Table of Contents

Cover Story

Meet the teacher

Meet the teacher

by Mark Bergin

Cover Story | New Secretary of Education Arne Duncan left a legacy of innovation, choice and accountability in Chicago. But can those pragmatic values help him shepherd…

In this issue: "The schools that Arne built," April 11, 2009

Features

How close a tie?

How close a tie?

By Brian T. Johnson

Abortion | The charges against abortionist George Tiller are narrow, but the effects of any verdict could be sweeping

Salmonella cop

Salmonella cop

By Emily Belz

Politics | Barton Stupak is a pro-life lawmaker who wants to protect your right to eat a peanut butter sandwich

Extreme prejudice

Extreme prejudice

By Warren Cole Smith

Business | A culture of too much trust may have contributed to the Stanford financial scandal

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | DETAINED: North Korean authorities detained two U.S. journalists working March 17 along the Chinese--North Korean border on a story about North Korean…

Tea off

Tea off

By Lynn Vincent

Politics | Tax day parties protest $3 trillion in Obama-era spending

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Fighting the enemy by protecting friends

Fighting the enemy by protecting friends

By Mindy Belz

Afghanistan | Experts argue for a new kind of surge

Food for thought

Food for thought

By Warren Cole Smith & Rusty Leonard

Charity | Angel Food Ministries finds itself at the center of lawsuits

Houses of God

Houses of God

By The Editors

Houses of God | Golgotha Baptist Church in Murmansk, Russia, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. The old wooden structure houses a young, active congregation of…

Transparent intentions

Transparent intentions

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | There are reasons to be skeptical about claims of "transparency" from those with an agenda

Crying out

Crying out

By Marvin Olasky

Radicalism | Is seeing believing? Or does believing lead to seeing? Part four of a pilgrim's slow progress

Creative control

Creative control

By Megan Basham

Culture | Gay group's media strategy has paid big dividends, even with daytime soap operas

Sin of omission

Sin of omission

By Mark Bergin

Publishing | When is a Christian encyclopedia "too Christian" for its own good?

Passing the baton

Passing the baton

By Lynn Vincent

Church Transitions | How mega-ministries grapple with a founder's departure

From the ashes

From the ashes

By Emily Belz

Church Transitions | In a county where African-American homes have been burned to the ground, black and white churches begin the healing process

Exit strategies

Exit strategies

By Jamie Dean

Church Transitions | Conservative congregations face complicated issues as more and more decide to leave liberal denominations

'The Jews of our time'

'The Jews of our time'

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Christians bear the brunt of persecution in the world today, says Michael Horowitz, and he's joined with evangelicals to do something about it

Dispatches

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurences

The Buzz

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Notebook

Work party

Work party

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Employers stand to be the biggest losers in March Madness

Columnists

He's no Teddy Roosevelt

He's no Teddy Roosevelt

By Marvin Olasky

Obama twists history to enlist TR in his health-care crusade

The long defeat

The long defeat

By Mindy Belz

The tomb is empty but stones too large to roll away confront us still

Speech impediments

Speech impediments

By Janie B. Cheaney

But two Canadians win battles against "human-rights" authorities

God likes big numbers

God likes big numbers

By Joel Belz

Recent reports of decline should not be met with a trite response

Guitar lessons

Guitar lessons

By Andrée Seu

How shall we live if these are the "last last days"

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Over my dead body, son

Over my dead body, son

By John Piper

Wrestling without a handicap is no virtue

Culture

Jets and Sharks

Jets and Sharks

By Marvin Olasky

Theater | Updated West Side Story is still sweet

Guys and doll

Guys and doll

By Meghan Keane

Movies | Comedy features two male friends and a girl without personality

Spies like us

Spies like us

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Duplicity features deep characters and sparkling dialogue

Heart problem

Heart problem

By Megan Basham

Movies | Monsters vs. Aliens shows again why Dreamworks is no Pixar

Broken strings can be mended

Broken strings can be mended

By Warren Cole Smith

Music | Singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis isn't fazed by setbacks

Notable CDs

By Chris Lizotte, William Neil, The Tudor Choir & Petula Clark

Notable CDs | Five new or recent CDs reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Dylan's drummer

Dylan's drummer

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Winston Watson tells of his "incredible journey"

Darwinian siege

Darwinian siege

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Book chronicles the plight of Leningraders trapped between Communism and Fascism

Notable books

By Alisa Harris, Jay Mathews, Todd Hunter, Roxanne Coady (editor) & Catherine Claire Larson

Notable Books | Four noteworthy nonfiction books reviewed by Susan Olasky

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