When I read this last week I actually thought it was "fake news" because there was absolutely nothing at all about it anywhere at all over here. It was only when I tuned into The Briefing just then that I realised what had happened. I'm shocked that such a gag order could be a thing in my country.
Interesting comments! In the end this is all superficial. Let us not forget it is Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor 2:2) upon Whom we rely, and not our practices around this or any other Christian season. A blessed Christmas to you all.
The evergreen tree coming into the home at Christmas time started as a Germanic custom I believe. The idea was that it was a very unusual thing that made people stop,look and admire. Jesus' coming into the world was an arresting event, so the tree reminded people of that aspect of it, especially at a time when many couldn't read or write. This symbol was a powerful teaching tool especially for the young. The commercialisation came later and is (in my opinion) rightly rejected by believers. Biblical historians can accurately date the birth of Christ to being somewhere between December 25 and Jan 6 (our calendar), because the record of Zechariah's priestly duty dates still exists. I heard an SA sermon on this once.
I'm not offended. I engage in ministering to RCs. They really have very little idea of true Christianity but will absolutely describe themselves as Christians. They don't realise how far away from the truth they are because they have been led astray from infancy. They don't feel they have the right to read the Bible for themselves. It's resl bondage. Partial knowledge is harder to minister to than no knowledge at all. I get them reading the Bible and then let the Spirit do His work.
Let us love our RC brethren into the faith. They suffer through lack of assurance (some will add, with good reason) and through being held in bondage to works. However, many that I know love Jesus the best way they know how. They need our prayers not our condemnation.
My parents' divorce certainly was hugely detrimental to me, although I was already 18 when they separated. I am now almost 60. Never a day goes by when I am not reminded of it in some way. One of the saddest things is not being able to present an intact set of grandparents to your children.
I didn't express myself well. Of course I address God as my Father and so on. Jesus would not have got very far in his mission had he taken a female form! I am complementarian and I certainly don't need "inclusive" language in my Bible. I just ponder on the "neither male nor female" verse, that's all.
Many years ago, a neighbour gave birth to her second child, a little girl with Down's. With so much media attention surrounding such children recently, I googled her name to see what I could find - she has a career as a drummer!!
All our righteousness is as filthy rags. Barbara Bush was a flawed human being, as are we all. She has now departed this life and indeed is in God's hands. Condolences to her family and friends and to all who remember her fondly.