The beliefs and sentiments expressed by those whose letters appear here are not necessarily shared by the Adventist Review or its editorial staff. These letters have been edited for clarity and length. -- Editors

The beliefs and sentiments expressed by those whose letters appear here are not necessarily shared by the Adventist Review or its editorial staff. These letters have been edited for clarity and length. -- Editors

All the Hype About Harry
I have been reading the article, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: A Closer Look,” by Richard Abanes ( Adventist Review Online). I agree with most of the past letters to the editor in the online version of the Review. From the response's to past Harry Potter books I would surmise that current opinion would again be in the “for or against” format. If so, would it be possible to print at least one more author's “take” on this subject? I suggest Hidden Dangers in Harry Potter and Hour of the Witch by Steve Wohlberg. And how about something from Ellen G. White and her comments on spiritualism?

--Bill Henson
, Texas

The articles in the Harry Potter study are right on. The commentaries are precise, filled with Bible-based principles, and very informative. However, the last link included in the Review's home page, “ Guarding Your Children ,” has Connie Neal offering 10 suggestions to guard your children from an occult-filled pop culture. Although the 10 ways the author cites are true to biblical teachings, Ms. Neal OKs Harry Potter reading as long as you read with the children. This is sending double signals. I was very disappointed to see that the Adventist Review didn't “review” Neal's article.

--Rene Campos

I am shocked and ashamed that the Adventist Review would even consider having a “pro and con” section regarding the Harry Potter books. Occult is occult no matter what form it may be. Have Seventh-day Adventists gotten so benumbed by the influences of the world that we've lost our spiritual discernment?

Maybe our educational system in allowing the reading of various types of English literature has deadened our perceptiveness. May God help us!

--Bill Pyke

I think it is inappropriate to put Harry Potter's picture on the cover of Adventist Review . It would be better not to discuss such a subject. While it is important to warn Christians of Harry Potter's connection to the dark forces, discussing these books repeatedly may lead curious minds to read them. The less it is featured the faster it will be forgotten.

--Ted Gaban
Richardson , Texas

Blind Eye?
Does the writer of the online column, “An Eye on Culture,” have any sense of what he's talking about? Santa Claus is a lie, and seeing a “lifeless” one on top of a roof may perhaps wake some child up to see the folly of the lies that adults such as this writer are spinning.

--Daniel Winters

Quinquennial Congratulations
Thank you for the wonderful job you've done reporting the events of the General Conference Session in the Adventist Review . I enjoyed every edition.

--Irma Dartez
Kissimmee , Florida

I'm writing to say thank you to our church leaders for a wonderful General Conference I experienced in St. Louis . The last one I attended was in 1990 in Indianapolis .

It takes many behind-the-scenes persons and countless hours for a session of this magnitude. The exhibits alone tell of people and places around the globe where ministry is going forward.

What a blessing to know that we serve a living God, for He is the only one who understands all cultures and speaks all languages. When prayers were offered in the language of the person praying, I always knew when the prayer ended; “amen” is the same in all languages.

I am thankful to be part of the family of God. We are different in many ways, but one in our hope of the soon return of our Lord.

--Natalie Dodd
Dayton , Ohio

A Union by Any Other Name
The issue of the Adventist Review dated June 23 has just arrived (together with four General Conference Bulletins, but not yet numbers 1 through 4; such is the mail service overseas).

Are we being inconsistent when the church counsels against membership in trade unions, yet the cover article by Bill Knott was devoted to an Adventist Trade Union official.

True, he is an official of a professional organization, the American Medical Association (AMA), but is it not in truth a trade union for professional workers? I know Adventist doctors who have refused to join it for that reason. Nurses are professionals too, but their organization is correctly called a union (at least it is here and in England ). The article makes a lot about the fact that the AMA is not only “dedicated to improving the professional lives of . . . physicians,” but also that of their patients. The Builders Labourers Union in Australia is one of the most radical of unions, but it can correctly claim that its “Green Banns” supported the community in preserving heritage areas. Or is it another case of doctors not being the same as the rest of us normal mortals, as in the case of the denominational pay scales--before they eroded away? Maybe I'm just getting cynical in my old age.

--Norman Tew
Sydney , Australia

A Call for Silent Offerings
I am a doorkeeper in the house of my God, otherwise known as a greeter. Two weeks ago I heard the old song, “Hear the pennies dropping,” coming from Cradle Roll Sabbath school, but I noticed nothing but dollars in the hands of tots headed there. Upstairs at church, I noticed most adults were also giving a dollar.

We need to appeal to our membership to get a supply of five-dollar bills during the week to have on hand for Sabbath. Our people are not stingy, they react from habit. Let's change the flatness of the mission offering by intelligent planning.

--Frank Lang
Riverside , California


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