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Issue: "2012 News of the Year," Dec. 29, 2012

‘Here Comes the Boom’

Nov. 3 Your review didn’t prepare us for some pleasant scenes, such as when the characters talk about Genesis 32:24 and how Kevin James’ character earned respect by fighting hard, just as Jacob wrestled with God. Another was James and three supporters joining hands in a prayer circle before his final fight. This was a funny and inspiring film.
—Ken Walker, Huntington, W.Va.

‘The tales of trees’

Oct. 6 Several years ago I looked up all the passages about trees in the Bible, focusing on the Tree of Life, and wondered why I hadn’t heard about it in sermons or books before. This column summarized it all so well.
—Nancy Streza, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

‘Raging relativists’

Oct. 6 Janie B. Cheaney’s observation that “maybe everything looks like a lie when you’ve lost sight of the truth” pretty well sums it up. Thanks for a great column.
—Roger Hudgins, Bartlesville, Okla.

‘2016: Obama’s America’

Sept. 22 I found this film compelling. The concept of neo-colonialism says there is only so much money, prestige, etc., in the world and anyone who has more than his “fair share” must have stolen it from someone else. If Kenya has less than the U.S., it’s because the U.S. took Kenya’s wealth. This idea underlies much of life in Africa.
—Marian Hungerford, Guider, Cameroon

‘Runway platform’

Sept. 22 If the photo with this story is any indication of what Freedom and Fashion is showcasing, then it really seems ironic that a ministry that spotlights sex trafficking is doing so by displaying sexy clothing. I disagree with Chris Baltodono that sexual addiction starts in trauma and dysfunctional families. It starts in a culture and churches that accept sexually provocative fashion as normal public dress.
—Sven Trenholm, Loughborough, U.K.

‘Shallow Courage

Sept. 22 We were hesitant to go to Last Ounce of Courage because of your review, but I’m so glad we did. It has a great message on saving our freedoms and is an excellent family film. We need more movies like it.
—Donna Adee, Minneapolis, Kan.

‘God out of the box’

Sept. 8 Some might criticize Andrée Seu Peterson for suggesting that the God of the Bible may still desire to break into our lives in a supernatural manner. However, I do not believe that the evangelical church is in danger of succumbing to emotionalism or inflated expectations. One is reminded of Screwtape’s observation: “The great thing is to have them running about with fire extinguishers when there is a flood.”
—Dave Wells, West Bend, Wis.

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