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December 2014
Volume 58, Number 10
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Table of Contents
Features
Pop Francis: Why Everyone Loves the Pope
From secular journalists to charismatic Christians, millions are taken with the Jesuit from Argentina.
The college's president says the issues on campus go deeper than 'homosexual practice.'
Millionaire lawyer Mark Lanier moonlights as a Sunday school teacher.
What weird Nativity sets get right about the story of Jesus.
Fleeing violence, nearly 1.3 million Syrians and Iraqis are now living in Jordan. How local and global leaders are meeting their needs.
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News
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our December issue).
Recent research tests the most famous adage about the persecuted church.
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Theory suggests wise men saw something big in something little.
Why some United Methodist evangelicals suggest a split, even though their side is winning.
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The Weight of Ferguson, ISIS, and Boko Haram
How we bear, sometimes joyfully, the burdens of 2014.
Rooting our celebration of Christ’s birth more deeply in our lives.
The Bible was made to be read in church first.
He still shapes our wartime ideals 150 years later.
Reviews
The Unremarkable Call to Love Our Gay Neighbors
Glenn Stanton shows how friendship and biblical fidelity belong together.
How the threat of eternal punishment stirred moral and spiritual urgency in early America.
For my family, there's no dividing line between "American Christmas" and "Christian Christmas."
From the editor of Books & Culture.
J. D. Greear remembers what gets missed in secondary debates.
Tooth & Nail Records let Christian teenagers be both safe and subversive.
Compiled by Matt Reynolds
In Every Issue
Why even ‘nones’ like my brother are taking notice.
Readers respond to the October issue via letters, tweets, and blogs.
How I know it's nonetheless real.
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Playlist: The Best New Christmas Music
Playlist: The Best New Christmas Music
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