Table of Contents

Cover Story

On our turf

On our turf

by Lynn Vincent

Cover Story | Experts say the threat of domestic terrorism is growing. But are officials ready to call it what it is?

In this issue: "Homegrown terror," Dec. 5, 2009

Features

Non-buyers beware

Non-buyers beware

By Edward Lee Pitts

Healthcare | Mandates in current healthcare bills to buy insurance-or face jail time-are raising prospect of civil disobedience and constitutional challenges

Life lesson

Life lesson

By Edward Lee Pitts

Healthcare | Pro-lifers win a big victory in the House, but the fight over abortion funding continues

Scared still

Scared still

By Jamie Dean

Economy | Uncertain of the costs that Washington may hit them with next, many employers are too frightened to hire

Striking the unions

Striking the unions

By Megan Basham

Labor | A union-sponsored work stoppage turns into a protest of organized labor

'Singing Luther together' at the Berlin Wall

'Singing Luther together' at the Berlin Wall

By Warren Cole Smith

Communism | A Christian artist remembers

The deal's off

The deal's off

By Daniel James Devine

Environment | Hopes grow cold for a landmark climate treaty at Copenhagen

Patriarch

Patriarch

By Warren Cole Smith

Religion | In his ninth decade, J.I. Packer still points a distracted evangelicalism toward the right path

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | EXECUTED: John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind of the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington, D.C., area and left 10 people dead, died by…

Houses of God

Houses of God

By The Editors

Houses of God | Residents of American Samoa are recovering from a Sept. 29 tsunami that killed over 170 and since has caused a spike in dengue fever and other waterborne…

Base royalties

Base royalties

By Warren Cole Smith & Rusty Leonard

Charity | What do pastor-authors owe to ministries that drive their book sales?

Here and there

Here and there

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | Christar's Nancy Stewart serves overseas missionaries from Houston

Godly endeavor

Godly endeavor

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Poverty fighter Darrow Miller says a change in attitudes about labor would work wonders in developing countries

Stateless enemies of the state

Stateless enemies of the state

By Mindy Belz

Legal | The challenges to bringing 'totemic' terrorists to trial

Looking ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Gay rights showdown

Gay rights showdown

By Emily Belz

Politics | Largest charity in Washington may end city contracts

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

Is everybody fine?

Is everybody fine?

By Marvin Olasky

Movies | Two-dimensional focus limits a good film about an aging father

Hard redemption

Hard redemption

By Bearden Coleman

Movies | Grace doesn't come cheap in That Evening Sun

Flash in the pan

Flash in the pan

By Megan Basham

Television | Intriguing ABC program takes a turn for the much worse

Humble kick

Humble kick

By Megan Basham

Movies | Profanity-laced United teaches a lesson in humility

A <em>Rogue</em> autobiography

A Rogue autobiography

By Susan Olasky

Book review | Palin account is about more than vote-getting

Myths and money

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Books that defend capitalism will help inoculate against the socialist flu

Notable books

Notable Books | Four memorable memoirs reviewed by Susan Olasky

Suffering souls

Suffering souls

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Amos and Chapman fail in making their pain universal

Notable CDs

Notable CDs | Four end-of-year releases reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Notebook

When diamonds aren't forever

When diamonds aren't forever

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Owner divorces threaten to wreck baseball teams

Voices

Academic perestroika

Academic perestroika

By Marvin Olasky

Charter colleges could provide real alternatives to a corrupt system

Don't miss the joy

Don't miss the joy

By Matt Anderson

A large family is a gift that 'stuff' cannot replace

Wasting the honeymoon

Wasting the honeymoon

By Mindy Belz

So far Bush has a better record for closing Guantanamo

The Christmas fool

The Christmas fool

By Andrée Seu

The man and woman who launched the bell ringers defied their fears

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Art in the heart

Art in the heart

By Janie B. Cheaney

Why do we find joy in things that serve no practical function?

A richer read

A richer read

By Joel Belz

Our bottom line: More resources would mean a better magazine

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