Letters to the editor: January 2007
As a legal, corporate entity, it is appropriate for a church of Christ to designate itself with a formal name (The Westside Church of Christ, etc.).
But from a biblical perspective, the church has no formal, exclusive name. In every English translation of the Bible of which I am aware, “church” (or “churches”) is always spelled with a lower case “c.” It is biblically correct to speak of “the churches of Christ” (Romans 16:16), “the churches of God” (1 Corinthians 11:16), etc. In none of these instances is “church” given the status of a formal name. The church is God’s family, the body of Christ and the kingdom of God’s dear son.
While from a journalistic standpoint it may be advantageous to speak of “The Churches of Christ,” may I suggest that The Christian Chronicle likewise provide some journalistic variety by also speaking of the church/churches of Christ, the body of Christ, God’s church, the family of God, etc.
How many pharmacy schools do we need?
I was concerned when I saw in the November issue (Page 22) that my alma mater, Lipscomb University, is planning to establish a school of pharmacy when such a school is already far beyond the planning stages at Harding University.
Is there really a need for pharmacy schools at two of our brotherhood institutions that are about 300 miles apart? Can our brotherhood supply enough interested and qualified administrators and faculty to staff two top-flight pharmacy programs? I hope that Lipscomb has thoroughly researched these types of questions. Miscalculations could cost millions.
Comment about ACLU was ‘untrue, unethical’
I love The Christian Chronicle and read it joyfully because it reports good tidings in the spirit of Christ.
Sometimes, however, there are quoted comments from people that shock. In the December issue (“Marriage group with church ties hit with lawsuit,” Page 1) attorney Hiram Sasser characterizes the ACLU as “typically looking for people to pick on who are small and undefended.”
I am a member of the ACLU and have been a member of the Church of Christ for over 63 years. Sasser’s casual allegations against the ACLU are shameful because they are untrue, unethical and un-Christian. The ACLU tries to protect the unprotected. It fights for the rights of the poor and downtrodden, and these facts are well known by the legal community.
If New Day Services for Children and Families is not breaking the law, I doubt that the ACLU will waste time and resources “picking on them.” The ACLU is too busy protecting constitutional rights for U.S. citizens.
MACK L. GRAVES
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.