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Views on intelligent design praised


I want to thank Jim Baird for an excellent (column) on intelligent design (Page 31, December) and I agree that “Publish or Perish” is a sword that cuts both ways. We need more Christian scientists to get involved in publishing positive evidence of intelligent design.. We’re not “preaching to the choir,” so we can’t expect the public at large to take our word for it. Science also has a commandment that says “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” I believe that if a third alternative were available, and if it didn’t involve a supreme being, science would leave Darwin in the dust.

MARK FORSTER
LEE’S SUMMIT, MO.

Thanks to Jim Baird for his mesmerizing explanation of the current debate on intelligent design. It might have taken 100 zillion years of “evolutionary time” to have developed Jim’s brain for such clear-reasoned logic. Publish or perish!

JERRY P.BROWN
EDMOND, OKLA

Fairfax suggests shift in standards
I enjoy reading about the spread of the Gospel and the good works that congregations are doing. Lately I have noticed incrementalism creeping into your pages. Your centerfold story on the Fairfax congregation (Pages 17-20, December) is an example. Now we have instrumental music on Saturday. When everyone gets used to that, we will try Wednesday nights or every other Sunday, etc. Before you know it, Fairfax will be just another denominational church. We must remember that the apostles were inspired. The way that the church was set up was not by whim or preference on their parts. It was God’s will

FRANCES FLOURNOY
CROSBYTON, TEXAS

Appreciation to Churches of Christ Disaster Relief
We want to publicly express our deep appreciation for the incredible ministry conducted by the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort out of Nashville, Tenn. At this point we have received and delivered relief supplies in the amount of $314,056.20 ranging from appliances to food boxes. This has provided a blessing to our members here at Hickory Knoll as well as sister congregations and the communities in our area. We are only one of at least 40 other areas in the Gulf Coast and southern Louisiana regions provided assistance by these efforts.

MIKE FOX
HARAHAN, LA.

A different take on Christmas
It’s ironic that as our brotherhood is beginning to move toward acceptance of Christmas as a religious celebration, the world is doing its best to remove any religious significance of Christmas (Many churches change approach to Christmas,” Page 1, December). Most retailer advertisements have removed any reference of Christmas, substituting the word “holidays” instead. God is not silent on this issue. In Romans 14:4-7, His Spirit influenced the Apostle Paul to write, “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? … One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. … He who regards on day as special, does so to the Lord. he who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.” So, Christmas is a matter of personal and individual congregational decision. Therefore, allow me to wish you a “Merry Christmas” rather than a “Happy Holidays.”

RICK PRUGH
SALEM, MO.

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