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Columnist Bruce Frogge considers what it would be like to break ties with Christianity. Have Christian ministers making a national name for themselves by offering religious exemptions to anyone seeking to avoid vaccine directives or mask mandates stretched the Big Tent of Christianity to its limits?

Columnist Rodney Kennedy argues that the church has a thinking problem when it comes to the poor. The same ideas keep popping back up generation after generation going all the way back to Pharaoh. So, how do we rewrite the playbook?

Editor-in-Chief Brian Kaylor reflects on the call to “never forget” 9/11, as well as the ways we seem to struggle to even remember or acknowledge deaths today.

Pastor Keith Herron explores the complex relationship between church growth and church health. This culminates in a barometer that begins with covenant and moves toward mission and purpose in order to define what a healthy church looks like.

Now that the trustees at Southwest Baptist University dropped their push for new governing documents, Brian Kaylor offers six next steps that leaders of the school and the Missouri Baptist Convention should take.

Columnist Ken Satterfield explains the duality of our attitude toward passwords: In the Kingdom of Should, we know we should come up with strong passwords and not use the same password for multiple accounts. In the Kingdom of But, we know all of this, but we still pick the names of our children, pets, significant dates, and favorite teams.

Attorney and alum Russell Jackson responds to the news that trustees at Southwest Baptist University decided last week to drop their court petition seeking approval for new governing articles.

Columnist Sarah Blackwell discusses how can we better discern when to open our mouths or when to keep them shut — particularly on social media. This means exploring the question: when is saying nothing the path to winning? 

Those who took the pandemic seriously, and made life-altering decisions all along to protect others, are being asked to dig deeper into the well of compassion to ladle out another cup or two of sympathy. But for many that well is dry.

As the U.S. mission in Afghanistan now falls apart in apocalyptic fashion, it is important we learn from this failure. The integrity of the American Church’s public witness in the future demands revisiting our role two decades ago in lending support to the tragedy that ultimately unfolded.