Red Cross needs blood donations
The Central Plains Region of American Red Cross Blood Services recently completed our fourth successful "Red, White & You" Community Blood Drive at the Sedgwick County Zoo. During this event, June 30 through July 2, more than 800 people presented to give blood, with 731 pints collected. This number includes 157 first-time blood donors. Ninety people served as volunteers at the event, including many Red Cross board, staff and family members.
This important event would not have been possible without the unique partnership with the zoo and the financial and in-kind support of local businesses and media outlets.
"Red, White & You" is over, but the need for blood this summer continues. Summer is typically a difficult season for blood collection, but this year Red Cross is experiencing a 12-year low. Blood donations are needed now to prevent shortages.
I encourage you to consider donating blood at an upcoming drive at your church or business, or at the Wichita Blood Donor Center, 707 N. Main. It only takes an hour to help save up to three lives.
Make an appointment by calling (800) 733-2767 or going to www.redcrossblood.org.
American Red Cross Blood Services
Central Plains Region
Antinomianism. Universalism. These are terms that describe the doctrines espoused in "Harmful rhetoric" (July 2 Letters to the Editor). Both of these beliefs have long been labeled as heresies throughout history by the Christian church.
Antinomianism is the belief that because Christians are saved by faith alone, it does not matter whether they obey any moral laws. But the Bible clearly teaches that Christianity and homosexual practice are incompatible. One of the evidences of a personal relationship with Christ is a life that is not characterized by sexual immorality.
Universalism is the belief that all humans will be saved from eternal punishment by Christ's death. But Christ said, "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." Only those who turn away from their sins and place their trust in Christ alone will be forgiven.
The liberal distortion of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah is that those cities were destroyed for lack of hospitality, or for not helping the poor. But Jude 1:7 says that "Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire."
PHILLIP A. BOSTIAN
In "Must repent" (July 9 Letters to the Editor), the writer chose a few words of Jesus and the Apostle Paul to justify his belief that homosexuality is a sin that is leading our nation astray. In response, I can go to my Bible and lift out a few of my own favorite passages (Matthew 7:1-5 and 22:34-40, Romans 14:1-4, Galatians 6:1-5) to come to a completely different view of how to live in the world and how to treat others.
There are many translations of the Bible and many scholarly commentaries coming from different perspectives. Which interpretation do we use, and how do we decide who is right? If we are intellectually honest, we cannot really come up with a single correct answer. Therefore, this practice of "proof-texting" back and forth over political issues comes off as an exercise in futility.
Given this reality, it is inappropriate for our state or federal government to attempt to legislate personal morality using the Bible as a definitive guide. And I believe that it is obnoxious for me or anyone else who writes a letter to the newspaper to throw Scriptures in everyone else's face in an attempt to decree for all what one must believe.
Rev. LEIGH CARLSON BURGESS
Pine Valley Christian Church
"Menu makeovers" (June 28 Healthy Living) pictured food not only for those with diabetes, but for all of us.
Only about 30 percent of Americans eat the recommended minimum of fruits and veggies. Five servings each day is the low-end recommendation to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
When we prepare our own food we know its ingredients, including real fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Luckily, in the summer when we grow our food or get it locally, we know it's fresh. In the winter, we accept grocery-store produce that has traveled thousands of miles from mega-farms.
As a registered dietitian, I know that much of our health results from our choices — where we live, learn, work and play. Much of the high cost of health care — doctors, hospitals, pills — is avoided when we relish fruits and veggies, whether fresh, frozen or canned. Walking or other daily physical activity also keeps us healthy.
Be careful, joggers
I want to share a very close call I had while driving to work. It was a dark and rainy morning. I was somewhat blinded by very bright signage.
In the darkness and rain, two early morning joggers were jogging down the middle of the right-hand lane of 37th Street North. I almost hit both of them.
I understand that bike riders, joggers and walkers have rights. However, I think jogging down 37th Street North in the rain and darkness is not a good idea, even if you have the right to do it.