May Readers Forum

People, Not Church, Drop the Ball  

First of all, let me say that I thoroughly enjoy Pulpit Helps. My only complaint is that it is too short! I read the entire magazine in one sitting...and find myself wanting more when I have finished!

I wish to comment on the editorial by Bob Dasal in the March, 2003, issue. I certainly feel that the church should always be looking at herself to make sure that we are following our Leader (Jesus Christ) and effective in ministry. However, I don't think I would go so far as to say that the church dropped the ball (missed the wake-up call, was how the editor put it). My own feeling is that what happened after the events of 9/11/01 is the same thing that happens many times in many churches all the time on an individual level. It goes like this:

1. A person will go through a very difficult thing in his/her life...

2. That person will turn to the church and to the Lord for comfort and help...

3. After the difficult situation has gotten better (many times, because of the intervention of the Lord and people of the church in prayer and support)

4. That person's renewed interest begins to wane...

5. And before you know it, they are no longer interested at all.

That doesn't mean that we, as the church, shouldn't continue to minister to those during their time of need; because certainly, there are many who will remain faithful after the difficulty has passed. And even if they don't, we are still here when the next difficulty should arise and they turn to the church once again. But unfortunately, there is a significant number of those who only turn to the Lord and the church in times of trouble and then turn away when the trouble has passed. I feel that Jan Silvious' article "They Forgot His Works" in the same issue would be a better explanation than that the church missed the wake-up call.

Pastor Larry C. Brincefield

Belleview, FL Church of the Nazarene

Editor's note: The main purpose of the editorial was to ask a question, not make a statement. Thank you for your well-written response. I agree that Jan Silvious' article says it well.

Look on Page 9 of March Issue

Your March issue has a question from Anne Davis from Buckeye, Ariz., regarding church steeples with a round ball on them. You said you had never seen one. There is one on page 9 of this same issue, in the American Church Mortgage Co. advertisement.

Timothy Webber

Well, sure enough!

Hidden Wisdom Comes First

The March issue of Pulpit Helps arrived yesterday, and as always, I turned first to Hidden Wisdom, and not until I had solved the verse, did I then start at the front of the magazine and read. I was surprised that at the top of the 4th page is a gentleman complaining about "Hidden Wisdom" puzzles. I appreciate your answer to this brother and I was also very happy to learn a bit more about Mark Oshman.

I have only one question: Are these puzzles saved, and printed in work-book magazine form? I for one would love to purchase them if such were available.

 Thank you for the puzzles. Keep up the good work.

Ruth Hobart

(magazine comes in my husband's name.)

P.S.: There are magnifying glasses for when we can not read the "small font"! I know, for I use one!

 Editor's response: We don't have Hidden Wisdom puzzles in work-book form at this point, but if there is sufficient demand we would be glad to produce one. Readers, if you are interested, please let us know.  

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