A choice, a contract
I feel for those who have suffered due to real estate losses ("Ghost streets," Feb. 27). But they signed a contract that they were responsible for reading. I've owned several homes across the country over the last 20 years and have lost lots of money, as I have in the stock market, all the while accepting that it is my choice how to invest. We must recognize that God is in charge while attempting to be stewards of our resources.
-Bob Ashton; Fairfax, Va.
A man, a place
Thank you to Mindy Belz for an exciting article about Ambassador Joseph of Haiti ("Taking charge," Feb. 27). I have prayed that God would turn this tragedy for the good of the people of Haiti. The fact that He has such a godly man in such a strategic place seems to be a strong indication that He's doing just that.
-Paul Hepler; Grand Rapids, Mich.
Since the quake Haitians not only need to build cities but to establish a new form of government that has incentives to build a middle class. If they build cities, they should be sustainable without corruption, open sewers, or voodoo and have industry and business incentives. Godspeed the recovery effort!
-Wendell Swartzentruber; Ashland, Ohio
I appreciated "Aftershock" (Feb. 27) but was a bit bothered by the "Traumatic history" timeline. Haiti has been plagued with civil wars, oppressive regimes, and government instability for most of its 200 years of relative freedom, and long before Papa Doc's ascension to power. It has suffered from racial and economic exploitation by the French, British, Spanish, and Americans. I pray that the recent events will help to deliver the Haitian people from many of the political and economic traumas that they have experienced for entirely too long
-Rickey Armstrong; Miami, Fla.
We don't create
Andrée Seu wonders whether when we humans speak (in this case, when we bless or curse), "we actually have the power-the awesome, Old Testament style, Genesis 1 style, power" to bring good or evil on people. But we do not bless, give benedictions, or pray because we have the power to create realities with our words. Rather, we have a good and gracious God who condescends to work His will in this world in large measure through the prayers and blessings of His people.
-Jim Blatzheim; Savage, Minn.
So much sense
Janie B. Cheaney's column on historian Howard Zinn was excellent ("The wilderness of Zinn," Feb. 27). She is an extraordinarily gifted thinker and writer. So much good sense, and such delightful, lucid prose!
-John R. Erickson; Perryton, Texas
I have been following ABC's Lost for years ("Mystery island," Feb. 27). It was refreshing to see an intelligent article from a Christian source that didn't bash the show for its language, violence, and dark tones. Instead, you focused on the Christian symbolism found everywhere in the show.
-Kevin Anderson; Indianapolis, Ind.
Human nature is drawn to biblical parallels in entertainment, from "good versus evil" to the unexpected risen leader to a life given for another. If secular writers use biblical parallels to draw audiences, we must be careful not to Christianize their efforts when they are making no attempt to glorify God.
-Brian Church; Cheyenne, Wyo.
Let 'em ride
Listeners familiar with his music know that Michael Martin Murphey ("Still hangin' round," Feb. 27) is indeed the exception to the line, "Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys." He has for years embodied what it means to be a public man of honor. Thank you for an on-the-money tribute.
-Joseph Martin; Hampton, Va.
Review of reviews
Thank you for your movie reviews. Your Christian viewpoints help give me an idea what the movie is like and whether or not I should go see it.
-Jared Thomason, 17; Billings, Mont.
A great blessing
I found "Turning out the lights" (Feb. 27) captivating. I hope Edward Lee Pitts keeps up with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment and writes again when the soldiers finish their tour of duty in Iraq. It would be a great blessing to hear that those special people he wrote about made it home again safely.
-Gloria Huber; Sarasota, Fla.
Real life, rearranged
Janie Cheaney's column on Pandora ("Reel beauty," Feb. 13) noted that everything in Avatar was "taken from real life and rearranged, enlarged, and color enhanced," including the pink spiral-shaped plants that collapsed. They were a perfect knock-off of an inhabitant of coral reefs, the Christmas tree worm, or Spirobranchus giganteus. Many a scuba diver has enjoyed sending the creatures back into their protective tubes, just as Jake had done. God's creation is wondrous to behold, on land and in the seas!
-Keith Crownover; Hollidaysburg, Pa.
Thank you for a wonderful column on Avatar. I can certainly identify with those special moments (a glimpse of the mountains or a beautiful sunset) that make me think of the heaven that we were created to long for.
-Chris Harwood; Ontario, Calif.
Cheaney's description of the Avatar movie-goers reminded me of the public in Ray Bradbury's novel Farenheit 451. People were bombarded with stimulation and encouraged not to think or feel about anything too deeply, to forget and feel good despite meaningless lives. Not every movie-goer has that mindset, but as a society we are constantly seeking for more and more "relief" from reality.
-Kathy Walston; Burleson, Texas
Mush and mud
"An indecent grief" (Feb. 13) really touched me. Recently we have returned to Honduras two or three times a year with short-term mission teams. Back in the United States we have the feeling, as Mindy Belz put it, of "does anybody care" that most of the world is not sipping a Starbucks double-shot espresso? When we shop at Costco and see warehouses of toilet paper and fresh produce aplenty, we are reminded of families who eat cornmeal mush most of the rainy season and live in a mud hut that just this year got an above-ground privy and potable water.
-Mark Young; Yakima, Wash.
A sad mindset
Thank you for "On being respectable" (Feb. 13). I agree! The thought that academic achievements qualify one for use by God is a sad mindset.
-Russell Winter; Marengo, Ill.
We have lived in Madagascar for six years. Last month we had dinner with another American family. They were telling us about their favorite magazine-WORLD! They did not have to convince us. We have been fans for 15 years. It is one of the few American magazines with a Christian worldview that actually covers worldwide news.
-Tammy Lashway; Antananarivo, Madagascar
I was interested in the news that Zac Sunderland's sister, Abby, will also attempt sailing solo around the world ("Sister sailor," Feb. 13). It was fun to
keep up with Zac's voyage, and I hope to keep updated about Abby's trip as well.-Jordan Dennen; New Lenox, Ill.
Jeff McQueen's flag for the "Second American Revolution" has 13 stars ("Tea & trumpets," Feb. 27, p. 39).
The photo accompanying the March 13 Looking Ahead item (p. 7) showed ABBA impersonators.
CPAC straw poll winner Ron Paul sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2008. Chuck Baldwin, not Ron Paul, was the Constitution Party's candidate for president in 2008 (The Buzz, March 13, p. 10).
The name of a church cited in "Peru: poco a poco" (March 13, p. 31) is Cristo Redentor. Peruvian musicians play charangos and zampoñas.
In Colorado, Democrat Andrew Romanoff is challenging Michael Bennet for the U.S. Senate seat ("Center pieces," March 13, p. 46).