Table of Contents

Cover Story

China beachhead

by June Cheng

Cover Story | Pro-life efforts are growing in the nation with the most abortions. But saving lives in the womb is an enormous challenge—even within the church

In this issue: "China's abortion regime," July 26, 2014

Features

Far from home

By Kiley Crossland

Adoption | Congolese authorities are keeping hundreds of adopted orphans from joining their new families abroad

A life worth living

By Jay Grelen

Life | For a decade my father was unable to walk or communicate, but who is to say he had no good quality of life?

Cultivating change

By Daniel James Devine

Hope Award | Rural ministry in Michigan earns Midwest regional victory

Dispatches

Dispatches

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | JULY 4: Demonstrators from both sides of the immigration debate confront each other outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif. Demonstrators had…

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Graduated  George Hulka Jr. received a Bronze Star and survived the D-Day invasion at Normandy during his decorated military career. Now at age 100, he…

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | July 20 Under the terms of the deal forged between world powers and Iran, the Islamic regime has until today to broker a deal regarding its nuclear program.

Tolerance in the court

By Emily Belz

News | Supreme Court broadens ‘religious exercise’ definition as well as exemptions to contraceptive mandate

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘‘To the extent that she throws him under the bus, she has to run over him at a very slow speed.’ Political analyst Bill Whalen on Hillary Clinton’s…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Ghost auditor  City leaders in Portsmouth, Va., are wondering: How can a city auditor do his job if he goes more than a year without logging into the…

Reviews

Bereft and abandoned

By Megan Basham

Television | Far from edifying, The Leftovers does offer a fundamental honesty about the human condition

America

America

By Derringer Dick

Documentary | Where would the world be without America? Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary film cuts straight to that question, interviewing people who are frustrated with…

Earth to Echo

Earth to Echo

By Alicia Cohn

Movies | Earth to Echo is meant to be an adventure movie for kids, but only succeeds at being a dull ET knock-off with no real suspense or characters to care about.

112 Weddings

112 Weddings

By Sophia Lee

Documentary | 112 Weddings is an HBO documentary that may scare single people away from marriage—until their God-given desire to love and be loved prevails. Filmmaker Doug…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of July 4–6 according to Box Office Mojo

Notable Books

By Emily Whitten

Books | Time travel books for kids and adults

‘Wisdom journalists’

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Author acknowledges a lack of media objectivity, but his solution means more propaganda

Missing the mark

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | The $20 trillion War on Poverty has barely dented the poverty rate. Expert Jennifer Marshall says we can do better

Good and gone

Good and gone

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | The recent deaths of four musicians may also signal the death of what they did so well

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New or recent jazz CDs

Notebook

A look back

By Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette

Lifestyle | Hope Award winners from the past: Where are they now?

My digital neighborhood

My digital neighborhood

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | A slow-growing social network wants you to get online and meet your neighbors

From cool to cold

From cool to cold

By Daniel James Devine

Science | A long-term study finds middle-school popularity often doesn’t end well

Mt. Zion Methodist Church

Mt. Zion Methodist Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Philadelphia, Miss.

Game changers

By Andrew Branch

Sports | American interest in the World Cup may be part of a long-awaited trend for soccer

Debt decisions

Debt decisions

By David Skeel

Money | A better idea for student loan reform

Voices

Pitifully taught

By Joel Belz

Supreme Court | Most Americans know absolutely nothing about the Hobby Lobby case

Little word, big meaning

Little word, big meaning

By Janie B. Cheaney

Sexuality | Attitudes about sex are changing, even among Christians who should know better

The 6 a.m. fire alarm

The 6 a.m. fire alarm

By Mindy Belz

Religion | It’s a time to learn what real Christian women are made of

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

A many-splendored thing

A many-splendored thing

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Faith & Inspiration | But with love, we need the guardrails God provides in Scripture

The great escape

By Marvin Olasky

History | Messing up the works in enemy-occupied territory

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