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July/August 2018
Volume 62, Number 6
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About This Issue
Our cover story this month is an examination of how suffering affects our personal view of God. It's arguably the biggest question humans ask of faith. And data suggest that the problem of evil is increasingly cited as the chief reason for abandoning faith. Given such circumstances, CT adds a voice to the small but growing body of research on tragedy, spiritual resilience, and how the church can better minister in the midst and in the aftermath of tragedy.
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Cover Story

Out of the Flood
Three teens survived a rising river at a Bible camp in Comfort, Texas. Would their faith?


Unfriending Convenience
Why Christians are called to inefficiency in an age of easy living.
Richard Stearns: ‘Every Day Is a Celebration’
After 20 years of tackling the “hole in our gospel,” World Vision's most recent president is fine retiring with some tasks unfinished.
An 18th-Century Evangelical with 21st-Century Wisdom
On questions of race, religious liberty, and political power, the Baptist preacher should be our guiding light.
The ‘Protestant Work Ethic’ Really Does Fight Poverty
How Christian discipleship affects household income.
The Day I Fervently Asked Jesus to Come Back
How a friend’s tragic death gave me a new perspective on hope.
Does Evangelism Jeopardize Authentic Artistic Expression?
What an Old Testament artist tells us about aesthetic vocation.


Jesus Is Lord. Period.
We’re rendering unto Caesar too much time and attention.
Blessed Are the Slow
Scripture reminds us that love—and loving communication—is patient.
Heard the One About the Jewish Man, the Roman Demon, and the Gentile Pigs?
Exploring the multiple meanings behind a New Testament “political cartoon.”


Want to Share the Gospel Effectively? Always Ask About the Tattoo
The simplest questions can open the door to amazing conversations.
Christian Artists: Don’t Leave the Bible Behind
Why a scriptural imagination is essential to the making and enjoying of art.
New & Noteworthy Fiction
Refugees at the Canadian border, a father’s fervent hope for forgiveness, and school segregation in 21st century America.
You Can’t Have Racial Justice Without a Bloody Cross
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s necessary rebuke on race rests on a sadly truncated gospel.
Don’t Roll Your Eyes at Lies
If we're created in the image of Perfect Truth, then we can't keep speaking with the forked tongue of the Serpent.


Mideast Christians See Russia—not the US—as Defender of Their Faith
Perplexed by America on Syria, Russian evangelicals and Middle East Christians debate if Moscow really cares.
Gleanings: July/August 2018
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our July/August issue).
A Degree of Contention at Christian Schools
Rise of honorary degrees raises concern about misuse of “Dr.” in ministry.

More from this Issue

Our July/August Issue: Tragedy's Many Angles
When it takes more than one story to tell a story.
Getting Past Post-Truth
A firsthand reminder of the consequences of ignoring the facts.
Reply All
Responses to our May issue.
I Grew Up in a Ministry Family—and I Hated It
But as I poured out my anger on the world, Jesus was waiting to pour out his perfect love.