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January 2012
Volume 56, Number 1
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Table of Contents
How to be political without losing your soul.
Why it matters that God became the human prototype.
For millions of discouraged workers, the church can turn job loss into a gift.
Recent stats on health, giving, and church life.
Recent remarks on the new English Roman Missal, macaroni and cheese, and more.
The events, people, and debates of the past year that have shaped, or will significantly shape, evangelical life, thought, or mission.
Churches retool Hispanic outreach after recession impact.
Deaths, retirements, resignations and appointments in the church and in the world.
The red tape preventing relief.
Recent rulings surprise observers.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is preparing to shut down.
The rate of adoptions in Ethiopia has declined 90 percent.
Despite stringent controls, 1,300 Christian books are now available—legally—inside the communist country.
Misuse of biblical teaching on discipline can have deadly consequences.
Observers weigh in on participating in or watching sports and violence.
The importance of remembering real women.
Will the digital Scriptures speed the decline of family spirituality once fostered by family Bibles?
Book Reviews:
Gary Scott Smith explores how faith has influenced presidential policies.
Why you can stop fretting over what you 'need to know' and enjoy those books that bring delight.
Judges whittled 390 submissions down to 12 winners.
God's faithfulness sustained Winner when her faithfulness to God faltered.
Picks from Stephen Mansfield, author of 'The Faith of Barack Obama.'
People with disabilities are central to the mission of the church.
Finding guidance for everyday decisions.
Brief reviews of 'Renaissance People,' 'Enlightened Evangelicalism,' and 'The Making of the English Gardener.'
Christians can build thriving communities by exercising their vocational gifts.
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The director of IJM Institute for International Justice Mission shines the spotlight on modern-day slavery.
Also in this Issue:
  • Carrots and Sticking Points
  • One Leap after Another
  • The Music Awards
  • Online Poll
  • A Film Finds 'Higher Ground'
  • Epic Farewell
  • Two Minutes With ... Michael W. Smith
  • Books to Note
  • More Media
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.