Light in Dark Places
The April issue of CT was timely, encouraging, and sobering. Friends of ours are frail in the faith, facing the imminent death of their son from brain cancer. I shared with them Philip Yancey's article "National Tragedy and the Empty Tomb," then sent it to all the unbelievers who are in our circle of a growing faith community, including one of our sons. Thank you, Philip Yancey, for continuing your work of grace, bringing harsh truths to light in a way that gives hope to the hopeless and meaning for those who struggle.
I read with interest CT's recent interview with Rick Warren ["Rick Warren's Final Frontier," April]. Having recently visited Saddleback from New Zealand, where I serve as a missionary, I was surprised to see on Saddleback's map of the world numerous "unreached people groups" located in New Zealand. I have tried to clarify with them who these groups actually are. While I am committed to reaching unreached people groups, I feel we need to be clear on who and where they are, and not make statistical claims that have no basis in fact. At the Lausanne Congress in 2010 in Cape Town, I had a similar experience when we were asked to commit to reaching these unreached people groups—of which we knew many were already "reached."
In "The Mystery of Original Sin" [April], Marguerite Shuster writes, "The reason we do evil remains as mysterious as the turning away of Adam and Eve." But according to the Bible, God made the first man with a lifeless spirit: "Thus also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul; the last Adam a quickening spirit. But ...1