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September 2015
Volume 59, Number 7
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Russell Moore Wants to Keep Christianity Weird
The public-policy leader for the largest US Protestant denomination isn’t worried over Christians’ loss of power. He says it might just be the best thing to happen to them.


Assisted Suicide and Real Death with Dignity
Advocates say that choosing when we die is a fundamental right. My late husband thought otherwise.
Tough Love for the Black Church
Thabiti Anyabwile, a Reformed pastor in Washington, D.C., offers celebration, critique, and hope for revival.
J. I. Packer: How I Learned to Live Joyfully
A wizened sage named Ecclesiastes tamed my youthful cynicism.
Pursue the Caller, Not the Calling
What we forgot about vocation.


The Power of Pro-Life Women
It's time to harness “feminine authority” to protect the unborn.
The Black Church: A Necessary Refuge
I learned at age five that many US churches are unsafe for black people.
When Jesus Got the Bible Wrong
The Messiah made a "mistake" for good reason.


We All Need Sexual Healing
Even followers of Jesus fall prey to our culture’s assumptions about sex.
Mockin' the Suburbs
Why city-loving Christians are wrong to sneer.
My Top 5 Books for Becoming a Better Neighbor
D. L. Mayfield recommends the best books for learning to love and serve those around you.
Christian, Meet Confucius
Forget the made-up Internet quotes. The ancient Chinese philosopher has serious wisdom for followers of Christ.
Farewell to the Missionary Hero
How candid confessions of failure and frustration found their way into stories from the field.
New & Noteworthy Books
Compiled by Matt Reynolds


Clean Water’s No. 2 Problem
A snapshot of Christian witness in the world (as it appeared in our September issue).
Gleanings: September 2015
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our September issue).
My Small Group Looks Like Me
Why some multiethnic churches don’t mandate diversity at gatherings.
Why Christianity Is Surging in the Heart of Islam
Medical missions and market dynamics lead to millions of believers in the Arabian Peninsula.
Should Denominations Apologize for Racial Acts They Didn’t Commit?
The Presbyterian Church in America debates the sins of its fathers.

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