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Letters to the editor, August 2009

Readers respond to singles coverage
Thank you for the article on ministering to singles in the Churches of Christ (“Can churches reach singles?” Page 3, July). I hope that it will help churches to see that we cannot overlook any demographic in ministry.
However, as a college student at a Christian university, I really do not want to be defined in the church by my marital status. I believe that one of the most amazing things about the body of Christ is its diversity and the fact that, although each Christian is unique, we all serve one God.
I hope that as a church we can come to look at each other as Christ does — as parts of one body working together for God’s glory, regardless of age or marital status.
Abigail Townsend | Duluth, Ga.
I am single, but also I have to work on Sundays. This being the case I cannot attend three services a week.
The other members tend to look down on me as a slacker even though I told them I have to work on Sundays.
I feel like the biggest outcast there is.
We live in a modern, 24/7 world. People cannot always attend three services a week like our church fathers think we ought to.
Davis Crabtree | Houston

Use caution when sponsoring ministers
I am a missions coordinator, and I recently returned from my fourth trip to West Africa, where I worked alongside Isaac Daye, the missionary from the Gambia whom you quoted recently (“The changing face of the church,” Page 1, July).
I have been approached by many men who have a desire to evangelize but are requesting sponsors. I believe we need to be very cautious when making a determination to sponsor someone. They not only need someone that can hold them accountable for what they are doing, but they also need to be educated in the fact that they may need to be vocational ministers and grow support through the local church that they plant.
Craig Laird | Fayetteville, Ark.

Chronicle makes readers aware of good works
This note is not designed for anything but sheer applause for your work. As I scan the 40 pages of the Chronicle, I marvel at the touch of God among us. Who can take in so much good news being reported from stateside and abroad? How can we imagine the thousands of good works God is doing which never get reported due to human limitation of awareness?
Terry Rush | Tulsa, Okla.

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