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Cover Story

Broadcast news

Broadcast news

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | What happens when an elderly Coptic priest takes to the airwaves and the internet to confront Islam? Death threats, conversions, and a global following. Meet…

In this issue: "2008 Daniel of the Year," Dec. 13, 2008

Features

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | DIED: American supercentenarian Edna Parker, who became the world's oldest person in August 2007, died Nov. 26 at the age of 115. Maria de Jesus of Portugal,

Narrow escape

Narrow escape

By Jill Nelson

Terrorism | A Florida family, unlike at least 163 others, lives to tell about Mumbai's terror

Double whammy

Double whammy

By Mark Bergin

Economy | Needs are up and giving is down for nonprofits, but all is not gloomy

Facing Islam

Facing Islam

By Marvin Olasky

Religion | Desperate times generate desperate responses. In 1453 Constantinople (now Istanbul) fell to the Turks. In 2001 the Twin Towers fell to terrorists. During the…

No little people

By Alisa Harris, Susan Olasky, Lynn Vincent, and Marvin Olasky

Culture | With momentous events in the news, don't forget individuals who transform lives one at a time

Crazy returns

Crazy returns

By Warren Cole Smith and Rusty Leonard

Charity | Alleged fraud brings down one church and may spread to others

Houses of God

Houses of God

By The Editors

Houses of God | Inmates and visitors attend Luther Luckett Christian Church in the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange, Ky.

Shoot first, ask questions (much) later

Shoot first, ask questions (much) later

By Lynn Vincent

Peru | CIA lied about missionary plane shoot-down

Looking ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Minority report

Minority report

By Jamie Dean

Politics | Republicans win a Senate seat and conservative House leaders

Where religions of peace aren't

Where religions of peace aren't

By Jill Nelson

India | A Maoist-Christian nexus complicates the Hindu-Christian struggle

Stronger than death

Stronger than death

By Russell Board

Cambodia | One man's ministry is working against the wounds of a nation

Lowering the burden

Lowering the burden

By David Bahnsen

Personal Finance | Actions taken before the end of the year may ease tax pain in April

Peeler Joe

Peeler Joe

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | A showman and "grafter," Joseph Ades keeps going, and going ...

Dispatches

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurrences

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

The Buzz

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Reviews

Epic down under

Epic down under

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Big, busy and sometimes confused movie for a big continent

Two for four

Two for four

By Meghan Keane

Movies | Vaughn and Witherspoon shine in Four Christmases

Whitewashed Milk

Whitewashed Milk

By Mollie Ziegler Hemingway

Movies | Biopic idolizes California gay politician

No dirty tricks

No dirty tricks

By Megan Basham

Movies | Frost/Nixon casts a sympathetic eye on the disgraced former president

The imperial treadmill

The imperial treadmill

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Gandhi and Churchill were both great men with enormous blind spots

Notable books

By Timothy Keller, Christa Parrish, Jeff Cook & Susan Wise Bauer

Notable Books | Four gospel-related books reviewed by Susan Olasky

Nothing to fear

Nothing to fear

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Feeling bored with your Christian life? Author and activist Gary A. Haugen says fighting injustice is the answer

Something to say

Something to say

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Joel Willoughby faces the uphill climb of the independent musician

Notable CDs

By East Carolina University Chamber Singers, Garth Knox, Jama Jandrokovic & R.C. Sproul, Dan and Heidi Goeller

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

A new call, a new response

A new call, a new response

By Alisa Harris

Movies | By combining music with stories of those caught up in the horrors of human trafficking, Call + Response encourages others to take action

Notebook

Hazy on Hayes

Hazy on Hayes

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Honesty evokes criticism and mockery on discussion boards and airwaves

Voices

Hoping for a stumble

Hoping for a stumble

By Joel Belz

Nobody should want to destroy a presidency, but many do

Second Coming

By Vern S. Poythress

It's a reality that should not be ignored

Pendulum parenting

Pendulum parenting

By Amy Henry

Finding a cure for wild swings between arbitrary rules

Reading minds

Reading minds

By Janie B. Cheaney

Ideas mattered to the Great Books movement

Low food nation

Low food nation

By Mindy Belz

More are doing without this season and need the right help

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Dead man's witness

Dead man's witness

By Andrée Seu

William Raws' Christmas past is bearing fruit in the present

What if?

What if?

By Marvin Olasky

A financial crisis may make some very bad policies popular

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