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September 2019
Volume 63, Number 7
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The September 2019 cover story reintroduces readers to the ever-expanding world of classical Christian education, in which one might find young students studying Aristotle and Latin alongside the Bible and Faulkner. The movement has tens of thousands of adherents in private schools, charter schools, homeschool cooperatives, and universities across the country.
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Cover Story

The Rise of the Bible-Teaching, Plato-Loving, Homeschool Elitists
How evangelicals are becoming the new champions of the pagan classics.


Are Missionary Kids Missionaries?
Families in the field say it's complicated.
Churches Are Saving Ethiopia’s Last Remaining Native Trees
How Tewahedo Orthodox theology led congregations to become an oasis of forest conservation.
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.
Confessions of a Chinese Dreamer
When my immigration status jeopardized my college goals, I discovered my true identity.
America Needed Spies. Many Missionaries Were Ready and Willing.
They regretted some of what they were asked to do, but they thought defending democracy was worth it.


Celebrate Sexual Ethics. Don’t Apologize for Them.
We can take pride and joy in the historic, biblical view of human sexuality.
5 Tips for Training Little Evangelists
Faithful speech doesn’t need to rely on formulas.
Praying With Fire
What Moses and the burning bush teach us about approaching God.


Fixing the Fellowship Deficit in America’s Struggling Communities
Why collapsing cities and towns need something more than a better economy or a bigger government.
There’s More to Romans Than Personal Salvation
How Western readers miss the meaning of Paul’s letter—and how an Eastern perspective can correct the imbalance.
New & Noteworthy Fiction
Chosen by Paul Willis, professor of English at Westmont College and author of 'The Alpine Tales' (WordFarm).
Why Christians Have a Knack for Boundary-Crossing Friendships
Throughout history, believers have taken risks of love for the sake of the kingdom.
5 Books That Help Cultivate a Biblical View of Time
Chosen by Michael LeFebvre, author of ‘The Liturgy of Creation: Understanding Calendars in Old Testament Context’.


How US Churches Cover Millions in Medical Debt
A nonprofit helps even modestly sized congregations take on their neighbors’ unpaid bills.
Gleanings: September 2019
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our September issue).
Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Clinics Have the Same Adoption Referral Rate: 1%
Why adoption has become a less popular option.

More from this Issue

Our September Issue: Go West, Young Scholar
The church’s complex relationship with the classics.
The School for Love
Can our church regain its passion for God?
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Responses to our June issue.
I Was a Violent Klansman Who Deserved to Die
Yet at the height of my segregationist fervor, God showed me mercy.