Table of Contents

Cover Story

First fruits

First fruits

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | From hundreds of nominations, we've picked nine effective poverty-fighting groups for a $20,000 contest. Here are the first three.

In this issue: "Profiles in effective compassion," Sept. 26, 2009

Features

Church of the disabled

Church of the disabled

By Alisa Harris

Hope Award | Minnesota's Christ for People leaves no one behind

CrossOver appeal

CrossOver appeal

By Emily Belz

Hope Award | A Christian health clinic becomes a safety net for the uninsured

Forgiven, not forgotten

Forgiven, not forgotten

By Jamie Dean

Hope Award | North Carolina ministry seeks to build ties between prisoners and their children

Bad side effects

Bad side effects

By Edward Lee Pitts

Healthcare | The signs of a system for rationing healthcare began with stimulus package provisions

Finding quality at the end of life

Finding quality at the end of life

By Ken Walker

Healthcare | Two victims of ALS discuss outlasting the medical odds, and how those odds may change under government-based care

All alone?

All alone?

By Emily Belz

Israel | Former ambassador to the UN talks diplomacy and looming threat of a nuclear Iran

After civil war, war crimes?

After civil war, war crimes?

By Jill Nelson

Asia | Workers say Sri Lankan government is abusing Tamil 'refugees'

Help and hinderances

Help and hinderances

By Russell Board

Missions | A U.S. team in militarized Burma assists a church despite government interference

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | DIED: Robert Schindler died Aug. 29 from heart failure. The father of Terri Schiavo, who died March 31, 2005, after the courts granted her estranged husband…

Houses of God

Houses of God

By The Editors

Houses of God | Inside South Korea's Hanowan resettlement facility is a chapel for defectors from North Korea. The facility is in Gyeonggi Province south of Seoul.

Car counselor

Car counselor

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | Mike Lacy demonstrates an Ephesians 2:10 model of selling used cars

A real kick in the teeth

A real kick in the teeth

By Daniel Olasky

Europe | A star player's high-profile move from Manchester to Madrid may signal changes in Europe that go beyond soccer

No excuses

No excuses

By Alisa Harris

Education | Three schools prove that urban minority students can overcome obstacles

Finding peace

Finding peace

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Executive, whistleblower, thief: Mark Whitacre's three lives will soon be displayed in theaters nationwide, but the new, fourth life-turning to Christ-is the…

Supreme test

Supreme test

By Emily Belz

Politics | Opponents of McCain-Feingold are getting their day in court, and the result could mean profound changes in the controversial campaign law

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Aid dependents

Aid dependents

By Warren Cole Smith

Charity | World Relief's almost-hire spotlights ministries need for government funds

Dispatches

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurences

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

The Buzz

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Reviews

Bait and switch

Bait and switch

By Megan Basham

Television | After a promising first episode, Fox's Glee goes over the edge

An American story

An American story

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Uplifting Amreeka works as both education and entertainment

Body snatchers

Body snatchers

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Grotesque Gamer does poorly what others have done well

Workplace jungle

Workplace jungle

By Megan Basham

Movies | Extract 's language and plot detract from its few fine moments

Notable CDs

By Alison Krauss, Cody McCarver, A.R. Rahman & Starflyer 59

Notable CDs | Four new or recent pop-music releases reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Bruce goes berserk

Bruce goes berserk

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Hornsby's Levitate vilely caricatures conservatives

Sad songs

Sad songs

By Steve West

Music | Folk artist Sara Beth Geoghegan searches for hope in grief and failure

Notable books

By Richard Russo, Jennifer Weiner, Alan Bradley & Daniel Levin

Notable Books | Four current novels reviewed by Susan Olasky

A cruel type of kindness

A cruel type of kindness

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Don Eberly shows how international aid has hurt Africa, and he points to a better way

Notebook

Shaq vs. reality

Shaq vs. reality

By Mark Bergin

Sports | NBA's man of steel is anything but invincible in new TV show

Voices

Remarkable providence

Remarkable providence

By Marvin Olasky

When a tornado hits, four centuries of press history flash before my eyes

Planned parenthood

Planned parenthood

By Janie B. Cheaney

There are more reasons than fear why children don't come out to play

Hidden pain

Hidden pain

By Matt Anderson

Politics suppresses the problems of many post-abortive women

Big big rigs

Big big rigs

By Andrée Seu

Wide open highway is wide open opportunity

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Blood on the ground

Blood on the ground

By Mindy Belz

Policies to detain terrorists were designed to prevent it

Refreshing reversal

Refreshing reversal

By Joel Belz

Zondervan takes a step in what may be a very good direction

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