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Voice of the Day: Justice for the Innocent

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You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in their lawsuits. Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and those in the right, for I will not acquit the guilty. – Exodus 23:6-7 […]

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Voice of the Day: Segundo Galilea

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Conversion to God is equally linked to conversion to the love of neighbor. – Segundo GalileaQuoted in Cry Freedom, by Charles Ringma + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

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The Lord enters into judgment

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The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding […]

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Jim Wallis: State of the Union – Reactions in Davos

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DAVOS, Switzerland – The first comments I heard in response to President Bush’s State of the Union message were from a diverse group of business, political, media, and civil society leaders from all over the world, gathered in Davos, Switzerland, […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the State of the Union Address-lead responses, Democratic responses, specific issues including domestic policy, health insurance, immigration and energy,- the new commander for Iraq, Jimmy Carter in the Mideast, China, Somalia, Iran, Tutu at the World […]

Verse of the Day: Faith and Works

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What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to […]

Voice of the Day: Jelalludin Rumi

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Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. – Jelalludin Rumi + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Voice of the Day: Anne Lamott

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Most of what we do in worldly life is geared toward our staying dry, looking good, not going under. But in baptism, in lakes and rain and tanks and fonts, you agree to do something that’s a little sloppy because […]

Verse of the Day: “Entering the Kingdom of God”

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Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who […]

Shane Claiborne: Mad Jesus Skilz (Applied Pacifism Isn’t Passive)

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the ethos of violence that is spreading like a disease through our world. I just read that TV violence is at a record high, with an average of 13 incidents of violence every hour. […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iran, health insurance, State of the Union, Senate-Iraq, global warming, abortion, campaign finance, immigration, wages and profits, Evangelicals, and sports history. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: State […]

Jim Wallis: What the President Should Say Tonight

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Tuesday evening, President Bush will deliver his State of the Union speech. He is expected to address challenges and policy proposals facing our country. Here is what I would like to hear the president say: I have a vision for […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on presidential politics, State of the Union, Iraq, Democrats, Abortion, Iran, Darfur, Baptists, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, religion and politics, and select feature articles. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: […]

Verse of the Day: “The Lord’s Steadfast Love”

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A king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save. Truly the eye of the […]

Brian McLaren: Religion of Mass Distraction

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I was recently interviewed by a “secular” journalist who had read some of my books. He said, “Your religion doesn’t seem to keep you constantly dividing the world into us and them, in and out, good and bad. Is that […]

Diana Butler Bass: Beyond the Stale Rituals of Abortion Politics

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Thirty-four years ago today, on January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court decided Roe vs. Wade, arguing that most abortion laws violate the constitutional right to privacy. Waking up on this icy morning in Virginia, I might have forgotten […]

Randall Balmer: Good News About Evangelicals, Bad News for Bush

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A new poll suggests that fully 60 percent of white evangelical voters now oppose sending more troops to Iraq. That can be nothing but good news for those who seek to take seriously the teachings of Jesus (though one wonders […]

Voice of the Day: Alvin Alexi Currier

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Jesus took the command to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, and pushed the definition of who is our neighbor, out, out, and still further out, until it reached to the ends of the earth and included all of […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Congress, Senate ethics bill, Iraq, Iran, global health, health insurance, and select Op-Eds.Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Congress. After 42 Hours (or So), House Democrats Complete 100-Hour […]

Voice of the Day: John Perkins

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The only purpose of the gospel is to reconcile people to God and to each other. A gospel that doesn’t reconcile is not a Christian gospel at all. But in America, it seems as if we don’t believe that. We […]

Verse of the Day: Injustice

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The field of the poor may yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice. – Proverbs 13:23-23 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Ryan Beiler: Bill O’Reilly 30% Off on The Colbert Report

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Jim Wallis is no stranger to The O’Reilly Factor, having appeared on the show several times over the past few years. Jim will be the first to tell you, you need to be on your toes and stand your ground. […]

Jim Wallis: For God’s Sake, Save Darfur

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The genocide in Darfur continues to weigh heavily on my heart. After months and months of talk, it is increasingly clear that there are no real strategies for peace among any of the major players. Last week, there was a […]

Verse of the Day: Praise the Lord

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Praise the Lord with the lyre; make melody to [God] with the harp of ten strings. Sing to [the Lord] a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. For the word of the Lord is upright, and […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on wiretapping, student loans, Iraq, public opinion, GI opposition, ethics legislation, climate change, death penalty, Colombia, globalization, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Wiretapping. Court to […]

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 […]

Jim Wallis: The Cost of War

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I was struck this morning by a column in The New York Times business section by David Leonhardt. He explores the question of What $1.2 Trillion Can Buy. He notes how difficult it is for us to understand so large […]

Voice of the Day: Saint Teresa of Avila

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Oh God, I don’t love you,I don’t even want to love you,but I want to want to love you! – Saint Teresa of Avila Source: “The Interior Castle” by Teresa of Avila. + Sign up to receive our quote of […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Barack Obama, Iraq-war, Senate, military and Guf states,- Iran, Israel, Senate earmarks, Global AIDS, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Barack Obama. He sets his […]

Verse of the Day: “The Grace of God”

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We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq build-up and GI resistance, King holiday, Congress-domestic issues and Republicans, Iran, Middle East, marriage, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: King holiday. Nation pays […]

Jim Wallis: Sharing King’s Dream with My Sons

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Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day in Washington, D.C., almost spring-like in the middle of January (there may be a global warming story here for another blog!). And, of course, it was the official annual celebration of the birthday of […]

Voice of the Day: Naim Ateek

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The word for peace in both Arabic (salam) and Hebrew (shalom) has the same etymological root and the same breadth of meaning: wholeness, health, safety, and security. It refers to a peace experienced and lived out in the everyday historical […]

Adam Taylor: Rejecting Sanitized Celebrations of MLK

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This weekend, our nation paused once again to remember the life of a modern-day prophet. In pulpits across the country, preachers offered sermons reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King’s seemingly timeless message. While Dr. King’s words were quoted across the […]

Verse of the Day: Seeking God

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As for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause. [God] does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number. [God] gives rain on the earth and sends waters on the fields; [and] sets on […]

Verse of the Day: Faith and Works

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So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. […]

Voice of the Day: Martin Luther King Jr.

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Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. – Martin Luther King Jr. + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Duane Shank: King on War

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In early 1967, in a historic speech at New York City’s Riverside Church, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. eloquently spoke of his opposition to the growing war in Vietnam and it’s effect on the domestic war on poverty. Forty years […]

Ryan Beiler: Waste Makes Taste

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Sojourners magazine readers may remember an article in our special issue on food last May in which I wrote about my adventures in dumpster diving. Since then, I’ve received a somewhat steady stream of media inquiries into the phenomenon, including […]

Wes Granberg-Michaelson: Listen Up, Congress – A Lesson From Vietnam

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President Bush continues to view what is now largely a complex civil war in Iraq as a critical test of the United States’ “War on Terrorism,” and a decisive global ideological conflict between democratic tolerance and fundamentalist extremism. Further, the […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on civil rights, the Carter Center, California’s governor, ethics, stem cell research, Iran-the raid on Iranian consulate, Iraq- public opposition, and the military. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: […]

Diana Butler Bass: The Power of Humble Leadership

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On the night of January 11, Joe Scarborough began his MSNBC show by commenting on President Bush’s leadership, especially in regard to the Iraq war and unfolding anxieties about Iran. “Never have I seen a president so alone,” he stated, […]

Verse of the Day: “Give Justice to the Weak”

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Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. – Psalms 82:3-4 + Sign up to receive our […]

Voice of the Day: Dorothy Day

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It is hard to believe in [Christ’s love] because it is a devouring love. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of a living God. If we do once catch a glimpse of it we are afraid […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the minimum wage increase, Iraq, Sudan-Darfur, Iran, Somalia, children’s health insurance, homelessness and church giving. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Minimum wage. House OKs hike in minimum […]

Voice of the Day: Sue Monk Kidd

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Ultimately, we are reborn to love because in this expanding, gracious space within us, we arrive at the astonishing presence of God at the core of our life. We blunder into the heart of God and find our own. – […]

Jim Wallis: A Criminal Escalation of An Unjust War

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When the American people make it clear in the election, and in every public opinion poll, that they want an end to the war in Iraq, he ignores them. When the central recommendation of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group is […]

Verse of the Day: “Your Steadfast Love is Good”

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O Lord my Lord, act on my behalf for your name’s sake; because your steadfast love is good, deliver me. For I am poor and needy, and my heart is pierced within me. – Psalms 109:21-22 + Sign up to […]

Helen Prejean’s Books of the Year

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Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. About Abe Lincoln’s huge capacity for tolerance and his political savvy, including information about his ardent opponents in his cabinet who also sought the presidency. The Birth of Christianity by John Dominic Crossan. […]

David Cortright: Soldiers Say ‘No’ to Escalation in Iraq

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Active duty service members are saying no to Bush’s proposed escalation of the war in Iraq. On January 16, to commemorate Martin Luther King day, messages are being delivered to Congress from more than 1,000 active duty and Guard and […]

Verse of the Day: “Love Your Enemies”

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But I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and […]

Randy Woodley: Lessons About War From an 11-Year-Old

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I picked up my 11-year-old son from school the other day. The conversation was business as usual, until he shared how he was bored in class and wrote a letter to the president of the United States. Flabbergasted, I asked […]

Voice of the Day: Robert McAfee Brown

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We need to measure our world and the imperative for peacemaking, with an eye to justice. Whatever is unjust threatens peace. Whatever fosters justice is an act of peacemaking. – Robert McAfee Brownfrom “Making Peace in the Global Village”+ Sign […]

Duane Shank: Nice Guys Don’t Always Finish Last

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In these days of war and more war, of too many athletes who make the news for drug use or arrests, it’s nice to have a good news story to celebrate. Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles and Tony […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on minimum wage, Iraq, global warming, baseball, 9/11 legislation, Somalia, Iran, and selct op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Nice guys don’t always finish last. Cal’s counted in […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq, UN ambassador, Somalia, Venezuela, Darfur, minimum wage, health insurance, and the Catholic church in Poland. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq escalation. White House Gears Up […]

Voice of the Day: Monika K. Hellwig

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What made the teaching of Jesus different and apparently so hard to accept then as now, was that it required a critical reassessment of the structures and values and attitudes of human society as his listeners and followers shared in […]

Verse of the Day: Neighbors in Need

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If there is among you anyone in need … do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be. – Deuteronomy 15:7-8+ Sign […]

Jim Wallis: From Bad to Worse

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Tomorrow evening, President Bush will speak to the country about his plan to send more U.S. troops to Iraq. The question is, where will they come from? The military is already overstretched. The Los Angeles Times reported this morning that […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq, Congress, Nuclear Weapons, Darfur, health insurance, California welfare, education, immigration, religion, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-Congress. Democrats to Deal With Iraq War […]

Voice of the Day: Louis Brandeis

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There is in most Americans some spark of idealism, which can be fanned into a flame. It takes sometimes a divining rod to find what it is; but when found, and that means often, when disclosed to the owners, the […]

Ryan Beiler: Dirty Deeds Not Done Dirt Cheap

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Thanks to Christianity Today for quoting Brian McLaren, Jim Wallis, and Shane Claiborne’s blog entries in a recent round-up of Christian leaders’ views (scroll down to topic #3) on the execution of Saddam Hussein. But with respect to my colleagues […]

Verse of the Day: Servants of the Lord

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But as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the […]

Bishop John Chane: ‘Intense Mutual Scrutiny’ on Trip to Iran

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In this time of heightened tensions among the three Abrahamic faiths, it is essential that we reach out to representatives of other religions who are potential partners for peace. Last September, the Very Rev. Sam Lloyd and I invited the […]

Jim Wallis: How Many Deaths Will It Take ‘Till We Know…?

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I thought this was a clear and passionate column by Robert Parham for EthicsDaily.com – a strong evangelical Christian voice. I strongly urge you to read the entire commentary. What do you think of his argument? How many more American […]

Voice of the Day: Rafael Correa

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If our moral duty to provide health, education and housing to our people impedes us from paying debt, we won’t hesitate two seconds. – Rafael Correa, recently elected president of Ecuador (Source: Bloomberg) + Sign up to receive our quote […]

Verse of the Day: Remission of Debts

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Every seventh year you shall grant a remission of debts. And this is the manner of the remission: every creditor shall remit the claim that is held against a neighbor, not exacting it of a neighbor who is a member […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest on congress, the Presidential-military team, Somalia, Deval Patrick, the President’s legal team, Israel-Palestine, U.S. military and Africa, Iran, the death penalty, the “Evangelical Vatican,” and select editorials Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » […]

Jackie Spycher: Pelosi’s Swearing-in and My Fifth Grade Dream

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Since yesterday morning, I’ve been trying to figure out why I am so fascinated with Nancy Pelosi’s swearing in as the Speaker of the House. I have researched her biography and political positions online, watched archived clips of her speeches, […]

Jim Wallis: New Year, New Congress, New Opportunities

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Just a week after the November elections, I had the opportunity to speak to all the state chairs of the Democratic Party at their annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming – fulfilling an invitation that came a year before. Obviously, […]

Jim Wallis: More Revenge Than Justice

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In the alarming video of the execution of Saddam Hussein that has traveled around the world, we have looked into the darkness of the Iraqi soul these days. Saddam’s crimes are certainly deserving of both revelation and punishment, but his […]

Voice of the Day: Saint Therese of Lisieux

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Yes, I have believed for a long time that the Lord is more tender than a mother, and I have known more than one maternal heart. – Saint Therese of Lisieux from “The Little Way for Every Day: Thoughts from […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on congress, health insurance, Pat Robertson, the budget, energy, Gerald Ford, Iraq, the Hussein hanging, New York hero, atheism, and select op-eds Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Congress. […]

Shane Claiborne: Communicating Through a Noose

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“What do you think of that man?” the old guy asked in a raspy voice as I settled in next to him on the plane. He pointed to the face of Saddam Hussein on the front of his newspaper with […]

Verse of the Day: ‘The bond of peace’

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I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to […]

Diana Butler Bass: Jefferson’s Koran and the New Congress

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The new majority Democratic Congress is the most diverse in American history – comprising more women, African-Americans, Latinos, and Asians than any previous body. It is also the most religiously diverse, including two Buddhists, a Muslim, and the highest number […]

Books of the Year Round-up

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We’ve posted the favorite books read by our bloggers during 2006 over the last week or so, but thought it would be helpful to have a compilation of links to their lists for easy reference, so here it is. Click […]

Brian McLaren: How Does Saddam’s Execution Make You Feel?

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I see little or no value to weighing in on the subject of capital punishment. People have their opinions and relatively few seem interested in changing them. But I would like to express in personal terms how I felt after […]

Voice of the Day: Louis Brandeis

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In frank expression of conflicting opinion lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action; and in suppression lies ordinarily the greatest peril. – Louis Brandeis, from his opinion in the 1920 Supreme Court case Gilbert v. Minnesota + Sign […]

Verse of the Day: Riches Do Not Endure

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But people, despite their riches, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish. This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. – Psalms 49:12-13 + Sign up to […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on the Hussein execution, the Ford funeral, the death penalty in America, congress, Mitt Romney, the new UN Secretary General, Darfur, Somalia, and U.S. church growth Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on Gerald Ford, Iraq, congress, Saddam Hussein, aid to Africa, Iran, and Somalia Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Gerald Ford. National day of mourning for Ford – “Gerald […]

Joe Roos: Americans Abroad Face Hussein Hanging Backlash

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(Photo from a protest in India during a visit by George W. Bush earlier in 2006, by Gautam Singh, AP) Nationwide demonstrations against the United States and the execution of Saddam Hussein got close and personal for me, my wife, […]

Jim Wallis’ Books of the Year

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Our Endangered Values, by Jimmy CarterThe Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama A Godly Hero, by Michael KazinA Grief Observed by C.S. LewisTo the Mountaintop, by Stewart BurnsThe Politics of Jesus, by Obery Hendricksplus, re-reading lots of Bonhoeffer

Verse of the Day: Only One Judge

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There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. So who, then, are you to judge your neighbor? – James 4:12-12 + Sign up to receive our verse of the day via e-mail

Voice of the Day: Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Enemies

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[N]ever be conceited. With respect to our attitude toward our enemies, this means first, remember that you were God’s enemy and that, without having earned it or being worthy of it, you were met with mercy. It means second, remember […]

Duane Shank: Top Stories of 2006 (and 2007)

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As we enter a new year, a step back from the daily headlines to my list of the top ten news stories of 2006. 1. Iraq. In the fourth year of war, Iraq continued to spiral downward into daily sectarian […]

Duane Shank: Politicizing Ford’s Passing?

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

Diana Butler Bass’s Books of the Year

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

Ryan Beiler’s Books of the Year

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

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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

Verse of the Day: Oppression is for Losers

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

Voice of the Day: Merton on Protest

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

Duane Shank’s Books of the Year

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

Voice of the Day: Elie Wiesel

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

Verse of the Day: Pure Religion

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

Becky Garrison: The New Athiests’ Blasphemy Challenge

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

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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

Bart Campolo’s Books of the Year

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

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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

Michael Battle’s Books of the Year

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

Duane Shank: The Madness Must End

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

Duane Shank: The Best Legacy of Gerald Ford

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

Brian McLaren’s Books of the Year

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

Jeff Halper: The Occupation is the Issue

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

Verse of the Day: ‘Happy are those…’

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

Voice of the Day: Saint Therese of Lisieux

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

Jim Wallis: Christmas in the Trenches

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

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

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

Voice of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

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

Jeff Halper: Untwisting ‘the Truth’

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

Jeff Halper: Moral Blindness

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

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

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

Shane Claiborne’s Books of the Year

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

Amy Sullivan’s Books of the Year

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

Verse of the Day: Peace to All People

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

Duane Shank: For Unto Us a Child Is Born

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

Voice of the Day: Saint Gregory of Nyssa

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

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

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

Voice of the Day: Martin Luther King Jr.

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

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