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How Lewis Lit the Way

As a nondrinking, nonsmoking, retired graphic artist, I was impressed by the apt and powerful image of Aslan rising from the pipe on your November cover. The article and illustration match perfectly. Well done.

Our two sons were raised on Narnia. Now they are passing their love of C. S. Lewis on to our grandchildren. I can imagine Lewis merrily writing his enchanting tales as he imagines them in his pipe dreams—to give the phrase a positive twist.

Darwin Dunham
Minneola, Florida

Pep Talks for Successful Living

Mark Galli's editorial was full of keen insight. I used a highlighter on several portions and tacked it up on my bulletin board. Even so, I take issue with one implication: that prosperity preaching is essentially innocuous. On the contrary, when moralistic messages are divorced from the grace of Christ, they form a false gospel.

The message of Joel Osteen and company is consistently one that makes the recipient responsible for earthly and spiritual success: think positively, make lemonade, "I think I can, I think I can!" This may nudge disheartened seekers away from foolhardy living, but it suggests that lifting ourselves up by the bootstraps is possible and sufficient. Such talk is not a partial or incomplete gospel; it is antithetical to the gospel.

Let us instead preach only the pure, world-upside-down grace that Galli heralds: the wisdom of the Cross.

David Huizenga
Wyncote, Pennsylvania

Our Own Worst (Art) Critics

I desperately need to respond to N. D. Wilson's column on the "Christian artist" label. I was a member of a band, all Christians. While our music reflected our faith, only one song used "Christian vocabulary." ...

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