Table of Contents

Cover Stories

Obama's church

by Daniel James Devine

Cover Story Sidebar | Trinity United Church of Christ is big on social and political activism, plus big on controversy for its favorite son

Cover Stories

Hurry up and wait

Hurry up and wait

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | That's the story of the presidential campaign: two frenetic months from Iowa in January to Texas, Ohio, and others in March. Now a long pause until the…

In this issue: "The waiting game," March 22, 2008

Features

An inconvenient winter

An inconvenient winter

By Mark Bergin

Environment | Record colds from North America to Baghdad reveal a double standard in global-warming alarmism

'It pays off for eternity'

'It pays off for eternity'

By Alisa Harris

Abortion | Like other volunteers in America, faith is the motivating factor for pro-life volunteers

Great escape?

Great escape?

By Lynn Vincent

Crime | Abortionist George Tiller may be poised to dodge a grand jury indictment

Mafia state

Mafia state

By James Elliot

Kazakhstan | A booming oil economy, a U.S. security ally, but behind the scenes former Soviet republic plays police state

A war for souls

A war for souls

By Jill Nelson

Russia | Recent elections and ongoing restrictions only point to the deeper conflict tearing at Russian life

On the edge

On the edge

By Jamie Dean

Sudan | A return to genocidal killings in Darfur is possible again

Faith-based legacy

Faith-based legacy

By Russ Pulliam

Politics | President Bush has reshaped the public role of religious belief

Resurrection

Resurrection

By Lynn Vincent

Military | Imprisoned just after Easter 1989 by Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, Kurt Muse found belief-and renewed life-on the night of his execution. For the first…

Houses of God

Houses of God

Houses of God | Qatar officials approved construction of the oil-rich Gulf state's first church in 2000-and it is scheduled to open this month in time for Easter services.

Politics in the pulpit

Politics in the pulpit

By Rusty Leonard and Warren Cole Smith

Charity | The law allows churches to do more than they may realize

Ask, and keep asking

Ask, and keep asking

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | The life of a start-up movie producer doesn't follow an easy script

Death and money

Death and money

By David Bahnsen

Personal Finance | "You can't take it with you," but you can give it away responsibly

Human race

Human race

Human Race | RETURNED: Prince Harry was whisked back to Britain March 1 after details of his secret tour of duty in Afghanistan were published in an Australian magazine…

Looking ahead

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Huck-a-bye

Huck-a-bye

By Jamie Dean

Politics | Former contender Mike Huckabee talks about his campaign and the future of campaign '08

Dispatches

Quotables

Quotables

Memorable things they said

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

The Buzz

The Buzz

Need-to-know news

Reviews

Working girl

Working girl

By Megan Basham

Movies | A sweet script and a solid title character carry Pettigrew

Park rangers

Park rangers

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Paranoid Park tells a story of rootless-but trapped-kids

Marital diss

By Meghan Keane

Movies | Married Life makes an absurdity of matters of the heart

Eyes only

Eyes only

By Megan Basham

Movies | 10,000 BC has enough visual effects to draw viewers to a poor film

Notable CDs

By Ed Sanders, Nick Lowe, Kingston Trio, Elvis Costello & Various Performers

Notable CDs | Five noteworthy new reissues reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

No games allowed

No games allowed

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Norman didn't fit the industry mold

The tour that isn't

The tour that isn't

By Warren Cole Smith

Music | Wilcox practices a life worth singing about

Save the children

Save the children

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Society's obsession with individual rights, says author David Tubbs, has taken a heavy toll on our youngest citizens

Notable books

By Brian Selznick, Jacqueline Levering Sullivan, Nate Wilson & L.M. Montgomery

Notable Books | Four books for young readers reviewed by Susan Olasky

Bhutto lives

Bhutto lives

By Mindy Belz

Books | A posthumous book gives her vision a life of its own

Faith in action

Faith in action

By Timothy Lamer

Books | Souled Out wants Christians to suport bigger government

Apologetics old and new

By Matthew P. Ristuccia

Books | Repackaging classical arguments for a relativistic age

Notebook

Shadow games

Shadow games

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Several competing nations are asking their athletes to remain silent about China's human-rights record during the Olympic Games

Canadian freeze

Canadian freeze

By Edward E. Plowman

Religion | Christian theologian J.I. Packer threatened with suspension by global Anglican Communion

Voices

Intoxication before God

Intoxication before God

By Marvin Olasky

Purim celebrants and Christians see through a glass darkly

Bullish on spring

Bullish on spring

By Mindy Belz

'Tis the season for running the ring

The Green Dust

The Green Dust

By Andrée Seu

Regular doses of fellowship will ward off its nefarious effect

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

Unfriendly visitors

Unfriendly visitors

By Janie B. Cheaney

Schools of social work demand a conformity that lasts beyond graduation

Beyond partners

By Gene Edward Veith

Ending civil marriage would be a terrible mistake

Gloomy conservatives

Gloomy conservatives

By Joel Belz

Campaign 2008 | The right wing is properly blaming itself for the fix it's in

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