By Bill Tammeus
Because of the abnormal non permanent nature of journalism, now not each column can stand the try of time. yet many—even these approximately occasions approximately long gone 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 and strive against everlasting which means from the occasions and reviews that sweep us alongside day through day.
I stopped by way of a homeless shield the opposite day to determine somebody i do know. As I waited, I felt quite conspicuous in my go well with and tie. actually, 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 envision on, i used to be struck back through what could be the such a lot tough of all human projects: empathy. that's, the problem of truly placing ourselves within the footwear of others.
In the tip, A present of Meaning isn't just a presentation of came across which means, but in addition a decision to readers to prevent and imagine for themselves. This ebook is a call for participation to respire deeply and hunt down the that means of what the area heaves at us on a daily basis. it's an supplying of insights that may offer clean methods of comprehending issues readers notion they already understood.
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So the building, like the faith, has survived. Inside now there is electricity, and you can buy postcards from small gift shops and souvenir medallions from vending machines. But the essence of Notre Dame is the same as it has been for centuries, just as the essence of the faith is the same two thousand years after the birth of its founder. And in a world that seems to uproot nearly everything every two weeks, the constancy is enough to steal my breath. Family, Faith, and Plumb Lines 25 When Religion and Culture Are at Odds June 11, 2000 People of faith, imagining they’re defending some divinely mandated position, sometimes circle the wagons around ground the culture has long since abandoned.
When patriarchal systems are under attack throughout the culture, it’s hard for many Americans to imagine what’s worth defending in the statement on women scheduled for a vote at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting this week in Florida. Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying Baptists don’t have a right to believe whatever they want. 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.
It includes the Emperor Nero, Napoleon, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hitler, Stalin, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan, Sun Myung Moon, Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat, Louis Farrakhan, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, and Barney the Dinosaur. It is, of course, impossible in an essay of this length to do justice to centuries of serious biblical scholarship on the end of the world, the Second Coming of Christ, and the identity of Antichrist. But it’s possible at least to hint at the rich and varied interpretations available and to say that many parts of mainline Christianity, unlike Falwell, pay precious little attention to any of this.
A Gift of Meaning by Bill Tammeus