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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Homegrown terror," Dec. 5, 2009

It's as if the new legalist is no longer someone who tries to get to heaven by his works but anyone who looks to Scripture for moral guidelines. Sabbath-keeping is a simple law, designed to give families much needed time with each other and their Creator, but if I whisper the notion of actually trying to keep it, my Christian friends think I've gone off the deep end.
-Timothy Tillman; Waupun, Wis.

Two views

Please cancel my subscription immediately. After several years of enjoying WORLD, we are irreversibly put off by the influence of John Calvin and most recently the disrespectful headline "Jesus & strippers" (Oct. 10).
-Foy Meyer; Castle Rock, Colo.

"Jesus & strippers" was one of the most heartwarming accounts I have ever read. God's timing was wonderful as this real-life story provided a perfect illustration of Jesus seeking and saving the lost for a message I was preparing to preach at a nearby prison.
-Chip Junghans; Pleasanton, Calif.

Not the point

I agree that Rediscovering God in America II by Newt and Callista Gingrich did not penetrate very deeply into the subject of religion and civil life ("Surface treatment," Oct. 24). However, I was dismayed by the last sentence in the review. Documentaries should be evaluated by their treatment of the subject and not the past marital failings of the producers.
-John A. Dullnig; El Paso, Texas

In person

Marvin Olasky is hopeful that the internet, in ending the dominance of the traditional college classroom, creates a level playing field for Christians to reach more people ("Class without rooms," Oct. 10). But what you think the internet brings to higher education depends on what you value in higher education. "Why," says the undergraduate, "should I go to the lectures when I can buy the book?" The answer lies in the classroom experience; sound judgment is most efficiently taught in person.
-Jason M. Rampelt; Moon Township, Pa.

How to help

Thank you for all your coverage of Africa. Because of it we are now sponsoring an orphan and praying about adopting a child from Africa. The five books you highlighted recently ("Books to campaign by," Oct. 10) helped us understand how we can more effectively help those God is laying upon our hearts.
-Steve Stucky; Lynnwood, Wash.

Set apart

I was glad to see the Spotlight (Oct. 10) on Emerson Eggerichs' Love and Respect. For me, what set the book apart was the acknowledgment that your marriage might not be perfect and your spouse may never change, but that still does not remove the responsibility of husbands and wives to obey the commands of Scripture.
-Tim Miskimen; A. San Sai, Thailand

A clearer look

Living in liberal southern California, I am deeply grateful for your faithful reporting of much important news, always from a biblical standpoint. WORLD always provides a clear new look at people, events, and trends, with plenty of challenge to make us readers rethink what the media want us to hear.
-Harriet G. Johnson; Duarte, Calif.

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