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Responses to our December issue via letters, tweets, and Facebook posts.

I was a pastor from 1988 to 2005 at the same church. This was during the great battles between the conservatives and the moderates. I spent one day a week at the library reading Christianity Today. It made me think. I enjoyed my monthly trip, but I became disabled in 2005 from Parkinson’s disease.

I bought a CT subscription from my granddaughter for school. I received my first copy today and loved it! Your pages were a spring of fresh water in a parched land. My success in pastoring came from loving my people in Christ and following his teaching. The things you said gave me hope that people will come to know Jesus as the only one who can transform their lives. I pray that God in his wisdom will guide your decisions as you perform this great task.

I am an avid reader of CT, and the December issue is the best by far of any I have seen. The five major articles were captivating, very well written, and addressed very important topics. You hit a home run.

Both as a psychotherapist and as a resident of Raleigh, North Carolina, I often hear derogatory comments about Christians. The label “Bible Belt” is used in disdain. I am hurt by the small mindedness of folks living in an area of well-educated professionals. I am told that Christians are weak, feeble minded, blind sheep, unenlightened, fake, Bible thumpers, and hypocrites. So I truly enjoyed the articles by Barbara Bradley Hagerty and Wendy Alsup in your December issue. These articles, among several others in this issue, demonstrate the intelligence, open-mindedness, honesty, and lack of judgment of many Christians. To me, it takes great strength and humility to surrender to God. He is more interested in our hearts than in our higher educational degrees.

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