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Voice of the Day: Menno Simons on ‘true evangelical faith’

posted by jmcgee

True evangelical faith cannot lie dormant. It clothes the naked, it feeds the hungry, it comforts the sorrowful, it shelters the destitute, it serves those that harm it, it binds up that which is wounded, it has become all things […]

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Verse of the Day: If I do not have love

posted by jmcgee

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if […]

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Jim Wallis: Words, Not War, With Iran

posted by jmcgee

As the diplomatic dance with Iran continues, the rumors of war are increasing. European Union and Iranian diplomats have been meeting this week in intensive negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. News stories have been optimistic on the one hand, noting […]

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Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)

posted by jmcgee

Today’s news on: detainees, immigration, Iran, politics, Darfur, health insurance, Colombia, faith and politics, and selected op-eds Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Detainees. Senate Approves Broad New Rules to Try Detainees […]

Christine Sine: Rhythm and Ritual to Live By (part 2)

posted by jmcgee

According to anthropologist Paul Hiebert, there are two types of spiritual rituals we all need to maintain our spiritual focus and enable us to live at a healthy and balanced pace: restorative rituals and rituals of transformation. Restorative rituals are […]

Voice of the Day: Margaret Silf on ‘prayer that works’

posted by jmcgee

Prayer that works is prayer that makes a difference, contemplation that turns into action, on behalf of peace and justice in a troubled and unjust world system. Prayer is energy, the energy of love and transformative power. It is given […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Do not fret’

posted by jmcgee

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will make your vindication shine like the light, and the justice of your cause like the noonday. Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

posted by jmcgee

Reports on cost of war, detainees, Iraq, the intelligence estimate, Iran, Darfur, the “White House referee,” Israel-Syria, the “suburban agenda,” faith and politics, and organizing. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Cost […]

Diana Butler Bass: The missing sentence…

posted by jmcgee

Last week, Sojourners launched the “Red Letter Christians” group at a press conference in Washington. “Red Letter Christians” is a short-hand way of talking about Christians who take the whole of Jesus’ teachings seriously in our spiritual and public lives—even […]

Christine Sine: Rhythm and Ritual to Live By (part 1)

posted by jmcgee

Our world seems to grow busier every day with conflicting commitments that pull us in many directions. Some of us feel the weight of changing the world lies on our shoulders. We know we are too busy but don’t know […]

Voice of the Day: Archbishop Oscar Romero

posted by jmcgee

Beautiful is the moment in which we understand that we are no more than an instrument of God; we live only as long as God wants us to live; we can do only as much as God makes us able […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Wisdom from above’

posted by jmcgee

The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. […]

Sister Helen Prejean: On Values Voting

posted by jmcgee

We’ve asked other members of the God’s Politics Blog team to respond to the question that Jim Wallis and Ralph Reed debated last week: “What should values voters value most?” When voting, I look for political candidates with a proven […]

Ron Sider: A Biblically Balanced Agenda

posted by jmcgee

The consensus evangelical document (For the Health of the Nation: AnEvangelical Call to Civic Responsibility) says that “faithful evangelical civic engagement must champion a biblically balanced agenda.” And it then deals with seven areas: religious freedom, family, sanctity of human […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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War and terrorism. “The Bush administration released portions of a classified intelligence estimate that says the global jihadist movement is growing and being fueled by the war in Iraq” Politics. “Democratic and Republican strategists said they expected over 90 percent […]

Amy Sullivan: Upsetting the Apple Cart

posted by amy sullivan

I heard a thought-provoking commentary on “All Things Considered” last night by a woman named Caroline Langston. She talked about the fact that over the past decade or so her political views have changed, but not her religious views–and wondered […]

Amy Sullivan: In Good Faith

posted by amy sullivan

A few weeks ago, Jim Wallis pledged that we who write about the Religious Right–including those of us on this blog–would not treat them the way they have treated us. Which is to say, we will always keep in mind […]

Voice of the Day: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

posted by jmcgee

Every Christian community must know that not only do the weak need the strong, but also that the strong cannot exist without the weak. The elimination of the weak is the death of the community. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer + Sign […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Justice for all who are oppressed’

posted by jmcgee

The Lord works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed.<!– 7 –> – Psalms 103:6 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

posted by jmcgee

Iran. “Iran’s foreign minister expressed optimism yesterday that negotiations would resolve the dangerous impasse over his country’s nuclear program…” Politics. “Republicans and Democrats scrambled to gain the advantage in their final week before breaking to campaign for crucial midterm elections…” […]

Brian McLaren: Three Values for Voters to Consider

posted by jmcgee

We’ve asked other members of the God’s Politics Blog team to respond to the question that Jim Wallis and Ralph Reed debated last week: “What should values voters value most?” This is a really worthwhile question – just to have […]

Amy Sullivan: Brother Kerry’s Testimony

posted by jmcgee

Last Monday, John Kerry did something many of us wish he’d done two years ago. He showed up at Pepperdine University—if not exactly the lion’s den, then at least a lair of sometimes snarling cats—and gave a long, open talk […]

Voice of the Day: Ron Sider

posted by jmcgee

When Christian leaders go to government to call for sweeping structural change, we have more integrity and power when we can say: “We are part of Christian communities that are already beginning to live out what we are calling you […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Wisdom is better than might’

posted by jmcgee

So I said, “Wisdom is better than might; yet the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heeded.” The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouting of a ruler among fools. […]

Ralph Reed to Jim Wallis: We’ve Disagreed Without Being Disagreeable

posted by jmcgee

Reed’s final entry in a dialogue with Jim Wallis on the question: “What should values voters value most?” Jim, I’m glad we agree that faith-based organizations should not be discriminated against in the delivery of social services. They not only […]

Jim Wallis to Ralph Reed: A Conversation Our Country Needs

posted by jmcgee

Jim Wallis’ final post in his dialogue with former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed on the question: “What should values voters value most?” Ralph, you didn’t respond to my criticism of the faith-based initiative. I said it was a good […]

Jim Wallis: There he goes again – this time Rev. Falwell compares Sen. Clinton to Lucifer

posted by jmcgee

The nation is weary of the vitriolic and divisive political rhetoric that still comes from some on the Religious Right. In particular, the country is tired, truly tired, of Rev. Jerry Falwell. At the Religious Right’s Values Voter Summit, Rev. […]

Jim Wallis: Let’s Continue the Dialogue

posted by jmcgee

The first week of the God’s Politics Blog got us off to a great start. I’ve enjoyed this dialogue with Ralph Reed. We agree that people of faith should address the central moral issues in the public arena, while we […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

posted by jmcgee

Immigration. “The Senate will begin considering a series of House bills this week aimed at strengthening border security and toughening enforcement of immigration laws,” Religious Right. “Openly anxious about grass-roots disaffection from the Republican Party, conservative Christian organizers are reaching […]

Voice of the Day: Joan Chittister

posted by jmcgee

Nobody finds time for prayer. You either take time for it or you don’t get it. – Joan Chittister + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Video: Jim Wallis on the CBS Evening News

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Verse of the Day: ‘Blessed are…’

posted by jmcgee

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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IRS v. All Saints. “A liberal Pasadena church declared that it will refuse to comply with an IRS investigation into its tax-exemption status launched after a guest speaker was critical of President Bush in a sermon.” Defense spending. “With national […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

posted by jmcgee

For every gain in deep certitude there is a corresponding growth of superficial “doubt.” This doubt is by no means opposed to genuine faith, but it mercilessly examines and questions the spurious “faith” of everyday life, the human faith which […]

Verse of the Day: ‘The only thing that counts’

posted by jmcgee

The only thing that counts is faith working through love. – Galatians 5:6b + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Jim Wallis to Ralph Reed: There Is No Substitute for Justice

posted by jim wallis

Part five of a dialogue between Jim Wallis and former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed on the question: “What should values voters value most?” I agree, Ralph. Let’s talk about public policy. I’m not going to respond point-by-point, but I’ll […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

posted by jmcgee

Darfur. “The African Union announced yesterday it would extend the stay of its underfinanced force in Sudan’s Darfur region until the end of the year, heading off an immediate worsening of the crisis.” Immigration. “The House and the Senate moved […]

Voice of the Day: Myles Horton

posted by God's Politics

If people have a position on something and you try to argue them into changing it, you’re going to strengthen that position. If you want to change people’s ideas, you shouldn’t try to convince them intellectually. What you need to […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Who rises up?’

posted by jmcgee

For justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it. Who rises up for me against the wicked? Who stands up for me against evildoers? If the Lord had not been my help, my […]

Ralph Reed to Jim Wallis: Broad Concerns Are Compatible with a Focused Agenda

posted by jmcgee

Part four of a dialogue between Jim Wallis and former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed on the question: “What should values voters value most?” Jim, I fear you have been paying only selective attention to religious conservatives. Conservative people of […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

posted by jmcgee

United Nations. “The intensifying war of words between Iran and the United States reached the floor of the United Nations last night when the Iranian president accused America and Britain of violating international law.” Global poverty. “Over two-thirds of the […]

Voice of the Day: Dorothy Day

posted by jmcgee

We cannot love God unless we love each other, and to love we must know each other. We know [God] in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone any more. Heaven is a banquet and life is a […]

Verse of the Day: Love in action

posted by jmcgee

We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death. All who hate a brother or sister are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal […]

Jim Wallis to Ralph Reed: Not Liberal nor Conservative

posted by jim wallis

Part three of a dialogue between Jim Wallis and former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed on the question: “What should values voters value most?” You raise several interesting lines of thought in your response, Ralph. Let me try to address […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

posted by jmcgee

Bush at the UN. On Darfur, “Mr. Bush urged Sudanese leaders to approve a peacekeeping force there to end what his administration has called genocide.” Red Letter Christians. Sojourners/Call to Renewal launched “Red Letter Christians,” a group of progressive Christian […]

Voice of the Day: Martin Luther King Jr.

posted by jmcgee

The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Do justice’

posted by jmcgee

[God] has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8 + Sign up to receive […]

Ralph Reed to Jim Wallis: Rejecting the Liberal “Straw Man”

posted by jmcgee

Part two of a dialogue between Jim Wallis and former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed on the question: “What should values voters value most?” Jim, you make the point that there are many issues of moral concern beyond marriage and […]

Jim Wallis to Ralph Reed: What Do Values Voters Value Most?

posted by jim wallis

This week I welcome Ralph Reed, the former director of the Christian Coalition and one of the most articulate leaders of America’s Religious Right, to be my first dialogue partner on God’s Politics. We will post our comments and responses […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

posted by gods politics

Darfur. “A global day of action is held calling for peace in Darfur… Activists rallied in several major cities, calling on Sudan to allow UN peacekeepers into Darfur, where tens of thousands of people have been killed.” Interrogation. “President Bush’s […]

Jim Wallis: Welcome!

posted by jim wallis

I want to welcome you to the first edition of “God’s Politics”–The Blog–a new project done in an exciting partnership between Sojourners and Beliefnet. The God’s Politics Blog will provide fresh conversation about faith, politics, and society–every day– from “Jim […]

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Audio: Jim Wallis on "Value Voters" on The Tavis Smiley Show
Last week Jim was on The Tavis Smiley Show and talked about how the changing political landscape will affect the upcoming '08 election. Jim and Ken Blackwell, former Ohio secretary of state, debated and discussed both the impact of "value ...

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I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will lead them and repay them with comfort, creating for their mourners the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and the near, says the Lord; and I will heal them. But the wicked are like ...

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