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Issue: "Realities: 2011-2020," Jan. 15, 2011

"Biblical callings" (Dec. 4)

Once I was leading a meeting of mostly under-supported missionaries when one commented, "If our support doesn't improve I guess I will just have to get a real job." His comment really bothered me and later I wished I had replied, "Being a missionary is the real work. Everything else is just making a living." After reading these articles, my answer now would be that real work is for a person to fulfill his God-given calling with his whole heart, soul, and strength.
Jerry Miel; Tucson, Ariz.

This is the first WORLD on which I have written, "Do Not Discard." I've got two children in college and six more behind. There was excellent counsel throughout the issue. I just wish you'd written it (and I would have read it) in 1972.
Randy Simpson; Fairfield, Pa.

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Your section on "Biblical callings" was excellent. Christian ministry in the marketplace has many dimensions. It's very exciting for a believer to discover that in his own work he participates as God's agent to further His ongoing work on earth.
Alec Woodhull; Rockford, Tenn.

My vocation requires me to serve freed murderers, rapists, and perpetrators of crimes against children. Each day is a true challenge of learning how to love your neighbor as yourself. In a society that generally calls for the blood of the guilty, I must remember they are equally as eligible for God's grace as I was.
James A. Lee; Belleville, Mich.

"The happy warrior" (Dec. 4)

Thank you for this excellent article about the ministry of Dr. Hugh Ross. He and his team continue to reveal the scientific evidence for an ancient earth. I am convinced that someday this evidence will be accepted by the vast majority of evangelical churches.
Stanley A. Watson; Wooster, Ohio

It was disconcerting that the article on Ross didn't mention that his viewpoint requires there to have been death before the fall. God Himself pronounced creation "very good." Are we to understand, then, that animals ripping each other to shreds for millennia is "very good?"
Tom Eynon; Winchester, Mass.

Reasons to Believe has been very valuable to me and many other like-minded scientists who value how the ministry meshes science with the infallible Word of God. Ross' admission that discontinuities are research opportunities is good to hear from a Bible-believing scientist.
Orvin Bontrager; Aurora, Neb.

Hugh Ross is a fine Christian and an outstanding scientist, but I strongly object to the hermeneutical principles he employs to arrive at what I call a compromise between macro-evolution and biblical creationism.
Jim Haack; Omaha, Neb.

I appreciated the article on Hugh Ross. As a young student in the '80s I struggled with many of the weaknesses of the Young Earth position (not to mention evolution) and felt I lived a life in two distinct boxes: science and faith. The Old Earth position allowed me to reconcile many of my concerns.
Ray Luse; Spokane, Wash.

"Working for good" (Dec. 4)

I loved "Working for good." I'm going to start college next year and have observed that sometimes people's attitudes toward their work aren't that great. When I described my ideal job recently, a friend told me that I was "young and full of dreams," but I don't think that's a bad thing. This article gave me hope that it's possible to have a fulfilling vocation in which I can serve others and glorify God.
Carly Bergthold; Nashville, Tenn.

"Body of work" (Dec. 4)

Whoa! A Christian painting nudes? That seems clearly out of sync with the tenor of the Scriptures and WORLD's philosophy.
David L. Burkholder; Bridgewater, Va.

It is refreshing to see a Christian organization provide for dialogue on controversial issues. Although I am unlikely to view Ed Knippers' artwork, I like subscribing to a magazine whose managers are secure enough to investigate a broad range of perspectives.
Don E. Johnson; Addy, Wash.

"Deep or broad?" (Dec. 4)

It's a balancing act, but I vote that WORLD should go broad to attract newcomers. Although I would hate to lose the WORLD that challenges me, there are already many publications that dig deeper.
Bev Roe; Hamilton, Ohio

We vote, with the man Joel Belz interviewed, for deep. We rely on WORLD to tell us what we won't hear anywhere else and to take us deeper than the other news outlets.
Kenneth & Nancy Whisler; Edinburg, Pa.

Stay the course focusing on the "insiders"-please! I am continually flabbergasted at the staggering level of ignorance among believers on almost every important topic. That includes national and international events, and, God help us, the Bible.
Kirby J. Killman; Pasco, Wash.

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