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.
The Bible is filled from beginning to end with statements of what God is able to do and will do for those who are his people. Here are seven verses which, when put together, cover almost all the fundamental doctrines of Christianity.
In the aftermath of the Christchurch attack, people everywhere are once again reminded of the vulnerability of life. That our lives today, can be taken from us in a matter of seconds.
We find true freedom when we are willing to accept reality as it is (including God’s rightful and effective sovereignty over all his creation) and when we allow him to make us into all that he would have us be. The matter of God’s Sovereignty, far from continuing to be an offence to us, can become a wonderful doctrine from which we derive great blessings.
This feature on culture and preaching was written by Dr Rochelle Scheuermann, Associate Professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College, Illinois. She serves as Director of the Masters in Evangelism and Leadership programme. Dr Scheuermann was previously programme director and Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and vice-president of Academics at Lincoln Christian University in the US.
One common and very notable characteristic amongst our Pacific Islands people is the “patipati” (begging and borrowing) attitude and habit.