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June 25, 2022 | Vol. 37, No. 12

Pointing to a different hero

Summer reading: The characteristics of heroes in movies don’t come out of nowhere

Creative creation

Summer reading: Four noteworthy picture books

Faith that is tested and flourishes

Summer reading: New book proclaims faith amid brutality, while another examines faith and beauty

Three windows on God’s world

Summer reading: Novels old and new present lives in very different circumstances

A most inconsistent Founder

Summer reading: A new biography highlights the gap between Thomas Jefferson’s enlightened rhetoric and his personal practices

Abuse scandal sweeps SBC

Southern Baptists consider reforms amid scathing report on leaders mishandling sexual abuse cases

A pinprick of hope

Asylum seekers in Australia are often treated like convicts for years at a time

Fleecing the vulnerable

The financial scamming of America’s elderly has become a big business with seniors losing billions of dollars


Stumping experts on gender

Answering the question, “What is a woman?”

Breathtaking Texas

Deep in the Heart explores the natural wonders of the Lone Star State


A new adventure for an old hero

Obi-Wan Kenobi fights against the empire and his own doubts in the new Star Wars series

A “strange new” return to Star Trek’s roots

A clear and present message

Top Gun: Maverick delivers high-octane thrills and a reminder of important virtues


From piano to punk

Noteworthy new or recent releases

CCM stars shine in Stonehill tribute

Phil Keaggy, Amy Grant, Russ Taff, Steve Taylor, and others join forces


Getting to know you

Being a neighbor is more than a condition; it’s a calling

An unexpected field for ministry

Angolan students grow and share their faith at Chinese universities

Formula frenzy

Some pro-life pregnancy centers can’t provide specialized baby formula for clients