Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

Evangelism or disaster

| Concerning China, our true defense is the offense of Christ
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/15/97, 12:00 am

Uninspired prophecies are notoriously unreliable. Yale University economics professor Irving Fisher said in 1929, "Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." Two decades later, Popular Mechanics predicted that "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." With similar foresight, the Decca Recording Co. in 1962 rejected the Beatles, explaining, "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." Leading scholars scoffed at Ronald Reagan's contention during the 1980s that the evil Soviet empire would soon fall apart.

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Being all you can be

| Black History Month should emphasize success, not victimhood
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/22/97, 12:00 am

Black History Month in Austin, Texas, began terrifically with a Feb. 1 gospel concert at the University of Texas. The concert was a tribute to one man, Elmer Akins, who has set a record-50 years-for consecutive hosting of a gospel music show on one Austin radio station. It also highlighted the singing of a group that first became known four decades ago, The Mighty Clouds of Joy.

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Too busy to blubber

| Racial progress requires work, not wimpy platitudes
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/15/97, 12:00 am

When my family and I visited a big black church in California a while ago, we saw one white man trying to achieve racial reconciliation by wearing his hair cornrowed, with long beaded braids. Over the years other methodologies have also been recommended to me; for example, have a "sharing" group in which folks would "let out" all their racial animosities and then say (as in television's Bud Light commercials), "I love you, man."

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