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ACU was penalized for well-meaning acts

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The real story on the NCAA versus Abilene Christian University article should have been “Well-meaning acts of Christian charity can get your school in trouble with the NCAA.”
It is not the Wildcat athletic program that has lost its way here, but the overreaching lawyers from the NCAA.
Dale Brown | Midland, Texas
Readers respond to decline in membership
I do not believe churches “get it.” I believe we are clueless as to why we are not growing.
People want to be fed. They want to feel others are listening and that they care. They won’t keep worshiping if they feel abandoned.
So many of us are caught up in what job you have, where you work, how much you make, who your family is, what you wear, what you drive, as opposed to being genuinely concerned about the souls of men.
If we listen, I believe we will hear fallen members saying: “I stay home because I am not getting a message of hope.”
Men, women and children just want us to stop a minute and really care — and at that point, I believe we will see growth again.
Sharon Underwood | Kingwood, Texas
One area I continue to see glaringly absent in all the dialogue on why we are declining is the area of apologetics.
People have a lot of questions that are either being ignored by the church or are answered in negative and inaccurate ways. (“Does God exist?” “Who created God?” “How do we know the Bible is the word of God?” “Why did God create us?” etc.)
We spend massive hours of time answering these kinds of questions from people that find us on the Web, and a huge percentage of these folks are ex-members of the church or people that are in the process of leaving the church.
I would beg the brotherhood not to ignore this vital area, which is also a factor in the decline that is being discussed.

John Clayton | Niles, Mich.
I am 70 years old and I’ve seen what legalism does. Jesus saw it far better than I.
There is one congregation among others attracting younger people. They teach and practice grace.
Contemporary songs are sung, rather than all older, slow traditional songs that younger people don’t relate to as well.
Can there be growth without an open mind?
Lee Baggs | Grand Prairie, Texas

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