Timothy McMahan King is the author of the forthcoming book Addiction Nation: What the Opioid Crisis Reveals About Us, available June 11 from Herald Press.

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So, What's in The Deal?

by Timothy McMahan King 08-01-2011

Late last night it was announced that the president and congressional leadership reached a deal that should ensure that our country does not default on its debts. Now Congress is in the midst of making their decision on the plan. Already the media is trying to hash out who won and who lost, who is up and who is down, and what kind of effect the events of July 2011 will have on how the country votes in November 2012.

Family Research Council Attacks Evangelical and Catholic Leaders

by Timothy McMahan King 07-29-2011

In response to Sojourners' radio ads about the budget debates, the Family Research Council's political action committee has launched radio ads in Kentucky and Ohio arguing that deficit reduction should cut programs that serve poor and vulnerable people. The ads assert that it is the private individual, not government, who has a responsibility to the poor. The ads say, "Jesus didn't instruct the government of his day to take the rich young ruler's property and redistribute it to the poor. He asked the ruler to sell his possessions and help the poor. Charity is an individual choice, not a government mandate."

This could put the speaker of the House, a Catholic, in a difficult position. Catholic social teaching instructs that the government does have a direct responsibility to the poor and that private charity is only one of the ways that Christians express concern for "the least of these." This ad sets itself in direct opposition to that teaching and the values that it comes from. The speaker was already in a tough spot when the Catholic bishops came out with a strong critique of the House plan, but now he has a powerful political organization calling for him to ignore Catholic social teaching all together.

'God is Watching' the Budget Debate in Congress

by Timothy McMahan King 07-28-2011

"God is Watching," reads the headline for a full page ad Sojourners ran in this morning's Politico. It is the latest in a series of radio, print, and online ads we have put out on the budget debate and default crisis. On Tuesday, we launched radio ads in Kentucky, Nevada, and Ohio that were recorded by local pastors who lifted up the moral issues at stake in the debate.

Furthermore, our work in the past few weeks and the Circle of Protection meeting with the president has been covered by the Washington Post (and here), CNN (and here), MSNBC, Politico, Roll Call, and many local outlets from across the country. Behind all the ads and the press is the muscle -- and that muscle is you.

A Gospel Takeover

by Timothy McMahan King 07-27-2011

One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow, by Scot McKnight. Zondervan.

Sojourners Launches Radio and Facebook Ads Calling Politicians to Remember the Poor

by Timothy McMahan King 07-26-2011

'Mic' photo (c) 2009, Renée Johnson - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/If you live in Kentucky, Nevada, or Ohio and listen to Christian or country radio, you'll be hearing some of Sojourners' new radio ads calling for legislators to remember the least of these during this default crisis. For those of you who haven't completed your migration over to Google+, you might also start to see some ads popping up on your Facebook page in the next few days asking you to speak out on behalf of those in need. The reason we are running these ads is simple: The rich have lobbyists while those in need don't, and that's why Christians need to speak out and form a "Circle of Protection." If you don't live in one of these areas (or aren't listening to Christian or country radio) you can listen to the ads here.

Listen to Your Pastors: 4,000 of Them Want a Moral Budget

by Timothy McMahan King 07-13-2011

As the federal debt ceiling standoff threatens to cause an economic catastrophe for our nation, more than 4,000 pastors across the country are opposing proposed immoral budget cuts that harm the most vulnerable people in their congregations and communities. An open letter to Congress and the president ran today as a full page ad in Politico. (You can view the ad and full list of signers here.) We were amazed by the huge response this letter generated. We hoped to find 1,000 pastors willing to speak out with us, and in just 2 weeks more than 4,000 clergy joined our campaign.

Love Comes First

by Timothy McMahan King 05-09-2011
I was in the middle of a degree in biblical and theological studies when one of my close friends told me she was gay. She didn't last long at her church after coming out to her small group.

When the Wicked Perish

by Timothy McMahan King 05-04-2011
If I had been in a baseball stadium on Sunday night, I would have been chanting "USA!

Is 'What Would Jesus Cut' Heresy?

by Timothy McMahan King 03-02-2011
Heresy is a strong accusation.

Sojourners Supporters and Partners Challenge Congress on Budget Cuts

by Timothy McMahan King 02-28-2011

Thanks to Sojourners supporters and our partners, there is a full page ad in Politico today asking Congress, "What Would Jesus

Obama's Global Challenge: Healthy Competition or Unhealthy Nationalism?

by Timothy McMahan King 01-26-2011
Another State of the Union has come and gone. The kingdom of God did not come with it, and the sky did not fall.

Why I Will Feast This Thanksgiving

by Timothy McMahan King 11-24-2010

I am ready to give thanks. Last year, I joined my family for Thanksgiving but when the food was served, I could only watch. Early in November of 2009, I had an attack of pancreatitis. Later, I learned it was probably due to a gallstone, but at the time it was a mystery. My diet throughout November was mostly liquids, then I progressed to soft bland food in December. But due to complications from a medical procedure, things got worse. From mid-December 2009 to the end of June 2010, I received most of my nutrition through a bag. It was pumped directly into my blood stream from 12 to 24 hours every day.

Patriotism and Idolatry

by Timothy McMahan King 10-11-2010

This meditation is part of a dialog on Patheos.com about the question, "So, when does patriotism pass over into idolatry?"

What Do Glenn Beck and Alan Grayson Have in Common?

by Timothy McMahan King 10-01-2010
Here's a logic lesson for you: Both Beck and Grayson use the argument "If A is a B, and A is also a C, then all Bs are Cs." And they shouldn't use this kind of argument.

When Winning an Election Undermines Democracy

by Timothy McMahan King 09-28-2010

The Failure to Repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Should Concern All of Us

by Timothy McMahan King 09-23-2010
"After more than 50 years in the military and politics, I am still amazed to see how upset people can get over nothing.

Why I'm at Sojourners

by Timothy McMahan King 08-30-2010
I was concerned last week when I received a phone call from a person who informed me that there was no way I could both be a Christian and work for Sojourners.

To My Brothers, Sisters in Iran

by Timothy McMahan King 06-18-2009
I have never met you but I have to thank you. You are half a world a way but I'm watching you on TV, reading blogs, looking at pictures and following your Twitter updates.

A Humble and Holy Rebellion

by Timothy McMahan King 04-02-2009
In this season of Lent, we often reflect on our need for greater humility as we seek to follow Christ on the road to Calvary.

Audio: Interview with Diana Butler Bass

by Timothy McMahan King 03-03-2009

Here's a recent conversation I had with Diana Butler Bass, author of the new book http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061448702?ie=UTF8&tag=sojo_blog-20&lin...