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June 2013
Volume 57, Number 5
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Cover Stories

Want to Change the World? Sponsor a Child
A top economist shares the astounding news about that little picture hanging on our refrigerator.
A Better World For Kids
Economist Charles Kenny offers a contrarian take on global poverty.
Sponsoring a Movement
Former sponsored children like Moses Pulei pay it forward in their hometowns.


A Terrifying Grace
Why God’s omniscience is good news for us.
Blessed Are the Buff
Across the country, congregations are whipping members into shape with highly marketed, faith-based health programs. What's right—and troubling—about the trend.
Love the Lord with All Your Voice
Singing is a forgotten—but essential—spiritual discipline.
The Baptist Bearing Robes and Incense
How one church leader in Georgia is breaking the longstanding divide between Protestants and Orthodox.
The Whole Gospel in One Word
Why do we often squirm at the announcement of God's love?
A Fractured and Beautiful Faith
How songwriter Audrey Assad transcended "positive and encouraging" to create music for the church.


Letters to the Editor
Readers write and respond to the April issue.
Why We Love Institutions
When you get serious about cultural change, you get serious about institutions.
Is Interfaith Marriage Always Wrong?
Experts weigh in on biblical bonding.
You Probably Won't Be Sent to Egypt…
But one way or another, God will point you to the place where your gifts can serve his people.
Why Evangelicals Can Gladly Join Arms With the New Catholic Leader
Why we can enthusiastically join arms with the Catholic leader.


You Only Die Once
N. D. Wilson paints a portrait of living joyfully underneath the horizon of mortality.
My Top 5 Books on Evangelism
Practical, compelling, and accessible texts that help share the Good News.
Sidelining the Stigma of Mental Illness
Amy Simpson challenges the church to step up its ministry to a vulnerable population.
Wilson's Bookmarks
From the editor of Books & Culture.
Popcultured: It's the Thoughts That Count
Why Christians can't be careless about the consumption of popular culture.
Finding the Right Words for God's Word
Dave Brunn shows Bible translators never achieve strict, word-for-word accuracy--even when they promise it.
New & Noteworthy Books
Compiled by Matt Reynolds


A Flood of Arks
There's a boatload of efforts to create a full-scale replica of Noah's work.
Gleanings: June 2013
Important developments in the church and the world.
Marriage Help Comes to Capitols
How experts are trying to shape divorce policies in fresh ways.
After Turning Theological, Christian Hip-Hop Turns Critical
What Shai Linne's takedown of Joyce Meyers suggests about Reformed rap.
Why Christian Groups Oppose America's Anti-Prostitution Stance
As the Supreme Court prepares to weigh in, faith-based organizations say 'no' to loyalty oaths.
Can a Christian Family Ever Be Too Big?
Experts weigh in on trying to discern God’s will for each family’s size.
The Forgotten Millennials
More noncollege-bound young adults seek direction, and new ministries are becoming poised to help.

More from this Issue

The Secret to Why Sponsorship Works
Child sponsorship provides the most basic necessity.
The Golden Fish
How God woke me up in a dream.