Table of Contents

Cover Story

Rookie season

Rookie season

by Emily Belz

Cover Story | A surprising number of doctors and businessmen are setting aside their stethoscopes and spreadsheets to run for Congress-and they're running well

In this issue: "Broken beyond repair?," Sept. 25, 2010

Features

Dying dogs

Dying dogs

By Edward Lee Pitts

Politics | Conservative Democrats-blue dogs in red districts-may become an endangered species after the elections in November

Swinging back

Swinging back

By Edward Lee Pitts

Politics | After bringing Democrats to power in 2008, voters in the struggling states of Ohio and Michigan are preparing to register their regret at the polls

Fear at Fanda

Fear at Fanda

By Jamie Dean

Sexual Abuse | A sexual abuse scandal at a New Tribes Mission boarding school in West Africa reveals a long tale of childhood suffering and the poor record of missionary…

Right to higher hiring

Right to higher hiring

By Alisa Harris

Religion | Can faith-based relief organizations employ only like-minded workers? A recent court ruling says yes, but the groups themselves have varying answers

Works in progress

Works in progress

By Amy Henry

Film | Independent filmmakers Steve & Mary Pruitt are learning the high-stakes business of making movies as they go

Anchors away

Anchors away

By Megan Basham

Immigration | The debate over birthright citizenship hits hardest on the hospital ward

Side by side

Side by side

By Edward Lee Pitts

Afghanistan | Capt. Dale Goetz became the first Army chaplain combat casualty in almost 40 years by going where soldiers go

Dispatches

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Natural law By now, some residents are probably wishing that town officials in Skowhegan, Maine, would simply let Bruce Obert do what he wanted with his land.

Quotables

By The Editors

"Mexican drug cartels literally do control parts of Arizona." Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff Paul Babeu on the lawlessness in southern Arizona. The Bureau of…

Beckoning Christians

Beckoning Christians

By Marvin Olasky

TV personality Glenn Beck is not the problem, but his religious syncretism is

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Conservatives gather After three days of meetings for political conservatives, the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit concludes Sept. 19 in…

Blowing smoke

By The Editors

And other news briefs

Waiting still

By Alisa Harris

While the mosque project at Ground Zero moves forward, authorities have halted rebuilding the church destroyed on 9/11

Corrective measure

By The Editors

Journalists have a term for the paragraph or two in a story that explains what the story is all about: "nut graph," with nut signifying "kernel," not "crazy."

Human Race

By The Editors

Rebuked A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) court rebuked California minister Jane Adams Spahr, 68, after finding her guilty of violating her ordination vows and…

Reviews

The ugly <em>American</em>

The ugly American

By Michael Leaser

Movies | George Clooney is not the actor to rescue The American 's weak script

<em>Marmaduke</em>

Marmaduke

By Alicia Cohn

DVD | The movie Marmaduke , recently out on DVD, is largely an excuse to make Owen Wilson talk like a dog. Wilson does a fine job embodying the title character with…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Sept. 3-5, ­according to Box Office Mojo

Hold the saccharine

Hold the saccharine

By Rebecca Cusey

Movies | The Christians behind Doonby hope it will be a different kind of 'faith-based film'

The consumer's best friend

The consumer's best friend

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | It's not governmental regulation, says investigative reporter John Stossel, but the competition of free markets

Reimaginings

Reimaginings

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Two new songbooks offer different takes on their source material

Notable CDs

Notable CDs | Four noteworthy new classical releases reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Pessimistic portraits

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Two Jewish authors offer Ecclesiastes-flavored novels

Notable books

Notable Books | Four recent novels reviewed by Susan Olasky

<em>Easy A</em>

Easy A

By Rebecca Cusey

Movies | Easy A seems like a fun teen comedy to watch at girly sleepovers. An attempt to replicate John Hughes ( The Breakfast Club , Pretty in Pink ) films for the current…

Notebook

Climate panel change

Climate panel change

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Advisory group proposes reforms for the controversial IPCC

Cruel summer

Cruel summer

By Joseph Slife

Money | What was supposed to be a season of recovery is turning into a time of concern

Going cheaply

Going cheaply

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle | Planes and trains for the budget-minded

Sizes and scales

Sizes and scales

By Alissa Wilkinson

Technology | BBC site seeks to make abstract details concrete

Home of the Double Eagle

Home of the Double Eagle

By The Editors

Houses of God | Vicksburg, Mississippi

National treasures

National treasures

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Despite two top draft picks and two record contracts, the Nationals are years away from hope

Voices

Despising our youth

Despising our youth

By Janie B. Cheaney

We've made adolescence a time of idleness when it could be full of good, hard things

Let's borrow trouble

Let's borrow trouble

By Mindy Belz

U.S. objectives should drive war timetables, not the other way around

Without wavering

Without wavering

By Andrée Seu

Clear away the obstacles to going to the Lord with confidence and boldness

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Thorns and thistles

Thorns and thistles

By Marvin Olasky

Campaign 2010 | Evangelicals should limit their expectations of-but not their involvement in-politics

One naïve fellow

One naïve fellow

By Joel Belz

And the truth about his renaissance mother

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