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Voice of the Day: Merton on Protest

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The important thing about protest is not so much the short-range possibility of changing the direction of policies, but the longer range aim of helping everyone gain an entirely new attitude toward war. Far from doing this, much current protest […]

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Verse of the Day: Oppression is for Losers

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Oppressing the poor in order to enrich oneself, and giving to the rich, will lead only to loss. – Proverbs 22:16-16 + Sign up to receive our verse of the day via e-mail

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Ryan Beiler’s Books of the Year

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I may not have school-age kids like Bart Campolo, but this list represents pretty much everything I’ve read this year – as much as I’d like to pretend that these are the “best” of the many many volumes I’ve consumed. […]

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Duane Shank’s Books of the Year

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A Godly Hero, by Michael KazinTo the Mountaintop, by Stewart BurnsFor the Nations, by John Howard YoderThe Conscience of a Liberal, by Paul WellstoneGandhi and Beyond, by David CortrightAt Canaan’s Edge, Taylor Branch Duane Shank is senior policy adviser for […]

Duane Shank: Politicizing Ford’s Passing?

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Judging from your comments, my piece on the passing of former president Gerald Ford seems to have rubbed some people on both sides the wrong way. Some think that by contrasting his decency and honesty to the current administration I […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on Gerald Ford, James Brown, John Edwards candidacy, poverty and obesity, domestic violence, U.S. population at 300 million, human trafficking, Saddam Hussein, Iraq, Somalia, cloned food and select op-eds Sign up to receive our daily news summary […]

Diana Butler Bass’s Books of the Year

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People often ask me what I’m reading. This year, I read a lot of books on politics—and was impressed by a number of important books such as State of Denial, The Looming Tower, and The Audacity of Hope. But my […]

Voice of the Day: Elie Wiesel

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I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. – Elie Wiesel + Sign up […]

Verse of the Day: Pure Religion

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Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. – James 1:27-27 + Sign up to receive our verse of […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on Gerald Ford’s legacy, James Brown’s funeral, the murder rate, Ethiopia-Somalia, Iran, Iraq policy and interfaith dialogueSign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Gerald R. Ford. 38th President Leaves A […]

Becky Garrison: The New Athiests’ Blasphemy Challenge

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While I was doing research on the New Atheism, I had the pleasure (not) of viewing the DVD The God Who Wasn’t There. As expected, the film’s glowing reviews are from atheist Web sites (surprise, surprise). But regardless of one’s […]

Bart Campolo’s Books of the Year

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Much as I love him, the length and depth of McLaren’s list makes me sick. Hey, some of us have school-aged kids over here! Irresistable Revolution, by Shane ClaiborneBlink, by Malcolm GladwellWalking the Dog, by Walter MosleyA Wideness in God’s […]

Voice of the Day: Saint Therese of Lisieux

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What sweet joy to think that the Lord is just, that He takes into account our weakness, and knows perfectly the frailty of our nature. – Saint Therese of Lisieuxfrom “The Little Way for Every Day: Thoughts from Therese of […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Happy are those…’

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Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the […]

Michael Battle’s Books of the Year

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch AlbomThe Life of Pi, by Yann MartelIncidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet JacobsThe Singularity Is Near, by Ray KurzweilParadise Lost, by John Milton Michael Battle is Vice […]

Jim Wallis: Christmas in the Trenches

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We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own Charlie Brown Christmas special, if you will. With the ongoing conflicts raging during each passing year, it remains tragically […]

Jeff Halper: The Occupation is the Issue

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Israeli peace activist Jeff Halper continues his dialogue with Virtual Talmud bloggers, this time responding to Rabbi Eliyahu Stern’s post titled, “Mr. Halper, Please Respond to the Facts.” I’ll start responding to Rabbi Stern by registering my disappointment with the […]

Duane Shank: The Madness Must End

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In order to send more troops to Iraq, the Pentagon is recalling many who have already served one or more tours. The human cost of that policy caught my eye in The Washington Post‘s Metro section this morning. This is […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on Gerald Ford’s death, Darfur, the Ethiopia-Somalia conflict, Iraq, congress, Saddam Hussein, presidential politics, faith and politics, James Brown’s passing, and messages from the archbishop of Canterbury and the PopeSign up to receive our daily news summary […]

Duane Shank: The Best Legacy of Gerald Ford

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“Our long national nightmare is over.” With the news of the passing of former President Gerald R. Ford, I can still hear those words. More than thirty years later, it’s difficult to remember the chaos of 1973-74. A year after […]

Brian McLaren’s Books of the Year

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In 2006 I read so many excellent books, old and new. Here are about 20 of my favorites … in no order of importance: Fiction:The Kite Runner, by Khaled HosseiniThe Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara KingsolverSmall Gods, by Terry PratchettMy Name […]

Voice of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

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Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills, against misery and ignorance, injustice and violence. … Few will have the greatness to […]

Verse of the Day: “The Heart of the Contrite”

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For thus says the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with those who are contrite and humble in spirit, to revive the heart of the […]

Shane Claiborne’s Books of the Year

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This first list is a few books I got into this year and below that, some I carry around all the time. Torture and the Eucharist, by Willam CavanaughAn Ethic for Christians and other Aliens in a Strange Land, by […]

Jim Wallis: Christ’s Divinity Should Inspire Humility, Not Arrogance

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In the continuing The Washington Post/Newsweek online discussion “On Faith,” I was asked: Do you believe that Jesus Christ was the son of God? If so, what exactly does that mean? If not, who was he? My response follows: Yes, […]

Jeff Halper: Untwisting ‘the Truth’

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Jeff Halper continues his dialogue with Virtual Talmud bloggers on the controversy surrounding Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, this time responding to Rabbi Joshua Waxman’s post titled, “Twisting the Truth.” Twisting “the truth”? Since when are polemics (repeating […]

Jeff Halper: Moral Blindness

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Israeli peace activist Jeff Halper continues his dialogue with Virtual Talmud bloggers, this time responding to Rabbi Susan Grossman’s post titled, “Israel’s Good Fences Against Bad Neighbors.” The problem evidenced by Rabbi Grossman’s response is not a disagreement over facts […]

Amy Sullivan’s Books of the Year

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I do enough heavy reading professionally – when I read for pleasure, I’m looking for a good novel, or very entertaining non-fiction. These five are guaranteed beach, holiday, or plane reading: My Fundamentalist Education: A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood, […]

Voice of the Day: Saint Gregory of Nyssa

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“O inexpressible mystery and unheard paradox: the Invisible is seen, the Intangible is touched , the eternal Word becomes accessible to our speech, the Timeless steps into time, the Son of God becomes the Son of Man!” – Saint Gregory […]

Verse of the Day: Peace to All People

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But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the […]

Duane Shank: For Unto Us a Child Is Born

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In the days before this Christmas Day, the so-called “Christmas wars” were again in full swing. Should the clerks at Target say “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas?” Can Christmas trees be displayed in airports and other public places? Can they […]

Voice of the Day: Martin Luther King Jr.

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Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King Jr. + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: “Bless Those Who Persecute You”

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Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to […]

Tony Jones’ Books of the Year

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The Things they Carried, by Tim O’BrienOne Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia MarquezThe Kite Runner, by Khaled HosseiniHow (Not) to Speak of God, by Peter RollinsPhilosophy and Theology, by John D. Caputo Tony Jones is the National Coordinator […]

Tony Campolo: Getting Our Own Microphone

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We Red Letter Christians (Evangelicals who don’t want to be identified with the Religious Right) have long been frustrated by the fact that we haven’t had the means to get out the message of who we are and what we […]

Our Books of the Year

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One of our regular bloggers, Diana Butler Bass, had the great idea to asked the Red Letter Christians group for short lists of their favorite books that they’ve read this year. We’ve gotten a great response and will be sharing […]

Karen McKim: ‘Twas the War Before Christmas

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Fed up with the so-called “War on Christmas” craziness? One of our readers decided to fight back – with poetry: ‘Twas the month before Christmas; with anticipation,I’d prayed to be peaceful, I’d felt adoration. The Good News was soon to […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq, draft machinery to be tested, Iran sanctions,  Iran elections, New Orleans, Giulani, political ads, immigration, the farm bill, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary:Iraq. […]

Deanna Murshed: O Strangled Town of Bethlehem

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“It is unconscionable that Bethlehem should be allowed to die slowly from strangulation.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu When we hear about Bethlehem this Christmas season, what do we imagine? A town far away and frozen in time? Or security walls, […]

Bob Francis: Religious Correctness on the Campus?

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I found Mark C. Taylor’s New York Times op-ed, “The Devoted Student,” interesting but off-base. Students exist who wouldn’t know how to handle a serious intellectual engagement with ideas seemingly hostile to faith. However, though these students exist, I am […]

Voice of the Day: Brother Roger of Taize

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Where would we be today if certain women, men, young people, and also children had not arisen at moments when the human family seemed destined for the worst? They did not say: “Let things take their course!” Beyond the confrontations […]

Verse of the Day: Suffering and Patience

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As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Indeed we call blessed those who showed endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the […]

Ryan Beiler: Conservatives Cash in on the War on Christmas

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We’ve all heard the tired sermon cliches about the real meaning of Christmas being overshadowed by the materialism and commercialism of holiday shopping. Blah Blah Blah. Well, here’s another layer of crass holiday exploitation for you: The very people claiming […]

Jim Wallis: I Read Your Comments Too, And Here’s What I Think

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OK. I’m going to respond to some of the rants in the blog comments. Yes, I read them, and you know who you are. There are also some very insightful comments each week on our blog, but those are not […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq, Iran, fascinating holiday facts, top stories from 2006, minimum wage, Palestine, Africa, Darfur, North Korea, Tom Delay blogs, Taxes, Muslims in Congress, church and sexuality, and select commentaries. Sign up to receive our daily news […]

Voice of the Day: Bayard Rustin

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To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true. – Bayard Rustin Activist for peace and leader of the civil rights movement in America, Rustin is often remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on […]

Verse of the Day: “We Know Love By This”

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We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us – and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a […]

Ryan Beiler: The Sermon on the Mount Actually Works

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After the tsunami devastated Southeast Asia two years ago, I wrote a commentary for Sojourners Jaunary 2005 issue, speculating on what aid for Muslim nations could accomplish: With polls demonstrating the mutual enmity between the U.S. and the Muslim populations, […]

Jim Wallis: Peace on Earth?

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Two months ago, we helped convene a group of 24 evangelical Christian leaders to launch an Evangelicals for Darfur campaign. Full-page ads ran in several national and many local newspapers around the country, along with radio ads. Articles about the […]

Jeff Halper: Yes Virginia, It Is Apartheid

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Beliefnet asked God’s Politics to dialogue with a recent post by one of their Virtual Talmud bloggers, Rabbi Eliyahu Stern, which compared Jimmy Carter with Orthodox Jews who attended Iran’s Holocaust deniers summit: While Carter’s new book is not half […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on an interview with President Bush, Iraq, Iran, Darfur, minimum wage, hunger, homelessness and selct commentaries. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Interview with Pres. Bush. Bush Sees ‘Opportunities’ […]

Voice of the Day: Joyce Hollyday

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Throughout his life Jesus’ response to women was one of compassion and inclusion, a rare posture in his day. He was not afraid to be seen in public with the most marginalized ‘sinners’ – prostitutes, adulteresses, and a woman who […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Trust in the Lord’

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge God, and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6 + Sign up to receive our social justice […]

Jim Wallis: People Will Die Because Bush Won’t Listen

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Colin Powell says we are “losing” the “civil war” in Iraq. In a Sunday morning interview with Bob Schieffer on CBS’s Face The Nation, the former General, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and George Bush’s first Secretary of […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq, the White House, Iran, Palestine, India, health insurance, poverty, crime, and select editorials and op-eds.Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq. Pentagon Cites Success Of Anti-U.S. Forces […]

Voice of the Day: Wendell Berry on peace

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If we are serious about peace, then we must work for it as ardently, seriously, continuously, carefully, and bravely as we have ever prepared for war. – Wendell Berry + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via […]

Verse of the Day: “Christ Is All, And In All”

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But now you must get rid of all such things – anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and […]

Richard Rohr: Humbled by Mystery

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Red Letter Christian Richard Rohr was featured in today’s NPR segment, This I Believe. Here’s a choice nugget, but you can also read or listen to his entire reflection. [M] any religious folks insist on answers that are always true. […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the Episcopal church, Iraq, Gaza, Somalia, health insurance, Congress, faith, politics, nuclear weapons, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Episcopal church. Episcopal Parishes in Virginia […]

Voice of the Day: Menno Simons

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True Christians do not know vengeance. They are the children of peace. Their hearts overflow with peace. Their mouths speak peace, and they walk in the way of peace.- Menno Simons + Sign up to receive our social justice verse […]

Verse of the Day: Loving your neighbor

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Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. – Romans 13:10-10 + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Jim Wallis: Video of Anderson Cooper 360 on ‘What Is a Christian?’

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Jim Wallis joins Anderson Cooper along with Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Rev. Dwight Hopkins, American Baptist minister and professor at University of Chicago Divinity School, as part of a focus on “What Is a Christian: Where […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the U.S. Senate, U.N. General Secretary, diplomacy, U.S. Military, Iran, Children’s health insurance, politics, immigration, Darfur, death penalty, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: U.S. […]

Brian McLaren: The Politics of Joy

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I know this is a “God’s Politics” blog, and I know that this won’t sound very political, but in the end, it sort of is, especially ten days before Christmas. Earlier this week, I was speaking to a group of […]

Voice of the Day: Mother Theresa

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You can find Calcutta anywhere in the world. You only need two eyes to see. Everywhere in the world there are people that are not loved, people that are not wanted nor desired, people that no one will help, people […]

Verse of the Day: The Fruit of the Spirit

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…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against such things. – Galatians 5:22-23 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the senate, malaria summit, Iraq, 2008 election, FEC fines, immigration, income gap, computer games, child abuse, Darfur, and select op-eds and editorials.Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Senator […]

Diana Butler Bass: Beyond Two Party Paradigms

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Last week, I participated in a Washington Post real-time online chat about divisions in the Episcopal Church around issues of church politics, sexual identity, and biblical interpretation – a combustible combination that I typically try to avoid. But the Post […]

Brian McLaren: Three Things You Can Do For Justice In Honduras

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I spent much of the summer of 2006 visiting seven countries in Latin America with theologian Rene Padilla (integral-mission.org). Among the highlights of the trip was my time in Honduras, including a stay with Kurt Ver Beek and his beautiful […]

Voice of the Day: Cesar Chavez

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What do we want the Church to do? We don’t ask for more cathedrals. We don’t ask for bigger churches of fine gifts. We ask for its presence with us, beside us, as Christ among us. We ask the Church […]

Verse of the Day: Jesus calls the sinners

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When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard this, he said to them, “Those who […]

Jim Wallis: Is America a ‘Christian Nation’?

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In my latest contribution to the The Washington Post/Newsweek online discussion “On Faith,” I responded to the following question: Some politically conservative Christians say that America is “a Christian nation,” and at this time of year, with the country saturated […]

Jim Wallis: I Was a Stranger

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Today at Sojourners/Call to Renewal we are convening a significant gathering at an important time. Nearly 50 leaders and key policy staff from national and local churches, and faith-based and community organizations are here to discuss common ground on comprehensive […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq, Israel-nuclear weapons, Darfur, immigration, Iran, minimum wage in Ohio, Ethiopia, Christian shopping, Evangelicals and sexuality, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq. US officer […]

Voice of the Day: Saint Therese of Lisieux

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Jesus does not need books or learned men to instruct souls. He, the Doctor of doctors, teaches without noise of words. I have never heard Him speak, but I know that He is within me. – Saint Therese of LisieuxFrom […]

Verse of the Day: Justice for the Oprressed

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O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek; you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed, so that those from earth may strike terror no more. – […]

Ryan Beiler: Christian Peacemakers Forgive Iraqi Captors Now Facing Trial

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Norman Kember, Harmeet Singh Sooden, and James Loney, the three Christian Peacemaker Team members held by Iraqi militants for 118 days last year have responded to the arrest and trial of their captors much in the way anyone familiar with […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq, nuclear weapons in the mideast, the congressional budget, Annan’s farewell, Darfur, faith and sexuality, Iran, minimum wage in Ohio, Pinochet, and Carter and the mideast. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail […]

Voice of the Day: Martin Luther King Jr.

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction….The chain reaction of evil […]

Verse of the Day: “Forgive One Another”

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Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. – Ephesians 4:31-32 + Sign up […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Congress, Iraq, Darfur, capital punishment, poverty and gender, Afghanistan, politics, forgiveness, religion, passings, and select editorials and op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Congress. GOP Laments Mixed […]

Will Braun: Christian Soldier Returns to Front Lines Unarmed

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On the phone, in between his duties at Schofield Army Barracks in Hawaii, Sergeant Logan Laituri tells me he wants to “live radically for Christ.” Normally I stumble over that sort of fervor – couched, as it is, in terms […]

Voice of the Day: Margaret Silf on prayer

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Prayer has a life of its own. If we could define it today, that definition would have moved and changed by tomorrow. Prayer is a living relationship that can never be pinned down and analyzed; prayer is a breath of […]

Verse of the Day: hearing God speak

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Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the Iraq study group, Bush-Blair meeting, Mid-east, New Orleans, congress, global poverty, Somalia, Sudan-Darfur, Biotech food, religion, forgiveness, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq […]

Voice of the Day: William Lloyd Garrison

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I have need to be on fire. I have icebergs to melt. – William Lloyd Garrison + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: “Love One Another”

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“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. […]

Jim Wallis: Iraq Study Group: Another Dose of Reality

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The Iraq Study Group finally released its long awaited report to Washington’s political leaders and the American public, clearly stating that the “current approach” on U.S. Iraq policy is “not working.” And the report calls for “major changes.” Using what […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the Iraq Study Group, select editorials, the Defense Secretary, Congress, the war in Iraq, Judaism and same-sex unions, poverty, Somalia, and Biblical archeology. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news […]

Voice of the Day: Betty Williams

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We are deeply, passionately dedicated to the cause of nonviolence, to the force of truth and love, to soul-force. To those who say that we are naive, utopian idealists, we say that we are the only realists, and that those […]

Verse of the Day: ‘The wicked draw the sword’

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The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to kill those who walk uprightly; their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. – Psalms 37:14-15 + Sign […]

Jim Wallis: Reality Has Set In

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In yesterday’s confirmation hearing of Robert Gates, an extraordinary exchange took place. Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), who will become chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee in the next Congress, asked Gates: “Do you believe that we are currently winning […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on the new Defense Secretary, the Iraq Study Group, congress, D.C. voting rights, Darfur, inequality, and select opinion articles Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Defense Secretary. Senate Panel […]

Voice of the Day: Joan Chittister

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It is in community that we come to see God in the other. It is in community that we see our own emptiness filled up. It is community that calls me beyond the pinched horizons of my own life, my […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Happy are those’

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Happy are those who consider the poor; the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble. The Lord protects them and keeps them alive; they are called happy in the land. You do not give them up to the will […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on Iraq, the United Nations, British nuclear submarines, school integration, politics, congress, the Mideast, and select opinion articlesSign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq. Maliki challenges `civil war’ label […]

Alice Scott-Ferguson: Hope for an End to Hostilities

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The animus between the traditional (complementarian) and the egalitarian views of women’s roles shows little signs of abating. The polarized positions on issues such as whether a woman should submit to her husband, whether she is allowed to preach, or […]

Voice of the Day: John Stott

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Is it not almost unbelievable that the Creator, on whose freedom and power we all depend, should allow himself to be bound, and to lie in helpless weakness in the straw? – John Stott + Sign up to receive our […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Whoever wishes to become great’

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[B]ut whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to […]

Ryan Beiler: Even Stratfor Believes in a ‘Solid Coalition’ of Social Justice Evangelicals

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with them, Stratfor is a highly unfluential consulting firm known in some circles as the “shadow CIA.” At the very least, they’re anything but apologists for progressive Christianity. But here’s their most recent […]

Randy Woodley: Missions Still ‘Kill the Indian to Save the Man’

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I recently spoke and taught at a Christian college in Pennsylvania during their annual missions week. The students took the challenge from a Native American well and they asked some very good questions. I was impressed at their engagement with […]

Jim Wallis: Working Together

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On Friday, I wrote about the invitation from Sen. Harry Reid to speak on the Democrat’s weekly radio address and the difficult decision it presented. I said that I value my independence and non-partisanship, and didn’t want to be perceived […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on John Bolton’s resignation, congress, school integration, Iraq, Venezuela, Mideast, Jim Wallis radio address, AIDS conference, and faith-based initiatives Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: News Alert U.N. Ambassador […]

Jim Wallis: We Need Greater Moral Leadership (Audio and Transcript)

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Following is the text of the radio address I wrote about in yesterday’s blog, which was broadcast this morning. + Download audio of the radio address I’m Jim Wallis, author of God’s Politics. I was surprised and grateful when Senate […]

Voice of the Day: Beyers Naude

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Every day that I live becomes more meaningful, more fulfilled, and, for me, much more enriching. Time is too short, so I’ve discovered, for all the tremendous revelations of the love of God which he has given to me—new insights, […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Contentment’

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Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. […]

Ryan Beiler: He’ll Always Be My President of the Christian Coalition

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If you didn’t read this entire ABC News report, you’d think ex-president-elect of the Christian Coalition Rev. Joel Hunter was reading straight from God’s Politics. Check out these quotes: He’s compassionate: “I wanted for us to do in the political […]

Jim Wallis: Speaking to America

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Wednesday morning, my phone rang, and on the other end of the line was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In an unprecedented invitation, he asked if I would speak to the nation in the Democrat’s weekly radio broadcast this Saturday. […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on Iraq, politics, voting rights, the Episcopal Church, AIDS, the Middle East, minimum wage, Barack Obama and Rick Warren, and prisons Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq. Iraq […]

Becky Garrison: Who’s Steering the Christian Coalition’s Ship?

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I began writing for The Wittenburg Door in 1994, the same year that then Christian Coalition chairman Ralph Reed orchestrated the Republican takeover of Congress. The spiritual sparks that flew between the Clinton White House and his Religious Right adversaries […]

Becky Garrison: Selling the Nativity

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Like many journalists and Christian clergy, I had the privilege of watching a screening of The Nativity Story prior to the film’s national opening on December 1, 2006. Yes, this movie is Hallmark-y as all get out, and at times […]

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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 ...

posted 10:11:56am Oct. 16, 2007 | read full post »

Verse of the Day: 'peace to the far and the near'
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 ...

posted 9:35:01am Oct. 16, 2007 | read full post »

Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)
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