Table of Contents

Cover Story

Dead seriousness

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | Rethinking the death penalty: The Bible sets a very high bar for capital punishment, and the American legal system today rarely reaches it

In this issue: "Rethinking the death penalty," Oct. 19, 2013

Features

Covering tracks

By J.C. Derrick

Libya | One year after a devastating attack in Benghazi, the Obama administration is throttling investigations into what happened

A long way from Tehran

By Emily Belz

Iran | Naghmeh Abedini and her two children face daily life in Idaho without her unjustly imprisoned husband Saeed

An effective extinction?

By Mindy Belz

Terrorism | A month of deadly violence by Islamic terrorists aims to wipe out Christian communities

Fleeting images

Fleeting images

By J.C. Derrick & Angela Lu

Culture | Addiction to porn is keeping many Christian men from a mature relationship with Christ and a marriage relationship with a woman

Dispatches

Dispatches

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | FEARING GOD MORE THAN MAN: At All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistani Christians who survived a Sept. 22 suicide bombing, the worst attack on Christians in…

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Died Presbyterian author, pastor, and theologian Robert Reymond died on Sept. 20 at age 81. Reymond wrote more than 10 books and is best known for his New…

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | Oct. 13 How might someone mark Clergy Appreciation Day? Lifeway, the Christian retailer, suggests parishioners make kitschy greeting cards, custom bookmarks,

Ceiling dealings

By Edward Lee Pitts

Government | Early October budget battle is a preview of bigger fight over the debt limit

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘Death has made war upon our house.’ Poet Kofi Awoonor of Ghana, 78, who was killed in the al-Shabaab attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall on Sept. 21. He…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | New force A long time ago a pair of scientists had a dream that seemed far, far away. But now, researchers at Harvard and MIT say they’ve channeled the…

Notebook

Sharing spaces

By Mary Jackson

Lifestyle | The rise of multigenerational households gives families unique opportunities to intertwine their lives

Watching closely

Watching closely

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | NSA’s intrusions in the U.S. encryption industry may provoke economic fallout

Polar puzzles

Polar puzzles

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Arctic and Antarctic ice reveal how much we don’t know about the Earth’s climate

First Christian Reformed Church

First Christian Reformed Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Muskegon, Michigan

Kick of death

By Zachary Abate

Sports | Human rights activists raise concerns over Qatar’s hosting of soccer’s 2022 World Cup

Global salt

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | As American Methodists drift toward same-sex marriage, international UMC members apply brakes

Columnists

Clash of worldviews?

By Joel Belz

Worldview | Caitrin Nicol and Jonathan Fisher could have a good debate about humans and animals

A complete circle?

By Janie B. Cheaney

Religion | The Muslim world may be a mess, but we don’t know what God may be doing there

Eats broken bottles and kills rats with her teeth

By Mindy Belz

Media | Melanie Phillips has made the harrowing journey from left to right, learning to value the scrapes and scraps along the way

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

A letter to Mary Jo

A letter to Mary Jo

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Faith & Inspiration | Resolved conflict, even decades later, makes the end of a thing better than its beginning

Better off dead?

Better off dead?

By Marvin Olasky

Death Penalty | Capital punishment versus (a horrifying) life without parole

Culture

Smiling barbarians

By Emily Belz

Documentary | After Tiller tries hard to put a kind and gentle face on late-term abortion

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Sept. 27-29 according to Box Office Mojo

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

By Megan Basham

Television | If you’ve been mourning the end of the summer blockbuster season with its strapping superheroes, explosive stunts, and snappy one-liners, then ABC has good…

Gravity

Gravity

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | When the Challenger space shuttle exploded a little over a minute after launching from Cape Canaveral in January of 1986, I was sitting in my grandparent’s…

Death reads

Death reads

By Marvin Olasky

Books | The best among a mountain of books about capital punishment

Notable Books

By Tim Challies

Books | Four recent Christian books

Cowboy logic

By Warren Cole Smith

Q&A | The joy of singing in church at age 3 led Michael Martin Murphey to success in multiple musical genres

The roots of jazz

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | The music is beautiful even though its true origins are decidedly not

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New or recent jazz releases

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