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Issue: "At the wire," Nov. 6, 2010

"Fear at Fanda" (Sept. 25)

Once in a while an article in WORLD leaves me numb. Such was "Fear at Fanda." I read it just as Pope Benedict was in England commenting on the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. We Protestants can sometimes become very smug about the issue of child abuse, but this shows that we have to clean up our act, too.
Bruce Wollenberg; Minneapolis, Minn.

I am devastated but not surprised to read about the horrendous child abuse scandals at missionary boarding schools. I don't believe God calls believers with children to leave them behind "for the sake of souls." God's Son was born to be sacrificed for the souls of mankind. Our children were not.
Robert Reno; Irvine, Calif.

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I once read an article by a missionary describing her heartbreak at sending her 6-year-old to a school a thousand miles away. She believed that if she took care of things precious to God, He would take care of things precious to her. Everything in me recoiled from such a perspective. I was thankful to read that New Tribes Missions has been humble enough to recognize the destructive effect of its past policies.
Fagel Brooks; Lancaster, Pa.

"Beckoning Christians" (Sept. 25)

I, too, appreciate Glenn Beck's patriotism. Thank you for Marvin Olasky's warning about religious syncretism. I also welcome his mention of the key biblical doctrine of imputed righteousness.
Kirby Spevacek; Avondale, Ariz.

I believe that God is using Beck to awaken a "form of godliness" in the American culture in spite of the fact that he is a Mormon. In one sense, that's a humbling embarrassment to far, far too many American pastors. And after watching him regularly for over a year, I have never heard him assert that a man is, or may become, like God.
G. Robert Greene; Fredericksburg, Va.

If Beck were teaching religion, it would be syncretism and Christians would have to be wary. If Beck is teaching history and applying it to today's politics, he is educating the populace and gathering more people into the conservative tent. Evangelicals need to listen to Beck's lessons from history.
Arthur Thompson; Atchison, Kan.

"One naïve fellow" (Sept. 25)

My sympathies to the Belz family at the loss of their mother. Mrs. Belz was quite the woman. I am a mother of five kids ages 11 to 19; this column made me think a lot about impact and how faithfulness in daily tasks as well as in encouraging intellectual stimulation in my children will affect the next generation. Thanks for that beautiful tribute.
Frieda Graber; Atglen, Pa.

I just ripped out Joel Belz's column and put it in my bedside table. I hope one day my son can write such things of me.
Lori Templeman; Kyle, Texas

Quotables (Sept. 25)

Sen. Tom Coburn's comment that Newt Gingrich would be "the last person I'd vote for" as a GOP presidential candidate because of his marital history hit a solid chord. The GOP needs moral voters who will support those who best represent their views instead of voters who support those they think will win or are merely the lesser of two evils.
Joel Bangen; Kansas City, Mo.

Regarding the tragic words from the Afghan Muslim man: Another horrific "unintended consequence" of a religion developed by men is the covering of the girls' faces so that men instead choose "beautiful" boys for their sexual satisfaction. It's also another death-dealing demonstration of Satan's influence. Lord, have mercy.
Frank Brown; Absecon, N.J.

"Side by side" (Sept. 25)

Thank you so much for paying tribute to Capt. Dale Goetz and God's work through his ministry as an Army chaplain. We were stationed in Okinawa, Japan, with Dale and Christy before they moved to Ft. Carson last year. We held similar views and shared copies of WORLD. Now we are back in the States, and every time an issue arrives in the mailbox I think about them.
Anna Baker; Waynesville, Mo.

Thank God for men like Capt. Goetz who made the ultimate sacrifice. I'd like to add that since Vietnam other Army chaplains have died as a result of combat wounds. Father Timothy Vakoc's Humvee struck an improvised explosive device during Operation Iraqi Freedom on May 29, 2004, and he died about five years later. Before he was injured while returning from leading worship for troops, he had written his sister, "The safest place for me to be is in the center of God's will, and if that is in the line of fire, that is where I will be."
Craig Anderson; San Jose, Calif.

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