Letters to the Editor
We always appreciate hearing from our readers. In the future, we would like to encourage readers to respond in the comment boxes after the articles. But you may also send us letters via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and through the mail: Christian Standard, 8805 Governor’s Hill Drive, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45249. We look forward to reading your comments!
Leadership Unhappy with Article
The leadership at the church I serve is upset about the “What’s Next?” article by Brian Mavis entitled “Women Preaching” in the April issue. We are no longer subscribing to the STANDARD and are not putting it in the foyer for people to take home. My personal take is that we need to consider the words of 1 Timothy 2 as more than cultural. However, it saddens me that we no longer take the STANDARD.
Keep up the good work!
I absolutely love the new monthly Christian Standard! I could not put it down! I have read it from cover to cover! Every article was great Especially liked “Stewardship: What Have We Done to This World?” and “Let me Tell You How You Should Vote”
I have cut these two articles out and am using them in my daily prayer time.
I am a 71-year-old widow and have been a Christian for 50 years.
Keep up the good work!
Bothered by Two Things
(The letter is in response to Paul S. Williams’s column “The Biggest Factor Is Chance?” in the July 1 issue of CHRISTIAN STANDARD–a column that is not yet posted.)
Paul, I’ve known you for 40 years. I’ve read your column in the STANDARD for years. Your comments in the July 1 issue prompted me to write you. Maybe you were being sarcastic; maybe you were just fishing for letters like this. Either way, here is my response.
What bothered me were your words, “A lot of it is luck” and “Maybe he [God] does give me a nudge in a particular direction every now and again. . . .”
Wow! Do you really believe in luck? Rather than the Lord guiding your life?
Forty years ago the Lord made it clear to me that he wanted me to go to Bible college. As an accountant, I knew that was financially impossible. Age 33, a wife and three young children, I couldn’t see how it was possible to quit my job and enroll in Bible college. But the amazing part is, the Lord made it all happen. My part on November 15, 1971, was to promise him that wherever he led, I would go. He did the impossible.
In looking back over my life, I can see the times and the ways he did “direct all my paths,” as promised in Proverbs 3:5, 6. Most of the guidance from him has been recognized after it happened. But on one unique occasion, he spoke to me in a way that only he could have done—“Go see Mrs. Baker.” After losing a mental debate, I went to see Mrs. Baker. The whole story takes too many words for this letter, but the end result proved that he had directed me to see Mrs. Baker one last time before she went to Heaven.
After much thought and prayer, I decided to write you and share my heart.
‘Other Areas that Need Planting’
My husband and I feel blessed to have both been raised by Christian parents in Restoration churches. We continue to watch them serve the Lord as they are getting older. Our 16-year marriage has been built on Christian principles. We seek the Lord’s guidance in all areas of our lives. We are striving to teach our two children to live for Jesus and serve him each and every day, not just “at church.”
Being raised in areas of the United States with multiple Restoration churches in our hometowns, we grew up with ample opportunities to serve and fellowship with many others who held the same principles. Church camps, youth retreats, and even monthly Sunday evening singspirations were just a few of the ways we fellowshipped with other Christian church members. Those times were precious to know that we could come together with other Christians who held the same beliefs on those essentials of the church that were so important to us.
A recent job change for my husband has taken us to the South. We live in a highly populated city. However, we now live in a state where the Restoration church we both grew up in is almost nonexistent. This has been a surprise to us. Our desire to serve the Lord remains constant, yet we struggle to understand how the Restoration church is not as vibrant and alive here as it is in many other states of our great nation.
A recent trip back home allowed us to attend our home church and get caught up on some of the CHRISTIAN STANDARDs we used to look forward to getting each Sunday. Our parents save them for us so we can read what is going on in the Restoration churches. We noticed your article on the Restoration megachurches and growing churches of the United States. It was interesting for us to read the lists of these churches and see how many of them are within the same states. It never occurred to either one of us that we would one day live in a state where the closest vibrant Restoration churches are possibly hours away.
We attended the North American Christian Convention last year with our children. We enjoyed it very much but were saddened to know that most people in our state would have been as clueless about the convention as those Dudley Rutherford interviewed in his preconvention plug; what is the NACC? We had attended the National Missionary Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, the November before and heard him promoting the convention in Cincinnati.
Our purpose in this letter is to simply let you know the reaction we had to reading your list of growing churches. We are so pleased that the Restoration churches are growing and serving in certain areas of the country. There are, however, other areas that need planting. There could be such a harvest here. We pray that someday the Restoration Movement will be intentional to move South and to all areas of the country that are lacking a strong Restoration church presence.
—The Meadows Family
Like ‘Extended Families’
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‘Keep Up the Good Work!’
Several years ago, I started picking up CHRISTIAN STANDARD and The Lookout for my Grandmother, who lives in an assisted-living facility. Having grown up in the Christian church, I was familiar with both publications, but considered them more for “older people,” not a young 40-year-old like myself. Oddly enough, I found myself reading the magazines and have come to love CHRISTIAN STANDARD. Maybe I’m just getting older, but I really feel that CHRISTIAN STANDARD has a vibrancy about it. The “In Opinions, Liberty” segment has more than once renewed my hope in the church and helped to dispel some of my own cynicism. I look forward to reading Paul Williams weekly article and have often copied and shared a quote from “Seen and Heard.” I appreciated your focus on the Bible last year, and can’t say enough how much I appreciated Matt Proctor’s “how-to-read . . .” articles. After reading CHRISTIAN STANDARD, I often think, “I should let them know what a great job they’re doing.” Well, I’ve finally gotten around to it. Your publication has been educational and encouraging in my Christian walk. Thanks so much. Keep up the good work!