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December 2013
Volume 57, Number 10
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Cover Stories

New Life After the Fall of Ted Haggard
How the megachurch healed—by remembering what it means to be the local church.
Letting Pastors Be Real
Dale Pyne says when we put pastors on a pedestal, they’re more likely to topple.


Peace and Goodwill? 'Bah, Humbug,' Says the Holy Spirit
'The Comforter' sometimes acts more like 'the Great Discomforter'
Meet the Christian Reporter Climbing the Ladder at The New York Times
How faith informs the award-winning work of Michael Luo.
Why Do Christians Act Like Jesus Is Boring?
We make Jesus seem gray when he was anything but.
Miracle of Science: 65 Diseases Treated With Adult Stem Cells
Biotech advances could make destroying human embryos for research a relic of the past.


Four Powerful Ways to Solve the Crisis in Orphan Care
Despite fraud and scandal, resourceful evangelicals are meeting an urgent need.
Three Views: Why Confess Sins in Worship When It Seems So Rote?
How the habit heals us.
The Gift of Being Evangelical
Many of my peers lament their church upbringing. Why I celebrate mine.
Biblical Adoption Is Not What You Think It Is
For one, it wasn't about the child, but mostly the family.


Stop Blaming 'The Culture' for Our Distorted View of God
David Wells misses the deeper problem with modern-day spirituality
What Birmingham Means Today
Four lessons for the church from an improbable civil rights triumph.
The Scary Truth About Christian Giving
We need to be more ruthless about ridding ourselves of surplus wealth.
New & Noteworthy Books
Compiled by Matt Reynolds


Trading Tracts for Trafficking
Gleanings: December 2013
Important developments in the church and the world.
Help the Persecuted Stay? Or Help Them Move?
Groups that help persecuted Christians survive at home sometimes help them leave, too.
Why So Many Christians Are Relaxing Over Drinks
As colleges drop drinking bans, some see alcohol as a moral good.
YouTube's Blocked Testimony
(UPDATED) An ex-Muslim’s lawsuit has implications for law and church.
Should Christian Colleges Encourage Students to Marry Each Other?
A Facebook study says they're good at it. Experts weigh in on whether they should do more.
Church and State (Dept.): John Kerry Gets Religion
New adviser will (hopefully) make faith less foreign in foreign affairs.

More from this Issue

Trauma Counseling for Christian Journalists
Why we put the new New Life story on the cover.
Perfecting 'The Ask'
What we learned from Books & Culture’s astounding turnaround.
Reply All
Readers respond to the October issue via letters, tweets, and blogs.
How I Escaped the Mormon Temple
After being in the LDS Church for 30 years, I began reading the New Testament. What was there shocked me.