Table of Contents

Cover Story

Into the last laps

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | Inside the GOP's final push for the White House: As Republicans try to fire up the grassroots, many of those activists find more motivation in opposing a…

In this issue: "Dead heat," Sept. 22, 2012

Features

Beyond the base

By Emily Belz

Politics | In a dead even presidential race, Mitt Romney is trying to draw minority and women voters away from President Obama

Getting personal

By Edward Lee Pitts

Politics | Republicans hope to counter months of relentless attacks against Mitt Romney's character by presenting their candidate as a likable family man

Heading for a cliff

Heading for a cliff

By J.C. Derrick

Congress | Unless the House and the Senate can iron out their differences by the end of the year, a series of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts could bring the…

Chinese multiplication

By Angela Lu

China | The legacy of Freddie Sun (1936-2012) is Bible schools that train leaders that grow house churches that reach across the country

The ultimate hybrid

By Tiffany Owens

Education | Co-ops are quietly changing the homeschooling landscape

Beyond the flow charts

Beyond the flow charts

By Susan Olasky

Healthcare | A ground-level look at charity clinics throughout the United States finds a thriving, but often ignored, subsection of American healthcare

On the road

By Tiffany Owens

Healthcare | By bus, train, and car this summer, I visited medical clinics in a dozen cities, then walked the neighborhoods around the clinics. The first stop was small -

Networks of care

By Susan Olasky

Healthcare | Formal and informal groups of healthcare providers are keeping the poor from missing the safety net

Spotlight on Charlotte

By Christina Darnell

Healthcare | I moved to Charlotte in 2007. The job market boomed. People moved there from around the country, energizing the city. The influx of new residents meant that…

Calling the shots

By Susan Olasky

Healthcare | Independent Christian clinics may soon have to decide whether to accept government funding. Is the price of federal money too high?

Dispatches

One-way dialogue?

One-way dialogue?

By Marvin Olasky

Religion | Will the NAE try to sell evangelicals on evolution?

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Missile drama When the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency opens its five-day meetings on Sept. 17, nonproliferation experts are…

A radical Democratic platform

By The Editors

Politics | And more news briefs

Modest footprint

By Daniel James Devine

Obituary | Neil Armstrong: 1930-2012

Non-Republican Republican

By Tiffany Jothen

Politics | Charlotte's Pat McCrory turned the city around long before Democrats got there

Human Race

By The Editors

Died Retired pastor James (Jim) Carr, 60, died Aug. 20 after an unidentified assailant shot him while breaking into Carr's Greenville, N.C., home. Carr, who…

Quotables

By The Editors

'It is very rare that I come to an event where I'm like the fifth or sixth most interesting person.' President Barack Obama, at an August fundraising event in…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Bart in abundance One reason among many the United States Postal Service has a hard time breaking even: It overrates its customers' love for The Simpsons , the…

Reviews

Shallow Courage

By Megan Basham

Movies | Christian-produced film lacks the depth to make its point well

2016: Obama's America

By Megan Basham

Documentary | Everything in the president's background paints him as nothing more nor less than a hard-left activist

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Aug. 31-Sept. 2 according to Box Office Mojo

Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine

Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine

By Emily Whitten

Movies | What do you get when you put brilliant actors, authentic Tunisian sets, and a hero of the Christian faith in the hands of a consistently under-performing…

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | Moviegoers packed the final pre-release showing of The Perks of Being a Wallflower - a teenager's coming-of-age story set in 1990s Pittsburgh. Adolescents and…

A political fall

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Looming election means political books are blooming

Notable Books

By Janie B. Cheaney

Books | Four children's series, beginning or ending

'Earned success'

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Free enterprise is fair, says economist Arthur Brooks, and arguments for it should emphasize its morality

Left notes

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | With partisan rants, Ry Cooder sounds more like a propagandist than an artist

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Five new pop-rock releases

Notebook

Runway platform

By Sophia Lee

Ministry uses fashion to focus spotlight on sex trafficking

Text intrusion

Text intrusion

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Services bypass parents to answer teen queries about sexuality and contraception

No strings attached

No strings attached

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Feds hand out millions of dollars for climate change research with poor oversight

Rysum Evangelical Reformed Church

By The Editors

Rysum, Germany

Lancing blow

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Will the world's most famous cyclist slip through public shame unscathed?

Untimely disclosure

Untimely disclosure

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | Will Bain Capital's links to Stericycle hurt Mitt Romney with pro-life voters?

Cutting in

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | German officials enter religious sphere, prosecute rabbi over circumcision

Voices

Wastebaskets in heaven?

Wastebaskets in heaven?

By Joel Belz

Vocation | A practical application of the Lord's Prayer

Hollow at the core

Hollow at the core

By Janie B. Cheaney

Education | The latest effort at educational standards suffers from the same flaw as the others

Mother of all battles

By Mindy Belz

Religion | U.S. cities shouldn't be afraid to challenge new and outsized mosque sites

Simple solution

Simple solution

By James Payne

Healthcare | Affordable healthcare is out there, and it doesn't involve government or insurance

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Powerful inferences

Powerful inferences

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Christians can boldly extrapolate from what we know about God

Clinical repression

By Marvin Olasky

Healthcare | Will Washington harm community-based charity, again?

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