To reiterate, Digong mocking the saints as stupid and drunkards generated a veneer to blanket the eyes of Filipinos from the negative issues of his government.
“But we request of you, brothers and sisters, that you appreciate those who diligently work among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you respect them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
However, the most tragic death is when we die without having learned to live. When we die without friends: that is tragic. When we die without ever having contributed to the good of the world: that is disaster. When we die without having created within a spirit worthy of fellowship with God and our fellow human beings: that is ultimate failure.
The last Sunday of October is designated as Reformation Sunday. It is a time for us to remember the 16th Century Protestant Reformation started by Martin Luther that gave birth to new church directions and perspectives.
October is designated as Indigenous People’s Month. It is a time for us to celebrate the rich cultural heritage we received from our ancestors. Following are some basic elements of indigenous people’s culture that must be preserved for the living of these days.
“He has brought down mighty kings from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich empty away.” – Luke 1:52-53
October is declared as Indigenous People’s Month in the ecumenical world. This is an opportune time for us to look into our relationship with the indigenous peoples in our country and elsewhere. The story of the Canaanite Woman as recorded in the Gospel according to Matthew could help us in our reflection (15:21-28).
In our church calendar, the month of September is Christian Education and Nurture Emphasis month. This is a time for us to recognize the importance of Christian education and nurture in the total life and witness of the church. I would like to believe that Christian education and nurture has been the source of the strength of Protestant evangelical witness throughout the ages. The moment Christian education and nurture is neglected, church growth will be stunted and her witness to the world will be weakened.
On September 21, 1972, then Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos declared martial law in our country in the guise “to save the republic and reform society.” However, what happened in more than a decade of Marcos Rule was the very opposite of what the regime had claimed to do. Our country was plunged into long dark nights of fascist rule, where crying and weeping of widows and orphans were heard all over the land amidst the sarcastic laughter and merriment of the powers-that-be, feasting lavishly on the riches and beauty of our motherland.
BAGUIO CITY — Church leaders from the different Christian denominations in Northern Luzon met in the city on August 27-28 to affirm their commitment for peace building. The gathering aimed to provide updates on the peace talks between the Philippine government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), and present the overview of the draft Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER).
By RUDY D. LIPORADA www.nordis.net Last weekend, I sort of had a theophany, not close to Moses’s burning bush conversation with God …
By REV. LUNA DINGAYAN www.nordis.net “We have come as your slaves, to buy food. We are all brothers. We are not spies, …