Table of Contents

Cover Story

Meet Team Romney

Meet Team Romney

by Edward Lee Pitts

Cover Story | Mitt Romney doesn't appear to have any breakout stars among his closest advisers, but together they form an aggressive group of loyalists who will not back…

In this issue: "The brain trust," June 30, 2012

Features

Preventive strike

Preventive strike

By Emily Belz

Healthcare | Public outcry continues over Obamacare's contraceptive mandate as lawsuits move forward around the country

Rooted in Christ

By Edward Lee Pitts

Effective Compassion | Our Eastern region winner transcends Maine stereotypes

New Song in Sandtown

New Song in Sandtown

By Edward Lee Pitts

Effective Compassion | Baltimore's New Song Urban Ministries is our Eastern region runner-up

All-star architecture

All-star architecture

By Janie B. Cheaney

Sports | Christians often speak of 'human flourishing' and quote God's instructions (in Jeremiah 29:7) to 'seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you.' But…

Fan tested, player approved

Fan tested, player approved

By Marvin Olasky

Sports | Seeing the architect's Pittsburgh masterpiece

Seeds of hope

Seeds of hope

By Russell Board

Myanmar | Myanmar pastors see positive signs of a changing political landscape

Prison drama

Prison drama

By Mark H. Hunter

Prison | For inmates at a maximum security penitentiary, recreating The Life of Jesus Christ is an opportunity for moral-and spiritual-rehabilitation

Dispatches

Summertime blues

Summertime blues

By Edward Lee Pitts

Campaign 2012 | Wisconsin vote is only one indicator of a bad month for the president

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Wimbledon begins While opening rounds commence for the tennis world's premier championship, Wimbledon, on June 25, the event this year could seem merely like…

NATO rescue

NATO rescue

By The Editors

And more news briefs

Less than ideal

Less than ideal

By Jamie Dean

Study challenges rosy assumptions about homosexual parenting

Leakage

Leakage

By Daniel James Devine

U.S. clandestine role in cyber warfare now goes up for public scrutiny

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

Died Actor and game show host Richard Dawson, 79, died from complications of esophageal cancer on June 2. Dawson gained fame as Cpl. Peter Newkirk on the…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

'The most under-covered story these days is the sustained assault by Islamist terrorists on Christians.' Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Tune tariff Canadian couples headed down the aisle now have something else to add to their wedding preparation checklist. The Copyright Board of Canada…

Reviews

Merida's choices

Merida's choices

By Alicia M. Cohn

Movies | Familial love and the learning of responsibility give Brave its 'happily ever after'

Prometheus

Prometheus

By Megan Basham

Movies | Despite its flaws, new Ridley Scott movie is visually stunning

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

By Emily Whitten

Movies | Fans of Wes Anderson's previous works will be familiar with the dry, self-deprecating humor here

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | Despite the fun tunes, this PG-13 film, like its main character, is oversexed, over-glorified, and completely dissipated

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of June 8-10 according to Box Office Mojo

Fiction and friction

Fiction and friction

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Five memorable novels for brisk treadmill walking

Notable Books

By Susan Olasky

Notable Books | Four nonfiction books

The marriage battle

The marriage battle

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | An unlikely graduation present sculpted Maggie Gallagher into a fierce defender of marriage and an outspoken critic of same-sex unions

Revealing Ramone

Revealing Ramone

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Confident singing masks a vulnerable singer on ...Ya Know?

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Notable CDs | Five pop-rock releases

Notebook

Help for the hurting

Help for the hurting

By Chelsea Kolz

Lifestyle | Dan Allender emphasizes his own story as he seeks to help sexual-abuse victims

Patients unplugged

Patients unplugged

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Wireless sensors may unhook patients from hospital beds

Burned out

Burned out

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Coal-fired power plants topple beneath regulation and cheap natural gas

First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Frankfort, Ky.

The price is wrong

The price is wrong

By Lynde Langdon

Healthcare | In American healthcare, list prices vary by thousands of dollars and yet patients have little incentive to shop around

Head starts

Head starts

By Mark Bergin

Sports | World records are imagined in the mind before they are set on the track or in the pool

A bull for all seasons

A bull for all seasons

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | Economic guru Jeremy Siegel predicts big gains for stock prices in 2013 and beyond

The crisis that isn't

The crisis that isn't

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Iran claims a pro-Islam forgery will cause a revolution for Christianity

Voices

Interpreting Scott Walker

Interpreting Scott Walker

By Joel Belz

Campaign 2012 | School choice may be the biggest long-term winner from Wisconsin's June 5 vote

Love and wrath

Love and wrath

By Janie B. Cheaney

God's forgiveness and His judgment are two sides of the same coin

Summer solstice

Summer solstice

By Mindy Belz

Long summer days can be more than a season for escapism

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

'Oaks of righteousness'

'Oaks of righteousness'

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Through the storms of life, Christians become firmly rooted and grounded

Perhapses and maybes

Perhapses and maybes

By Marvin Olasky

Museum visit reveals a lot of uncertainties within Darwinism

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