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Cover Story

Family man

Family man

by Amy Henry

Cover Story | All-American Michael Oher went from the streets as a 15-year-old son of a crack addict to potential NFL Rookie of the Year on the love and dedication of an…

In this issue: "All-American adoption story," Nov. 21, 2009

Features

Words and Deeds

Words and Deeds

By Emily Belz

Election '09 | Low turnout among African-Americans and defections by prominent black leaders hurt Democrat Creigh Deeds in Virginia

Power to the party

Power to the party

By Jamie Dean

Election '09 | Democrats and Republicans in Kinston, N.C., plan their next move against a federal veto of nonpartisan elections

'A little sideways'

'A little sideways'

By Alisa Harris

Election '09 | Conservative insurgency comes up short in New York's 23rd House District

On the house

On the house

By Emily Belz

Politics | Bonds formed at The Fellowship's notable C Street residence could play a factor in upcoming Kansas Senate race

Patients & partners

Patients & partners

By Edward Lee Pitts

Healthcare | Invisible to the healthcare debate in Washington, clinics that serve the poor could provide a model for helping the uninsured

Switching sides

Switching sides

By Jill Nelson

Middle East | Turkey's embrace of extremist neighbors signals a new regional calculus

A great awakening

A great awakening

By Les Sillars

China | Beijing economist Zhao Xiao believes China can build a market economy on biblical ethics

Having none of it

Having none of it

By Alisa Harris

Religion | Americans who claim no religion make up a growing demographic-and an opening for the church

Getting religion

Getting religion

By Alisa Harris

Education | Secular groups like Teach for America are finding fruitful partnerships with faith communities

Catch & release

Catch & release

By Jamie Dean

Education | Across the country, public-school students are going to Bible studies-and it's entirely legal

A singer's life

A singer's life

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | Austin, Texas, singer-songwriter BettySoo is taking her music on the road, and it's getting some attention

Houses of God

Houses of God

By The Editors

Houses of God | The Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont, Pa., could become one of the first in the United States to convert en masse to Roman Catholicism after the…

Turnabout

Turnabout

By Edward Lee Pitts

Election '09 | Decisive Republican gains in off-year elections spell work for Democrats to win back 'change' voters

Election Day that wasn't

Election Day that wasn't

By Mindy Belz

Afghanistan | Karzai intransigence and international lack of resolve doom prospects for political revival

Looking ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Career battle

Career battle

By Edward Lee Pitts

Healthcare | House healthcare passage could hinge on pro-life Democrats

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | RETIRING: Dr. James Dobson will retire from the Focus on the Family daily radio show in February, the ministry announced Oct. 30. Dobson, 73, stepped down as…

Odd man in

Odd man in

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Mike Adams is a rarity at a secular university-an outspoken Christian and conservative with tenure

Dispatches

The Buzz

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurrences

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

Reviews

The blinded side

The blinded side

By Megan Basham

Movies | Many reviewers can't see something to cheer about in the uplifting story of football star Michael Oher

Race on stage

Race on stage

By Marvin Olasky

Theater | Plays show what radical progress looks like

Horror on screen

Horror on screen

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Low-budget Paranormal Activity will leave viewers terrified

Counterfeit treadmill

Counterfeit treadmill

By Marvin Olasky

Books | How we turn good things into false gods

Notable books

By Gaile Parkin, David Baldacci & Eugenia Kim

Notable Books | Four new novels reviewed by Susan Olasky

Map quest

Map quest

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Sufjan Stevens continues to be all over the place with The BQE

Notable CDs

By Ruthanne Schempf, Rolf Lislevand & Kim Kashkashian

Notable CDs | Four recent classical releases reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Notebook

Delay reaction

Delay reaction

By Mark Bergin

Sports | A World Series push deeper into fall hurts TV ratings

Voices

Needed: WORLD Movers

Needed: WORLD Movers

By Nick Eicher

In a time of journalistic retreat, a plan to grow WORLD's influence

Consider the brothers

Consider the brothers

By Mindy Belz

What happens to them is happening to you and me

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Message from Morocco

Message from Morocco

By Andrée Seu

Relationship-building is the task overarching the to-do list

Something to smile about

Something to smile about

By Janie B. Cheaney

True positive thinking comes at a very high price, and God paid it

Going somewhere

Going somewhere

By Joel Belz

God is taking history in a definite direction, not in little circles

Morality without God?

Morality without God?

By Marvin Olasky

Dialoguing with a Dartmouth professor who says there is

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