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Minor Party Pros and Cons
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

If you're among the growing number of voters who are disenchanted with both major parties, you may be considering a move to a third party. You're not alone. If you' ...

Why Faith at the Conventions Matters
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I am now in Denver for the Democratic National Convention, and I will be in the Twin Cities next week for the Republican National Convention. I am now in Denver for the Democratic ...

A Pop-Star Pastor's Public Fall and the Christian Cult of Celebrity
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

15) and it's repeated again in I John 3. . . .I don't see much love or forgiveness ... love one another as I have loved you." (John 15) and it's repeated again in I John 3. . . ... 'this is My commandment that you love one another as I have loved you." (John 15) and it's ...

Mal-Engagement, Disengagement, and Wise Engagement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I understand the sentiments shared by many voters in the recent <a href="http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=334">Pew poll on faith and politics</a>. I understan ...

Talismans and Tokens
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> I'm not much for talismans or religious tokens in the usual sense ...

A Multicultural Witness Against the 'Homogenous Unit Principle' (part 2, by Jin S. Kim)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

to lay our heads (Luke 9:57). I have compassion for my fellow 1.5- and second-generation English-speaking ...

Death of Zambia's President -- and Zimbabwe's Negotiations
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

On Aug. 19, 2008, Zambia President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa died. His death was a loss not only to his nation but to the region. He was outspoken about the situation in Zimbabwe. On ...

Two Questions of a Soon-to-be Immigrant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In a few weeks, I will make a life-changing journey. After 33 years of living in Northern Ireland, and for very good reasons, I am about to become an immigrant. In a few weeks, I ...

An International Day of Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<em>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God" (Matthew 5:9).</em></p> "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they s ...

A Multicultural Witness Against the 'Homogenous Unit Principle' (Part 1, by Jin S. Kim)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

week's lectionary reading from Matt. 15:10-28, for example). It's also interesting ... by: Bradley | August 21, 2008 10:15 PM Big Guy, I agree with you. I was being sarcastic. ...

Changing the Backyard
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

told us, was about to burst open any day. Nobody expected that to be about 15 minutes later, when ...

Race at the Olympics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I can't go anywhere these days without hearing about the Olympics ("Michael Phelps this, Michael Phelps that." Thank God my friend finally told me who Michael Phelps is). ...

'The Jungle' in Postville Affects Us All
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

15%, I am running 5% in the red before I begin to pay just for the transportation costs to and from ...

A Look at Mary in August
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

the humble"--NIV Rev Randy: It's entirely appropriate to think of Mary during August. August 15, which ...

Something is Brewing
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The combined outcome of events happening at the moment is hard to predict, but something is brewing in the southern African region around the issue of Zimbabwe. The combined outco ...

Working Against Torture
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

it to him. (Further, he was a Shi'ite, which limited his authority to no more than about 15 ...

A Step Forward on Abortion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Abortion is a moral issue, felt deeply on all sides of the debate. That debate has also been deeply divisive, becoming a "third rail" of American politics. Abortion is a ...

Edwards: 'I Sin Every Day'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In the Sojourners/CNN candidate forum in June of 2007, John Edwards said, "I sin every day," in response to a question on sin and forgiveness. In the Sojourners/CNN cand ...

Wedge Issues (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

As we draw closer to the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/21/us/politics/21church.html">candidate forum at Saddleback Church</a>, I've had several conversations with clergy on ...

China Bars Olympian and Darfur Activist from Attending Summer Games
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

to paraphrase Matthew 15, it's not what goes into your body politic that gets you in trouble. It's ...

Another Religious Swing Vote
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

One of the stories I first heard on my recent visit to Australia was about what helped swing the vote last November to Kevin Rudd, the new Labor prime minister. One of the stories ...

Prophetic Distance and the Perils of Picking a Winner
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

of Marx." ~ Pope Benedict XVI Some would have us pervert justice by favoring the poor. Leviticus 19:15 ... Leviticus 19:15 " Why don't you give the entire verse? "Do not pervert justice; do ...

A Ragamuffin's Dream (Part 1, by Claudia Mair Burney)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Eyes%20to%20See&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p>Almost midnight. Dark.</p> ...

A Ragamuffin's Dream (Part 1, by Claudia Mair Burney)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Eyes%20to%20See&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p>Almost midnight. Dark.</p> ...

A Prime Minister's Preferential Option for the Poor, and the Planet
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Last weekend in Australia, I had the opportunity to have a four-hour dinner conversation with Kevin Rudd, the new prime minister. Last weekend in Australia, I had the opportunity ...

A Prime Minister's Preferential Option for the Poor, and the Planet
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Last weekend in Australia, I had the opportunity to have a four-hour dinner conversation with Kevin Rudd, the new prime minister. Last weekend in Australia, I had the opportunity ...

The Indescribable Drama of Transfiguration
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> Next Wednesday is the Feast of the Transfiguration. What that means is ...

The Olympics, Human Rights, and Holy Mischief
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>"God Is Love," inscribed on the tracksuit of the athlete who would become the second-fastest man alive, is what first caught the attention of Australian Olympic official Ray Weinberg in the ...

Tennessee Church Shootings: The Culture War's Latest Casualties
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I tried to post something I tried to post something like this soon after Kevin posted his 3:15 ...

Tennessee Church Shootings: The Culture War's Latest Casualties
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Tragically, the culture war crossed over fighting words to shooting bullets. Once again, a community of faith was caught in the crossfire. Tragically, the culture war crossed over ...

Rand: Solution to Terrorism Is Not Military
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Some compelling quotes from a recent <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/29/AR2008072902041.html">Rand Corp. Some compelling quot ...

MoveOn at Ten
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

MoveOn.org pioneered the art of online political advocacy. MoveOn.org pioneered the art of online political advocacy. As it celebrates its 10th anniversary , it can look at eno ...

What Is Your Vote Based On?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

live peaceably with all men". 1 Corinthians 2:14 - 15 "But the natural man does ...

New Hope Down Under
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Though it is winter in Australia, the sun was shining on Sydney Harbor, one of the most beautiful urban landscapes in the world. Though it is winter in Australia, the sun was shin ...

Tina Beattie on The New Atheists, Part 2: Faith and Reason Are Not Enemies (interview by Becky Garrison)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Following is a continuation of Becky Garrison's e-mail exchange with Tina Beattie, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amaz ...

Band-Aids or Cures?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The prophet Isaiah says that the Lord will be a stumbling block for many, meaning that the majority of us will have difficulties living the way we ought to. The prophet Isaiah say ...

A Crash Course in Jesus Studies
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> A Sunday or two ago, I made mention of -- more to the truth, wrote a w ...

Another Look at The New Yorker's Obama Cartoon
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

To presume is human, to reconsider sublime. At least that's what I'm beginning to believe as a father of three. To presume is human, to reconsider sublime. At least that ...

Voting is Never Uncritical, Unqualified, nor Unconditional
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I've been blogging lately about faith, politics, and voting. I've been blogging lately about faith, politics, and voting. In a recent post , I reflected that this ele ...

To Vote or Not to Vote
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Some folks I've talked to are not going to vote in the 2008 elections. Some are disillusioned. Some don't like either candidate enough to vote. Some folks I've talk ...

New Yorker Obama Cartoon Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

While Ben Franklin penned the <a href="http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/us.capitol/one.jpg">first American political cartoon</a> in 1776, Thomas Nast ushered in the gilded age of the modern ...

Prophetic Texts (Loosely Involved Part 2, by Russell Rathbun)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Eyes%20to%20See&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitic ...

Loosely Involved (Part 1, by Russell Rathbun)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Eyes%20to%20See&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> I am standing in this ...

Advise Everyone... Endorse No One
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

As we pass the half-way point of our <a href="http://www.jesusforpresident.org/">Jesus for President tour</a>, we remember Jesus' admonition that we be "as wise as serpents and ...

Four Iraqi Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Recently, I had the unique opportunity of meeting with four Iraqi evangelicals at a conference in a country near Iraq. They were young church leaders. Recently, I had the unique o ...

What Do 'Patriotic Dissenters' Appreciate About the USA?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As we recently marked the "birth" and independence of the United States, I'd like to ask you to consider a very simple question:</p> <p>What do you appreciate about the Unit ...

A Woman's Place is in the House ... of Bishops
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

It was almost 16 years ago that I sat in the debating chamber of Church House in Westminster and voted as a member of the House of Clergy to ordain women to the priesthood in the Church of England. ...

A Woman's Place is in the House ... of Bishops
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

It was almost 16 years ago that I sat in the debating chamber of Church House in Westminster and voted as a member of the House of Clergy to ordain women to the priesthood in the Church of England. ...

A Woman's Place is in the House ... of Bishops
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

It was almost 16 years ago that I sat in the debating chamber of Church House in Westminster and voted as a member of the House of Clergy to ordain women to the priesthood in the Church of England. ...

A Responsible Withdrawal From Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Recently, I participated in a conference call based on a report from The Task Force For A Responsible Withdrawal From Iraq. Recently, I participated in a conference call based on ...