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You may believe you know all you need to know about the tensions between the US and Iran, but it may not be as clear-cut as you think. To interpret the latest round of US-Iran tension, here is some history you need to know. […] Read More

President Trump ordered the killing of one of Iran’s top military commanders. Iran, in turn, fired missiles hitting military bases housing US troops. Tit-for-tat acts of violence may be the way of war; it is not the way of Jesus. […] Read More

The decision for any president to engage in warlike actions should be taken with great caution and wisdom. Yet our presidents seem to be falling into a pattern of crying wolf when it comes to clear evidence for warlike actions. […] Read More

In a Dec. 9 letter, faith leaders urged candidates for US president in 2020 to reduce U.S. military spending, redirecting those funds to alleviate poverty and hunger, improve education and protect the environment. […] Read More

Teachers and schools are in charge of our most precious resource yet struggle for adequate financing. What if schools enjoyed pork-barrel largesse and the military depended on corporate charity? Talk about a reversal of fortunes. […] Read More

The biggest way your church can honor veterans is not through worship services centered around an unauthentic fantasy of “American exceptionalism” on Veterans Day. Instead, try these 3 ideas. […] Read More

It is often expressed that the nature of the church is spiritual, not political. Jesus, the Savior of the world, is primarily, if not exclusively, interested in the salvation of souls. However, when this assumption is tested in the face of tragedy, we are left with a shallow gospel that is unable to speak hope […] Read More

(RNS) Growing up in Kuwait, Asif Balbale thought he wanted to become a chemical engineer. He never imagined enlisting in the U.S. Navy, much less becoming an imam. Balbale got his engineering degree after immigrating to the U.S. at age 21. With jobs hard to come by, he tried to enlist in the Army, but […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Military chaplains can lead same-sex marriage ceremonies on and off military bases, the Pentagon announced Friday (Sept. 30), in a move that closely followed the repeal of a ban on openly gay service members. “A military chaplain may participate in or officiate any private ceremony, whether on or off a military installation, provided […] Read More

Editor’s note: The story below will be included in remarks by Charles McGathy, pastor of First Baptist Church in Madison, N.C., at a 9/11 ceremony this Sunday. I’d like to share with you a story. This happened in the days following 9/11 while I was serving as Command Chaplain at Naval Base Coronado, Calif. It […] Read More