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Voice of the Day: Dorothy Day

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When you love people, you see all the good in them, all the Christ in them. God sees Christ, His Son, in us and loves us. And so we should see Christ in others, and nothing else, and love them. […]

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Verse of the Day: Help Your Enemies

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When you come upon your enemy’s ox or donkey going astray, you shall bring it back. When you see the donkey of one who hates you lying under its burden and you would hold back from setting it free, you […]

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Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on the Iraq Summit, the Iraq Study Group, Iran, global warming, Frist (not) for president, Rick Warren and Barack Obama, the Pope is still in Turkey, living wage, and post-election analysis Sign up to receive our daily […]

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Voice of the Day:

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The Bible clearly and repeatedly teaches a fundamental point that we have often overlooked. At the crucial moments when God displayed mighty acts in history to reveal [God’s] nature and will, God also intervened to liberate the poor and oppressed. […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Speak out’

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Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. – Proverbs 31:8-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day […]

Jim Wallis: Three Ways to ‘Stop the Course’ in Iraq

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Everyone now agrees. The mid-term elections were a clear referendum on the war in Iraq. The results are in – the American people want an alternative to the disastrous course of President Bush’s deadly policies. Voters rejected Bush’s war by […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on the Iraq war, Israel-Palestine, Obama and the election, the Pope in Turkey, and select op-eds Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq–cost. Wars wearing down military gear at […]

Adam Taylor: Turning the Corner on AIDS in Africa

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Five years ago I traveled to Nairobi to witness firsthand the devastating toll of the AIDS pandemic. I walked the streets of Kibera with a group of courageous and compassionate community health workers. We visited the dilapidated homes of the […]

Voice of the Day: Toni Morrison

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As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think. – Toni Morrison + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: ‘Truth and action’

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Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whever our hearts condemn us; for […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on the Iraq Study Group, the Iraq civil war, Iran, Israel-Palestine, abortion in Nicaragua, the NYC police shooting, the Pope in Turkey, religion and politics, the wealth gap, congress, and select opinion articles Sign up to receive […]

Voice of the Day: Kari Jo Verhulst on the Psalms

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The Psalms defy our notions of profane and sacred, proving that everything we feel, witness, do unto others, and have done to us is acceptable subject matter for conversing with the Divine. They invite us to bring every part of […]

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

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The Lord works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He […]

Ryan Beiler: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on the Christian Coalition, Pope Benedict, slavery, arms trafficking, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine, the Iraq Study Group, and the NYPD shooting Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Christian Coalition. Christian Coalition […]

Jim Wallis: Thanksgiving for Thoughtful Readers

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At the beginning of the Thanksgiving weekend, I put the eulogy that I gave at my father’s recent memorial service up on the blog. It seemed fitting, though personal, as my remembrances of him were filling my heart and mind […]

Jim Wallis: Is Thanksgiving a Religious Holiday?

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Here’s my second contribution to the The Washington Post/Newsweek online discussion “On Faith”. As with my first entry, I am joining with other religious leaders, scholars, and activists to respond to a question on a religious or spiritual topic. Our […]

Diana Butler Bass: Lisa Jensen and the War Over Christmas: Round 1

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Every year about this time, Bill O’Reilly opens his “war on Christmas” campaign — his annual attempt to rile up Christians over the “secularization” of the day celebrating Jesus’ birth. His targets typically include retailers who wish customers “Happy Holidays” […]

Voice of the Day: Louis Brandeis

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We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both. – Louis Brandeis + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: “Because the poor are despoiled…”

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Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan, I will rise up,” says the Lord; “I will place them in the safety for which they long.” The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure, silver refined in […]

Jim Wallis: Jim Wallis, Sr.: A Thanksgiving

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On the morning of November 8, the day after the midterm elections, my Dad died, suddenly. I left immediately for Detroit and exited all the post-election discussions. In a brief God’s Politics blog last week, on election reflections, I mentioned […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Lebanon, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality in Africa, Iraq, the draft, teen birthrate in the U.S. and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Lebanon. Assassination leaves Lebanon at […]

Wes Granberg-Michaelson: Bush, Vietnam, and Iraq – Déjà Vu All Over Again

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President Bush’s first visit to Vietnam, amidst the search for policy alternatives in Iraq following the mid-term election defeat of the Republicans, brings back, for me, memories of 1968. (Here’s the personal angle: I began serving on the staff of […]

Voice of the Day: Walter Brueggemann on Fashion

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People notice peacemakers because they dress funny. We know how the people who make war dress – in uniforms and medals, or in computers and clipboards, or in absoluteness, severity, greed, and cynicism. But the peacemaker is dressed in righteousness, […]

Verse of the Day: ‘The Lord is a God of justice’

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Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. – Isaiah 30:18-18 + Sign […]

Randy Woodley: The Thanksgiving Myth – One Worth Keeping?

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Like Malcolm X said, “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us.” This is especially true for my family. You know us; we’re the folks that brought you that popular holiday, Thanksgiving. We are Native Americans. After […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on the war in Iraq, making work work, congress, Darfur, the Middle East, School of the Americas protest coverage, and select op-eds Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: War […]

Voice of the Day: Saint Teresa of Avila

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Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds. – Saint Teresa of Avila + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: ‘Do not judge’

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Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s […]

Sojourners Interns: Joy Comes in the Mourning

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Standing outside of gated communities doesn’t usually send disquieting emotional impulses through my body. But this Sunday morning, marching outside of Fort Benning – home of a building in which Latin American military personnel have learned tactics used to massacre […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on the School of the Americas, Iraq, education, Darfur, the congressional agenda, ethics, the Bush administration, Republican leadership, Ted Haggard Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: School of the […]

Sojourners Interns: What’s the Face of True Patriotism?

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This weekend, the Sojourners/Call to Renewal intern program traveled to Columbus, Georgia to participate in the annual vigil and nonviolent direct action events to close SOA/WHINSEC. Be sure to check back often this weekend for on-the-ground updates, and let us […]

Sojourners Interns: Towards a Culture of Peace

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This weekend, the Sojourners/Call to Renewal intern program traveled to Columbus, Georgia to participate in the annual vigil and nonviolent direct action events to close SOA/WHINSEC. Be sure to check back often this weekend for on-the-ground updates, and let us […]

Sojourners Interns: ‘We Train Iraqis to Attack Us': American Human Rights on Trial in Georgia

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This weekend, the Sojourners/Call to Renewal intern program traveled to Columbus, Georgia to participate in the annual vigil and nonviolent direct action events to close SOA/WHINSEC. Be sure to check back often this weekend for on-the-ground updates, and let us […]

Voice of the Day: Glen Stassen on the Death Penalty

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Christians who remember their Lord was unjustly and cruelly given the death penalty have a hard time being enthusiastic about imposing the death penalty on others. – Glen Stassen + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Who could stand?’

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If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. – Psalms 130:3-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Ryan Beiler: …Speaking of Common Ground

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In his entry for the Washington Post/Newsweek “On Faith” discussion (posted here earlier today) Jim Wallis talks about reaching common ground by going to higher ground. Case in point: conservative Christian columnist Cal Thomas, in his column “Christian conservative quandary,” […]

Jim Wallis: Religion Must Be Disciplined by Democracy

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This week, The Washington Post and Newsweek launched a new feature – “On Faith” – an online discussion of religion and its impact. I have joined with more than 50 other religious leaders, scholars and activists from different faiths and […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on House leadership, McCain speeches, Iraq, India, minimum wage, civil rights, the Middle East, Darfur, and select op-eds Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: House leadership. Democrats Pick Hoyer […]

Becky Garrison: Are Agape Politics Possible?

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Now that election 2006 is over and the voters have shown that values do indeed matter, we still have some repair work to do here in our churches. While Diana Butler Bass keenly documents the existence of purple churches, where […]

Voice of the Day: Coretta Scott King

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The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members, a heart of grace and a soul generated by love. – Coretta Scott King + Sign up to receive our quote of the day […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Be patient with all of them’

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We urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice […]

Jim Wallis: For the Record

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I got some critical reactions to a very short blog I posted the day after the election, titled “A Defeat for the Religious Right and Secular Left.” It was too short, and perhaps titled badly, because I had to abruptly […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on the Congress and Iraq, House and Senate leadership, living wage, hunger in America, Darfur, and global warming Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Congress and Iraq. General: Don’t […]

Diana Butler Bass: How to Defeat Fundamentalism Without Losing Your Soul

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A couple friends asked me why I’d been so quiet on this site since the Democrats won both the House and Senate — as well as a fair number of governor’s seats — last week. I confess: I was stunned […]

Voice of the Day: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Do what is right not only to respectable citizens, but especially to the disrespectable ones as well; be at peace not only with those who are peaceable, but especially with those who do not wish to let us live in […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Clothe yourselves with love’

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As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you […]

Jim Wallis: This Was A Moral Values Election

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This was a moral values election. Many have now commented on the significant shifts among religious voters in the midterm elections, in what Steve Waldman described as the “Smaller God Gap” between Republicans and Democrats. Nationally, 29% of white evangelicals […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on Iraq and U.S. policy, Congress, Iran, HIV/AIDS in Africa, poverty in America, and Barack Obama and Rick Warren Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq and US policy. […]

Voice of the Day: Mother Teresa

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It is more difficult to fight poverty in a rich country than in a poor one. – Mother Teresa + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: ‘Dissentions and offenses’

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I urge you, brothers and sisters, to keep an eye on those who cause dissensions and offenses, in opposition to the teaching that you have learned; avoid them. For such people do not serve the Lord Christ, but their own […]

Maryada Vallet: Dispatch from the Desert: Crown of Thorns

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It is late afternoon in southern Arizona and the branches of the ocotillo cacti shine like golden rods pointing to the heavens. The monsoon rains of summer have turned desolation into life, and all that was brown is green in […]

Jim Wallis on NBC’s Today Show

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Continuing a Today show special series called “The Mystery of Faith,” host Meredith Vieira explores the growth of evangelical Christians in America and their changing political power. + Click here to watch the segment

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on the Catholic Bishops’ statement on Iraq, Bush’s Iraq policy, evangelicals and foreign policy, Democrats’ power struggles, faith and the election, Darfur, Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, racial injustice, and select features and op-eds Sign up to […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Cahill on Prophets

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Prophets are, by their nature, inconvenient party-poopers. It is a mistaken notion that prophets can see the future. Rather, they tell us what is true right now. – Thomas Cahill, in Hey You, Listen Up! Sojourners, March-April 2003 + Sign […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Learn to do good’

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Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. – Isaiah 1:16-17 + Sign […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on the lame duck Congress, the new Congress, Iraq, religious voters, conservatism, the minimum wage, arms sales, and select features and op-eds Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Lame […]

Brian McLaren: Compassion and Hope in the Haggard Scandal

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As a representative of the Red Letter Christians, I was asked the other day to participate in an NPR dialogue about the recent resignation of Ted Haggard. Two things struck me about the dialogue. First, compassion. The tone of the […]

Voice of the Day: Maya Angelou

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We, unaccustomed to courageexiles from delightlive coiled in shells of lonelinessuntil love leaves its high holy templeand comes into our sightto liberate us into life. – Maya Angelou + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: coming into the light

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For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly […]

Jeff Carr: Evangelicals ‘Didn’t Show Up’?

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Some of you will remember that I wrote an open letter to Dr. James Dobson a few weeks ago, and posted it here on this blog. Well, Dr. Dobson released a statement yesterday regarding his assessment of what happened in […]

Jeff Carr and Duane Shank: What is a Secular Fundamentalist?

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NOTE: On Wednesday morning, just after writing his initial reaction to the election, Jim Wallis received word that his father had suddenly passed away. He is now in Detroit with his family, and funeral services will be held Sunday. Please […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the Senate, the Bush-Pelosi pledge cooperation, defense department, election, immigration, Bolton, Middle East, Iraq, military training, global poverty, women and Islam, Darfur, passing of Ed Bradley, and a message from the UK (The Guardian). Sign up […]

Voice of the Day: Stanley Hauerwas

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In saying “Your kingdom come,” we are acknowledging that faith in Jesus is not simply an idea or an emotion. It is a concrete reality of which we are to become part or else be out of step with the […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Do not envy the violent’

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Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it” – when you have it […]

Tony Jones: Why I Didn’t Waste My Vote

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For the third election in a row, I voted for the Independence Party candidate in the Minnesota gubernatorial election. (Yes, if you’re counting backward, that means that I voted for Jesse “The Body” Ventura – and proudly so!) This year’s […]

Tony Campolo: Questions Raised by the Haggard Scandal

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The scripture says that when one member of the body suffers, all the members suffer. And so it is that each of us took a hit when Ted Haggard was “ousted,” disgraced, and then ridiculed by late-night comedians. But after […]

Jim Wallis: A Defeat for the Religious Right and the Secular Left

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In this election, both the Religious Right and the secular Left were defeated, and the voice of the moral center was heard. A significant number of candidates elected are social conservatives on issues of life and family, economic populists, and […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on Rumsfeld’s resignation, election coverage and analysis, immigration, the Religious Right, and select editorials Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld steps down – “Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld […]

Amy Sullivan: Noted Without Comment

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The headline: “Dobson Withdraws from Haggard’s Counseling Team.” The quote: “Emotionally and spiritually, I wanted to be of help,” Dobson said in a statement, “but the reality is that I don’t have the time…”

Amy Sullivan: And in Other News…

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Lost amid some of the understandably bigger headlines were a few stories that would have been remarkable in a normal election season. Up first, the country’s first Muslim congressman has been elected in Minnesota. Keith Ellison, a lawyer and Muslim […]

Voice of the Day: Murphy Davis on Words and Deeds

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So long as the word remains in any way theoretical and is not incarnated by actions and translated into deeds, then it is not faith. It might be theology, not very good theology at that, but it is not faith. […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Be doers’

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But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in the mirror; for they look at themselves […]

Jim Wallis: Stay the Course No More

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Perhaps most interesting in this campaign were some of the negative Democratic ads. They simply assert that the Republican candidate agrees with George W. Bush. That’s all they tried to prove and trotted out the percentage of times the candidate […]

Jim Wallis: Make Work Work

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Minimum wage initiatives are winning in Missouri, Ohio, and Arizona, and winning handily. In Missouri the proposal to increase the minimum wage is winning by almost three to one. Voters are saying that work needs to work; and that if […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on the election, minimum wage, abortion, Rumsfeld’s resignation, Darfur, Iran, and the U.N. Security Council Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Breaking news this afternoon. Rumsfeld to Step Down […]

Voice of the Day: Aung San Suu Kyi

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A revolution which aims merely at changing official policies and institutions with a view to an improvement in material conditions has little chance of genuine success. Without a revolution of the spirit, the forces which produced the iniquities of the […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Is it not this to know me?’

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Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice; who makes his neighbors work for nothing, and does not give them their wages…. Did not your father eat and drink and do justice and […]

Rich Nathan: Evangelical Engagement – Promise and Pitfalls

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Note: The following is a condensed summary of the talk Pastor Rich Nathan delivered at the “Voting Our Values” rally last Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. A link to the full text appears at the end, or you can download audio […]

Jim Wallis: Family Values?

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What a shame. Don Sherwood, Republican from Pennsylvania, just lost his House seat. Sherwood had an 85% approval rating from James Dobson’s Family Action—only falling short of the 100% rating because he failed to co-sponsor the Marriage Protection amendment, though […]

Jim Wallis: Bad News for Fundamentalists

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Three important projections were just made by CNN. Bob Casey is projected to win in a Senate seat in Pennsylvania by what CNN is calling a landslide. And in Ohio, former Methodist minister Ted Strickland is projected to beat the […]

Duane Shank: Taxation Without Representation

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Like many other Americans, I have avidly followed the campaigns this fall for the House and Senate. I have seen scores of political ads on television. I know it is an important election in which a great deal is at […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on the election, “The Politics of Jesus” in Newsweek, Iraq, Nicaragua, and cluster bombsSign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Election Day-lead stories from major papers. New York Times: Candidates […]

Voice of the Day: Cesar Chavez

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History will judge societies and governments – and their institutions – not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Look not to your own interests’

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Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that […]

Jim Wallis: We Are All Sinners

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I heard the news about Ted Haggard late Thursday afternoon and felt heartsick. I was on the road and about to speak, but I couldn’t stop thinking that night about how much pain this was going to cause. I have […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on the Saddam Hussein verdict, the Iraq war, election coverage, Darfur, the Episcopal Church, Ted Haggard, and (lack of) antiwar protestSign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-Saddam Hussein. Saddam […]

Voice of the Day: F. Kefa Sempangi

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If we are following Jesus, we cannot wait for the perfect community. It was while we were yet sinners that Christ allowed his body to be broken for us…Our commitment to one another in community can be no less than […]

Verse of the Day: Prayer and Forgiveness

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“Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” – Mark 11:25-26 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Jim Wallis: Voting God’s Politics

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For years, we have watched the proliferation of voter’s guides from the Religious Right that did all but actually endorse only right-wing Republican candidates. Before the 2004 election, their narrow list of “non-negotiables” included abortion, stem-cell harvesting, homosexual marriage, human […]

Jim Wallis: “On November 7th, We’re Gonna Let it Shine”

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Thursday evening at the Broad Street Presbyterian Church in downtown Columbus, Ohio, religious leaders from across the denominational spectrum worshiped, preached, and prayed together. In the final days before the 2006 election, their unified message rang out loud and clear: […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the election, faith and politics, Iran, North Korea, Darfur, immigrants and healthcare, Iraq, nuclear weapons, religion, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Election. War tests […]

Voice of the Day: Mother Theresa

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It is not what we do that is important, but how much love we put into what we do: we should do small things with great love. – Mother Teresa + Sign up to receive our quote of the day […]

Verse of the Day: “Pride goes before destruction”

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Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. It is better to be of a lowly spirit among the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. – Proverbs 16:18-19 + Sign up to receive our […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the election, Iraq, faith and politics, the first woman presiding bishop, the middle east, landmines in Columbia, religion and law, and selct op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news […]

Diana Butler Bass: Not Red, Not Blue…Purple Churches

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For the last three years, I directed a grassroots research project on vital mainline Protestant congregations that involved “on the ground” – or perhaps “in the pews” – surveys, interviews, and field observations. In the fall of 2004, immediately before […]

Becky Garrison: Vote for My Jesus?

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As we gear up for the upcoming presidential election battles, once again Sojourners reminded me that God is not a Republican. Or a Democrat. In lieu of the plethora of partisan propaganda I often receive from both the Religious Right […]

Amy Sullivan: The Fallout from Ted Haggard

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It’s somewhat surprising that it took so long for this story to get some attention today. True, the allegation that Ted Haggard, pastor of the New Life megachurch in Colorado Springs and president of the National Association of Evangelicals, had […]

Voice of the Day: Henri Nouwen

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Jesus brought us a new life in ultimate vulnerability. As a child he was dependent on the care and protection of others; he lived as a poor preacher without any political, economic, or military power; and he died nailed on […]

Verse of the Day: “Servant to All”

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He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant to all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the election, voting rights, abortion, the Middle East, Iraq, Darfur, North Korea, religion, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Election. Campaign fireworks fly as polls […]

Amy Sullivan: The Difference Between Negative and Dishonest Campaign Ads

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There’s an election a week away, and consequently some of us are pretty busy with election reporting and commentary. But that shouldn’t mean that the discussion here at God’s Politics stalls. So here’s an article I highly recommend by Slate’s […]

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