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Clayton has inspired generations

Thank you for “A Conversation with John Clayton” (Page 22, September). I am one of probably thousands of people who hae been influenced by the “Does God Exist?” program.
As a teenager, I was most fortunate to attend one of the first weekend youth lectureships given by John Clayton in 1968. My faith, even as an adult, has been strengthened by appreciating the consistency between the truth we can find in science and the truth of the Bible.

Bill Luttrell
Oklahoma City

Must redemption wait?
“Prisoners denied baptisms” (Page 1, September) was informative and certainly fits with my experience teaching in a state prison and ministering to soldiers in basic training.
I, however, disagree with the general assumptions that go into a statement such as, “But for those prisoners – and many others across the nation – redemption must wait.” Though baptism might wait, redemption isn’t the hand-maiden of paperwork or chaplains with a grudge.

Ben Overby
Rochester, N.Y.

Support families of the deployed
Thank you for your coverage regarding military personnel and deployment (Pages 12, 30, September). As a veteran of the Iraq War, I would also like to suggest that churches look at practical ways to help families while the military member is deployed.
Also, please remember that sometimes it is a husband who is home taking care of children and the home while a wife is deployed, and men do not usually feel comfortable going to the “moms” group at church. Let us not forget the men.

Jim Maxwell
Fairfax, Va.

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