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Duane Shank: Support the Troops

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Several weeks ago, David Cortright wrote about a petition being circulated by active duty and Guard and Reserve service members who are opposed to the war in Iraq. Now, the Appeal for Redress is gaining mainstream news coverage. Last Sunday, […]

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Becky Garrison: Bathroom Humor

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This bathroom evangelism clip is from the January/February 2007 issue of Outreach magazine. This material is better than any religious satire I could pen – sometimes truth is funnier than fiction. On a slightly more serious note, in this same […]

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Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on regional diplomacy, immigration, church-state, stock market, Iraq, appeal for redress, terrorism, homelessness, Darfur, civil rights. and sexualization in the media. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Stock market. […]

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Voice of the Day: Obery M. Hendericks, Jr.

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In essence, what Jesus imparted to his disciples was that they must strive for true justice on earth as in heaven, as their righteous service to God; that they must honor God by doing indiscriminate justice, by lifting up “the […]

Verse of the Day: Unjust Judgement

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You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbor. – Leviticus 19:15-15 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of […]

Bill McKibben: The Gospel Versus Global Warming

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I have a lot of heroes, but Cal DeWitt is high on the list. Before anyone else, he was at work building the religious environmental movement in this country, and he has never wavered – the fact that evangelical leaders […]

Ryan Beiler: Your Comments on Walking the Sensitivity Tightrope

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I’ve attempted to distill the most helpful elements from the rather heated comments on Tony Jones’ post on Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, much of which focused on this sentence: “I’m skeptical of a religion that admonishes its adherents to wear […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Afghanistan, Iran, Genocide-Darfur, Genocide-Bosnia, Iraq, children’s health insurance, presidential politics, working and the poor, Jesus tomb???, immigration and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Afghanistan. Blast […]

Verse of the Day: Precious are the Needy in His Sight.

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For [a king] delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their […]

Voice of the Day: Biersdorf on Prayer as an Act of Love.

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As an act of love, prayer is a courageous act. It is a risk we take. It is a life-and-death risk, believing in the promises of the gospel, that God’s love is indeed operative in the world. In prayer we […]

Jim Wallis: ‘Constantinianism of the Left?’

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My friend Chuck Gutenson, professor at Asbury Theological Seminary, has written an excellent piece – “Constantinianism of the Left?” – on his Imitatio Christi blog. He explains the history and meaning of the term “Constantinianism”: In 313, the emperor Constantine, […]

Tony Jones: Three Choices in Pluralism

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Last week, I caused a bit of a dust-up by wondering aloud about Mitt Romney’s LDS faith, including an admittance of my own ignorance about particular practices and beliefs therein. It seems to me that Romney has been less that […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Children’s Health Insurance, Povert, Iraq, Iran Presidential politics, slavery, Church-state, North Korea, Sudan, Venezuela, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Childrens Health Insurance. Governors Worry […]

Verse of the Day: Admonition for Acts of Injustice

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Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, “When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat […]

Voice of the Day: N.T. Wright on Non-Violence

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To a nation bent on violence, anyone who claims to be speaking for God’s kingdom and who advocates non-violent means as the way to it is making a very deep and dangerous political statement. – N.T. WrightFrom “The New Testament […]

Jeff Carr: Two Different Histories

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Yesterday we had a meeting at the Iranian Foreign Ministry headquarters, in some of the most beautiful and historic buildings I have ever visited. I wish I were able to send a picture to show you all the beautiful architecture […]

Rose Marie Berger: Catholic Womenpriests?

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“Rocking the Boat,” on the ordination of Catholic women in the March 2007 issue of Sojourners magazine, was an article I’ve been wanting to write for years. The ceremony was held by the international organization Roman Catholic Womenpriests, which has […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iran, Iraq- in the Senate and on the home front-, immigration, East Africa, and New Orleans. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iran. Iran’s nuclear effort in high […]

Verse of the Day: Mercy, Judgement and Forgiveness

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. […]

Voice of the Day: Faithful and Courageous

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Those called by God to proclaim the good news need to be both faithful and courageous. Our prophetic call, however, does not come without a cost. Managing the enmity of foes and friends requires a teachable spirit and contentment with […]

Jeff Carr: How Do You Know Someone Until You Talk?

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We have been keeping quite a schedule here in Iran, meeting with various religious leaders, government officials, and visiting historic and cultural sites. We have had two dialogue sessions with Muslim clerics in the last two days, both of which […]

Joy Carroll Wallis: Walking With Jesus Through the Wilderness

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On Friday, Jim and I are hoping to take Luke to see the new movie Amazing Grace, which tells the story of William Wilberforce, John Newton, and the overcoming of the slave trade in Britain. It seems that Lent is […]

Ryan Beiler: After Mardi Gras, Make Your Gulf Coast Pilgrimage

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Adam Taylor recently reflected on his “Pilgrimage to the Lower Ninth Ward,” and I’ve been wanting to tell my own story since October, but the timing has never seemed quite right. Now, with Black History Month coming to a close, […]

Verse of the Day: Justice

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You shall not follow a majority in wrongdoing; when you bear witness in a lawsuit, you shall not side with the majority so as to pervert justice; nor shall you be partial to the poor in a lawsuit. – Exodus […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq-National Guard, British troops,- immigration, Iran, democratic candidates, immigration, Menchu to run for president, hunger, Wilberforce movie, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-British troops […]

Voice of the Day: John Dear on Nonviolence

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Nonviolence confronts systematic injustice with active love, but refuses to retaliate with further violence under any circumstances. In order to halt the vicious cycles of violence, it requires a willing acceptance of suffering and death rath than inflicting suffering or […]

Jim Wallis: Let’s Clear the Air

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Kos, you have responded to my post on the Left and religion from yesterday by saying, “Huh?” I have no idea what Wallis is talking about. Isn’t his point exactly what I wrote? Maybe I’m missing something, but it’s as […]

Diana Butler Bass: Giving Up Lent for Lent

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This week, Christians around the world begin Lent – the 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and repentance leading to Easter. In seminary, one of my friends eagerly awaited his yearly celebration of Lent, calling it his “favorite church season.” Since […]

Tony Jones: Honest Questions for Mitt Romney

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OK, I’ll be honest. I’m ambivalent about Mormonism, and, be it Mitt Romney or any other Mormon, I’m ambivalent about the idea of voting for a Mormon. And I’ll bet that a lot of Christians, if they’re honest too, agree […]

Verse of the Day: Fasting

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Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with […]

Voice of the Day: Elder Joseph the Hesychast

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The helping of others, the giving of alms, and all external goods don’t calm the arrogance of the heart. Humility of the mind, the pain of repentence and the breaking of the will, however, humble the proud spirit. -Elder Joseph […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news from Iran, homelessness, Iraq-UK troops, and Dems-, Anglicans, Libby trial, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Anglicans. After Anglican meeting, Episcopal Church on notice – “Holding […]

Jeff Carr: Welcome to Iran

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We arrived in Tehran, Iran, at 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning, nearly 24 hours after we left Washington, D.C. In some ways, the long distance and the considerable time needed to get to Iran is symbolic of just how far […]

Ryan Beiler: With a Little Help from Our Friends

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Apparently there was something about Jim’s tone in his last post that struck a nerve within the progressive faith blogosphere. From Pastor Dan: …there’s a whole constellation of faithful people in the netroots who have been working these issues out […]

Jim Wallis: Dear Kos, Can the Left Stop Shooting Itself in the Foot?

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Dear Kos, I read your piece, Religion, values, and politics, and liked a lot of what you said. But I have a few responses to it. You and I have discussed this before, and you are clearly not attacking religion […]

Video: Jim Wallis on Tucker Carlson

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Also, watch the panel discussion with Pat Buchanan and Peter Fenn that follows Jim’s interview – he and his ideas are mentioned several times:

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the Mideast, arms control, war and rural America, Anglicans, Iraq, Iran, VP Cheney, immigration and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Anglicans. Anglicans Rebuke U.S. Branch […]

Voice of the Day Howard Thurman

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Whatever may be the tensionsand the stresses of a particular day,there is always lurking close at handthe trailing beautyof forgotten joyor unremembered peace. – Howard Thurmanfrom Meditations of the Heart.+ Sign up to receive our quote of the day via […]

Verse of the Day: Anger and Judgement

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You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not murder”; and “whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.” But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you […]

Jim Wallis: A Revival for Justice

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Jim Wallis recently wrote a column for Time magazine declaring, “The Religious Right’s Era Is Over.” Read the full article on Time.com (where at the time of this posting it was their #2 most popular article), but here are some […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq-House and Senate, poverty-, Anglican Church, Mideast, Iran, minimum wage, presidential campaign, and the religion gap.Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-Senate. Senate Rejects Renewed Effort to Debate […]

Verse of the Day: Excelling in Genuine Love

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Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. I do not say this as a command, but I […]

Voice of the Day: Martin Luther King Jr.

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A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. – Martin Luther King Jr. + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via […]

Jeff Carr: An Open Letter to Bush about Iran

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As we continue our preparations for our delegation’s trip to Iran, one of my Mennonite colleagues (director of the MCC Washington Office and member of my local church), Daryl Byler, has written an Open Letter to President Bush about our […]

Jim Wallis: Covenantal vs. Recreational Sexuality

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This latest contribution to The Washington Post/Newsweek On Faith online discussion responds to the question: “Why do you think some religions have regarded sex as sacred while others have regarded it as a sin?” Well, that’s a funny way to […]

Jeff Carr: What Would You Ask Iran’s President?

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As I mentioned on Wednesday, I will be participating in a delegation of 13 religious leaders who will be leaving tomorrow, Feb. 17, for a trip to Iran. Our delegation, which is being led by Mennonites and Quakers, will be […]

Voice of the Day: Meaning Beyond Self

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To find and acknowledge one’s goal and meaning in life as something beyond oneself, beyond one’s own survival, is to experience liberation from the crushing burden of that desperate fear of death. – Monika K. Hellwig, from Jesus: The Compassion […]

Becky Garrison: Re-evaluating the Rapture

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Following my interview with “Left Behind” author Jerry Jenkins for The Wittenburg Door, I was placed on Jerry’s press list. Just about every time some apocalyptic action transpired albeit in modern day Babylon (Iraq), Israel or Louisiana, I’d get a […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the lastest reports on Afghanistan, climate change, Iran, Iraq in the Senate and House, the Mideast, Sudan, nuclear treaty with Russia, children’s health insurance, and Anglican talks Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Remember the Poor’

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For [God] who worked through Peter making him an apostle to the circumcised also worked through me in sending me to the Gentiles, and when James and Cephas and John, who were acknowledged pillars, recognized the grace that had been […]

Jim Wallis: Christian Churches Together – Finally

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I want to alert our whole constituency to a development of major importance. Since 2001, a conversation has been quietly taking place among American church leaders from all of our church families about what it would take to come together […]

Rose Marie Berger: Gender Jihad

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Asra Nomani and I have a “e-relationship.” I first heard about her in 2003 when she and her mother, Sajida, entered their mosque in Morgantown, West Virginia, by the front door and prayed in the same room with men. By […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on child welfare, Iraq, U.S. prisons, Iran, 2007 budget, Libby trial, Darfur, and global warming. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Child welfare. U.S., Britain fare poorly in children […]

Voice of the Day: Wendell Berry

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…[W]hatever we do counts. If we do not serve what coheres and endures, we serve what disintegrates and destroys. – Wendell Berryexcerpt from Wendell Berry’s essay “Two Economies.” + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: Justice and Righteousness

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Shall one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn one who is righteous and mighty, who says to a king, “You scoundrel!” and to princes, “You wicked men!”; who shows no partiality to nobles, nor regards the rich more than […]

Jim Wallis: Just the Facts

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The neo-cons running this administration’s foreign policy are like most ideologues. Rather than allowing the facts to determine a course of action, they have their predetermined opinions and then shape the evidence to match. On Sunday, a group of anonymous […]

Jeff Carr: Words, Not War, with Iran

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It’s been in the works for quite some time, but yesterday we announced my participation in a delegation of 13 religious leaders who will be leaving this coming Saturday, February 17, for a trip to Iran. Our delegation, which is […]

Bill McKibben: Global Warming Protests Get Creative

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In mid-January, a few of us launched a Web site: stepitup07.org. We didn’t have a big group behind us, and we didn’t have any money – just an idea, that the time had finally come for Americans to move past […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iran, Libby trial, climate change, Iraq-Congress, Romney announces candidacy, North Korea, immigration, church-state, and select op-eds.Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-Congress. House Begins Debate On War – […]

Voice of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

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We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder cloud, and the […]

Verse of the Day: Seek and Rejoice in the Lord

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Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; […]

Tony Campolo: Are Evangelicals Fixated on Homosexuality?

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Sigmund Freud would have something to say about the ways in which we evangelicals seem to be fixated on homosexuality. That fixation became abundantly clear to me recently when I was doing radio interviews upon the publication of my most […]

Voice of the Day: Alvin Alexi Currier

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Because Jesus’ teachings are so challenging and radical, it is much more comfortable to focus on a quiet, private, personal relationship with him than it is to follow his teachings that call for a public prophetic witness. – Alvin Alexi […]

Elizabeth Palmberg: When is a Genocide Not a Genocide?

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Last week, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Andrew Natsios told an audience at Georgetown University that, at present, “the term genocide is counter to the facts of what is really occurring in Darfur.” What part of the ongoing, ethnically-targeted rape, […]

Adam Taylor: A Pilgrimage to the Lower Ninth Ward

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This past week I stood with hundreds of black clergy as the sun rose over a memorial site constructed in the lower 9th Ward to honor the thousands of lives that were lost in the waters of Katrina. The vigil […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on North Korea, Iraq- Congress, strategy-, health insurance, Iran, politics- presidential, climate change, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: North Korea. N. Korea Agrees to Nuclear […]

Verse of the Day: Pursuing Righteousness Rather than Riches

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But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and […]

Brian McLaren: Advice for Barack Obama

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Thanks for entering the 2008 presidential race. I know a lot of people feel as I do: After several elections where we felt we were left to choose between tired and uninspiring candidates with little fresh to offer except new […]

Ryan Beiler: Does God Hate?

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Several readers responded strongly to the title of Jim’s post a while back: God Hates Inequality (also featured in SojoMail). Here’s a representative example: I was very disappointed to read an email from Sojourners that began with the phrase “God […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq-Congress, veterans-, Iran-weapons, nuclear program-, Obama announces presidential campaign, Arab tensions, North Korea, Putin accuses U.S., Harvard’s first woman president, Episcopal church, Hungry in Ohio, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary […]

Voice of the Day: Jelalludin Rumi

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Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to.Don’t try to see through the distances. That’s not for human beings.Move within, but don’t move the way fear makes you move. – Jelalludin Rumi+ Sign up to receive our quote of […]

Verse of the Day: Faithfulness and Righteousness

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Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. – Psalms 85:10-11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse […]

Diana Butler Bass: Paying Respects to Anna Nicole Smith

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I hope it isn’t entirely frivolous to take note of the untimely death of Anna Nicole Smith – although I suspect some God’s Politics readers might think it odd for a Christian blogger to pay respect to the passing of […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on health insurance, Iraq-prewar intelligence, war, Congress- Palestine, Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, Sudan, Africa advocacy, Libby trial and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-war. Signs of […]

Voice of the Day: Vandana Shiva

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Through everyday actions, on everyday issues, we are creating living economies, living democracies, and living cultures. Diversity alliances, cooperation, and persistence are our strengths. Service, support, and solidarity are our means. Justice, human freedom, dignity, and ecoligical survival are our […]

Verse of the Day: When the Poor and Needy are Thirsty

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When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare […]

Rose Marie Berger: Texans that Molly Ivins Would Love

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It’s not fair that we lost the brilliant political wit of Molly Ivins at a time when we need her the most. But, when one of us goes on ahead into the bluebonnet fields of the Lord, the rest of […]

Verse of the Day: What We Have

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For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is […]

Jim Wallis: Time For the New Abolitionists

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In a new book being released this week – NOT for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade – and How We Can Fight It – my friend and colleague David Batstone turns a spotlight on one of the […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq-Congress, war, resistance -, Iran, family policy, the budget, North Korea, Columbia, Libby trial, Sudan divestment, predatory lending, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-war. […]

Voice of the Day: Mother Teresa

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Every act of love is an act of peace, no matter how small. – Mother Teresa + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Ryan Beiler: Am I a Pro-Cancer PC Thug?

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Okay, I may be a PC thug. I care less about good intentions – and more about the effects on the targets of those intentions. Not only am I offended when well-meaning white people patronizingly and redundantly call highly-educated black […]

Duane Shank: A ‘Demonic Destructive Suction Tube’

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The administration’s FY 2008 budget was delivered to Congress yesterday. Depending on who’s counting and what their definitions are, the total for “security” spending – including the Defense Department base budget, Homeland Security budget, Iraq/Afghanistan war budget, and an additional […]

Jim Wallis: An Evangelical ‘Tipping Point’ on Global Warming

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This latest contribution to The Washington Post/Newsweek On Faith online discussion responds to the question: International scientists have raised a new alarm about the dangers of global warming. Should care for the environment be a major priority for people of […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the budget, U.S. troop deaths, immigrants, court martial, Iraq-Senate, Palestine, Iran, Lebanon, politics, inequality, Sudan, Africa, religion in China, death penalty, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full […]

Verse of the Day: “Great is the Lord!”

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May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!” As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

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The big question, however, is the validity of the protest as communication. Is the current protest making any real headway in re-educating us, in giving us a new attitude toward war? Or is it simply an outlet for the indignation, […]

Ryan Beiler: Speaking of ‘Articulate…’

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If you didn’t read my post on Sen. Biden’s blunder last week, you can read Sunday’s New York Times‘ version of it in an article, “The Racial Politics of Speaking Well.” Based on conversations with a number of black public […]

Rose Marie Berger: Poetry and the Language of War

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E. Ethelbert Miller, who has been called “Washington D.C.’s unofficial poet laureate,” recently interviewed Melissa Tuckey, a poet and activist involved in DC Poets Against the War. (I was lucky to have a poem published in the first edition of […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq, Iran, the budget, another candidate-Giuliani, and select Op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Budget. Bush Plan Reins In Domestic Spending – “President Bush took aim at […]

Verse of the Day: “A Stronghold in Times of Trouble”

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[The Lord] judges the world with righteousness; [and] the peoples with equity. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O […]

Voice of the Day: Anne Lamott

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How much longer am I going to think about my hair more often than about things in the world that matter? – Anne Lamottfrom “Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith”+ Sign up to receive our quote of the day via […]

Jim Wallis: A Proud Moment in Super Bowl History

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“I tell you what, I’m proud to be representing African-American coaches, to be the first African-American coach to win this.” So said Tony Dungy, coach of the now-NFL-champion Indianapolis Colts, after winning the Super Bowl in a Miami monsoon rain. […]

Jim Wallis: Revolutionary Prayer

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This latest contribution to the Washington Post/Newsweek On Faith online discussion responds to the question: What is prayer? Do you pray? If so to whom and for what? Yes, I pray. But there are many misunderstandings about prayer. For many, […]

Elizabeth Palmberg: The Self-Fufilling Prophecy of Bad Government

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This New York Times article is about how the government, trying to solve the problem that it is being swindled by iffy contractors, hired an iffy contractor – one that had been contracted to supply interrogators to Abu Ghraib. No, […]

Jeff Halper: The ‘New Anti-Semitism’

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From Matthew Yglesias: The New York Times reports “Essay Linking Liberal Jews and Anti-Semitism Sparks a Furor”. The essay is by David Harris. The publisher is the American Jewish Committee. To be flip about it, the defining characteristic of the […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the federal budget, the Superbowl, Iraq-Senate, new strategy, intelligence estimate, refugees-, President and Dems, Dem candidates, GI resistance, Iran, Middle East, and the working poor. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » […]

Verse of the Day: “Rich in Faith”

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Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love [God]? But you have dishonored […]

Voice of the Day: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Those who would learn to serve must first learn to think little of themselves…Only those who live by the forgiveness of their sin in Jesus Christ will think little of themselves in the right way. They will know that their […]

Jim Wallis: Remembering Molly Ivins

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I don’t know how many of you ever read the columns or books written by Molly Ivins. She died this week, after a long bout with breast cancer. Molly was a feisty, irreverent, no-nonsense, characteristically confrontational, and highly intelligent force […]

Noel Castellanos: We Can’t Ignore Our Immigrant Neighbors

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If there was ever a time to pray and work for the shalom (or well being) of our nation, it is now. As the people of God – his church – we are being challenged to examine our hearts and […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on minimum wage, immigration, Iraq – Congress, military, intelligence estimate-, Iran, education, global warming, and religion. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Minimum wage. Senate Adds Tax Breaks To […]

Voice of the Day: Paul Brand

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A troubling phenomenon recurs among young Christians reared in solid homes and sound churches. After living their early years as outstanding examples of Christian faith, many become spiritual dropouts. Did they fail because they concentrated on the exterior, visible Christian […]

Verse of the Day: “Standing at the Right Hand of the Needy”

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With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord; I will praise [God] in the midst of the throng. For [the Lord] stands at the right hand of the needy, to save them from those who would condemn […]

Ryan Beiler: Your Comments, and Biden on The Daily Show

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I knew I was asking for it by writing a post about choosing one’s words carefully. One reader hit the nail mostly on the head, while making a general appeal for fairness: Well isn’t the key whether it is the […]

Ryan Beiler: Who’s Articulate? Who’s Mainstream?

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I woke up to the NPR report this morning that Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Joseph Biden had shot himself in the rhetorical foot with the following remarks in an interview with The New York Observer: I mean, you got the […]

Jim Wallis: God Hates Inequality

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On Tuesday, following the Senate vote for cloture on minimum wage legislation, Jim Wallis joined Sen. Edward Kennedy, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Sen. Tom Harkin, and religious leaders in a press conference. This post is adapted from his remarks. The final […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the Iraq-Senate, war, rebuilding-, income inequality, farm bill, Iran, Libby trial, Biden, Immigration, EITC, and passing of Molly Ivins. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-Senate. Senators Unite […]

Verse of the Day: Jesus, as Servant Leader

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You call me Teacher and Lord – and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set […]

Voice of the Day: Stanley Hauerwas

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What we call church is often a conspiracy of cordiality. Pastors learn to pacify rather than preach to their Ananiases and Sapphiras. We say we do it out of “love.” Usually, we do it as a means of keeping everyone […]

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Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)
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