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January/February 2013
Volume 57, Number 1
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Worshiping Jesus in the Mosque
What it's like to follow Christ embedded in Muslim culture. An interview with a Muslim follower of Isa.
The Hidden History of Insider Movements
For generations, Islam and Hinduism have had believers
Why Evangelicals Should Be Thankful for Muslim Insiders
Insider followers of Jesus may not have changed religions, but their lives have been changed by Christ.
How Much Muslim Context Is Too Much for the Gospel?
How learning the limits helps us stay "biblically orthodox and maximally attractive."


Faith in a Fallen Empire
Detroit's list of maladies is long. But some Christians' commitment to its renewal is longer.
Planting New Life in Detroit's Vacated Landscape
How Christians are spearheading the urban farming movement in Motor City.
Election Is for Everyone
However we interpret the controversial doctrine, it's clear that salvation is never a human achievement.
Are You Worshiping the Idol of 'Open Options'?
The false god of limitless choices, like those at a coffeehouse, is enslaving modern Americans. How to resist him.
The Gospel Hand-Off
After a setback due to illness, one missionary couple had to give their ministry away. Why they're happy about it.
The Great Tiny Baby Rescue
My journey to a Guatemalan village where starving children are rescued in a race against death .
The Zombie Apocalypse
Why are we fascinated with the walking dead who want to eat us?


Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to the November issue.
Discipleship Is Messy
Insider movements can lead to syncretism, yes. But less so if we all stay connected.
Should Women Serve in Combat?
Three views on the warrior women of the Bible and today, as the Pentagon announces it's lifting the ban.
So, Who Hallows God's Name?
We usually think it's our job. Think twice.
Catholics and Baptists Together
The recent synod of bishops sounded notes Protestants can sing.


The 2013 Book Awards
Judges whittled 455 submissions from 68 publishers down to 10 winners and 9 notables.
Breaking News: Christian Wiman Discusses Faith as He Leaves World's Top Poetry Magazine
Wiman's Baptist faith lay dormant until love and cancer unearthed it.
The Sin of a Preacher Man
Why churches can't afford to overlook the spiritual lives of their pastors.
My Top 5 Books on Mental Illness
Picks from the author of 'Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission'
God Repairs the Shattered Glass
Even the most tragic stories find redemption in the story of the Bible.
Wilson's Bookmarks
Brief reviews of 'Illuminations', 'Standing in Another Man's Grave', and 'My Bookstore'
How Should Christians Get Rid of Garbage in their Hearts?
Dealing with the source of sin is a staggering commitment.
How Can Short-Term Missions Best Advance God's Mission?
Author Brian Howell says we should start with a robust reconciliation theology.
Quick Takes
More media of note.


Top 10 News Stories of 2012
The events, people, and debates of the past year that have shaped, or will significantly shape, evangelical life, thought, or mission.
Important developments in the church and the world.
Kenyan Jihadists Target Surprising Recruits: Ex-Christians
Radical Islamists are capitalizing on poverty and unemployment to enlist would-be martyrs.
Fifty Shades of the Good Book
Erotica fans aren't the only beneficiaries of private digital consumption.
How Should Christian Satellite Networks Evangelize Muslims?
"Innocence of Muslims" film sparks debate among broadcasters.
Schools Tussle Over Sex Standards
(UPDATED) Why are fired teachers still suing Christian schools?
Hope for the Gay Undergrad
More and more groups connected with Christian colleges openly reach out to students with same-sex attractions.

More from this Issue

Change to Believe In
Not all changes are good. But transformation is.
My Train Wreck Conversion
As a leftist lesbian professor, I despised Christians. Then I somehow became one.