Table of Contents

Cover Story

Holding the line

by Edward Lee Pitts

Cover Story | Chaplains are pursuing their mission in a military suddenly hostile to Christianity and ready to suppress religious freedom

In this issue: "No pray zone?," July 13, 2013

Features

Leaving Exodus

By Jamie Dean

Homosexuality | Alan Chambers gives up his ministry to ‘step back’ from a focus on homosexual sin

Information, please

Information, please

By Daniel James Devine

Politics | Privacy advocates of different political stripes want to halt or declassify the government’s leaked surveillance programs

Rochester strong

By Jamie Dean

Boston Bombings | The DiMartino family is one among many beginning a life forever altered by the Boston bombing

Big rock candy mountain

Big rock candy mountain

By Angela Lu & Sophia Lee

California | Recession refugees and a host of dropouts and seekers find solace in an off-grid squatter community known as ‘the last free place in America’

Dispatches

Dispatches

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | JUNE 20:  Thousands of people march in the center of Recife, state of Pernambuco, Brazil, during a protest in what is now called…

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Hired The Family Research Council announced it hired Josh Duggar as the executive director of its lobbying entity, FRC Action, beginning in late June. Duggar,

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | July 10  One hundred years ago today, Death Valley, Calif., became the hottest place on earth. On July 10, 1913, Greenland Ranch recorded a temperature…

Back to the states

By Emily Belz

Supreme Court | In striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Supreme Court—for now, at least—steps back from declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional…

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘Triple-spaced, big letters. Got a lot of seniors in this body.’ U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., saying his amendment to the Gang of Eight immigration bill…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Lawn enforcement Some people grow playoff beards. All Frank Miller of suburban Chicago wanted was a playoff lawn. Miller vowed to leave his Park Ridge, Ill.,

Reviews

Horror with a heart

By Megan Basham

Movies | World War Z is a surprisingly touching zombie movie

Monsters University

Monsters University

By Michael Leaser

Movies | For 15 years, Pixar Animation Studios could do little wrong. Every film it released was a critical and box office success that appealed almost as much to…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of June 21-23 according to Box Office Mojo

Unfinished Song

Unfinished Song

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | “The movies … are today the nearest thing ever imagined to the unaffected and unconscious process of life, as expressed in art,” wrote American film…

White House Down

White House Down

By Megan Basham

Movies | It would be impossible to detail in this space all the ways Roland Emmerich’s latest action/adventure, White House Down , violates the bounds of good (or even…

Filling in holes

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Author analyzes U.S. immigration history and policy

Notable Books

By Susan Olasky

Books | Four Christian memoirs

Asking questions

By Warren Cole Smith

Q&A | The purpose of the artist, says filmmaker Ron Maxwell, is to raise important issues without veering into propaganda

Lost in translation

Lost in translation

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | A collection of sung poems feels largely superfluous

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New pop-rock releases

Notebook

Millions missing

By Angela Lu

Lifestyle | Documentary exposes crisis that is depriving life to countless baby girls

No need to know?

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | A secret surveillance court pits national defense against privacy

Testosterone trouble

Testosterone trouble

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Doctors raise caution on the growth of treatment for “low T”

Sint-Jozefkerk

Sint-Jozefkerk

By The Editors

Houses of God | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Labor disabled

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | A drop in the unemployment rate doesn’t mean more Americans are working

Down South

Down South

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Southern Baptists convene amid declining overall numbers

Voices

Hard to swallow

Hard to swallow

By Joel Belz

Healthcare | Americans will soon learn how costly Obamacare is going to be

Prison bars or pillars?

Prison bars or pillars?

By Janie B. Cheaney

Family | Cynics miss the point about community, parenthood, and marriage

The Syrian muddle

By Mindy Belz

Middle East | Failure to match word and deed compromises U.S. credibility

God bless the U.S.A.!

By Sophia Lee

Citizenship | One young woman’s reflections on the journey from residency to citizenship

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

‘Stacking library shelves’ June 1  Why is the ACLU not suing the National Endowment for the Humanities for violation of “separation of church and…

Stretch marks

Stretch marks

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Marriage | Marriage isn’t about finding the perfect mate, but rather the process of being perfected

Staring at death

By Marvin Olasky

Religion | With whom will you side: Epicurus/Darwin, Itskov, or Paul?

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