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December contents DECEMBER 2015 VOLUME 28 NUMBER 12 ● ● 16 Favorite Bible stories News


Lutheran ● Features


8 ELCA Conference of Bishops: A kairos moment


10 Do science and religion conflict? It’s all how you ‘see’ it


Cover story


16 Our favorite Bible characters & stories


21 Who in the Bible are you?


22 Study guide


Cover: “Nativity” (1998); Japanese gouache color and Chinese ink on Korean rice paper by He Qi (1948-; Chinese). He Qi ©2015 all rights reserved.


29 ‘Fred’s Gifts’ a Christmas mission tradition


32 Adoption changed their lives


Lutheran agencies match children in need with loving families


34 Simply Christmas Sustainable ways to observe, cherish the season


30 Dolls ● 38 New life in Tanzania Departments


24 Starry Advent night 26 A radical welcome


3 A lexicon of faith 4 Editor notes


23 Reflection 40 Deeper understandings 42 Two months out 43 Faces 44 Best this month 45 Deaths 46 Classifieds 47 Light side 47 Crossword 48 Letters 49 Picture this 50 Presiding bishop


36 Vigil for peace


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