Religious leaders discuss the word of God in this weekly feature. Published on Fridays, Church Talk discusses themes from the Bible as well as looking at current events in a Christian context.
Not until the Renaissance are there clear records of trees being used as a symbol of Christmas, beginning in Latvia in 1510 and Strasbourg in 1521.
“God, who in sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.
“Wherefore God gave them up to uncleanness to the lust of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between their own selves: …for this cause, God gave them up unto vile affections for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature.
The phrase, “it is always time to do the right thing” was a favourite of Dr Martin Luther King jr. who often confronted those who said civil rights were needed but the time was not right. Might these words apply to an issue like climate change today?
Today, the headstone of a much-loved Dutch missionary priest will be unveiled in Mauke, in the presence of many people who knew and loved this iconic man who made the Cook Islands his home for nearly 60 years.