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October 2019
Volume 63, Number 7
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Critiques in popular literature and shifts in broader culture have poured fuel on an already heated conversation surrounding missions trips, and churches and missions groups have in fact made changes to the way they send teams around the country and the world. But are the changes enough?
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Is Your Trip Tourism or Missions?
After years of debate, the line is blurrier than ever.


Why We Still Need Christian Colleges
As the liberal arts struggle, we should rally around Christian campuses that still embrace them.
Gained in Translation
Having the Bible in our own language is a gift we shouldn't take for granted.
Kate Bowler: Why Christian Women Become Celebrity ‘Influencers’
When the path to formal church leadership is blocked, they'll naturally look for other ways to reach an audience.


How to Stop the Shootings
There is no simple solution to America's gun violence. But there is hope.
Finding Grace in the Sunrise
God’s people have often practiced sacred remembering. So should we.
When Satan Takes the High Road, We Take the Low Road
Why humility is one of the most effective tools for resisting the Devil.


Female Evangelical Leaders Have a Hidden Predecessor to Thank
Kathryn Kuhlman’s story offers a case study of the indisputable achievements of strong evangelical women and the equally indisputable roadblocks they often face.
‘Evangelical’ Isn’t Code for White and Republican
The movement is richer and more diverse than media portrayals suggest.
Andrew Brunson Expected Persecution. Not Feeling Abandoned by God.
How the American pastor handled a crisis of faith during his Turkish imprisonment.
New & Noteworthy Books
Compiled by Matt Reynolds.
A Foster Mother, a Murderer, and a Seemingly Simple Yes
How a shocking gesture of grace changed them both from the inside out.
Jesus Didn’t Suffer to Prove a Philosophical Point
What the cross teaches us about his remarkable patience.


Armed Security at Churches Is Becoming a New Normal
Congregations adjust to shifting gun policies and the threat of active shooters.
Tithing Over Text Is Now a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry
Digital giving is boosting the church’s bottom line—as well as companies like Pushpay and, who process the donations.
Meet the Protestant Exorcists
How fighting the devil became an ecumenical pursuit.

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