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February 5 2001, 2001
Volume 45, Number 2
February 5
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Blessed Ned of Springfield
He's the evangelical next door on The Simpsons, and that's okily dokily among many believers.
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Money: Electronic Giving Struggles to Catch On
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Episcopal Church: Bishop to Be Punished 19 Years After Affair
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But China's unofficial congregations resist evil cult label
Divorcing a Dictator
Evangelicals assess the bitter lessons of the Fujimori years
India: Militant Hindus Assault Christians
Persecution of religious minorities stirs Christian outrage against government inaction.
Kenya: Nairobi's Bloody Witness
Pastor who resists injustice is repeatedly beaten by police.
Death by Default
Few seem to have noticed the euthanasia movement's latest gains
From Davey & Goliath to Homer and Ned
Steve Tompkins believes God has a sense of humor
How Big Is The Simpsons?
The show's popularity goes beyond its 10th anniversary star on Hollywood Boulevard.
The World Behind the Movie
Why Hollywood has a hard time getting Christianity right, and how we can tell when it does.
'Come and Receive Your Miracle'
German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke's evangelistic crusades are setting attendance records, but career missionaries worry about discipleship.
The Shari'ah Threat
Muslim Fundamentalist law troubles Christians and some Muslims
Facing the Smiles
Visiting Nigeria taught me as much about the despair in my own soul as it did the soul of this country.
The Great Reunion Beyond
Death is the heartless divider—or so I thought before I watched my grandpa die.
Whatever Happened to God?
Too much worship is convivial rather than adoring
'Youth Has Special Powers'
The Millennial generation may be uniquely wired to stand—and sweat—for God.
Between a Rock and a Holy Site
Muslims have increased efforts to take control of Holy Land sties revered by Jews and Christians.
The New Ecumenists
Gen-X Christians are reinterpreting the meaning of church unity.
In the Word: The 'Shyness' of God
Self-centeredness is cured by looking deeply within the life of the Trinity.
Readers' Forum: The Rapture: What Would Jesus Do?
An end-times pilgrim counts the cost of discipleship
Civil Reactions | Stephen L. Carter: The Courage to Lose
In elections, and in life, there is something more important than winning.
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Andy Crouch: A Testimony in Reverse
I have discovered how inconvenient it can be when God actually does speak.
The Social Experiment that Failed
Two books disclose the unforeseen hazards of divorce, and the unexpected fruits of marriage.
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Honest Prayer, Beautiful Grace
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The Back Page | Philip Yancey: God at Large
A look around the globe reveals a God as big as we want him to be