Table of Contents

Cover Story

News of the Year

News of the Year

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | A look at the stories that shaped the past year

In this issue: "News of the Year," Dec. 27, 2008

Features

Our Great Recession

Our Great Recession

By Mark Bergin

News of the Year | Years of planting a new and false vision of the American Dream bore bitter fruit in 2008's harsh reckoning

Fragile and unsafe

Fragile and unsafe

By The Editors

News of the Year | "Pakistan may be one of the single most challenging places on the planet"

Russia's game of chess

Russia's game of chess

By The Editors

News of the Year | Is the Russian bear coming out of hibernation?

Olympic gold

Olympic gold

By The Editors

News of the Year | Michael Phelps wins record eight gold medals at Summer Games in Beijing

Disaster and hope

Disaster and hope

News of the Year | Hundreds have come to Christ following cyclone in Myanmar

Movie angst

Movie angst

By The Editors

News of the Year | In 2008, blockbusters turned to the dark side

Exit strategies

Exit strategies

By The Editors

News of the Year | Frustration mounts for Anglicans in and outside the United States

Stem cells aren't embryonic anymore

Stem cells aren't embryonic anymore

By The Editors

News of the Year | Adult stem cells gain scientific popularity

Change most could believe in

Change most could believe in

By Jamie Dean

News of the Year | Barack Obama revived religious themes and overtook veterans on the road to the White House

Departures

By The Editors

News of the Year | Notable deaths of 2008

Prisoner of pride

Prisoner of pride

By Jamie Dean

Politics | Rod Blagojevich looks badly beaten, but is he yet broken?

Looking ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Obama's fan club

Obama's fan club

By Marvin Olasky

Politics | Press bias shifted into high gear during '08 campaign

Dispatches

The Buzz

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Reviews

Redemption in the ring

Redemption in the ring

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Is The Wrestler, with its insistent Christlike parallels, a story of sanctification?

Shallow Ben

Shallow Ben

By Megan Basham

Movies | Beautiful Benjamin Button lacks emotional depth

Adam's family values

Adam's family values

By Megan Basham

Movies | Sandler comes clean in Bedtime Stories

A more powerful act

A more powerful act

By Rebecca Cusey

Movies | Despereaux turns on a lesson of mercy instead of justice

Suburban love

Suburban love

By Megan Basham

Movies | Marley and Me shows what "happily ever after" looks like

Halder's choices

Halder's choices

By Alisa Harris

Movies | In the "ethical thriller" Good, a college professor faces one moral dilemma after another as he gets caught up in Nazi Germany

Voices

Profession of mush

Profession of mush

By Joel Belz

President Bush could use some disciplined study of the Bible

Sacrificial love

Sacrificial love

By Marvin Olasky

The Christmas gift that keeps on giving

An honest Messiah

An honest Messiah

By Andrée Seu

The telling of hard truths only reinforces Jesus' credibility

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Vanishing moment

Vanishing moment

By Mindy Belz

The end of a year is also the end of an era

The invisible crown

The invisible crown

By Janie B. Cheaney

All of our discoveries about life are merely penumbra

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