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By Bill Tammeus

Because of the extraordinary non permanent nature of journalism, now not each column can stand the try out of time. yet many—even these approximately occasions approximately long past from the general public consciousness--contain lasting truths. A reward of Meaning is a suite of these lasting truths from invoice Tammeus, a columnist for the Kansas urban Star.

Each piece finds Tammeus's try to combat everlasting that means from the occasions and reviews that sweep us alongside day through day.

I stopped by means of a homeless look after the opposite day to determine anyone i do know. As I waited, I felt quite conspicuous in my swimsuit and tie. in truth, the pleasant guy on the info table requested me if i used to be a pastor. I chuckled.

But as I sat within the foyer ready to work out the fellow I got here to examine on, i used to be struck back via what could be the so much tough of all human initiatives: empathy. that's, the problem of actually placing ourselves within the sneakers of others.

In the top, A present of Meaning is not only a presentation of discovered which means, but additionally a choice to readers to prevent and imagine for themselves. This publication is a call for participation to respire deeply and search out the which means of what the area heaves at us on a daily basis. it's an supplying of insights that might offer clean methods of comprehending issues readers concept they already understood.

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But when any religious body finds itself so remarkably out of step with the culture around it, it must ask whether, on that matter, the culture possesses more truth than it does. The answer may well be no, but the history of ecclesial abuse of authority in protection of discredited beliefs is long and painful. That history should make religions modest, though it rarely seems to. Women Take Their Place as Senior Pastors January 23, 2000 As the calendar slipped from the 1900s to the 2000s, we got all kinds of lists of the greatest people of the past one hundred years.

But listen to these brutal remarks expressing this view from none other than John Calvin, father of the Reformed Tradition: “Whoever will duly examine and weigh the whole form of ecclesiastical government as now existing in the Papacy, will find that there is no kind of spoliation [it means plunder] in which robbers act more licen- 38 A Gift of Meaning tiously, without law or measure. . ” And in the twelfth century, long before the Reformers, Joachim of Flora, a medieval inventor of prophetic systems, also wrote that Antichrist would arise from inside the church and hold high office.

The clear answer is no. Even if church history is limited just to this country, in fact, many examples can be found of fascinating women preachers. An unrepresentative list of some of the more spectacular would include Jemima Wilkinson, Sojourner Truth, Julia Foote, Amanda Berry Smith, and Aimee Semple McPherson. But Preaching’s all-male list of great preachers does point to the church’s difficulty of finding agreement on what role scripture and tradition allow women to play in the faith. In parts of Christendom it is a white-hot argument, and too often the debate is carried on with no evidence that anyone recalls the commandment of the faith’s founder that his followers love one another.

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