Table of Contents

Cover Stories

His to lose

His to lose

by Joel Belz

Cover Story Sidebar | Leaving Saddleback and heading to Minneapolis, John McCain polls-and pulls-for evangelical vote

Cover Stories

His to win

His to win

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | Barack Obama trails in polling among evangelicals, but he hopes to take the upbeat message that made him the first black candidate for U.S. president on the…

In this issue: "Two-ring circus," Sept. 6, 2008

Features

In the jaws of the bear

In the jaws of the bear

By Mindy Belz

Georgia | With a weak allied response, Russia extends its reach into Georgia

Charter course

Charter course

By Lynn Vincent

Back to School | How to turn around a gang-infested inner-city school? It isn't easy, but a small, aggressive group of teachers and parents can make it happen

Subtract and divide

Subtract and divide

By Marvin Olasky

Back to School | Schools ignore what's good about America and focus instead on keeping Americans from coming together as a people

Making the grade?

Making the grade?

By Lynn Vincent

Back to School | Barack Obama and John McCain try to convince Americans that their vastly different education proposals would pass instead of fail

Technological edge

Technological edge

By Marvin Olasky

Back to School | Online learning could become a powerful tool for homeschoolers

Don't Google me!

Don't Google me!

By Lynn Vincent

Back to School | It can bring professional havoc to social workers and students stifled by leftist academics and identity politics

Reading at risk

Reading at risk

By Robert L. Jackson

Back to School | Many in Congress want to kill a highly successful phonics program

No more teachers' dirty looks

No more teachers' dirty looks

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | Volunteer chaplain corps brings peace to Detroit schools

States' witness

States' witness

By Rusty Leonard and Warren Cole Smith

Charity | Moral lawmakers make more moral laws

Oil and you

Oil and you

By David Bahnsen

Personal Finance | It's all about supply and demand

Houses of God

Houses of God

Houses of God | 

The other credit crisis

The other credit crisis

By Mark Bergin

Education | Are student loans the next financial bubble to burst?

Looking ahead

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Human Race

Human Race | DIED: Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa, who won Western praise for tackling corruption and pushing pro-growth economic policies in Africa, died Aug. 19 of…

Dispatches

The Buzz

The Buzz

Need-to-know news

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

Quick Takes

Memorable things they said

Reviews

Notable CDs

By Tom Verlaine, Jan & Dean, Little Richard & Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

Notable CDs | Four noteworthy reissues reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Healing Henry

Healing Henry

By Megan Basham

Movies | A broken man finds meaning and faith in Henry Poole Is Here

Acting out

Acting out

By Meghan Keane

Movies | Rainn Willson gets to be a grown-up child in The Rocker

Road rage

Road rage

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Death Race earns its rating-and little else

Time is money

Time is money

By Sam Thielman

Movies | On the federal debt crisis, leaders aren't leading

Power vs. love

Power vs. love

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Jeff Sharlet reflects the growing paranoia about evangelical influence in politics

Notable books

By Dale Brown, Brett Lott, Athol Dickson & Min Jin Lee

Notable Books | Four books with Christian themes reviewed by Susan Olasky

Show and tell

Show and tell

By Marvin Olasky

Books | University of Texas professor J. Budziszewski has answers and advice for today's college students

Road to Recovery

Road to Recovery

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Loudon Wainwright III takes shots at his own moral failings

Billy the kid

Billy the kid

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Rerelease of The Stranger shows Joel's immaturity

Notebook

Man at sea

Man at sea

By Mark Bergin

Sports | A homeschooler aims to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone

Voices

Ordinary man

Ordinary man

By Joel Belz

Campaign 2008 | Pastor Rick Warren says he isn't walking away from the hard stuff

Freedom isn't free

Freedom isn't free

By Mindy Belz

And that goes for press freedom, too

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

Trap doors

Trap doors

By Andrée Seu

Some barriers are not enough to hold back sin

Barack to school

Barack to school

By Janie B. Cheaney

Campaign 2008 | Obama offers more of what hasn't worked in education policy

Rorty's rebels

Rorty's rebels

By Gene Edward Veith

Why do parents support anti-parent education?

Waiting for Venditte

Waiting for Venditte

By Marvin Olasky

Sheer velocity isn't everything

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