Table of Contents

Cover Story

The long goodbye

The long goodbye

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | The sixth anniversary of war in Iraq marks the first month of the beginning of the end. Are Iraqis ready to keep the peace when Americans quit the war?

In this issue: "Ready or not, here we go," March 28, 2009

Features

Wealth effects

Wealth effects

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Roberta Green Ahmanson on poverty, affluence, faith, art, and journalism

Forward motion

Forward motion

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | No music is more relevant to our future than classical greats from the past

Health concerns

Health concerns

By Brian T. Johnson

Healthcare | HHS nominee Kathleen Sebelius' record in Kansas shows aggressive support for abortion and bigger government

FannieMed

FannieMed

By Edward Lee Pitts

Healthcare | Conservatives worry that the cost of a government health plan can go in only one direction

Border guard

Border guard

By Jamie Dean

Security | Janet Napolitano takes over a huge department that has even bigger demands on it

Close or convert

Close or convert

By Alisa Harris

Education | Religious schools that can't afford to stay open face the prospect of losing their soul

Rights of the child

Rights of the child

By Alisa Harris

United Nations | Controversial international treaty could win U.S. ratification

Too much to tell

Too much to tell

By Megan Basham

Entertainment | Distilling King David's life into an allegorical, modern-day TV series takes "magical realism" and a lot of license, says Kings writer-producer Michael Green

Prairie economics

Prairie economics

By AWR Hawkins

Economy | Responsible parts of the country aren't doing too badly, and they'll get the bill for stimulus and the bailouts

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | DIED: Radio legend Paul Harvey, whose hearty "Hello, Americans" greeted an estimated 22 million listeners tuning in to his News and Comment and The Rest of the

Houses of God

Houses of God

By The Editors

Houses of God | Roland Belew drives his Interstate Ministries to truck stops, where he invites drivers to services in his own rig. A retired trucker himself, "Brother Belew"

Lending a hand

Lending a hand

By Warren Cole Smith & Rusty Leonard

Charity | Can microfinancing move beyond the charitable world?

Risking a cure

Risking a cure

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Imagine discovering a cure for a disease that kills 2 million men, women, and children each year around the world. German doctor Gero Hütter believes he's…

Toys by the thousands

Toys by the thousands

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | Recession doesn't stop Toy Fair from bringing the latest and greatest products for kids to Manhattan

Choice revokers

Choice revokers

By Emily Belz

Politics | Democrats work to kill a school voucher program that has helped many of their own constituents

Border wars

Border wars

By Lynn Vincent

Latin America | With thousands already dead in Mexico, drug cartel violence is spreading north

Cell phone smut

Cell phone smut

By Daniel James Devine

Crime | Authorities attempt to deal with the new trend of teenage "sexting"

Bashir fights back

Bashir fights back

By Jamie Dean

Sudan | Sudan's president won't take a world court arrest warrant-the first ever against a sitting head of state-sitting down

Looking ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Hypocritical oath

Hypocritical oath

By Russell Board

Politics | Stem-cell debate isn't about science

Dispatches

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurrences

The Buzz

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Reviews

Royal letdown

Royal letdown

By Megan Basham

Television | Kings turns the biblical warrior David into a postmodern poster-child

Wire cuts

Wire cuts

By Sam Thielman

Video | HBO series offers a bleak portrait of a decaying Baltimore

Don't watch

Don't watch

By Marvin Olasky

Movies | Watchmen turns a good graphic novel into a terrible film

Camera therapy

Camera therapy

By Meghan Keane

Movies | Like its subject, Moments shows an eye for small details

Par for the course

Par for the course

By Russ Pulliam

Books | The Match does well in showing at least the fruit of golfer Byron Nelson's faith

Notable books

By Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, Davis Bunn and Janette Oke, Don Locke & Melvin R. Starr

Notable Books | Four novels marketed to Christians reviewed by Susan Olasky

Notable CDs

By The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Marianne Faithfull, Raul Malo & Beth Orton

Notable CDs | Five noteworthy new releases reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Notebook

Pray them in

Pray them in

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Georgia's Mark Richt says faith is central to his work ethic

Voices

The Obama depression

The Obama depression

By Marvin Olasky

A prodigal administration on its way to wasting a national heritage

More at stake

More at stake

By Faith J.H. McDonnell

How sexual politics in the Episcopal Church affects churches in Africa

Stifling the messengers

Stifling the messengers

By Mindy Belz

Islamists and liberal evangelicals find common cause

Expert nonsense

Expert nonsense

By Andrée Seu

Endless nutrition fads ignore the obvious

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Boastful dunces

Boastful dunces

By Janie B. Cheaney

Post-literate college students reveal a 'resentful incapacity'

Cap-and-trade charade

Cap-and-trade charade

By Joel Belz

If something really is wrong, don't try to fine-tune its cost

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