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July/August 2015
Volume 59, Number 6
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Dear Pastor, Can I Come to Your Church?
Inside a new experiment on evangelicals, mainline Protestants, and race.


Understanding the Transgender Phenomenon
The leading Christian scholar on gender dysphoria defines the terms—and gives the church a way forward.
Loving My Sister-Brother
Over dinner one night, my sibling announced he was becoming a woman. And so began the greatest test of my faith.
Jesus Suffers with Us—and We with Him
Even in our darkest moments, he is not going anywhere.
Melinda Gates: ‘I’m Living Out My Faith in Action’
One of the wealthiest and most controversial women in the world believes that all lives have equal value. She’s willing to spend $3.6 billion a year to prove her point.
My Own Pilgrim's Progress
Summoned by God, I learned to follow him in trust and vulnerability, even when I felt displaced.
Why Fashion Matters
How Christian Fashion Week could spur the church to engage clothing beyond simply buying it.
The Biblical Meaning of Clothing
It takes on special significance throughout the arc of Scripture.


Hope in the Face of Intractable Racism
The church provides two gifts to the conversation on race.
Let Go, Let God (and the Homeroom Teacher)
How a helicopter mom learned the grace of hands-off parenting.
Hudson Taylor and the Power of Gentleness
How the missionary to China responded when his charges were murdered.


Above All Earthly Metaphors
No one image captures all of God. That’s why the Bible uses so many.
Augustines for the 21st Century
The church needs more pastors who write and preach top-notch theology.
Wilson's Bookmarks
From John Wilson, editor of 'Books and Culture.'
The Shocking Weakness of God's Truth
An excerpt from 'Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion'.
Why True Crime Is Making a Comeback
We have all been Jinxed and Serialed.
New & Noteworthy Books
Compiled by Matt Reynolds


Cooking up Hope
A snapshot of Christian witness in the world (as it appeared in our July/August issue).
Gleanings: July/August 2015
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our July/August issue).
Babies Halt the Great Commission
Christian researchers think population growth will stall the gospel’s spread.
Does Saying an Islamic Creed Deny Our Christian Faith?
African and Arab theologians assess the choice between martyrdom and survival.
Crowdfund My Outrage
Online fundraising turns to culture-war causes.

More from this Issue

What the Mirror Can’t See
Only God knows what is in our hearts. But sociological findings can get us closer.
Reply All
Readers respond to the May issue via letters, tweets, and blogs.
Saved from Islam on September 11
As I looked up at the burning twin towers, life-changing words came to me—words I suddenly heard inside my head.