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October 2009 2009
Volume 53, Number 10
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In the Beginning, Grace
Evangelicals desperately need spiritual and moral renewal—on that everyone agrees. But what do we do about it?
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Whole Gospel, Whole Church, Whole World
We must believe, live, and communicate all that makes the Christian message staggeringly comprehensive good news.
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Church Violence
The surge in church shootings is real.
Quotation Marks
Recent statements on health care reform, evangelism, politics, and other topics.
No Straight Shot
More evangelical therapists move from changing orientation to embracing faith identity for gays.
Canada: Legal Loss Is Gain
Denial of Hutterite request offers defense for other faith groups.
Passages: Recent Deaths, Appointments, and Other Transitions
SBC leader resigns, adoption agency co-founder dies, and other transitions in the Christian world.
A Lost Generation
Mainline churches in East Germany rediscover a sense of mission.
No Laughing Matter
Canceled Jesus comedy reveals balancing act of Dutch TV evangelism.
Under Discussion: Should Multisite Campuses Be Church Plants Instead?
Church leaders and observers weigh in on a current debate.
Holding Their Tongues
The Assemblies of God asks whether its distinctive teaching is being lost in outreach efforts.
A Vertical Discipline
One way to open ourselves afresh to the word of grace.
Lost in Transition
With his latest research on emerging adults, sociologist Christian Smith helps the church reach out to a rootless generation.
China's Top Christian Lawyer Vanishes
Top Christian lawyer Gao Zhisheng vanishes as government stifles dissent.
Francis Chan's Crazy Passion
Francis Chan keeps pushing and pushing to make more and more disciples.
Missions to Mexico: On the Border of Misery and Hope
In a season of heightened violence and reduced financial support, Tijuana Christian Mission keeps up the good fight.
Letters to the Editor
Your responses to the August 2009 issue of Christianity Today.
Editorial: Lord of the Wedding Dance
What a Christian marriage ceremony is all about.
Melinda Delahoyde: Volunteer at a Center
Political change is giving the abortion lobby an upper hand. What's the best action for pro-life Christians to take next?
Clenard H. Childress Jr.: Speak Out Publicly
The pro-life movement needs people who are willing to speak out in the public square.
Colson: When Atheists Believe
The confounding attraction of the Christian worldview.
Carolyn Arends: Come, Lord Jesus
Oh, wait. He's already here.
Review: Don Miller's <i>Million Miles</i>
Donald Miller reflects on what it's like to have your life become a movie script.
Scot McKnight: My Top 5 Books on the Emerging Movement
An Evangelical Lament
A seasoned journalist looks at the movement and sighs. A review of A Lover's Quarrel.
Wilson's Bookmarks
Short reviews from the editor of Books & Culture.
Margaret Feinberg: <i>Scouting the Divine</i>
My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey
The Clothed Public Square
Hunter Baker argues that Christians should not abandon God talk.
The Coen Brothers' World
The sibling filmmakers are asking the Big Questions.
Go Figure: The Mainline and the Megachurch
Recent numbers on mainline and the megachurch, secular Jews, church background checks, and pastors who don't see themselves as such.
Perkins, Dave
The blues of Dave Perkins is raw, real, and full of hope.
Quick Media Takes
Books, films, music of note in October.
Watching Her Tone
Margaret Feinberg wants Christians to be more gentle.