30 Postelection opportunities The 2016 U.S. presidential election may be over, but vulnerable populations remain burdened by personal struggles and practical needs
36 In Caesar’s shadow Warming relations between Beijing and Rome has Catholics inHong Kong-and underground Catholics in China-worried about state control
40 A food & fuel Thanksgiving. The producers of our daily bread and energy contend with nature,and sometimes governments that take their production for granted
44 Bishop gone bad? California Episcopal Bishop Jon Bruno intends to sell off the property of a congregation he once championed
48 Finding God in the U.S.A.As Chinese international students flood U.S. high schools anduniversities, many are learning about Christianity for the first time-and sometimes embracing it
27 Where We Stand Mark Galli on church disci pline as discipleship.
30 Beginning of Wisdom Jen Wilkin remembers the spiritual mothers of our faith.
Tish Harrison Warren’s Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices In Everyday Life re viewed by Jamie A. Hughes
Interview: Russell Jeung’s At Home In Exile: Finding Jesus among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors, inter view by Morgan Lee
Gerry Bowler’s Christmas In the Crosshalrs reviewed by Thomas Kidd
My Top 5: Esther Emery selects her top five books for an Internet sabbatical. ·
80 Testimony Joanna Reed Shelton followed her great grandfather’s story to Japan and found something she never expected: faith in Jesus.
44 CROSSING THE WASTELAND OF FAITH Years after my dramatic, unlikely conversion, it seemed God had gone silent. Barbara Bradley Haerty
50 INVESTING IN THE KINGDOM Eventide Asset Management has confounded the investment world with its success-and its biblically based principles. Jeff Haanen
54 SAVED THROUGH CHILD-BEARING How Paul’s often misunderstood words in 1 Timothy can deepen our understanding of Christmas. Wendy Alsup
58 WRESTLING WITH ETERNITY For many, predestination is a struggle to accept; for Paul, it’s a doctrine of love. Frank A. Jarnes Ill
34 JUST SAY NO TO SHAME My recovery from opioid addiction began when I realized my addiction had chosen me. Timothy King.
30 A bold stand in the Land Down Under Put Christians on the Barbie? No, says Lyle Shelton, WORLD’s 2016 Daniel of the Year
36 Executive redo Many of Barack Obama’s key initiatives could fall with the stroke of a pen
40 The MK privilege What’s life like as a missionary kid? It’s hard. It’s painful. And for many, it’s a blessing that can’t be beat.
44 Classical conflict Will classical public charter schools lure Christian parents away from schools that acknowledge Christ as the center of all things?
50 A world apart The process can be messy, but China and Nigeria are developing strong economic ties as Nigeria hopes to become the world’s next big economic surprise
3 Joel Belz
14 Janie B. Cheaney
28 Mindy Belz
63 Andree Seu Peterson
64 Marvin Olasky
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