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October 2011
Volume 55, Number 10
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Cover: How to Read the Bible
New strategies for interpreting Scripture turn out to be not so new—and deepen our life in Christ.


Survey: Frequent Bible Reading Can Turn You Liberal
What a surprising survey says about how reading the Bible frequently can turn you liberal (in some ways).
Q & A: Chai Ling
Each day in China, 35,000 baby girls are aborted and 500 women commit suicide. One freedom fighter won't take it any longer.
John Stott on Discipleship
How we can be salt and light.
Drilling for Truth
Drilling for truth in the Central African Republic.
Calling for Heroic Commitment
The makers of 'Fireproof' are improving their craft with 'Courageous,' their new film about fatherhood.


Unexpected Political Hero
Even evangelicals who disagreed with Mark Hatfield admired his passionate faith.
Is Online Dating for Christians?
An anthropologist, a writer, and a ministry leader consider Christian dating websites.
Power Washed by God
The blessings—and danger—of divine proximity.


Half the Sky Is Falling
'Unnatural Selection' traces the world's missing girls back to powerful Western institutions.
Excerpt: 'Chaos and Grace'
Free at first: an excerpt from 'Chaos and Grace.'
The 'Big Love' Strategy
What are Americans learning from pop culture portrayals of polygamy?
What's New is Old
Today's politically liberal evangelicals may not be as different as some imagine.
My Top 5 Books For Young Adults
Picks from Sara Zarr, author of 'How to Save a Life.'
Profiling Christians Who Have Suffered Under Chinese Communism
A non-Christian reporter profiles martyrs of the Middle Kingdom. A review of 'God Is Red.'
Simply Jesus
Who he was, what he did, why it matters.
Wilson's Bookmarks
Brief reviews of 'The Pietist Impulse in Christianity,' 'John in the Company of Poets,' and 'What I Hate.'
Interview: Douglas Groothuis on Good Apologetics
The philosophy professor wants all Christians to go out and defend the faith in love.
Books to Note
Short reviews of 'Moral Apologetics for Contemporary Christians,' 'Beautiful Outlaw,' and 'The Accidental Revolutionary.'


Go Figure
Recent stats on identity, changes in NYC faith, and religious freedom.
The Green Collection: Bibles and More
The "Passages" exhibition will travel to Atlanta, the Vatican, New York, and other cities.
Quotation Marks
Recent remarks on deadly attacks, fasting & more.
Church Drops Mortgage for Expansion
A church in Las Vegas dropped plans to expand through mortgage payments.
Deaths, retirements, resignations and appointments in the church and in the world.
Online Boycotts Separate Corporations from Christian Groups
Petitions effective, but not by numbers.
Tanzanians Throng to Miracle Cure
Churches debate healing power of pastor's cure.
Missions Agency Transforms
Operation Mobilization India transforms itself into a local witness.
The Race Relations Behind 'Courageous'
The church behind 'Facing the Giants,' 'Fireproof,' and 'Courageous' partners with an African American congregation to bring reconciliation to a Georgia town.
Undoing the Famine Damage
If the famine in the Horn of Africa is manmade, human intervention can end the crisis.

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