Table of Contents

Cover Story

Hope and help for the poor

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | Our ninth annual Hope Award coverage begins with a trip to poor areas of Central America

In this issue: "Fighting fatalism," July 12, 2014

Features

After Cantor

By J.C. Derrick

Congress | House Republicans vote in two new leaders—but likely not a new direction

Collateral damage

By Jamie Dean

Kenya | Kenya’s crackdown on terrorist attacks is catching refugees from other war-torn countries in its dragnet

Laying siege from the shadows

By Mindy Belz

Iraq | Saddam’s deputy, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, may be key to understanding the lightning strikes and success of Sunni militants in Iraq

The maestro

By Emily Belz

Music | One of the best orchestras in the country has a devout Catholic conductor who wants something beyond consumerist entertainment

Dispatches

Dispatches

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | JUNE 23: Netherlands’ Memphis Depay (in orange) looks to the ball after scoring his team’s second goal during the Group B World Cup soccer match between…

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Died Tony Gwynn, 54, one of the best hitters in Major League Baseball history, died of mouth cancer on June 16. Gwynn starred at San Diego State University in…

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | July 7   Parents of about 90,000 children in Quebec will have to make other plans for child care today. A consortium of private, in-home day care…

Historic leave-taking

By Scott Lamb & Paula R. Kincaid

News | DETROIT—The Presbyterian Church (USA)—in a move long expected but nonetheless momentous for the 1.8-million-member denomination, the nation’s sixth…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘We are not resigned to the darkness of evil. We are not people of resignation or despair. Christians are the people of faith and hope.’ Orthodox…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | No tats for pets Kitten piercings and dog tattoos could soon become illegal in New York if one Empire State assemblywoman gets her way. Assemblywoman Linda…

Notebook

Study halls

Study halls

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle | The best Web Reads for a summer full of learning

Relief by the volt

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Implantable medical devices for chronic pain are shrinking in size and growing in popularity

Cold-blooded death

Cold-blooded death

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Experimental study will let trauma patients die, then try to revive them

Jan Mai Kawng Internal Displacement Camp church

Jan Mai Kawng Internal Displacement Camp church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Myitkyina, Myanmar

Rainbow connection

Rainbow connection

By Andrew Branch

Sports | The WNBA promotes LGBT pride, but it allows dissent where other leagues don’t

Columnists

Defining pluralism

By Joel Belz

Religion | We can defend the right to adhere to false religion without celebrating false religion

Outside threats

Outside threats

By Janie B. Cheaney

Government | For all its power, the federal government cannot manipulate events

A policy of engagement

By Mindy Belz

Politics | The Fourth of July reminds Americans what energizes us as a global neighbor

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Humble pie

Humble pie

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Faith & Inspiration | Acknowledging the reality that I’m not a good waitress

Married to Darwin

Married to Darwin

By Marvin Olasky

Science | For the sake of the children, must we abandon Genesis?

Culture

Childish tendencies

Childish tendencies

By Emily Belz

Movies | A window into the self-absorbed hipster, Obvious Child is painful to watch

The Last Ship

By Megan Basham

Television | Not so long ago, the word blockbuster—the kind of high-explosion-ratio/low-rationality entertainment that may not be great art but offers plenty of…

Deliver Us from Evil

By Sophia Lee

Movies | Three thoughts came to mind after watching Deliver Us from Evil , the latest horror film based on a nonfiction book. First thought: It is not good to be…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of June 20-22 according to Box Office Mojo

God’s good wisdom

By Marvin Olasky

Books | What 127 pages can tell us about a different kind of love poem

Notable Books

By Janie B. Cheaney

Books | Picture books with substance

Complete dependence

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | God used Reggie Littlejohn’s suffering to shape her into an advocate for China’s voiceless

‘Something has to be done’

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Award-winning producer-songwriter Carvin Haggins tries to stem the tide of full-on vulgarity

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New pop-rock albums

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