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December 2022
Volume 66, Number 9
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About This Issue
This month’s cover story profiles Bono of U2, exploring how grief, music, and activism have shaped—and been shaped by—his Christian faith. This issue also features a pair of articles focused on Bible literacy that take a historical look at the creation of concordances alongside a contemporary assessment of today’s popular Bible apps. How do tools like these impact scriptural interpretation for good or for ill? Plus: a Christmas reflection on the expansive purpose of the Incarnation.
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Cover Story


When the Best Bible-Reading Tool Made Bible Reading Worse
The unintended consequences of concordances offers a warning to Christians today.
Bible Apps Are the New Printing Press
How evangelical computer programmers changed the way we read Scripture.
If Troubled, Look for God’s Comfort. If Restless, Look for His Lordship.
God’s creation is done, our sin is bearing its fruit, and a little girl with cancer has a big question.
Why Christmas Is Bigger Than Easter
The Incarnation exists for the Atonement, but it is also so much more.
Cambodian Spies Were Watching Me. So Was Someone Else.
After escaping the Khmer Rouge with my siblings, I learned who had been protecting me all along.


We Can’t Outbreed Unbelief
The Virgin Birth challenges our fears regarding projected secularization.
Our Advent Waiting Goes Back to Eden
At just the right time, God fulfills his promise.
Why Are We So Cynical About Peace on Earth?
Many evangelicals believe war is inevitable. But that shouldn’t stop us from praying for peace.
From Holistic Health to a Holistic Gospel
Wellness culture has infiltrated the church. Scripture casts a different vision.


From the Rise of the ‘Nones’ to the Indifference of the ‘Never Weres’
A sociologist observes the changing tides of American antireligion.
‘I Will Grieve but not Grumble, Mourn but not Murmur, Weep but not Whine’
What Tim Challies resolved in the wake of his son’s sudden death.
New & Noteworthy Fiction
Chosen by Cathy Gohlke, author of “A Hundred Crickets Singing” and “Night Bird Calling.”
Who Do You Say He Is?
In her follow-up to “Confronting Christianity,” Rebecca McLaughlin helps us discover (or rediscover) all that Jesus is and does.
5 Books on Women in the Global Church
Chosen by Gina Zurlo, author of “Global Christianity: A Guide to the World’s Largest Religion from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.”


Finding Common Ground in a Big Fish
Christian scholars look for ways to connect with Muslims over the shared story of Jonah.
The Greeting Most Preferred for Happy Holidays? ‘Merry Christmas.’
Americans expected to send 1.6 billion cards this year, continuing Victorian-era tradition.
Prayer and Forgiveness Offered at Texas Execution
And other brief news from Christians around the world.
They’re Not Religious. But They Oppose Abortion.
“Nones” take a more prominent place in the pro-life movement.
What Is a Missionary Kid Worth?
Risks remain higher in cross-cultural contexts. And misconduct is harder to report.

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Our December Issue: We Wonder as We Wander
All of us come to the manger as pilgrims.
The Messiah Is Coming
And his kingdom is global.
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