By Bill Tammeus
Because of the unusual 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 present of Meaning is a set 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 studies that sweep us alongside day by way of day.
I stopped by way of a homeless defend the opposite day to work out somebody i do know. As I waited, I felt quite conspicuous in my go well with 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 fellow I got here to examine on, i used to be struck back via what could be the so much tricky of all human initiatives: empathy. that's, the problem of actually placing ourselves within the footwear of others.
In the tip, A reward of Meaning is not only a presentation of chanced on which means, but additionally a choice to readers to forestall and imagine for themselves. This booklet is a call for participation to respire deeply and search out the that means of what the area heaves at us every day. it really is an delivering of insights that might offer clean methods of comprehending issues readers proposal they already understood.
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But to describe this thinking as orthodox Christian doctrine understood by everyone for two thousand years is simply to ignore huge chunks of church history. One can draw legitimately different ideas of Antichrist by looking at different passages of the Bible itself, from the book of Daniel in the Hebrew scriptures to the New Testament books of John, the letters of John, Revelation, and II Thessalonians. Indeed, I John 2:18, in the New Revised Standard Version, says “many antichrists” already have come.
Beyond that we are likely to attract the kind 40 A Gift of Meaning of mistrust of our actions that we regularly see in people around the world. In the ultimate scheme of things, God may have a special role for America. But that idea is impossible to prove to a world with thousands of different ideas about who, if anyone, God is. Beyond that, it’s foolish to leave the discernment and announcement of any such role to our civic leaders. Al Gore may or may not be a good Southern Baptist and may or may not be in daily prayerful contact with the sovereign of the universe.
He has given us not just a chance but a Family, Faith, and Plumb Lines 39 mission to prove to men and women throughout this world that people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, of all faiths and creeds, can not only work and live together but can enrich and ennoble both themselves and our common purpose. I have no problem with the notion that America can—indeed should—be a model for racial, ethnic, and religious harmony. It’s important work on a planet aﬂame with the deadly results of hatred rooted in our differences.