Table of Contents

Cover Story

Our parched land

Our parched land

by Daniel James Devine

Cover Story | Farmers contemplate mowing cornfields, water reservoirs are sinking, and crop prices are skyrocketing as the United States swelters through its worst drought…

In this issue: "Praying for rain," Aug. 11, 2012

Features

Cashed out

Cashed out

By Marvin Olasky

Religion | The National Association of Evangelicals backs off its million dollar subsidy from pushers of contraception for the unmarried

Art for community's sake

Art for community's sake

By Janie B. Cheaney

The arts | The Culture House, an arts organization in suburban Kansas City, brings a Christian ethos of excellence for the sake of others and cultural leadership for its…

DOMA's day of reckoning

DOMA's day of reckoning

By Emily Belz

Politics | Obama administration reversal over the Defense of Marriage Act adds weight to a likely Supreme Court showdown over the law in the high court's next term

Miracle surgery

Miracle surgery

By Angela Lu

Medicine | Success and sadness proceed from dramatic decision to separate conjoined twins, abandoned by their parents, at a 122-year-old mission hospital in India's…

Work and faith, connected

Work and faith, connected

By Marvin Olasky

Effective Compassion | Our South Region winner is full of practical help for former prisoners looking for jobs-and is full of Christ

More than a clinic

More than a clinic

By Tiffany Owens

Effective Compassion | Our South region runner-up provides free medical care to people living in one of America's poorest counties

Dispatches

Decisive fight

Decisive fight

By Mindy Belz

As Syria's civil war escalates, threats of a wider, more threatening conflict grow

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Mars rover landing If all goes well, NASA scientists will spend the early morning hours of Aug. 6 watching over the landing of another rover on Mars. It's…

Nightmare and narrow escapes

Nightmare and narrow escapes

By Ruth Gibson

For victims of Colorado theater shooting, the early minutes of watching The Dark Knight Rises held both

Damage control

Damage control

By Emily Belz

Religion | Wheaton College sues federal government over contraceptive mandate

Senate hold

Senate hold

By The Editors

And more news briefs

Welfare unreformed

Welfare unreformed

By Edward Lee Pitts

Congressional Republicans try to block easing welfare work requirements

Alan astray?

Alan astray?

By Jamie Dean

Statements from leader of ministry to gays raise concerns

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

Matched When Jonathan and Caitlin Woodlief got married last October, the prospect of a long life together was bleak. Jonathan, suffering from lupus, needed…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

'Guilty as charged.' Dan Cathy, president of the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain, on the company's support for "the biblical definition of the family unit." The…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Thousands per gallon Ray Crockett thought he was getting a deal when he pulled his car into a Mapco gas station reputed to have some of the cheapest unleaded…

Reviews

Going there

Going there

By Megan Basham

Movies | The Dark Knight Rises powerfully portrays the logical results of relativism and socialism

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of July 6-8 according to Box Office Mojo

White Collar

White Collar

By Stephanie Perrault

Television | USA crime sitcom is a refreshing break from grizzly television dramas

Political Animals

Political Animals

By Stephanie Perrault

Television | USA's new cable mini-series is a politically correct puff piece for Democratic women in politics

'Well-ordered souls'

'Well-ordered souls'

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Atheist notes atheism's failings, Christianity's wisdom

Notable Books

By Susan Olasky

Notable Books | Four recent crime novels

The conscience of Congress

The conscience of Congress

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Long-time human-rights activist Rep. Frank Wolf wants U.S. foreign policy to focus on freedom of thought and human rights more than free and fair votes

What about Bob?

What about Bob?

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Out of Many offers an impressive overview of reggae-minus the genre's biggest and most influential voice

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Notable CDs | Five recent pop-rock releases

Notebook

What one person can do

What one person can do

By J.C. Derrick

Lifestyle | A difficult but conscientious business decision pays off in Texas

Selective diversity

Selective diversity

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Google devotes itself to worldwide homosexual rights, ignores persecution of other minorities

Eco washout

Eco washout

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Though lucrative and useful, palm oil has lost its environmental charm

Accra Sports Stadium

Accra Sports Stadium

By The Editors

Houses of God | Accra, Ghana

Rocket man

Rocket man

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Linsanity departs the Big Apple and gives Houston another Asian sensation

China syndrome

China syndrome

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | Slowdown in China's growth will likely have global consequences

Voices

Sell it in a bottle

Sell it in a bottle

By Joel Belz

Wanted: Gifted and talented people to help change the culture

Of things and men

Of things and men

By Janie B. Cheaney

A tangle of rules and administration is creating a new and troubling kind of government

An underground railroad

An underground railroad

By Mindy Belz

A network of groups and individuals is working to combat China's one-child policy

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Fixing the sinkhole

Fixing the sinkhole

By Andrée Seu Peterson

It's time to stop kidding ourselves and love one another for real

The sweetness of God's goodness

The sweetness of God's goodness

By Marvin Olasky

God's commands come with wonderful promises

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