Table of Contents

Cover Story

Agent exegesis

Agent exegesis

by Edward Lee Pitts

Cover Story | The IRS targeted more than Tea Party groups for special investigations. The agency also went after religious, pro-life, and pro-marriage groups, holding up…

In this issue: "Rejecting religious liberty," June 15, 2013

Features

Sequester break

Sequester break

By J.C. Derrick

Government | Slowed spending and a better economy cut the deficit, but the problem is far from solved

Cuomo’s crusade

By Emily Belz

Abortion | New York’s governor wants to expand legal abortion in an already abortion-heavy state

Serving the sparrows

By Tiffany Owens

Trafficking | Forget armed rescues. Christian volunteers fight sex trafficking by building relationships

Crowdsourcing adoptions

By Angela Lu

Adoption | One of the latest social media tools is a website that helps couples adopt their children

The Word on the street

By Emily Belz

Religion | New Yorker Bethany Jenkins jumped the corporate ship to write an email devotional that is catching on with the professional class

Dispatches

Dispatches

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | MAY 20: Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary School after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City. 

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Awarded President Barack Obama signed a bill May 24 to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to four African-American girls killed in a 1963 bombing…

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | June 10 Egypt’s quest to repatriate artifacts originally discovered near the Pyramids of Giza will be highlighted as Berlin’s Egyptian Museum holds its…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘This evacuation is obligatory; it’s not voluntary.’ Chilean Interior and Security Minister Andres Chadwick on the evacuation of 2,240 people within a…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Walled treasure If he had Superman-like vision, David Gonzalez of Elbow Lake, Minn., might have noticed it sooner. But it wasn’t until he was remodeling his…

Reviews

Unnatural disaster

Unnatural disaster

By Megan Basham

Movies | An exciting survival tale gets weighed down with wooden dialogue and plot clichés in Shyamalan’s After Earth

The Ghost Army

The Ghost Army

By Emily Whitten

Documentary | One reason 30,000 American soldiers of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops haven’t received their due—despite critical roles in World War II including…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | Cautions: Quantity of sexual (S), violent (V), and foul-language (L) content on a 0-10 scale, with 10 high, from kids-in-mind.com S V L 1.  Fast

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

By Alicia M. Cohn

Movies | It would be easy to dismiss Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing as a vanity project made for the writer/director’s loyal fanbase. He cast almost exclusively…

Epic

Epic

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | Summer is the purview of childhood—long, hot days, goofing off in the swimming pool, Coke and popcorn at the movie theater. The felicity of adulthood is…

Family first

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Author argues that strong families can prevent a broken church

Notable Books

By Tim Challies

Books | Popular theological books

Fifty-year calling

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | From a front seat at the circus for half a century, Cal Thomas has seen a lot change in the media and in America

Off track

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Major soundtracks fail to live up to—or in one case down to—their films

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Recent classical releases

Notebook

Curtain calling

By Angela Lu

Lifestyle | Shane Harper and his family are fighting to keep him grounded—and a Christian—in Hollywood

Troll fees

Troll fees

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Some attorneys make it big off copyright settlements

Egos and embryos

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Scientists harvest stem cells from cloned human embryos for the first time

Redemption Fellowship Church

Redemption Fellowship Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Fall River, Mass.

Swing and miss

By Mark Bergin

Sports | A wrong-headed remark recalls the moment that changed the face of golf

Investing your values

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | In the aftermath of Starbucks’ shareholder meeting, Biblically Responsible Investing gets another look

Growth spurt

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | More Hispanics are filling Protestant pews

Voices

Rotten to the core?

Rotten to the core?

By Joel Belz

Politics | Pervasive corruption could be harder to correct than wrongdoing at the top

The use of a baby

The use of a baby

By Janie B. Cheaney

Culture | A generation’s idea of ‘freedom’ challenges the human enterprise

A battle of wills and ideas

By Mindy Belz

Nigeria | In terrorist-plagued Nigeria, the Obama administration can’t decide whose side it’s on

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

The morning after

The morning after

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Culture | Will Americans wake up from this all-night orgy?

Where are they now?

Where are they now?

By Marvin Olasky

Marriage | A decade later, couples report encouraging news about God’s work in their marriages

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