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August 2009 2009
Volume 53, Number 8
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The Case for  Early Marriage
Amid our purity pledges and attempts to make chastity hip, we forgot to teach young Christians how to tie the knot.
With Parents' Help
Newlyweds will need our financial help for a while.
The Waiting Game
Single adults can live fulfilling lives that reveal God's goodness.
An Ocean of Sorrow
Biological maturity signaling cultural adulthood has been the norm for most ages of human history.
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Reasoning Together
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Readers Write
Your responses to the June 2009 issue of Christianity Today.
Desert Deaths
Martyrdoms threaten to displace Christian workers from Yemen.
School's Out Forever
Recession shuts doors of Christian schools nationwide as enrollments drop.
Passages in the Christian World
John Stek dies, Richard and Philip Cunningham sentenced, Sheila Schuller Coleman appointed, and other transitions in the Christian world.
Quotation Marks
Head of the US Communist Party wants to reach out to religious people, Nicolas Sarkozy wants to ban burkas, and other quotes from the news.
What's in a Name?
Christians in Southeast Asia debate their right to refer to God as Allah.
Go Figure
Get the numbers on gays who say they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ, Lutherans in Germany, and changes in charitable giving.
Friend or Foe?
Recent technological advances may hurt the pro-life movement.
Pollution Ruling May Weaken Religious Freedom
Ruling on pollution of sacred mountain may weaken religious freedom.
August News Briefs
Angel Food Ministries settles a lawsuit, Oral Roberts University reduces most of its debt, and other news in the Christian world.
Q & A: Robert Duncan
The archbishop of the new Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) explains an alternative to the Episcopal Church.
The Workers Are Few
Gap exists between what large churches need and what seminaries produce.
One in the Spirit
Evangelicals look for reconciliation in aftermath of Asia's longest civil war.
Editorial: Mega-mirror
Megachurches are not the answer or the problem.
Restless, Reformed, and Single
Online dating services argue that God can use virtual reality too.
Here We Are to Worship
Six principles that might bring a truce to the age-old tension between tradition and popular culture.
The Only 'Christian Nation'
There is no single best way to run a country.
The Purpose-Driven Job Hunter
Richard Nelson Bolles on discerning God's will when facing unemployment.
Career Counseling in Church
More congregations launch job-search programs for the unemployed.
Power Pentecostalisms
The 'non-Catholic' Latin American church is going full steam ahead—but are we on the right track?
Three Gifts for Hard Times
What I've learned as life has taken a turn for what most people think is the worst.
Feeding Hope Under a Rogue Regime
Christian outreach to North Koreans helps to keep millions from starving.
Our Life with God
Quotations to stir heart and mind.
Matter Matters
Lessons learned between the couch and a 10k race.
Putting Worldview in Its Place
There's something more important than our intellectual framework.
Books Uncommon and Offbeat
Short Reviews of Jesus, The Middle Eastern Storyteller, Miss Betsey, and The Sleepy Little Alphabet.
Is Self-Deception Always Bad?
Not necessarily, says Gregg A. Ten Elshof.
My Top 5 Books on Loss
Nancy Guthrie, the author of Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, offers a list of new and classic titles.
Why Churchless Christianity Doesn't Work
Kevin DeYoung defends the institutional church.
New Music: Two for the Soul
Gospel gems from Ashley Cleveland and Ginny Owens.
CDs on The List
Short reviews of new albums by mewithoutYou, Julie Lee, Christopher Ames, and Mat Kearney.
All God's Children
'All God's Children' recalls the travails of a West Africa boarding school.
Charles Colson: We Need Health-Care Reform
And the real question is who gets to decide who gets attention.