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Friday
Nov072008

Lisa vs. Lifeway part 2


Several weeks ago Lisa wrote a letter to Lifeway Christian Stores sharing her disappointment over their treatment of a Gospel Today magazine that had 4 women pastors on the cover.  You can read her letter here.

Well, Lisa received a response last week which you can read below.  It's a nice letter.  Lisa appreciated the response and the personal approach in the letter.  I'm not sure she's gonna be shopping at LifeWay, but she liked the letter.

 

Dear Ms. Watson:

Thank you for your letter of October 16 expressing your disappointment with our decision not to display the current issue of Gospel Today because of their lead article on Female Pastors.  I am pleased to respond.  

While you may not agree with our position on this issue, we want to make sure you fully understand it since many of the new media reports were not entirely accurate.  Simply put, we removed that issude of Gospel Today magazing from the shelves of LifeWay Christian Stores because the cover story, featureing female senior pastors, clearly advocated a position contrary to our denominations statement of faith, The Baptist Faith & Message.  We certainly understand that some customers have different positions on the issues and do not agree with every point.  We also recognize that some customers like to read a variety of views on the subjects such as these to stay engaged in the culture.  For that reason, we have continued to make the magazine available upon request to accomodate those needs as best we could.  To the extent possible, we try to serve all Evangelical Christians with the products we carry in our stores.

Thank you for shopping at your LifeWay Christian Store in the past and for your mission service through our denomination.  I also appreciate your taking the time to write and express your concerns on this issue and for giving us an opportunity to respond.  I sincerely hope this information will be helpful to you and that you will reconsider your decision about shopping at our stores in the future.  

Blessings,

(we will withhold the name)

LifeWay Christian Stores

 


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Good that they responded ]

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersarah christoph

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