Letters to the editor: June 2006
Obviously, this is certainly not the type of publicity that we want for the Church of Christ. Yet, our awesome God works in such mysterious way and certainly can turn the worst of events in this fallen world into a blessing. By our response as a body of believers, the world will come to know what a special fellowship and a wonderful faith heritage that we share.
MARY ANN LOWRY
Appreciation for Tulsa Workshop coverage
Thank you for coverage of the Tulsa International Soul Winning Workshop (Page 3, May). The unity theme has resulted in an avalanche of resounding renewal to aligning in honesty to the Word of Truth. Hesitant fears were transformed by exuberant attention to his prayerful call to us in John 17. Excitement to the Word’s plea for biblical forbearance and doctrinal integrity mounted. There was a profound conviction of the sinfulness of the divisive spirit we tend to indifferently incubate. The workshop did not depart from being international or evangelistic. In fact, it embraced those aspects fully as we sought to find out how we could reach more by being less focused upon ourselves.
ACU alumnus questions Money’s stance
I am an Abilene Christian University graduate who is wondering if he is the only one concerned about the sounds coming out of Abilene lately. In your April edition (Page 20), Royce Money claims he speaks for the institution and that he has received nothing but encouragement from the university concerning the unity focus of this year’s lectureship. I do not believe all former and current ACU students support his attempt to make a cappella singing in worship just some trivial “tradition” he respects. The unity God expects is expressed in I Corinthians 1:10: “That ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (ASV)
Concern for perspective on a cappella music
Thank you for giving us a forum for discussion. Rick Atchley’s quote in which he said “where the bible is silent, we have even more to say” (Page 1, April) may get a chuckle. But it doesn’t help understand when the silence of Scripture is permissive or prohibitive. In fact, we have had too little to say about the subject recently.
Some sound as if no one ever proposed acapella music until Stone and Campbell. Many Christians have no idea how long it was after the church was established that only a capella music was used in worship. If a capella is just an American Restoration tradition, how does one explain the practice of the Spanish restoration movement with Juan Monroy? Why have groups independent and unknown to each other (the Greek Orthodox, the Russain Orthodox, etc.) arrived at the same conclusion about a cappella music?
RALPH DAVID UNDERWOOD