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July/August 2014
Volume 58, Number 6
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Table of Contents
33 Under 33
Meet the Christian leaders shaping the next generation of our faith.
Journalist-author Naomi Schaefer Riley sorts out what will draw young adults back to the faith.
Some churches say Baptism is optional, but the New Testament teaches it is integral to the life of faith.
The unexpected beauty I found amid the terrifying disease.
Meet the craftsmen reclaiming the honor of manual labor.
After a lifetime in West African ports, she's setting a new course at a landlocked Christian college.
How Jesus' most troubling parable finally made sense to me.
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Persian Plunge
Iranian churches baptize the most Muslim converts in centuries.
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our July/August issue).
How more ministries going digital could unwittingly aid atheists targeting church tax breaks.
Secular companies have owned Christian subsidiaries for years. Now those family ties are being tested.
Andy Stanley challenges one of Billy Graham’s favorite phrases. Experts weigh in.
Will the body of Christ live up to its name to stem suicide?
Our inability to have kids turned into an ability to do so much else.
Testing the boundaries of outreach evangelism.
How the church can help develop a 'we' culture for the next generation.
Desire gets a bad rap in Christian circles. Jen Pollock Michel explains why it shouldn’t.
Tim Keesee reports from places where persecuted Christians live with suffering and joy.
An excerpt from 'A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness.'
From the editor of Books & Culture.
J. R. Briggs sympathizes with church leaders who don't live up to expectations.
Compiled by Matt Reynolds
In Every Issue
Meet 33 who have done a lot before their Jesus year.
Readers respond to the May issue via letters, tweets, and blogs.
Having the choice of taking Communion made it clear to me that I was hungry for Christ.
Syrian Christians Brave Insecurity to Stay Behind and Help
Syrian Christians Brave Insecurity to Stay Behind and Help
Preemptive Love’s Jeremy Courtney says despite the Turkey deal, “This crisis shows no sign of letting up, and we can’t either.”