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July/August 2021
Volume 65, Number 5
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About This Issue
When a band of Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls from a remote Nigerian town in 2014, it felt like the whole world was joining together to voice its outrage, thanks to a wildly successful social media campaign anchored in the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. In this month’s cover story, two Wall Street Journal reporters with extensive experience in West Africa uncover the defiant Christian faith that sustained the girls throughout their captivity, detailing the strength they drew from stealthily shared prayers, songs, and Bible passages.
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Features

Promise Keepers Tried to End Racism 25 Years Ago. It Almost Worked.
As new tensions divide the country, the men’s movement leaders wonders what they could have done differently.
Is Jemar Tisby’s Bestselling Book About Racism a Fluke?
Publishers tried for years to get evangelical readers to care. Then one succeeded.
‘How Could All the Prophets Be Wrong About Trump?’
After the 2020 election, a remnant of charismatic leaders are trying to revive their movement from within.
Patrons’ Saints: Christians Turn to Patreon, Substack, and Kickstarter
As more evangelical figures embrace crowdfunding, is the format demanding too much of them?
Why Church Can’t Be the Same After the Pandemic
As we gather again, congregants bring the weight of trauma and tensions built up over more than a year spent apart.
Having Polio Was a Privilege, Not a Punishment
How a passage in John’s gospel transformed my perspective on God and suffering.

Views

Christian College Boards: Stay Strong on Sexual Ethics
CCCU schools are facing intense pressure. But it’s an opportunity, not a siege.
The River of Justice Flows Downhill
We can make modest progress through human effort, but only God can deliver true equity.
How to Have Patriotism Without Nationalism
Christians have always been called to love place and neighbor over the power of state.
Why Do Some People Think Jesus Was a Racist?
They point to his dialogue with the Syrophoenician woman. But the story shows the opposite of what they claim.

Reviews

The Bible Doesn’t Come with Instructions. But We Still Need Guidance to Handle It Well.
Michael Bird offers a trusty primer on reading and understanding God’s Word.
Church History Is a Beautiful Melody Imperfectly Performed
How the message of Christ resonated through the centuries, even at moments when his followers failed to keep the tune.
New & Noteworthy Fiction
Chosen by Davis Bunn, bestselling author and writer in residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University.
Even When Money Is Tight, Churches Have More Resources Than They Realize
How “redemptive entrepreneurship” can multiply the impact of cash-strapped ministries.
5 Books to Awaken Interest in Christian History
Chosen by Jennifer Woodruff Tait, editor of “Christian History” magazine and author of “Christian History in Seven Sentences.”

News

After Angela Merkel, German Evangelicals Weigh Political Values
Voting guides have been replaced by discussion questions as Christians consider the future.
‘Pray Away the Gay’ Has Gone Away. Why Are Governments Trying to Stop It?
Nations around the globe are pushing bans on conversion therapy, some without defining what it is.
Gleanings: June 2021
How Christians Are Rebuilding a Relationship with Colorado Springs
It’s one thing to tell the city that you’re there for its good. It’s another to show it.
As Denominations Decline, Faith Looks Different in Nashville
In the Music City, CCM sales outpace country albums.

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