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Issue: "Two-ring circus," Sept. 6, 2008

Reaching NextGen

I am a long-time subscriber and reviewed with great interest the July 26 issue. I need to stop and thank you for your excellent work. This page-turner covers movies, books, world events, cutting-edge Christian issues, and politics, among other things. Three of my five children are teenaged or older. They devour each issue and eagerly await the next. That speaks volumes about reaching the "Next Generation" for Christianity.
-Richard M. Mahor; Newburgh, N.Y.

I have no objections to the NextGen organizing strategies, but the church must not succeed in numbers and fail in substance and community ("NextGen worship," July 26). Many churches are failing to disciple lay leadership for shepherding and hospitality. Unless we grow the church and the maturity and leadership skills of her members, it does not matter how large a church is or how charismatic the pastor.
-Joe Trusty; Evans, Ga.

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As an eager fan of The Wire and a resident of Baltimore where the series is set, I am glad that Marvin Olasky took the time to examine The Wire through a biblical lens ("Goodnight, hoppers; Goodnight, hustlers everywhere"). My only regret is that the review wasn't long enough to get into more of the intricate ideas the show explored, especially the devaluing of human life and work in our modern world.
-Matthew Loftus; Bel Air, Md.

Even with WORLD's many disclaimers, I was disappointed by its attempt to justify soiling our minds with such tripe. Thankfully, it is not necessary to put up with the violence, sex, and bad language of The Wire to understand properly the teachings of Ecclesiastes.
-Darren Maveus; St. Louis Park, Minn.

Set straight

Thank you for the thoughtful insights in the column about Jesse Helms ("Campaign of one," July 26). I was a resident of North Carolina for three years but did not know about the character of the man many have vilified as a racist and bigot. Thank you for setting the record straight for me. I hold many if not most of the same conservative values as Sen. Helms and now hold a new appreciation for him.
-Mike Schwartz; Anderson, Ind.

It was an interesting and enjoyable column on Jesse Helms, a good and decent man. I've compiled a list of well-known people who, like Helms, converted from Democrat to Republican: William Bennett, Linda Chavez, Eldridge Cleaver, Ari Fleischer, Rudy Giuliani, Bernard Goldberg, Charlton Heston, David Horowitz, Henry Hyde, Michael Medved, Dennis Miller, Dick Morris, Ronald Reagan, Condoleezza Rice, Strom Thurmond, J.C. Watts, and Kathleen Willey. As Reagan and others have said, "I used to be a Democrat, but I never left the party. The party left me."
-Bob Bickmeyer; Troy, Mich.

Sharp waters

A heart-felt thanks from Iowa for your recent coverage of our "500-year flood" ("Who will pay?" July 26). The ordeal has sharpened our calling as the churches of eastern Iowa.
-Bryan Regier; Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No do-overs

Compliments to Mark Bergin on his Olympic trials coverage ("Trials by fire," July 26). His example of the gymnastics team selection process is the best argument against selection by committee. It is tragic to have an off day, injury, or illness during the trials. However, there are no do-overs in the Games so there should be none at the trials.
-Bill Duncan; Olathe, Kan.

Tech takeover

Thank you for the excellent article on technology ("Me, myself, and iPhone," July 26). Technology is taking over people's lives and hearts. It reminded me that all things come from God, and that we shouldn't abuse His gifts.
-Matthew Adamo; Lake Hiawatha, N.J.

Old enough

I am glad the pro-lifers had a victory in the case of the truck driving around the middle school with images of aborted babies ("Heckler's veto," July 26). Although a "radical" pro-lifer myself, by some standards, I admit I haven't been in favor of this graphic method. I cringe thinking about the 5-year-olds who are subjected to these horrors. But this group is targeting older students on the premise that those "who are old enough to have an abortion are old enough to see an abortion." That makes all the difference.
-Laura L. Matson; Battle Ground, Wash.

Firsthand learning

Thank you for Janie B. Cheaney's insightful column on how the internet is making us more superficial in our quest for knowledge ("Fleeting thoughts," July 26). Our family moved to a small farm partly to learn how to farm and more importantly to learn how to learn. When we want to discover something about God's universe, we go out and touch, smell, see, hear, and experience it. Obviously, the internet has some benefits, but it is just one tool in our learning bag.
-Patrick Smith; Mifflintown, Pa.

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