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January/February 2014
Volume 58, Number 1
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Table of Contents
The Surprising Discovery About Those Colonialist, Proselytizing Missionaries
They didn’t set out to change history. But one modern scholar’s research shows they did just that.
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Our picks for the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture.
Church or pastor? When sermons become books that make millions in royalties, the answer is important.
Like the popular Middle Eastern dish, our understanding of the Trinity relies on a delicate blend of ingredients. Did one small change to the Nicene Creed alter the recipe, or enhance the original?
Lawyer-activist Gary Haugen explains the ignored, brutal force that keeps the poor in their place.
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Shelter From the Storm
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our January-February issue).
Kidnappings of Christians are surging. Some see signs of hope. Meanwhile, they're collecting funds.
A new study raises questions about the merer Christian college.
A challenge to 'buffer zones' against pro-life protesters gets a surprise hearing Wednesday, January 15.
Thinking about starting back at Genesis 1 this New Year's? Experts weigh in on whether that's the best plan.
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Why messianic Jews are being accepted.
New state bills rely heavily on science. That could turn out to be a problem.
When a country borrows this much in excess, it risks spiritual bankruptcy.
Stories can teach about real-life evil—and the God who overcomes it.
Why we need symbols in order to see him.
Why Christianity has the best answer to the pain that life brings.
Why a healthy society rests on the foundation of Christian joy.
From the editor of Books & Culture.
Use the Bible's words. And make it personal.
Mark Amstutz looks at their longstanding involvement with issues like global poverty, sex trafficking, and religious persecution.
House of Cards shows the effectiveness—and perils—of naked ambition.
In Every Issue
(Almost) everything you've heard about them is wrong.
Readers respond to the November issue via letters, tweets, and blog posts.
Through investigations, dreams, and visions, Jesus asked me to forsake my Muslim family.
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.