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Cover Story

A wonderful life

A wonderful life

by Russ Pulliam

Cover Story | Like the mythical George Bailey, Robert Lavelle has used a savings and loan to help more people than he can possibly know

In this issue: "Lavelle's wonderful life," Dec. 25, 2004

Features

Flew the coop

Flew the coop

By Gene Edward Veith

Religion | How a prominent atheist philosopher made the revolutionary decision to become a theist

Into Africa

Into Africa

By Mark Bergin

AIDS | An ambitious plan to help Africa's AIDS orphans fights apathy, resistance

Journalism & humility

By Marvin Olasky

Media | The two rarely go together anymore, but by following the Bible a Christian journalist can aspire to be a humble truth teller. Other current…

Dispatches

Bridge building

Bridge building

By Mindy Belz

France | French president Jacques Chirac's recent attempts to assert himself on the world stage have exposed raw motives

The Buzz

The Buzz

By The Editors

The latest on this week's biggest stories

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

A surprise inside Employees at Samsung's Secaucus, N.J., repair shop may be used to unhappy customers, but a DVD box this month from Jefferson City, Mo., was…

Quotables

Quotables

Memorable things they said

Reviews

Return of the King

Return of the King

By Gene Edward Veith

Video | With so much more material, this Return of the King is, in effect, a different movie from the version that won 11 Oscars

Spanglish

Spanglish

By Andrew Coffin

Movies | This imperfect but funny and touching film deserves more credit than it's likely to get

Madden NFL 2005

By Ben Olasky & Marvin Olasky

Culture | What really makes Madden stand out are its graphics, which are amazingly realistic

Bestselling books

Notable Books | The five bestselling hardback novels as of Dec. 13

Notebook

Feline studies

Feline studies

By Chris Stamper

Technology | Online school under investigation for awarding MBA degree to a cat

Choosing a 'champion'

Choosing a 'champion'

By John Dawson

Sports | The Bowl Championship Series creates another year of controversy

Big & mobile

Big & mobile

By Dan Perkins

Business | Sprint and Nextel announce $35 billion merger

Voices

Too close for comfort

Too close for comfort

By Joel Belz

A story of intense personal interest becomes a national controversy

Taliban west?

Taliban west?

By Gene Edward Veith

Liberals worry that President Bush's reelection will lead to an American theocracy

Royal entrance

Royal entrance

By Andrée Seu

Luke's anti-narrative on the coming of a new kind of kingdom

A resolution to work

A resolution to work

By Marvin Olasky

Christians can lead the way in solving Social Security's problems

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

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