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Letters to the Editor December 2007

Advertising policy change debated
“Like our old Restoration plea of just being Christians, Jackson Christian School is unapologetic in advocating that the Bible is the inspired word of God and that it is the final authority in all religious matters. It does not matter what I think or what the opinion of a Bible teacher is or what their preacher says — what matters is what the Bible says. We see ourselves as responsible for planting and watering seed; God will take care of the growth.”
MICHAEL WEIMER , president,
Jackson Christian School,
Jackson, Tenn.

“Our school only goes through the sixth grade, but we’re teaching Bible classes every day, for 30 minutes a day. The students who may not have known Jesus meet him in their study of the word and through their teachers, who actively model and teach the students the way Jesus would have them live. In many cases, we do not get to see the final outcome of our work, but we are confident that God is watering the seeds that we are planting.”
JAN ROGERS , director, Park Row
Christian Academy and Children’s
Center, Arlington, Texas

Advertising policy change debated
The Christian Chronicle certainly has a right and responsibility to maintain the highest possible level of integrity in the advertisements printed in its pages. However, the editorial describing the new policy (Page 34, November) indicates that the editorial policy is to “inform, inspire, and unite Churches of Christ around the globe.” … I truly hope that the Chronicle is not going to begin presenting only one side of issues in the name of unity.
Terry Smalling | Wagoner, Okla.
I commend you and your editorial board for your revision of policy to meet this need. I appreciate your stated goal to nurture unity of our fellowship (rather than polarization). I well remember the first “advertorial” that I noticed in the Chronicle two years ago and found myself concerned at the time for where it might lead.
John J. Wright | Rolling Meadows, Ill.
The Chronicle’s influence is great. But in recent years you’ve given many pages to those who are moving toward or are already teaching heretical doctrines. It obviously would be unwise to let every group … that believes whatever have a large ad in your paper. You do, however, allow books which support all kinds of beliefs to be advertised.
Warren Wilcox | Lakewood, Colo.
I commend you on the policy statement regarding paid advertisements … This is a wise course according to your stated purpose of the Chronicle to be a news source reflecting “the diversity in the church today.” … I think most of your readership appreciates the fairness and openness reflected in the news you report, and encourage that to continue.
Clarence Richmond | Searcy, Ark.
Dec 1, 2007

  • Feedback
    Thank you for prefering to take a positive approach to your paper. I simply do not care to read wrangling and “doctrinal disputations” in The Chronicle. Fair and balanced is OK, as long as all sides are moderated by your staff, and articles seek to reach consensus and reconciliation rather than line-drawing or bloviating.
    February, 4 2008

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