Promise Keepers more than game

Football imagery?

Those filthy Promise Keepers are not as bad as Clark Morphew made out exactly. They did leave 80,000 pounds of garbage on the mall (but it was picked up and put in garbage bags). Also their median income is around $48,000 a year so they pay more than enough taxes to cover the cost of picking up the 3 ounces of garbage per man.

Morphew gave us a slanted view of the Promise Keepers as a football team. It was slanted because everything he said wasn't untrue. It is true that Bill "Coach" McCartney is the founder of Promise Keepers, the men go to sports arenas to hear a message, and Promise Keepers has motivated millions of men. Yes, it is true that this is an effective "ploy" or a ministry.

The idea that "iron sharpens iron" has got to be more profitable than "one bad apple ruins the lot." Entertaining the notion of a football game with a motivational halftime speech (because were behind) and we go out and "tear flesh from the face of our opponents" is antithetical at best. Truly, it is closer to say that Christ is our "Coach," He has given us a "playbook" with all the unstoppable plays, and He runs blocks for us (when we are wise enough to run behind Him). The other side cannot win (there is no contest), but we are not allowed just to sit up in the stands. The "Coach" says go out and share our "Coach" and His way with everyone.

Bill "Coach" McCartney is not what we are sharing. A quote from The Washington Post: "The men that were standing in line at the port-o-potty were not talking of girls or football, they were talking about their Jesus."

About Promise Keepers going global, Morphew said, "Somebody will need to translate the message" (so true). The Spirit is more than willing.

God's will is not like a game of soccer with "coaches stand on the sidelines intellectually watching teams kick a round ball" either.

Robert E. Strickland

Red Bay

Rheta Grimsley Johnson, an excellent author who is often published in the Daily Journal, apparently left the wrong impression with some of our people in the article "Signaling That The End Is Near" in the Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997 issue.

Having been a minister for The Primitive Baptist Church for half a century, the history of the Primitive Baptists has been of great concern to me. Ms. Johnson's leading question about how often Primitive Baptists wash feet is easily answered. In most churches, once each year, but in some, twice.

Although the remainder of the article does not specify Primitive Baptists, many who have contacted me thought what she was writing was what she thought about us. Primitive Baptists have never handled snakes. The Primitive Baptist Church is not a cult. By doctrine and practice it can be traced back to first century Christianity.

Mr. William Miller was not a Primitive Baptist. He started a "Second Adventist" group (not connected with Seventh Day Adventist) which Ms. Johnson wrote about. Primitive Baptists have never tried to name the day when the Lord will return. Not even the angels in heaven know that day. But we do believe that He will return when the last heir of heaven has been born again. According to Revelations 7:9 there will be a great multitude which no man can number out of every family on earth, in that great "hereafter."

As to the practice of foot-washing: the Lord told His disciples that He had washed their feet and that they should wash each other's feet. That is why Primitive Baptists wash feet. The church which I strive to serve has been in existence since 1840. We iseases.

By opening your hearts and providing such marvelous support, you help continue the research conducted by outstanding scientists including Nobel Prize for Medicine winner, Dr. Peter C. Doherty, and further Danny Thomas' dream that "no child should die in the dawn of life." We are so proud to have such wonderful friends in Tupelo working to make this such a tremendous event on behalf of the children of St. Jude.

Always remember, you are making care possible for children whose greatest hope is to be healed. God bless you and thank you for caring. I know you will join me in asking God's blessing on the children of St. Jude.

Richard C. Shadyac

National Executive Director

ALSAC-St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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