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.

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Good news for wretches

Effective Compassion | From abandonment to abuse to assault to prison to evangelism
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 12/13/18, 04:55 pm

Since 2007 Mez McConnell has been senior pastor of Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh, Scotland. He’s also active in planting churches in poor areas and believes pastors should not avoid doctrine or dumb down theology when preaching to low-income congregations. Such paternalism misses the mark by wrongly viewing poverty as a lack of means, McConnell says: The primary problem is spiritual. Here are edited excerpts of our interview in front of students at Patrick Henry College.

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Christmas presents every day

Books | Books to read before I sleep
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 12/13/18, 04:48 pm

Many readers have asked how I read lots of books. The answer is simple: I watch almost no television except for Red Sox games, and 10 p.m. to midnight is almost always reading time. Overall, I probably average 1,000 hours a year for reading books with reviews in mind: This year I reviewed 288.

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Bittersweet early December

News | Remembering an honorable president during a gospel-focused funeral
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 12/13/18, 02:36 pm

“I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.”

When George H.W. Bush turned 19 on June 12, 1943, he had already gained his U.S. Navy commission. He almost died the following year when a Japanese flyer shot down his plane—but Bush bailed out and survived to sing along to Lee Greenwood’s signature song at the 1988 Republican convention.

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