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Cover Story

Uncommon uprising

by Daniel James Devine

Cover Story | A math problem sparked a statewide revolt against new public education standards in Indiana. And that revolt against Common Core has now gone national

In this issue: "Bright or rotten idea?," Oct. 5, 2013

Features

Chemical attack

By Emily Belz

Supreme Court | Supreme Court preview: The first big abortion case in six years involves the risky RU-486 drug

Dodgy business

By Edward Lee Pitts

Congress | Lawmakers join the president in avoiding decisive moves on foreign and domestic fronts

Rapid response

By Warren Cole Smith

Boy Scouts | Trail Life USA acts quickly to fill the void left by a changed Boy Scouts of America

Delayed and confused

Delayed and confused

By Edward Lee Pitts

Healthcare | WASHINGTON—After years of debate and controversy, Obamacare goes live on Oct. 1. That’s when the law’s health insurance exchanges can begin enrolling…

Bearing fruit

By Jamie Dean

Hope Award | International winner: HOPE International’s effort to help Haitians learn to save money looks beyond financial returns

Dispatches

Dispatches

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | SHOOTING RAMPAGE: An officer guards the gate at the Washington Navy Yard the day after a gunman opened fire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the…

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Died Afghan authorities believe Islamic militants shot and killed Sushmita Banerjee, 49, an Indian woman who made a dramatic escape from the Taliban in 1995.

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | Sept. 30  American Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito face a retrial today in Italy in connection with a gruesome 2007 murder. The…

Wages of war

By Jamie Dean

Sudan | Mr. President, remember victims of other dire conflicts, pleads Sudanese bishop

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘I’m just waiting for the frogs and the locusts to come.’ Seaside Heights, N.J., police chief Thomas Boyd, after a Sept. 12 fire destroyed the…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | The price of liberty Tired of taking off your shoes, ziplocking your liquids, and checking your dignity at the head of every airport security line?

Reviews

A focus on quality

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | Grace Unplugged raises the bar for Christian moviemaking

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Sept. 13-15 according to Box Office Mojo

Rush

Rush

By Megan Basham

Movies | Rush is an apt title for director Ron Howard’s latest film about a pair of race car drivers in the 1970s, as that is exactly what viewers will experience—a…

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow

By Megan Basham

Television | Arguably Hollywood’s most time-honored tactic for injecting a sense of the mystical and mysterious into a production is borrowing from the Bible. Sometimes…

Skeptical reads

Skeptical reads

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Tips and data for addressing religious skeptics and redistributionist cheerleaders

Notable Books

By Emily Whitten

Books | Four new memoirs by Christian Southerners

A right kind of busy

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Work, exhaustion, and rest are parts of a healthy life, says author and pastor Kevin DeYoung, as long as that life has a rhythm

Mississippi haymaker

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Sean Michel goes for broke with the ferocious Electric Delta

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New or recent pop-rock releases

Notebook

Connect the dots

Connect the dots

By Angela Lu

Lifestyle | In the battle against sex trafficking, some are shining light on what has led to the demand: porn

Emergency reel

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Firefighter helmet cameras ignite a privacy debate

Milky Way compass

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Planetary nebulae surprise by aligning themselves along the galaxy’s plane

Wai’oli Hui’ia Church

Wai’oli Hui’ia Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Kaua’i, Hawaii

League trauma

By Zachary Abate

Sports | Head injuries and moral failures take their toll on pro football’s popularity

A dog with two tails

A dog with two tails

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | Speculation over Fed action, crisis in Syria, highlight a strange season in the stock markets

A church divided

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Gay agenda continues to roil worldwide Anglican Communion

Voices

On a mission

On a mission

By Joel Belz

WORLD | How we view our work and what that means for readers

Certain about uncertainty

By Janie B. Cheaney

Religion | The unguided pilgrimage of today’s emergent church will not have a pleasant destination

Who stands with Syria’s Christians?

By Mindy Belz

Syria | Thousands called to halt U.S. military action but few mobilize to protect their brethren

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Crimes against the party

Crimes against the party

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Culture | In our brave new world, scorched earth warfare has become socially acceptable

Head games

Head games

By Marvin Olasky

Art | All that glitters within museum display cases is not the whole gold story

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