Table of Contents

Cover Stories

Food stamps surge

Food stamps surge

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | The dramatic rise in recipients of U.S. supplemental nutrition assistance may be more about selling the program than feeding the needy

Cover Stories

Changing attitudes

Changing attitudes

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story Sidebar | How food stamps morphed from temporary relief to permanent entitlement

In this issue: "Food stamps surge," Nov. 19, 2011

Features

Touching lives in tough places

Touching lives in tough places

By Joel Hannahs

Neighborhoods | Chicago community development corporation puts a new face on a battered neighborhood space

Holding fast

Holding fast

By Mindy Belz

Religion | As churches around the world prepare for Persecution Sunday this month, Afghan Christian Sayed Musa tells how he survived government-led imprisonment and…

Talk of the towns

Talk of the towns

By Edward Lee Pitts

Politics | After a bus tour of important swing states, the president left people happy to see him but not necessarily convinced that he should get four more years in…

Signs of the times

Signs of the times

By Susan Olasky

Abortion | A Texas pregnancy center finds itself a target of a national campaign to use local politics to undermine pro-life counseling services

Victor's story

Victor's story

By Paul Glader

Adoption | When their daughter was diagnosed with cancer, Mike and Deb Watters didn't foresee how it would lead to a life- and community-changing adoption

Hostile takeovers

Hostile takeovers

By Tiffany Owens

Occupy Wall Street | Violence, theft, and public friction come to the Occupy Wall Street protests

Dispatches

Into the shredder

Into the shredder

By Les Sillars

Kansas abortion case takes another turn, this time involving key Obama health adviser

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Prayer for the persecuted Thousands of churches on Nov. 13 will mark the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church by praying for persecuted…

Turkey's latest

Turkey's latest

By The Editors

And other news briefs

Dangerous distrust and collateral damage

Dangerous distrust and collateral damage

By Marvin Olasky

Campaign 2012 | Presidential politics and the Occupy movement reveal the disunity ruling the land

Without the religion, please

By Emily Belz

HHS cuts funds to Catholic agency that's 'resoundingly successful' in sex trafficking fight

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

Returned Joni Eareckson Tada announced a year ago she was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. She completed her chemo treatments in the summer and is…

Quotables

By The Editors

"We are keeping all the options on the table." Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman on reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was trying to…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Ego's legos Beachcombers near Sarasota, Fla., could be forgiven for not knowing what to make of what washed ashore on Oct. 25. Beachgoers discovered an…

Notebook

Penultimate greatness

Penultimate greatness

By Mark Bergin

Sports | This year's theater of Game 6 was more than a baseball game; it was a history lesson

Slick systems

Slick systems

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Contest highlights new and faster ways to cleanup oil spills

Private space

Private space

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Congress worries about NASA's growing reliance on private firms

Queen of Peace Church

Queen of Peace Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Euro nightmare

Euro nightmare

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | Problems in Greece, and Europe, continue to grow

Extreme diversity

Extreme diversity

By Tim Dalrymple

Religion | Methodists create a multi-religious school to train pastors

Columnists

Eyes to see, ears to hear

Eyes to see, ears to hear

By Nick Eicher

A changing media industry is propelling WORLD over the air

A time for choosing

A time for choosing

By Joel Belz

Website offers Americans a chance to weigh in on where to cut federal spending

The power of naming

The power of naming

By Janie B. Cheaney

With names we create entire worlds of logic and imagination

Find your family first

Find your family first

By Mindy Belz

They aren't just to have around for the holidays; they can rebuild whole communities

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Cell conversions

Cell conversions

By Andrée Seu

When we stop protecting ourselves from disappointment, we can start believing for joy

Punching paper walls

Punching paper walls

By Marvin Olasky

High unemployment is a poor excuse when settling for a life of welfare dependency

Culture

Time bandits

Time bandits

By Megan Basham

Movies | In Time takes an intriguing science-fiction premise made for the Occupy Wall Street set

The Mill and the Cross

The Mill and the Cross

By Emily Belz

Movies | Film looks at Pieter Bruegel's 16th-century painting 'The Way to Calvary'

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

By Michael Leaser

DVD | In this era of cinematic reboots, this new take on a Disney classic ranks as one of the best

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

By Michael Leaser

Movies | Shrek spin-off is a refreshingly straightforward fantasy adventure tale

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Oct. 28-30 according to Box Office Mojo

Left, right, fight, fight, fight

Left, right, fight, fight, fight

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Book tackles questions of political philosophy, side by side

Notable Books

By Susan Olasky & Warren Cole Smith

Notable Books | Christian books about work, death, and trust

Giving thanks 1,000 times

Giving thanks 1,000 times

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | It's not enough to pray through adversity, says author Ann Voskamp, but be grateful in it

Spiritual notes

Spiritual notes

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Noteworthy new Williams tribute and Cash collection have edifying endings

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza & Arsenio Orteza

Notable CDs | Five pop and rock new releases

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