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Still Dreaming
“Tell ‘Em About the Dream” (adventistreview.org/article/6586/archives/issue-2013-1524/tell-em-about-the-dream) is one of the most refreshing articles I have read in a long time.

I’m embarrassed to say that after some “door shutting” experiences I just gave up on my White fellow believers. My solace was the thought that the time of trouble would force us together, and we would discover the joy of unity in Christ as persecution would necessitate.

I have since discarded the resentment and given up my struggle with my own prejudice as it stood in the way of my salvation. It is comforting to know that all is not lost, and that there is hope for all of my family in Christ.

My thanks to Bill Knott for this bold perspective.
 
--S. Peter Campbell

 
Good Movies?
In “What If God Made Movies” (Aug. 15, 2013), Lynelle Ellis shares a powerful statement from Ellen White regarding the movie industry that there is “no influence in our land more powerful to poison the imagination, to destroy religious impressions, and to blunt the relish for the tranquil pleasures and sober realities of life” (Testimonies for the Church, vo. 4, p. 653).

How can Ellis then, just two sentences later state that “the Christian’s rule will be more than mere avoidance?” I don’t know any better way to treat poison than to avoid it completely.

The author then encouraged us to use Philippians 4:8: “Whatever is true . . . honorable . . . pure” to discern between “good” movies and bad. But that assumes we either watch the movies ourselves in order to make a judgment, or rely on the judgment of others. If we watch the movies ourselves and they are bad (even the author admits that the best movies are “rarer than we wish”), then we have already polluted our minds and the label of “bad” is moot. If we rely on the judgment of others, then we must first judge their ability to discern good from evil. Such discernment is rare, even in our own church (see Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 965).

That’s why one of the Laodicean cures of Revelation 3 is eye salve. Instead of risking movies, why not spend our time and energies enjoying the creative, abundant, and trustworthy media of Scripture and Ellen White?
 
--Michael Dant
Collegedale, Tennessee
 

We’re Surrounded!
I am writing about Kimberly Luste Maran’s editorial “The Tyranny of Smartphones” (Aug. 15, 2013).

In church I recently sat next to a woman, who, from the time she came in to the time she left, was texting. For an hour and 20 minutes she never put down her phone. The woman behind me answered her phone every time it rang. When I went to take the offering, kids at the back of the church were on their cell phones texting. While taking the offering, the number of people who were talking and texting on their phones. Unbelievable!

What benefit did these people get from the sermon?
 
--Ronald Harmon
Orlando, Florida

 
Back When They Were Students
A comment about the article “They Found a Life Calling in Zambia” by Conna Bond (Aug. 8, 2013):

This outstanding article showed the accomplishments of Alan and Pauline Knowles, two dedicated missionaries. My wife, Helen, and I have often wondered about the impact that our Seventh-day Adventist educational programs had with our young people.

Helen was school nurse and I was a classroom teacher when Alan Knowles and Pauline Aho were students at Pioneer Valley Academy. Alan was one of my students and he always had his lessons well learned and made a positive contribution to the class.

Thank you for this interesting and informative article!
 
--Lyle Hamel
Waverly, West Virginia
 

Keep Singing
I’ve been reading the Review and passing it on to others when I am finished for most of my life, but I’ve never written to express appreciation for an article.

 

I have to do that now because I was really touched and encouraged by the article by Hyveth Williams, “Don’t Hang Up Your Harp” (July 18, 2013). The last paragraph especially inspired me: “If you find yourself by rivers of confusion and conflict regarding issues challenging our church today, don’t hang up your harp on the willows of pride or anger, with only the winds of despair blowing through its strings.”

I have been singing His praises all my life, and I know God is leading His church as we await His coming. He has promised to be with us, to lead and guide us to the Promised Land. I believe that with all my 83 year-old heart.

Thank you for the encouragement my friends and I receive from Review articles, and this article in particular.
 
--Marie Adams
Chino Valley, Arizona

 
A Legacy in Stone
I was drawn to Mark Kellner’s article “What’s on Your Headstone?” (June 27, 2013), perhaps because it was a question I had to answer in 2009 when I laid my husband, Warren, to rest. Accomplishments in this life don’t matter much. The front of the stone contains the usual information, but I chose to put texts on the back of the marker as a comfort, and as a witness to our hope in Jesus.

When choosing the texts I noticed Job expressed a desire to write his beliefs in stone, and I hope one day to meet him and tell him I thought it was a good idea.
 
--Karyl L. Crandall
Durham, Maine




 


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