Table of Contents

Cover Story

Birmingham +50

Birmingham +50

by Emily Belz

Cover Story | Relations between blacks and whites have improved in what was once a hotbed of racist violence, but a lot of work remains

In this issue: "50 years after the bomb," Sept. 21, 2013

Features

Against the tide

By Edward Lee Pitts

Politics | E.W. Jackson gained his values from his father. His race for statewide office will test whether those values can still win elections

Listening and leading

By Daniel James Devine

Religious Liberty | Christopher and Mary Anne Yep fight the contraceptive mandate and make female employees happy

Help on wheels

By Susan Olasky & Rachel Cooper

Hope Award | South Regional winner: Beltline gives kids a chance to earn a bike and learn a work ethic

Farm and home

By Kira Clark

Hope Award | South Regional runner-up: Women on their way to drug rehab can begin the healing process at Solus Christus

Dispatches

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | SEPTEMBER 2: U.S. long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, 64, walks to dry sand, completing her 53-hour swim from Cuba as she arrives in Key West, Fla., on Sept. 2.

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Acquitted Authorities in Pakistan dropped charges against the Muslim cleric suspected of framing Christian teenager Rimsha Masih for blasphemy after six out…

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | Sept. 20   Google faces a Sept. 20 deadline to amend its unified privacy policy for French users after the French government concluded in June that…

Crisis begets crisis

By Mindy Belz

Syria | With U.S. move to war, Syria’s long nightmare is provoking more misery in Syria and more questions over U.S. foreign policy

Picture placement

By Angela Lu

News | Biola president apologizes for treatment of aggressively pro-life student

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘Voter IDs have nothing to do with race, and they are free to anyone who needs one.’ Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott after the Justice Department…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Mixed signal Time Warner Cable is serving up technology from the past to some 3 million customers: a free set of bunny-ear antennas for their televisions. The…

Reviews

Marvelous mystery

By Megan Basham

Television | Sharp writing and superb acting may make Broadchurch the next big British TV import

Foyle’s War

Foyle’s War

By Emily Whitten

Television | It doesn’t take a sleuth to discover why British mystery series Foyle’s War has made it to an eighth season on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater . For a decade now,

The March

The March

By Alicia M. Cohn

Documentary | It’s difficult to dramatize the process of organization, even organization of an event as historic and important as the 1963 March on Washington. But PBS…

Getaway

Getaway

By Michael Leaser

Movies | Any B-level chase movie worth its celluloid has several essential ingredients. Take Getaway . Morally ambiguous yet sympathetic protagonist? Check. Pretty girl?

Gospel dignity

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Helping the poor get off the poverty treadmill

Notable Books

By Janie B. Cheaney

Books | Four children's nonfiction books

Our national insanity

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | The future for America is bleak, says John Piper, “unless God moves like a tornado through this land” to wake up people

One more look

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New installment of Dylan series vindicates Self Portrait

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New or recent releases

Notebook

Redeemed and restored

By Jeff Koch

Lifestyle | A son finds reconciliation with his father after conversion to Christianity rended them apart

Tracking device

Tracking device

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Don’t panic, but your smartphone photos have geographic tags attached

Heat seekers

Heat seekers

By Daniel James Devine

Science | The UN is preparing to release another alarmist climate change review

Bradley United Methodist Church

Bradley United Methodist Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Greenfield, Ind.

Falling Angel

By Zachary Abate

Sports | The Josh Hamilton saga, part three

Quantitative chaos

Quantitative chaos

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | The Fed’s bond-buying program is causing global currency gyrations

Hijacked message?

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Anniversary of the March on Washington highlights divisions over homosexuality among black leaders

Voices

Details, details

Details, details

By Joel Belz

Faith & Inspiration | Often we don’t recognize a response to prayer because we forgot to pray specifically

Alabaster cities

Alabaster cities

By Janie B. Cheaney

Cities | A lot went into building American cities, but false visions can destroy them

Failure to thrive

Failure to thrive

By Mindy Belz

Healthcare | Even before universal coverage, Medicare’s dominance over healthcare is making war on the doctor-patient bond

A sober anniversary

By Sebastian Gorka

Terrorism | Twelve years after 9/11, the enemy is the same in New York, Boston, Benghazi, or Damascus

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

I miss taboos

I miss taboos

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Culture | And the protection and simplicity they once provided

Crossed-up career

By Marvin Olasky

Music | But even a washed-up celeb can find the promise of a new season

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