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September 2020
Volume 64, Number 6
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About This Issue
Despite the historic fervor surrounding public debate about policing in America, little attention has been paid to the theology of law enforcement. Our cover package this month explores that theology in two parts. In the first, New Testament scholar Esau McCaulley outlines the apostle Paul’s challenge to policing and the state that authorizes it. In the second, pastor Michael LeFebvre argues that Old Testament law and practice make a clear case for policing that prioritizes the protection of society’s most vulnerable.
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Paul’s Word to Police: Protect the Weak
As black Christians have long understood, the New Testament has a strong theology of law enforcement.
The Old Testament’s Word to Police: You Answer to God’s Higher Court
How biblical law can illuminate today’s debates on law enforcement.


Why One Texas Pastor Believes Racial Justice Should Start with Stories
Candid accounts of the daily grind of oppression are a first step toward national healing.
Even in Times of Crisis, Learning Is Never a Waste of Time
COVID-19 is no excuse for neglecting God's call to study and create.
The Roots of the Black Prophetic Voice
Why the Exodus must remain central to the African American church.
J.I. Packer: The Bible’s Guide for Christian Activism
Trying to improve society is not worldliness but love.


On Matters of Race and Justice, Listening Isn’t a One-Way Street
Why we shouldn’t divide the church into those who “get it” and those who don’t.
Threw Away Your Shot? You’ll Get Another.
When we mess up God-given opportunities, God has a habit of giving us more.
Little Christs or Little Caesars
Faithfulness is not easy for the politically powerful.
God Knew What He Was Doing When He Gave Jesus Two Family Trees
How to sort out the many disparities between the genealogies of Matthew and Luke.


Secular Faiths Are Remaking the American Religious Landscape
Tara Isabella Burton’s report on the ascendance of “Remixed” spirituality is equal parts fascinating and dismaying.
Politics Has a Strong Grip on Our Hearts. The Gospel’s Grip Should Be Stronger.
How the church can shape public policy without losing its soul.
New & Noteworthy Fiction
Chosen by Erin Bartels, author of "We Hope for Better Things" and "The Words between Us."
Sex Is the Earthly Glow of the Heavenly City
How a lovestruck literature student learned that lesson while walking Oxford’s cobblestone streets.
5 Books on Understanding the Human Brain
Chosen by Bradley L. Sickler, author of "God on the Brain: What Cognitive Science Does (and Does Not) Tell Us about Faith, Human Nature, and the Divine" (Crossway).


Satellite Ministries Cross Boundaries. That’s Their Promise and Peril.
From democratic Israel to theocratic Iran, Christian TV defends its right to exist.
COVID-19 Concerns Accelerate Homeschool Movement’s Growth
Continues to trend more secular, as safety and flexibility are given top priority.
When Is It a Sin to Vote for a Political Candidate?
Christians consider the moral weight of the ballot.
Gleanings: September 2020
On the Front Lines, Some Pro-Life Activists Think Twice About Trump
National leaders back re-election. For others, the 2020 choice is not so clear.

More from this Issue

Our September Issue: The Bible in Blue
It matters what Scripture says about police.
When Healing Hurts
Do we want to get well?
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Responses to our May/June issue.
My Savior Had Arrived—but He Wasn’t Elijah Muhammad
Why I left the Nation of Islam to follow Christ.