Table of Contents

Cover Story

Loaded questions

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | The mass shootings that have prompted a national debate over gun control are tragic—but rare. What about the gun violence that takes the most American…

In this issue: "Maximum insecurity," Feb. 23, 2013

Features

Places to see

By Marvin Olasky

Travel | Travel makes good opportunities to find evidence of God's love, man's fears, and creativity

A cold peace

By Jill Nelson

Israel | The same men lead the United States and Israel as last year, but their relationship may soon become icier than ever

War of northern aggression

By Mindy Belz

Sudan | It’s been almost two years since Sudan divided into two countries, but the problems of political Islam and ethnic cleansing won’t go away

Grateful escape

By Sophia Lee

North Korea | Two North Korean refugees sleep every night in their own struggling restaurant—and count it a blessing

Dispatches

Auto slicer

Auto slicer

By Edward Lee Pitts

Congress | An upcoming sequester may be a bad way to cut spending, but some say it’s better than no way at all

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | Daytona 500   A mini-concert by the Zac Brown Band at the Daytona International Speedway will precede the 55th Daytona 500 on Feb. 24. The Daytona Beach…

Revised and extended

Revised and extended

By Emily Belz

Politics | Changes to the contraceptive mandate keep it largely intact and offensive

Shorted electric hopes

By The Editors

News | And more news briefs

Open investigation

By Jamie Dean

Sexual Abuse | Independent group looks into claims of past sex abuse at leading Christian school

Re-reforming

By J.C. Derrick

Immigration | A ripe political climate meets cynicism about changing U.S. immigration laws

Early maturity

By Marvin Olasky

Marriage | The blessings of young marriages

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Dismissed A U.S. District Court on Jan. 25 dismissed former Democratic Rep. Steve Driehaus’ defamation suit against the Susan B. Anthony List, a leading…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘I hope that the French stay for eternity. If they leave, I will leave.’  Alou Gindou, 46, of Diabaly, Mali, after France made the town a forward…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Work order A Massachusetts court ordered a 12-year-old boy to get a job after he failed to make restitution for graffiti convictions last year. A defense…

Notebook

Divided we stand?

By Sophia Lee

Lifestyle | Generational differences bring big challenges for some Asian-American churches

Shot down

Shot down

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | ‘Smart gun’ safety options haven’t appealed to manufacturers or buyers

Dispensing with protocol

By Daniel James Devine

Science | The UN’s global warming treaty hasn’t reduced much carbon in 16 years

Mud church

Mud church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Bandiagara, Mali

Heavy hitter

By Mark Bergin

Sports | The call to reform gridiron violence has gained a powerful voice

Striking out

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | The long and steady descent of labor unions continues

Mom brigade

By Joy Pullmann

Education | The Common Core doesn’t add up, and grassroots activists are fighting it in the states

Cultural gods

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | British evangelical joins push for same-sex ‘marriage’

Columnists

Where ‘little lies’ lead

Where ‘little lies’ lead

By Joel Belz

Politics | In God’s order of things, there’s always a progression

‘Haters’ and the hated

‘Haters’ and the hated

By Janie B. Cheaney

Faith & Inspiration | The word hate has come down a lot, but Christians are still objects of the real thing

Seeking and saving the lost

By Mindy Belz

Religion | In the so-called Muslim world, it’s local Christian believers who carry the Great Commission

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

The existential life

The existential life

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Faith & Inspiration | Live authentically moment-by-moment, being led by the Spirit

The day the music died

By Marvin Olasky

Politics | Scandals, lies, and corruption leave us to wonder what might have been

Culture

Hearts in clay

By Emily Belz

Movies | Filmmaker Timothy Reckart uses claymation to paint a poignant, Oscar-nominated portrait of marriage

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies

By Michael Leaser

Movies | A romantic zombie dramedy may not sit well with some, but for those willing to endure the zombies-eating-people scenes, Warm Bodies offers a surprisingly…

The Americans

The Americans

By Stephanie Perrault

Television | If I was flipping channels and stumbled on the premier of FX’s new television show The Americans , I would have stopped watching it within the first three…

Mid-winter roundup

Mid-winter roundup

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Keeping warm on the treadmill with a flurry of good reads

Notable Books

By Tim Challies

Books | Four gospel-centered books reviewed by Tim Challies

‘The cavalry is not coming’

‘The cavalry is not coming’

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | The conservative movement and the GOP, says Kay Coles James, have given up on the black community

Mythically mystical

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Blake and Homer inspire two new albums

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Noteworthy Grammy nominees

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