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Barely a month into his presidency and to surprisingly little notice, Joe Biden ordered air strikes on a military site in Syria. No matter the justification or the number of casualties, the Syria bombing was contrary to Biden’s election commitment to end forever wars. The deadly cycle continues apace.

Jamie Aten and Kent Annan write that part of the challenge of mourning our nearly 600,000 dead from COVID-19 in the U.S. has been honoring them while upholding social distancing recommendations.

David W. Key Sr. writes that the Baptist tradition has long held religious liberty as a core conviction. At the same time, he is guided by that very faith which teaches that discrimination is wrong. There is no contradiction here.

What’s happening to my church is occurring in hundreds of churches across the United States. Large numbers of adults have left organized religion behind, and in their wake churches are faced with difficult questions.

Thomas Reese writes that for more than a century, Catholic social teaching has advocated not for a minimum wage but for a living wage for workers. Sadly, however, the U.S. Congress cannot even increase the minimum wage because of parliamentary rules and Republican opposition.

Since the attack on the U.S. Capitol, the term “Christian Nationalism” is showing signs of becoming an all-purpose condemnation of any effort to integrate Christian beliefs with civic engagement, even perfectly peaceful ones. So what is Christian Nationalism, and what is it not?

Amanda Tyler of BJC writes that what Jeep’s Super Bowl ad misses is that both nostalgic Christian Nationalism and violent Christian Nationalism are harmful and divisive.

Karen Swallow Prior writes to explain why she’s still here. Still in the church. Still part of the bride — even if the reality of life in the church hasn’t quite met up to her youthful idealism.

While evangelical participation in and support for the Jan. 6 event profoundly saddens me, I’m not shocked by it either. Big-name preachers, ministry celebrities and political figures have stoked fear, resentment, and affront among my fellow believers for nearly half a century.

Heather Greene reflects on interfaith experiences to ponder what it means to find unity. The question, she writes, is not really whether we can achieve national unity. It is whether we are willing to do the work.