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June 2014
Volume 58, Number 5
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Why I Gave Up Alcohol
In a rush to shed our separatist past, have young evangelicals forgotten to love their neighbors?


The Teetotalers I Never Knew
Abstaining Christian activists of previous generations were radically committed to the common good.
An Explosion of Joy
What it means to be the apostolic church.
Confessions of a Bad Dad
What gave me hope despite my repeated parenting failures.
Your Faith Might Cost You Your Next Job
How one experiment with 9,600 résumés showed that religious discrimination is alive and well.
How the Tough Mudder Shaped My Soul
A pilgrim’s progress through one of the fastest-growing sports in America.


Why We Pray Before Public Meetings (and Let Pagans Do, Too)
Are invocations worth it if it means city leaders will bow for false gods?
The Dead White Poet You Need in Your Life
Why 17th-century poet George Herbert is making a comeback.
The Worst Sermon Illustration
Not every story helps the preaching moment. Three views.
Called to Be Uncool Christians
When we fear no one but God, we're free to really serve him.


The Forgotten Side of the First World War
Philip Jenkins remembers the religious passions that set the world ablaze a century ago.
The Reality of Ruth and Billy Graham
A new biography highlights both their virtues and their flaws.
My Top 5 Books for College Students
Must-read picks from Gregory Thornbury, president of The King's College in New York City.
How to Avoid the Church's 'Hero Culture'
Chuck DeGroat reveals his strategy for spiritual health while ministering to difficult people.
How Jimmy Fallon Made Comedy Fun Again
The lovable host ushers in a new tone for late-night.
New & Noteworthy Books
Compiled by Matt Reynolds


God's Instruments
Making Christian music on the "Roof of the World."
Gleanings: June 2014
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our June issue).
A New (and Old) Worldview Divides China's Christians As Communism Fades
Is Confucianism a rival religion? A moral system ripe for integration?
The Strategy That's Dividing the Pro-life Movement
States are passing more restrictions on abortion than ever before. Some say it’s because they’ve surrendered too much.
Are Pastors’ Homes That Different?
Church and state rally to defend $700 million tax break.
Should Christians Stop Studying the Teachings of Fallen Pastors?
Demand for sermons can stay strong even after the preacher's moral failure.

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