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November (Web-only) 2012

What Egypt's Christians Think of Hastily Completed Constitution
Withdrawal of church representatives failed to force compromise.
What's Driving Evangelical Enthusiasm?
Data shows growing Catholic-evangelical "intensity gap"—but it doesn't indicate exactly why.
Yes, Holiness Does Require Effort
Kevin DeYoung responds to Mark Galli and our other reviewers.
If at First You Don't Succeed, Stop Trying so Hard
The self-conscious pursuit of holiness leaves us despairing over (inevitable) failures or gloating pridefully over (illusory) successes.
Egypt Erupts Again: Christians Resist Muslim Brotherhood President's Power Grab
Coptic VP resigns as assembly rushes to finalize new constitution.
Preaching Holiness to Reformed Theology Nuts
Can Kevin DeYoung's message reach people outside his particular Christian subculture?
The Sweaty Work of Sanctification
Holiness is God's gift to redeemed Christians, but we need to strive for it all the same.
How 'Two and a Half Men' Star Became a 'Paid Hypocrite'
Angus T. Jones explains the conversion that led him to denounce his CBS sitcom as 'filth.'
The Best New Christmas Music of 2012
From Arkansas folk to Celtic harmonies, 'tis the season for the "seasonal" genre.
The Hole In Our Holiness Goes Even Deeper
Kevin DeYoung uncovers a troubling erosion of personal evangelical piety, but what about the public implications of godly living?
Life of Pi
Director Ang Lee creates a big, beautiful, and very spiritual film. But the spirituality is all over the map.
Post-Election Fight over the 'Evangelical' Brand
Jim Daly, other leaders want 'evangelical' to be less about politics.
What China's Seven New Rulers Mean for Its 80 Million Christians
Once-a-decade Communist Party transition 'bodes well' for the surging Chinese church.
Why Americans Don't Think God Talk is Weird
Robert Wuthnow says modern believers maintain a creative tension between the worldviews of naturalism and religion.
The Surprising Christian Organizations Suing the Government
Many suing over the HHS contraception mandate are doing so "despite, not because of, the culture war aspect."
Lincoln
A stellar film about the Great Emancipator—and a lesson in working with a divided Congress.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2
The series finale ends on a modest high note by delivering exactly what its fans want.
Is the Petraeus Scandal a Religious Affair?
Some see echoes of King David.
New Efforts by Barna Group, NAE, Others Aim to Reach—and Understand—Hispanics
Evangelical leaders capitalize on post-election interest in U.S. Latinos.
A Century After Bringing the Theater to Church, Aimee Semple McPherson Heads to Broadway
A Century After Bringing the Theater to Church, Aimee Semple McPherson Heads to Broadway
Foursquare Foundation helped to finance Kathie Lee Gifford's "Scandalous."
Can Egypt's Christian Assistant President Get Democracy Back on Track?
Can Egypt's Christian Assistant President Get Democracy Back on Track?
Copts debate influence of Samir Marcos on Mohamed Morsy's presidential team.
Miracle
For the Glory
Our Desert Ways
Does the World Really Want a New Supertones Album?
Does the World Really Want a New Supertones Album?
Yes, it's overtly Christian. Yes, it's ska. Yes, this is 2012. And they know it.
Church Leaders Are Reshaping Ministry for 1 Million Returning Vets
Church Leaders Are Reshaping Ministry for 1 Million Returning Vets
Former military members need time and attention, but not necessarily programs.
How to Treat Veterans in Your Church
How to Treat Veterans in Your Church
Recognizing them and their service doesn't mean making them stand up on Sunday morning.
The 'Benevolent Sexism' at Christian Colleges
The 'Benevolent Sexism' at Christian Colleges
A new study finds that women faculty say they're undermined and passed over for advancement because of their gender. But they're happier than they'd be at secular schools.
Skyfall
Skyfall
The 23rd official Bond film is a return to the movies of the past—for better and worse.
New Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby Inherits a Divided Anglican Communion
New Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby Inherits a Divided Anglican Communion
Evangelical leader says he'll re-examine his opposition to same-sex marriage.
Sorry, 'Emergence Christianity' Still Isn't the Reformation
Sorry, 'Emergence Christianity' Still Isn't the Reformation
Phyllis Tickle's investigation into the varieties of "emergence Christianity" is insufficiently skeptical about "this new thing that God is doing."
Superstorm Sandy Spotlights Surge in Southern Baptist Church Plants
Superstorm Sandy Spotlights Surge in Southern Baptist Church Plants
Out of 118 new SBC churches in Northeast, all but four are still going strong.
Does It Matter that Evangelicals Became Prolife Recently?
Does It Matter that Evangelicals Became Prolife Recently?
One pundit says it proves our biblical views are driven by politics. Not quite.
After Election 2012: Living in the 'New Moral Landscape'
After Election 2012: Living in the 'New Moral Landscape'
A roundup of post-election buzz and responses.
In Defeats, Evangelicals' Political Unity at All-Time High
In Defeats, Evangelicals' Political Unity at All-Time High
In three decades, born-again voters have gone from an even split to 4-to-1 Republican.
Seeing the Hidden Grace of Alzheimer's
Seeing the Hidden Grace of Alzheimer's
Those who appear weak and foolish can be powerful conduits of God's love.
After Superstorm Sandy, Advice For Churches
After Superstorm Sandy, Advice for Churches from the First Christian Disaster Research Center
An interview with Wheaton College's new Humanitarian Disaster Institute.
Child's Ballot Will Determine November Election—Of Next Coptic Pope
Child's Ballot Will Determine November Election—Of Next Coptic Pope
Egypt's Orthodox cast lots Sunday to find God's choice for who succeeds Pope Shenouda III.
The Year Of The Personal Endorsement
The Year Of The Personal Endorsement
Why evangelical leaders who've been coy in the past are now making their picks explicit.
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Five Errors to Drop From Your Easter Sermon
Five Errors to Drop From Your Easter Sermon
If you want to help people see Holy Week with fresh eyes, start by dropping these familiar fallacies.