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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Save our cities," April 19, 2008

I am a Southern Gospel nut and recently saw English on a Gaither video. I could tell he was battling back from something. It was good to read what had happened and is happening in his life.
-Randall S. Brunt; Aston, Pa.

A grim reign

Thank you for your recent article on Fidel Castro ("Remembering Castro," March 8/15). I remember when he took over, and I still am amazed that his dictatorship-with its brutality, corruption, and grinding poverty-has survived nearly 50 years. Those interested in an in-depth view of his reign may wish to read Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant by Humberto Fontova (Regnery, 2005). The author is a Cuban expatriate who saw firsthand much of what we never hear. It's a grim read, but worth the effort.
-Bill Bader; Eden Prairie, Minn.

Clarity vs. unity?

Thank you for introducing the subject of church music ("Joyful noises," March 8/15). Marvin Olasky has done what many others seem to fear. Other issues Christians should raise include: What is the purpose of music in church? What spiritual or academic qualifications should a worship leader possess? What are the spiritual ramifications if we are doing it wrong? Many of these subjects have been discussed in books, but they don't seem to have been raised in our churches, perhaps for fear of disunity. But when it comes to worship, is clarity or unity more important?
-Pat Dys; Fort Myers, Fla.

Cyclists stand

Thank you for your great article on Team Slipstream/Chipotle and David Millar ("Millar's crossing," March 8/15). With all the negative press that cycling has received, it is about time that cyclists start to stand against doping.
-Ben Henderson; Cheshire, Conn.

Right there

We subscribe to WORLD and have found many worthwhile articles, so it was exciting to see our little church right there smack on page 77, top row, middle church ("Houses of God," Feb. 23/March 1). Most of all, thanks for acknowledging us as part of a growing trend of non-English and nondenominational churches.
-Miguel & Barbara Pereira; Bayonne, N.J.

Feeling insecure

"Fear not" (Feb. 23/March 1) could not have come at a better time. I have struggled with anxiety since I was a girl and have been dealing with how to feel secure in recent weeks. I would love to just be able to let my fears go and enjoy the beautiful view. Thank you for reminding me that I am not alone.
-Jodi Teasley; Oxford, N.C.

What do we think?

I appreciated "End of an illusion" (Feb. 23/March 1). It makes me wonder what we are putting our faith in, when evangelicals begin to predict doomsday in America because conservative, evangelical Republicans are not in power. Do we really think the kingdom of God cannot expand without a fearless evangelical leader?
-Barrett Clark; Richmond, Va.

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