Table of Contents

Cover Story

2011 Daniel of the Year

2011 Daniel of the Year

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | Alan Chambers: Change we can believe in

In this issue: "2011 Daniel of the Year," Dec. 17, 2011

Features

Disabling security

Disabling security

By Marvin Olasky

Social Security | Hundreds of thousands of Americans are gaming Supplemental Security Income-and doing great damage to themselves and their children

Citizenship test

Citizenship test

By Joel Hannahs

Citizenship | His grandparents are American missionaries and his mother is their U.S.-born daughter, but the U.S. embassy in Guatemala insists that little David Alexander…

Lighting up Haiti

Lighting up Haiti

By Daniel James Devine

Haiti | A California nonprofit is fighting poverty in a destitute nation through alternative energy-and without giving handouts

Recovery amid ruins

Recovery amid ruins

By Mindy Belz

Nigeria | Waves of violence in northern Nigeria leave Christian communities devastated

A question of conscience

A question of conscience

By Emily Belz

Religion | As the White House reconsiders forcing religious groups to offer coverage for contraception and abortion, the left pushes back against allowing this kind of…

Forgive us our debt

Forgive us our debt

By Warren Cole Smith

Debt | With big mortgages and declining offerings, a record number of churches are facing foreclosure

Dispatches

Smoking flax

Smoking flax

By Jamie Dean

New openness in Burma covers lingering abuses

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Republicans debate The top GOP candidates will meet at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Dec. 10 for a debate hosted by The Des Moines Register , ABC…

Egypt's Islamist surge

Egypt's Islamist surge

By The Editors

And other news briefs

First up

First up

By Joel Hannahs

Campaign 2012 | The importance of Iowa caucuses in an election year is often questioned but rarely in doubt

'Free' meals

'Free' meals

By Marvin Olasky

School lunch programs hit tipping point

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

Released Egyptian authorities arrested and later released three American students accused of throwing firebombs at security forces during protests in Egypt…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

"I don't even have to pretend to try to be nice to people I don't like." U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., on an advantage of retiring from politics. Frank,

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Talking Turkey Days before Thanksgiving, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals set its sights on one small Texas town. In a letter to the mayor of…

Reviews

Here for a purpose

Here for a purpose

By Megan Basham

Movies | With Hugo , Martin Scorsese beautifully illustrates our need to put our talents to good use

The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady

By Rebecca Cusey

Movies | Meryl Streep brilliantly portrays Margaret Thatcher

The Muppets

The Muppets

By Michael Leaser

Movies | After an 11-year hiatus, Jim Henson's lovable characters return to the big screen

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

By Rebecca Cusey

Movies | Based on the novel by John le Carré, the story focuses on friendship and camaraderie, and the betrayal they enable

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Nov. 25-27 according to Box Office Mojo

Picks and pans

Picks and pans

By Marvin Olasky

Books | A hodgepodge of this year's treadmill books

Notable Books

By Susan Olasky

Notable Books | Four books on marriage

Consumer's choice

Consumer's choice

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | The government, says veteran welfare reformer Jay Hein, can level the playing field for effective religious charities without violating the Constitution

Heard again

Heard again

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Almost 20 years after his death, Mark Heard's music still beckons

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Notable CDs | Five new country CDs

Notebook

A patient trade

A patient trade

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle | In the information age, Johanna Smick practices the centuries-old craft of bookbinding

Facial marketing

Facial marketing

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | New sidewalk billboards aim to recognize pedestrians' buying habits by their faces

Deviancy defenders

Deviancy defenders

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Advocacy group aims to lift the stigma against pedophiles

'Bar Church'

'Bar Church'

By The Editors

Houses of God | Two Harbors, Minnesota

Suh me

Suh me

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Should athletic arenas be outside the jurisdiction of criminal law?

Faint praise

Faint praise

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | Recent unemployment news is good, but it may not be good enough

Unequally yoked

Unequally yoked

By Tim Dalrymple

Religion | The OWS movement does not align as well with the Bible as some suppose

Voices

Mr. Gallup would be sad

Mr. Gallup would be sad

By Joel Belz

A Walmart sidewalk poll is very revealing-but only about the state of civil discourse

Making it personal

Making it personal

By Janie B. Cheaney

Today's way of telling stories leads us away from drawing large, valid conclusions

Food fight

Food fight

By Mindy Belz

A Korean refrigerator speaks to the falsehoods surrounding famine

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

No room at Days Inn

No room at Days Inn

By Andrée Seu

Is our faith in God dependent on circumstance?

A way out

A way out

By Marvin Olasky

Say no to tax-and-spend, but say yes to tax-and-credit

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