5 Joel Belz
16 Janie B. Cheaney
17 John R. Erickson
30 Mindy Belz
63 Andree Seu Peterson
64 Marvin Olasky
32 Running with the bulls Mike Pence and Tim Kaine face the challenge of sharing a ticket with an unpopular and controversial leader. Can the VP nominees reassure voters even as they stir a bit of their own controversy?
38 Enforcer of the Philippines Filipino Christians are offering the gospel to the island nation’s drug pushers. New President Rodrigo Duterte is offering the barrel of a gun
42 Sowing fear Why are ISIS-affiliated groups putting random Americans on hit lists?
46 Hurry up and assimilate For international students in America, fitting in is hard-but some Christian-run programs are helping
50 Loving God, raising worms For “Uncle Jim” Shaw, raising European night crawlers and red wigglers is no small calling
9 Editor’s Note Katelyn Beaty signs off as print managing editor of CT.
11 Reply All Readers respond to the September issue via letters, tweets, and Facebook posts.
25 Where We Stand Richard Clark on why 2016 shouldn’t be a hopeless year.
28 Spirited Life Andrew Wilson on “equality” in the New Testament.
30 Persevering Church K. A. Ellis on the power of community in persecution.
38 Outpacing Persecution Why it’s the best of times and the worst of times for India’s burgeoning churches. Jeremy Weber
48 CONTEMPLATIVE ACTIVIST Ann Voskamp’s rural Canadian life may seem picture per fect. But with her new book, the intensely shy writer could spark a social movement among North American Christians. Katelyn Beaty
54 AN EVANGELICAL’S GUIDE TO THE ENNEAGRAM What’s behind the popular self-assessment tool making its way to your church. John Starke
60 I AM PLURAL Trillions offoreign creatures in and on our bodies shape
96 Testimony Marcus Doe used to dream of revenge against his father’s killer. Now he chooses forgiveness.
64 GOD IS NOT OUT TO GET YOU Listening to the Father who delights in and sings over us. Jeremy Treat
Peter Leithart’s The End of Protestantism and Kevin Vanhoozer’s Biblical Author ity after Babel, review by Fred Sanders.
Interview: Mark R. Teasdale’s Evangelism for Non-Evan gelists:Sharing the Gospel Authentically, interview by Joshua Ryan Butler
Excerpt: Paul Behaving Badly by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien
8 HOW DO WE MINISTER AMID TERRORIST ATTACKS, RACIAL VIOLENCE, AND THE MOST POLARIZED ELECTION IN MEMORY? By Marshall Shelley
28 LEARNING TO LOVE THE CHURCH When I became a pastor I didn’t like much about the complexities of community in general and of a holy community in particular. Eugene Peterson
35 FROM “BELONGING” TO “BEING DISCIPLED”
14 TOP 10 PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS FOR PASTORS
Apps, websites, software, and kitchen implements to help you conquer your ‘to-do’ list. DrewDyck
18 DEEP PREACHING IN A DISTRACTED AGE Will anything capture people’s attention and keep it long enough for God to do his work? Matt Woodley
25 HOW DO I TAKE A PRAYER RETREAT? 9 key questions answered to help you meet with God. Kevin and Karen Miller
4 How that one simple change is driving trends in small-group ministry. Amy Jackson
41 OUTREACH AND EVANGELIS M: WH AT WORKS TODAY? When traditional outreach misses the audience and “evangelism” becomes a dirty word, how can we share the Good News? Rob Toal
48 INSIDE THE CHUR CH BUILDING OF 2017 What’s hot, what’s next, and what needs to die. Marian V. Liauaud
57 TOP 5 RISKS TO CHURCHES NOW How to protect your people from the most pressing threats today. Matthew Branaugh
06 Effective Evangelism Confessions of an Evangelist: Stereotypes Don’t Always Have to Be True
08 Practical Hermeneutics Is It Possible for Humans to See God?
10 Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and the Rise of the Comic Book Antihero
18 Mythicism and the Public Jesus of History by Craig A. Evans
26 Logical and Biblical Defeaters of Reincarnation and Karma by Douglas Groothuis
34 Rejoicing over Owls: Thoreau and the Gift of Being by Stephen Mitchell
40 An Ethic of Instagram by Amber M. Stamper
48 The Internal Testimony of the Holy Spirit: How Do You Know That the Bible Is God’s Word? by James N. Anderson
55 Reviews Perry Marshall’s Evolution 2.0…Douglas Groothuis’s Philosophy in Seven Sentences
58 Viewpoint Should We Continue to Use the Term Sexual Purity?
60 Postmodern Realities Patriotism or National Idolatry? Rightly Ordering Love of Country
9-23 Insights How artist-scientists make the most of their passions; a new look at old ideas; the power of genetics to predict success.
25 Unconventional Wisdom The art of the compliment: It’s oxygen for relationships.
96 Day Tripping
27 Eccentric’s Comer Paul Salopek, in the middle of a 21,000-mile walk around the world, aims to rediscover how we got here.
31 Supplemental Science With their metabolic might, B vitamins keep your brain humming.
35 Social Media As crowdfunding explodes in popularity, experts explore why people pay up.
412- Minute Memoir A criminologist and sex-crimes expert confronts the assault buried in her past.
47 Books Intelligent in ways few ever imagined, the octopus is a virtual alien life form.
48 Free Think From politically correct to woke, socially freighted words and phrases undergo a predictable evolution.
50 Listening to Jealousy By Sara Eckel
60 No Known Expiration Date By Hara Estroff Marano
70 The Fraud Who Isn’t By Caronline Flora
78 The Sorceror’s Code By Matthew Hutson
33 lntro: Sexuality
34 Teaching About Sex in a Changing World By Mark Matlock
37 The YouthWorker Journal Roundtable on Sexuality by Tim Baker
64 Being a Shepherd, Not a Savior By Katie R. Mussat
42 Helping Teens Develop a Sexual Ethic By Jen Bradbury
67 5 Ways to Save a Teen Girl By Jessie Minassian
46 Can God Ever Really Forgive Me? By Greg Stier
70 The LGBTQ Challenge: Navigating the Terrain in Youth Ministry By Mark Yarhouse and Julia Sandusky
49 Following Jesus’ Sex Talk Model By Jason Soucinek
53 5 Things Teens Want You to Know When You’re Talking to Them About Sex By Andrew Larsen
3 Witness Tampering On the Politics of Martyrdom by S. M. HUTCHENS
24 The Still Small God The Mustard Seed & the Wonders of His Kingdom by ANTHONY ESOLEN
30 A Global Conflict of lnterest The Clash Between Religion & Secularism Overshadows The Clash of Civilizations by DAVID V. HICKS
37 We Are Not Our Own George Parkin Grant on the Deep & Abiding Tension Between Christianity & Modernity by CAMERON WYBROW
10 MORTAL REMAINS The Mustard Seed by S. M. HUTCHENS
11 FROM HEAVENLY HARMONY The Wondrous Mystery in Song by KEN MYERS
13 The Gathering Storm JAMES HITCHCOCK on the Transformative Election of2016
14 Ecclesia Non Grata REGIS NICOLL on the Deepening Loss of Religious Freedom & Our Response
17 Dining on Tradition JoANNE L. CANDA on How Using Great-Grandmother’s China Has Made Us a Godlier Family
20 Carol of the Animals REBECCA SICREE on the Burdens & Blessings of Beasts at Christmas
50 FIRST BOOKS Hero’s for Heroes by KATHIE JOHNSON
52 ILLUMINATIONS The Advent of the Everlasting Day by ANTHONY ESOLEN
54 A THOUSAND WORDS The Nativity by Andrei Rublev by MARY ELIZABETH PODLES
56 As IT Is WRITTEN … Haman’s Fall by PATRICK HENRY REARDON