Letters to the Editor
Without education I would not be able to read the Scriptures and teach others. Education is a noble career that should be valued by everyone even if it is public education. And as public educators we should always seek improvement because we have been entrusted to lead our future.
For us folks unread in philosophy and untrained in either theology or biology, it matters a lot how we got here, because we want to know if we really need a Savior or if we can read our Bibles for real meaning. In regards to the Alvin Plantinga interview ["Conflict Resolution," December], we do not expect anyone to prove completely "right" in everything he teaches. Some of us who were educated by doctrinaire naturalists, then soothed by theistic evolutionist theologians, now wonder why the young-earth creationists are written off. Plantinga seems to be saying that only a theistic evolutionist can be a believer and remain scientific.
I feel cheated again.
Obeying the Rules
"Double-Daring the IRS" [December] is misleading. While Americans United for Separation of Church and State complained to the IRS about our church's website, I am not using the website to endorse Rick Perry.
Our website links to a YouTube page that posts all of my media appearances for the convenience of our church members and carried a clip of my introduction of Perry at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. However, our website states that the media clips do not reflect an official endorsement.
I have repeatedly said I believe pastors and churches should not officially endorse candidates for political office. Our church has been careful to operate within those IRS guidelines, and we advise other churches to do so as well.
Pastor, First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas
What got the most comments in December's CT
14% Making Disciples Today Mark Galli
10% The Good God Who Came Down Michael Horton
10% No Taxpayer Is an Island CT Editorial
The most praised piece in December's CT
It's Okay to Expect a Miracle Interview with Craig Keener
Worth RepeatingCompiled by Elissa Cooper
"The least bit of curve will 'present a temptation' even if you're wearing a turtleneck. We can't win in a shame-based system."
Dianna, discussing how women are conflicted when it comes to modesty and a healthy outlook on body image and sexuality.
Her.meneutics: "How 'Modest Is Hottest' Is Hurting Christian Women," by Sharon Hodde Miller
"The person who has greed and retains everything for their own self-gratification gives wealthy people a bad name."
Marilyn, opining that people can receive generous salaries as long as they are good stewards.
CT Liveblog: "How Will Christians Respond to Albert Pujols' $250 Million Contract" by Sarah Pulliam Bailey
"My prayer for the President is that the constant carping of other Christians doesn't discourage him in his own practice of faith."
Jim R., expressing disappointment in Christian leaders who criticize President Obama's lack of faith.
CT Politics: "Obama at Christmas Tree Lighting: Christ 'A Manifestation of God's Love,'" by Sarah Pulliam Bailey
"He will be singing to crowds of predominantly unbelievers, touring with mostly unbelievers, and he has credence in their eyes because he is talented."
Carol, applauding Christian singer Marc Martel, who will be performing in a secular tribute to Queen.
CT Entertainment Blog: "Downhere's Marc Martel Wins Queen Contest," by Mark Moring
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