• March 27, 2015

    For the past few years, Sojourners has been intimately involved in efforts to reform America’s broken immigration system. We took up this issue because we believe that our Christian faith compels us to struggle for a more humane immigration system as a moral imperative. The Scriptures are very clear on this issue, as Matthew Soerens of the Evangelical Immigration Table has already outlined in this Think Christian series. This text from...

  • March 24, 2015

    In her well-received TED talk last week, Monica Lewinsky reminded her audience that many of today’s young adults were only children in 1998, when she became infamous overnight for her relationship with then-president Bill Clinton. She learned then what many have learned since: news travels fast and far in the digital age, especially when it’s mortifying. In her talk, “The Price of Shame,” Lewinsky contends that our culture of shaming has gotten dangerously out of hand and that we must instead encourage the values of compassion and empathy...

  • March 23, 2015

    I grew up in the Christian Reformed Church. My family was in church twice (almost) every Sunday, my Dad served on the council and we were all involved in various ministries throughout the church. My parents graduated from Dordt College, and my sister and I graduated from there as well. For me, I grew up knowing that we were a Christian family, but more specifically, I grew up knowing we were a CRC family. Fast forward to today. I am now an RCA pastor, and my siblings no longer attend CRC churches... 

  • March 23, 2015

    We walk regularly. Almost everyday we see someone, and many times it turns into a opportunity to build momentum in our relationships with neighbours. In the  past few weeks, we have had people stop and roll down their window because of previous conversations, some to ask what’s up, and others even sharing their food. One neighbour was cutting his fire wood outside, another walking his dogs. And then there was today’s walk at zero degrees, with wind blowing  at about dusk…

  • March 23, 2015

    After watching the movie about this non-violent movement and the famous speech by Martin Luther King about his ‘Dream’ I began to wonder about the driving force behind this non-violent, non-retaliate, anti-racism movement (still at work in the USA). Are there any other movements in the other parts of the world? I found three more persons in the twentieth century who had a similar vision. Mahatma Gandhi a Hindu from India, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, known as Bacha Khan a Muslim from Afghanistan/Pakistan and the third is Nelson Mandela a Christian from South Africa...

  • March 20, 2015

    “Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by thy help I’ve come.” There’s deep wisdom in this line from the hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. It reminds us of the story of the Israelites setting up a pile of rocks, after finally crossing the Jordan River into Canaan (Joshua 4). Why did God tell them to set up this pile of rocks? To remember. To mark a spot where they had seen Him at work. The road to restored relationships is long. And yet, as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission wraps up its 6-year...