OUR CURRENT ISSUE — JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017
The final frontier: the ‘third third’ of life
People these days tend to live longer lives than ever before. It’s not unusual to live into your 80s, 90s or even beyond. This new longevity is an important topic for us as a church to think about — these later years, the final frontier. Most of our lives, we’ve been taught what we’re supposed to do to make life a success. But what happens when we can no longer be as active as before? What purpose does God have in mind for us now? This issue of Presbyterians Today takes on this provocative topic from various perspectives. Read digital edition
Featured Stories from this Issue
The challenge of aging gracefully
As technology and medicine keep us alive longer and longer, how do we glorify God in our last years? How do we respond faithfully with failing bodies?
All about Lent
Is Lent a biblical concept? How do spiritual practices like fasting and “giving things up” fit in? How should we prepare our hearts for Christ’s resurrection at Easter?
What Presbyterians Believe: Baptism
How baptism is central in our lives as Christians
Go Figure: One church, many generations
The Greatest Generation… Baby Boomers… Gen X… Gen Y… Millennials… a snapshot of how we’re the same and where we’re different
Bible Explorations: Agitating for God
Meet the “holy troublemakers” in time for Criminal Justice Sunday
Lenten Devotional for 2017
This year’s Lenten devotional by Jodi Craiglow invites us to join 47 biblical figures—one for each day of Lent—who encounter Jesus during his earthly life and ministry. Speaking in unique, first-person conversational form, these characters tell us “in their own words” what they’ve seen and learned. They draw us in to share their joys and struggles, and help us understand Jesus in a newer, richer way. The narratives are rounded out with a daily Scripture reading and short prayer.
Along with the text, Meeting Jesus includes a collection of multimedia artwork from Creation Lab in Chicago featuring ancient Lenten symbols expressed in a contemporary, urban style.
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Presbyterians Today is the award-winning, general-interest magazine of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Published 6 times a year, it explores practical issues of faith and life, tells stories of Presbyterians who are living their faith and covers a wide range of church news and activities. Presbyterians Today features easy-to-understand articles about what Presbyterians believe, Bible study and devotional helps, and provocative commentary on the church’s role in society.
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