Table of Contents

Cover Story

Primary concerns

Primary concerns

by Lynde Langdon

Cover Story | When Arizona and New Mexico became states in 1912, Kansas became the geographic center of the United States. When Alaska and Hawaii became states in 1959…

In this issue: "Medical care circus," Feb. 25, 2012

Features

Caught in the middle

Caught in the middle

By Jamie Dean

Arab Spring | Increasing crimes against Christians in Syria reveal the difficult road to 'democracy' that lies ahead in the Middle East

The battle for accurate Bible translation in Asia

The battle for accurate Bible translation in Asia

By Emily Belz

Religion | Local pastors and churches object to translations that call God the father 'the great protector' and Jesus the 'representative of God'

Coming to America

Coming to America

By Angela Lu & Mary Jackson

China | Why are a rapidly growing number of Chinese parents sending their children to Christian high schools in the United States?

Oscar's filter

Oscar's filter

By Megan Basham

Academy Awards | It's worldview, not artistic merit, that helps unpopular films dominate the Academy Awards

Dispatches

Orchestrated uproar

Orchestrated uproar

By Marvin Olasky

A Planned Parenthood 'win' carries the seeds of its own destruction

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Yemeni elections Voters in Yemen will elect a new president on Feb. 21, less than three months after a protest movement in Yemen forced former President Ali…

Bible college bombing

Bible college bombing

By The Editors

And other news briefs

In-house opposition

In-house opposition

By Emily Belz

Healthcare Mandate | Leading Democrats voice opposition to Obama mandate

The new surge

The new surge

By Edward Lee Pitts

Campaign 2012 | Big Santorum wins shake up the GOP campaign

Terminology fight

Terminology fight

By Daniel James Devine

Environmental network confuses pro-life causes

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

Sentenced A Canadian court convicted and sentenced three Afghan family members to life in prison for their roles in the "honor killing" deaths of three…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

"I would not look to the United States Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012." U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Mad mayor If Norway, S.C., mayor Jim Preacher finds himself in hot water, it's not because he got pulled over for speeding. It's what came next that has…

Reviews

Reaching out

Reaching out

By Megan Basham

Movies | Big Miracle offers more than typical environmentalist fare

Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars

By Emily Whitten

Television | Outstanding isn't the adjective many parents would use for popular new show

The Vow

The Vow

By Emily Whitten

Movies | Christian viewers will find film refreshing in its value of the covenant of marriage

The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black

By Toddy Burton

Movies | Daniel Radcliffe attempts to shake the memory of the Harry Potter franchise

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

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

Sinners one and all

Sinners one and all

By Marvin Olasky

Books | John Piper says an emphasis on sovereign grace is the key to racial reconciliation

Notable Books

By Susan Olasky

Notable Books | Four new mysteries

Ahead of the <em>Times</em>

Ahead of the Times

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | As a conservative writer for a largely liberal audience, Ross Douthat challenges the left on the effects of the government that liberalism built

Song & dance

Song & dance

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | From a high-profile makeover to awkward obscenities, Lana Del Rey's Born to Die is an exercise in inauthenticity

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Notable CDs | Five new or recent pop releases

Notebook

Black families needed

Black families needed

By Deena C. Bouknight

Lifestyle | Suspicious of the 'system,' many African-American couples are missing an opportunity to help children in need

Unhealthy decision?

Unhealthy decision?

By Daniel James Devine

Health | A task force recommendation against screening for prostate cancer may make sense, or it may be an ominous sign of medicine's future under Obamacare

Automaton army

Automaton army

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Researcher hopes robots can make combat decisions that protect soldiers and civilians

Viral denial

Viral denial

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Rejection of HIV-AIDS link spurs controversy

New Hope Presbyterian Church

New Hope Presbyterian Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Vestal, N.Y.

Super bowled over

Super bowled over

By Mark Bergin

Sports | The big game did not disappoint, but it was only the third most riveting sports story of that weekend

Mixing signals

Mixing signals

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | Dozens of economic reports each week give both parties fodder for November

Voices

Advantage America

Advantage America

By Joel Belz

U.S. fertility rate is the best in the West, but to whom much is given, much is expected

Impractical magic

Impractical magic

By Janie B. Cheaney

Lawmakers and bureaucrats are vainly waging war against reality

Not a popularity contest

Not a popularity contest

By Mindy Belz

Courage and compassion count more in the conduct of foreign policy

Sarkozy's struggle

Sarkozy's struggle

By John Warwick Montgomery

The French have a good leader for the current crisis, but they may soon send him home

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Just so happens

Just so happens

By Andrée Seu

We can't control the future, but we can yield to the Spirit

Living on SNAP

Living on SNAP

By Marvin Olasky

Can a person eat well on a food stamp budget?

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