Table of Contents

Cover Story

The edge of extinction

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | The numbers say Christians may soon be no more in the Middle East, but the beleaguered churches in Baghdad are fighting risk with resilience

In this issue: "Believing in Iraq," May 17, 2014

Features

Life in the shadows

By J.C. Derrick

Immigration | A surge in deportations is splitting apart the families of many illegal immigrants

Putin’s playbook

By Jill Nelson

Ukraine | Dividing and conquering the church is part of a strategy to make gains in Ukraine

Water resistance

By Angela Lu

California | The government has diverted precious water from Central California farms, and farmers are fighting back

Sudden impact

By Emily Belz

Documentary | Films that deal fairly with Christians are getting a respectful audience at major film festivals

Dispatches

Dispatches

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | APRIL 29: Kevin Barnes searches the remains of his home on Clayton Avenue in Tupelo, Miss. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes…

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Died   Gene Estess, who left Wall Street to work with New York City’s homeless, died on April 9 after a six-month battle with lung cancer. Estess, 78,

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | May 11 The city of Boston celebrates Mother’s Day in its own inimitable fashion. The Harvard Marching Band will lead this year’s Duckling Day Parade—an…

Benghazi bombshells

By J.C. Derrick

Benghazi Attack | Administration cover-up of what happened in Libyan attack actually extends to cover-up of support for al-Qaeda militants in 2011 revolution

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘Kerry’s remark was openly anti-Semitic.’ Caroline Glick of The Jerusalem Post on Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement that Israel risks becoming…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Bird blockade The rubberneckers can’t be blamed for taking a long look. The cause of the 34th Street traffic jam in Gainesville, Fla., on April 17 was a…

Reviews

Chaos comedy

Chaos comedy

By Megan Basham

Movies | Moms' Night Out mines humor out of its message

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

By Emily Belz

Movies | Before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 started rolling at the premiere in New York, the film critic sitting next to me said, “I liked the first [ Amazing Spider-Man ],

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of March 28-30 according to Box Office Mojo

Down Berlin’s mean streets

Down Berlin’s mean streets

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Three stellar authors take readers of spy and detective novels back to Hitler’s Germany

Notable Books

By Emily Whitten

Books | Four recent novels from Christian publishers

Book buyer beware

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Former Christian publishing insider shares the realities of fluff, platforms, ghostwriting, and back-cover blurbs

Soul-deep shadows

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Melanie Penn’s dreamlike second album never loses sight of hope

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New or recent pop-rock albums

Notebook

Beyond nachos

By Sophia Lee

Lifestyle | The push for authentic cultural dishes has opened the door to a new breed of Mexican-American food

Over the landline

Over the landline

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Telecom companies plan to eradicate the old-fashioned phone line

Real or fake fiction?

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Dating tests fail to resolve dispute over papyrus alleging Jesus had a wife

No Fences Cowboy Church

No Fences Cowboy Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Falkville, Ala

Competing with a smile

By Andrew Branch

Sports | Two months later, Team USA women say Jesus is better by far than gold or silver

Strange bedfellows

By Dave Swavely

Religion | Liberty University alliance with controversial Benny Hinn and Mormon Glenn Beck raises questions

Voices

A little common sense

A little common sense

By Joel Belz

Culture | It’s sorely lacking in the growing debate about transgender restrooms

The debate is never over

The debate is never over

By Janie B. Cheaney

Healthcare | Attempts to shut down dissent miss the essence of America

A rebuilder of cities

By Mindy Belz

Afghanistan | Laborers like Jerry Umanos are doing the unsung work of a generation

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Something about the name

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Religious Liberty | It’s not mere preaching that provokes anger, it’s preaching in the name of Jesus

Pornography’s pervasion

Pornography’s pervasion

By Marvin Olasky

Culture | Not dandy eye candy, porn is fast and forlorn

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