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Issue: "2013 News of the Year," Jan. 11, 2014

‘What goes into the mouth’

Nov. 30  I appreciate the wisdom and food for thought in this article. As a Christian, I find the expanding waistlines of many church members disturbing, and I worry about our witness to the world. As a registered dietitian, I worry about consumers buying into the idea of a healthy lifestyle costing a small fortune.
—Kim Casey, Springfield, Va.

The Nov. 30 issue was a special treat because it contained two articles and a movie review by Sophia Lee. This young writer has an eye for interesting and unusual topics, and a voice that is both candid and clever.
—Russell Board, Saitama, Japan

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As an individual with food sensitivities, I felt your cover made light of those with medical dietary restrictions. I do agree, however, that a church-sponsored dietary plan is a little odd, especially if not biblically based.
—Katie Yoars, Crystal Lake, Ill.

My husband and I are healthy eaters who sometimes eat pizza or ice cream, but some friends think that’s not good enough. Some have read that we might get brain cancer from diet soda, while others don’t eat pork (just following the Old Testament) or gluten (a self-diagnosed solution to nasal stuffiness). We can hardly have a potluck without confusion and hurt feelings. Moreover, the extra energy and money it takes to live that way takes away from more important things.
—Bethany Van Raalte, Sioux Falls, S.D.

I agree with your article, but for those of us with celiac disease this “gluten-free” emphasis has been in some ways a blessing. Restaurants have more food safe for us, and there are many ideas for new recipes. On the negative side, some people do not take us seriously. We just have to trust the Lord with our health and not focus our lives on food choices.
—L. Weishuhn, Tijeras, N.M.

Your cover made my eyes pop open! I hope people aren’t misled by the loaf of bread labeled “gluten free” and “organic wheat.” All wheat contains gluten.
—Mimi Frerichs, Kearney, Neb.

Those who are overweight should halve their food budgets and send the extra money to Christian groups supporting hungry families in the Philippines and Syria. Spending less on food might force them into a Daniel-like diet.
—Larry Marsh, Colton, Ore.

‘Not Annie The Musical’

Nov. 30  Thanks for your recent articles on adoption, especially the challenges associated with adopting older children. In 2007 we adopted three biological brothers from Japan, then aged 5, 6, and 7. Adoption is not an easy path, but it helps to understand that this is a calling.
—David Murphy, Sheppard AFB, Texas

‘A perfect political storm’

Nov. 30  I wonder when, if ever, conservatives will say, “Enough!” Benghazi, IRS, and NSA intrusions didn’t do it. Perhaps Obamacare will move us to action because it affects people’s everyday lives. Sadly, we can’t count on most of the Republicans in Congress. They’re too busy eating their own.
—Laura Thomas, College Grove, Tenn.


Nov. 30  I have enjoyed the cartoons through the years, but they were not funny today. This is not a criticism of WORLD; every day there is something new to show that this presidency is out of control.
—James D. Carson, Beaver Falls, Pa.

‘Navigating the rapids’

Nov. 30  I enjoyed Marvin Olasky’s comments on navigating the rapids. He’s willing to examine non-core beliefs from time to time but too many people, many of them Christians, have not thought things through for many years. That’s a sign of intellectual death rather than conviction.
—Dan LaRue, Lebanon, Pa.

‘Cease your sulking’

Nov. 16  Thank you for this column and another some months ago about the lie that sometimes it’s just too late. Andrée Seu Peterson shared a glimpse of herself and solid counsel that resonates with me, much to my prideful chagrin at times.
—David Gehne, Racine, Wis.

‘Not bluffing’

Nov. 2  Your article on Jerry B. Jenkins and my favorite radio preacher James MacDonald left me disheartened and disappointed. Jenkins’ self-serving ramblings that playing the slots is gambling but playing poker is a skill would be laughable were they not so sad. Before coming to the Lord I played poker and bet on sports. It’s all gambling, and it destroys your soul, whether for large or small amounts.
—Paul Piazza, Little Neck, N.Y.

How does Moody’s position—that its students must observe stricter rules than board members and staffers—differ from that of the scribes and Pharisees Jesus condemned in Matthew 23? The school justifies this by citing Christian liberty, but Paul admonished us to “use your freedom to serve one another in love.”
—Beverly Alloway, Findlay, Ohio


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