Table of Contents

Cover Story

Debt capitals

Debt capitals

by Edward Lee Pitts, William McCleery, Alisa Harris & Megan Basham

Cover Story | Neighboring states may share many things, but how they approach budgetary red ink is turning out not to be one of them

In this issue: "Flame-outs," May 8, 2010

Features

Identity crisis

Identity crisis

By Emily Belz

Law | Can a school tell a student group to accept 'all comers,' even those at odds with the group's purpose, as a basis for recognition? The high court hears the…

The maternal death rate myth

The maternal death rate myth

By Alisa Harris

United Nations | UN population conferees use older, higher death numbers to prop their case for abortion and family planning in undeveloped countries despite a 'robust reason…

Old days are here again

Old days are here again

By Jamie Dean

Russia | It's not like the communist era, but Russia and its former satellites are restricting religious practice again

Hurry up and wait

Hurry up and wait

By Jill Nelson

Adoption | A personal odyssey of international adoption-make that two- takes patience, perseverance, and more patience

Church in crisis

Church in crisis

By Alisa Harris

Religion | In Europe, both the church and the state have responded better to the Catholic abuse scandal than they did in America, but big problems remain

Ash-bound

Ash-bound

By Emily Belz

Europe | Volcanic debris subsides but economic fallout to come

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | RELAUNCHED: After a seven-year hiatus as a Christian music artist, Jennifer Knapp, 36, has re-launched her career with a new mainstream album-and revelations…

Houses of God

Houses of God

By The Editors

Houses of God | Galilea Church in El Zapote, Guatemala

Patching together

Patching together

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | Born in tragedy, Margaret's Hope Chest reaches out to children of incarcerated parents

Tested by fire

Tested by fire

By Mindy Belz

Middle East | Gaza's sturdy but small Christian population confronts Islamic militancy and the Israeli blockade

A wave came in

A wave came in

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | How an introvert like Tim Keller became a great preacher

Scaling the heights

Scaling the heights

By Jamie Dean

China | For one relief organization, the Yushu quake opens a door once shut

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Cold shoulders

Cold shoulders

By Timothy Lamer

Money | The Graham-Kerry-Lieberman global warming bill faces a hostile climate in the Senate

Dispatches

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurences

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Reviews

Purchasing power

Purchasing power

By Megan Basham

Movies | The Joneses falls short of exploring the materialistic themes that it raises

Still don't know him

Still don't know him

By Sam Thielman

Television | You Don't Know Jack tries too hard to be an Issue Movie

Food for faith

Food for faith

By Megan Basham

Video | To End All Wars is a Christian film that does not disappoint

Little champs

Little champs

By Rebecca Cusey

Movies | The Perfect Game tells an inspiring baseball story

Notable CDs

Notable CDs | Four new or recent pop/rock releases reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Iggy's influence

Iggy's influence

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Deluxe editions of Raw Power highlight Pop's scary punk

Muslim minds

Muslim minds

By Marvin Olasky

Books | We should proclaim liberty as a culture war continues within Islam

Notable books

Notable Books | Two literary prize winners and two mysteries reviewed by Susan Olasky

Notebook

Pardoned passer

Pardoned passer

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Big Ben's wrongdoing meets an indifferent public

Voices

Easter battle

Easter battle

By Marvin Olasky

In New York, it was the auditorium against the glass cube

Prying eyes

Prying eyes

By Matt Anderson

The electronic medical record makes it harder to protect patient privacy

Jobs matter

Jobs matter

By Mindy Belz

Until unemployment drops recovery is a long way away

Grab your binoculars

Grab your binoculars

By Joel Belz

And then let us know what you think lies ahead

Delayed, not denied

Delayed, not denied

By Andrée Seu

What I learned awaiting answer to an urgent prayer

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Gamble or gimmick?

Gamble or gimmick?

By Janie B. Cheaney

Easter giveaway by a church in Texas raises eyebrows

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