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October 2012
Volume 56, Number 9
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50 Women You Should Know
We asked key leaders which Christian women are most profoundly shaping the evangelical church and North American society. This is who they picked.


The Bonds of Freedom
There is paradox in the Christian understanding of what it means to be free.
Ajith Fernando: On the Anvil of Suffering
Offered his dream job in the United States, Fernando opted to stay in war-torn Sri Lanka, a decision that has made all the difference for the cause of Christ
The Yes and No of Healing
What are we to make of people who experience inner healing and then revert to their old ways?
The Regnerus Affair
The embattled sociologist talks to CT about the controversy over his study of homosexuality and parenting.
Love Isn't Easy in Man Camp Ministry
When roughnecks descend on an oil boomtown, Christians find the gift of hospitality strains their vision of ministry.
How Books Helped Save My Soul
I found light in my lit.


Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to the July/August issue.
Abusing the Megaphone
Caustic rhetoric undermines Family Research Council's post-shooting response.
Is It Wrong to Split Your Tithe?
Three views on what it means to give faithfully.
Downton Abbey's Real Legacy
Why we strive to preserve places rich with memory.


Wilson's Bookmarks
Brief reviews of 'The Church and Literature,' The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln,' and 'Arlo Needs Glasses'
The Love We Dare Not Ignore
It's a profound mistake to neglect our gay brothers and sisters in the body of Christ.
My Top 5 Books on The Cold War
A faith-focused list on the long battle with Communism.
The Foreign Mission Field Two Minutes Away
Mass migration to the West is destroying old missions distinctions.
How We Hide Our Suffering
An excerpt from 'Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free.'
How to Eat, Play, Love—And Do Other Christian Acts
Ben Witherington III calls for serious theological reflection on activities that occupy most of our waking hours.
'Once Upon a Time:' When Pagans Get Real
In ABC's hit mythological series, fairy tales meet biblical truth, week after week.
The Confessions of Scott Stapp
New memoir addresses abusive childhood, a wild ride with Creed, a near suicide attempt, and, finally, getting right with God.
Review: Finding God
A brief look.


The Spiritual Sex
Why are women better Christians than men?
Important developments in the church and the world.
Go Figure
Compiled by Ted Olsen
Opening the Adoption Files
Secrecy gives way to relationships with birth mothers.
Why Churches Worship Illegally—In Paris
Evangelical churches are multiplying but lack space to grow.
Christian Colleges Try Massive Online Courses
But schools worry about their effect on discipleship (and revenues).
Uganda Tells 1 Million Couples: You're Not Really Married
Unions hang in the balance as govt. restricts which churches can marry.
Is Megachurch Worship Addictive?
Scholars, including the coauthor of the recent study alleging that it creates a "high," weigh in.
How Not to Care for Widows
After her husband's death, a typical East African widow may face property theft or eviction. But faith-based advocates are turning the tables.

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