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Sojourners Magazine: April 2007

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A biblical perspective on the role of government.
America's religious communities and the battle over government.
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How should the government respond when disaster strikes---and how can churches help?
The biggest obstacle to proper preparedness might well be ideology.
Individual efforts and social responsibility go hand-in-hand.
The church consensus is solidifying on the need to save the planet.
Taking the church's temperature on health care.


Megachurch leaders Kay Waren and Lynne Hybels confront the challenges of HIV/AIDS, personally and globally.
The ongoing truth of King's vision.
On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most important speeches in American history.
What does the cross tell us about the ethics of capital punishment?
Capital punishment is about vengeance, not justice.
How can Christian live out the commands of Mathew 25 - without the pity?
Forty years after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the "Beyond Vietnam" speech, what does it mean for America today? A conversation with historian and scholar Vincent G. Harding.


The faith community will need to step up its role as protectors of creation.
What does it mean to use life to give life?
Bush's costly, illegal, and dangerous weapons buildup.


Scripture suggests a clear role for government in ensuring the common good.
Bewilderment is not momentary confusion. It is becoming fundamentally displaced.
We cannot rest on our laurel, once we find out what it is.

Culture Watch

There are few words thornier than "evangelical." It's a broad category that includes fundamentalists; it's also a reaction against fundamentalism.
Three evangelicals on the challenges of Israel-Palestine.
Some activists possess a certain quality that's hard to put your finger on; you just know it when you see it.
These are the anti-megachurches.


BeadforLife has helped roll hundreds of Ugandan families out of poverty by training HIV-positive women and refugees in the art of bead rolling.
The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee celebrated victory after a two-year organizing campaign resulted in the local council passing an ordinance to create a Housing Trust Fund (HTF) for su
I was disappointed with Sojourners on reading "Family Matters" (by Julie Polter, January 2007).
Let all creation praise! Worried that your pooch won't come with you at the rapture? Anxious that the piety crowd might think your four-legged life partner is short on salvation?
Toronto-based Anglicans met in November to discuss restorative justice models in the criminal justice system, especially in light of the new Canadian administration's promise to be "tough on crime.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary Cycle C.
Since the industrial revolution, cities often have been seen as the domain of low-income residents, while their surrounding suburbs have been home to middle- and upper-income people.
"The wind blows wherever it pleases." Word? The scene is played out. We need some Eden! Were Abba the DJ, He'd spin hymns To slay.
In "School of Shame" (February 2007), the author addresses the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) in a way that is deceitful and false and libels the good people who wo
When it comes to figuring out the appropriate role of the government in addressing our most pressing social ills, opinions among people of faith cross the spectrum: Some say government should play a c