David Cho's June 27 front-page story, "A Pastor With a Drive to Convert; McLean Sanctuary Opens With Grander Plans," did not capture the essence of McLean Bible Church. Instead, it focused on the allegedly controversial aspects of the Rev. Lon Solomon's mission.

There was a quotation in the story comparing the crusades to the church's mission regarding Jewish people who do not believe in Jesus as the Messiah. The writer should have allowed for a response of evangelistic clarification from Rev. Solomon but did not.

Take it from this Jewish believer: One must come to Christ on one's own terms.

But McLean Bible Church is special in part because Lon Solomon has a gift that enables him to communicate God's message in a manner everyone can relate to and comprehend. The message is not sugarcoated or contoured to suit the changing lifestyles or whims of society. It's a Bible- based, thought-provoking, motivational and timely message, delivered with candor, contemporary references, humor and, most important, scriptural support.

There are many reasons the church has more than 10,000 members who come to worship and learn from God. I hope The Post's readers will come to McLean Bible Church to see for themselves.

MARK SPECK

Leesburg

As the rabbi of the largest Jewish congregation in Virginia, I speak for thousands of Jews in taking great offense at the Rev. Lon Solomon's efforts to convert Jews to Christianity. The Rev. Solomon and his parishioners at McLean Bible Church contribute to the deterioration of a society built on tolerance, acceptance, love and communal respect.

It is also disappointing that The Post did little to uncover the anti-Semitic and stereotypical comments that the Rev. Solomon regularly makes. Not only does he joke about all Jews being doctors and lawyers (as the article noted), but his recent sermon, broadcast on the radio, made such insulting statements as "Jews don't read the Bible" and Jews "just memorize rote prayers."

How sad that in an age in which so much divides us, we cannot look to our common bonds to find strength and to improve our world together.

AMY M. SCHWARTZMAN

Rabbi

Temple Rodef Shalom

Falls Church

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My family and I have attended McLean Bible Church for several years, and I am saddened that David Cho's recent article marginalized our worship services by comparing them to a "Broadway production." It also said that immediately after services, people "head for the exits" because "[m]ost families hardly know each other among the thousands."

Actually, many worshippers stay to eat and socialize in the restaurant and coffee bar. Many also volunteer in the church's community outreach efforts.

For example, the church has a ministry to support military families that helped my family when I was mobilized for almost two years in the Navy after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. My wife also enjoys buying food and supplies for the needy, and the church has one of the most extensive food pantries in the area. The church offers our 7-year-old daughter lots of opportunities for fun and learning, such as father-daughter dances, fishing trips, craft activities, sports competitions and Bible-learning events. As a result, my daughter is incredibly motivated on Sundays to attend church and read the Bible.

Mr. Cho can talk about our "glitzy" church, but to me the new sanctuary is on sacred ground as it helps both friends and family make it through each week to serve the Lord and to support this nation.

DAVE McAFEE

McLean