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.


Who will finish the story?

Missions | A call to kingdom risk-takers
by Joel Belz
Posted 3/15/18, 02:36 pm

I used to think that nothing brought me more delight than to hear someone respond to a story or column in WORLD by saying quite simply, “I didn’t know that.” Now I know I was much too easily satisfied. Real gratification comes, I’ve discovered, when someone reads, reflects, agrees—and then, as a result, changes his or her behavior in a significant manner.

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Courtesy of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

The media and Billy Graham

Media | Can we let Graham be Graham?
by Joel Belz
Posted 2/28/18, 05:00 pm

It was, I must confess, becoming a bad habit. Every time in the last couple of years when I heard the secular media note the death of some celebrity, I found myself wondering: How will they do this when Billy Graham dies?

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Back to square one

History | If you could fix America by rewinding history, how far would you go?
by Joel Belz
Posted 2/14/18, 12:41 pm

I’ve asked the same question in this space half a dozen different ways—but here it is again: If, by merely snapping your fingers or waving a magic wand, you could take the society and culture you live in today back to some earlier point, what date would you choose? If you could rewind the video recorder we call “America’s History” and be awarded a second chance, what would you pick as your new starting point?

Or, to put it more succinctly—and more bluntly—where did we go so wrong?

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