Table of Contents

Cover Story

Surviving by serving

Surviving by serving

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | Aleppo, one of the oldest cities in the world, is the latest casualty in Syria's civil war. While world leaders look to a jihadist-driven rebel agenda, the…

In this issue: "Syria's pain," Sept. 8, 2012

Features

Onward Christian workers

By Marvin Olasky

Effective Compassion | Our international division winner provides biblical worldview teaching as the link, often missing, between evangelism and economic development

Sex, lies & television

By Warren Cole Smith

Media | Lawsuits involving the world's largest Christian broadcasting network may hang by a flash drive

Teacher walkout

By Daniel James Devine

Politics | As conservative reforms gain momentum, teachers unions find themselves losing money and members

Dispatches

Game changer

Game changer

By Edward Lee Pitts

Campaign 2012 | The 2012 presidential campaign may be ending the Medicare debate as we know it

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Indian protest march Beginning on Sept. 2, perhaps as many as 100,000 poor, dispossessed Indians will begin a four-week, 170-mile march to New Delhi to…

Camp crisis

Camp crisis

By The Editors

And more news briefs

Bearing consequences

Bearing consequences

By Daniel James Devine

Religion | Pastor faces prison for helping mother keep her child from former lesbian partner

Label makers

Label makers

By J.C. Derrick

Marriage | Family Research Council shooting spotlights activists who demonized advocacy organization as 'hate group'

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

Died Award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch died Aug. 6 at the age of 68. Hamlisch, famous for scores such as The Way We Were , The Sting , and A Chorus Line , was 6…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

'Our Lutheran morality, if you will.' Erkki Tuomioja, foreign minister of Finland, on the reason his nation adhered to the fiscal discipline required for EU…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Space camp The opportunity is out of this world. A Dutch company says it wants to transport four private astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars. The company,

Notebook

Life-saving 60s

By Chelsea Kolz Boes

Lifestyle | A postponed retirement saved lives on the mission field

Sights unseen

Sights unseen

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | A new app highlights smartphone and tablet possibilities for the blind

Refrigerant racket

Refrigerant racket

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Factories in China and India find ways to cheat a UN program on greenhouse gases

Bible Fellowship Church

Bible Fellowship Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Islamabad, Pakistan

Thin to win

By Mark Bergin

Sports | In the pass-happy NFL, players are trading pounds for speed

Market discipline

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | Competition and embarrassing predictions may bring greater realism to business journalism

Doubting Thomas

Doubting Thomas

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Scholars call Jefferson a skeptic as David Barton finds a new publisher for his controversial book

Columnists

Fatal decisions

Fatal decisions

By Joel Belz

Healthcare | The 'death panel' issue isn't dying

Literary bondage

Literary bondage

By Janie B. Cheaney

Books | A hugely popular paperback series crosses a new and disturbing cultural line

Metaphysically deceived

Metaphysically deceived

By Mindy Belz

A generation that grew up with Helen Gurley Brown has lost 'the experience of plenitude'

Serving like Stephen

Serving like Stephen

By Brian Brenberg

Most Christians don't understand the godly significance of their 9 to 5 jobs

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

God out of the box

God out of the box

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Be open and ready for the Lord to be marvelous

Psychology today

Psychology today

By Marvin Olasky

What should Christians make of neuroscience?

Culture

Gift exchange

Gift exchange

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | Sparkle raises valid questions about Christians and their talents, but it also presents a misguided view of our callings

Bourne for action

Bourne for action

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | Fourth installment of popular series introduces a new super agent

The Queen of Versailles

The Queen of Versailles

By Emily Whitten

Documentary | Raw portrayal of two individuals suffering the death of their idols is the most distressing part

American Bible Challenge

By Megan Basham

Television | New Jeff Foxworthy show is as much fun as 5th Grader , and perhaps more so for Christian viewers

ParaNorman

ParaNorman

By Alicia M. Cohn

Movies | Don't let the PG rating and stop-motion animation fool you. This is not a kid's movie

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of August 17-19 according to Box Office Mojo

Heretics here and there

Heretics here and there

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Authors analyze challenges for American Christianity from within and without

Notable Books

By Susan Olasky

Books | Four 'bonnet' novels

Making the grade

Making the grade

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Former education secretary William Bennett says involved parents and good teachers are the answers to America's education problems

Second act

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Documentary brings '70s folk singer Sixto Rodriguez and his music back into the spotlight

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Five new or recent classical CDs

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