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    “The Church Is Divided By Gifts”

    “The church is divided by gifts,” observed Pastor Donald Rayno as we  were finishing up our Chili burritos. Don has served as director of the Raleigh-Area Concert of Prayer for twenty years. He has lunched with pastors of all traditions, Presbyterian to Pentecostal and everything in between. He has organized countless prayer meetings balancing the different ways congregations pray: silently, charismatically, liturgically, extemporarily. I was intrigued by his distillation,”What do you mean?” “The charismatic churches emphasize the gifts of tongue and interpretation, the mainline churches, like your Presbyterian church, emphasize the gifts of teaching.” Suddenly the denominations of the church made sense, tragic sense. “But isn’t that sad,” I replied, “Paul teaches…