Table of Contents

Cover Story

Lone sentry on the wall

Lone sentry on the wall

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | How do wealthy ministries spend the millions of dollars that Americans give them? Many of them won't say, and few donors seem to know. That's where Rusty…

In this issue: "Big bucks ministries," July 28, 2007

Features

Help the little guy

Help the little guy

By Priya Abraham

Iraq | Counterterrorism expert Eric Egland is fighting the Pentagon over a bottom-up strategy to win where it counts

Marked targets

Marked targets

By Clint Rainey

El Salvador | Central American authorities-and U.S. officials-have had enough of tattoo-laden gangbangers, but is their crackdown enough?

Drawing distinctions

By Edward E. Plowman

Religion | Benedict ruffles feathers by reasserting Roman Catholic claims

Fleeting fame

Fleeting fame

By Marvin Olasky

New York Journal | Shakespeare, Walter Scott, Robert Burns, and ... who?

'Serious sin'

'Serious sin'

By Mark Bergin

Human Race | Social conservative Vitter apologizes for call-service calls

Privileged president

Privileged president

By Mark Bergin

Politics | Congressional showdown over executive power could force Bush to choose what deserves protecting

Silent witnesses

By Lynn Vincent

Politics | Recent Democratic rhetoric about faith falls away when the candidates begin talking to core supporters

Dispatches

The Buzz

The Buzz

Need-to-know news

The long night

The long night

By Cal Thomas

Cynical politics have undermined war-time efforts before

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

Quotables

Memorable things they said

Notebook

Summer surrender

Summer surrender

By John Dawson

Sports | Trade decisions in July show whether general managers are thinking postseason or next season

That's Mr. Queen to you

That's Mr. Queen to you

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Lost tooth identifies female pharaoh

Columnists

False sense of security

False sense of security

By Joel Belz

Dumbing down the goal in Iraq makes it easier to understand cut 'n' run politics

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

Piece of Christ

Piece of Christ

By Tony Woodlief

We crucify Him daily, then cast lots for the fashionable trinkets

Boys at play

Boys at play

By Janie B. Cheaney

The Dangerous Book for Boys, by British novelist Conn Iggulden and his younger brother Hal, became a surprise bestseller in the U.K. and is now outpacing…

Some benchmark

Some benchmark

By Marvin Olasky

Take that, American Heritage editors!

Culture

Breaking free

Breaking free

By John Dawson

Movies | Rescue Dawn shows the power of perseverance and friendship

Irish ballad

Irish ballad

By Jenny Kraemer

Movies | A singer and his inspiration make muse-ic in Once

Rough terrain

Rough terrain

By John Dawson

Television | The Hills are alive with the grown-up results of poor parenting

Noteworthy CDs

By Carole Farley, Vladimír Godár, David Schiff, David Hill & Judith L. Zaimont and the American Ragtime Ensemble

Notable CDs | Five noteworthy new classical-music CDs reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

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