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Letters: Standard's 125th anniversay

125 years of truth-telling

Many have said, “The pen is mightier than the sword” in some variety or another in eons past, even to about 500 B.C. During that age, an Assyrian sage named Ahiqar stated, “The word is mightier than the sword.” More recently, William Shakespeare, in Hamlet (1600 A.D.), included this line: “… many wearing rapiers are afraid of goosequills.” In 1939, Edward Bulwer-Lytton supposedly became the first to utter the exact phrase: “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

There can be no doubt concerning the power of the pen, whether it is a quill or some modern-day digital data delivery system. 

The author of the letter to the Hebrew Christians, speaking of the power of God’s word, said, “The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). It is within this context I choose to recognize the Baptist Standard on its 125th anniversary.

The key to the honest validity of any publication is the very obvious principle contained in a singe word: Truth. Congratulations, Baptist Standard. You have stuck to the truth, rooted historically in your fearless responsibility to abide in the truth of the word of God.

Bill Lawson

Collinsville

On Glorieta, hold LifeWay accountable

In a Dec. 31 press release, Lifeway Christian Resources President Thom Rainer boasts  “LifeWay continues to experience God’s hand and God’s favor.” 

The No. 2 “accomplishment” cited in his statement is the sale of Glorieta

Since when was the abandonment of a $24 million property for $1 and the confiscation of property owned by individuals and churches for pennies on the dollar an “accomplishment”?  It is a travesty. It’s the virtual theft of $12 million in private property and the abandonment of 50-plus years of ministry plus $24 million in assets and calling that “God’s favor.” How distorted can one be? 

As justification for the sale, Rainer claims Glorieta was losing money for the past 25 years. Before I purchased my home in 2009, I was told by LifeWay that Glorieta’s finances were “stable” and had been “cash-flow positive for all but one of the last 20 years.” Someone is not telling the truth. 

The Southern Baptist Convention should take a closer look at this action and require some accountability, especially since the deed on record until November 2012 was in the name of the Executive Committee of the SBC.

Charlie Goodyear

Arlington

       
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