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December 2017
Volume 61, Number 10
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Table of Contents
Features
Cover Story: Blessed Are the Handouts
Why some Christian poverty experts believe we should give cash to the poor, no strings attached.
Here's when and how you can best help the poor.
Enlightenment-era pastors didn’t oppose modern science. They helped advance it.
Over the next five years, each Dallas-area location gets a Village of its own.
An Eastern Orthodox theologian assesses Luther’s famous doctrine of ‘sola fide.’
Our Christmas stories may be missing their most important character.
News
The Great Call of China: Churches Poised to Become Major Exporters
Hundreds pledge lives to missions at ‘Chinese Urbana’ as red tape rises.
Labor of love brings the Reformation’s seminal work into the Middle East.
Views
In Defense of Pro-Life ‘Hypocrisy’
Analogies between abortion and other “life issues” are shakier than we sometimes suppose.
Peter sees no conflict with God’s compassion and his justice.
Teens should take Bible study as seriously as school and sports practice.
Reviews
The Christian Leader’s Guide to Economics
The so-called “dismal science” is a powerful tool for wealth creation, but also for healing broken communities.
How theology sheds new light on the purposes of architecture.
Compiled by Matt Reynolds.
How the composer (and his lesser-known collaborator) wedded Scripture and music in daring new ways.
Selected by Paul Gutjahr, Ruth Halls Professor of English at Indiana University and editor of 'The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America.'
In Every Issue
Our December Issue: Being Shrewd Samaritans
We’re learning more than ever about good giving.
Responses to our October issue.
After a childhood marred by substance abuse and a deadbeat dad, I made a friend who would change my life.
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The Biggest Loser in the Alabama Election
The Biggest Loser in the Alabama Election
It’s not Republicans or Democrats, but Christian witness.