Christianity Today’s print magazine cover stories represented many themes of the past year—topics that are not new but reached a fresh urgency or climactic moment in 2021. From Christians in Afghanistan to multiethnic churches to empty pews, we hoped to remind readers of gospel hope in the midst of difficult times. Here are CT’s cover stories ranked in reverse order of popularity online.

9. December
8. January/February
7. July/August

6. October

5. April

4. May/June

3. November

2. March

1. September

Check out the rest of our 2021 year-end lists here.