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October 2017
Volume 61, Number 8
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No Child Left Behind Comes to Awana
The children’s ministry rethinks the competition at its core.
Bible Study Fellowship Rewrites the Rulebook
From denim to downloads, BSF is loosening up and adapting for millennials.


The Mainliner Who Made Me More Evangelical
How Frederick Buechner changed the course of Russell Moore's life.
I Never Became Straight. Perhaps That Was Never God’s Goal.
Why I embraced the Bible's sexual ethic before I understood it.
The Godness of God
Karl Barth thought we needed to be reminded continually of the obvious, which to Barth was not so obvious.
Does Your Pastor Need a Friend?
A study reveals why relational ministry can leave our inner circle empty.
Catholic but not Roman
To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the ‘Reforming Catholic Confession’ calls Protestants to unity.


The Cynic’s Guide to Sin
We’re not surprised when people fail us. But should we be?
Whatever Became of Repentance?
How we can change the angry cultural debates online and in church.
Think Fake News Is Scary? Try False Teaching
We learn to spot a lie by studying the truth.


Alan Jacobs: Hating Your Neighbor Will Make You Dumb
How tribalism and culture-warring have ravaged our ability to think.
When It Comes to Sexuality, ‘We Can’t Simply Review the Verses Anymore’
Pastor Todd Wilson wants to recover the deeper theological and moral meaning of being made male and female.
An Innocent Black Man Forgave the Crooked White Cop Who Framed Him
And that’s good news—but not cause for ignoring larger patterns of injustice.
Wilson’s Bookmarks
From John Wilson, editor of 'Education & Culture' at
5 Books to Read When Your Church Is Searching for Its Next Pastor
Selected by Winn Collier, pastor and author of 'Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church.'


Shalom, Amigos: The Changing Faces of Christian Zionism
How Hispanic evangelicals hope to become Israel’s best friends.
Gleanings: October 2017
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our October issue).

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Our October Issue: Rooting for Bible Ministries
Confessions of a Bible study dropout.
Reply All
Responses to our July/August issue via tweets and emails.
Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, but Prosperity Preaching Isn’t for Me
As part of the family empire, I lived a life of luxury. Then doubts began to surface.