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‘These Bombs Led Me to Christ’

The “Napalm Girl” from a famous Vietnam War photo tells her story of coming to faith. You have seen my picture a thousand times. It’s a picture that made the world gasp—a picture that defined my life. I am nine years old, running along a puddled roadway in front of an expressionless soldier, arms outstretched, […]

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Sectarian Cinema: Oscars Highlight Muslim Defense of Persecuted Christians

Watu Wote joins other films attempting what African sermons cannot. Two years ago, the heroic actions of some Kenyan Muslims brought their majority-Christian nation together. The Oscar-nominated film depiction of that heroism may do so again—if many people watch. Watu Wote is a fictional retelling of real-life horror. In December 2015, al-Shabaab terrorists stormed a […]

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Rwanda Weeds the Church Plants

Thousands of churches closed in attempt to curb bad buildings—and bad preaching. Authorities have closed more than 6,000 churches across Rwanda, including 714 in the capital city of Kigali, in the span of two months for failing to comply with health, safety, and noise regulations. Underscoring the seriousness of the campaign, a lightning strike killed […]

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Gleanings: May 2018

Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our May issue). Supreme Court hears pregnancy centers’ plight The US Supreme Court will decide in June whether pregnancy resource centers in California must post notices advertising state-funded contraception and abortion, or whether the state requirements violate their free speech. During the oral […]

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How to Become America’s Fastest-Growing Church? Think Like a Startup.

Cincinnati’s Crossroads uses entrepreneurial strategies for gospel ends. The fastest-growing congregation in America is one you may never have heard of with a name you hear everywhere: Crossroads Church. Crossroads are about as common as First Baptists among today’s non-denominational, contemporary churches. But this particular Crossroads, based in Cincinnati, could have a location near you […]

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A Spirit Thing

Billy Graham’s God-given vision for a magazine of “conviction and love.” Just before I traveled to Charlotte in March to attend the memorial service of our founder, Billy Graham, one of CT’s designers stopped by my office with a large manila envelope. “It’s from my grandfather,” she said. “He wanted you to have this.” This […]