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Outnumbered
As one who spent several decades as an Adventist single, I am writing in response to Stephen Chavez’ article “Adventist and Single” (May 17, 2012). He failed to mention one significant element in the total picture: the fact that Adventist women sharply outnumber Adventist men.

This means that some Adventist women are faced with the choice of marrying a non-Adventist, an option often open to them, or remaining single. It’s hard to think of any good reason for an Adventist man to remain involuntarily single.

Devastated by a broken engagement at the beginning of my senior year in college, a couple years later I found a richly rewarding career in teaching. By that time all the otherwise eligible men I knew were already married. I urgently wanted not only a husband but also a family, but in my long-ago youth, unlike today, you were expected to have a husband before birthing a baby.

When I finally married at age 70, I could enjoy not only step-children but also step-grandchildren and more recently step-great-grandchildren.

So to the Adventist spinsters with whom I fellowshipped for so many years I say, just be patient. In time you may acquire a husband already trained in everything a man needs to know about how to make a wife supremely happy.

--Irene Wakeham Lee
Coalmont, Tennessee



Bring Back the “Good Old Days”
The title of Andy Nash’s piece “Mommy Stop Texting and Talk to Me” (May 17, 2012) could be changed to “Kids and Grandkids, Stop Texting and Talk to Me!” This “grammy” remembers when folks visited with each other when they got together, not texting. It was called “the good old days.”

Back-to-back with Nash’s column in the same issue is Shawn Brace’s excellent take on communication in “Submit or Respond?” Did Brace intend for a sentence at the bottom of page 30 to read as printed? I’m thinking it should be: “The husband who does [not] understand and appreciate the indicative truth of God’s infinite agape love, will find no way to properly love his wife.”

I’ve known Brace’s wife, Camille, since she was a darling, bouncy 4- or 5-year-old, have watched her grow up, attended their beautiful wedding, and love the names of their children. I hope Brace knows what a lucky guy he is!

--Violet Larrabee
Hendersonville, North Carolina



Impressed
The May 10, 2012 Adventist Review begs the question: “Which article to mention?”

For starters, thank you to Gina Wahlen (Women and Their Words) calling our attention to the women--past and present--for their editorial expertise in the Adventist Review.

I also appreciate the thoughtful biblical study on the book of Numbers in “In the Wilderness.” Gerald Klingbeil has shown that the book is more than just lists of census, rituals, and itineraries. He made the clear connection that the lessons God wanted for His people then are lessons for us today.

The “wilderness years” on this earth are about over; God is ready to lead His people into the promised land.

--Natalie Dodd
Centerville, Ohio



Pleasant Memories
It pleased me to find a fitting tribute to Fernon Retzer in the news article “Fernon Retzer, Former GC Sabbath School Director, Passes” (May 10, 2012). He was a grand fellow; well-like by all.

I knew Retzer as a fellow student at Pacific Union College (PUC). We took classes and graduated together in the class of 1944. That year the Northern California Conference took on six PUC graduates as ministerial interns (I’m the only one who still survives).

Retzer and I began our ministerial labors as assistants in churches that were only about 15 miles apart. After four years of service we were ordained at the 1948 Lodi camp meeting. General Conference president J. L. McElhany was there; and as I recall, he placed his hand on my head.

After a few years Retzer was off to the mission field, then to the General Conference. I spent my entire career in the Northern California and Central California conferences, mostly in and around the greater San Francisco Bay area.

--Donald G. Sather
Aptos, California



More Faith
Regarding the article “Faith Is a Place” (Apr. 12, 2012): The author asserts “faith is not something that one has, or possesses. . .” This is a stunning statement compared to numerous Bible references that speak of someone’s faith.

In Matthew 9:22 Jesus tells a woman with a chronic flow of blood that her faith has made her well. He tells various people to have faith, and speaks of “your” faith. In 1 John 5:4 John speaks of “the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.”

Perhaps the author’s point is that faith is also a place, a destination, an aspect of Christian faith. But to state without qualification that one does not have faith contradicts plain biblical assertions that one can, and should, have faith. James said that faith is revealed by works (James 2:18). Paul lists faith as one of the gifts given by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:9). How can anyone not have what the Spirit has given?

--Duane M. Corwin
Roseburg, Oregon





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