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January/February 2021
Volume 65, Number 1
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About This Issue
Bible translation is fraught with challenges, especially when beloved passages are at stake. Producing Bibles gets even more challenging as publishers wade into the unavoidably subjective realm of study notes and margin commentaries. Yet through it all—and through storm and worldwide sickness—the Word of the Lord endures. Our issue this month pays homage to the timeless truth of Scripture, as well as to a few other books our team of judges loved this year.
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Cover Stories

Why There Are So Many ‘Miraculous’ Stories of Bibles Surviving Disaster
When Scripture makes it through flood or fire, we see signs of a faith that endures.
When A Word Is Worth A Thousand Complaints (and When It Isn’t)
Bible translation is about more than just technical accuracy.
COVID-19 Hurts. But the Bible Brings Hope.
New study shows Scripture reading correlates with Harvard measures of human flourishing.


Christianity Today’s 2021 Book Awards
Our picks for the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture.
The Cross Is God’s Answer to Black Rage
How Christ’s death and resurrection speak to the particular suffering of African Americans.
Can We Do Better than the Enneagram?
A look at spiritual formation resources with better scientific backing.
I Was Filming a Dangerous Action Scene When I Gave My Life to Christ
How a film and television stuntman met the Lord in the air.


The Pro-Life Project Has a Playbook: Racial Justice History
The anti-racism campaign is a model for the anti-abortion movement.
Don’t Pack Away the Dinnerware During COVID-19
Even in our small circles, when we practice hospitality, we foreshadow God’s coming kingdom.
Are the 81 Percent Evangelicals?
Just because people claim the name shouldn’t automatically imply they heed what it means.
Where Is the Gospel in God’s Judgments on the Nations?
How to find the good, true, and beautiful in passages that seem anything but.


After Binging on the Internet in 2020, We Need to Overhaul Our Knowledge Diet
Brett McCracken applies food-pyramid principles to our habits of media consumption.
Our Attraction to Idols Remains the Same, Even When the Names Change
How false worship today resembles false worship in the Old Testament.
New & Noteworthy Fiction
Chosen by Hannah Vanderpool, novelist and teacher.
A Christian Approach to Social Justice Is Slow, Careful, and Self-Reflective
Thaddeus Williams asks good questions about contemporary zeal for change. But there are questions to ask of his critique as well.
5 Books on the Nature of Human Emotions
Chosen by Matthew LaPine, author of “The Logic of the Body: Retrieving Theological Psychology” (Lexham Press).


Unearthing the Faithful Foundations of a Historic Black Church
In Colonial Williamsburg, a neglected Christian past is being restored.
The Majority of American Megachurches Are Now Multiracial
‘The most segregated hour of the week’ isn’t as segregated as it used to be, study finds.
Gleanings: January 2021
Gambia’s Christians Take a Stand in the Public Square
After generations of avoiding politics, believers come together to work and pray for the nation’s future.
Questions Continue for Women in Complementarian Churches
Three decades after the Danvers Statement articulated clear gender roles, its application still causes tension.

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Our Jan/Feb Issue: Tomato, Tomahto, and the Bible
If the Christmas story actually happened in a garage, would we translate it that way?
Timely and Eternal
CT’s best coverage wraps current events in timeless truths.
Reply All
Responses to our November issue.
Partner ContentThe Divine Sisterhood
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In male-dominated classrooms, female seminarians find their place together.