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Cell Phone Spying: Would Jesus Even Care?
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

For some, the collective reaction has been more of a collective shrug, as if such impositions should be expected from a global superpower that generally prefers to maintain that status. But for others, there’s ...

WATCH: Boy Won't Leave Pope Francis' Side
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

At a speech in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis was joined on stage by an incredibly cute young boy. At a speech in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis was joined on stage ...

When We Were the Pre-Party to the Tea Party
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

Stones’ swaggering frontman Mick Jagger, 15 years past his prime even then, was one of his favorite ...

On Accountability: The Buck Never Stops
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

In the end, of course, no one will accept accountability, for we live in an age when the “buck” never stops on one’s own desk, if it stops at all. It was a strange, but telling, s ...

Brazil’s Police Take Bible Classes to Reduce Stress
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Amid concerns about police brutality, Brazilian military police officers are taking Bible study classes during their working hours to help them deal with stress and improve their personal and family lives. ...

The End Of The Religious Right, Take 47
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 9:35am | Type: Press

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Survey: Majority of Libertarians Do Not Identify with Tea Party
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

According to the new American Values Survey, an annual release from the Public Religion Research Institute, a full 61 percent of libertarians do not consider themselves part of the Tea Party. ... In fact, only ...

Air Force Academy Drops ‘So Help Me God’ from Honor Oath
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

Air Force Academy cadets will no longer be required to include the words “so help me God” when taking their annual Honor Oath. Air Force Academy cadets will no longer be required ...

Religious, Civil Rights Groups Demand Investigation of NYPD Spying
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

A coalition of 125 religious, civil rights, and community-based organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday urging a civil rights investigation into a New York City Police Department ...

Aide Shares Bible Devotionals He Sent to President Obama Each Morning
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Luke 5:15–16 (NIV) We can’t give everyone all of us, all the time. Sometimes, like Jesus, we have ...

U.N. Women's Ad Series Shows Sexism Through Google Searches
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

Gender inequality is an international issue. Striving to empower women and call attention to the sexism of popular opinions worldwide, U.N. Women released a series of ads using text from Google real searches. ...

God's Economics: Principles for Fixing Our Financial Crisis (eBook Shorts)
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 3:56pm | Type: Product

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Judge in N.J. Same-Sex Marriage Case has Deep Catholic Roots
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

The judge who declared same-sex marriage legal in New Jersey was raised a Catholic in Bayonne, a place where the locals still use their church — not their neighborhood — to define where they’re from. ...

Christian Conservatives Divided Over Common Core Education Standards
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

Even though the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez had a 3.9 GPA in high school, his teachers kept pushing him to be a car mechanic. Even though the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez had a 3.9 GPA in high ...

November 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Product

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Suzan Johnson Cook to Resign as Religious Freedom Ambassador
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

Suzan Johnson Cook, the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, will announce this week that she is resigning after 17 months on the job, according to two sources familiar w ...

The Welfare of the City
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

We struggle mightily with what it means to be American when what we need to be more concerned with is what it means to be Christian no matter where we may find ourselves. " ...

A Strong Third Political Party for the Disaffected Middle?
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

In a sense, we are being held hostage by our own democratic process, one that has assumed that having relatively opposing views on either side was sufficient to keep the wheels of government turning. But this ...

Shutdowns and Shootouts – My New Hometown Normal?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

There are about 40 members of an extremist ideological minority who are ruining the reputation of the place I live and work, and taking the poor down along with them. It's a ...

Religious Groups Feel the Pinch of Government Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

As the government shutdown enters its second week, some religious groups are starting to feel the pinch, and they’re also finding ways to reach out. As the government shutdown ent ...

A Canadian Who Loves Her Health-Care System
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

to pay $15,763.77. It's a strange way of doing business.] Moreover, no charge to Canadians ...

On Scripture: Studying the Law As We Study The Word (2 Timothy 2:8-15)
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

of an important lesson found in  2 Timothy 2:8-15 . As people of faith, we sometimes don’t take time ... admonished Timothy to  study the word  (v. 15, KJV). As a pastor, Timothy no doubt had to deal ... with others. But in our sharing we must be sure we are “rightly dividing the word of truth” (v. 15, KJV). ...

Supreme Court Poised to Turn Right in 2013 Term
Originally Posted: 10/04/2013 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

The justices, whose term begins Monday, could rule against racial minorities in two cases and abortion rights in one or two others. They also could uphold prayers at government meetings, ease restrictions on w ...

Why the Government Shutdown Is Unbiblical
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 2:55pm | 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 - 4:15pm | Type: Product

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An Antidote to Religious Strife in Egypt: Nationalism
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 9:42am | 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 - 3:41pm | 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 - 1:41pm | 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 - 9:04am | 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 - 11:42am | 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 - 3:26pm | 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 - 11:58am | 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 - 12:00pm | 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 - 3:37pm | 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 - 3:37pm | 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 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

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U.S. Asks Supreme Court to Review Hobby Lobby’s Birth Control Mandate Challenge
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 11:18am | 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 - 3:49pm | 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 - 4:27pm | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 4:33pm | 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)
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Syrian Debate Highlights Division in 'Just War' Doctrine
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 11:54am | 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 - 11:59am | 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 - 11:56am | 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 - 3:22pm | 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 - 2:55pm | Type: Product

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September-October 2013
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:40am | Type: Magazine Issue

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N.J. Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Challenged in Federal Court
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 8:55am | 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 ...