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October 2020
Volume 64, Number 7
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About This Issue
Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church who’s now running for US Senate, talked about his calling into politics as a Christian. He said, “my impact doesn’t stop at the church door. That’s actually where it starts.” That approach to living out the gospel extends across generations and segments of society in Atlanta. In this month’s cover package, we hear from pastors, politicians, and entrepreneurs—black Christian leaders whose faith calls them back into their communities in the diverse hometown of Martin Luther King Jr.
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Atlanta Beyond MLK: How Black Christians Continue a Civil Rights Legacy
Generations take up the gospel work of becoming a beloved community.
The Black Church Is Atlanta’s Original Community Organizer
Long before Raphael Warnock’s Senate run, the biblical call for freedom for the oppressed stirred Atlanta Christians to social action.
How Black-Owned Businesses Bless Atlanta
Christian entrepreneurs promote a new economic narrative in a city plagued by wealth gaps.
Racial Reconciliation Is Still a Dream for Atlanta Christians
But church leaders think it’s worth the work to address longstanding divides.


The Best Way to Memorize Scripture Has Little to Do with Learning Words
How neuroscience can help us to be doers of the Word.
Good News: Tomorrow We Die
Why dwelling on our mortality may be good for us.
I Took Drugs to a Church Conference. Then God Found Me.
My fierce resistance and indifference didn’t stop the Spirit.


Your Devotional Is Not a Bible
Inspiration and comfort do not offer us the full weight and scope of God’s Word.
Christianity Is About Systemic Change
Why we need the one in whom all things hold together.
When It Comes to Sacrifice, God Doesn’t Play Fair
Humans have a penchant for sacrifice, but it’s the Lord who makes it possible.


Marilynne Robinson’s Latest Novel Probes Predestination and Grace
Jack Boughton, the wayward pastor’s son, is a central character. So is Jesus.
Pursuing Racial Justice Requires More Than Lament, but Never Less
How the sharing of prayer and pain leads to trust—and then to change.
New & Noteworthy Books
Compiled by Matt Reynolds.
Jesus Is Your Lord and Savior. Is He Also Your Philosopher King?
Why the church should learn to appreciate Christ as the world’s greatest thinker.
Churches: Don’t Worship—or Serve—Until You’re Blue in the Face
Maintaining a balance between gathering and scattering is the key to avoiding spiritual pneumonia.


The Next Mission Field Is a Game
Esports opens new opportunities for evangelism, even during a pandemic.
Gleanings: October 2020
Youth Pastors Turn to Counseling to Help Gen Z Cope
New awareness of mental health sends ministers in search of resources.
Sign Language Bible Complete After 39 Years
Translation was led by deaf people trained in the biblical languages.

More from this Issue

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Responses to our July/August issue.
Our October Issue: Atlanta’s Black Church
Honoring hard-won progress while lamenting the costs of the struggle for justice.
Minding the Gap
We won’t solve our problems by retreating to the extremes.
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A look into faith-fueled finance
Partner ContentWhat It Means to Be a Christian College in the Midst of Chaos
Original Content from CT Creative Studio
Colleges and seminaries face the aftermath of COVID-19