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Senior Editor Beau Underwood reflects on several pieces written about the 4th of July and Christian Nationalism, which he felt made this year’s observance of the holiday feel different.

In a guest piece for Americans United, Editor-in-Chief Brian Kaylor writes why on the Fourth of July, which falls on a Sunday this year, he won’t be attending church.

We explore the culture war around Critical Race Theory. We question the motives of those who started the fight, the degree that those who picked up arms actually understand what CRT is all about, and a key Christian doctrine we risk abandoning by joining the new culture war of “us” versus “them.” 

Columnist Sarah Blackwell notes that the global pandemic has hit pause on many of the life-as-usual activities that filled our calendars. So, she suggests five things for parents to consider before we hit the second half.

Columnist Greg Mamula writes that community is hard work. But, he adds, if we follow the way of the early church, we will discover most of the work is done one meal at a time.

Jason Koon writes that the new resolution on racism passed last week at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting far short of what is needed to begin the SBC’s work of digging out from its racialized past and seeking racial reconciliation.

Russell Moore deserves many of the accolades he received recently, but Brian Kaylor argues the hagiographers miss the real lesson of this morality tale. As Southern Baptists gather this week for their annual meeting in Nashville, it is important to see there is more to the story.

Todd Littleton knows he faces nearly impossible odds at this week’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. Amid a flurry of resolutions decrying critical race theory, he decided to submit his own proposal to recognize structural racism and oppression as societal evils.

Editor-in-Chief Brian Kaylor responds to Paige Patterson claiming during a sermon that a “lynch mob” was out to get him. Kaylor notes that not only is Patterson inaccurately using the metaphor, but Patterson’s words are an injustice to real victims.

Jon Mathieu writes about critical race theory, how it is misconstrued, and why he as a White pastor sees it as a prophetic gift helping him and his church in a quest to be anti-racist.