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March 2020
Volume 64, Number 2
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About This Issue
This month’s cover story examines the power of communal confession to heal the church’s—and society’s—deepest divisions. But pastor and writer Jeff Peabody doesn’t point to the early church or to liturgical traditions as the model for how we should pray; he turns to the famous ancient prayer of Daniel at the end of Israel’s long Babylonian exile. The prayer upends our typical notions of what it means to “speak prophetically,” and the implications for our fractious cultural and political moment are striking.
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Cover Story

Forgive Us Our Sins (And Theirs, Too)
How an ancient prophet’s prayer answers our modern outrage.


Twelve Christian Women in Science You Should Know
From studying dinosaur bones to creating digital assistants, these women see research as their calling.
Why Do Fewer Christian Women Work in Science?
Sociologists explain the data behind the gender gap in STEM careers.
Democratic Christians Weigh Their Primary Concerns
The presidential contenders are wooing religious voters. How do the faithful make sure God isn't a political prop?


Real Love Requires a Command
Strangers and enemies don't come naturally.
On Earth as It Is in Flight
Travel reminds us of our God-ordained dependence on others.
The Old Testament Twins We’ve Forgotten
Jacob and Esau get all the attention. Yet it’s another pair of brothers who reveal the heart of the biblical story.


Be Careful About Reading the Bible as a Political Guide
Without a mature understanding of God’s purpose for governments, we’ll default to the commonplace views of our culture.
The Many Faces of Narcissism in the Church
Sometimes it appears in the pulpit, and sometimes it festers behind the scenes.
New & Noteworthy Books
Compiled by Matt Reynolds.
Religious Parents Are Remarkably Similar, Even When They Belong to Different Religions
In over 200 interviews, sociologist Christian Smith and his colleagues discovered a striking degree of consensus on the fundamentals of bringing children to faith.
My Generation Prized ‘Authenticity.’ Why I’ve Come to Love Wearing a Mask.
I'm only my truest self when I'm playing the role of disciple.


Why German Evangelicals Are Praising God in English
Through worship, they can connect to the global body of Christ.
Have You Noticed Church Is Farther Away Than it Used to Be?
Study finds more Christians driving longer distances to worship.
Christian Martyr Numbers Down by Half in a Decade. Or Are They?
New report shows dramatic change, but some are skeptical.
Despite a Murder and Visa Denials, Christians Persevere in Turkey
(UPDATED) After Andrew Brunson's release, foreign evangelists find it increasingly difficult to stay and serve.

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