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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Exit strategies," Aug. 5, 2006

My professors at Fuller were not afraid to invite to our classes people struggling with abuse or homosexuality so we could try to understand the complex dynamics of their lives and faith. This created problems for people like me who thought they knew the simple answers for people in such difficult situations. Fuller allows for a dialogue among students, faculty, and even clients on these kinds of tough issues in the context of a Christian worldview. We need more Christian institutions brave enough to take this kind of approach.
-J. Trevor Milliron; Cleveland, Tenn.

Having watched Fuller since its beginning, I have to agree with Belz's column. There are good professors there who stand for the Word of God, but the administration seems to want to be so politically correct that it really doesn't stand for anything.
-Doranna Cooper; Mission Viejo, Calif.

Smoke signal

Were it not for the several articles in WORLD ("Ideologue for hire," July 1/8), I probably would have voted for Ralph Reed in the Georgia primary on July 18. Your counsel sent a smoke signal early to evangelicals. I find it an indictment that Reed has avoided WORLD's efforts to discuss his involvement in the various controversial issues. Thanks for your thorough coverage.
-Silas D. McCaslin; Savannah, Ga.

Tears and taps

The article about "Amir" trying to rescue Christian children from lives of slavery in Pakistan ("Operation rescue," July 1/8) moved me to tears and prayer. Also, I felt a tiny tap on my conscience remembering the thoughts I'd wasted on something as trivial as what I would wear somewhere.
-Jennifer McFarlane; Aubrey, Texas

Pander fatigue

Is anyone else tired of the pandering that the ECUSA, UMC, and PCUSA have been doing over the last several years or so to the gay/lesbian agenda ("Nothing resolved," July 1/8)? It seems like every few weeks one of them has a meeting to "study the issue," form a committee, hire some consultants, and publish a report. I'm not the smartest guy in town, but you'd think that with all of their collective decades of seminary training and experience, at least one of them would open a Bible and see what God has to say about the matter.
-Dave Whisler; Charlotte, N.C.

Car sweater

The July 1/8 issue is one of your best, but as a longtime quilter and knitter I'd like to point out that Lauren Porter's knitted red Ferrari Testarossa is either a sculpture or a sweater for a car; it is not a "high mileage quilt" (Quick Takes). Quilts are like a fabric sandwich, with batten between two layers of fabric.
-Mary Evans; Orlando, Fla.

Culture keys

As a missionary in Africa for nearly 37 years, I was interested in the idea that ancient Egypt's false religions contained some hints of the truth ("More than pyramids," June 24). It reminded me of the heated discussions about Don Richardson's concept of "redemptive analogies," the idea that most traditional religions have some truth that, if discovered, could be keys to opening up whole cultures to the gospel. My wife and I have used some of a culture's folk beliefs to initiate gospel presentations. Thank you for the article and a reminder to reconsider one of the ways to offer Christ to the lost.
-LeRoy Judd; Nairobi, Kenya


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