Table of Contents

Cover Story

Tidings of discomfort and joy

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | In breaking with The Episcopal Church, many Anglican congregations have lost beautiful buildings but gained something greater

In this issue: "Tidings of discomfort and joy," Dec. 28, 2013

Features

To protect and project

To protect and project

By Edward Lee Pitts

Religion | Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore wants to help Christians in a broken culture that increasingly sees their religion as strange

Extreme makeover

Extreme makeover

By Daniel James Devine

Oil | For one Midwest town, the price of a U.S. oil resurgence has been transformation, for better or worse

Asian-American struggle

By Sophia Lee

Food | The stereotype of a naturally thin people is contributing to a quiet crisis of eating disorders

Dispatches

Man knows not his time

By Mindy Belz

Obituary | Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | 

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Died Paul F. Crouch, controversial founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, died on Nov. 30 after a fight against degenerative heart disease. Crouch, his…

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | Dec. 25   Canadian pop star Justin Bieber releases his new concert film Believe today in time for Christmas. The film, a follow-up to the Canadian star’s…

Insanity, tragedy, or hope?

By Marvin Olasky

Ukraine | A long history under a brutal Russia has pro-Western Ukrainians concerned about their future

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘I fear the disapproval of God more than I fear your disapproval or the disapproval of society.’ Pastor Rick Warren during an interview…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Dental plan It must have been one mighty toothache. An inmate held on a short-term sentence couldn’t wait for his looming release, so he broke out to go see…

Reviews

Bilbo returns

Bilbo returns

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | Desolation of Smaug makes for a monstrously entertaining movie

Philomena

By Megan Basham

Movies | Few movies in theaters right now are being as universally hailed by critics (and heavily favored by Oscar oddsmakers) as British import Philomena . Certainly…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Dec. 6-8 according to Box Office Mojo

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

By Emily Whitten

Movies | From the moment that east wind begins to blow, Emma Thompson’s portrayal of Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers is both inspired and deliciously funny. As her…

Ashes to ashes

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Lessons from Europe’s totalitarian era and a warning about America’s possible future

Notable Books

By John Ottinger III

Books | Four new sci-fi/fantasy books

Disparate impact

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Today’s classrooms, says Christina Hoff Sommers, are comfortable places for girls, but terrible places for boys—and it is showing in educational outcomes

Joanna’s joy

Joanna’s joy

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Severe joint disease doesn't stop young musician from making beautiful music

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New or recent releases

Notebook

A home for the holidays

By Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette

Lifestyle | Organizations across the country offer tangible help and real hope to the homeless

Dating gone Lulu

Dating gone Lulu

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | An increasingly popular girls’ app for rating guys may bode ill

Drug problem

Drug problem

By Daniel James Devine

Science | ‘Publication bias’ gives doctors a skewed picture of pharmaceutical products

Lancaster Presbyterian Church

Lancaster Presbyterian Church

By The Editors

Religion | Lancaster, N.Y.

Sold in 30 seconds

By Zachary Abate

Sports | Demand for Super Bowl ad time is higher than ever

Celebrity jeopardy

By Warren Cole Smith

Media | Driscoll accusations highlight the dangers of an evangelical celebrity machine

Going with the flow?

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Mennonites and Church of England waver in their commitment to biblical marriage

Voices

Around the corner, part II

Around the corner, part II

By Joel Belz

Culture | Readers give a gloomy forecast, but also a little cheer

Seeking the image

Seeking the image

By Janie B. Cheaney

Culture | The emergence of the ‘selfie’ tells us a lot about ourselves

Waiting and singing

By Mindy Belz

Faith & Inspiration | Advent is for anticipating the One who came and is to come, the one who fixes the evils of 2013

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Angels unawares

Angels unawares

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Faith & Inspiration | Angels are in our midst—and they have our backs

Message: God cares

Message: God cares

By Marvin Olasky

Faith & Inspiration | We may not have all the answers, but the truth of Christmas should undergird us

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