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Issue: "Broken beyond repair?," Sept. 25, 2010

"Bad connections" (Aug. 14)

My skin crawled after reading this article. Mark Siljander is unbelievable, and what hubris. Promoting peace? Give me a break. I also have grave doubts about the Fellowship. It seems very suspect, calling into question a number of our political representatives connected with them.
Beverly A. Coldiron; Longs, S.C.

I was grieved to hear of the court case against Siljander, obviously for him and his family, but also for the setback his apparent errors in judgment gave to Christianity's credibility.
Glenn Martin; Santiago, Dominican Republic

"Talk talk talk talk talk" (Aug. 14)

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I reluctantly joined Facebook recently, hoping to stay connected with a few old friends who scarcely use email anymore, and was friended by half the students with whom I attended high school. I was unprepared for the shallowness and the frothy comments, but encouraged to know that others see the lack of substance in our dialogues.
Rebecka Tol; Tacoma, Wash.

I agree that social interaction is a lost art. With the distractions of everyday life, who has time to interact with a friend or neighbor? Why not have every personal experience on a social networking site? Thank you for the insightful column.
Phillip Owen; Kissimmee, Fla.

"Thank you, subsribrs" (Aug. 14)

After a rather lengthy argument my mother and I determined that "miat" could either be "medicate" or "mediate." And my vocabulary has greatly improved. I also hope Marvin Olasky's finger will recover quickly so I can continue reading his columns without have to diphr thm ovr lunh tim.
Alyssa Hughes, 16; Yigo, Guam

Olasky's alphabetic musings inspired me to find more unrecognizable parings and cost me an afternoon nap in the process. In this alphabetic economy, credit is severely crunched, to "rit." Lengthy ceremonies could be shortened to more bearable "rmonis." And it "ain't" an "accident" (or is it?) that some, called upon to "recant," choose instead to "rant." Clearly this could get out of hand, so let's hope Olasky's injured typing finger mends quickly.
Mark Lama; Arlington, Wash.

"A need-to-know basis" (Aug. 14)

I enjoyed the column. Most of the giants of the scientific revolution in the West-Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Boyle, Pascal, and others-were Christians. In their view, God is a God of order and therefore His orderly creation would yield information to rational investigation. Further, since the Creator and the creation were separate, no longer was nature in some sense sacred. They could tamper with nature without defiling anything, and the experimental method, the backbone of modern science, was born.
Scott Hightower; Colorado Springs, Colo.

Janie B. Cheaney points out that Christians are encouraged to satisfy their curiosity, and in the West this has led to scientific progress. Curiosity exists in non-Christians as well. Some atheists claim not to care where it all comes from, but this is a lie. Part of the human condition is the God-given curiosity that distinguishes us from other living creatures. To ask why, how, and who is a built-in part of the hiker's equipment.
Don Fairburn; Wilmington, N.C.

"Love, internet style" (Aug. 14)

I agree that the "matches" internet dating services provide often aren't of interest, that there are unique risks, and that you can't always trust what people say about themselves. Of course, meeting people in real life can have the same drawbacks. But past age 30 or 40, very few spiritually compatible, interesting, and marriage-minded singles are available. These websites may open up new possibilities.
Cheryl Dunlop; Nashville, Tenn.

The article on "electronic" matchmaking was fun. Next June, my husband and I are traveling to Phoenix for our 10th anniversary to visit the office of the Christian dating site where our profiles first met. We are both convinced God used it to answer our lonesome prayers.
Janie Cook; Flagstaff, Ariz.

Quotables (Aug. 14)

No one would doubt the total forgiveness of God to a repentant sinner, but does God have anything to say about whether Ted Haggard should be leading a church? I think so. Priests who sinned could not come near God in the office of priest, according to Ezekiel 44, but they could serve as a keeper of the gates and in similar roles. However much the flippant Haggard "needs" to lead a church, God has other ideas.
Gladdy Teague; Mount Vernon, Iowa

My daughter who is not yet 3 years old regularly counts from 1 to 50. I can't help but think that when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated, "It's easy to count to 60. I could do it by the time I was in eighth grade," he is giving us a much bigger glimpse into the real reasons for what he says and does in the Senate than he realizes.
Loren H. Sanders; Milwaukee, Wis.


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