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Cover Story


by Bob Jones

Cover Story | With the economy sputtering, 23 Republican-held governorships are up for grabs next month. Many of those states are experiencing deep budget crises, leading…

In this issue: "GOP: No room for error," Oct. 19, 2002


Tidying up

By Mindy Belz

China | Communist court tosses out charges against underground Christian church leaders, just weeks before Jiang's U.S. visit

Lights, camera, exploitation

By Marvin Olasky

Media | Falwell says he "should have known" 60 Minutes' segment on Christians and Israel would be a hatchet job, but that is no excuse for shoddy, bigoted journalism

Top News

By The Editors

This Week | The Top 5 news stories as measured by coverage in The Washington Post, USA Today, and NBC Nightly News from Oct. 2 to Oct. 8

Parents or politics?

By Jennifer Marshall

Education | The National PTA may soon have to decide whether it will be a parents' group or just another liberal lobby

Dictator or deliverer?

By Mindy Belz

Pakistan | The votes now cast and counted in this dangerous nation, the United States still must wait to see whether its investment in Army-general-turned-President…



I ain't put up the gate yet. Rick Franklin, of Davie County, N.C., on how his naming of the road on which he lives "Getta Way" doesn't mean he is anti-social.

Quick Takes

In with the old The CDs at the music store may look familiar this fall. USA Today's David Lieberman reports that with album sales down 11 percent this year,

In Brief

News highlights from around the world


Flash Traffic

By Joel C. Rosenberg

Flash Traffic | Political Buzz from Washington


Beyond the margins

By Joel Belz

Political choices do matter: A reader takes us to the woodshed


Frightening inaction "Collateral damage" (Sept. 21) by Mindy Belz should awaken the conscience of Christians everywhere. One would think that articles…

Musical diagnosis

By Marvin Olasky

There's value in description, and hope for prescription

Feelings slighted

By John Piper

But new affections are evidence of a changed heart


Top Albums

By Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Dixie Chicks, John Mayer & Norah Jones

Notable CDs | The Top 5 Internet CDs for the week ending Oct. 5, according to Billboard magazine

Musical cities of God

By Bill Boyd is a minister with Reformed University Fellowship

Music | We are aging soldiers in an ancient war Seeking out some half-remembered shore We drink our fill and still we thirst for more Asking, 'If there's no heaven, what

'Kids will be kids'

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | When we assume children are innocent and don't teach them self-control, we end up with The Lord of the Flies

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