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July/August 2015
Volume 59, Number 6
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Table of Contents
Dear Pastor, Can I Come to Your Church?
Inside a new experiment on evangelicals, mainline Protestants, and race.
The leading Christian scholar on gender dysphoria defines the terms—and gives the church a way forward.
Over dinner one night, my sibling announced he was becoming a woman. And so began the greatest test of my faith.
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Even in our darkest moments, he is not going anywhere.
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.
Summoned by God, I learned to follow him in trust and vulnerability, even when I felt displaced.
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How Christian Fashion Week could spur the church to engage clothing beyond simply buying it.
It takes on special significance throughout the arc of Scripture.
Cooking up Hope
A snapshot of Christian witness in the world (as it appeared in our July/August issue).
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our July/August issue).
Christian researchers think population growth will stall the gospel’s spread.
African and Arab theologians assess the choice between martyrdom and survival.
Online fundraising turns to culture-war causes.
Hope in the Face of Intractable Racism
The church provides two gifts to the conversation on race.
How a helicopter mom learned the grace of hands-off parenting.
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.
The church needs more pastors who write and preach top-notch theology.
From John Wilson, editor of 'Books and Culture.'
An excerpt from 'Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion'.
We have all been Jinxed and Serialed.
Compiled by Matt Reynolds
In Every Issue
Only God knows what is in our hearts. But sociological findings can get us closer.
Readers respond to the May issue via letters, tweets, and blogs.
As I looked up at the burning twin towers, life-changing words came to me—words I suddenly heard inside my head.
Are You Close to God? Your Answer Affects How You Read Scripture
Are You Close to God? Your Answer Affects How You Read Scripture
A new study suggests that both men and women who seek spiritual intimacy view the Bible more literally.