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Ed Joling ’48
Brian W. Tilton ’82
29 percent misleading?
In a recent e-mail my grandson wrote, “Thank you so much for your yearly financial assistance. The only way that I could ever repay you is to strive for the best grades, and I hope that my performance so far has been pleasing to you. I have been learning how to become a disciple maker for Jesus. Many times, people learn a lot about Jesus and do not share it with others.”
We are so thankful that we are able to help them financially. They are not only preparing for a career, but also growing spiritually while at Calvin. God bless Calvin College!
Marge Van Heest Ballast ’48
percent to Calvin
The major reason is that Calvin College no longer vigorously defends the Reformed faith in all areas. Let me give two high profile examples which show how Calvin is caving into the world and not standing firm on the Bible as expressed in the Reformed creeds.
On the Calvin website you casually mentioned that Mars was closer to Earth than it has been in the last 60,000 years. If the world existed 60,000 years ago, it existed long before Adam and Eve. That means that there was death before sin, and that is contrary to the clear teachings of the Old and the New Testaments. Instead of providing a uniquely Christian view, Calvin College takes the Darwinist party line.
Another example is the infamous visits by a lesbian band, the Indigo Girls. According to Lesbian News, “Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are two names that represent a cornerstone in lesbian culture and history. They’ve permanently carved out a place for themselves in the queer community… .” And Ray has stated that she is not a Christian, yet Calvin College willingly invites this band who believes the exact opposite of what God has said to play at Calvin.
Thus, not only do I not give to Calvin College, but neither do my children go to Calvin College. I pray that Calvin College will return to the Reformed faith so that one of my children will be able to attend.
Glenn Palmer ’76
By the way, I’ve not been a very active contributor, though I have Calvin in my will, because of Calvin’s profligate spending on promotions. Do you really need to make the Spark a 56-page glossy magazine, with four-color pictures on every page? I’d be happy with an occasional two-color, newsprint newsletter.
Nolan Vander Ark ’66
Christian S. H. Bell ’03
Balance on war issue applauded
During the Reagan Era, there were two major war controversies that I was publicly involved in — the Nuclear Freeze and the Nicaraguan Civil War. Most Calvin students and faculty didn’t seem to care enough to speak out on these issues at all. Those who did ranged from moderate to shrill opponents of Reagan’s policies.
In 1982, a Nuclear Freeze Resolution was put before Michigan voters. A Chimes editor called me and said that he could get any number of professors to write pro-Freeze articles, but no one to oppose it. Twenty-one years later, my article stands as the one that made the most sense and was vindicated by events.
In 1985, I wrote a pro-Contra Chimes article in response to an article that attacked Reagan’s support for Contras seeking to overthrow the pro-soviet Sandinistas in Nicaragua and later debated an anti-Contra Calvin professor.
Now to the War on Iraq. I read in a newspaper about two January Series speakers whose treatment by the Calvin community confirmed my skepticism about Calvin’s ability to understand war. Hecklers harassed the pro-regime change speaker by saying, “Oil.” Another speaker, Stanley Hauerwas, though he called the U.S. a “slave nation” and opposed regime change, was not challenged.
Then Student Senate passed an anti-war resolution and, miraculously from my perspective, students started a petition to overturn the resolution! I was thrilled to read that at a debate on the war, Professor Adel Abadeer and Andrew Storteboom, a student, actually had the sense to point out that doing nothing might be worse than going to war.
Calvin still has a long way to go. A professor prayed that students “will never go to war and that you’ll be peacemakers.” I pray that they will always be peacemakers, even if it means going to war.
Raymond Paul Opeka ’88
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