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April 2007 Archives

Chuck Gutenson: Is Universal Healthcare Unbiblical?

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The question of universal healthcare is shaping up to be a rather serious focus in this election cycle. With costs out of control and each year seeing more and more of us without access to affordable health insurance or health […]

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Soong-Chan Rah: Shame and Anger

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The dust has settled. Most – if not all – of the cameras and the national media have vacated Blacksburg, Virginia. America, and even the Virginia Tech campus, seems to be trying to move on. There’s a presidential race to […]

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Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Darfur, Iran, Immigration, Iraq, Africa-US military, Colombia, US-India nuclear deal, Episcopal church, faith-Barak Obama, faith- Rev James Forbes, Tenet book, and select commentaries. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news […]

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Voice of the Day: Elizabeth O’Connor

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It is not what happens to us in any day that gives content to our lives, but whether or not we let its experience sink into us. … It is one of the highest powers given to anyone. In reflection […]

Verse of the Day: “The Last Will be First”

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Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, […]

Rev. Gabriel Salguero: My Living Paradox

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After preaching at an evangelical conference for young Latino/a ministers in Florida some time ago, someone asked me, “Gabriel, how would you define yourself?” This question certainly has a myriad of answers but considering the context of my surroundings I […]

Jim Rice: Peggy Noonan on Scaring Our Children

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Peggy Noonan, a special assistant and speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, isn’t exactly my favorite pundit, but she’s right on in her OpinionJournal.com column today on the effect on children of our cultural propensity toward in-your-face violence. […]

Rose Marie Berger: Write to a Soldier?

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I’ve gotten a couple of requests from people wanting to know how to contact soldiers. Manhattanville College in New York has a really good My Soldier Program that matches civilians and active duty soldiers for letter exchanges and support. Manhattanville […]

Jim Wallis: Helpers and Heroes

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When tragedies such as last week’s shooting at Virginia Tech happen, the media pay a lot of attention to the horrible facts, the deaths of so many innocents, the profiles of their lives, and, of course, the suffering of their […]

Bob Francis: Can You Help Me Find the Free and Independent Press?

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Bill Moyers Journal aired a great program Wednesday night called “Buying the War,” a commentary asking how the mainstream press got Iraq and the question about WMDs so wrong in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion. You can click here […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on Iraq and Congress, the Democratic debate, climate change, missiles in Europe, family, and abortion Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-Congress. Senate Passes Bill Seeking Iraq Exit; Veto […]

Verse of the Day: Lukewarm Works

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I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. For […]

Voice of the Day: Water

posted by gp_intern

Water … has an enormous range of meanings for us as human beings. Our bodies are mostly water, and our thirst reminds us to replenish that water. We are born from the waters of the womb, and something about a […]

Jim Wallis: Taking the Vision to the Streets

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I want to personally invite you to Washington, D.C., on June 3-6 to participate in Pentecost 2007: Taking the Vision to the Streets. I’m asking you to come because this is not just another conference: This will be an important […]

Mairead Corrigan Maguire: Nobel Peace Laureate Shot with Israeli Rubber-coated Steel Bullet

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Violence by terrorist groups has caused great suffering for Israelis, and has served as the rationale for many of Israel’s most restrictive policies regarding Palestinians. For that reason, it is all the more important to hear stories of Palestinians and […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq-Congress, Latinos and religion, Iran, McCain announces campaign, deomcractic debate, climate change, Somalia, housing loans, abortion, Christianity around the world, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news […]

Verse of the Day: “The Lord is Their Refuge”

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Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon the Lord? There they shall be in great terror, for God is with the company of the righteous. You […]

Voice of the Day: Eugene H. Peterson

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Be still and know. Civilization is littered with unsolved problems, baffling impasses. The best minds of the world are at the end of their tether. The most knowledgeable observers of our condition are badly frightened. The most relevant contribution that […]

Diana Butler Bass: ‘Elaborate Lies’

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Two events this week should cause all Christians to stop and consider the relationship between truth and war. Both the congressional hearings in the Tillman/Lynch cases and the Bill Moyers PBS special about the media and Iraq point out one […]

Tony Campolo: Religious Leaders Propose a Way Out of Iraq

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Charles De Gaulle once said that politics is far too serious to be left in the hands of politicians. I agree! The politicians in Washington are painfully divided over what should be done about the war in Iraq. The Republicans […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on housing discrimination, abortion, aid for Africa, Iraq- Congress, Iraq-war, Darfur, worker safety, nuclear weapons, Ethiopia, education, poverty, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-Congress. Bush, […]

Voice of the Day: Frederick D Haynes III

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Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated as the Dreamer. He was more than a dreamer, however; he was a visionary who drum-majored a liberation parade that challenged and changed the status quo. He was not killed for dreaming. He was […]

Verse of the Day: Turning Against the Needy

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Surely one does not turn against the needy, when in disaster they cry for help. Did I not weep for those whose day was hard? Was not my soul grieved for the poor? But when I looked for good, evil […]

Nontando Hadebe: Where is Christ in Zimbabwe’s Crisis?

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The crisis in Zimbabwe has become the crisis of the church. How can we, as Christians and Zimbabweans, be the church in this context? When the apostle Paul describes the church in 1 Corinthians 12, he uses the metaphor of […]

Elizabeth Palmberg: Down on the Farm?

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Don’t think the farm bill (currently up for its 5-year revamp) affects you? As this handy article by Michael Pollan points out, the farm bill is really an eater’s bill, and the current setup is fanning the flames of the […]

Verse of the Day: Good and Bad Fruit

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No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good […]

Voice of the Day: Naim Ateek

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It is part of the genius of the Bible that it preserved a record both of the good and of the bad. – Naim Ateek from “Justice, and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation”+ Sign up to receive our […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on Iraq and Congress, Iran, the minimum wage, Virginia Tech, Darfur, abortion, trafficking, capital punishment, George McGovern, and the passing of Boris Yeltsin Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Christianity Today Challenges Dobson’s Hard Line

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Readers of this blog already know about the letter from James Dobson, et al., attacking Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals for his activism on global warming. Bloggers Brian McLaren, Lyndsay Moseley, Bill McKibben, and Randall Balmer all […]

Senator Tim Mathern: Red State Passes Peace Resolution

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I’ve been told that some Americans can’t find North Dakota on the map. We can be considered backward (like some of the folks in the movie Fargo), which is untrue. Our state legislature recently passed North Dakota’s own Peace Resolution […]

Francis Ng’ambi: A Sabbath Year in Africa

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I come from South Africa. I’m working for the Economic Justice Network, which is a network of church organizations in 11 countries. We are working on debt, development, aid, and trade. This year is going to be a special year […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on Iraq and Congress, nuclear weapons, sanctions, Virginia Tech, infant death rate, Congress and the budget, presidential politics, values-based investing, and select editorials and opinion pieces Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » […]

Voice of the Day: James Baldwin

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Time catches up with kingdoms and crushes them, gets its teeth into doctrines and rends them; time reveals the foundations on which any kingdom rests, and eats at those foundations, and it destroys doctrines by proving them to be untrue. […]

Verse of the Day: ‘The spoil of the poor’

posted by gp_intern

The Lord rises to argue his case; he stands to judge the peoples. The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of the people: It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is […]

Jim Wallis: Abortion – From Symbol to Substance

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In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a congressional ban on the procedure called “partial birth abortion,” the first time a specific abortion procedure has been banned. “Pro-life” forces are claiming a great victory, and “pro-choice” advocates […]

Adam Taylor: For God’s Sake, Save Darfur! End the Politics of Delay

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A recent survey showed that 59 percent of all Americans know “a lot” or “some” about the conflict in Darfur, compared to levels reported in 2004, when only 14 percent said they were familiar with the conflict. This shift has […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Comic Relief

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On Monday, in my homage to Kurt Vonnegut, I affirmed his assertion that: Laughs are exactly as honorable as tears. Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion, to the futility of thinking and striving anymore. I myself […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq, gun control, DC voting rights, Virginia Tech, the attorney general, abortion, Congress, Iran, Columbia, religious worker visas, and selct op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq. […]

Verse of the Day: “Speak Out For Those Who Cannot Speak”

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Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all 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 […]

Voice of the Day: Vandana Shiva

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We can make the power of those who exploit us irrelevant… Choose to know the truth about global struggles, and live in a way that supports a just alternative. – Vandana Shivafrom the 2002 World Social Forum + Sign up […]

Jim Wallis: ‘No One Deserves a Tragedy’

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Monday morning in Blacksburg, Virginia, 32 students and staff at Virginia Tech were killed in the largest single shooting in modern American history. The shooter, an angry and disturbed young man, then killed himself. Looking at the profiles of the […]

Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper: Worship in a Time of Catastrophe

posted by gp_intern

When a gun gets loose on a Virginia campus, or a high school rampage occurs in Colorado; when a building blows up in Oklahoma City, or a plane hits a tower in Manhattan – people follow their horror and disbelief […]

Shane Claiborne: When Violence Kills Itself

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I’ve always heard the old adage, “violence is a weapon of the weak.” But after events like the Virginia Tech massacre, it’s easy to think that violence has ultimate power. After all, we’ve learned history through the lens of war. […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on abortion ruling, Darfur, Iraq war, Virginia Tech shooting, Iran, immigration, global warming, presidential politics, and select editorials. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Abortion ruling. Partial-birth abortion ban […]

Voice of the Day: Jean McMullan

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Blinding light assaults the darkness;Children wait for guns to cease.In the midst of war’s confusion,Make us instruments of peace. Hungry for your visitation,We are waiting –lost,afraid. You alone,O God,can save us.Heal the wounds that we have made. -Jean McMullanWritten the […]

Verse of the Day: Calling out to God

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Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord, […]

Diana Butler Bass: The Silence of a Murderer’s Mother

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This morning, on my way to Dulles Airport to catch a flight, I was listening to radio coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre. The reporter was talking about shooter Cho Seung Hui, analyzing his personality and background, and trying to […]

Julie Clendenin: Talking to Children About Tragedy

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Monday was a heavy day. That night, my family sat down for our usual routine – some quiet moments before dinner when we sit and pray together. My two younger daughters, ages 9 and 7, were in their places as […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news at Virginia Tech memorial, Darfur, Global HIV/AIDS, Virginia Tech-the shooter, the victims, and on-going news, missiles in Europe, climate change, and select Op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: […]

Voice of the Day: Douglas V. Steere

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Yet, for all this lukewarmness, we hunger. And we know well enough the there is a response. There is an answering back to the Grace of God on your part and on mine that is all-important. We know, too, that […]

Verse of the Day: “Here I Am”

posted by gp_intern

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you […]

Brian McLaren: Sorrow Can Make Us Better, Not Bitter

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When tragedies like the Virginia Tech massacre occur, we all share certain questions. Why did this happen? How could this happen? Should anyone be blamed? Should someone be punished? Often these questions lead us to seek a kind of rational […]

Jim Wallis: A Time for Silence and Prayer

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The shooting deaths of 32 students and staff of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, is the latest example of the senseless violence that seems so often to enter our daily lives. In the midst of the […]

Mirabai Starr: God in the Midst of Grief

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While we’re still reeling from the news of the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, we offer this excerpted reflection from the November 2004 issue of Sojourners magazine: Soon after Sept. 11, 2001, my 14-year-old daughter, Jenny, was killed in a […]

Alan Storey: An African ‘Palm Sunday’ Sermon

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One terrifying tragedy about the situation in Zimbabwe is the complicit silence of South Africa. In contrast to this, the Palm-Sunday-weeping-and-shouting-and-cleansing Jesus challenges us to speak out for the sake of our neighbor, Zimbabwe. On Palm Sunday we remember Jesus’ […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The lates news on shootings at Virginia Tech, Darfur, EITC, gun control, Iraq, climate change, Urban League- State of Black America, immigration, DC voting rights, A woman of courage, war on terror, and select op-eds.Sign up to receive our daily […]

Voice of the Day: Fred Rogers on grieving

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Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets. […]

Verse of the Day: “The Lord will Comfort”

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For the Lord will comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice […]

Video: Tony Campolo on Jesus and Taxes

posted by gp_intern

Tony Campolo offers some thoughts on “rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.” + Watch it + Read more about war tax resistance in the SojoMail archives

Diana Butler Bass: Don Imus, Duke Lacrosse, and Our Pornified Culture

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While most of the media has been consumed by Don Imus’ racial slur against the Rutgers women’s basketball team, I have been thinking about that other case: the case of the Duke lacrosse players. My friends will probably laugh, because, […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Kurt Vonnegut, ‘Christ-Worshipping Agnostic’

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I’m not an evangelical who reads only what affirms my theology, or failing that, tries to pretend that the artists I like somehow conform to my beliefs. (I tire of the endless debates in evangelical circles about whether Bono is […]

Bob Francis: Charity and Justice after Katrina

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Much has been written about Katrina since that devastating storm ravaged the Gulf Coast a year and a half ago. Many organizations, including Sojourners/Call to Renewal, have seized upon this situation to remind us that there are still two Americas […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Jackie Robinson, Iraqi children, health insurance, Iraq-war, Iraq-US politics, Israel-Palestine, Iran, Darfur, World Bank, global warming, health insurance, immigration, Imus, COGIC presiding bishop, religion, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via […]

Voice of the Day: Rumi

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Enough of phrases and conceits and metaphors!I want burning, burning… Light up a fire of love in thy soul,Burn all thought and expression away! – Jelalludin Rumi + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: The Spirit of the Lord

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A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, […]

Verse of the Day: Righteousness and Justice

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See, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice. Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a covert from the tempest, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of […]

Voice of the Day: Henri J. M. Nowen

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Prayer leads you to see new paths and to hear new melodies in the air. Prayer is the breath of your life which gives you freedom to go and stay where you wish and to find the many signs which […]

Rose Marie Berger: Beauty and the Ugly American

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If a world famous violinist plays his 1713 Stradivarius at the entrance of a subway in downtown Washington, D.C., will anyone listen? Watch the video clips as Joshua Bell busks at L’Enfant Plaza metro stop while 1,097 people pass by. […]

Voice of the Day: Rufus Jones

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God’s life and our lives are bound together, as a vine with branches as a body with members. So corporate are we that no one can give a cup of cold water to the least person in the world without […]

Verse of the Day: Offering Out of Abundance

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[Jesus] looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all […]

Bob Francis: Repairers of the Breach

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I have always felt a bit disconnected from Hurricane Katrina – I was on vacation a half a world away when the storm devastated the Gulf Coast. Cut off from television and the internet, I was not saturated with the […]

Francis Ng’ambi: Jubilee vs. the IMF

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The International Monetary Fund, whose board will meet this weekend in Washington, D.C., continues to use its role as a gatekeeper for rich country aid to impose questionable, and often downright harmful, conditions onto poor countries. For example, the IMF […]

Jim Wallis: ‘We Need to Be Liberated Again’

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On April 9, 2003, Saddam Hussein’s government collapsed as the U.S. military swept into Baghdad. The next day, President Bush delivered a triumphant “message to the Iraqi people.” In it, he said: The goals of our coalition are clear and […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the President-Congress, Special report-civil right murder, congress, Iraq-war, Iraq-President & Congress, Iran, Immigration, Darfur, Presidential politics, middle east, US Russia, Assisted suicide, special report-civil rights murders, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news […]

Voice of the Day: Joan Puls

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Where are the gentle spirits and the prayerful souls among our leaders? When will we trust the qualifications of credible lifestyle and courageous witness as much as articulation of programs and financial expertise? When will we die to the styles […]

Verse of the Day: Mocking the Poor

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Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who are glad at calamity will not go unpunished. – Proverbs 17:5-5 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Janna Hunter-Bowman: Colombia’s ‘Fragile Unreality’

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The 50-year Colombian armed conflict pits government armed forces and right-wing paramilitary groups against leftist guerrillas. Church people, part of the unarmed civilian population struggling to stay outside the conflict, are caught in the cross-fire. Since 2000, the United States […]

Nontando Hadebe: ‘The Passion of the Christ’ in Zimbabwe’s Context

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Last week I watched The Passion of the Christ – it was my third time watching the film. Each time I watch the film a different facet of the suffering of Christ is revealed to me. This time I watched […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on immigration, Iraq, Iran, U.S. military, Presidential politics, Guantanamo, Sudan, Farmworkers, the church and sex offenders, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Immigration. Bush Makes Push […]

Verse of the Day: Favoritism

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My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

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Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. We do not discover the secret of our lives merely by study and calculation in our own isolated […]

Jim Wallis: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Sixty-two years ago today, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged at the Nazi concentration camp in Flossenburg, Germany, for his role in the anti-Hitler resistance. His books – Life Together, Ethics, The Cost of Discipleship, Letters and Papers From Prison, and others […]

Video: Jim Wallis (and Others) on Biblical Justice

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From a video by Christian Aid: Christian leaders, including Jim Wallis (Sojourners), John Bell (Iona Community) and the Bishop of Durham (England), reflect on the biblical call for justice. This film was produced by the video team at Christian Aid, […]

Brian McLaren: Which Holy War?

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On Good Friday, 2007, a friend drew my attention to a fascinating editorial by CNN contributor Roland Martin. It expressed in both intellectual content and emotional intensity what many of us think and feel about the state of the Christian […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on climate change, congress, Iraq-military, Iraq-anti-U.S. rally, Iraq, U.S. politics, Pope Benedict Easter message, Congress, immigration, presidential politics, hunger in Africa, homelessness, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full […]

Voice of the Day: St. Maximos the Confessor

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Without faith, hope, and love nothing sinful is totally abolished, nor is anything good fully attained. – St. Maximus the Confessor + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: Praise the Lord

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You who fear the Lord, praise him! … For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him. From you comes my praise […]

Jim Wallis : The Victory (Part 3)

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I am on spring break with my family this week. As we approach Good Friday and Easter, I wanted to share with you the concluding chapter to my book, The Call to Conversion. It’s a reflection on the cross and […]

Duane Shank: Remembering the Past

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Philosopher George Santayana is credited with the saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Over on The Huffington Post this morning, there is an excellent example of the truth of that statement. Robert F. Kennedy, […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Pelosi in Syria, global warming, Pope Benedict-new book, Iraq-President v. Congress, Mideast arms sales, Presidential candidate fundraising, Darfur, Marcus Borg, and the passsing of note-Coach Eddie Robinson. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via […]

Voice of the Day: Monika K. Hellwig

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At the center of the Christian understanding of revelation and redemption stands the person of Jesus. Of him we say that he not only brings us the revelation of God, but that in his person he is the revelation of […]

Verse of the Day: Boast in the Lord

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Thus says the Lord: Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth; but let those who boast boast in this, that […]

Diana Butler Bass: Believing the Resurrection

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In the early 90s, I lived in Santa Barbara, Calif., and attended a dynamic, renewing, spiritually vital liberal congregation, Trinity Episcopal Church. There, I was fortunate enough to meet the Rt. Rev. Daniel Corrigan, an aged Episcopal bishop who was […]

Jim Wallis: The Victory (Part 2)

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I am on spring break with my family this week. As we approach Good Friday and Easter, I wanted to share with you the concluding chapter to my book, The Call to Conversion. It’s a reflection on the cross and […]

Rose Marie Berger: Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech 40 Years Later

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On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most important speeches in American history at Riverside Church in New York City. In it he decisively and prophetically extended his public ministry beyond narrowly defined civil […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the Iran-British release, Iraq-President v. Congress, Evangelicals against slavery, Iran- secret raids, U.S. military, European missile defense, Ukraine, Global warming, and select op-eds and editorials. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » […]

Voice of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

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When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism, are incapable of being conquered. A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the […]

Verse of the Day: Money and Wealth

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The lover of money will not be satisfied with money; nor the lover of wealth, with gain. This also is vanity. When goods increase, those who eat them increase; and what gain has their owner but to see them with […]

Jim Wallis: The Victory (Part 1)

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I am on spring break with my family this week. As we approach Good Friday and Easter, I wanted to share with you the concluding chapter to my book, The Call to Conversion. It’s a reflection on the cross and […]

Soong-Chan Rah: Who Gets to Define America?

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Over this past weekend, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich equated bilingual education with learning “the language of living in a ghetto,” and said, “Citizenship requires passing a test on American history in English. If that’s true, then we do not […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on climate change, Iraq war funding, Darfur, Iraq-military, Iran, Presidential politics-Republican fundraising, another candidate, immigration, detainees, and opening day.Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-war funding. Reid Backs Iraq […]

Verse of the Day: Eternal Life

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As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No […]

Voice of the Day: Donald P. McNeill on Confrontation

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[I]f confrontation is to be an expression of patient action, it must be humble…When confrontation is tainted by desire for attention, need for revenge, or greed for power, it can easily become self-serving and cease to be compassionate. – Donald […]

Verse of the Day: Foundation in the Word

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I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. That one is like a [person] building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on poverty, immigration, Iran, global warming, Iraq war funding, the budget, Darfur, Presidential politics- Dem fundraising, Republicans, the Middle East, White House and select Op-Eds and Editorials. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail […]

Voice of the Day: Paula Ripple on Reverence

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Reverence is a gentle virtue; it is also strong. Reverence is a tender virtue; it is also tough. Reverence is a patient virtue; it is also persistent. Reverence bears no ill will toward others; it is able to bear the […]

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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 voters" on the election and what those values entail. + Down

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 the tossing sea that cannot keep still; its waters toss u

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

Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)
the latest news on Mideast, Iran, Romney-Religious right, Blog action day, Turkey, SCHIP, Iran, Aids-Africa, India, Budget, Brownback-slavery apology, Canada, and selected op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Blog action day. Thousands of bloggers unite in blitz of green

posted 9:31:25am Oct. 16, 2007 | read full post »

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