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Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Looking Back at 2015: The Church by Michael Sean Winters: “Something is moving in the Church, and it is not wrong to believe it is the Holy Spirit. That was the story of the Church in 2015, a story of freshness and vigor. It was a great year.”

The Long American Tradition of Nativist Politics by Robin Dale Jacobson: “History shows that, even in the United States of America, we need to be vigilant and willing to stand up quickly against persecution.”

Why we can’t get our obesity crisis under control by Robert Paarlberg: “It sometimes seems as though we’ve tried everything: steps by food producers and restaurant chains to reformulate their offerings, self-restraint by companies regarding junk food and soda ads, calorie counts on menus, more nutritious lunches at schools and a high-profile advocacy campaign led by a popular first lady, Michelle Obama. But, in fact, we haven’t tried everything. In the United States, we consistently stop short of using our most powerful policy instruments: taxes and regulations.”

From Nazi Germany, a shining light for our dark political times by Michael Gerson: “The appeal of Christmas to a prisoner, from one perspective, is natural. Christmas upends the normal calculations of power and influence. ‘He takes what is little and lowly,’ Bonhoeffer said, ‘and makes it marvelous. And that is the wonder of all wonders, that God loves the lowly. . . . He loves the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak and broken.’ This is not merely a sentimental insight. In Bonhoeffer’s view, this revelation about the character of God involves a kind of judgment.”

Muslims shield Christian passengers in militant attack on Kenyan bus by Fredrick Nzwili: “Christian leaders have hailed as an act of bravery and selflessness the shielding of some Christians by Muslims after suspected al-Shabab gunmen in Mandera County ambushed a passenger bus.”

Haunting images from Aleppo: ‘Syrian children are at the heart of this catastrophe’ by Liz Sly: “As he moves around the city documenting the aftermath of the bombings, he has been photographing the people he meets. The photos, posted on Instagram, offer a haunting glimpse into the lives of those living with the daily terror of bombs falling from the sky. Some of them lost children; others are children, grappling with horrors they are barely old enough to understand.”

Americans are drinking themselves to death at record rates by Christopher Ingraham: “Alcohol is killing Americans at a rate not seen in at least 35 years, according to new federal data. Last year, more than 30,700 Americans died from alcohol-induced causes, including alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis, which is primarily caused by alcohol use.”