15 Witness – Powerhouse TV Christians partner with Muslim king to house Iraqi and syrian Christians before winter.
16 Gleanings – Christians lead Hong Kong protests, Wesleyan publisher folds, and a global promise to stop stealing sheep.
18 Headlines – Sorry Tertullian, Methodists may quit while ahead, and the subtle Star of Bethlehem.
19 Under Discussion – What good news encouraged observers the most this year?
25 Where We Stand – Bearing the World’s Burdens
28 Open Question – Patricia Raybon, Larry Eskridge, and Lore Ferguson bring back forgotten Christmas traditions.
30 Wayfaring – Wesley Hill clarifies why we read the Bible together.
32 Past Imperfect – David Neff remembers the founder of the Red Cross.
36 Pop Prancis – From secular journalists to charismatic Christians, why so many of us are taken with the Jesuit from Argentina by R. R. Reno
44 COVENANT AND CONFLICT AT GORDON COLLEGE
The Massachusetts school has come under fire for banning ‘homosexual practice.’ President Michael Lindsay says the policy is about so much more than sex. Interview by Timothy C.Morgan
48 THE CONTENDER
Mark Lanier is one ofthe country’s most successful trial lawyers. Now he’s taking Christianity to the courtroom of modern skepticism. By Bret Mavrich
54 HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY KITSCHY CHRISTMAS
What weird Nativity sets get right about the story of Jesus. By Sarah Arthur
58 RELIEF IN WARTIME CHAOS
Fleeing violence, nearly 1.3 million Syrians and Iraqis are now living in Jordan. How local and global leaders are meeting their needs. By Alice Su in Amman