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Issue: "Ethiopia's new flower," May 31, 2008

Urban calling

Regarding "Save our cities" (April 19/26): As a life-long and reluctant city slicker, I've loved my time out in nature, away from the stress and chaos of the city, and can't help but believe that is how the Lord intended us to live. But Christianity was founded in the cities and that makes the believer's call to the cities even more relevant. We as Christians surely can minister to the needs of those who live in them.
-Jay Ryan; Cleveland, Ohio

In our land

It is sad to think that people in foreign countries see prostitution and human trafficking as a job option ("Caged," April 19/26), but it is worse to see it in one of the most prosperous nations, right here in our homeland. Kudos to Peggy Bilsten for all her efforts.
-Chelsi Smith; Williamstown, W.Va.

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My heart is bleeding as I think about the horror those young girls live through. I was equally disgusted when I read that three Arizona lawmakers fought against a bill aimed at closing the loophole the pimps use to protect themselves. The 13th Amendment prohibits slavery; those young women definitely fit the description of involuntary servitude.
-Hannah Seyer; Albuquerque, N.M.

Wasting away

I read the article about Philip Mangano and his efforts to reduce homelessness with sadness ("Abolitionist," April 19/26). Having worked with the homeless daily for 22 years I cannot believe-or trust-that the same government that caused most of this disgrace will be the same government that solves it. De-institutionalization was supposed to save the government money and give dignity. We now see the devastating results.
-Ronald Buchinski; Ferndale, Wash.

Reaching the lost

Thank you for the article about Leslie McMillan ("One woman's urban impact," April 19/26). It is encouraging to me that this woman is doing what God has called her to do: being a witness to Russian Jews. To have atheists come and leave as Christian believers is astonishing.
-Lynn Toothman; Washington, W.Va.

Darwin's black effects

Thank you for your interview with Ben Stein about his documentary Expelled ("Mocked and belittled," April 19/26). He touched upon some of the consequences of Darwinism, specifically Nazism and Planned Parenthood. We Christians hear a lot about the fallacies of Darwinism and atheism but not much about the effects when these worldviews are put into practice.
-Stephanie Nill, 16; Chesterfield, Mo.

While Expelled is entertaining, it regrettably blurs the distinction between theism as an extra-scientific conclusion reached from science versus theism as an active component of the scientific method. The former is eminently reasonable, the latter is a non-starter. By failing to observe this distinction and play by the rules of science, theists damage not only the credibility of belief itself but also their ability to counter some of the truly bad evolutionary science covered in the film.
-Raymond Turner; Dallas, Texas

I went to see Expelled recently and just want to say how much I enjoyed and appreciated Ben Stein's effort. It was even better than I had hoped it would be.
-Virginia DuBose; Grants Pass, Ore.

Return to substance

I was so glad Joel Belz clarified the mission of these two young men and their "Rebelution" ("Beyond bed-making," April 19/26). I saw their ad in your magazine and thought, as he did, that it was just another teen fad disguised as a cutting-edge evangelistic explosion. Yeah for homeschooling! Yeah for a return to substance in the evangelical church!
-Aaron Friar; Boston, Mass.

Often we teens want to be given more responsibility, but if we find making our beds and cleaning our rooms are hard tasks then I don't know where our society is going to end up in the next decade. Teens like the Harris brothers give hope to our nation and encouragement to teens who want to make a difference.
-Jared Stevens; Parkersburg, W.Va.

Nonsense

Now I understand why I find liberals so confusing. If they believe that people are generally good and that government is corrupt ("Right decision," April 19/26), why do liberals trust the government to take care of all the problems instead of allowing the good people to fix everything? It makes no sense to me.
-Kathy Kay; Lolo, Mont.

Hopelessly broad

In an advertisement in the April 19/26 issue, the Evangelical Climate Initiative claimed, based on an Ellison poll done last summer, that "84 percent of evangelicals support federal legislation" to reduce carbon emissions that "cause global warming." It didn't tell readers that Ellison's definition of "evangelical" was hopelessly broad. A more recent Barna poll that distinguished between evangelical and non-evangelical "born again" Christians found that only 33 percent of evangelicals say that the issue is a major challenge. Of the 50 groups studied, evangelicals had the lowest level of belief that global warming is a critical problem.
-E. Calvin Beisner, Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation; Broward County, Fla.

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