A Gift of Meaning by Bill Tammeus

By Bill Tammeus

Because of the bizarre 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 set 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 studies that sweep us alongside day by means of day.

I stopped by way of a homeless look after the opposite day to work out anyone i do know. As I waited, I felt quite conspicuous in my go well with and tie. actually, the pleasant guy on the details 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 by means of what could be the so much tough of all human projects: empathy. that's, the problem of truly placing ourselves within the sneakers of others.

In the tip, A reward of Meaning isn't just a presentation of discovered which means, but additionally a decision to readers to prevent and imagine for themselves. This publication is a call for participation to respire deeply and search out the that means of what the area heaves at us on a daily basis. it truly is an providing of insights that would offer clean methods of comprehending issues readers idea they already understood.

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In my own Presbyterian denomination, for instance, the ordination of the first woman minister occurred in 1956, the same year in which United Methodists began ordaining females. The Episcopal Church in this country didn’t approve of ordaining women until 1976. The practical effect of this misogynistic history is that only now are some women becoming senior pastors at multistaff churches. It has been relatively easy for women fresh out of seminary to find jobs as associate pastors at large churches or as solo pastors of small churches.

These experiences, which required reading and listening to countless sermons, convinced me that for some reason God is extraordinarily stingy with the gift of great preaching. And yet the Preaching list raises the offensive question of whether great preaching is somehow beyond the exegetical and homiletic skills of women. 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.

Like Quayle, I collect Bibles. But that’s where the resemblance ends. The ones I collect are not rare and valuable. Rather, I’m interested in different translations to compare and contrast ways the original Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic has been rendered into English. The internationally known Quayle Rare Bible Collection at Baker is to my collection what the Hope Diamond is to a rhinestone. And yet, in an important sense, each collection is, for people of faith, equally priceless. That’s because Christians and Jews believe scripture contains God’s authoritative word, though to be sure there are Family, Faith, and Plumb Lines 43 endless intrafaith arguments about how to read and interpret the book.

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