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Christian Social Justice

Texas Republicans Should Read The Bible

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
C. Robert Gibson

If America is to truly be guided by Christian values, Christians would do well to vote for those who actually practice what they preach.

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32: Prophetic Vision For A Just Economic Future

Greg Carey | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

True prophets reveal God's world to us, and that world judges the inadequate truths by which we live. zekiel reveals the enormous gap between our ways of accounting things and the ways of God.

The Christian Tradition Of Healthcare

Richard Stearns | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
Richard Stearns

The ministry of providing care to the physically sick as well as the spiritually needy harkens back to Jesus' own ministry on the earth and the earliest ministry of the first Christians.

Pass The American Jobs Acts For A Stronger, More Moral America

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

It is time to change course and embrace a vision of America where no one is left behind. Creating jobs now will lower the unemployment rate, reduce poverty and instill hope for the future.

Matthew 20:1-16: Justice Comes In The Evening

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

A God who is "just" is inclined to show special generosity to the poor and outcast. No wonder the respectable people get anxious.

Giving 1 Percent Of Jesus To Somalia

Sami Awad | Posted 11.12.2011 | Religion
Sami Awad

Those who commit their lives to following Jesus are asked to follow in His steps. Many will argue that these are challenging tasks. If Jesus was here today, He would not do anything we cannot do ourselves.

A Christian Ethic of Social Justice: Will A Bible Fill An Empty Stomach?

Zach Hunter | Posted 11.02.2011 | Religion
Zach Hunter

We understand that it is not enough to talk, talk is cheap. We must "Be the change that [we] wish to see in the world." Because of this knowledge, students are shaping solutions to many social ills

Dirty Tomatoes: A Spiritual And Dietary Proposal

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 10.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

I never really understood religious dietary restrictions, and to be honest, I've never even given up chocolate for Lent. But this kind of dietary scruple makes sense to me.

Religious Leaders Battle Alabama Immigration Law

Posted 10.20.2011 | Religion

By Kent Faulk Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Alabama religious leaders have filed statements in federal court expressing their conce...

Jesus, Bombs And Ice Cream

Shane Claiborne | Posted 10.13.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

I am teaming up with Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, and an all-star cast to create a little event to provoke the imagination on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.

Understanding The Psalms Through The Cries Of The Homeless

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 10.10.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

"Attend to me, and answer me; am troubled in my complaint. I am distraught by the noise of the enemy, because of the clamor of the wicked."

Matthew 15:21-28: Teaching Jesus

Barbara Kay Lundblad | Posted 10.09.2011 | Religion
Barbara Kay Lundblad

Jesus was converted that day to a larger vision of the commonwealth of God. He saw and heard a fuller revelation of God in the voice and face of the Canaanite woman. If Jesus could be changed, can we?

1 Black Dress For 100 Days For Orphans

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 10.07.2011 | Religion
Cornelia Seigneur

It is now Day 97. During the past three months she has worn one black dress, differently each day, she has collected donations on her website and for Warm Blankets Orphan Care International.

A Christian Response To The Ongoing Enslavement Of America's Poor

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 10.03.2011 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

The church is the social institution that should deal with the social ills of society. It has a long history of providing for those in need.

The Moral Default

Jim Wallis | Posted 10.03.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. not just to be broken, but corrupt. The American people are disgusted watching politicians play political chicken with the nation's economy and future. In such a bitter and unprincipled atmosphere, whoever has the political clout to enforce their self-interest and retain their privileges wins the battles. But there are two casualties in such political warfare: the common good and the most vulnerable.

Matthew 14:22-33: Faith Within The Chaos

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 10.03.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Now more than ever, churches that have never done so need to devote talents and money to begin the harder work of imagining new ways forward, new conceptions of what's possible.

Rich, Greedy And Blessed: God Wants To Save Us, Too

Christopher Cocca | Posted 10.01.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

The truth is that many Western Christians could give a full tithe to their churches and a full second tithe toward the eradication of extreme poverty without losing much of our lifestyle.

The Debt Crisis And Our National Character

Dr. David P. Gushee | Posted 09.26.2011 | Religion
Dr. David P. Gushee

A budget is indeed a moral document, reflecting the character of a nation. All of our character qualities are being tested right now. All are pivotal.

Jesus, Stalin And Casey Anthony: Reflections On The Horn Of Africa Drought

Richard Stearns | Posted 09.25.2011 | Religion
Richard Stearns

We did not create the desperate conditions of drought and famine threatening the lives of 10 million people in Africa. But, as Christians, it is our responsibility to do something about it.

Matthew 25: Why We Went To The White House

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.21.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Whenever a new budget or deficit reduction proposal is put forth, somebody should ask how it will impact the poorest and most vulnerable. This is a biblical question, a fair question and a question of justice.

Ending Poverty With Global Christianity's Phantom Trillion

Christopher Cocca | Posted 09.20.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

The Church could end poverty, scarcity, sickness and famine without a dime from the rest of the world. Yes, I'm claiming scandal as a member of the movement.

Remembering Dorothy Day

Robert Ellsberg | Posted 09.20.2011 | Religion
Robert Ellsberg

Dorothy was truly a saint of "common ground" -- someone who held in tension a great love for the church along with deep sufferings over its sins and failings.

The New Evangelical Alliance Waiting To Happen

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Not that the evangelical old guard hasn't served others, but we are seeing a seismic shift in emphasis to one where it's all about translating belief into righteous action on behalf of others.

Why I'm Not A 'Fan' Of Jesus

Pastor Kyle Idleman | Posted 09.14.2011 | Religion
Pastor Kyle Idleman

What it means to be Jesus' follower isn't as arbitrary or subjective as we've made it. Jesus says, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me."

Celebrating Independence And Honoring God -- Half A World Away

Richard Stearns | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Richard Stearns

More than 8 million people in the Republic of South Sudan will celebrate their first Independence Day on July 9. It is only a beginning of a long road for this new nation's people to live up to their potential.