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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "The surge is on," Feb. 3, 2007

Modern Mary

I take issue with some things in The Nativity Story ("What would Luke write?" Dec. 2). I dislike the way they portrayed Mary, especially her thought after her betrothal: "Why should I have to marry a man I do not love?" Talk about a modern attitude. I'm glad you pointed out that Hollywood does show through in some places, such as the Magi's jokes. For the story of the birth of Christ, they were too flippant, and the explanation for the star seemed like the writers were trying to explain away a miracle. All in all, I thought I'd wasted an afternoon.
-Heather Smith, 17; Stockton, Mo.

Rejecting God

I was surprised that, among the many affected by Ted Haggard's sin, your article ("Out of the dark," Nov. 18) only mentioned men and women. Scripture tells us in regard to our sexual immorality that when we reject God's way, we are rejecting not man, but God.
-Jim Keefer; Loveland, Colo.

Out of service

I find it fascinating that Wayne Grudem suggests women take their God-given gifts to teach, lead, and exhort out of God's service and use them in the secular world ("Dangerous first step," Nov. 25). If he's looking for someplace to lay the blame for the liberalization of America's churches, I suggest that women, who have often kept the church doors open when there was a lack of men willing to answer God's call, are not the place to start.
-Laurie Gross; Leslie, Ark.

Neither the Assemblies of God, the Foursquare Gospel, nor the American Baptists have ever repudiated the inerrancy of Scripture, yet these and many others have been ordaining women to the ministry for years. John Wesley, Charles Finney, and other respected men of faith allowed women to freely pray and testify in public revival meetings. Clearly, they were not influenced by the modern-day feminist movement.
-A.B. Durney; Basin, Wyo.

Internal threats

Marvin Olasky's essay ("What we owe to others," Nov. 4) about how we have an obligation to help the Iraqis gain freedom misses the point. The threat to Hungarian freedom in 1956 was more external, from Russia, than internal, as in Iraq. As Americans have learned, Mesopotamia is constantly seething with many internal conflicting forces.
-Dave Mattes; Pacifica, Calif.

Three cheers

Three cheers for Lisa Thompson ("The abolitionist," Nov. 4). The woman richly deserves our prayers, support, and admiration. The fact that she was initially opposed by feminists came as no surprise to me. The fact that feminists have always turned a blind eye to sex slavery and the less-than-chattel status of women under Islam illustrates the principle that most advocacy groups do not use their power and resources to benefit their constituents; instead, they use their constituents to advance their own radical agendas.
-Allen Brooks; Sheridan, Wyo.


The Indianapolis Colts' first two playoff victories this year were over Kansas City and Baltimore (Around the Horn, Jan. 27, p. 39).


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