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September 2009 2009
Volume 53, Number 9
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John Calvin: Comeback Kid
Why the 500-year-old Reformer retains an enthusiastic following today.
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Past, Present, Future
Why we love Christian history.
Readers Write: Cuba, Animal Compassion, and Gay Marriage
Your responses to the July 2009 issue of Christianity Today.
Counting Controversy
Hispanic evangelical leaders debate participation in 2010 U.S. Census.
Passages in the Christian World
Robert Short dies, Paula White returns to Without Walls, and other transitions in the Christian world.
Seminary Plants
Megachurch pastors offer ministry training based in the local church.
Quotation Marks
Recent remarks on the Anglicans' teaching on sexuality, ancient catacombs advertisements, Tim Tebow's virginity, and other news developments.
Sending Slowdown
Recession reduces appointment of missionaries but not applications.
Setting Up Camp Afresh
Christian camping is revamping but not out of the woods yet.
Go Figure
Get the numbers on scientists who believe in God, volunteers, and Americans who say they are born again.
News Briefs: August 10, 2009
Former pastor arrested in a $120 million Ponzi scheme, International Aid shuts down, and other news in the Christian world.
Q & A: Wayne Pederson
The president of HCJB Global discusses how the evangelistic organization known for shortwave broadcasting is changing in light of new media realities.
Accountability Breakdown
D.C. adultery scandals shed light on Christian support in the capital.
A Unifying Vocation
Why development work and gospel work cannot be put asunder.
The Reluctant Reformer
Calvin would have preferred the library carrel to the pulpit.
Calvin's Biggest Mistake
Why he assented to the execution of Michael Servetus.
Ben Witherington on Calvin's Exegesis
When it comes to careful exegesis and consistent theological systems, Calvin set the bar high.
Roger E. Olson on Calvin's Theology of the Spirit
Calvin was no charismatic, but he was closer to it than some Reformed people readily admit.
John Wilson on Contemporary Calvinism
Much of 'Calvinism' is simply Christianity
Hard Choices For Higher Ed
In a bleak economy, Christian colleges reinvent themselves.
For Profit: A New Way to Finance Education
For-profit Christian education is becoming more attractive.
Liberty Unbound
How Jerry Falwell's ambitious sons have led the Lynchburg university to financial success and a burgeoning student body.
Reveling in the Mystery
Sometimes in order to see God, we have to learn to not know him.
The Art of Cyber Church
Joel Hunter is known by many as part of President Obama's inner circle of pastors. Fewer know him as one of America's most innovative church planters.
Letting Words Do Their Work
Why the care of language is more important than ever.
A Lutheran Visits the Amish
What this Lutheran learned when he visited the Amish.
Saving Witches in Kolwezi
Accused of witchcraft by parents and churches, children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being rescued by Christian activists.
The Accidental Anglican
On his journey from Calvary Chapel through the Vineyard, the emerging church, the Alpha Course, and now the Anglican Mission in America, Todd Hunter has remained tightly focused on evangelism.
A Divine Edge on Fighting Poverty
A business plan with a divine edge has an angle on fighting poverty.
Great Questions of the Bible
Quotations to stir heart and mind.
White Flag in the Mommy Wars
The theology that many parents are missing.
Sex, Lies, and Abortion
It's time to get to the bottom of the great national tragedy.
Theologian David B. Hart Rebukes the Church's Enemies
How we got into the atheism culture war in the first place. A review of David Bentley Hart's Atheist Delusions.
Books Uncommon and Offbeat
Short reviews of Funeral for a Stranger, Quantum Leaps, and Catcher.
Warren Larson's Top 5 Books on Islam
Mr. Wilson's Wild Ride
Theology in color, motion, and sensory detail. A review of N.D. Wilson's Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl
Grace Amid the Vices
Exploring the seven deadly sins doesn’t have to be depressing. An interview with Glittering Vices author Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung.
Finding God in the Dark
Joe Henry is adventurous in words and music. A review of Blood From Stars.
CDs on The List
Short reviews of Glory Revealed II and new albums from Orphan Project, Christy Nickels, and Tracy Lawrence.
God and Gays
Three films take a closer look at faith and homosexuality.
Philip Yancey: Intensive Care Week
Thoughts while sitting beside my brother as his brain and body failed.