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July 2003
Volume 47, Number 7
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Table of Contents 2003
The CT Archives are a rich treasure of biblical wisdom and insight from our past. Some things we would say differently today, and some stances we've changed. But overall, we're amazed at how relevant so much of this content is. We trust that you'll find it a helpful resource. - Mark Galli, editor-in-chief
You learn a lot about someone through fly fishing
"Recent comments on praying in school, rebuilding Iraq, and playing paintball"
Hazing is common in church youth groups
The new Talking Bible contains all of the New Testament on one cassette
"Within 48 hours, a supermarket chain pulls shoes with Jesus' image from the shelves"
Two astronomers determine the time when Jesus died and rose
Wearing the Christian symbol can be a problem in places like Saudi Arabia and Pennsylvania
Christians recoil at explosive growth of frozen human embryos
Prison Fellowship releases InnerChange research at a White House roundtable
Jury says creator of VeggieTales owes $11 million to ex-distributor
Report by whistleblowers to Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability prompts CRI employees to reimburse funds
Court challenge to new law expected
PCUSA conservatives turn back liberal challenges
Growing numbers of businesses count intercessors as a corporate asset
"But hastily called meeting fails to include Franklin Graham, Falwell, and Robertson"
Bishops worldwide chastise Canadian bishop who approved gay unions
Conservatives say decision could put pressure on dissenting churches
Worldwide Church of God seeks a new start in the face of fresh opposition
Latest Benke ruling reveals deep fissures among Missouri Synod Lutherans
Nineteen books by founder sold to Worldwide Church of God splinter group
Christians see churches—and opposition—grow among Sikhs
Thirteen missionaries fired and twenty resign over the Baptist Faith and Message
Historic Chicago homeless shelter is under siege by City Hall
Prayer in Jesus' name forbidden in California legislative meetings
Chaldean Christians connect with other believers
"Arrested in 1998, Aslam Masih is released from prison because of a lack of evidence"
The director of World Inquiry talks about the challenges and priorities of the evangelical missions community
Draft fails to acknowledge Europe's Christian heritage
The costs of in vitro fertilization are moral and spiritual—not just financial
"Some morals are absolute, but they are not ultimate"
Christians oppose embedding Islamic tribunals in Kenya's new constitution
The International Missions Board Lays off 37 and leaves 24 positions open
"The land of SUVs and soccer leagues tends to weather the soul in peculiar ways, but it doesn't have to"
"An interview with R. Stephen Warner, sociologist of religion at University of Illinois at Chicago"
Today's evangelicals are committed to peace—not just security—for Israel
Gay activism is not just found in liberal churches
New sociological studies show that evangelicals may well succeed at renewing wayward Protestantism
A veteran peacemaker discusses how religion can help stave off religious conflict after Saddam
John Updike has made a career of writing the most theological novels in America
"After 20 summers of love, the Cornerstone Festival still opens doors for unknown musicians and unlocks truth for hungry minds"
Why we still need heresy trials
Quotations to stir the heart and mind on the open road
A look at one of the most creative youth ministries in Hong Kong—if not the world
Breakthrough reacted quickly when the disease hit Hong Kong.
Quotations to Stir Heart and Mind
A conservative Christian makes the case for animal mercy in Dominion
"The Unauthorized Guide to Choosing a Church leads church hunters through the liturgy, the lingo, and the lunacy."
"Going nuclear, North Korea allows worship only of its dictator"
What role does baptism play in faith and salvation?
Forget briefly its immorality—it's just bad law
Why we should sink our roots in the places we call home
"Lauren Winner's spiritual journey is an invaluable—and, to some, unsettling—reminder of where we came from"
Blue Like Jazz resonates with readers who grapple with the paradoxes of faith
Norman Wright's Helping Those Who Hurt guides readers in encouraging loved ones
"In Power Failure, Albert Bergmann looks at Christianity in a culture of technology"
"Simple activities bind families together and deepen their relationship with God, says the author of Sacred Stories of Ordinary Families"
Jim Carrey plays God with unholy flair in a movie that is Judeo-Christian to its bones
We should take heed when much of the world says it distrusts us
Fixing the Fellowship Deficit in America’s Struggling Communities
Fixing the Fellowship Deficit in America’s Struggling Communities
Why collapsing cities and towns need something more than a better economy or a bigger government.