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MLK and LBJ: Movements and Politicians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>An unfortunate exchange of words between the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama this week threatened to explode into real conflict, involving the always volatile U.S. issue of race. ...

Amens and Amendments to Rich Nathan's Israel Sermon
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

forbears, European Our own forbears, European Christians, beginning with Columbus in the 15th century ... brutal inhumane attacks on more than 1.5 million Palestinians already denied food, clean water, ...

In the Image of God: Male and Female
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

the original source was--Jesus! Posted by: gaborikfan | Posted by: gaborikfan | January 15, 2008 11:49 ... 15:26' 16:8 and 16:13-14. Jesus calls Him the Holy Spirit (pneuma)and then uses the pronoun ... is key is what Jesus taught referring to the Holy Spirit and gender in John 14:26, 15:26' 16:8 ...

Women, Faith, and Presidential Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>During the South Carolina Republican debate, Mike Huckabee garnered greatest applause when defending his views of wifely submission as part of his evangelical faith. ...

Getting the Evangelicals Wrong-Again
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>The upcoming primary in South Carolina will be critical for both the Democrats and the Republicans, say the media pundits. And South Carolina is full of evangelicals, they also say. ...

A Faithful Response to Human Rights Abuses
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Yesterday I had the chance to attend a compelling panel hosted by the <A href="http://www.americanprogressaction.org/">Center for American Progress Action Fund</A> and <A href ...

The Next Chapter
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

have screwed things up. I see those "setbacks" as nothing more than speed bumps. In 15 ...

Does Humility Risk More Than Arrogance? (A Dialogue Too Friendly for Focus on the Family - Part 3, by Brian McLaren)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

descendants. (God gave blessings to the Jews.) [Genesis 15:18-21] God blessed Ishmael, son of Abraham. (God ...

Part Time Opposition to Genocide
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>The <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj0802">newest issue of<em> Sojourners</em>, </a>hitting mailboxes and newsstands s ...

The Times They Are A-Changin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>The new political buzzword is change. The new political buzzword is change. Every candidate claims to be the change candidate-and every pundit is contrasting "ch ...

Maher's Mass Mishap
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MyfLmLROHQ"></a>This past Friday Bill Maher crossed the WGA picket line to offer this witticism on <A href="http://www.youtube.co ...

A New Year's Prayer for Christian Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Last year, my wife Jeanette and I returned to Honduras with a group from our congregation. Last year, my wife Jeanette and I returned to Honduras with a group from ou ...

Arab Christians Worship Allah Too (A Dialogue Too Friendly for Focus on the Family - Part Two, by Brian McLaren)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>[Continued from <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/01/a-dialogue-too-friendly-for-fo.html">yesterday's part one</a>] On January 3, 2008, <A href="h ...

Political Earthquakes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

With the pivotal event of the Iowa Caucuses, news analyses have said that Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee are now the defining candidates of this campaign-even if they don't win their respective nom ...

A Pre-Election Prayer for Our Next President
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>I'm volunteering for a presidential candidate, mostly making phone calls to people in various states at volunteer headquarters. I'm volunteering for a presi ...

My Church in a Chop Shop
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P><A title=http://www.boston.com/masiss href="http://www.boston.com/masiss"></a>Before joining Sojourners, my wife, Amy, and I spent the last five years doing urban minist ...

A Dialogue Too Friendly for Focus on the Family
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

of "gentleness and respect." (I Peter 3:15) While discussing Christ's deity is important in our ...

Change Won in Iowa
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Last night, Iowa voted for change - dramatic change Last night, Iowa voted for change - dramatic change Interestingly, Obama and Interestingly, Obama and H ...

Iowa and the Poles of Protestantism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Now that the people of Iowa have chosen Republican Mike Huckabee and Democrat Barack Obama as their nominees for president, pundits will spend much of the next few days (until New Hampshire at l ...

Two Fundamental Shifts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

before being counted. As a registered Democrat, the 15% rule would probably force me to caucus ...

In Search of a Label?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

John 15:19 Matthew 16:18 "Blessed are the solitary and elect, for you will find the kingdom. ...

Starting the Year with Bob Dylan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I've had an old 1989 tune by Bob Dylan running through my head for the last couple weeks. I've had an old 1989 tune by Bob Dylan running through my head for the last cou ...

Mourning Benazir Bhutto
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The vicious assassination of Benazir Bhutto means many things for our world. Already pundits are rushing to consider what it means for our presidential elections here in the U.S. ...

Top 10 News Stories of 2007
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

the GDPs of all but 15 nations. Sorry about the economic gloom and doom . But I could cahnage ... day. It is just that I pray on Monday for pur military in Iraq and have a list of 15+ people that I ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

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

Video: Reverend Billy on 'What Would Jesus Buy'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Last night <A href="http://www.revbilly.com/">Bill Talen</A> and his wife Savitri Durkee discussed American consumerism at a special <A href="http://www.sojo.net/"&g ...

My Prayer for 2008
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>The year of 1968 was very significant in my life, and a decisive one for the nation. The year of 1968 was very significant in my life, and a decisive one for the nati ...

Acts of Advent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>During Advent, as I kindle the wreath candles that mark the journey to the Bethlehem stable, I return to particular writers that I love and certain music that I can't seem to get through the sea ...

Mother Teresa's Advent Light
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>When I went to check my post office box after Thanksgiving, among the pile of mail waiting for me were review copies of Dinesh D'Souza's <A href="http://www.powells.com/part ...

A Rock Star Environment Minister
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/11/changes-down-under-by-jim-wall.html">Jim wrote a piece</a> a few weeks back about the new Bonhoeffer-quoting Aussie PM Kev ...

A Genocide of Convenience
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>As I do more reading about Darfur, I've had to re-examine some of my assumptions about genocide. As I do more reading about Darfur, I've had to re-examine s ...

Debating with Dignity
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>It happened again. A presidential candidate's debate in two languages. It happened again. A presidential candidate's debate in two languages. Just as the De ...

Advent Awakenings to the Jackhammer on the Roof
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>The denomination which I am now seeking to enter and belong to, the Episcopal Church, is a denominaton that many others are now seeking to depart. The denomination wh ...

Providence and Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>Last week, a Liberty University student asked Gov. Mike Huckabee to account for his recent surge in the polls. Last week, a Liberty University student asked Gov. Mike ...

Blog Comment Housekeeping
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>This is an announcement mostly for those who post comments on this blog. As many have complained, our comments are often less a <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/06 ...

Man Bites Dog of War
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>Nice piece this morning <A title=http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/12/10/all_power_no_influence href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/o ...

The Evangelical Factor in Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

for the Rafah crossing. Some 15,000 people waited for two months to enter Egypt, some are still waiting, ... to pressure 1.5 million inhabitants. This is disgraceful and shocking collective punishment. The U.S. ...

Happy St. Nicholas Day!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>As you all encounter pictures of "jolly, old St. Nick" this season, remember that St. Nicholas the Wonderworker was a real Christian hero. He spent his life working for freedom and ...

Mitt Romney's Defining Moment
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

to be a third-party ticket come out of nowhere that will bring in 20% of the electorate that does not vote, win 15 ...

Soldier Suicides: Counting the Forgotten Casualties of War
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

kinds, and 15% will receive an official diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). America ...

A Reality Check on Iran
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>After months of increasing talk of military strikes against Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, the Bush administration has suddenly received a dose of reality. ...

How Did Advent Accelerate?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>As a child I found no joy in an Advent calendar; all those little flaps and doors and bite-size pieces of chocolate signified nothing more than the fact that Christmas was still a really, rea ...

No Religious Tests
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>I couldn't help but be struck by a bizarre similarity in two back-to-back events this week: the YouTube/CNN Republican forum and the swearing in of Pakistan's President Musharaf broadcast by ...

Audio: Jim Wallis on 'Speaking of Faith' with Krista Tippett
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<a href="http://download.publicradio.org/podcast/speakingoffaith/20071129_jimwallis.mp3">+ Download mp3 audio</a></p> + Download mp3 audio + ...

Darfur: Don't Take No for an Answer
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p> <P>The genocidal regime in Khartoum is, unsurprisingly, trying to undermine and block the joint U.N./African Union peacekeeping team that has been authorized to offer desperately needed protect ...

What Evangelicals Need to Know: More Thoughts on the Beliefnet Roundtable
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

in 11:14-15, " that if a man wears long hair, it is degrading to him, but if a woman has long hair, ...

Changes Down Under
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>In the news you might have missed over the Thanksgiving weekend, Labor Party leader <A href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/25/world/asia/25australia.html?th&amp;emc=th">K ...

Left Behind's Jenkins and Others Shatter Evangelical Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>In light of <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/11/robertson-for-rudy-by-jim-wall.html">Pat Robertson's</A> and Bob Jones III's recent presidential end ...

Thank the Lord and Pass the Patriotism?
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

in and join our party? (Luke 15) Answer to your question about what it takes to "get to heaven": ...

We Are All Blessed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>What are you thankful for? It's a question often asked this Thanksgiving holiday season. Some think it's a little sappy, but I actually believe it's a very good question. ...