I was thrilled to see my favorite vegetables on the cover of your magazine last week ("VeggieMania," Dec. 12). I first saw VeggieTales while living overseas, where a three-year-old missionary kid introduced me to Bob and Larry. They immediately had me charmed; I thought those videos were great. My mom and younger sister thought I was crazy. For some reason, I couldn't convince them that even though VeggieTales' target audience is supposed to be preschoolers, the show really can appeal to anyone. Since returning to America, I've been pleased to find that I'm not the only teenager "crazy" enough to appreciate VeggieTales. Here are some examples from our student ministry that testify to the show's popularity: VeggieTales is a favorite at get-togethers and sleepovers; a friend told me that she chose VeggieTales as the theme of her 18th birthday party; the VeggieTales theme song has been used as background music for our games along with songs from groups like the Newsboys and dc Talk. VeggieTales rules! - Lyndy Henrickson, Houston, Texas
No, they don't
I couldn't lob enough rotten tomatoes at your article on VeggieTales. In it you quote one of their staff as saying, "all VeggieTales videos start with one essential nugget of truth," and unfortunately, that is all the truth they contain. Consider the Daniel in the Lion's Den story. In it, Daniel's accusers do not become lion food in the end; they simply pack up and move to Egypt. These gross inaccuracies are inexcusable. Millions of pre-school children are getting their first taste of the Bible all wrong. Later, when they are told the true stories, the vivid images and songs of Larry and Bob will already have laid a faulty foundation. Jesus warned that a wolf in sheep's clothing would try to deceive us. This one comes packaged as a cute tomato. - Judy Hubbard, Navarre, Fla.
Get those Veggies out of here!
We don't allow VeggieTales in our house. They are sacrilegious and they distort Bible stories beyond recognition. The video about lying shows 28 minutes of defiant and intentional lying, and 2 minutes of repentance at the end. What will children walk away with after that? When our church decided to do a VeggieTales Vacation Bible School last summer, which included daily VeggieTales videos and VeggieTales songs, many families, including us, protested and refused to participate. Our church finally had to cancel VBS altogether because of a lack of help. What happened to reading our children real Bible stories from the Bible? The multitude of gimmicks and garbage that sells in our Christian bookstores today is truly amazing. - Linda Dillon, Arlington, Wash.
Love them Veggies
I read with delight the article about VeggieTales. Our family has been Disney-free for several years, and VeggieTales has been a welcomed substitute. My husband and I often try to convince other Christian parents that our children don't "need" Disney, as many believe. We tell them the message of VeggieTales and Big Idea isn't politically correct, just full of the truth of Jesus and good, clean fun. We appreciate all that Big Idea has done to prove that Christians are as creative and funny, if not more, than the big secular animators. Thanks for your informative and fun-to-read article! - Lari Beckley, Deltona, Fla.
Hate them Veggies
I couldn't believe my eyes, a WORLD devoted to-of all things-vegetables! Have you lost your minds? What a waste of space! Now I've seen everything. Were you really that hard up you had to devote all of that space discussing vegetable animals? - Monroe Rupp, Roanoke, Va.
I really enjoyed your Dec. 12 issue. However, with the VeggieTales gracing the cover, it was days before I got to read it. Every time I picked it up, my 2-year-old girl screamed, "My book, Daddy, my book!" As always, it was great reading, I just had to move it to the late-night reading list instead of its usual first-thing-I-do-when-I-get-home status. Thanks again for a great magazine! - Lee Elder, Clarksville, Tenn.
I appreciate your review of the movies, and I covet your evaluation from a biblical viewpoint, especially before I bring my children to a movie ("The Buzz," Dec. 12). One thing that you missed in A Bug's Life is how Disney slipped in (again) a transvestite character, the ladybug: Dressed like a "lady" and talking like a man, its gender is very vague. The worst line was, "We helped [the ladybug] get in touch with his feminine side." The ladybug agrees and smiles. - Jonathan Holmes, Phoenix, Ariz.
I was very upset by my 8-year-old brother's description of the Rugrats Movie. I don't think that you were hard enough on the movie in the review. My mom made her decision to let him go based on your review. I don't think that a show that shows dirty diapers and people falling into waterfalls is appropriate for children. I think a movie should always have a point and/or moral that can benefit us. I don't see any in the Rugrats Movie. - Sarah Davis (14), via Internet
We want more
My wife and I are disappointed in your review, "Rats, pigs, and bugs." Chris Stamper reviewed three holiday-season G-rated films but forgot the Christian parents who have learned that Hollywood's G-rated "family fare" might be presenting a worldview that we object to. Lots of media sources review films, discuss plot points, and speculate about the future of computer animation. WORLD movie reviews can be a great help by advising if there are aspects of movies that Christian parents may have qualms about. Next time try to include a sentence or two to let me know if going to a movie will result in long explanations of how we aren't supposed to pray to trees or that we don't get visits from dead relatives who keep us connected to "The Circle of Life." - Jerry Pike, Streamwood, Ill.
Add one, subtract one
I thoroughly enjoyed Marvin Olasky's list of favorites ("Editor's choice," Dec. 12)-though I can't understand how it is that he likes Field of Dreams! There's one film that should be on his list, if it isn't already: The Spitfire Grill. I have never been more deeply affected by a movie than by this one. - Fred Noltie, Coon Rapids, Minn.
Keep the Sports Page coming
I am very happy to see articles about sports figures in the magazine quite regularly. Your magazine is more fun to read now that it covers the world of sports. Please continue to run articles about Christian sports figures. - Barnabas Piper, Minneapolis, Minn.
My last issue came today. I am not renewing. I find that you promote arrogance and hatred, are self-righteous, and really do not reflect Christian teaching as I understand Christ. So goodbye! - Harold M. Petersen, Weaverville, N.C.
Take the challenge
I read with great interest the letter from Eddie Bromley concerning the inclusive-language debate. However fine an argument he thinks he has made, it is ironic that he himself has defeated it. Note that he said, "Second, any good translator is going to have as his [emphasis mine] goal communicating a message from one language to another." Does the writer actually mean to imply that only men are translators? According to the portion of his argument that states that generic masculine language is not generally understood anymore, I can only surmise that he has inadvertently told us that women are barred from doing translation work. To further test his theories I read the rest of my WORLD magazine with great care and found other uses of the "generic masculine" language. I also noted that I had no trouble understanding the meaning. To all those who subscribe to the notion that generic masculine language is a poor means of communicating in English I have an experiment for you to try: For one week as you read your newspapers, magazines, and books, note the usage of the generic masculine. As you read those passages ask yourself, "Do I understand this?" I'm sure you will. - Joan Breakall, Chester, Va.
When I read of people canceling their subscription because of something that you wrote, I get a little puzzled. Are we only interested in reading things with which we agree, things that make us feel good? I was on staff at a large seeker church when you took what I felt were unfair shots at that church. You are entitled to your opinion, and I get to have my opinion about your opinion. In the end your opinions make me take a hard look at mine, and sometimes I have to admit that I have given ground. I thank you for challenging me, even if you challenge me about things that make me uncomfortable. Keep up the good work. - Dave Greene, Chino Hills, Calif.