Letters, February-March 2007

Kudos on the article on the disabled. I have spent much of my time on both sides, and Mrs. Hottle’s article (October/ November, p. 19) was right on the money. In many cases, the disabled are shunned because people think they need to be treated differently and don’t know how to accomplish this. We are just plain people, who, in most cases have already found a way to overcome or work around a challenge.

IB, Pennsylvania

Comic Relief

How encouraging to hear about the growing community of Christian comic artists, and what a thrill to see comics mentioned in a positive way. I’ve loved comics for most of my life and have long known what a powerful medium they can be, but it’s not always been easy to convince older Christians of their positive potential. Thank you for publishing this article!

TD, email

I received the latest issue of Christian Odyssey with great joy yesterday. I like to skim through the pages before I start to read the issue. Sometimes I’ll read it cover to cover from front to back. Sometimes I’ll work back to front. This time, I started with Javier Saltares’ article “Comic Relief.”

I have not yet had a chance to read David’s Mighty Men, but I intend to make an effort to find and enjoy it.

I agree that comic books “are an art form, and can inspire us just like music, art or poetry.” Some comic books and graphic novels deserve recognition as literature. As Javier wrote, “don’t underestimate comics.” Some can be used for inspiration, education and expression, to break or to build. There is a Christian example to be drawn even from Superman, or Javier’s own work on Spider-Man.

DK, email

I noticed the Lectionary readings were omitted from the December 2006/January 2007 issue of Christian Odyssey. I have found this section to be a welcome aid to my Bible study. Will the Lectionary feature of the magazine be returning?

MC, Ohio

We’re glad that you found the Christian Odyssey lectionary feature to be helpful. We decided to discontinue that feature because it is readily available from other sources, such as www.textweek.com or http://divinity.library.vanderbilt.edu/lectionary/. You’ll find more material about the lectionary at those sites.

The article in Christian Odyssey (“Do we have the right books in the Bible?” October/November, p. 14) clearly reflects the views on Scripture of Fuller Theological Seminary. It is clearly a neo-evangelical position. Personally, I don’t think a noncorrespondence view of truth is supported by Scripture or reason for that matter. What I don’t understand is why you don’t cite any sources in the article, as anyone interested could go to them and get a much better understanding of your position than a four-page article gives.

BL, email

Michael Morrison replies: You are correct — our four-page article could give only a brief introduction to the subject. There is more to it than simply assigning labels to the explanation you like or don’t like. Much has been written, and if people want to reach a better understanding of these questions, they need to read a variety of perspectives. For example, Inspiration and Authority, by Paul Achtemeier;Biblical Inspiration, by I. Howard Marshall; and Inspiration, by Alden Thompson.

You encourage us to celebrate Christmas. But strangely, I find nothing about giving the presents to Jesus like the so-called wise men did as an example. How come you don’t encourage members to give gifts to Jesus, because after all IT’S HIS BIRTHDAY, and not to each other? You sidetracked this issue by saying let’s be more kind, loving, giving, charitable, etc. this season, but no mention of the traditional gifts going to Jesus on his birthday!

NL, email

Are you sure you fully read and understand the article?

I found your magazine in our recycle bin. I would like to receive Christian Odyssey.

MM, Iowa

This is not our usual way of gaining new subscribers, but we are happy to have you.

I had to write and commend your article, “Let God Be God” (October/November, p. 8). I believe you laid out some great concepts regarding “hell” and “predestination” in the article. Pointing out the non-clarities in the Bible regarding these subjects, you present the simple solution of “wait and see” — with faith that God can take care of the salvation of His creation.

Me thinks Christendom has been overly-enthused with the threats of Hell’s torments for too long as a tool to create converts. I loved your question, “Who do you think you are anyway” — as if God’s success rate depends on our human effectiveness to spread the gospel to specific individuals in a specific timeframe. When you think as you suggest, it removes another heavy guilt weight from the Christian’s shoulders. We still have clear personal responsibility and encouragement to share the Good News with others, but it is to be done out of a sense of amazement of God’s goodness and grace and how others can share that wonderfulness — not in a dread of quotas and deadlines in which Christian believers always have and continue to fall short.

LB, email

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