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The 9/11 Narrative

September 11th, 2011

I didn't plan on writing about 9/11 this year. I wrote about it last year (and in 2001, linking to the article I tracked down last year, though my thoughts from back then are lost in a Comic Sans archive of messiness), and I assumed I wouldn't have more to say this year. But while I still believe that the September 2001 article I reposted from the vocalist of Ballydowse is the best response to the event, I think there are words to be said about our national response since then, and it is those I decided to give attention to.

Bin Laden may be dead, but we are a country of revenge

May 5th, 2011

We all know that Osama bin Laden was killed by American forces the other day.

The revolution will be misunderstood

February 1st, 2011

Like many others, I've been following Egypt's revolution the past several days, and Tunisia's before it.

The Cordoba Initiative and Manhattan

August 20th, 2010

I hadn't planned on writing anything here about the Cordoba Initiative and it's planned Park 51 Islamic Cultural Center in Lower Manhattan.

Thinking of Israel

January 31st, 2010

I've never been a person who wanted to go to Israel. I've known lots of people who wanted to go, and a good number of people - pastors and professors and such - who have been, but nothing I'd heard in the past has been at all compelling.

Hello, 2010

January 9th, 2010

Right. So 2010 is a few days old now. Welcome to it. Lots of folks have been reflecting upon 2009, reflecting upon the 2000s, and imagining things for 2010 and the 2010s.

Dr. Cornel West in Atlanta

October 29th, 2009

Yesterday, I had the privilege of listening to Dr. Cornel West speak in Atlanta, at Emory University's State of Race event.

Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

October 9th, 2009

As you may have already seen, Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize. You can see his response, which I deeply appreciate and respect, though I disagree with parts of it. First of all, I'll say this: I don't think any United States president is really worthy of an award for peace.

Personal healthcare overview

September 10th, 2009

Thus far, this blog has been relatively quiet on the issue of healthcare, though I have linked to a number of conversations concerning it over the last few months.

A church story, on Pentecostals, Anabaptists, and politics

August 16th, 2009

As I've said here before, when I look at church history I see strong, real links between the nonviolent, prophetic, anti-Imperial life that Jesus advocated for his followers, and the charismatic, Spirit-filled life that he advocated for those same followers.

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Jonathan Stegall is a web designer and emergent / emerging follower of Jesus currently living in Atlanta, seeking to abide in the creative tension between theology, spirituality, design, and justice.