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Issue: "House hunting," May 11, 2002

Can't tell

I am writing concerning your April 13 article, "Martyrs by the millions," which had some criticism of Israeli military tactics. First, you did not emphasize that the Palestinian militants are not a uniformed military that can be easily distinguished from civilians. Second, the Palestinian military groups even include or at times use children and teenage girls, among others. How are the Israeli soldiers supposed to be able to tell the difference between members of militant groups and civilians? Everyone is a possible threat. - C.J. Kapp, Dunmore, Pa.


In "Seeing ghosts" (April 13), you highlight what I believe is a large problem in the Christian community. While working in a public-relations department of a respected seminary for two years as a naïve student, I approached the department head and ultimately the president's office about what I believed was an indiscretion. I was told that it was OK and everyone in the evangelical community did it. I contended then, and still do, that ghostwriting is akin to lying. If an article will not be published on its own merit, despite the byline, then magazines and other publications need to take a hard look at what they are peddling-thought-provoking columns, or name recognition. - Stephen Dechert, Hooper, Colo.

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Thank you for the reminder from Marvin Olasky ("I was a ghost," April 13) that whether we are business executives, published columnists, authors, or bus drivers, we should acknowledge publicly the significant contributions to each of our lives that God has sovereignly provided through the talents and gifts of many others. - Walt Davenport, Tacoma, Wash.

I think it's a horrible shame that Christian leaders feel the need to crank out books and articles that they don't even write and still take credit for them. Is their motive to glorify themselves or glorify God? - Frank Nolton, Goodrich, Mich.

Judge for yourself

Anyone who will take the time to examine the evangelical statement, "The Word Made Fresh: A Call for a Renewal of the Evangelical Spirit," will be able to judge for himself or herself whether R. Albert Mohler Jr.'s extremely negative spin on it is fair ("A new low?" April 6). The statement and its list of 110 notable evangelical scholars and administrators (including conservative evangelicals) may be read at As one of the principal formulators of the statement, I can assure WORLD's readers that Mr. Mohler's take on it ("stale liberalism" and "revisionist theologians") is far from accurate or charitable. - Roger E. Olson, Waco, Texas

No sale

To say I was surprised and disappointed at your glowing report about Wal-Mart is an understatement ("Good and growing," April 13). How did Wal-Mart become the biggest? By incessantly and unmercifully squeezing every last penny from its U.S. suppliers, and when there were no more pennies to be had, moving the business offshore. They move into small communities and effectively put most of the original "mom and pop" retailers out of business. No company I know of is more guilty of abusing its primary customer base. - Martin Fryml, Greenville, S.C.

I worked at our local Wal-Mart during the Thanksgiving to Christmas holiday rush. I found that Wal-Mart is a commendable company, for all the reasons you listed and more. Its philosophy of caring for the customer and promoting associate well-being was consistently implemented. However, for all its well-deserved kudos, Wal-Mart is definitely not a five-star company. Associates are paid poorly; managers, who are deservedly well-compensated, face heavy demands on family life; working mothers, who constitute the bulk of the employee force, receive no on-site day care; and Wal-Mart's heavy-handedness toward suppliers is widely reputed. If they improved in these areas, they would indeed be a five-star company. - L.E. Brown, Cottonwood, Ariz.

Through the fog

Andree Seu's columns are such a blessing. In this day when evangelical women are consumed by fibromyalgia, fatigue, fitness, fertility-focus, and the fog of psychotropic medications, I know of no other like her. Oh, that we had men in our pulpits who would state it so clearly: "On Calvary's perch sat not a counseling center but a bloody sacrifice." - Carol Tharp, Winnetka, Ill.

Andree Seu's "Very great guilt" in the April 13 issue is awesomely perceptive and impeccably accurate. Sadly, erroneous doctrine leads to shameful immorality and the undeniable need for genuine repentance. But let us all take heed lest we fall. - John Larson, Huntsville, Texas

Rock on

I have been meaning to write for months and finally took the time. You guys rock! (Is that Christian?) I read your magazine cover to cover, and my family (parents, with three grown sisters and their families) chats often about your articles. I love it when I see a disgruntled reader who is canceling because you're too narrow or conservative. Thank God someone out there is printing the truth. - Joy Shiner, Overland Park, Kan.


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