think that there’s been a lot of changes. I don’t think you’ll ever see what Martin Luther King dreamed in reality, in total. I think we’ll always have to strive for ...

Feds Offer Atheists a Clergy Tax Break That They Don’t Want
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

of $15,000 a year. But the couple says they can’t claim that as tax-free income since they are not clergy. ...

Are Atheists Smarter Than Believers? Not Exactly.
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A new study of almost a century’s worth of data shows that the smarter you are, the less likely you are to believe in God. A new study of almost a century’s worth of data shows th ...

Reformers Want Congress to End Ban on Pulpit Politicking
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

In a report sent Wednesday to Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican who has spent years investigating the finances of high-profile televangelists, the commission called the regulation of speech of religiou ...

ACLU Says Magistrate Can’t Order ‘Messiah’ Name Change
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

A Tennessee judge should not have barred a couple from naming their child “Messiah,” said the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. NASHVILLE, Te ...

This Week, a Major Shift on Crime
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

On Monday, a federal judge in New York found the state's stop-and-frisk policies to be unconsitutional racial profiling. The same day, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced that federal prosecutor ...

Study: Evangelical ‘Messy Middle’ More Accepting of Gays
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

A new voice is emerging in the evangelical community, and it’s turning away from the church’s vocal opposition to homosexuality in favor of a more tolerant attitude. A new voice i ...

Partisan Fighting Spells Trouble for Church Insurance Under Obamacare
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

An effort to tweak President Obama’s health care reform bill to fill a gap for church health insurance plans could fail because of Republicans’ insistence on repealing the law. ...

Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church Announce Support for Bill to End Sex Trafficking in U.S.
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

Days after a cross-country FBI operation arrested 152 sex traffickers across the US, Joel Osteen, senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, announced his support for a bill in the House of Representa ...

The Party of No Compromise
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice GOP attempts to circumvent the health-care law range from the inane to downright bullying. I SPENT M ...

The City of God & The City of Cain
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Matthew Myer Boulton How taking it to the streets is changing theological education. MY FIRST GUIDED tour of ...

The World as God Intends
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Stetzer New data shows that Protestant churches, including evangelicals, are increasingly involved in social action ministries. ...

Reza Aslan Defends Controversial New Book on Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

about Jesus. Aslan said his interest in Jesus started at age 15, when he joined a Young Life group ...

'Simple is the New Chic'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice In John Carr's view, Pope Francis is already shaking up the Catholic Church—and the best is yet to come. ...

Pastor, Prophet, Pope
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 4:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stephen F. Schneck Francis—refreshingly candid and seemingly repelled by the perks of the papacy—offers new hope for the Catholic Church ...

'Fighting Words' from the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper More than 80 bills to restrict voter access were introduced in 2013. BACK IN THE day, when ...

'Forward Together, Not One Step Back!'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove A grassroots resistance movement emerges in North Carolina. THOSE WHO BELIEVE in fr ...

Equal Protection — for All
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We should always be open to what God is speaking to a new generation of Christians. THIS SUMMER, t ...

Pope Francis on Gays Reveals a House Divided
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

I continue to be impressed and pleased by the direction this pope seems to be taking. And the very fact that he has broken rank with the traditional Catholic teaching about homosexuality is, within his own par ...

So Much Is At Stake: Reform and Race
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Politics really isn’t the problem here. Nobody wants to talk about what is at the very heart of the problem: race. The battles over immigration reform and race have weighed heavil ...

Actually, the U.S. is NOT Spending More Than Any Other Country on Health
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

Old News: U.S. spends more on healthcare, gets worse results. Interesting Spin on Old News: Medical and social spending should be seen as a whole. Really Disheartening Current Situation: Many U.S. legislators ...

Reza Aslan on Fox News: Punch, Counter-Punch
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Despite what Ms. Green and Dr. Aslan want us to believe, our choice is never between a biased point of view and the unvarnished truth. Our choice always involves which interpretative lens we are going to use t ...