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Cover Story

Helping hands

by Susan Olasky & Becky Perry

Cover Story | Hurricane Katrina changed the lives of residents on the Gulf Coast, but it also changed the lives of Christians partnered with them to help. Here's a story of…

In this issue: "Comfort and joy," Dec. 24, 2005

Features

Oversized hammer

By Joel Belz

Charity | Hurricanes derail Congress from dealing blows to nonprofits

Fade to gray

By Les Sillars & Stefanie Hausner

Military | Proposed military guidelines could muzzle evangelical officers and chaplains

All or nothing

By Mark Bergin

Business | The cable industry balks at calls for à la carte pricing

Tookie's victims

By Lynn Vincent

Death Penalty | Lost in the hype about Stanley Williams' death sentence were the lives he took in 1979

Worth the wait

By Jamie Dean

Sudan | A Lost Boy and a Lost Girl find each other in North America

Dispatches

(Don't) go fly a kite Kite flying isn't just child's play in Pakistan-it's illegal. The nation's supreme court decided in December to extend an October ban on…

Quotables

"I'm against their priorities." Hurricane Katrina refugee ChiQuita Simms on New Orleans officials' planning and paying for Mardi Gras 2006. Ms. Simms, who has…

The Buzz

The latest on this week's biggest stories

Unfinished work

By Hugh Hewitt

Iraq's future is uncertain, but those who sacrificed their lives have created a new opportunity for freedom

Notebook

Fight to be finished

By John Dawson

Sports | San Francisco and Houston could be playing for top draft position in their season finale face-off

Welfare queen

By Timothy Lamer

Money | Queen Elizabeth II received more than $1.7 million in farm subsidies from the European Union over the past two years

Culture

Notable CDs

By Big Star, Ralph Covert and the Bad Examples, Donovan, Bob Dylan & Loudon Wainwright III

Notable CDs | Five overlooked but noteworthy recordings of 2005

Syriana and Paradise Now

By Andrew Coffin

Movies | A look at how two new films confront the Middle East issue

Yours, Mine and Ours

By Gene Edward Veith

Movies | Forget the remake and rent the original that starred Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball

Columnists

Secular stones

By Joel Belz

Despite efforts to suppress Christmas, Christ's blessings abound

Slappy holiday

By Gene Edward Veith

Why not take the Santa Claus tradition a little further?

When nothing's happening

By Andrée Seu

When nothing's happening "'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring..."

Katrina and Christmas

By Marvin Olasky

The tale of two evangelism explosions

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

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