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Mainline slide

Jesus clearly taught that marriage is a unique, faithful relationship between one man and one woman based on social recognition, the closest of friendships, and sexual intimacy. To teach people to express their ­sexuality outside God’s blueprint is not lovingkindness but cruel deception.
    Howard Killion / Oceanside, Calif.

Mary Jackson seemed more interested in portraying the propaganda-based dualist approach to this contemporary topic. Side B, in which people acknowledge their same-sex attraction as a ­reality, not an identity as many claim but an entropic condition from the Fall, has a valid approach to their dilemma in following a life of celibacy. This should not be portrayed as a slide toward Side A but as a Biblical response to the ­brokenness of creation.
    Christine Pulliam Melamed / New York, N.Y.

It should be no surprise that the Church is adopting what individuals, society, politics, and the courts have been transforming into for years. For me, the good news is that this has happened throughout history and, eventually, the pendulum begins a new journey in a different and, hopefully, righteous and good direction.
    Ron Hanson / Escondido, Calif.

A long wait for freedom

Many Christians struggle to make or even discern God-honoring choices about food. Sharon Dierberger told Jody Comfort’s story with honesty and dignity and gave voice to a pain often unshared.
    Rachael Craig / Belton, Texas

While I understand this good article was about hope-­reviving drugs for those people who would like to lose weight, I wondered if a word about fasting would have been helpful.
    Joel Christman / Justin, Texas

A most valuable player

Thanks so much for the article on Bobby Richardson and his amazing journey of sharing the gospel even though the witnesses were few. His impact truly was life-changing, as it was with Mickey Mantle.
    Dennis Daise / Goodland, Kan.

Bad for business

I appreciated Emma Freire’s article on retailers closing stores in America’s inner cities. But I did not appreciate the politically charged term “blue city” on the cover. That reeks of clickbait ­journalism that preys upon the narrow-minded, politically oversaturated news consumers of our day.
    Dean Blair / Winnsboro, Texas

Stuck at midfield

Joel Belz is still right. The Church used to shape ­society with a Biblical world­view. But not now. We—the Church—have failed.
    Jim Schultz / Decatur, Ill.

Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie

I was sad to read a review on the Paw Patrol movie that did not include a heads-up to parents about the apparent “woke” direction this franchise has taken by ­introducing a nonbinary character on one of its spinoff programs.
    Robin Humbert / McKinney, Texas

From beach bum to businessman

It’s a shame WORLD has devoted so much space to the late Jimmy Buffett, who, as you say, was “the devil-may-care poster boy for sun-baked, hungover indolence.” I concede celebrities have clay feet (as we all do), but the ones who wear their vices on their sleeves are particularly irksome.
    Bruce McKechnie / Honey Brook, Pa.


Adoption certification can cost prospective parents thousands of dollars, but foster certification is typically free or involves nominal fees (“Problem parents?,” Sept. 9, p. 14).


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