7 Editor’s Note
Andy Crouch sees a better church than what media suggest.
9 Reply All: Readers respond to the September issue via letters and blog posts.
21 Witness: Churches offer tiny homes to homeless.
22 Gleanings: Why pastors quit, Israel’s Christian schools end strike, and Samson appears as 14th-century Yoda.
24 Headlines Christian colleges avert crisis-for now-over gay-marriage policies.
26 In Depth: Will Success Spoil Cuba’s Revival?
33 Where We Stand A Church Welcome for the Tired, the Poor
36 Truth Be Told Christena Cleveland says we’ve lost the spirit of servant leadership.
38 Spirited Life Andrew Wilson asks: Do babies go to heaven?
40 The Power of Our Weakness: By many accounts Orthodox Christians have lost the culture wars. How they can flourish-not vanish-in a time of retreat
Michael Gerson, Peter Wehner
50 WHEN ISLANDS OF MEANING SINK BENEATH US: I try to find the meaning of my wife’s suffering, but I often come up dry and gasping.
56 WHY RIGHTEOUSNESS MATTERS: Godly behavior, it turns out. is the way to reach a lost and sinful world.
Christopher J. H. Wright
62 THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST S(P)ENDING CRUNCH: The missions agency of the largest US Protestant denomination faces a $21 million deficit. Could it spell the end of the full-time missionary?
Terry Lindvall’s God Mocks,
review by Wesley Hill
Top 5: Terry Lindvall on religious satire
Adam McHugh’s The
by John Koessler
Interview: John Danforth’s
The Relevance of Religion
Let’s admit it: 20 years later, Jesus Freak is still an excellent album.
104 Testimony Tedashii: from called-out chump to Christian rapper.