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September 25, 2021 | Vol. 36, No. 18

Going viral

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis draws praise and scorn for his approach to the COVID-19 pandemic—and he offers a glimpse of what the next wave of national elections might hold


FEATURES
Struck down, but not destroyed

Current and former members of Early Rain church in Chengdu, China, have experienced raids and arrests for practicing their faith, but the work of the church continues, even as some still draw attention to its plight from abroad

Finding the road back to work

Amid a pandemic labor shortage, more companies are willing to hire workers needing second chances. But some entrepreneurs make that their mission

Hopes and regrets for Afghanistan

American veterans, aid workers, and others who worked or fought in Afghanistan are trying to dodge despair and brace for the country’s future under Taliban rule


CULTURE
Documentary

The Bob Ross business

Netflix documentary doesn’t show the real man

MOVIES & TV

Sassy Cinderella

Dramatizing 9/11

In historical drama Worth, a focus on the trivial and the creation of fictional characters detract from honoring real victims

A town called Gander

Broadway-based film Come From Away tells the little-known story of a Canadian town that welcomed stranded air travelers on 9/11

Transcending genres

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings packs more than the typical Marvel punch

Box Office Top 10

Top films for the weekend of Sept. 3-5

Music

Playful, fun, and deep

Noteworthy new or recent releases

Back to Earth with a box set

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band release omits what made the group special

 
Q&A
An interview with a founder

An interview with a founder

The effect of one man’s faith and foibles on the beginnings of America

Books

From the mountains to the sea

Four books from Christian publishers

Old Whigs, new wineskins

The choice between greater and lesser evils

Children's Books

Flights and plights

Books for preschoolers to middle graders


NOTEBOOK
Lifestyle
A woodworking retirement

Retiree Stuart McClendon uses his carpentry skills to help others and tell them about Jesus

Immigration
Seeking their roots

Exploring a link to ancestral identity, some Westerners of African descent are moving their families to Ghana and other African countries

Sports
Cashing in on college sports

Thanks to a new NCAA policy, college athletes are beginning to make money from endorsement deals