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November 2020
Volume 64, Number 8
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About This Issue
The costs of health care in America are staggering. Those blessed with the right insurance watch mind-boggling medical bills evaporate into the ether, as if by magic. But millions of others risk having their lives derailed by such bills, or they risk the life-threatening consequences of forgoing treatment because they could not begin to pay for it. The modern US system of insurance-based care began as a Christian invention to help the vulnerable, but today it often feels like a punitive system denying medicine to those who need it most. Our cover story this month asks: Can Christians once again find a better way?
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Cover Story

Christians Invented Health Insurance. Can They Make Something Better?
How to heal a medical system that abandons the vulnerable.


Meet the TikTok Generation of Televangelists
These young influencers want to #MakeJesusViral.
It’s Okay Not to Be Okay
How African American churches are ministering to the mental health of their communities.
Paul’s Most Beloved Letter Was Entrusted to a Woman
Meet Phoebe, the first interpreter of Romans.
Hope Is an Expectant Leap
Advent reminds us that Christian hope is shaped by what has happened and what’s going to happen again.
I Was a World Series Hero on the Brink of Suicide
Drugs had derailed my baseball career and driven me to despair. A chance encounter with a retired pastor changed everything.


Post-Election Civility Is Not Enough
Love keeps no record of wrongs, but it does stand up against them.
Cultivating Chaos
The Holy Spirit does many things. First among them is creation.
Say a Prayer for the President
Politics don’t matter when it comes to lifting up our leaders.


Share the Gospel with Prisoners. Then Apply It to the System.
Evangelicals are superb at the first task. To what extent do they embrace the second as well?
How Churches Elevate and Protect Abusive Pastors
A psychologist explores the power dynamics that help turn shepherds into wolves.
New & Noteworthy Fiction
Chosen by Sarah Sundin, author of World War II-era novels.
A True Religion Does Three Things and Answers Four Questions
John Stackhouse offers a checklist for sincere spiritual searchers.
5 Books That Turn Our Grumbling into Gratitude
Chosen by Dustin Crowe, author of “The Grumbler’s Guide to Giving Thanks: Reclaiming the Gifts of a Lost Spiritual Discipline.”


At Purple Churches, Pastors Struggle with Polarized Congregations
A challenging year threatens to divide Christians who have resisted the cultural trend.
Who Preaches on Politics? Most Pastors.
Study of 100,000 sermons shows gospel applied to economics, war, welfare, and other current issues.
Gleanings: November 2020
Creation Care Movement Takes Action with Solar Panels and Petitions
Evangelicals concerned for the environment make strides toward change.
Churches Search for Sounds of Heaven
With growing diversity, evangelical leaders pursue multicultural and international worship music.

More from this Issue

Our November Issue: An Ocean of Need
How can we care for the sick when we don’t have the cash?
Joy That Won’t Wither
Politics fade. Our hope endures forever.
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