Table of Contents

Cover Stories

Tower power

by Gene Edward Veith

Cover Story | The Lord of the Rings movies are fast becoming smash-hit classics, with The Two Towers having surpassed $200 million in its first 12 days of release. "To say…

Cover Stories

To end all culture wars

by Gene Edward Veith

Cover Story | The theology in To End All Wars is so sound and explicit that it may turn off Christians reared on pop spirituality

In this issue: "Lord of the box office," Jan. 11, 2003

Features

Shake up or shake down?

By Joel Belz

National | Pro-life activist Gregg Cunningham considers taking his message to mega-churches

Christmas massacre in Pakistan

By Edward E. Plowman

International | Assailants attack a Presbyterian church on Christmas day

Man knows not his time

By Edward E. Plowman

National | John Walvoord and Lewis Smedes die

Dispatches

Flashtraffic: Election 2004

By Joel C. Rosenberg

With Al Gore out, and Hillary Clinton saying she won't run, where will Democrats look?

Quick Takes

Chinese checkers Where there's fire, there's probably smoke-or in this case, Chinese authorities blowing smoke. China's government is stepping up its Internet…

Hager will face a fury

By Timothy Lamer

Amid pro-abortion caterwauling, White House appoints to FDA post an OB-GYN who has questioned RU-486 safety

Not a 'senseless waste'

By Edward E. Plowman

Baptist missionaries plan to carry on in the face of Islamic terror threats

Top News

By Tim Graham

The Top 5 news stories as measured by coverage in The Washington Post, USA Today, and NBC Nightly News from Dec. 25 to 31

Quotables

If you're superstitious, you're weak. Kansas State University basketball player Gilson DeJesus, the nation's leading three-point shooter, on athletes who wear…

Flashtraffic: Gore asked CIA to keep information from Congress

By Joel C. Rosenberg

Gregory Vistica's new book sheds new light on Al Gore's activity in the White House.

Reviews

Coaching character

Culture | Some NCAA basketball coaches are making a difference on and off the court

Is testing positive?

By Timothy Lamer

Culture | New study shows random drug tests to be effective

Bestsellers

By The Editors

Culture | The Top 5 best-selling hardback novels as measured by placement on four leading lists as of Dec. 30

Bestsellers

By Arsenio Orteza

Culture | The Top 5 best-selling CDs for the week ending Dec. 28, according to Billboard magazine

In the book spotlight: Bob Woodward

By The Editors

Culture | Woodward's book gives special insight into the days folowing 9/11

In the music spotlight: Aaliyah

By The Editors

Culture | The real tragedy of Aaliyah's life

Rating the ratings

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | When "R" is appropriate

Voices

Not dramatic enough

By Joel Belz

Why subtlety, not blood and guts, will best serve the battle against abortion

Mailbag

Family resemblance Much as Franklin Graham ("Daniel of the Year," Dec. 7) resembles his father, Billy, a great deal of his outspokenness and resolve might…

Wages from sin

By John Piper

Churches should not accept money won from gambling

Discerning DeLay

By Marvin Olasky

Reporters mistakenly see contradiction in the new House GOP leader

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