Saturday Series

Living the cowboy life

Essay | Three short stories straight from the ranch
by John R. Erickson
Posted 4/21/18, 01:21 pm

John R. Erickson, author of 70 Hank the Cowdog books and other ranch-based stories, knows his subject matter. He was a working cowboy and ranch manager in Texas and Oklahoma. Here are three short, never-before-published stories about cowboy life. —Marvin Olasky

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The tragedies of compassionate conservatism

Effective Compassion | Can the faith-based poverty-fighting initiative make a comeback?
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 4/14/18, 11:52 am

Editor’s note: WORLD editor in chief Marvin Olasky gave this talk at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., on March 29.

Thanks for inviting me. In the next 20 minutes I want to give you five understandings that defined compassionate conservatism in the early 1990s. Then, five promising events and trends in the late 1990s. Third, five problems that killed compassionate conservatism in the early 2000s. I’ll conclude by noting what it will take to revive it. But I want to start with a tribute to one mostly forgotten Washingtonian.

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Death’s lessons on life

Books | Seeking wisdom instead of escapism at funerals
by David Gibson
Posted 4/07/18, 12:19 pm

David Gibson’s Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the End—WORLD’s 2017 Book of the Year in the Accessible Theology category—reminds us how we should act at funerals. Instead of racing away to resume our normal activities, we should linger, realize it will all too soon be our turn, and ask ourselves, “What will my life have been worth?” This excerpt, courtesy of Crossway, points out the difference between wisdom and escapism.

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