By: Greg DeLoach Professional athletes taking a knee during the national anthem have created an uproar. As followers of Jesus, and not football, there are times to take a knee. It's an act of submission to a greater power and a sign of humility.
By: Roger Olson For some churches, their patriotic God-and-country worship service at Independence Day is a proverbial sacred cow. How can pastors phase out these nationalistic worship services without losing their pulpits?
By: Michael Helms Memorial Day is important because we give pause from our busy lives and are asked to remember the price paid by men and women for our freedom. It slips away the moment we take it for granted.
By: Starlette McNeill Churches will observe Memorial Day many ways, from no observance to full-fledged patriotic services. While love of God and country should not be in competition, a healthy distance should separate them.
By: Charles McGathy The Memorial Day worship service can fill worship leaders with dread. The challenge is to focus worship on the Prince of Peace while realizing many in the church expect patriotic elements in the service.
By: Ron Rolheiser Thanks to innate narcissism, false patriotism and a propensity for tribalism, many of us believe that God has specially blessed us, but God doesn't value some races and some countries more than others.
By: Wade Smith Our nation is polarized, angry and fearful. Political rhetoric and vitriol continue to escalate. Our fear has robbed us of how to live. We've forgotten the meaning of liberty and the joy of pursuing happiness.
By: Grace Ji-Sun Kim and W. Mark Koenig While baseball in the U.S. has challenged prejudices and stereotypes and seen some elements of racism dismantled, racial prejudice and racism have also intertwined with our national pastime.
By: Martin Accad With a passport, the world is yours - at least that's what the slogan claims. After all, the world belongs to the Lord, and we are to be stewards. And many are denied the benefits of citizenship.
Patriotism plays a valuable and healthy role in forming, preserving and enriching a sense of community among Americans. While we have vast religious diversity, we can be unified to the principles upon which the nation is built.