Table of Contents

Cover Story

Turning Syria inside out

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | With foreign fighters invading the rebellion, millions of Syrians fleeing civil war, and a brutal president determined to hang on, good guys and workable…

In this issue: "Surviving Syria," June 1, 2013

Features

Stacking library shelves

Stacking library shelves

By Marvin Olasky

Islam | How Washington is pushing Islamic propaganda into local communities. Where’s the ACLU when we need it?

Casualties of war

By Edward Lee Pitts

Military | Alarming suicide rates among combat veterans prompt action in the military and in ministries

David and Goliath

By J.C. Derrick

Politics | Second-term congressman James Lankford lacks the so-called credentials to take on Washington establishment, but he will anyway

Growing in a loophole

By Daniel James Devine

Healthcare | In the era of Obamacare, Christian medical bill-sharing groups are rapidly adding members

Dispatches

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | Editor’s note: We’ve changed our Dispatches news section. Here's a quick look at Bangladesh and other events throughout the first two weeks of May. For…

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Engaged Bethany Hamilton, 23, whose story was told in the 2011 movie Soul Surfer , has announced her engagement to a Hawaiian youth minister, Adam Dirks.

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | May 26 Rafael Nadal of Spain enters the 2013 French Open as an underdog due to his world ranking. But the three-time defending champion’s status—as well…

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘Aside from the Punic Wars, for which I was too young, I have been blamed for everything else.’ Giulio Andreotti, former prime minister of Italy.

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Pocket pet It’s not what police say John Jacobson stole that surprised investigators. It’s what they found in his pocket. According to Washington County,

Notebook

Pursuing Grace

By Angela Lu

Lifestyle | Brian Burkey and Grace Cho say cross-cultural marriage has its challenges, but also its beauty

Gateway gambling

Gateway gambling

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Nevada launches the country’s first legal betting website

Customer care

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Doctors are pushing back against skyrocketing drug prices

Martyrs of Uganda Parish

Martyrs of Uganda Parish

By The Editors

Houses of God | Detroit, Michigan

Called up

By J.C. Derrick

Sports | Sudden on-field success hasn’t been the most important turnaround in Chris Davis’ life

Bill of the month

Bill of the month

By The Editors

Money | I am 89 and had chest pains in the night, so called my primary physician in the morning expecting to go in for a check-up. He immediately said, “Get to the…

Campbellsville outcast

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Southern Baptist school’s dismissal of conservative outrages Southern Baptist leaders

Columnists

Speaking terms

Speaking terms

By Joel Belz

Military | What happens to free speech in a regulatory era?

The heart of the matter

The heart of the matter

By Janie B. Cheaney

Homosexuality | Homosexuals and the rest of us sinners are who we are, and that is the problem

Wedding bills

Wedding bills

By Mindy Belz

Marriage | Finding the meaning in matrimony, and other forms of commerce

Persecution myth?

By Raymond Ibrahim

Religion | A new book claims Christian martyrdom was fabricated, but the present sheds light on the past

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Lesson from a clothes dryer

Lesson from a clothes dryer

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Faith & Inspiration | Evil is never satisfied, and it has plenty of room for expansion

Real commencement

By Marvin Olasky

Education | Campus stalwart has spent decades helping students see beyond the shadowlands

Culture

Grandiose Gatsby

By Megan Basham

Movies | The Great Gatsby is visually stunning, and it takes F. Scott Fitzgerald's story beyond the bounds of believability

King's Faith

King's Faith

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | From time to time, a faith-based movie comes out in limited release. Christians understand the power of numbers and feel obligated to support the film,

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of May 10-12 according to Box Office Mojo

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

By Alicia M. Cohn

Movies | The most recent film version of Wuthering Heights strips the romance from Emily Brontë’s classic novel. If, as has often been depicted, the relationship of…

Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell

By Emily Belz

Documentary | “Who cares about our family?” asks the sister of actress/writer/director Sarah Polley, in Polley’s first documentary, Stories We Tell , currently in…

Best in show?

Best in show?

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Houghton Mifflin makes some good choices in its annual series but leaves out a lot

Notable Books

By Emily Whitten

Books | Four Christian novels

Providential perspective

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Homeschooler turned sportswriter Thomas Lake shares stories that are more than chance collections of circumstance

Lonely legend

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | “The Possum” lived and died with the choices he made

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New or recent releases

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