Table of Contents

Cover Story

Staying the course

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | Bishop Antoine Audo and the long-suffering, war-torn, not-going-anywhere Christians of Syria

In this issue: "2013 Daniel of the Year," Dec. 14, 2013

Features

The other side of failure

By Sophia Lee

North Korea | Caretakers find solace and take stock after nine North Korean orphans are deported from Laos

The house that Steven built

By Warren Cole Smith

Religion | A Charlotte megachurch pastor’s megamansion raises eyebrows and critical questions

Teacher on a mission

By Daniel James Devine

Education | Award-winning blogger Marilyn Rhames is a blunt Chicago teacher with an eye toward educational and spiritual reform

A room of one's own

By Emily Belz

Travel | New York goes after Airbnb hosts in a first test of what rules will govern the new sharing economy

Dispatches

Dispatches

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | Dream come true “He wanted to be Batman,” said Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Bay Area director Patricia Wilson of 5-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott.

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Guilty   U.S. Rep. Henry Radel, R-Fla., received one year of probation after pleading guilty on Nov. 20 to a misdemeanor charge of possession of cocaine.

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | Dec. 10  Leaders of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will be on hand in Oslo, Norway, to receive the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. The…

Democrats in disarray

Democrats in disarray

By Edward Lee Pitts

Healthcare | President Obama’s signature law threatens to fracture his party

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘I certainly will work really hard for Tim Scott.’ U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., when asked whether he would endorse fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham,

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Icy hot  Every winter, artists and entrepreneurs come together in Sweden’s frigid north to build a unique hotel from blocks of ice hewn from the frozen…

Reviews

Deep Hunger

By Megan Basham

Movies | Catching Fire dares to ask some serious and uncomfortable questions

The Preachers of L.A.

By Sophia Lee

Television | Who drives in gleaming Bentleys, struts in waxed Italian shoes, leads an entourage of butlers and chauffeurs, and performs to a weeping, enraptured audience?

Stings like a bee

By Marvin Olasky

Books | A closer look at the works of novelist Michael O’Brien

Notable Books

By Tim Challies

Books | Four books with theological themes

Truth teller

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Award-winning author Steven James is always on the lookout for stories where something goes wrong

Holiday parade

Holiday parade

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Nick Lowe leads a diverse group of 2013 Christmas albums

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Four (more) Christmas releases

Notebook

Suffering servants

By Jamie Dean

Religion | As the Philippines recovers from a massive typhoon, churches offer relief for the grieving

Wings and prayers

Wings and prayers

By Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette

Lifestyle | A volunteer pilot shares his faith with trauma patients

Dollar voting

Dollar voting

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Before you check out, you can check where your money may go

Eat no evil

Eat no evil

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Federal regulators are on a warpath to rid the 50 states of trans fats

The Downtown Presbyterian Church

The Downtown Presbyterian Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Memphis, Tenn.

Johnny football, year two

By Zachary Abate

Sports | Manziel overcomes rocky summer for another stellar season

Voices

Dealing with shortages

Dealing with shortages

By Joel Belz

Healthcare | Demand will always exceed supply in healthcare, no matter what Washington does

Going to extremes

Going to extremes

By Janie B. Cheaney

Politics | An aggressive pursuit of ideological purity is misplaced—when applied to politics

Helping when it matters most

Helping when it matters most

By Mindy Belz

Syria | Millions of Syrian war victims wait in their hour of greatest need

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

The mouth is a country

The mouth is a country

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Faith & Inspiration | When we fail to take up our God-given role in the body, others will feel the effect

Venturing boldly

Venturing boldly

By Marvin Olasky

WORLD | WORLD is doing so in several ways and we're asking you to do so, too

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