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December 2015
Volume 59, Number 10
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The Divine Rise of Multilevel Marketing
Behind the $34 billion industry making its way to your church.
Noonday Collection: Where Fashion Statement Meets Mission Statement
One of the fastest-growing companies in the country supports global artisans and funds Christian adoptions.


What Kind of Astronomical Marvel was the Star of Bethlehem?
And was it even a star? A biblical scholar investigates the mysterious object that guided the Magi to Jesus.
Nazis Couldn't Stop These Christians from Saving Jews
Diet Eman endured Hitler’s occupation separated from her fiance, Hein Sietsma. But apart, they served in the Dutch Underground—saving at least 60 Jews from certain death.
When God Hits Below the Belt
Sometimes he pulls us into the ring—but he always gives us grace to endure.
The Secret Ingredient of Our Poverty Relief
Economists are showing that one attitude makes a statistical difference in developing nations.


How We Forgot the Poverty of Christmas
The Incarnation is not a story we can package or market. It is also the greatest story ever told.
My Neighbor’s Health Is My Business
If we're serious about saving lives, we'll be serious about public health.
To Be Human Is to Be Homesick
God hardwired us for home, but we’re living in exile.


When Being Pro-Life Didn't Make You a Republican
Journeying back to America before Roe v. Wade is like entering The Twilight Zone.
Why Christians Should Love Creation, not 'Nature'
God calls us to cultivate the earth—not to leave it alone.
Wilson's Bookmarks
From John Wilson, editor of 'Books and Culture'.
Monotony Is the Spice of Life
An excerpt from "40/40 Vision: Clarifying Your Mission in Midlife."
Hating the Way Jesus Hates
Why more believers need the courage to get angry at sin.
New & Noteworthy Books
Compiled by Matt Reynolds


Kingdom Coders
A snapshot of Christian witness in the world (as it appeared in our December issue).
Gleanings: December 2015
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our December issue).
Should Christians Give Money to Ministries Deep in Debt?
Experts weigh giving to insolvent faith-based organizations.
How 1,000 Women Who Aborted Feel About the Local Church
Survey: Two in three evangelicals were attending monthly or more at the time of their first abortion.

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Created to Do Good Work
In praise of magenta-colored industry.
Reply All
Responses to our October issue via letters, tweets, and blogs.
I Came to Christ at a Church That Loves Refugees
When my mother and aunties fled to America, God was their Deliverer. They just didn’t know it yet.