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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Janna Hunter-Bowman: U.S.-Trained Colombian General Has Terrorist Ties

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This piece by Adam Isacson of the Center for International Policy is particularly revealing of the high-level links between members of the Colombian government (including military) and right-wing paramilitary groups that are included on the U.S. list of World Terrorist […]

Verse of the Day: Those Who Turn Justice into Wormwood

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Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood, and bring righteousness to the ground! … They hate the one who reproves in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks the truth. Therefore because you trample on the poor and […]

Voice of the Day: Evgarius the Solitary

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Whoever loves true prayer and yet becomes angry or resentful is his own enemy. He is like a man who wants to see clearly and yet inflicts damage on his own eyes. – Evgarius the Solitary Treatise on Prayer, 64. […]

Elizabeth Palmberg: Not So Fast

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Last week Congress started to inject just a bit of sanity and morality into the discussion about proposed trade agreements with Colombia, Peru, Panama, and South Korea. A congressional proposal, whose full text has not been publicly released, would seek […]

Chuck Gutenson: Taking Radical Islam Seriously

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I was recently engaged in conversation with a friend who recounted an interesting dialog. He was being asked a number of questions about Islam. Since it was unclear where the questioner was heading, my friend asked. The response went something […]

Voice of the Day: Cyril on Baptism

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Great indeed is the baptism which is offered you. It is a ransom to captives; the remission of offences; the death of sin; the regeneration of the soul; the garment of light; the holy seal indissoluble; the chariot to heaven; […]

Verse of the Day: Love Your Enemies

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“You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father […]

Video: Iran Delegation on PBS’s NOW

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The delegation of religious leaders – including Sojourners/Call to Renewal’s Jeff Carr – that recently traveled to Iran was the subject of last week’s NOW. From the PBS summary: Producer Jamila Paksima revisits her birth country of Iran with American […]

Amy Sullivan: Republicans Don’t Own Evangelicals

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I still have another month on self-imposed blogging hiatus so that I can finish my book. But I couldn’t let this pass without comment. Rod Dreher quotes Stuart Rothenberg, who shoots down the idea that Democrats can pick up votes […]

Verse of the Day: Rebelling Against the Light

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There are those who rebel against the light, who are not acquainted with its ways, and do not stay in its paths. The murderer rises at dusk to kill the poor and needy, and in the night is like a […]

Voice of the Day: Monika K. Hellwig

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To be a follower of Jesus means in the first place to enter by compassion into his experience, with all that it expresses of the divine and of the human. And it means in the second place to enter with […]

Jim Wallis: Prioritize the Poor

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Last week, Sojourners/Call to Renewal joined many other advocates in asking the Senate to take a step toward a moral budget. In a letter that went to every senator, I requested that each “make sure to prioritize poor and working […]

Will Braun: The Corporate-Contemplative Clash

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Who doesn’t like a good underdog story? … David versus Goliath always makes good copy, especially when the adversaries are as polarized as the oft-demonized retail giant and a Jesuit priest. … But what happens when Goliath wins?” So says […]

Verse of the Day: Peace from Trusting in the Lord

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Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—in peace because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock. For he has brought low the inhabitants of the height; the […]

Voice of the Day: Saint Teresa of Avila

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Water comes from its own source which is God. And since God desires to do so … God produces this delight with the greatest peace and quite and sweetness in the very interior part of ourselves. I don’t know from […]

Becky Garrison: Easter for the Outcasts

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As expected, I get a lot of Christian press releases around Christmas and Easter. Most of the material gets circular filed under “been there, done that;” “would love to attend, but I have too many other Christian commitments;” or “Christ […]

Christine Mihevc: Policeman Saves Local Peace Witness

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As part of the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, more than 200 local vigils were organized around the U.S. – plus Canada and the U.K. – to coincide with the D.C. service, march, and vigil at the White House. This […]

Brian McLaren: Knee-Deep in a Swamp

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I took my day off yesterday and completed an annual pilgrimage of mine, a pilgrimage that began when I was a boy. I used to walk hand-in-hand with my dad to a pond near our home in upstate New York, […]

Ryan Beiler: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on Iraq and Congress, Guantanamo tribunals, Iran, Israel-Palestine, Zimbabwe, Northern Ireland, Colombia, and U.S. attorney firings Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-Congress. Dems Challenge Bush With Iraq Timetable […]

Verse of the Day: “Seek Good Not Evil”

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Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be […]

Jim Wallis: Four from Spokane

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As Dean Sam Lloyd welcomed us to the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq service at the Washington National Cathedral, he began by saying that he had just heard the most amazing story. He told us of four people from Spokane, […]

Ryan Beiler: Evangelicals and the El Mozote Massacre

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This past week has been a blur of activity with the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, but I didn’t want to let the passing of Rufina Amaya go unmentioned on this blog. If that name is unfamiliar to you, Amaya […]

Jim Wallis: Not Another Dime

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Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) is known as the “conscience of the House.” He was the young civil rights leader who was beaten, nearly to death, on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on the infamous “Bloody Sunday” that led […]

Verse of the Day: Refuge and Shelter

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For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. – Isaiah 25:4-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse […]

Voice of the Day: Beth Richardson on Wholeness in God

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Wholeness for us, as people of God,is moving ever toward oneness with God,regardless of the conditionof our bodies,our lives,our minds.Everyone equally has a capacityto be whole.Wholeness is a gift from God. – Beth A. Richardsonin “Alive Now!” March/April 1992.

Elnour Adam: A Voice from Darfur

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Elnour Adam is Projects Director at the Darfur Rehabilitation Project. Sojourners spoke with him recently at Ecumenical Advocacy Days. What is The Darfur Rehabilitation Project? The Darfur Rehabilitation Project is a U.S.-based Darfurian NGO, advocating for the people, Darfur’s peoples’ […]

Verse of the Day: Humility

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“Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to […]

Voice of the Day: Dom Helder Camara

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When shall we have the courage to outgrow the charity mentality and see that at the bottom of all relations between rich and poor there is a problem of justice? – Dom Helder Camara + Sign up to receive our […]

Bernice Powell Jackson: Hope Does Not Disappoint Us

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Bernice Powell Jackson was one of several speakers at the March 16 Christian Peace Witness for Iraq service at the National Cathedral. This is the prepared text of her message that evening.+ Watch video of the entire service Hope. In […]

Video: Peace Witness Cathedral Service

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The Washington National Cathedral has released streaming video of Friday night’s Christian Peace Witness for Iraq service in it’s entirety. Watch it:

Voice of the Day: Susanna Wesley

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Help me, O Lord, to make a true use of all disappointments and calamities in this life, in such a way that they may unite my heart more closely with you. Cause them to separate my affections from worldly things […]

Verse of the Day: Reconciliation

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So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and […]

Celeste Zappala: A Mother’s Cry for Peace

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Celeste Zappala was one of several speakers at the March 16 Christian Peace Witness for Iraq service at the National Cathedral. This is the prepared text of her message that evening. + Watch video of the entire service Good evening, […]

Jeff Carr: Iraq Veterans Memorial

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While we are against the war, we certainly recognize and honor the sacrifice and suffering of so many families who have lost a loved one in this war. I don’t know about you, but sometimes the news coverage and the […]

Randall Balmer: Moral Myopia on the Right

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You would think that the people who want creationism or intelligent design taught in the public schools would evince some concern for the handiwork of the intelligent designer. You might think that the human costs wrought by global warming – […]

Verse of the Day: Justice and Redemption

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You shall not deprive a resident alien or an orphan of justice; you shall not take a widow’s garment in pledge. Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I […]

Voice of the Day: Marjorie J. Thompson

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Do you believe that God is present in the smile of a child, in the tears of a parent’s grief over a suffering adolescent, in the sudden breakthrough of understading between quarreling spouses? Eternal truths can be learned by observing […]

Jim Wallis: Marching Orders

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On Friday, I shared a preview of my speech for the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq. Here is the full text of my message at the National Cathedral, where I and other religious leaders spoke to a capacity crowd before […]

Duane Shank: More Than 200 Arrested in Christian Peace Witness

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With much hard work and prayer – and despite frigid temperatures with rain and sleet – the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq was a moving and inspiring event. More than 3,000 people gathered at the Washington National Cathedral and then […]

Snapshot: Christian Peace Witness for Iraq

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Look for more coverage soon, but here’s a first look at Friday night’s Christian Peace Witness for Iraq in Washington, D.C., as marchers flooded 16th Street on their way to the White House: photo by Ryan Beiler

Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton on Peace

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Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience. – Thomas Merton, from “Thomas Merton on Peace” […]

Verse of the Day: In God We Trust

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Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. – Psalms 20:7-8 + Sign up […]

Jim Wallis: Ending the War is a Matter of Faith

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Several thousand Christians from around the country will gather at the Washington National Cathedral this evening for a Christian Peace Witness for Iraq worship service, followed by a candlelight procession to the White House. This is an excerpt from the […]

Verse of the Day: “Give liberally”

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Give liberally and be ungrudging when you do so, for on this account the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. – Deuteronomy 15:10-10 + Sign up to receive our social […]

Voice of the Day: Frederick D. Huntington

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It is not scientific doubt, not atheism, not pantheism, not agnosticism, that in our day and in this land is likely to quench the light of the gospel. It is a proud, sensuous, selfish, luxurious, church-going, hollow-hearted prosperity. – Frederic […]

Jim Wallis: Evangelicals Against Torture

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The struggle against torture and cruel treatment of prisoners by the U.S. received a major boost this week. In its recently concluded meeting, the National Association of Evangelicals board of directors last weekend endorsed an important new statement – An […]

Voice of the Day: Elizabeth O’Connor on gifts

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The identifying of gifts brings to the fore [a] large issue in our lives – the issue of commitment. Somehow if I name my gift and it is confirmed, I cannot “hang loose” in the same way. I would much […]

Verse of the Day: “Good News”

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When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go and […]

Diana Butler Bass: Audio: The Practice of Diversity

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Hear a recent sermon by Diana at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee. + Listen to the streaming audio Diana Butler Bass (www.dianabutlerbass.com) is the author of Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the […]

Geoff Thale: George’s Curious Adventures in South America

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President Bush is finishing a trip to Latin America – a trip that the White House has billed as advancing “the cause of social justice in Latin America.” From the rhetoric, you’d think that the president has finally recognized that […]

Verse of the Day: Solidarity in Suffering

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For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not […]

Voice of the Day: Alexander Schmemann

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Bright Sadness is the true message and gift of Lent: … the sadness of my exile, of the waste I have made of my life; the brightness of God’s presence and forgiveness, the joy of the recovered desire for God, […]

Jim Wallis: The Big Debate

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Last week, a letter from James Dobson and friends to the board of the National Association of Evangelicals challenged NAE vice president Rich Cizik’s efforts on global warming as “dividing and demoralizing,” and shifting “the emphasis away from the great […]

Verse of the Day: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

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You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. – James 2:8-9 […]

Frida Berrigan: Gold Star for New Nukes?

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At the beginning of March, the National Nuclear Security Administration announced the winner of the so-called “Reliable Replacement Warhead” competition that pitted the nuclear laboratories against each other. Lawrence Livermore won out against its long-time rival Los Alamos. If all […]

Elise Elzinga: Hope from Despair in Cambodia’s Sex Trade

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The reality of Cambodia’s sex trafficking industry was vividly exposed to me one humid afternoon as I sat on a courtroom bench in Phnom Penh. I was sitting with four young girls as their sellers were escorted into the room. […]

Voice of the Day: Parker Palmer

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What God requires of those who call on God’s name is responsive servanthood. God wishes to act in and through us, so Christian hope does not relieve men and women of responsibility. We are not primarily responsible for shrewd analysis […]

Brian McLaren: Joseph, Noah, and Pre-emptive Preservation

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I’ve been thinking about the recent controversy regarding James Dobson and other conservative religious leaders who wrote a letter criticizing Richard Cizik and the National Association of Evangelicals for taking the threat of global warming seriously. They described global warming […]

Elizabeth Palmberg: Sick of Corporate Trade

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Who do you think should give nuts-and-bolts advice to help craft trade agreements that can cut Third World AIDS sufferers’ ability to buy lifesaving generic medicines? a) Pharmaceutical corporations, b) other large corporations, or c) public health advocates, including religious […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Share abundantly’

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Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having […]

Voice of the Day: Bonganjalo Goba

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The conversion experience is a personal transformation that involves a change from an old primary allegiance to a new commitment to God in Christ. It is a change which brings about healing and liberation.-Bonganjalo Gobafrom the Journal of Theology for […]

Jim Wallis: Budgets are Moral Documents Part II: Real Security

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In a meeting of religious leaders this week with a number of U.S. senators, one senator opened the meeting by saying, we agree with you that budgets are moral documents, and that’s what we want to talk about today. As […]

Scot McKnight: A Boring Box of Bones

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I’ll make a confession. I’ve lived long enough to see the emergence, the trend, and now the aging of the genre of Easter ambulance-chasing publishers. Every Lent, as Christians afflict themselves with minor fasting in order to participate more directly […]

Bob Francis: Your Comments on Dobson and Warming

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First of all, kudos to those who took the high road this week when commenting on our global warming posts. While there are still occasional exceptions, most of you displayed graciousness and civility, even in disagreement. And if I am […]

Verse of the Day: Love Your Neighbor

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You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. – Leviticus 19:18-18+ Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day […]

Voice of the Day: Desmond Tutu

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For many of us it is not our politics that constrains us to say and do what we do and say in opposition to apartheid and in working for a new South Africa. It is precisely our relationship with God, […]

Lyndsay Moseley: Jonah’s Warning and Global Warming

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I agree with Brian McLaren: The recent letter written by James Dobson and others to the National Association of Evangelicals – in reference to Rev. Richard Cizik’s leadership about global warming – is a sign of progress; evidence of the […]

Verse of the Day: “Thanks to the Lord”

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With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord; I will praise him 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 […]

Voice of the Day: “The Word of God Incarnate”

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For in Christ and through Christ and because of Christ Christians have been given a revealed insight into God’s nature and character. … This understanding of God was vindicated for us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, whom […]

Chuck Gutenson: Iran, Neocons, and Christianity

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There are some articles that one should not have to write. The thesis they defend should be so obvious that setting it forward should be unnecessary. However, there has been a remarkable degree of saber-rattling toward Iran over the last […]

Bill McKibben: Drown Your Neighbor

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You can almost hear the desperation creeping into James Dobson’s voice. His attacks on Rich Cizik (and all the other millions of evangelicals working on creation care) are ludicrous. There is not a “heated controversy throughout the world” about whether […]

Becky Garrison: Coulter Christianity?

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Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and other New Atheists cite Fred Phelps, Jerry Falwell, and Ann Coulter as ontological proof that all Christians are hypocrites. Using this logic, I could turn the tables around and pick out, say, the Marquis de […]

Verse of the Day: Greed

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This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. – Ezekiel 16:49-49 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse […]

Voice of the Day: Gandhi

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The earth provides enough resources for everyone’s need, but not for some people’s greed. – Mahatma Gandhi + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Jim Wallis: Dr. Dobson, Let’s Have a Real Debate

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James Dobson’s letter attacking Rich Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals has caused a firestorm, and maybe the beginning of a really good dialogue. Brian McLaren’s post yesterday pointed out that the letter from Dobson and friends actually acknowledged […]

Jeff Carr: Talking About Iran with Hannity and Colmes

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Verse of the Day: “People of this Generation”

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“To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; […]

Voice of the Day: Richard Foster

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With a power given from above we shout, “No!” to him who promises the whole world if we will only worship him. We crucify the old mechanisms of power- push, drive, climb, grasp, trample. We turn instead to the new […]

Brian McLaren: Anti-Anti-Global-Warming Group’s Silver Lining

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I am sitting in a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and I just read Jim Wallis’ recent post about global warming, responding to the recent letter written by several leaders of the Religious Right. The version of Christianity represented in […]

Jeff Carr: Solidarity with Iran’s Christian Minority

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My guess is that most Americans either don’t know or don’t think much about Christians in Iran. The country is, after all, the Islamic Republic of Iran, a theocratic state where Islam is the state religion. While Islam is certainly […]

Voice of the Day: Peter Gomes

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It is not we who do Christ the favor of worshiping him; it is Christ who empowers us by strengthening us, and enabling us to fight for the things that are worth fighting for, the things that endure; and that […]

Verse of the Day: Loving Your Enemies

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Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do […]

Jim Wallis: Dobson and Friends, Outside the Mainstream, Get Personal on Global Warming

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Once again, the hard-core Religious Right has gone on the attack, orchestrating a new campaign to advance their Far Right political views. In a letter to the chairman of the National Evangelical Association Board, James Dobson, Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer, […]

Rose Marie Berger: Time for a Gulf Coast WPA?

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As we cross the year and a half mark since the United States lost more than 1,500 people, a major American city, and had roughly 90,000 square miles devastated by the perfect storms of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Bush, I […]

Verse of the Day: Providing for the Poor

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When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and for the alien: I am the […]

Jim Wallis: Crisis in the Village

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A new book just came out that you don’t want to miss. It’s by my good friend, Robert Franklin, who is the Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at Emory University. He is someone I have come to deeply respect as […]

Verse of the Day: Clothed in Righteousness

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I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I championed the cause […]

Randy Woodley: Is U.S. Democracy A Failed Experiment?

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It’s a question I had to finally face because it has been gnawing at me for years, just below the surface. As a Native American and a student of history, I know of the hypocrisy, the constant sway towards American […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jim Wallis: Untrained and Ill-equipped

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Two stories in the news are more evidence for what I recently called a criminal escalation of an unjust war. The war in Iraq has so stretched the U.S. military that the escalation now initiated by President Bush means troops […]

Tim Kumfer: Think Twice, SMU

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By now you’ve probably heard about the debate in Dallas. Southern Methodist University is the proposed site for the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The site would host a museum, the administration’s archives, and a public policy institute. The initial […]

Voice of the Day: Etty Hillesum

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Give your sorrow all the space and shelter in yourself that is its due, for if everyone bears [their] grief honestly and courageously, the sorrow that now fills the world will abate. But if you do not clear a decent […]

Verse of the Day: Uplifiting the Poor and the Needy

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He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them […]

Verse of the Day: Living in the Lord

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If we live, we live in the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For this end Christ died and lived again, so that […]

Voice of the Day: Naim Ateek

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[N]either the stockpiling of sophisticated armaments nor an extensoin of territory are an adequate guarantee or a viable substitute for peace. They are illusory. The best borders are peaceful borders, and the best security lies in a truly peaceful relationship […]

Elizabeth Palmberg: Lawyers Without Borders

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In another example of the pharmaceutical industry’s efforts to make governments worldwide its enforcers, corporate giant Novartis today announced it would keep pushing its lawsuit for its “right” to get patents in India on minor repackagings of pre-existing drugs. India’s […]

Jim Wallis: The Proof is in the Policy (Not Piety)

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This latest entry by Jim in the Newsweek/Washington Post series On Faith addresses the following question: As the presidential campaign begins to take shape, do you think it is appropriate and or important for the candidates to express their personal […]

Rose Marie Berger: Davos, Meet Nairobi

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“God weeps,” Archbishop Tutu told participants in the ecumenical gathering near the conclusion of the World Social Forum in Nairobi, “and says, ‘Who will help me so we can have a different kind of world, one in which the rich […]

Snapshot: Sojourners/Call to Renewal Staff at Work (for Peace)

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A Sojourners/Call to Renewal contingent joined the thousands at Saturday’s peace rally on the National Mall. On March 16, in observance of the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, we’re also helping to organize a worship service at the […]

Verse of the Day: “Let the Earth Rejoice”

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The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. – Psalms 97:1-2 + Sign up to receive our […]

Voice of the Day: James Baldwin

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[T]his is the crime of which I assuse my country and my countrymen, and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, that they have destroyed and are destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and do […]

Jim Wallis: Beyond Moderates and Extremists

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DAVOS, Switzerland – Only since Sept. 11 has the World Economic Forum invited religious leaders to its annual meeting. At first, the Forum leaders were most concerned with religious conflict as a destabilizing force in the world, in light of […]

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