God's Politics

Earlier this week we posted an open letter from Tony Campolo in response to a Christianity Today column by Stan Guthrie, “When Red is Blue,” in their November issue that was critical of the Red Letter Christians concept. CT has now posted Guthrie’s column online, accompanied by an edited version of Campolo’s letter. We said…

In The New York Times story about the administration’s secret authorization of torture, one sentence is particularly chilling: “With virtually no experience in interrogations, the CIA had constructed its program in a few harried months by consulting Egyptian and Saudi intelligence officials and copying Soviet interrogation methods long used in training American servicemen to withstand…

As the Religious Right has diminished in influence, many are searching for a new political agenda that doesn’t fit the standard right/left battles of American politics and is more consistent with their deeply held values. That new agenda would be good news for the majority of Americans who are alienated by the political extremes and…

If you are at your manual labor in your room and it comes time to pray, do not say: “I will use up my supply of branches or finish weaving the little basket, and then I will rise.” But rise immediately and render to God the prayer that is owed. Otherwise, little by little you…

I urge you, brothers and sisters, to keep an eye on those who cause dissensions and offenses, in opposition to the teaching that you have learned; avoid them. For such people do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded. For…

Normally I’m a big fan of science fiction, but I nearly swallowed my teeth when I heard America Abroad’s recent program on the World Bank on my local NPR affiliate, WAMU, last Sunday. My choppers would have been a lot easier to stomach than the show’s assertion that, in the 1980s, policies pushed by the…

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I remember about eight years ago when then presidential candidate George W. Bush repeatedly claimed that he would restore honor to the presidency, soiled as it had been by our previous president’s infamous affair. I remember hoping he would succeed. But a new kind of shame has come to the office and to our nation…

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, recently returned from a visit to Armenia, Syria, and Lebanon. While there, he met with politicians, Christian and Muslim leaders, and visited with Palestinian and Iraqi refugees. In an interview with BBC radio, Williams shared some of the observations he gathered, particularly in Iraq and Iran. He spoke movingly…

The last time I saw Rami, we were at the beach near Gaza City. A group of us were in the water and I was trying to force Rami underwater. Rami was a big man, weighing at least twice what I do. Needless to say, I did not manage to get him to budge. When…

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