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.


Medical mysteries

Healthcare | Impossible-to-understand bills are a prescription for exploding costs
by Joel Belz
Posted 11/21/16, 05:12 pm

If you’re still wondering just how your day-to-day life may be different because of the Nov. 8 elections, try healthcare—and all the tools available out there to cover that care.

Until now, whenever Republicans have predicted that so-called Obamacare was headed for “repeal and replacement,” many skeptics wrote it off as an empty boast. Then Donald Trump’s electoral victory, along with wins for dozens of down-ballot allies, suddenly made R&R altogether likely. Now, the revision of payment systems for healthcare is much more a “when” than an “if.”

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Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Moms on campus

Religion | We love when members put into practice the things they’ve read
by Joel Belz
Posted 11/08/16, 08:49 pm

In all my years at this desk, nothing gives me more pleasure than to hear from one of you readers with a report on how you, after reading in our pages about some worthy enterprise, went out and imitated what you’d read here. The writer of the book of Hebrews calls that “provoking” each other to good works.

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All in the family

World | A place to keep on loving and praying
by Joel Belz
Posted 10/28/16, 01:00 am

Over all of the 30 years since several of us launched WORLD in 1986, it’s typically been a family affair. By that, I’m not referring primarily to the involvement of my own blood relatives—although that too has often been both critical and encouraging. Instead I’m taking note of the many times you readers (readers first of our magazines and more recently website visitors and podcast listeners), have treated us as if we were your brothers or sisters or aunts or uncles.

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