Joel Belz

Joel is WORLD's founder. He contributes regular commentary for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Radio. Joel has served as editor, publisher, and CEO over three decades at WORLD and is the author of Consider These Things. Joel resides with his wife, Carol, near Asheville, N.C.

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Reality check

Education | Education often fosters too big a gap between theory and practice
by Joel Belz
Posted 9/27/18, 10:22 am

“We’ll prepare you for life,” the colorful school brochure assured me, “the way it really is.”

It has become an educational shibboleth: “We’re here,” schools at every level claim, “to get you ready for the real world.”

But do they? If that’s a significant measure of a school’s success, a painful list of them deserve failing grades. For what many schools—both public and private—have to offer these days is an incredible distance from life the way most of us really live it.

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‘Gay, but celibate’

Sexuality | But time to be very wary …
by Joel Belz
Posted 9/12/18, 01:37 pm

Imagine this scenario. You’re an officer in an evangelical church. The congregation has been thriving and the spirit is good.

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Krieg Barrie

Muscle and restraint

Government | People want from government what even kids want from authority
by Joel Belz
Posted 8/30/18, 12:16 pm

“People want to be lightly governed by strong governments.”

It was a fine point first brought to my attention in the middle of a long editorial in The Wall Street Journal. That was 25 years ago—and the observation made such good sense that I was compelled to enlarge on it in this column. Now it’s time to reflect on that wisdom again.

“People want to be lightly governed by strong governments.”

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