Smoke rises after a Russian jet bombed a residential area in Aleppo, Syria, on Oct. 4. (Mahmud Faysal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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2 | Protesters, led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy, take over a wildlife refuge in Oregon and begin a weekslong standoff that ends with one dead and eight arrested.
6 | North Korea claims it successfully detonated its first hydrogen bomb.
Mary Ann Hoberman
Donald Trump emerged in the summer as the front-runner in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination and remained atop the polls into December.
Jan. 1 | Vietnam legalizes same-sex marriage.
Jan. 2 | Turkey grants permission to construct the first church building in the country in nearly a century.
News | Decline seeps at once-Christian colleges; Jeffress conflates border debate with Revelation
Evangelism My missionary friend inspires me to live evangelistically
Persecution Government oppression continues for China’s Early Rain Church
Movie A Dog’s Way Home is a cute tale encumbered by secular values
Crime A government shutdown hasn’t stopped the cartel leader’s dramatic trial
Homelessness A woman with a tragic past and no home offers an example of human resilience
Religion God bids us forward, looking toward His promises