Table of Contents

Cover Story

Fleeing hell

Fleeing hell

by Daniel James Devine & Sophia Lee

Cover Story | North Korean defectors are shedding light on dark human rights abuses in their native land—and some are telling of the light they found

In this issue: "Inside the wire," March 22, 2014

Features

Crimean war

By Jill Nelson

Ukraine | As Russia invades Crimea, Ukrainians strive to preserve their hard-won independence

Doubling down

By J.C. Derrick

IRS Scandal | The Obama administration plows ahead with IRS plans to clamp down on some nonprofit groups

Faithful to the Book?

By Megan Basham

Movies | A flood of Bible-themed movies hopes to win over Christians suspicious of the Hollywood treatment

Permanent marker

By Sophia Lee

Culture | Once the domain of gangs and outcasts, tattoos have gone mainstream—including among Christians

Dispatches

Dispatches

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | March 3: Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart at the start of spring training throws before an exhibition baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in…

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Died   Maria Franziska von Trapp, 99, the last surviving sibling of seven brothers and sisters portrayed in the Broadway musical and film The Sound of

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | March 18   An increasing number of Christians are celebrating Purim, a traditionally Jewish holiday commemorating the Jews’ deliverance from a Persian…

Uncovering alleged abuse

By Jamie Dean

News | Two Christian colleges remain in the news for ongoing investigations of sexual assault

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘Alternative lifestyle’ NBC headline profiling Olympic halfpipe gold medalist David Wise, who, at 23, “has a wife,” “a two-year-old daughter,” and…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | River race A Tulsa, Okla., man figured his dogs would be safe left in his vehicle when he stepped away from his pickup truck on Feb. 25. What he didn’t…

Notebook

A job of consequence

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle | Workstyles of some not so rich or famous doctors

Infant information

Infant information

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | New infant sleep monitors help some parents rest easy, but the health benefits are questionable

Whence cometh my camels?

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Scholars who dispute biblical references to camels ignore other evidence

Messiah Lutheran Church

Messiah Lutheran Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Yorba Linda, Calif.

Hardwood Shockers

By Andrew Branch

Sports | Wichita State leads a group of small-conference powerhouses into a wide-open NCAA tournament

Bond drive

By David Skeel

Money | The Obama administration nudges Americans toward retirement saving

Changing majors

Changing majors

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Christian women’s conference speakers seek to shift evangelical emphasis in public life

Columnists

Careful in casting stones

Careful in casting stones

By Joel Belz

Media | Even people with good intentions can become part of the cover-up

Above the laws

By Janie B. Cheaney

Religion | If we don’t recognize a higher authority, we end up with a government of legalities

Jackboot politics

Jackboot politics

By Mindy Belz

Religious Liberty | The fevered cry over Arizona’s proposed religious freedom bill is the noise of coming coercion

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Change in the weather

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Britain | An opinion on Britain’s ‘almost unparalleled’ soaking leads to a political sacking

Do you believe in magic?

Do you believe in magic?

By Marvin Olasky

Prisons | Critics misunderstand: Christian prison programs work more like communion

Culture

First-class action

By Megan Basham

Movies | Liam Neeson adds to his unlikely string of smart action-hero roles with Non-Stop

Veil of Tears

Veil of Tears

By Sophia Lee

Documentary | Have you ever seen the face of a woman who spends her days waiting to die? You’ll see close-ups of many such faces in Veil of Tears , a new documentary that…

God’s Not Dead

By Angela Lu

Movies | The plot of God’s Not Dead could have come straight from a newspaper headline: A Christian college freshman steps into philosophy class to find an…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Feb. 14-16 according to Box Office Mojo

This and that

This and that

By Marvin Olasky

Books | “A magnificent compendium.” That’s what theologian David Wells calls Thy Word Is Still Truth (edited by Peter Lillback and Richard Gaffin, P&R, 2013),

Notable Books

By Susan Olasky

Books | Four crime novels

Strong for a purpose

Strong for a purpose

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Power is a gift, says writer Andy Crouch, but it needs to be redeemed

Flexible Journey

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Celtic Cross interjects new genres into the old Highlands style

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New or recent classical releases

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