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Sojourners' Jim Wallis Reveals 'Unexpected' Cancer Diagnosis

Wallis: Post-surgery rest is both physical and spiritual 'for those of us who sometimes tell time by how much we hope we are changing the world.'

Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis revealed today that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer last December and underwent major surgery last week.

"There were no symptoms or problems, just some results from a routine blood test that needed to be checked out," wrote Wallis in a blog post announcing the diagnosis, which came just ahead of the release of–and 18-city tour for–his latest book, On God's Side. As a result, he was blindsided by the news–and by the sudden loss of control he felt.

After months of waiting and praying, though, Wallis had the cancer removed during surgery last week.

"It all went very well; the cancer was contained and removed with no signs of further spreading, pending more pathology reports," he wrote.

Wallis is not the only well-known Christian to reveal a cancer diagnosis lately. Last month, Christian recording artist experienced an unexpected career boost after he divulged his cancer diagnosis to fans, who generously funded a Kickstarter campaign for his new recording project. In addition, Christian philosopher and professor Dallas Willard announced in May his diagnosis with stage 4 cancer; Willard died less than a week later.

CT previously has interviewed Wallis on multiple occasions and first reported on his work as an evangelical activist in Washington, D.C., in 1999. Most recently, CT reported that Wallis "reversed course" from the traditional marriage position he defended to CT in 2008, publicly shifting to support gay marriage.

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Posted:June 13, 2013 at 2:25PM
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