Table of Contents

Cover Story

America spoke

America spoke

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | The end of a two-year campaign and the election of the nation's first African-American president marks for Democrats a historic milestone and for Republicans…

In this issue: "Obama," Nov. 15, 2008

Features

Looking ahead

Looking ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Crime scene

Crime scene

By Jill Nelson

Russia | U.S.-Russia relations aren't taking into account Moscow's growing number of mysterious murders

Houses of God

Houses of God

Houses of God | Italian NATO soldiers in Afghanistan gather outside the church at Camp Warehouse in Kabul after a prayer service, while French soldiers (above) join in…

Funding fears

By Lynn Vincent

Charity | Will the nation's economic storm zap U.S. charities? While the data won't be in until well after the holiday giving season, the nation's nonprofits are…

Cool on warming

By Mark Bergin

Climate | Economic hardship and falling oil prices are changing the greenscape

A house united

A house united

By Mark Bergin

Campaign 2008 | On Capitol Hill big gains for Democrats betray GOP shortcomings

Brad Pitt vs. Joe the Plumber

Brad Pitt vs. Joe the Plumber

By Lynn Vincent

Campaign 2008 | Hollywood high finance couldn't prevent Main Street from passing marriage-protection initiatives in three states

No retreat

No retreat

By The Editors

Campaign 2008 | Conservative reaction to the GOP's defeat

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | RESCUE: In a country once ranked as having the world's highest abortion rate, one Vietnamese man offers hope to unwed mothers. Tong Phuoc Phuc's "abortion…

Shades of green

Shades of green

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | Today's environmentalists range from good stewards to "carboexics"

Hit the books

Hit the books

By David Bahnsen

Personal Finance | For good advice on money management, these five are hard to beat

Realities on the ground

Realities on the ground

By Lynn Vincent

Veterans Day | As female soldiers die in Iraq, the push for women in direct combat gains momentum

How far can Zim dollars go?

How far can Zim dollars go?

By Mark Bergin

Zimbabwe | Zimbabweans are starving and inflation is out of sight, but Auntie Paula's motto is "I can't say no"

Pay money

Pay money

By Mindy Belz

Iraq | Extortion remains one of the rules of the road in still dangerous provinces

Dispatches

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurrences

The Buzz

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

Reviews

Notable books

By Jim & Sarah Sumner, Ben Patterson, Joel R. Beeke & Taryn R. Hutchison

Notable Books | Four books from Christian publishers reviewed by Susan Olasky

Familiar sound

Familiar sound

By David Sessions

Music | Anberlin's New Surrender is a lot like last year's Cities-and that's good

The Republican future

The Republican future

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Co-author Ross Douthat says a reformed GOP can help-and win over-the "working class"

Making culture

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Andy Crouch's Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling (IVP, 2008) is a good introduction to how Christians need to do more than fatalistically talk about…

A very bad war

A very bad war

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Reflections on the tragic blunder that was World War I

Eastwood's revenge

Eastwood's revenge

By Sam Thielman

Movies | In Changeling Clint gives fans humorless melodrama

Mainstream wannabe

Mainstream wannabe

By Megan Basham

Movies | Paul Rudd film relegates itself to raunch ghetto

Cinematic stunner

Cinematic stunner

By Zoe Sandvig

Movies | Friendship and tragedy collide in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The who-cares test

The who-cares test

By Rebecca Cusey

Television | The Supreme Court focuses on broadcast decency just when Washington may be losing interest

Wishful thinking

Wishful thinking

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Collection of Switchfoot highlights leaves thirst for more

Desert spell

Desert spell

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Lucinda Williams resorts to heavy-handed crudeness

Notable CDs

By The Clash, Santana, Frankie Valli & Various Performers

Notable CDs | Four noteworthy rock and pop reissues reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Secondary players

Secondary players

By Megan Basham

Movies | A party-loving lemur and a cadre of military penguins and erudite monkeys steal the show in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Notebook

Moyer's mission

Moyer's mission

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Jamie Moyer's rise to stardom built a platform for Christian service

Voices

Get real

Get real

By Joel Belz

Campaign 2008 | It's time to learn what it's like to be a minority

In good times and in bad

In good times and in bad

By Andrée Seu

What Joseph's life can teach us about Thanksgiving

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Minding our P's and C's

Minding our P's and C's

By Marvin Olasky

Campaign 2008 | Now is the time for neither political correctness nor conservative pessimism

In a day of hardship

In a day of hardship

By Mindy Belz

Remember nothing is too hard for God

Marry. Cry. Rejoice. Buy.

Marry. Cry. Rejoice. Buy.

By John Piper

And do politics as though you were not doing politics

The city on the desert

The city on the desert

By Janie B. Cheaney

Las Vegas is America, too

Small wonders

By Vern S. Poythress

Do you matter to God?

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