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'A perilous venture'

Faithful friends-and critics-reflect on 20 years together in the trenches

Issue: "WORLD's 20th Anniversary," March 18, 2006

Terry Eastland

"The average life of a magazine is three years. WORLD is 20 years old and counting-an achievement worthy of notice even from the mainstream media. What distinguishes WORLD is its steadfast effort to report and understand events with due regard for man's sin and God's grace. The columnists invariably have something to say, often on subjects seldom addressed in other news and opinion magazines. WORLD's impressive contribution is to remind a secular world that its categories for interpreting the lives of individuals and nations are too narrow, indeed that eternity has been set in the hearts of men, that this world is not all there is."
-Terry Eastland is publisher of The Weekly Standard

John Piper

"WORLD Magazine doesn't wear its Calvinism on its sleeve. It is the sleeve. And arm. And brain. And soul. What's attractive about this magazine is that it has an integrating vision of God and his ways in the world. God is sovereign. All things are from him and through him and to him. Everything relates ultimately to him. Nothing can be understood apart from him. The meaning of any person, thing, or event is most fully understood when its way of glorifying God is clarified.

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"My vote is not with magazines that fudge on the great truths about God. Or oscillate between different theologies. My vote is with a clear, prominent, well-defined, unashamed flag-raising for the supremacy of God in all things. Thanks for making the effort, WORLD Magazine! May the next 20 years be more God-entranced, more Bible-saturated, more Christ-exalting, more wise, more penetrating, more true, and more provocative for the good of this world and for the glory of God."
-John Piper is Pastor for Vision and Preaching, Bethlehem Baptist Church

Franklin Graham

"Congratulations to WORLD Magazine for 20 years of important journalism. I can still remember my grandfather, Dr. Nelson Bell, working so hard at World's predecessor, the Presbyterian Journal years ago. I'm sure he never dreamed that magazine would become such a strong voice or achieve the kind of publishing success that World has. In an increasingly politically correct world, WORLD Magazine stands tall as a source of good reporting and thoughtful editorial content on so many issues of vital importance in our country and around the world. I hope the magazine will continue to grow in circulation and influence for many years, and, more importantly, that it will remain true to its calling to stand for truth."
-Franklin Graham is President and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

R. Albert Mohler Jr.

"Over the past 20 years, WORLD Magazine has transformed the world of Christian journalism. That's quite a claim, but it is sustained by a look over the past two decades of WORLD's existence. This one magazine has helped untold thousands of Christians to understand the issues of the day from a Christian worldview perspective. Its reporting is not for the faint of heart, and its analysis is not for those who do not want to think. The landscape of evangelical Christianity is littered with periodicals that appeared, disappeared, and hardly mattered. WORLD Magazine really matters-and makes its readers really think. Congratulations on 20 years of cultural analysis, current news, and nourishment for the mind."
-R. Albert Mohler, Jr., is President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College

Cal Thomas

"I believed it contained a biblically-based view of the world that was a must-read, even for people who might not agree with its fundamental premises. Two decades later, I feel even more strongly about World. I never miss an issue and always find something in it I won't find in any other publication. Congratulation on 20 years. May you have at least 20 more."
-Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist

Russell Pulliam

"Plenty of Christians have been unhappy about the news media-it's too secular, slanted liberal and ignores the many authentic stories of the Lord's work. Only a few Christians have tried to correct the problem. Even some of them, with good intentions, have fallen short in starting alternative faith-based publications. They didn't learn enough about news journalism, or they did not realize the need to bring in more revenue than they were spending.

"Fortunately for World magazine readers, Joel Belz had an idea of how to correct the problem, and he knew enough about news coverage to understand what readers would want in a weekly magazine. He also had a keen eye for talent and a pastoral heart that attracted talented editors and writers to join him on this 20-year WORLD Magazine journey. Sometimes he asked talented people, such as Marvin Olasky, to serve on his board. Then he proposed an increase in the workload with a new assignment, asking Marvin to be editor.


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