July 12 I framed the picture of Armado Obando and his family smiling in front of their hovel in Nicaragua to remind myself, and inquiring visitors, that “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
—H. Eberhard Roell, Boulder, Colo.
July 12 I taught over 6,000 public school students before retiring in 2011, and have seen firsthand the results of “sacrificing the children.” A God without miracles, a cross without a Savior from sin, and a Bible without truth leave little room for any vestiges of Christianity.
—Dave Klatt, Sebring, Fla.
I really liked this column exposing the impossibility of “theistic evolution.” Marvin Olasky mentioned how WORLD has stood its ground for the Word of God during translation controversies and the evolution debate. You have also stood up to a very militant homosexual movement. I will subscribe as long as WORLD defends biblical truth.
—Dick Dickerson, Mechanicsville, Va.
Sound, biblical theology stands or falls on our belief in the veracity of Genesis 1-3. Thank you for standing with the truth of God’s Word.
—Terry Pruett, White City, Ore.
The adjective “theistic” does not legitimize “theistic evolution” any more than “theistic deception.” God’s clear Word trumps evolution of any description.
—Michael DuMez, Oostburg, Wis.
Students indeed have a dilemma when they face, on one hand, professors who teach evolution using verifiable data on the ancient age of the universe and, on the other, pastors who insist on a young earth. But the Intelligent Design community is doing an excellent job documenting the problems with evolution while old earth creationists treat the Bible as God’s inspired Word and science with respect, differentiating fact from interpretation.
—Jean Hutchinson, Salinas, Calif.
I appreciate that WORLD refuses to give in to intimidation by secular science. As a physicist, I strongly believe that Darwinism can’t possibly be right and that the standard view that the universe is billions of years old is proving to be scientifically untenable, as shown by the rich literature supporting a young earth approach.
—Chris Lyndon, Centreville, Va.
The PCUSA and other mainline denominations made choices in the 1930s about God’s Word, and look where they are today. Now too many evangelical churches no longer teach creation as God said it happened. Either we believe the whole Bible or none of it matters.
—Roland Ward, Salem, Ore.
July 12 Regarding N.T. Wright’s compromised position on Genesis, the main problem with theistic evolution is that it posits a world broken long before man appears, a world in which death, disease, and billions of years of suffering were the norm before the fall. Is that the world God declared “very good”? Is that the state to which creation will someday be restored?
—Bob Srigley, Charlottesville, Va.
July 12 This column about Andrée Seu Peterson’s employment woes reminded us of a saying: “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” It has proved true in our life, and we’re sure it’s proving true in hers too.
—Steve & Barbara Coffman, San Diego, Calif.
One of my favorite verses is Micah 6:8, which instructs us to “walk humbly with your God.” Could a slice of humble pie now and then be part of a balanced diet? I think so.
—Mervin L. Bruckhart, Lititz, Pa.
Peterson commented that whether everyone is stupid in something and smart in something is more than she can know. This I know: Her column is top-tier in meaningful thought and insightful reflections on the state of humanity.
—Norman D. Johns, Richfield, Kan.
July 12 Marriage, representing Christ and His bride, is a profound mystery; no wonder Satan seeks to distort and pervert it. I believe we are witnessing the great “falling away,” and so we know that our Bridegroom comes soon.
—Carolyn Anne Venable, Houston, Texas
Your quote of J. Gresham Machen calling the Church of Rome a “perversion of the Christian religion” in an article about the PCUSA’s endorsement of same-sex marriage only irritates your loyal Catholic readership. Please concentrate your literary fire on the real enemies of God’s kingdom.
—Peter Broda, North Charleston, S.C.
July 12 This was a culturally uplifting and spiritually engaging article on conductor Manfred Honeck. Arts-related articles are food for the body, mind, and soul.
—Brian Nixon, Albuquerque, N.M.
July 12 Sophia Lee’s movie review was excellent. As C.S. Lewis warned us, the two equal errors in considering the devil are to dismiss him as a cartoon or to give him too much of our focus, to the detriment of a joyful grasp of the glorious gospel.
—Alec Woodhull, Rockford, Tenn.
July 12 Mindy Belz asserts in her otherwise excellent column that democracy does not require a Christian society. I disagree. Our Founding Fathers believed a Christian society was required to maintain the government they designed. Our society’s drift away from Christian values goes hand in hand with increasingly secular and power-hungry governments stripping away our freedoms.
—Robert Wissolik, Lafayette, Colo.
When some faction of a society believes it is a religious duty to murder the opposition, that society is not capable of self-rule.
—Jack Giblin, Waxhaw, N.C.
June 28 I have found benefits for both e-books and printed books. After years of book buying, spare space on my bookshelves is at a premium. I’ll buy an e-book if I plan to read it only once, but “keepers” get consideration for one of those valuable spare slots on the bookshelf.
—Gary W. Ward, Temecula, Calif.
June 28 All the young women at my mother’s church are riveted by Call the Midwife, but to my mind it is a dangerous sort of TV show and ought to be viewed by Christians with caution. The show presumes to answer many questions about “reproductive justice,” praising the National Health Service and suggesting that the poor improve their lives by limiting the number of their children. But where will we be if our answers are formed from watching BBC television instead of through thoughtful conversation?
—Bria Drotar, Clarksville, Ark.
May 31 Thank you for your sidebar profile of public school teacher Andy Goetz. I work in the same school as Andy, have been in his class, and can attest to his enthusiasm, joy, and gentleness as he goes through his day. The smile he wears in that picture never seems to disappear. His positive relationships with staff and students show how effectively he shines the light of God’s love.
—Genny Wittenbach, Lebanon, Ohio
May 31 I recently spent two weeks in Jordan. We taught English in Amman and ministered in Mafraq, Jordan, which has more Syrian refugees than Jordanians. The refugees we met just want to go home. Thank you for your article. It gives me another name and face to pray for.
—Jan Mansfield, Buffalo, N.Y.
The correct translation of Vida y Esperanza is “Life and Hope.” (“Hope and help for the poor,” July 12, p. 36).
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