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April 2013
Volume 57, Number 3
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Easter Blooms in Newtown
Not even senseless murder can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Easter Wings
The classic poem tells—and shows—how Christ's resurrection lifts us into flight.


Rick Warren's Final Frontier
Saddleback wants to bring the gospel to the world's 3,400 unengaged people groups. Why it just might work.
Did God Plan the Fall?
We don't know why God permitted the Fall, but we know all too well the evil and sin that still plague us.
Knowing What the Bible ‘Really’ Means
Why multiple translations might even be better than Scripture in its original languages.
The Hope Roaster
How Pete Leonard's coffee roasting startup could become the world's largest employer of former convicts.
Conversion Confusion
Did a widow with seven children get 15 years in an Egyptian prison for becoming a Christian? Not so fast.
What Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Says About 21st-Century Womanhood
What Lena Dunham's smart HBO series says about 21st-century womanhood.


A Pope for All Christians
Why believers of all stripes should care about the new head of the Catholic Church.
If the Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage, What Next?
How churches and pastors should respond.
The Trouble with Cussing Christians
Do Christians have a unique call to avoid strong language?
The Man Who Birthed Evangelicalism
Carl Henry's complex legacy, 100 years after his birth.


How a Dutch Neo-Calvinist Helped Birth an Intellectual Movement
Abraham Kuyper imagined a world fallen yet still infused with the grandeur of a God willing to redeem it.
My Top 5 Books on Singleness
In search of books that move beyond longing and provide a hopeful, trust-deepening perspective.
So All May Learn
Why Christians should aim to get low-income students a high-quality education.
Taking Action Through Radical Kindness
One great agent of healing is showing love to those who have hurt us.
Wilson's Bookmarks
From the editor of Books & Culture.
Suffering Servants
Chronic pain and depression taught Joni Eareckson and Ken Tada to put each other's needs first.
Quick Takes
More media of note.


Quitting Time: The Pope Retired. Should Your Pastor?
Benedict's decision shows how to serve well and leave well, experts say.
The Way We Give Now
Christian ministries received $9.8 billion in cash donations in 2011. But which ones received most?
Important developments in the church and the world.
Black Churches' Missing Missionaries
Black churches are booming. Why they are not sending.
Investigator or Prosecutor? No GRACE in Sexual Abuse Investigation of Missionary Kids
Reviewing decades-old abuse allegations isn't simple, as firing by Baptist missions agency shows.
Is 'Incoherent' Christianity Better Than None at All?
English leaders say religious education is a necessary part of primary education.
First Language First
Christians make real education possible for 21 million Filipino students.

More from this Issue

Notes from Newtown
How the church rallied around the bereaved town.
Ravi Zacharias's Brush with Suicide
I was haunted by failure to the edge of suicide—and then came life.