Table of Contents

Cover Stories

Group thinking

Group thinking

by Mark Bergin

Cover Story Sidebar | Could consumer-run healthcare provide an alternative to government-run options?

Cover Stories

The problem

The problem

by Edward Lee Pitts

Cover Story Sidebar | • Spending on healthcare in the United States has grown from 7.2 percent of GDP in 1970 to 12.3 percent in 1990 and 16.2 percent in 2007. • In 2007…

Cover Stories

Healthy debate

Healthy debate

by Edward Lee Pitts

Cover Story | A major legislative overhaul of U.S. healthcare seemed to be a sure thing just weeks ago, and some sort of change remains likely. But as details emerge and…

In this issue: "Hurtling toward havoc," Aug. 1, 2009

Features

Government-sponsored coercion

Government-sponsored coercion

By Alisa Harris

China | A study shows UN continues to underwrite China's one-child policy

No gold in the Golden State

No gold in the Golden State

By The Editors

Economy | On the brink of insolvency, California's budget debacle is a lesson for others

Fantasy islands

Fantasy islands

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | A time-traveling trip in Manhattan shows the stuff of which dreams are made

Jorge's mission

Jorge's mission

By Alisa Harris

Compassion | A Queens bus driver helps over a hundred people eat good meals: 'God is the one who supports me'

'The taxpayers' greatest ally'

'The taxpayers' greatest ally'

By Edward Lee Pitts

Congress | But conservative Sen. Jim DeMint is no friend to status quo politics

Boundary hunters

Boundary hunters

By Jamie Dean

Sudan | Violence escalates in South Sudan as a border ruling by an international court looms

Rough sledding

Rough sledding

By Jamie Dean

Politics | Intense scrutiny of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may have prompted her resignation, but it isn't likely to go away

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | DIED: Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, who under President John F. Kennedy helped launch the United States into the Vietnam War, died July 6.

This is a test

This is a test

By Alisa Harris

North Korea | Pentagon budget cuts and Kim Jong-il's militant regime challenge U.S. missile defense system

Humanitarian surge

Humanitarian surge

By Richard C. Miles

Iraq | The battle for hearts and minds in Iraq is waged also in hospital wards

Gentrification, gay marriage, and the gospel

Gentrification, gay marriage, and the gospel

By Emily Belz

Marriage | Demographic and cultural changes in the capital mean an uphill battle for traditional marriage advocates

The man on the plus sign

The man on the plus sign

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | To engage the culture, say Eric Metaxas and Richard Land, Christians must deliver the 'whole gospel' to a people who are 'wildly ignorant' of it

Arab outpost

Arab outpost

By Robert Carle

Religion | U.S. Census takes steps to count Arab-Americans but most would rather assimilate

Building blocks

Building blocks

By Marvin Olasky

Development | On school choice and community-building, conservative Christians can work alongside New Urbanist groups

Houses of God

Houses of God

By The Editors

Houses of God | "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the…

Changing lifers

Changing lifers

By Mark H. Hunter

Prisons | Prison ministry aims to change not only inmates but also their offspring

Money for nothing?

Money for nothing?

By Warren Cole Smith & Rusty Leonard

Charity | INSP puts highly touted and state-supported projects on hold

Dispatches

The Buzz

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurences

Reviews

Behold Paul

Behold Paul

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Author Michael F. Bird vividly illustrates the radical message of the apostle

Sick and sicker

By Megan Basham

Movies | Disgusting Brüno reveals a lot about the critics who like it

Up from rubble

Up from rubble

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Afghan Star shows a people recovering from radical Islam

Trick & treat

Trick & treat

By Megan Basham

Movies | Half-Blood Prince may be the best in the Harry Potter series

Summer roundup

Summer roundup

By Megan Basham

Movies | Three box-office hits move from mundane to fun

Notable books

By Noel Piper, Lisa Tawn Bergren, Roz Streeten & Lenore Skenazy

Notable Books | Four books for and about children reviewed by Susan Olasky

Notable CDs

By Animal Collective, The Black Eyed Peas, Ian Hunter & Various Performers

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

Age defiance

Age defiance

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | The Jonas Brothers' new album sounds like kids playing grown-up

Relaxed but serious

Relaxed but serious

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Wilco doesn't always look through liberal-colored glasses

Notebook

Young guns

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Painful defeats could be building blocks to greatness

Voices

Tragically famous

Tragically famous

By Janie B. Cheaney

Image projection is a very poor second for connection

Millennial moments

Millennial moments

By Joel Belz

Through a thousand issues, a bond with readers has developed

An hour, sir, please?

An hour, sir, please?

By Marvin Olasky

The nominee to head the NIH could clarify his views in a discussion

High-cost failure

High-cost failure

By Andrée Seu

Our nation's 'prison industrial complex' has unbiblical roots

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

The uphill climb

The uphill climb

By Mindy Belz

Now taking the grade is a matter of choice

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