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Make Way for the Women

Although chauvinistic attitudes still stand in their way, a new group of women has risen to the challenge of leading the 21st century church.
Early in her ministry career, Bible teacher Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, was snubbed when a group of male pastors turned their chairs around to indicate their objection to being addressed by a female preacher. Yet since that time—the early 1980s—she has traveled around the world, speaking to audiences of both men and women from platforms offered to her not by women only but also by prominent male leaders, including, in the years before his death, Campus Crusade founder Bill Bright.

Lotz's current liberty to preach to both genders in high-profile venues is not singular. Throughout Christendom "something is happening for women," as Bonnie and Mahesh Chavda declare in their 2006 book, The Hidden Power of a Woman. In both denominational and nondenominational—particularly Pentecostal-charismatic settings—women are taking their places alongside men as ministers of the gospel. read more

God's Generals

While American troops fight the war on terror, Dutch Sheets and Chuck Pierce are helping mobilize an army of intercessors to pray for the nation. read more

China's Brave Witness

Brother Yun has been beaten, shocked and imprisoned for his faith. But he survived to tell the amazing story of New Testament-style revival in China. read more

Ignite the Fire

Bill and Brenda Johnson have one goal—revival. They’re seeing it happen in their California church and beyond. read more

No More Urban Slavery

How Bishop George McKinney is helping residents in a troubled San Diego community find freedom from gangs, drugs and hopelessness. read more

Wired to Reach the World

With their Southern charm and innovative ideas Marcus and Joni Lamb of Daystar Television Network are changing the landscape of Christian television. read more

Grace So Amazing

Before he met Jesus in 1989, Zachery Tims was dealing drugs in a Baltimore neighborhood. Today he’s helping thousands of people turn their lives around. read more

Uganda's Miracle

Amid war and persecution, Christians are experiencing a revival in Uganda that is marked by church growth, an unprecedented drop in AIDS prevalence and a changing political landscape. read more

Singing from the Heart

Martha Munizzi never expected to blaze any trails in gospel music, but her soulful style of worship is BREAKING DOWN RACIAL BARRIERS between black and white Christians. read more

Why Israel Matters

God began fulfilling Old Testament prophecies in 1948 when Israel became a nation. Today this special land is still a prophetic signpost. read more

When Heaven Came Down

If we could send a reporter back in time to 1906, his report on the Azusa Street Revival would read like this. read more

Brave Hearts in a Desperate Land

ROLLAND and HEIDI BAKER ventured to Mozambique armed with faith and little money. Today they have planted hundreds of churches in a nation overrun by Muslim gangs. read more

The Bishop's Campaign

Michigan pastor Keith Butler, a pro-life Republican, took a big risk when he decided to run for the U.S. Senate. He talked with Charisma about why he's the best man for the job. read more

A Sacrifice of Praise

Bill and Gloria Gaither were recently named Christian Songwriters of the Century. Their legacy is marked by down-home charm, family values and an adoring audience that keeps on growing. read more

She's Just Everyday People

Although she's performed for world leaders, gospel vocalist NICOLE C. MULLEN knows how to keep it real. This daughter of Pentecostal preachers hasn't forgotten her humble roots. read more
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