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.

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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Paper, please, not plastic

| A mix of selfishness and love threatens our health and credit ratings
by Joel Belz
Posted 6/22/96, 12:00 am

It's funny how the little things in life are so full of big lessons. Like my little bit of forgetfulness three months ago that let the bag boy at the supermarket pack my groceries in plastic rather than the customary paper. And the little bit of stupidity that prompted me to loop too many heavy bags over my fingers as I carried the groceries from the car to the kitchen. And then the odd little crook in the pinkie on my left hand.

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Go and sin no more

| But the temptation is strong to leave out a critical part of the gospel
by Joel Belz
Posted 6/08/96, 12:00 am

Does the Christian gospel have to be watered down to make it attractive to people in this secular age? Do Christians have to sand off the sharp edges of biblical truth to make truth palatable?

A lot of folks seem to think so. Several Christian publications I glanced through last week, for example, featured the theme of evangelism-but never once mentioned the issue of sin. That's like running a hospital and refusing to acknowledge that infection exists.

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