Joel Belz

Joel, WORLD's founder, writes a regular column for the magazine and contributes commentaries for The World and Everything in It. He is also the author of Consider These Things.

Mistimed message

Society | But my warning about peace and prosperity, I think, still holds
by Joel Belz
Posted 11/22/17, 11:06 am

If I wasn’t right when I first made the point in this column more than 25 years ago, I probably should be super careful with such a warning now.

Here’s what I said in our issue from Jan. 25, 1992:

“There are three things we who are American adults in the 1990s will teach our children, if we want to be faithful to them.

“First, we will teach them that they are not likely to live such financially prosperous lives as we have been blessed to live.

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Playing favorites

Philanthropy | A little research will help year-end giving
by Joel Belz
Posted 11/09/17, 12:12 pm

We all have our favorites. Whether we’re talking about restaurants, college football teams, preachers, vacation resort sites, math teachers, novels, hospitals, or classical music composers, it’s just human nature—when someone mentions a particular category—for the rest of us to respond by naming our top choices, preferences, or loyalties.

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An unexpected opportunity

Money | Rediscovering the spirit of generosity
by Joel Belz
Posted 10/25/17, 04:56 pm

I’m so embarrassed. It was a basic principle of Christian stewardship—and I almost missed it! And as I’ve checked around, I sense others may be missing it as well.

To make the point, I have to tell you candidly that I’m a few years older than my wife, Carol. Which means that I became eligible for Social Security benefits a few years before she did.

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