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Volume 47, Number 7
July
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Suburban Spirituality
"The land of SUVs and soccer leagues tends to weather the soul in peculiar ways, but it doesn't have to"

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Inside CT : Away from the Crowd
You learn a lot about someone through fly fishing
Out of the Garden
Quotation Marks
"Recent comments on praying in school, rebuilding Iraq, and playing paintball"
Youth in a Haze
Hazing is common in church youth groups
Go Figure
Two astronomers determine the time when Jesus died and rose
The Book on Tape (Not Tapes)
The new Talking Bible contains all of the New Testament on one cassette
Put Yourself in Jesus Shoes
"Within 48 hours, a supermarket chain pulls shoes with Jesus' image from the shelves"
Cross Purposes
Wearing the Christian symbol can be a problem in places like Saudi Arabia and Pennsylvania
400K and counting
Christians recoil at explosive growth of frozen human embryos
Study Lauds Prisoner Program
Prison Fellowship releases InnerChange research at a White House roundtable
Big Idea Loses Suit
Jury says creator of VeggieTales owes $11 million to ex-distributor
Cooling off Gay Agenda
PCUSA conservatives turn back liberal challenges
Christian Research Institute Accused of 'Naïve' Bookkeeping
Report by whistleblowers to Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability prompts CRI employees to reimburse funds
Pro-life Groups Ready to Defend Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
Court challenge to new law expected
"Prayer, Incorporated"
Growing numbers of businesses count intercessors as a corporate asset
Evangelicals Advise on Muslim Dialogue
"But hastily called meeting fails to include Franklin Graham, Falwell, and Robertson"
Anglican Communion Frays
Bishops worldwide chastise Canadian bishop who approved gay unions
Doctrinal Aftershocks
Worldwide Church of God seeks a new start in the face of fresh opposition
Canada Backs Gay Marriages
Conservatives say decision could put pressure on dissenting churches
Yankee Stadium Strike Out
Latest Benke ruling reveals deep fissures among Missouri Synod Lutherans
Church Sells Armstrong's Works
Nineteen books by founder sold to Worldwide Church of God splinter group
Power in Punjab
Christians see churches—and opposition—grow among Sikhs
Baptists Fire Missionaries
Thirteen missionaries fired and twenty resign over the Baptist Faith and Message
Trouble in the Garden
Historic Chicago homeless shelter is under siege by City Hall
Watch that Invocation
Prayer in Jesus' name forbidden in California legislative meetings
Ignoring God in the Constitution
Draft fails to acknowledge Europe's Christian heritage
The State of Missions
The director of World Inquiry talks about the challenges and priorities of the evangelical missions community
Daring to Dream Again
Chaldean Christians connect with other believers
Pakistan Court Acquits Christian of Blasphemy
"Arrested in 1998, Aslam Masih is released from prison because of a lack of evidence"
Souls on Ice
The costs of in vitro fertilization are moral and spiritual—not just financial
Beyond Virtue and Vice
"Some morals are absolute, but they are not ultimate"
Courting Trouble
Christians oppose embedding Islamic tribunals in Kenya's new constitution
Religion in the 'Burbs
"An interview with R. Stephen Warner, sociologist of religion at University of Illinois at Chicago"
"Baptists Cut Staff, Missionaries"
The International Missions Board Lays off 37 and leaves 24 positions open
Roadblocks and Voting Blocs
Today's evangelicals are committed to peace—not just security—for Israel
Coming Attractions
Gay activism is not just found in liberal churches
Turning the Mainline Around
New sociological studies show that evangelicals may well succeed at renewing wayward Protestantism
Damping the Fuse in Iraq
A veteran peacemaker discusses how religion can help stave off religious conflict after Saddam
Rabbit Trails to God
John Updike has made a career of writing the most theological novels in America
Jesus' Woodstock
"After 20 summers of love, the Cornerstone Festival still opens doors for unknown musicians and unlocks truth for hungry minds"
Tangling with Wolves
Why we still need heresy trials
Bumper Sticker Theology
Quotations to stir the heart and mind on the open road
Breakthrough Dancing
A look at one of the most creative youth ministries in Hong Kong—if not the world
Hit by the SARS Tornado
Breakthrough reacted quickly when the disease hit Hong Kong.
Classic & Contemporary Excerpts from July 01, 2003
Quotations to Stir Heart and Mind
Creature Discomforts
A conservative Christian makes the case for animal mercy in Dominion
"Fun, Friendly Advice"
"The Unauthorized Guide to Choosing a Church leads church hunters through the liturgy, the lingo, and the lunacy."
Criminal Faith
"Going nuclear, North Korea allows worship only of its dictator"
Faith-based Bathing
What role does baptism play in faith and salvation?
Roe vs. Judicial Sense
Forget briefly its immorality—it's just bad law
Being Here
Why we should sink our roots in the places we call home
Christ via Judaism
"Lauren Winner's spiritual journey is an invaluable—and, to some, unsettling—reminder of where we came from"
Soul Language on Paper
Blue Like Jazz resonates with readers who grapple with the paradoxes of faith
Navigating Life Storms
Norman Wright's Helping Those Who Hurt guides readers in encouraging loved ones
As Close as Our Breath
Jim Carrey plays God with unholy flair in a movie that is Judeo-Christian to its bones
Taming the Techno Monster
"In Power Failure, Albert Bergmann looks at Christianity in a culture of technology"
Everyday Truths
"Simple activities bind families together and deepen their relationship with God, says the author of Sacred Stories of Ordinary Families"
Going It Alone
We should take heed when much of the world says it distrusts us