Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is Reforming Journalism. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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Scheming for God

Effective Compassion | 2019 Hope Awards International winner 20schemes | How a Scottish ministry works in hard places to show the poor and addicted the riches of new life in Christ
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/18/19, 04:05 pm

This story is part of our 2019 Hope Awards contest. To vote for your favorite regional winner, go to

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Wars on poverty

Books | Getting the right ammunition
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/18/19, 03:12 pm

About once a month a WORLD reader asks me, “What should I read to learn how to help the poor and how not to?”

Thirty years ago that question had an easy answer: P.T. Bauer’s Equality, the Third World, and Economic Delusion (1981) broke from failed World Bank perspectives. Charles Murray’s Losing Ground (1984) showed how the Great Society endeavor had failed. Two books: That was about it.

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Krieg Barrie

Zenger invitation

Media | Journalistic training for teachers, professors, and missionaries
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/18/19, 02:42 pm

Twelve times my wife and I in our living room have shown small groups of WORLD readers how to become WORLD writers. During a week of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. reporting, writing, and editing, the students ranging in age from 27 to 72 have improved their understanding, story sense, and writing. I’ve just checked our masthead and seen that 31 are now WORLD correspondents.

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