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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Ghost busting," Aug. 24, 2002

Be not conformed

Thank you for exposing the efforts of the TNIV publishers to pander to radical feminism by using "gender-inclusive" language ("'We could not be intimidated,'" July 27). When I read of these efforts by translators and publishers to avoid offending the world, I am reminded of Paul's admonition to "be not conformed to the world." I am confident that Jesus still expects His followers to influence the world instead of the world influencing us. - David Parks, Waterford, Mich.

It is a legitimate business decision for Zondervan to withhold future advertising from Charisma magazine. Doesn't WORLD know the difference between reporting and editorializing? - Andrew Weaver, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Truth, straight up

Some complain that WORLD prints "overly graphic," "worldly," or "impure" things. Of course it does-it's a newsmagazine, covering a fallen world. It may be too "real" for a 9-year-old, who should perhaps read something more age-appropriate like God's World Today, but it's perfect for a 21-year-old law student like me. There is evil in the world, and so there is evil in WORLD. We can't close our eyes and pretend it doesn't exist, and we can't fight it with our heads in the sand, thinking happy thoughts. Thanks for giving me the news with a well-reasoned, well-written, godly perspective. Thanks for not watering it down to feel-good gospel-lite. Thanks for feeding me the truth, straight up, even if it's a little gory or makes me cringe. Thanks for writing stories that spur me to action, instead of titillating me. Thanks for adding knowledge, arguments, and ideas that I can take back to the law firm every day to do my own little part in the culture war. - Sally Kravik, Champlin, Minn.


John 14:6 reads "No one comes to the Father except through Me" (July 27, p. 30, July 7/13, p. 52).

The former CEO of Tyco faces charges of tax fraud, not accounting fraud (July 20, p. 15).

The premier backlist of the Christian Booksellers Association includes only titles published before Jan. 1, 2001 ("You are what you read," July 7/13, p. 26). Unlike CBA's monthly lists of current bestsellers, which are taken from sales figures gathered from over 900 Christian bookstores, the premier backlist is compiled from publishers and may include sales from Christian, general bookstores, as well as sales via ministries and other direct mail sources. CBA routinely makes this list available to journalists and other researchers, but WORLD erred in not seeking permission to print the list.

A professional entertainer sang "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America" at Atlanta's Turner Field on July 4; the Atlanta Boy Choir sang the National Anthem (July 20, p. 32).


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