Table of Contents

Cover Story

4th quarter, 3rd & 10

4th quarter, 3rd & 10

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | McCain fights back in battleground states as Obama edges forward in polls

In this issue: "Not over till it's over," Nov. 1, 2008

Features

Looking ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

What lies beneath

What lies beneath

By Jamie Dean

Campaign 2008 | Hyped media coverage of Obama may be covering up other issues

Best buy

Best buy

By Jamie Dean

Campaign 2008 | Huge fundraising aside, culture-makers have granted Obama icon status for free

Polar opposites

Polar opposites

By Lynn Vincent

Campaign 2008 | When it comes to judicial philosophy, McCain and Obama could not be further apart

Stock the vote

Stock the vote

Politics | Registration shenanigans in several states prompt investigation of ACORN

Houses of God

Houses of God

Houses of God | Schlosskirche, or Castle Church, in Wittenberg, Germany, where Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses against the Catholic Church on Oct. 31, 1517.

Tweet, tweet

Tweet, tweet

By Mark Bergin

Culture | Simplicity and functionality are making Twitter fly

'Anti-pressure for kids'

'Anti-pressure for kids'

By Megan Basham

Entertainment | High School Musical becomes a billion-dollar juggernaut by not pushing the boundaries

The 'sheer scale' of anti-Christian violence

The 'sheer scale' of anti-Christian violence

By Jill Nelson

Religion | Persecution takes no break during elections or financial crisis

Sublime lending

Sublime lending

By Mark Bergin

Housing | Christian groups nationwide are finding alternatives to the tyranny of subprime

Mister, can you spare a latté?

Mister, can you spare a latté?

By Lynn Vincent & Alisa Harris

Economy | Small businesses of America are no small part of the U.S. economy, and on their survival may hang the country's financial comeback

Survival of the tallest

Survival of the tallest

By Jill Nelson

Economy | Dubai can build bigger barns, but can it survive the financial storm?

Stick to the plan?

Stick to the plan?

By David Bahnsen

Personal Finance | Investors have three options in the current financial panic

A writer's life

A writer's life

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | A long apprenticeship prepared Sally Lloyd-Jones to create stories pitched for children and centered on God

'True religion'

'True religion'

By Rusty Leonard and Warren Cole Smith

Charity | Adoption funds allow the entire church to care for orphans

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | PRETZELED: A Presbyterian Church (USA) court ruled unanimously that Pittsburgh pastor Janet Edwards did not violate Scripture or church law by officiating at…

Killing Christians

Killing Christians

By Mindy Belz

Iraq | Assassination and fear spread through Iraq's Nineveh Plain

Roberts unplugged

Roberts unplugged

By Lynn Vincent

Supreme Court | Chief justice can be "tough as a three-dollar steak"

Telltale scratching

By Marvin Olasky

Politics | What Chris Matthews won't admit

Dispatches

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurrences

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Reviews

Notable CDs

By Frederick Moyer, Ja Kyung Oh, Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Anja Lechner, U.T. Gandhi & Adam Frey

Notable CDs | Four new or recent classical CDs reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Studio Bob

Studio Bob

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Tell Tale Signs emerges from 17 years worth of Dylan's efforts

Dramatic faith

Dramatic faith

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Actor Max McLean's presentations of Bible books and Screwtape have garnered broad critical acclaim; it's a calling that he says found him

Far too few

Far too few

By Zoe Sandvig

Movies | Winter shows the perils of low birthrates

Solipsistic journey

Solipsistic journey

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Synecdoche loses its viewers on its way to self-discovery

Too much honey

Too much honey

By Rebecca Cusey

Movies | The Secret Life of Bees is kind, insightful-and overbearing

Stoning Bush

Stoning Bush

By Mollie Ziegler Hemingway

Movies | For a crude caricature, W. finds a way to be entertaining

Notable books

By Anne Roiphe, Kristine Steakley, Abigail Thomas & Kathleen Norris

Notable Books | Four readable memoirs reviewed by Susan Olasky

Reviving thrift

Reviving thrift

By Marvin Olasky

Books | David Blankenhorn champions a controversial-and largely lost-virtue

Notebook

The Big Brown effect

The Big Brown effect

Sports | One of the most hyped racehorses in modern memory, Big Brown failed to deliver in the two greatest opportunities of his short career. This past June, the…

Voices

Unintended consequences

Unintended consequences

By Mindy Belz

Campaign 2008 | It's a law no president can escape

In praise of single-issue voting

In praise of single-issue voting

By Tony Woodlief

Campaign 2008 | Perhaps less compromise on my part will yield more commitment on theirs

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

The slightest degree

The slightest degree

By Andrée Seu

In a hazardous journey, the right captain and a sextant are crucial

Hard times ahead

By Janie B. Cheaney

Campaign 2008 | Secularists and Americanists are putting their trust in the wrong place

End of an era

By Gene Edward Veith

Campaign 2008 | Yes, but the outsider has an advantage

Children of the state

Children of the state

By Joel Belz

Don't be surprised at socialized education's product

From Nov. 4 to Nov. 11

From Nov. 4 to Nov. 11

By Marvin Olasky

Campaign 2008 | Regardless of who wins the election, it's great to be an American

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