Table of Contents

Cover Story

Wheeling onto the national stage

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | Barring an election earthquake Greg Abbott will be the next governor of Texas and the Republican charged with frustrating Democratic plans to turn the biggest…

In this issue: "The GOP’s Greg Abbott," May 31, 2014

Features

The Lost Girls

By Jamie Dean

Nigeria | Boko Haram’s horrific kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls is one part of a wider campaign to obliterate Christians

Staying alive

By Mindy Belz

Middle East | Syrian refugees and their hosts in tiny Lebanon battle a big humanitarian crisis with grassroots, church-based help

Polio: Breaking borders

By Daniel James Devine

Medicine | 

Reflective journey

By Sophia Lee

Travel | A cross-country train trip proved to be unpredictable, uncomfortable—and an unmatched period of spiritual focus

Dispatches

Divide and conquer

By Jill Nelson

Ukraine | The strategy that worked in Crimea is what Putin and the Kremlin are deploying in both eastern and western Ukraine

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | 

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Died Long-time stunt pilot Eddie Andreini, 77, died on May 4 during an air show at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif. Andreini, who had performed at…

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | May 27 The Texas primary runoff between GOP candidates for lieutenant governor holds national interest, as the race between incumbent David Dewhurst and…

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘We don’t tolerate this type of behavior, this type of thought.’ City of Pasadena (Calif.) official Nat Nehdar on the Christian views of the city’s…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Government chores Spanish parents may soon have an extra tool in their arsenal in convincing their children to clean their room. It could become the law. On…

Reviews

Home run hit

Home run hit

By Sophia Lee

Movies | Million Dollar Arm pitches a classic tale of unlikely heroes crossing cultural lines

Belle

Belle

By Emily Belz

Movies | Currently in limited release, Belle falls comfortably and unremarkably in the canon of period dramas but has the distinction of being based on a true story.

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of May 9-11 according to Box Office Mojo

The Hornet’s Nest

The Hornet’s Nest

By Mindy Belz

Documentary | Americans may be tired of being at war but they’re not tired of war movies. The Oscar-winning Hurt Locker on Iraq in 2008 and 2010’s award-winning Restrepo , a…

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

By Andrew Coffin

DVD | The Secret Life of Walter Mitty never cracked the Top 5 weekly box office performers when it was in theaters. Yet most people who saw the film liked it, giving…

America’s high places

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Fighting the corruption of the permanent political class

Notable Books

By Tim Challies

Books | Four popular and readable theology books

A new creation

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | China Aid founder Bob Fu went from angry unbeliever to joyful jailed believer to advocate for the persecuted church in China

Cash buffet

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Among the Stars includes a bit of everything Johnny Cash did well

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New or recent pop-rock albums

Notebook

Park preacher

By Deena C. Bouknight

Lifestyle | Persistence pays off in ministry at an unlikely trailer park

Sky watch

Sky watch

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Police dabble with cameras that monitor entire cities

The future, gone to pot

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Marijuana may be doing lasting harm to the brains of young, recreational users

Church of the Resurrection

Church of the Resurrection

By The Editors

Religion | Oberviechtach, Germany

Fanned hatred

By Andrew Branch

Sports | Many sides of racism exist in sports, but only one Imago Dei

Doubting Thomas

By David Skeel

Money | Income inquality may be a problem, but Thomas Picketty’s global tax is hardly the solution

Voices

Pattern of deception

Pattern of deception

By Joel Belz

Government | Deliberate lies characterize the government’s report on climate change

Destructive precision

By Janie B. Cheaney

Disaster | The mysterious path of a tornado and the lasting scars it leaves

Not your headline news

By Mindy Belz

Middle East | What if God is building something new out of the destruction of His ancient churches?

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

‘Charitable confusion’ April 19  Pastor John Crosby voting in favor of World Vision hiring same-sex married employees is another example of…

Spring mental cleaning

Spring mental cleaning

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Faith & Inspiration | The time to tidy up homes is also a good time to tidy up heads

Milestone melodies

Milestone melodies

By Marvin Olasky

Music | Singing some special tunes as age 64 beckons

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