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October 23, 2021 | Vol. 36, No. 20

The collapse of Caracas

Venezuela’s ongoing political crisis fuels a humanitarian disaster, leaving citizens looking for hope


FEATURES
Understanding religious exemptions

COVID-19 vaccine mandates are increasing, and the legal issues surrounding religious exemptions are complicated

Those we left behind

A virtual underground railroad working to free at-risk Afghans struggles to succeed against U.S. roadblocks

Breach of trust

Why did three pastors resign from the high-profile Bethlehem Baptist Church?


CULTURE
Documentary

Make a joyful noise

New documentary The Jesus Music traces Christian music’s journey from hippie music to guitar-strumming worship songs

Exposing the LuLaLies

LuLaRich reveals how a multilevel marketing company for stay-at-home moms ended in bankruptcies and lawsuits

MOVIES & TV

Box Office Top 10

Top films for the weekend of Oct. 1-3

Out of the ordinary

Imaginative drama Ordinary Joe devotes special attention to family matters

Ghoulish road trip

Chaotic carnage

Tom Hardy shines in the sequel to Marvel’s Venom, but the film leans on cliches and messy CGI-filled battle sequences

Music

Punk, rock, and rap

Noteworthy new or recent releases

Bootlegged hits and misses

A new Bob Dylan compilation unearths an erratic mix

 
Q&A
Philosophy of life

Philosophy of life

Pondering beginnings, endings, and all the in-between moments that make up a lifetime

Books

Beauty amid ashes

A novel and three nonfiction books about India

Treadmill trove

Religious and political journeys

Children's Books

Promises and prayers

Four books with Biblical themes


NOTEBOOK
Lifestyle
Storm-tossed home

Storm after storm has battered Louisiana, but many residents are intent on staying and rebuilding

Business
Raising happy cows

At his family farm in New Jersey, Zack Vander Groef sees his job as a way to steward the land

Sports
Casting out the devil?

Some call for the removal of Arizona State’s mascot, Sparky the Sun Devil