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November 2011
Volume 55, Number 11
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A New Kind of Urban Ministry
Christians no longer want their communities fixed. They want them flourishing.


Portland's Quiet Abolitionists
Leading the liberal city's efforts to halt child trafficking is a network of dedicated Christians. Just don't go advertising it.
Disappointed with Intimacy
We set ourselves up for confusion about God if we forget that the best is yet to come.
Expand American Missions!
Americans should focus less on 'Western guilt' and more on sharing the gospel.
Archaeology's Rebel
Eilat Mazar is unafraid to claim archaeological finds of biblical proportions.


Readers Write
Readers respond to the September issue.
Fighting Famine Isn't Enough
Some 2,000 Somalis die of starvation daily. Drought isn't the reason.
The Defining Issue of the 2012 Presidential Race?
Observers consider what Christians should prioritize in the upcoming election.
Intercultural Fiesta Fail
'We are all alike!' doesn't fly in a fly-infested hut in El Salvador.
Our Secret African Heritage
How we can remember our big family history.


Making Abstinence Sexy
Communications expert Christine Gardner reveals what makes abstinence campaigns work.
Location, Location, Location
Particular places shape the biblical story, and each Christian life.
My Top 5 Books on Jonathan Edwards
Particular places shape the biblical story, and each Christian life.
Wasted Charity
Why the 'compassion industry' is not helping the poor. A review of 'Toxic Charity'
Jesus + Nothing = Everything
Many who assume they understand the gospel fail to actually apply its riches to their lives.
Wilson's Bookmarks
Brief reviews of 'Faith No More,' 'Inquiring About God,' and 'Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies & Clowns.'
Q & A: Frank Wolf on Liberty for the Captives
The congressman pleads for a passionate American commitment to international religious freedom.
Books to Note
Short reviews of 'Gospel Wakefulness,' 'Union with Christ,' and 'The Gospel of Matthew.'


Research: Rich God, Poor God
New studies are examining the relationship between religious attitudes and economic inequality.
Go Figure
Recent stats on politics, evolution, and ministry.
Quotation Marks
Recent remarks on Japan, women in ministry, and more.
Interpretation Sparks a Grave Theology Debate
Apologist’s questioning of Matthew 27 creates theological war of words.
Archaeology in Turkey: Major Finds in Asia Minor
But researchers say Turkish government is shutting them out.
Missionary Money: Easier to Give, Worth Less than Ever
The new challenges of missions donations.
Trading Spaces: Inner City Helps the Suburbs
Suburban poor change the direction of ministry.
Do You Follow the Liturgical Calendar?
Observers weigh in on why they do or don't follow the church year.
School Choice Programs Snowball
Forty-one states introduce or pass new programs.

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How a pastor from is helping plug the church into the digital future.