Table of Contents

Cover Story

What goes into the mouth

What goes into the mouth

by Sophia Lee

Cover Story | The material symbol of God’s blessings at Thanksgiving time is a table laden with food, but many of us have trouble accepting grace. As legitimate concerns…

In this issue: "American bounty," Nov. 30, 2013

Features

Dying of old age

By J.C. Derrick

Healthcare | Obamacare is crushing the people it needs most—young adults

Not Annie the Musical

By Emily Belz

Adoption | The little-discussed side of adoption is the crisis some families face with traumatized children

Game ender

Game ender

By Megan Basham

Movies | A Hollywood franchise in the making falls flat over its author's commitment to traditional marriage

Men on the street

By Sophia Lee

Religion | Many praise street evangelism, others dislike it. Our reporter watched and spoke with many street evangelists, compared those who discuss with those who rant,

Dispatches

'State of calamity'

'State of calamity'

By Jamie Dean

Philippines | Aid groups struggle to reach desperate survivors of one of the worst typhoons in the Philippines’ history

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | The Red Sox win the World Series for the third time in 10 years and more headlines from the past two weeks

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Resigned Doug Phillips resigned as president of Vision Forum Ministries on Oct. 30 after admitting to engaging in an extramarital relationship with a woman.

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | Nov. 25  Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to visit Pope Francis today in Vatican City. The audience marks the first meeting between Putin and…

Quotables

By The Editors

News | 'We’re lending money we don’t have, to kids who will never be able to pay it back, for jobs that no longer exist.’ Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs  fame…

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Grandma style Last year, eighth-grader Maya Van Wagenen wasn’t very popular. To fix the problem, the Statesboro, Ga., teen thumbed through the pages of a…

Reviews

Family and forgiveness

Family and forgiveness

By Sophia Lee

Movies | A dazzling cast and timeless values propel Black Nativity

Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

By Emily Belz

Movies | Thor: The Dark World , colloquially known as Thor 2, is another Marvel Comics movie in the prolific family of The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk,

The Book Thief

The Book Thief

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | In this visually bombastic age where smartphones and selfies are our culture’s ubiquitous ornaments, a film like The Book Thief comes as a much-needed reminder…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Nov. 8-10 according to Box Office Mojo

An oldie but goodie

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Those who relish Matthew Henry’s commentary will enjoy a new biography of the English pastor

Notable Books

By Emily Whitten

Books | Four recent Christian novels

Town crier

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | The disconnect between the country and Washington, says reporter Mark Leibovich, is unsustainable and perverse

No average guy

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Lou Reed mixed a nihilistic anti-aesthetic with sentimental sweetness

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Recent classical or semi-classical releases

Notebook

School of hard knocks

By Andrew Branch

Lifestyle | Millennials face a challenging job market—but their own resistance to hard work may not help

New eye on crime

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Your next conversation with a police officer might be captured on video

Carbon goes green

Carbon goes green

By Daniel James Devine

Science | The increase in CO2 is proving to be an unexpectedly large boon to plant life

The United Reformed Church

The United Reformed Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Guildford, England

Opening the gates

By Zachary Abate

Sports | Iran considers allowing women at soccer stadiums

Bursting bubbles

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | Housing prices rise, but talk of bubbles may be inflated

A better environment

A better environment

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Fewer homeschoolers cite religion as a main motivation

Voices

Pesky reminders

By Joel Belz

Healthcare | Monthly bills and concrete consequences will keep the Obamacare crisis from fading

A perfect political storm

A perfect political storm

By Janie B. Cheaney

Politics | A disastrous Obamacare may damage liberalism rather than sink it permanently

Waiting on the platform

By Mindy Belz

Egypt | Egypt’s trains are running again, and Sara Labib is ready for her country’s future

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

‘Dead seriousness’ Oct. 19  It costs more state and federal tax money to execute a prisoner than to house, feed, and clothe him for the rest of his…

Churning like cider

Churning like cider

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Faith & Inspiration | Old may be good—but Jesus is making all things new

Navigating the rapids

Navigating the rapids

By Marvin Olasky

Death Penalty | A biblical strategy for examining capital punishment and other debates

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