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.

Surveying our future

Voices | Today’s teens appear frightfully ignorant of America’s founding principles
by Joel Belz
Posted 9/27/17, 04:56 pm

Next time you think things have gotten intolerably bad, and that the world is headed for hell in a handbasket, just think what things might be like if all decision-making were handed to today’s teenagers—the relatively young adults who a decade or two from now, whether you like it or not, will indeed be in the driver’s seat.

Two issues prompted me to worry along those lines.

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Why not sign?

Sexuality | Weighing evangelical reluctance to endorse the Nashville Statement
by Joel Belz
Posted 9/07/17, 03:21 pm

Sometimes public events aren’t quite as public as they seem. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. Such was almost certainly the case, for example, with the Aug. 29 release of a “Nashville Statement” on human sexuality. Drawn up in significant measure by thoughtful people with close ties to the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, the statement is intended to serve evangelical Christians as a reference point on sex and gender issues. 

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Careful with quotes

Media | Don’t let us ever destroy your trust
by Joel Belz
Posted 8/30/17, 03:28 pm

For someone who’s been in journalism as long as I have, it shouldn’t have been a surprise. Indeed, I’m a bit embarrassed now even to mention the matter.

I was sitting at the dinner table with several members of my own family. We’d just enjoyed a good meal, and in other circumstances might have moved on to important topics like politics, international terrorism, or baseball. Instead, I brought up the matter of quotation marks. Like this: “Quotation marks.”

“How literally do you take them?” I asked.

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