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December 2011
Volume 55, Number 12
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Cover Story

Why We Need Jesus
Reason and morality cannot show us a good and gracious God. For that, we need the Incarnation.


Making Disciples Today: Christianity Today's New Global Gospel Project
Introducing the magazine's new five-year teaching venture.
Learning to Read the Gospel Again
How to address our anxiety about losing the next generation.
My Perfect Child
What God taught me through my daughter's disability.
The Kingdom in Columbus
Why the world's largest Vineyard church is drawing people from 104 nations in central Ohio.
A Senior Moment
The elderly population is steadily growing and will be for years. How some ministries are embracing the challenge.


Readers Write
Readers respond to the October issue.
No Taxpayer Is an Island
Elizabeth Warren is wrong, and right, about the role of government.
How to Think about Social Networking in Churches
What do we do with virtual fellowship?
Lessons From an Usher
What I learned about humility from a gentle greeter.
Education Is in Our DNA
We should support every effort to upgrade our failing schools.


It's Okay to Expect a Miracle
Scholar Craig Keener rediscovers the reality of divine intervention.
Islam's Inquisitors: A Review of 'Silenced'
Muslim blasphemy laws threaten global religious liberty and American national security.
My Top 5 Books on Consumerism
Picks from Tyler Wigg Stevenson, author of 'Brand Jesus: Christianity in a Consumerist Age.'
Creation's Own Inherent Value
A review of 'Living with Other Creatures.'
Be Not Afraid
Facing fear with faith.
Wilson's Bookmarks
Brief reviews of 'Gracie,' 'Destiny Of The Republic,' and 'The Best American Poetry 2011.'
Q & A: Alvin Plantinga on Conflict Resolution with Science
The philosophy professor seeks to disentangle sound science from naturalistic dogma.
Books to Note
Short reviews of 'Gospel,' 'Surprised by Oxford,' and 'The Triumph of Christianity.'
Both Testaments at Christmastime
Andrew Peterson sings of Jesus in his annual tour.


Infographic: How the Bible Feels
One of the most visual Scripture summaries to date.
Quotation Marks
Recent remarks on crosses on water towers, crosses on roadsides, and more.
Church Leaders Debate Self-Defense
Nigerian Christians abandon cheek-turning.
Pastors Double-Dare the IRS
Observers suggest that punishing church endorsements will be unlikely.
Should Sunday School Be for the Whole Family?
Church youth need more exposure to adults.
Deaths, retirements, resignations, and appointments in the church and in the world.
A Private Matter: Vanderbilt Vets Student Ministries
Campus ministries need different defenses.
Should Churches Trademark their Names and Logos?
Observers weigh in.
Pentecostal Renewal Transforms Rwanda after Genocide
Survivors flock to charismatic churches as a haven for healing.

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