In 2012, President Barack Obama declared the United States would always be "the one indispensable nation in world affairs." But only five years later, many people wonder whether that remarkable era of world leadership is now coming to an end. Donald Trump has publicly spoken of abandoning America’s longtime commitments in many regions of the world.
"Patience is a Christian virtue, to be sure. But in the present mean-spirited and divisive political climate, and given the coming disaster on Jan. 20 that we have brought on ourselves, I want to say a good word for impatience," writes Will Willimon, professor of the practice of Christian ministry at Duke Divinity School and a retired United Methodist bishop.
Commentary: The church's Jubilee Year of Mercy confronts us with Ricky Gray who stands in need of God's mercy made real in the world.
Commentary: With Donald Trump heading to the White House, there are clear steps he needs to take to heal the wounds of the divisive campaign.
Commentary: The Christian right once said we need men of strong character to lead our nation. But that was before.
Commentary: Francis views gender as binary and he's not shown understanding of the LGBTQ experiences, but he's right on colonization.
Commentary: While running mates don't always agree, the Democratic ticket has flown to different wings within the "pro-choice" camp.
Commentary: In this time of social and political polarization, we should remind ourselves of something that unites us: abortion.
Commentary: Is the concept of female permanent deacons a viable idea?
Commentary: Pope Francis' call for a discussion of reestablishing women deacons in the church raises three very important questions.