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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Oreb, Zeeb, and tumbleweed

Religion | In the end, God will get the last word
by Joel Belz
Posted 12/13/17, 05:22 pm

Remember good old Oreb and Zeeb? I try my best, every so often, to reintroduce them to WORLD’s readers. Otherwise, you might confuse them with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran or Kim Jong Un of North Korea.

Most likely, though, you didn’t have a clue whom I had in mind when I mentioned Oreb and Zeeb. I had to look them up myself in my Bible dictionary after seeing them mentioned in Psalm 83.

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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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