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Cover Story

Out of one, many

Out of one, many

by Mark Bergin

Cover Story | Multi-site churches are growing, spreading across cultures, and redefining the concept of gathered worship, for better and for worse. From high-tech to…

In this issue: "NextGen worship," July 26, 2008

Features

Soul searching

Soul searching

By Jamie Dean

Campaign 2008 | Barack Obama made headlines with his faith-based proposal, but the devilish part of his plan is in the details

Who will pay?

Who will pay?

By Lynn Vincent

Disaster | With Midwest flooding affecting hundreds of towns across 10 states, homeowners may find themselves left with the cost of cleaning up

The power of three

The power of three

By Lynn Vincent

Law | How a trio of pastors sparked the movement to give California voters the last word on same-sex marriage in their state

Goodnight, hoppers; goodnight, hustlers everywhere

Goodnight, hoppers; goodnight, hustlers everywhere

By Marvin Olasky

Television | The Wire in its fifth and last season is mercilessly consistent in its vision of a fallen world

'Black genocide'

'Black genocide'

By Alisa Harris

Abortion | Protesters want the NAACP to speak up on the slaughter of unborn African-Americans

The Chambers-Hiss case

The Chambers-Hiss case

By Marvin Olasky

History | On its 60th anniversary, the famous spy case poses theological as well as political questions

Maximum optimist

Maximum optimist

By Warren Cole Smith

Philanthropy | Philanthropist John M. Templeton turned others' losses into billions of gains

The whole truth

The whole truth

By David Bahnsen

Personal Finance | Alternative to term life insurance has some definite drawbacks

The good life

The good life

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | Resources for those beginning to think about alternatives to retirement

Aid and comfort

Aid and comfort

By Rusty Leonard and Warren Cole Smith

Charity | When it comes to giving, Americans are not so ugly after all

Houses of God

Houses of God

Houses of God | Standing in the doorway of his church Pastor Norman Markle leads in prayer worshippers who attend without getting out of their cars. The new drive-in church…

Crisis of a lifetime

Crisis of a lifetime

By Alex Tokarev

Economy | Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac rescue promises more instability to come and more government sponsorship of consumption

Looking ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Heckler's veto

Heckler's veto

By Lynn Vincent

Abortion | Circuit court rules in favor of displaying abortion photos

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | DIED: Former Bush press secretary and Fox News personality Tony Snow died July 12 after a long battle with colon cancer. As the original host of Fox News

Dispatches

The Buzz

The Buzz

Need-to-know news

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurrences

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

Reviews

Gone batty

Gone batty

By Sam Thielman

Movies | The Dark Knight is a morality tale in which everyone's a hair crazier than usual

Enjoyable Journey

Enjoyable Journey

By Mark Hemingway

Movies | Once it gets going, a new adaptation of Jules Verne classic works

Improbably cute

Improbably cute

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Hellboy II is short on plot but long on fun-to-watch action

Low and mighty

Low and mighty

By Meghan Keane

Movies | Bio flick fails to address Roman Polanski's sense of entitlement

A faster treadmill

By Marvin Olasky

Books | A season of books on faith and life

Notable books

By Kathleen Parker, Roger Lowenstein, Jill Bolte Taylor & Meg Meeker

Notable Books | Four noteworthy nonfiction books reviewed by Susan Olasky

Brothers in arms

Brothers in arms

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel come from opposing political camps, but united by faith they have moved beyond polarization

Giant task

Giant task

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Rock opera puts to song an Oscar Wilde tale

Bubblegum's back

Bubblegum's back

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Rereleased Osmonds albums are a pleasant surprise

Notable CDs

By The Browns, Gavin DeGraw, Willie Nelson & Willie Nelson/Wynton Marsalis

Notable CDs | Four noteworthy new releases and reissues reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Notebook

Tennis returns

Tennis returns

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Courtesy of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the word is out: Tennis lives

Voices

Wrong doxology

Wrong doxology

By Joel Belz

When big government becomes a false god it puts true worship out of tune

Campaign of one

Campaign of one

By Mindy Belz

Jesse Helms, 1921-2008

Me, myself, and iPhone

Me, myself, and iPhone

By Vern S. Poythress

Technology can be an instrument for gratitude or for idolatry

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Beyond human control

Beyond human control

By Andrée Seu

Welsh revival shows the limits of programs and the limitless Spirit

Fleeting thoughts

Fleeting thoughts

By Janie B. Cheaney

How the internet is eating my brain

Sex appeal

Sex appeal

By Gene Edward Veith

How a branch of Islam wants to convert the West

Name that idea

Name that idea

By Marvin Olasky

Try a little social justice

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