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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Praying for rain," Aug. 11, 2012

'Politicized pulpit'

June 16 Right on! Pastors from the pulpit should deliver law and gospel. The left seems to apply a double standard to people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. The vocation of those who sit in the pew is to witness to our Lord and Savior, first and foremost, but also to be good, knowledgeable, voting citizens.
-Kirby Spevacek, Avondale, Ariz.

'Fact or fiction'

June 16 You wrote that during "fracking" to extract oil and gas, operators inject a mixture of "fresh water and sand into a well at very high volumes and pressures," but the fluids also include chemicals that some believe are hazardous. We live in central Pennsylvania and see and hear the local impact. Our forests are gouged and our winding, twisty mountain roads are now dangerously overloaded with speeding frac trucks. The list of dangerous negatives is long.
-Barbara Perkons, State College, Pa.

'Experts needed'

June 2 Who would have ever thought that understanding what it means to be male and female would be in such a confused state? It is really simple, yet this issue is central to so much turmoil all over the world.
-Bev Roe, Hamilton, Ohio

'God's chickens'

May 19 It is so good to hear evangelicals taking up the cause for God's creation. Usually we are trying to push back against people who are making creation their god, making it seem as though we don't care about the environment.
-Betsy Nesbitt, Asheville, N.C.

'Cheer of the crowd'

May 19 After the closing of our small church, which had a significant portion of international students from Asia and Africa, we looked for another church that "looked like the world" but did not act like the world. J.C. Watts said it best: "I'm not looking for a church that looks like me. I'm looking for a church that looks like heaven: red, yellow, brown, black, and white." We are thankful that the church we found is developing more of a heart for the world, and is starting to look a wee bit more like heaven.
-Lois Snyder, Wichita, Kan.

Notable CDs

May 19 I always read the reviews and have found them helpful, but Mr. Orteza missed on his review of Lionel Richie's Tuskegee. It was unkind to call it "the latest example of an over-the-hill performer squeezing a million or two more dollars" from his back catalog. I purchased the album and love it.
-Earlene Barling, Merced, Calif.


For the first time since 1989 Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi traveled outside her country's borders on May 29 (Looking Ahead, June 16, p. 12).

The author of Piercing the Night is H. Eberhard Roell ("Niche nook," July 14, p. 51).

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