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Issue: "Boy Scout dilemma," May 18, 2013

We think praise hymns will bring in the lost, but the lost that do come through our doors hear praise songs before they hear the gospel of forgiveness. And how often do we ask the “Ethiopian eunuch” or the one wearing the “Rahab the harlot” T-shirt (“Journey of grace,” March 23) how they are doing, and really listen to what they have to say?
—Roger Rehbein, Oakdale, Minn.

I sympathize with Christa Sutherland. God’s people must realize that worship is an all-day, everyday activity. It should not be relegated to a once-a-week service where a handful of people do all the work and the rest sit and try to stay focused on the performers (oops, I mean Jesus).
—Racheal Ankeny, Nampa, Idaho

‘A great delusion’

March 23  Thanks to Andrée Seu Peterson for referring to Proverbs 16:31. Not just the young are guilty of denying that “Gray hair is a crown of glory, [if] gained in a righteous life.”
—David Hoff, Barron, Wis.

‘Model behavior’

March 23  As a missionary in a little village tucked into the hills an hour from the Zimbabwean border, I wanted to say how refreshing and encouraging Mindy Belz’s column on human flourishing was. Thank you.
—Melinda Schlehlein, Mbhokota Village, South Africa

‘Bound and released’

March 23  Thanks for the insight about the meaning of Jesus’ prayer for the forgiveness of those who crucified Him. William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army, once wrote, “The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, heaven without hell.” It seems he had insight from on high.
—Mark E. Cook, Madison, Va.

‘Words search’

March 9  Regarding the phrase “compassionate conservatism,” we need to find a way to educate people concerning the strengths of real, historic conservatism. Part of the problem is perception, in that liberals are perceived as compassionate when, in fact, they are cruel. Just examine the results of their policies.
—Robert Persons, Waynesville, N.C.

‘12 worried men’

March 9  It’s unfortunate that Rep. Broun would give the big bang theory such a bad rap by referring to it as a “lie” from hell. Many evangelicals feel it’s a wonderful tool for evangelism because its main concepts, such as the ex nihilo beginning for all matter, were first mentioned in Scripture.
—Bob Taylor, Templeton, Calif.


The North Dakota personhood amendment that would, if voters approve it in a 2014 referendum, ban nearly all abortions does not include exceptions for rape or incest (“Legalizing personhood,” April 20, p. 10).

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