Table of Contents

Cover Story

A town clothed in misery

by Emily Belz

Cover Story | As they mourn, local churches seek to bring hope to a spiritually desolate city after the horrific Sandy Hook shooting

In this issue: "Another dark day in America," Jan. 12, 2013

Features

Broken brains

By Edward Lee Pitts

Military | Traumatic Brain Injury is the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many soldiers suffer in silence. New treatment can heal the wounds

Exporting insurgency

By Mindy Belz

Somalia | Somalia's largest terrorist group may be losing its grip within the country but is moving across borders with violence and persecution

Giving voice to sorrow and hope

Giving voice to sorrow and hope

By Angela Lu

Cambodia | A Cambodian refugee turns her tale of survival under the Khmer Rouge into an audio ministry reaching thousands in her homeland

Dispatches

Disenchanted island

By Jamie Dean

Haiti | Deep-rooted problems make Haiti’s years-long earthquake recovery painfully slow

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | After Hugo? Hugo Chavez, winner of the Oct. 7 presidential election in Venezuela, is scheduled to be sworn in for another term as president on Jan. 10. But…

Victory over contraceptive mandate?

By The Editors

News | and more news briefs

Addition by subtraction

By J.C. Derrick

Congress | Washington’s baseline budgeting leads to spending ‘cuts’ that increase spending

Affordability—for a fee

Affordability—for a fee

By Daniel James Devine

Healthcare | Another healthcare tax forces businesses and individuals to cover for insurance providers 

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Killed  Birgitta Almby, 70-year-old Bible school teacher and director of a Christian-run technical training institute in Pakistan, died Dec. 12 in her…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘24 tons’ The weight of ivory elephant tusks that Malaysian customs officials on Dec. 10 found hidden inside two shipping containers that…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | What he said Nobody can accuse Kristina Green (right) of Maricopa, Ariz., of trying to keep up with the Joneses—but she's not a grinch, either. Green's…

Notebook

Fetal and political pain

By Courtney Crandell

Lifestyle | Georgia state Rep. Doug McKillip says risking a political career is worth it ‘to do things that really matter’

Speech impediments

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | A Christian broadcasters group warns of a troubling trend of online censorship

Not-so-simple green

Not-so-simple green

By Daniel James Devine

Science | A second Obama term will likely produce a lot more EPA rulemaking

Wesley United Methodist Church

Wesley United Methodist Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Pelham, Texas

Switch hitters

By Mark Bergin

Sports | In the field of politics, some sports journalists refuse to be sidelined

Vouchers vetoed

Vouchers vetoed

By Joy Pullmann

Education | Louisiana court slaps down state's school choice plan, sending students back to failing schools

In decline

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Christianity drops among the English and Welsh

Columnists

Suicidal tendency

Suicidal tendency

By Joel Belz

Economy | Are the dismal demographics of America reflected in its evangelical churches?

Advance instructions

Advance instructions

By Janie B. Cheaney

Faith & Inspiration | The rules for the road haven't changed for those sent by Christ

Your kingdom come

By Mindy Belz

Nigeria | Resolved: To pray more boldly in 2013, following the example of my Nigerian brother

The untamed divine

The untamed divine

By Russell Board

Religion | God will not be contained in a temple, or leave us alone to mind our own business

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Marriage in Realville

Marriage in Realville

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Faith & Inspiration | Act on God's commands and escape deadly sin

Judging Amy

Judging Amy

By Marvin Olasky

WORLD | Opportunities galore for the creatively competitive

Culture

Winning hand

By Megan Basham

Television | CBS hits the jackpot with its new drama about the early days of Vegas

Surrender the Secret

Surrender the Secret

By Emily Whitten

Television | Vanessa, a wife and mother of four, seems guarded and nervous as she sits in the driver’s seat, her eyes focused ahead as she merges into traffic. The…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Dec. 14-16 according to Box Office Mojo

Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away

Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | Cirque du Soleil is many things, artsy, sensual, dreamlike, over the top, and at times rather bizarre. If you’ve seen one of their traveling or resident Las…

The Guilt Trip

The Guilt Trip

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | The Guilt Trip , starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand, looks like another crass road trip comedy à la Chris Farley. Though it does contain a dash of…

Bursting bubbles

Bursting bubbles

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Another Washington Post reporter digs deep for the facts

Notable Books

By Susan Olasky

Books | Four nonfiction books reviewed

Loving life

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | After desperate thoughts of suicide, Joni Eareckson Tada became a determined pro-life voice

Ruthless games

Ruthless games

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Taylor Swift’s Red answers Toby Keith’s boisterous Hope on the Rocks

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Four new or recent albums reviewed

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