Bearing Witness in a Violent WorldFebruary 22, 2011
As Christians we are called to both witness Christ’s suffering and witness to others about its meaning. Since we cannot turn a blind eye from Calvary’s cross, we are not allowed to turn a blind eye to unjust suffering in our world.
Gospel Truth in the Age of GoogleJanuary 21, 2011
The post-Google world presents a number of challenges to the call of the church to proclaim truth . . . We live in an age where lies can spread from BlackBerries to Facebook in the click of a track ball and anyone can follow three easy steps to set up a blog from which they spout their version of reality. In a time when information is readily available to all, truth is becoming harder to unveil. If the church is to have any hope of living into its call to proclaim the truth, these are the realities we must confront.
Ratify New START, say religious leaders. Celebrate Christmas with peace.December 16, 2010
In a joint press conference last week by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and National Association of Evangelicals, religious leaders called on the Senate to ratify the New START before that august body recessed for the holiday. The National Council of Churches and other Christian bodies representing believers from across the theological and denominational spectrum agree.
Working after Christmas–WWJD?December 16, 2010
But Senators Jim DeMint and Jon Kyl, who have been trying to delay votes on these issues, are upset. Rather than admitting their political reasons for opposing work, they’ve come up with a creative excuse: taking votes in the days around Christmas is “sacreligious” and “disrespectful” to Christians.
Senators Kyl and DeMint Exploit Faith for Political MeansDecember 16, 2010
Kyl and Demint, after being the driving forces in delaying a vote to pass the New START Treaty, now say it would be “disrespect[ful]” to vote on New START during Christmas, believing instead they should be home. I wonder what our troops who will be working during Christmas think of their need for a vacation?
Major New Ad Campaign Draws National Attention, Considerable DiscussionNovember 19, 2010
Press Call with General Arlen Jameson, Rev. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, Ben Chang on New START Passage AVN’s Multi-State Campaign Anchored by “Daisy Ad” Remake is Launched and Active in 5 States Arlington, VA–American Values Network (AVN) yesterday hosted a press call announcing its new ad and outreach campaign in Arizona, Tennessee, Ohio, Florida, and Mississippi highlighting [...]
AVN Does NetrootsAugust 2, 2010
The American Values Network headed to Las Vegas this July to join well over 2,000 progressive leaders, activists, and bloggers from all over the country for the annual, four-day Netroots Nation conference. AVN’s Executive Director, Eric Sapp, joined four other leaders of faith on one of the conference panels to discuss the importance of enrolling, [...]
Glenn Beck and the Foolishness of the CrossJuly 22, 2010
By: Rachel Johnson Should Christians reject the cross of Jesus Christ? Listen to Glenn Beck and it would be reasonable to think that the answer is yes. In his latest tirade against Christians who devote their lives to justice, Mr. Beck distorted the symbol that stands at the very heart of Christianity by arguing that [...]
The Tea Party Is Mostly Pro-Choice and Pro-Gay: Knowing That MattersJuly 6, 2010
By: Eric Sapp Sun Tzu, the famous Chinese tactician said, “Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster. But if you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.” For Democrats and progressives trying to make sense of the electoral [...]
Wrong-Headed And “Half-Assed,” Graham Caves When Real Leadership Is NeededJune 17, 2010
One of the pressing issues of our time is climate change, and as South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said in the past, “We refuse to accept the argument that the United States cannot lead the world in addressing global climate change” . . . All the reasons Sen. Graham supported climate legislation haven’t changed, just his willingness to stand by them.