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March 2009 2009
Volume 53, Number 3
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The Depression Epidemic
Why we're more down than ever—and the crucial role churches play in healing.
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The Great Passing On
Goodbye to Pete Hammond and Ignite Your Faith.
Readers Write
Your responses to the January 2009 issue of Christianity Today.
Cartoon of the Month
God in Gaza
Reconciliation work goes on despite worst violence since 1967.
Capital Closures in Myanmar
Authorities order Yangon churches to stop meeting.
Health Worker Conscience Clashes
Christian health workers just want to follow their religious beliefs.
Missionaries Find E-mails Risky
Missionaries' imprisonment shows the security risks of support e-mails.
Quotation Marks
Recent remarks on mouthy pro-life people, forcing students to contemplate religion, and other news developments.
Quieter Killings Beyond Oregon's Borders
Physician-assisted suicide is spreading beyond Oregon's borders.
Passages in the Christian World
Recent appointments, deaths, and transitions in the Christian world.
Go Figure
Get the numbers on homeschoolers, church conflict, and religion's influence.
News Briefs
An association accused two Christian colleges of violating academic freedom, India's Supreme Court promotes religious liberty, and other news in brief.
Saving Souls for Less
Recession leads evangelistic ministries to shift to lower-cost methods.
Editorial: Reducing Abortion for Real
The current proposals to lower the abortion rate will only make things worse.
Editorial: Year of the Study Bible
Christian publishers struck the right chord in 2008.
When You're Depressed
Three questions to ask—five ways to respond.
Cover Package: My Life with Antidepressants
They helped, at least in the beginning.
Cover Package: Connecting to Hope
How local churches can handle — and prevent — depression.
Cover Package: Light When All Is Dark
Our theology makes all the difference in fighting depression.
Willow Creek in Africa
The untold success story of Willow Creek in Africa.
What would John Calvin say to Dick Cheney?
What would John Calvin say to Dick Cheney?
The Incarnation of Screwtape
The man who is the voice of God and the incarnation of Screwtape.
Standing with the Desolate
The anguish of working for those who suffer for their faith.
Richard John Neuhaus: The Radical Conservative
Richard John Neuhaus helped inspire a generation of evangelicals to participate boldly in the public square.
Philip Jenkins on a Theology of Church Extinction
Philip Jenkins says we need a theology of church extinction.
Reflections: Praying for 'Our Daily Bread'
Quotations to stir heart and mind.
Carolyn Arends: Hiding What They Seek
In my desire to be 'seeker-friendly,' I'm often guilty of concealing Jesus.
Why Peter Singer Makes the New Atheists Nervous
Why Peter Singer makes the New Atheists nervous.
Review: <i>Death by Love</i>
These authors don't flinch from sin's depth — or grace's power.
Books Uncommon and Offbeat
Baader-Meinhof, One Square Inch of Silence, and Wrestling with God.
Review: 'Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life'
The wisdom of becoming deeply rooted in one community.
My Top 5 Resources for Lent
Best books to read before Easter.
Finger of God
It's up to the viewer of 'Finger of God' to determine whose they are.
The List: All Things Irish
Get into the Saint Patrick's Day mood with an eclectic selection of websites concerning all things Irish.
Review: <i>Noble Beast</i>
Andrew Bird's latest explores what it means to be human.
Philip Yancey: The Meaning of the Election
The meaning of the election; the work yet to be done.