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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Left behind," June 28, 2008

College questions

The article ("Raising the bar?" May 17/24) makes the case that tenure at Baylor University was given or denied based in part on published research articles in academic journals; therefore, discrimination based on faith was less of a factor. However, academic journals are notoriously biased against many conservative Christian ideas, so it's not surprising that these professors might have fewer articles published.
-Ray Daniell; Douglasville, Ga.

I am a senior Cedarville University Bible student. While I know there are currently many difficult issues facing the administration ("The Cedarville situation," May 17/24), I hold strong confidence in the school's sound doctrinal stance and quality of the Bible department and school as a whole. I was sorry to see WORLD's article questioning the university.
-Daniel Benner; Tiffin, Ohio

Equally undeserving

Can anyone truly say that a rapist and murderer or a "master torturer" like the Khmer Rouge's Kaing Guek Eav ("Would you forgive this man?" May 17/24) somehow deserves forgiveness less than anyone else? Can a person do something so terrible that they are beyond the reach of forgiveness? Staring at a bloodied man on a rugged cross, knowing it was me who put Him there, I stand compelled to say "no." Last time I checked, forgiveness is not mine to withhold.
-Jacqueline Gardner; West Allis, Wis.

It is entirely appropriate for the legal instruments of justice to convict and punish Kaing Guek Eav for his many past crimes. If by God's grace he truly is now a Christian, his hope is in eternal fellowship with Jesus Christ, not in earthly immunity from consequences. I hope to see the reborn Kaing Guek Eav in heaven and celebrate together what a great and merciful Lord we serve.
-Lorena Suhayda; Snohomish, Wash.


While I lament, with Timothy Larsen, Kent Gramm's lack of transparency with the Wheaton College community regarding his divorce ("Counter-culture," May 17/24), I sympathize with Gramm's unwillingness to bare his bosom to his employer. While an academy has an interest in maintaining a wholesome community, churches can and should take the lead in discovering sinful behavior that needs to be addressed.
-David Covington; Quincy, Calif.

Hopefully not

Jamie Dean ("Borderline voters," May 17/24) distills Hispanic evangelicals' dilemma in the words of Samuel Rodriguez: "Does immigration trump our biblical worldview?" I sincerely hope not. How can serious Christians be more concerned for immigration reform, however described or implemented, than for the creation mandate of marriage and the very lives of those who bear God's image?
-Nancy J. Rice; Madison, Ala.

Done something

Thank you for the inspiring article about Don Schoendorfer's Free Wheelchair Mission ("Mobile blessings," May 17/24). It is so encouraging to see people who are touched by a problem then actually do something about it. I, for one, am guilty of sometimes hearing of a problem, then becoming callous to it over time instead of thinking about what I can do to help.
-Heather Gundlach, 16; Marion, Ill.

The real dishonor

I was astonished to read Nancy Pelosi's admonition to "minister to the needs of God's creation" (Quick Takes, May 17/24) and especially the last part: "the God who made us." Hey-an endorsement of Intelligent Design, coming from an anything-but-evangelical public figure! I would that such appeals to care for God's creation could include preserving the lives of the hundreds of thousands of unborn children Americans abort every year. That, above all, dishonors "the God who made us."
-Ann Ritterbush; Ringgold, Ga.


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