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Can't Beat an Original

At age 65, I wish to express my extreme thanks for your returning the magazine to its original size.
Marshal
via The Ministry Report blog

I cancelled my subscription because when it arrived in the mail, it was torn and mangled and enclosed in one of the nifty plastic post office covers. I will be renewing my subscription today.
Steve Jonas
via The Ministry Report blog

For Mercy or Money?

I find it easy to question the motives behind the ministries in "The Business of Ministry" (March/April) by Ken Walker. I tend to agree with John Piper, whom your article quoted as saying that "professionalism," when applied to matters of grace and mercy, can be threatening to spiritual growth. Yet I can't help but root for A.R. Bernard and the amazing community ministry he is establishing in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Stu James
Edgewood, Florida

Thoughts on Innovation

The pastors featured in "2007 Models in Innovation" (March/April) have the right outlook on what Christ taught us on expanding His kingdom. Pastor Beeson understands that the environment is changing and we must change with it to grow and spread the Word. How can what was taught 20 years ago be as effective today as it was then? When I grew up, church was boring. But BeesonĀ¹'s approach to engage the younger audience is great.
Paul Donlar
Atlanta, Georgia

I'd contend that many churches, leaders and organizations that claim the tag 'innovative' have simply found a single innovation in their history, and aside from that are completely traditional. In either case, effective is the more critical designation. If a church has a soup kitchen and bears the burdens and needs of their community through physically helping, that isn't innovative (though in some circles it is), but it is effective.
Nathan
via The Ministry Report blog

Pragmatics vs. Passion

I appreciated Che Ahn's column on "Pragmatics vs. Passion" (January/February). Prophetic ministry has been a tremendous help to our church. However, the article did not answer some important questions.How do you deal with inaccurate and clearly wrong words? Who corrects a prophet when he is out of line?

In my experience, most pastors are too enamored with a prophetic ministry to have the guts to deal with it appropriately. We never address innacurate prophecies; we only celebrate the ones that were right. I wish someone would write an article that would answer some of these questions.
Mike Vell
via e-mail

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