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March 2018
Volume 62, Number 2
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About This Issue
This issue's cover story explores the role of Christians in America's boutique but burgeoning commercial surrogacy industry-as carriers, as customers, and as critics. Assisted reproduction is a complicated and controversial field for pro-life believers to navigate. Some women who carry babies for other couples view it as a calling. Other Christians believe the practice violates the sanctity of life and marriage. It is mostly, however, an under-discussed subject that has evolved faster than Protestant thinking on it.
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Cover Story

America’s Surrogacy Bump: Is Fertility a Blessing to Be Shared?
Pro-life carriers and Christian bioethicists navigate the patchy landscape for assisted reproduction.


10 Bible Translations You’ve Never Heard Of
Why we should read lesser-known versions of the Bible.
Why God Still Works Through Fools Like Samson
The deeply flawed Old Testament “hero” was set apart for a very specific purpose.
How Larry Norman Became the Elvis Presley of Christian Rock
His music inspired a generation of Jesus freaks, but he never shook the suspicion of being a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Our Blood Exposes Our Physical—and Spiritual—Health
When we are sick and need to know what can make us whole again, there is no other fount we know.
How History’s Revivals Teach Us to Pray
The case for communing with God in a daring and agonizing way.


The Lord’s Prayer’s Hard Plea
Does God lead us into temptation? Do we have to ask him not to?
Is the Body That ‘Betrayed’ Me Still ‘Very Good’?
What the incarnation affirms about the reality of God's creation.
Definitely Keep Insulting Your Kids With Sarcasm. Great Idea.
A godly tongue speaks humor that heals, not hurts.


How Christian Faith Led a Single Woman to Defy Chairman Mao
Lin Zhao’s faith led her to embrace China's Communist movement—then pay the ultimate price for opposing it.
Visit Those in Prison. Just Remember Jesus May Have Gotten There First.
Very often, people behind bars already have a relationship with God.
New & Noteworthy Books
Compiled by Matt Reynolds.
In the Face of Moral Crisis, Churches Can’t Choose ‘Neutrality’
How Civil War–era churches that avoided taking sides on slavery ended up siding with its supporters.
5 Books That Bring Science and Christianity Together
Responding to atheism, understanding genetics, and considering what evolution means for biblical interpretation.


Is ISIS Really Muslim?
Christians can learn from Egyptian debate over terrorism and true Islam.
Gleanings: March 2018
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our March issue).
Why Christian High Schools Are Filling with Atheist Students
Foreign students offer US schools treasure in heaven and on earth.

More from this Issue

Our March Issue: The Gospel for ‘Every Area of Life’
We still believe that the basic solution to the world’s crises—and our own—is theological.
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Responses to our December issue.
An Iranian Refugee’s Terrible Journey to God
I survived snowy mountains, a filthy prison, and an abusive husband. Then I discovered who had protected me all along.