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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "2009 Daniel of the Year," Dec. 19, 2009

I felt rightly challenged and rebuked by "Taking risks for the gospel." I'm one of those intellectual types who tends to "mind-screw" everything and spends more time in theological discussions than in "doin' the stuff."
-Jim Blatzheim; Savage, Minn.

Well-padded wallets

I was shocked, disappointed, and indignant that the leaders of well-respected Christian organizations have such well-padded wallets ("Franklin's purse," Nov. 7). My question, "What do they do with all that money?" is not rhetorical. If these men and women are serious about their God-given roles, let them cut their compensation and donate the excess to the very causes that they ask me and others to give to.
-Paul Gebel; Columbia, S.C.

We are a retired professional couple who spent our adult lives in Christian ministries in the United States, Canada, and Russia. We live on around $26,000 a year in pensions and Social Security and try to be generous givers. Samaritan's Purse has come off our list. Granted, Franklin Graham has agreed to take only one income (still exceeding $500,000!), but there was no acknowledgment that his salaries were excessive, just that the controversy "just wasn't worth it." We are so disappointed.
-Dick & Esther Matteson; South Bend, Ind.

Not a crabby conservative

I didn't want another magazine, but a new member at our church purchased WORLD for me. The more I read it the more I change. Marvin Olasky's "autobiography" ("New front in the war," Nov. 7) is inspiring me to take more risks for the Lord. The column about Ted Cruz ("Future candidate," Nov. 7) was great. We need someone to promote quality people. Thanks for WORLD. It is not just another crabby conservative magazine; it inspires me to make a positive difference.
-Tom Olson; Newark, Ohio

Recently I voted for the very first time. Even though it was only a small city election, it was so exciting to be a part of the political process. In part because of WORLD, I enjoyed keeping up on last year's presidential contest and made sure to register in time for this year's election. WORLD has helped me to develop an interest in politics and has reinforced my Christian worldview.
-O.J. Gibson, 18; Ventura, Calif.

God's crafty humor

I had to laugh when I saw that the poster atheists are putting up all over New York City had a backdrop of a beautiful blue sky with puffy white clouds (The Buzz, Nov. 7). Apparently they never read Psalm 19: "The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship." I guess that's what comes from not knowing the Bible.
-Deryl Edwards; Lynchburg, Va.

The constant battle

In the Nov. 7 issue I was interested in the numerous examples of persecution of Christians and churches: Sudanese ("The death of an arch­deacon"), Vietnamese ("Middle passage"), Iraqis ("A fragile light"), and even Americans ("The big chill"). The constant battle between the kingdom of the world and the kingdom of God will not end until the second coming of Christ. It is never enjoyable to suffer persecution for your faith, but we can be light for Christ in this world. Thank you for encouraging us to live for Him.
-Woody Swartzendruber; Ankeny, Iowa


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