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.

Big stories, little details

| Credibility demands that journalists strive to get both correct
by Joel Belz
Posted 8/03/96, 12:00 am

When Janet Cooke was caught in 1986 fabricating details of a story about drug users she wrote for The Washington Post, she fell into a trap that has tempted every journalist since Moses wrote the book of Genesis. The temptation is to focus more on the truth of the big story than on the accuracy of the details.

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E plurimis fragmentis, unum

| And while we're speaking in tongues, this too: Soli Deo gloria!
by Joel Belz
Posted 7/20/96, 12:00 am

In spite of everything you wish for this great country of ours, where huge (if sometimes disproportionate) doses of freedom, prosperity, and biblical morality once shaped a society, maybe the very best thing now is simply to let the United States hurry toward the smashup that seems so imminent. Maybe, as Israel discovered time and time again, America needs devastation far more than it needs restoration.

For God's idea of wholeness is so very different from ours.

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Blood-stilling silence

| Intercessors for persecuted Christians are going where no candidate dares to go
by Joel Belz
Posted 7/06/96, 12:00 am

If you haven't already marked Sunday, September 29, on your calendar, do it now.

The date is especially important in this election year, for on September 29, evangelical Christians throughout the United States will be focusing their thoughts and prayers on fellow believers in other parts of the world who are being persecuted for their faith. As they seek ways to alleviate that persecution-which hundreds of times this year alone will result in death for Christians-the political process in the United States will be part of the equation.

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