Table of Contents

Cover Story

'It's time we had a fact-based conversation'

'It's time we had a fact-based conversation'

by Edward Lee Pitts

Cover Story | With the nation facing trillions in unfunded liabilities for entitlements, freshman Republicans like Rep. Bill Huizenga say they're ready to cast difficult…

In this issue: "Tick, tick, tick ...," May 7, 2011

Features

Paycheck program

Paycheck program

By Christina Darnell

Welfare | By encouraging work, the Earned Income Tax Credit is one form of social spending that many conservatives can support

Inside out

Inside out

By Emily Belz

Religion | Missions, agencies and churches wrestle with controversial Muslim friendly translations of the Bible and fallout from 'insider movement' tactics

Counting the cost

Counting the cost

By Jamie Dean

China | Christians in one of China's largest unregistered churches vow to continue Sunday worship despite intimidation from authorities and growing persecution…

Streetcar democracy

Streetcar democracy

By Jill Nelson

Turkey | Turkey is becoming a model to many in a transitioning Middle East

Dispatches

Human Race

By The Editors

Decided An appeals court ruled April 6 that the University of North Carolina--Wilmington unconstitutionally denied a professor a promotion because he writes a…

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Stereo killer The first few times, Stanislaw Jarmolowicz of Loma Rica, Calif., asked politely. But after a while, he just grabbed his shotgun. Jarmolowicz…

Just the facts

Just the facts

By Edward Lee Pitts & Emily Belz

Jon Kyl famously misspeaks, but so does Planned Parenthood

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

KJV Quadricentennial Christians around the world will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible on May 2 (see "Royal treatment," April 23,

Local connections

By The Editors

and other news briefs

Signs of life

Signs of life

By Warren Cole Smith

A small conservative movement in Spain gains new ground

Power art

Power art

By Mindy Belz

Capital of the Confederacy takes on Picasso

Quotables

By The Editors

"All I wanted was the chance to walk where Jesus did here in Israel." Teen idol Justin Bieber, complaining via Twitter about paparazzi who dogged him while…

Notebook

Under the weather

Under the weather

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle | The U.S. healthcare system is expensive and increasingly impersonal, but some doctors are finding a better way

The Facebook market

The Facebook market

By Alissa Wilkinson

Technology | Friendly links boost business for ticket sellers and retailers

Screened out?

Screened out?

By Daniel James Devine

Science | 'Preconception genetic testing' is growing, but it could have terrible consequences

Presbyterian church

Presbyterian church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Sarawak, Malaysia

Kobe's slur

Kobe's slur

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Politically incorrect profanity has NBA's best player scrambling to save his image

And Portugal makes three

And Portugal makes three

By Joseph Slife

Money | Debt-plagued nation asks for bailout

Free to speak

Free to speak

By Lauren Sneed

Law | Court ruling protects students who oppose pro-gay event

Giving (up) the tithe?

Giving (up) the tithe?

By Tim Dalrymple

Religion | Survey shows differing evangelical views on the Old Testament practice

Culture

<em>Atlas</em> again

Atlas again

By Megan Basham

Movies | The new movie version of Ayn Rand's novel isn't as bad as critics say, but it has plenty of problems

I Am

I Am

By Megan Basham

Documentary | The most engaging element of the film is writer/director Tom Shadyac's personal backstory

Rio

Rio

By Michael Leaser

Movies | Bold, bright, and colorful, this 3-D animated confection from the makers of the Ice Age movies turns south to explore the misadventures of a rare blue macaw and…

The Conspirator

The Conspirator

By Toddy Burton

Movies | Playing out amidst defining historical moments, The Conspirator takes as its focus a reluctant and unlikely hero. Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy) is thrust into…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of April 15-17, according to Box Office Mojo

Genre clashes

Genre clashes

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Fiction, like reality, can remind us of man's condition and our desperate need for Christ

Notable Books

Notable Books | Four books about trauma and recovery reviewed by Susan Olasky

Inquiring mind

Inquiring mind

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | University president Robert Sloan shows that faith and learning are not a zero sum game

Thriving 'dinosaurs'

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Emerson, Lake & Palmer alums show that progressive rock has managed to survive

Notable CDs

Notable CDs | Five new pop-rock releases reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Catching her wave

Catching her wave

By Alisa Harris

Movies | Soul Surfer portrays the comeback spirit and faith of shark attack survivor and champion surfer Bethany Hamilton

Columnists

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

More than a Pulitzer

More than a Pulitzer

By Marvin Olasky

ProPublica's second win and the money behind it is revitalizing liberal journalism

See Jane pray

See Jane pray

By Andrée Seu

Pin-up girl knew she needed a powerful God

After Easter Sunday

After Easter Sunday

By Mindy Belz

The followers of Jesus would scatter but the power of His teaching remains

In the clouds

In the clouds

By Joel Belz

A pre-dawn plane ride is the latest lesson in the limits of federal government

A nation of Terrys

A nation of Terrys

By Janie B. Cheaney

Slacker descendants of the postwar middle class are depleting America's social capital

Turning 65

Turning 65

By John Piper

With work to be done, this is no time for R&R

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