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December 2018
Volume 62, Number 10
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Table of Contents
Features
Fleming Rutledge: John the Baptist Points to the Real Hope of Advent
We’re not awaiting a helpless baby, but a righteous and powerful judge.
Jesus' life began and ended in earthly fetters. Who better to understand ours?
God sent his only Son. Why couldn’t I let my husband donate a kidney?
Penned during the Civil War, Longfellow's "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" is a carol for our age.
Ann Voskamp and photographer Esther Havens document the moment a new Bible translation arrives in a rural Kenyan community.
But in his spare time, a leading refugee pastor is mentoring immigrant ministry leaders across the country.
News
If You Give a Tsunami Survivor a Crayon
Ministries in Sulawesi, Indonesia, engage kids in a crucial first step in trauma healing: play.
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our December issue).
In the world’s most bookish country, evangelicals are taking up the ministry of translation.
Views
Where We Got It Wrong
CT’s greatest essays of old still speak today. But on civil rights, we failed our readers.
Why we need to remember the God-given language of music.
Truly biblical prophecy strengthens the church—without adding anything to the Bible.
Reviews
The Culture Wars Are Ancient History
Today’s fights over the religion in the public square are replays of fights from two thousand years ago.
How, the late pastor asked, can you shepherd a flock you don't know?
Compiled by Matt Reynolds.
Which is one reason “the day of the Lord” figured so prominently in his letters.
We're familiar with the idea of culture shock, but we often overlook the impact of culture stress.
In Every Issue
Our December Issue: Peace on Earth
We could all use a little this Advent season.
Reminding a generation that a better way is still possible.
Responses to our October issue.
Until God showed me that there’s more to life than making people laugh.
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The Most Wonderfully Painful Time of the Year
The Most Wonderfully Painful Time of the Year
Christmas reminds us that faith in the future does not erase our pain in the present.
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