In fact, 1,435 readers wrote to CT in 1995--via fax, e-mail, and "snail mail."

Readers wrote on many subjects, but most notably on the debate last summer between John Woodbridge and James Dobson on whether using "fighting words" in defense of truth help or hurt our cause (June 19, 1995), and on Woodbridge's earlier article, "Culture War Casualties," that sparked the discussion (Mar. 6, 1995). Runner-up was a wide range of opinions about the CT Institute in December 1994 on evangelicals and Catholics--J. I. Packer on the document "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" and Alister McGrath's analysis of the new Catholic catechism.

We heard from dozens more about adulterous pastors (April 3, 1995), and on the discussion engendered by Mark Noll's book "Scandal of the Evangelical Mind" (Aug. 14, 1995).

This issue shows lively opinions about November 13 articles by Caleb Rosado on affirmative action and by Frederica Mathewes-Green on the sin of gluttony.

In 1996, keep those cards and letters coming. We appreciate hearing from you.

GRAHAM: MODEL OF STEADFASTNESS

- Thank you for providing us with such a thorough and fitting tribute to Billy Graham on his fiftieth ministry-year anniversary [Nov. 13]. As a pastor, I have heard many people say, in the wake of all the televangelist scandals, that "if Billy Graham ever falls, I'm hanging up my faith." Billy's faithfulness to his Lord and to his wife has provided a fantastic model of steadfastness for the rest of us. His example has, indeed, inspired other preachers to stay the course.

- Dale Johnsen

Yakima, Wash.

It could well be noted that some of us sensed Billy Graham's calling very early on. He was a classmate of mine at Wheaton College in the forties. I sang in Billy's gospel team quartet. ...

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