The true battle
Having spent half my adult life in the country with the largest population of Muslims in the world, I find it hard to believe how naïve we can be here in America about the true battle we face. Thank you for not being politically correct in delineating for us the recent terrorist attacks on our own soil, and for speaking the truth about the Fort Hood terrorist attack ("Homegrown terror," Dec. 5).
-Neil Johnston; Grand Prairie, Texas
Lynn Vincent's cover story article is professional, proactive journalism at its best. WORLD's reporting is deeply appreciated by those who wish to defend America and her interests based on the facts.
-Ken Jones; Franklin, N.C.
Thank you very much for "Homegrown terror" and the sidebar by Mindy Belz ("Feeding jihadi fever," Dec. 5). Both articles were illuminating. We haven't seen or heard anything like these reports in other journals or on TV, except in bits and pieces.
-Bruce & Barbara Witherspoon; Port Huron, Mich.
Thank you for "Art in the heart" (Dec. 5). As a Christian and a professional artist, it's a tough sell sometimes to get the church to recognize the Beauty part of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. My fellow artists and I appreciate any attempts to open minds about the value of beauty and how it is an essential part of being made in God's image.
-Ann Boyer LePere; Peletier, N.C.
Our inborn "Art in the heart" is not an evolutionary survival tool, as Cheaney clearly illustrates. Instead it is striking evidence of being made in the image of God. We can appreciate that the Creator of beauty gave men and women the ability to recognize and enjoy it.
-Michael DuMez; Oostburg, Wis.
A heavy yoke
I heartily disagree with Arsenio Orteza's review of Steven Curtis Chapman's new album Beauty Will Rise ("Suffering souls," Dec. 5). On the first listen I cried my eyes out. It was not because I was hearing about his tragedy but because I understood the pain so well. On the second hearing, I rejoiced in the hope we have in heaven. Some day my severely disabled little boy will be whole, and we will understand all we suffer here.
-Teresa Jorgenson; Marysville, Wash.
The reviewer asserts that Chapman has not "yet figured out" how to make his pain universal. Where does the reviewer's expectation that Chapman write a "21st-century musical Book of Job" come from? It seems a heavy yoke for an artist to bear. Chapman sings through the suffering and shows us what it means to grieve in faith.
-Scott Anderson; Minneapolis, Minn.
Not to be avoided
Matt Anderson put things in proper perspective for us all when he wrote, "children are not a carbon footprint to be avoided" ("Don't miss the joy," Dec. 5). Having 10 brothers and four sisters is a blessing I wouldn't want to miss, and having five of our own children is a blessing that "stuff" cannot replace.
-Joel Gingerich; Minerva, Ohio
Anderson's column about the gift of family was great, although many people probably remember dysfunctional, bitter family relationships and get-togethers that they have no desire to experience again. But I would go further in encouraging young Christian couples to have children. Why, if they have given God control of their lives, would they keep control of planning their family? Aren't children a blessing from the Lord?
-Patricia Teeter; Chepachet, R.I.
It didn't seem fair to use Rick Warren and Joel Osteen to illustrate the interesting question of whether Christian authors should forward all book royalties to their ministries ("Base royalties," Dec. 5). God used Rick Warren to build the Saddleback ministry as a church plant that started from Warren's own home. Osteen took over a semi-large church from his dad, but no platform for book sales existed till that church grew by leaps and bounds under Osteen's leadership.
-Paul M. Cooper; Marshall, Ill.
As longtime WORLD appreciators and members of Saddleback Church for even longer, we were disappointed at your placing Rick Warren and Joel Osteen in the same camp in "Base royalties." We have witnessed Pastor Rick leading by example in giving sacrificially and living modestly, now and before he became so visible. And I noted that Osteen's face is large on the front cover of his books and you or yours is in the titles, but the first words of The Purpose Driven Life are, "It's not about you."
-Becky Scholten; Mission Viejo, Calif.
I was quite intrigued to read in Andrée Seu's column ("The Christmas fool," Dec. 5) that Salvation Army founder William Booth had once asked, "Why should the devil have all the best tunes?" I guess Larry Norman wasn't the first to think of that line.
-Stefan A.D. Bucek; San Jose, Calif.
Always with us
I enjoyed the article about the causes of poverty in Africa ("Godly endeavor," Dec. 5). We go to Haiti every year and the poor certainly remain poor there. We would love to see some changes in this country, but one feels so helpless to truly make a difference.
-Connie Newcome; Inman, Kan.
Thank you so much for your interview with Mike Adams ("Odd man in," Nov. 21). I heard him speak last summer and the story of his conversion from atheism really speaks to the human condition.
-Hannah M. Renner; Eagle River, Alaska
Yes, our healthcare system has problems, but it most certainly is not "spiraling out of control" ("Patients & partners," Nov. 21). That's an outrageous statement that only feeds the liberal, unrealistic bias against one of the best healthcare systems in the world. Fixes on four or five key issues would do most of what needs to be done; we don't need an all-encompassing government grab.
-John Quiggle; Liverpool, N.Y.
Regarding the item on the Honduras election (Looking Ahead, Nov. 21): Ex-president Manuel Zelaya was legally impeached by the Honduras Congress. It was unfortunate that "Mel" was shipped out in his pajamas, but the corruption and drug activity during his administration have been very damaging to the country. As missionaries to Honduras, we are proud of the recent elections and the strong stand for the constitution of the legally installed interim president Micheletti.
-Paul Cross; Siguatepeque, Honduras
Enlarge my heart
"Message from Morocco" (Nov. 21) spoke to me. When I pray the prayer of Jabez, and come to the part about enlarging my borders, I pray that He will enlarge my heart, enlarge my portion in Him, enlarge my knowledge of Him, enlarge my devotion to Him, enlarge my commitment to Him, enlarge my ability to believe in Him, His word, His promises, His ways, and His power.
-Judy Kissinger; Front Royal, Va.
For those who wish to understand why C Street housemates would endorse a fellow C Street housemate's candidacy for office ("On the house," Nov. 21), I recommend "Message from Morocco." Politics, as with life and faith, is all about relationships.
-Rich Chamberlain; Hingham, Mass.
Brutal and corrupt
Thank you for informing us of the happenings in Burma (The Buzz, Nov. 21). The ruling military regime is both brutal and corrupt. In recent years my husband and I have come to know and love many of the Burmese refugees living in our area. They are loving, generous, and hard-working. We're pleased that you refer to Burma as Burma-none of our Burmese friends ever call their country "Myanmar."
-Jan Pederson; Troy, N.Y.
At the end of "Little emitters" (Nov. 7) Steve Mosher of the Population Research Institute is quoted as saying, "People, using creative intelligence, can solve the problems caused by their numbers." Such optimism is entirely unwarranted. "Numbers" do not cause problems. Rather, "creative intelligence" that knows no restraint or humility causes our problems; it always imagines we can, but seldom asks, "Should we?"
-William W. Carr Jr.; St. Louis, Mo.
The human-rights violations against women and children described in "Oppressed" (Dec. 19, p. 64) as occurring in Congo are happening in the Democratic Republic of Congo.