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September 2013
Volume 57, Number 7
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Chaos and Grace in the Slums of the Earth
My Easter weekend with missionaries who follow Christ to the uttermost.


God's Word in Two Words
All that we need to understand the power of the gospel.
Christ in the Capital of the World
How global Christians are revitalizing NYC far beyond Manhattan.
Believers in Every Borough
Five Christians shaping their city of 8.3 million.
Why We Need Small Towns
And how they correct the supersized spirituality of evangelicals.
Prodigal Love: What to Do When Family or Friends Have Rejected Jesus
As we watch family and friends leave the faith, do we look more like the elder brother, the father—or the younger son?
A Front-Row Seat to African Faith
James Ault’s magnificent new documentary gives a firsthand account of global Christianity.


Hungry for Outrage
Indignation is the discourse du jour on the Internet. We can do better.
A Church-State Stretch: Ban Yoga in School?
Three views on a possible church-state stretch.
Worship con Queso
How sensual delights prepare us for the eternal feast.
To Tame the World
What terrifies us about reality pushes us toward its Creator.


Faith Outside the Bubble
Christians who question their beliefs deserve better than defensive slogans and cliches.
My Top 5 Books on The Body
Picks from the author of author of Eat with Joy: Redeeming God’s Gift of Food.
Taking Care of Busyness
It's about much more than managing your Google calendar.
Conversion or Death
"You know what happens to anyone who attacks the holy Prophet Muhammad."
Wilson's Bookmarks
From the editor of Books & Culture.
N.T. Wright Wants to Save the Best Worship Songs
The scholar urges the church to stop neglecting Jesus' prayer book.
New & Noteworthy Books
Compiled by Matt Reynolds


The Wars Over Christian Beards
Church leaders have almost always faced off over pastors' shaving habits.
Gleanings: September 2013
Important developments in the church and the world.
Why America's Christian Colleges Are Pursuing Chinese Students
Schools see both revenue and mission opportunities.
Counting the Cost (Accurately)
Why tallies of Christian martyrs vary so widely.
Game Changer: Pastors Blame Kids' Sports for Attendance Dips
Would embracing organized youth sports help?
Should Pastors Rebuke Parishioners from the Pulpit?
Experts weigh in on Jim Standridge's recent, mid-sermon rant.
The Hope Dealers of Honduras
Corruption, assassination, sex trafficking, and drug addiction thwart justice in the murder capital of the world.

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