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June 2003
Volume 47, Number 6
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Table of Contents
Gracia Burnham believes her husband would be alive today if someone had paid the proper ransom—but mission agencies wonder how many other missionaries would have been kidnapped as a result
Administration still seeks 'revolutionary' change
Outgoing president put the association back in the black
The new president of the National Association of Evangelicals talks about the current state and future goals of the association and evangelicalism
Open letter prompts leaders of controversial church to promise reform
"Christians blast Nazi-like survey, 'draconian' conversion law"
"In four cities, security forces arrest 170 Protestant Christians"
"In a 'new and disturbing twist,' rebel forces target international agencies"
"The deadly illness has changed Asia's church life, but the uncertainty is bringing people to Christ"
"Bush acknowledges country's military activity, but does not impose threatened sanctions"
Christian media can play a special role in cases like the kidnapping of the Burnhams
"Recent comments about war, abortion, and the separation of church and state"
"Under 1996 law, medical workers are prohibited from contacting churches about hospitalized members"
We can do better than merely mirror the naïveté of our enemies
Full religious freedom for Iraq is not negotiable
Quotations to Stir Heart and Mind
Being the Body ties together Charles Colson's varied strands of advocacy
"What Christians have thought of the afterlife, & what difference it makes now"
"An interview with Charles Colson, author of Being the Body"
Self-improvement is our culture's most durable religion
"In This Far By Faith, Juan Williams argues that the spiritual journey of African Americans is essential to understanding America"
Saint Julian is a dark fictional account of depravity and redemption
Mike Mason's Champagne for the Soul is an ode to joy
"To alleviate AIDS, we must sharpen our moral vision"
It took philosophy and a friend to convince this atheist
Christians seek to balance relief work and evangelism in Iraq
How Biola University is making inroads in the larger philosophical world
Dobson turns to an old friend to stabilize his organization
Staff positions and ministries trimmed in the face of a struggling economy
Illinois Vineyard church wins right to worship in its own building
"Recent comments on praying in school, rebuilding Iraq, and playing paintball"
Hazing is common in church youth groups
Wearing the Christian symbol can be a problem in places like Saudi Arabia and Pennsylvania.
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"
A veteran peacemaker discusses how religion can help stave off religious conflict after Saddam
Quotations to Stir Heart and Mind
"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
Lauren Winner's spiritual journey is an invaluable—and, to some, unsettling—reminder of where we came from
John Updike has made a career of writing the most theological novels in America
Norman Wright's Helping Those Who Hurt guides readers in encouraging loved ones
We should take heed when much of the world says it distrusts us.
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
How evangelicals view Islam and their own happiness
Two astronomers determine the time when Jesus died and rose
Evangelical leaders in numerous disciplines choose the year's top titles
Christian, What Do You Believe? Survey Says Probably a Heresy About Jesus
Christian, What Do You Believe? Probably a Heresy About Jesus, Says Survey
Third study of the state of American theology, examining 34 beliefs, released by Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research.