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By Bill Tammeus

Because of the ordinary short-term 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 unearths Tammeus's try and strive against everlasting that means from the occasions and reviews that sweep us alongside day through day.

I stopped via a homeless look after the opposite day to work out a person i do know. As I waited, I felt fairly 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 determine the guy I got here to ascertain on, i used to be struck back by means of what could be the so much tough of all human projects: 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 stumbled on which means, but in addition a choice to readers to forestall and imagine for themselves. This booklet is a call for participation to respire deeply and search out the which means of what the realm heaves at us on a daily basis. it truly is an providing of insights that may offer clean methods of comprehending issues readers proposal they already understood.

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Nor has the depiction of hell over the centuries been rigidly consistent. It’s certainly true that the New Testament offers stark pictures of hell, and people who Family, Faith, and Plumb Lines 45 believe that the Bible should be taken literally are attached to descriptions of hell as eternal fire where there’s weeping and gnashing of teeth and so on. ” It uses “images,” he said, and “figuratively portrays” hell. So, scary images of hell are not new. But they grew increasingly graphic in medieval and later times, especially in the seventeenth century, when John Locke’s reward-and-punishment philosophy helped underpin both emergent capitalism and Christianity.

But nothing will be gained if the goal now becomes an institution that speaks with one voice on every matter. Indeed, rather than seeking a false unity, Christianity might do well to consider unity on core orthodoxy only and then simply agree to respect different approaches to secondary matters. That approach might be so liberating it could allow more time for feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, bearing one another’s burdens . . We Don’t Read the Bible; We Assimilate It July 4, 1999 BALDWIN CITY, KANSAS—What we love, we collect.

But as we count him among the prophets of God’s unique blessing of our nation, we also would do well to remind ourselves that Gore’s pronouncement on this subject carries with it the potential for great mischief and arrogance. Gore’s place among our many public theologians was secured by a recent speech he made to the Detroit Metro Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in which he said: I believe that God’s hand has touched the United States of America— not by accident but on purpose.

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