Table of Contents

Cover Stories

The surge within

The surge within

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | Afghan forces are growing at an accelerated rate, but can they grow fast enough and good enough to fight-and lead-a war against the Taliban?

Cover Stories

Easy targets

Easy targets

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story Sidebar | Afghan police training goes hand in hand with military buildup

In this issue: "Warrior class," Aug. 28, 2010

Features

Immigration equation

Immigration equation

By Megan Basham

Immigration | Some say Arizona's immigration law is unfair; others say it's unfair to allow illegal immigrants to bypass the arduous legal process of becoming an American

The endorsement dilemma

The endorsement dilemma

By Emily Belz

Campaign 2010 | For pro-family and pro-life groups, many of this year's primaries offer no easy choices

Labor Day

Labor Day

By Marvin Olasky

Work & Calling | A summer trip to baseball games across the country provides lessons in how most believers pursue 'full-time Christian service'

Arenas of service

Arenas of service

By Gene Edward Veith

Work & Calling | A return to Luther's doctrine of vocation would mean a return to God's priorities for our lives-and a return to being more effective salt and light in the…

Finding his calling

Finding his calling

By Ryan Messmore

Work & Calling | A Dallas drug dealer becomes a force for good in his family and community

Work by the book

By Marvin Olasky

Work & Calling | Two books and two websites help Christians to think through how their work is a part of their calling

Four questions about calling

By The Editors

Work & Calling | Christians must fight dualism, stereotypes, and what we may tell ourselves when we wake up in the morning

Dispatches

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

Charged A House ethics panel has formally charged Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters with an unannounced list of alleged ethics violations. The investigation…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

"I'm dying." Atheist author and cancer patient Christopher Hitchens in an interview with The Atlantic 's Jeffrey Goldberg. He said that he remains an atheist and…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Earl or Ansel? A decade ago Rick Norsigian bought a box of glass plate photo negatives for $45 at a garage sale. Now 10 years later, the Fresno, Calif., man…

Legal vs. circumstantial

Legal vs. circumstantial

By Alisa Harris

Where do Prop 8 proponents go from here?

Hot

Hot

By The Editors

Russian wildfires destroy one-fifth of wheat crop

Work & death

Work & death

By Mindy Belz

Aid workers in Afghanistan show high cost of vocation

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Primary duels Alaska and Florida hold primary battles on Aug. 24. But the real showcase will take place in Arizona where 2008 Republican presidential nominee…

Reviews

Not all right

Not all right

By Megan Basham

Movies | The Kids Are All Right is a heavy-handed and dishonest portrayal of an unconventional family

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Watching Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a little like the dreams you might have if you fell asleep playing Nintendo and reading comic books on the couch next to…

Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love

By Rebecca Cusey

Movies | Westerners often fantasize about running off to a rustic but miraculously disease-free and simple-but-wise village to "find oneself." Liz Gilbert, the main…

The Other Guys

The Other Guys

By Michael Leaser

Movies | The Other Guys delivers yet another rude, crude, and over-the-top offering from director Adam McKay, who attempts to piece together a pedestrian storyline with…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Aug. 6-8, ­according to Box Office Mojo

More than money

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | The business world, say two leaders, is a great place for Christians to serve

Going gospel

Going gospel

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Showman Tom Jones and punk rocker Nina Hagen put out gospel albums that work

Notable CDs

Notable CDs | Five noteworthy new releases reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Off the poverty treadmill

Off the poverty treadmill

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Myopia prevents authors from seeing the sin that holds back economies

Notable books

Notable Books | Four novels reviewed by Susan Olasky

Notebook

iPads for all

iPads for all

By Alissa Wilkinson

Technology | Universities move to make a costly new technology universal among their students

Sprint, swim, swing

Sprint, swim, swing

By Mark Bergin

Sports | A triad of upsets breathes new competitive life into three once-dominated sports

Not all business

Not all business

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle | Four 'mompreneurs' and their unusual callings

Growing alternatives

Growing alternatives

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Experiments show the potential of regenerative techniques that don't destroy embryos

Church of the Annunciation

Church of the Annunciation

By The Editors

Houses of God | Nazerth

Tea Party at the Pentagon

Tea Party at the Pentagon

By Joseph Slife

Money | Will the new movement lead a conservative offensive on defense spending?

Voices

Pushing paper in the kingdom

Pushing paper in the kingdom

By Janie B. Cheaney

When our work in this world seems futile, God is using it for unseen purposes

Fugitives

Fugitives

By Mindy Belz

All the society of believers is scattered, says Christian leader in Afghanistan

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Andy's story

Andy's story

By Andrée Seu

Taking mistakes and making blessings, God works in surprising ways

How will we get our kicks?

How will we get our kicks?

By Marvin Olasky

We can react to change with the patience of Lincoln or the vengeance of Jones

Shortage or surplus?

Shortage or surplus?

By Joel Belz

The most important issue isn't the quantity of teachers but the quality of teachers

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