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Cover Story

What's black and white and read all over?

What's black and white and read all over?

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | Graphic novels are the latest blockbuster answer to an image-driven culture in search of stories and meaning

In this issue: "Left behind," June 28, 2008

Features

The old college try

The old college try

By David Bahnsen

Personal Finance | Tuition prices keep soaring, but 529 plans can help parents saving for higher education

Same old scam?

Same old scam?

By Rusty Leonard and Warren Cole Smith

Charity | Even some Pentecostals are skeptical of Todd Bentley's tent revival

Houses of God

Houses of God

Houses of God | Ruins of Saint George's Church in Rihab, Mafraq, Jordan (45 miles east of Amman) are seen on June 11, 2008. Archaeologists in Jordan have discovered a cave…

Toward a new European Union

Toward a new European Union

By Alisa Harris

Europe | A Polish lawmaker wants to build "a moral architecture" out of small, mostly pro-life states

A matter of life

A matter of life

By Jamie Dean

Campaign 2008 | In almost every way, John McCain and Barack Obama are on opposite sides of America's abortion divide

Billion-dollar rain

Billion-dollar rain

By Mindy Belz

Disaster | Faith-based cleanup efforts across the Midwest begin with no end in sight

Looking ahead

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Human Race

Human Race | CALLED: Detroit 13-year-old Keiara Bell garnered national attention last month after she admonished her city council's president pro tem for calling the…

Drill team

Drill team

By Mark Bergin

Energy | High prices at the pump are changing the politics of domestic oil extraction and handing Republicans a potentially hot issue for the fall campaign

Dispatches

The Buzz

Need-to-know news

Haditha dismissal

By Lynn Vincent

Win for Marines is loss for war effort

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

Quotables

Memorable things they said

Notebook

Acting like a champ

Acting like a champ

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Rocco Mediate sat in the Torrey Pines clubhouse June 15 just one Tiger Woods miss away from a U.S. Open victory that would change his life dramatically. The…

Culture

Commuter-driven bestseller

Commuter-driven bestseller

By Susan Olasky

Books | The Shack wracks up sales by recasting a personal spiritual odyssey unfettered by church life

Getting the Word out

By Mindy Belz

Books | China's Bible printing venture gets a high-speed makeover

War reads

War reads

By Mindy Belz

Books | Election season is coming and Iraq rhetoric will be humming. Get your facts and perspective in order now

An old deception

An old deception

By Susan Olasky

Books | Author and cult expert Richard Abanes explains the attraction and heresy of A New Earth

Gender wars

Gender wars

By Susan Olasky

Books | A new survey traces the divide between elementary boys' and girls' reading tastes

Changing Times

Changing Times

By Lynn Vincent

Books | The world's most celebrated best-seller list suddenly is crammed with religious titles

Anti-moralist Christianity

Anti-moralist Christianity

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Book of the Year author and New York pastor Tim Keller takes skeptics in and outside the church from doubt to reason-filled faith

Beauty in hardship

Beauty in hardship

By Megan Basham

Movies | Kit Kittredge: An American Girl offers girls more than a typical wealth fantasy

WALL•E world

WALL•E world

By Megan Basham

Movies | Filmmaker Andrew Stanton says his latest film isn't about the environment or obesity. It's about relationships

'Godward thought'

By Warren Cole Smith

Music | Allen Levi may not be a music star, but he's had an impact that goes beyond fame

Notable CDs

By Andrew Calhoun & Campground, Leona Lewis, Ralph's World & Art Tatum

Notable CDs | Four new culturally enriching CDs reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Columnists

More on the 'Manifesto'

More on the 'Manifesto'

By Joel Belz

Evangelical document's content isn't the whole story

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

That last commandment

That last commandment

By Andrée Seu

Coveting the greatness of someone else's work

Redskinnery

Redskinnery

By Mindy Belz

In stories, it's that happy state where two rivers meet

The new normal

The new normal

By Gene Edward Veith

Television takes the next step down

Human wrongs

Human wrongs

By Janie B. Cheaney

Canadian commission takes on Mark Steyn-and free speech

Don't waste your bypass

Don't waste your bypass

By Marvin Olasky

It's the time to think about life-and death-in Christ

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