Table of Contents

Cover Stories

Higher ground

Higher ground

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | Perhaps the best-prepared nation on earth, Japan struggles to deliver on relief to quake survivors-up to half a million displaced-and faith-based groups are…

Cover Stories

A world turned upside down

A world turned upside down

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | Under cover of seismic cataclysm in Japan, Libya's Muammar Qaddafi upturns the upheaval shaking the Arab world

In this issue: "Upside down," April 9, 2011

Features

Creative avenues

Creative avenues

By Paul Glader

Art | Many a Christian art student may have talent, dedication-and no idea how the art industry works. That's where NYCAMS steps in

Budget 101

Budget 101

By Edward Lee Pitts

Politics | With the House and the Senate sparring over spending, here's a primer on what's happening with the budget on Capitol Hill

Support by another means

Support by another means

By Susan Olasky

International Aid | Look closely at bra giveaways and other 'gift in kind' aid projects

Neighborhood watch

Neighborhood watch

By Jill Nelson

Israel | Israel eyes the perils of surrounding revolutions

Poverty politics

Poverty politics

By Marvin Olasky

Poverty | Playing with the numbers to increase those defined as poor, Washington is set to wage a costly war on inequality in the name of fighting poverty

Dispatches

In the docket

In the docket

By Emily Belz

A Wisconsin Supreme Court race in early April may test the strength of any backlash against Gov. Scott Walker's reforms

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Masters cut Eyes will be fixed on Tiger Woods on April 8 to see if the beleaguered golfer can advance into weekend contention on a course at which he has had…

The race begins

The race begins

By The Editors

and other news briefs

War clouds

War clouds

By Jamie Dean

Conflict in the south and troop movements in the north escalate tensions in Sudan

Human Race

By The Editors

Died A Christian man serving a life sentence at a prison in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy died March 15 under suspicious circumstances. Last year a…

Quotables

By The Editors

"Two decades from now, I'm willing to take a look at it, but I'm not willing to take a look at it right now." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on any changes…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Not-so-great escape A criminal in Dayton, Ohio, may have robbed a bank, but he chose what some would call a politically correct getaway vehicle. Dayton police…

Notebook

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Estonia

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Estonia

By The Editors

Houses of God | St. Petersburg, Russia

Liberal 'love'

Liberal 'love'

By Timothy Dalrymple

Religion | With Love Wins , Rob Bell and HarperCollins win. Does Christianity?

Life, liberty and faster broadband?

Life, liberty and faster broadband?

By Alissa Wilkinson

Technology | Nations declare internet access a fundamental right

Ruled out

Ruled out

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Some coal-fired plants close due to new EPA regulations, others consider natural gas

Strike three?

Strike three?

By Mark Bergin

Sports | NFL players and owners are stuck in a labor dispute that they doubt will hurt the game's popularity

Culture

Little love

Little love

By Megan Basham

Television | Sister Wives tries to hide the pain of polygamy, but glimpses of reality come through

Win Win

Win Win

By Alisa Harris

Movies | Win Win 's subtle script and its gentle, funny cast has both quirk and pathos

The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer

By Michael Leaser

Movies | Matthew McConaughey delivers one of the top performances of his career

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

By Alisa Harris

Movies | Latest adaptation proves that Jane's passion and sense of right can woo another generation

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of March 18-20 according to Box Office Mojo

Spector's ghost

Spector's ghost

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Record producer's recent crime haunts the anniversary reissue of his recordings

Notable CDs

Notable CDs | Five reissues and compilations reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Political clunkers

Political clunkers

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | We should 'treat people as people,' says economist Victor Claar, and U.S. trade restrictions fail that test

Heat vs. light and love

Heat vs. light and love

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Author argues that Christians should put reason in its proper place

Notable Books

Notable Books | Four books on health and family challenges reviewed by Susan Olasky

Columnists

A dose of reality

A dose of reality

By Joel Belz

Multiculturalism is proving to be a road of godless quicksand

Help wanted

Help wanted

By Mindy Belz

The needs and suffering of the world don't have to leave us feeling helpless

The mouths of babes

The mouths of babes

By Andrée Seu

Children sing, and the Enemy shudders

I didn't hear it on NPR

I didn't hear it on NPR

By Timothy Larsen

An absence of Christian voices mars the troubled network

Tax time coming

Tax time coming

By Marvin Olasky

Will any of these jokes cheer you up?

Devaluing 'values'

By Janie B. Cheaney

We need a better word for truths that stand independent of any evaluator

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

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