Reading Ephesians (Ephesians 6:21–24)

Posted on January 22, 2020 
Filed under Resources, Theology

“Paul’s closing greeting in Ephesians is a good opportunity to summarise what the letter is all about and to remember why it’s worth reading and reflecting on it.”

– Our thanks to ACL Council member Lionel Windsor for a challenging and edifying series reflecting on the Letter to the Ephesians. Here is the last instalment.

How long, Lord, must we call for help?

Posted on January 22, 2020 
Filed under Resources, Theology

“In light of the recent Australian bushfires, we perhaps cannot be blamed for asking, Why is God allowing such a thing to happen? How can God turn a blind eye to the devastation that has come as a result of these fires – the loss of property, animals, even human life? Why doesn’t God do something about it? Why does God allow so many to needlessly suffer?

It is these kinds of questions that the prophet Habakkuk also struggled with, roughly six hundred years before Christ. …”

– Ben George writes at The Australian Church Record.

Sporting brain snaps

Posted on January 21, 2020 
Filed under Australian dioceses, Opinion

“When you read this I will be winging my way to Melbourne for part of a holiday.

Why Melbourne? Well we don’t have the Australian Open Tennis in Armidale.  We don’t have the rich celebrity temper tantrum, racket smashers from around the world in Armidale. We just have the normal temper tantrum racket smashers and club throwers of our local region. I think it will be interesting to see how the great ones of the sporting world do it. I am not planning to take any tips from them, however I might just be embarrassed and perversely entertained by them…”

– Diocese of Armidale’s Bishop Rick Lewers shares some challenges about anger.

Thank-you Fireys as Sydney prays

Posted on January 21, 2020 
Filed under Australia, Sydney Diocese

“Sustained applause greeted Rural Fire Service Senior Assistant Commissioner Bruce MacDonald as he was introduced at a Prayer service at Sydney’s St Andrew’s Cathedral on Sunday 19th January for those affected by the bushfires. …”

– Russell Powell has the story of Sunday’s service at the Cathedral for everyone affected by the bushfires. At SydneyAnglicans.net.

World Watch List 2020

Posted on January 21, 2020 
Filed under Resources

Open Doors has released its World Watch List for 2020.

Fuel for prayer.

Spiritual Formation: the rise of a tradition

Posted on January 20, 2020 
Filed under History, Theology

“Spiritual formation” seems to be an innocuous phrase, for Christians; a good thing to do, what we would want for ourselves and others. It is in use in general church circles, and in more formal literature. In particular, if one investigates developments concerning theological education, it is very clear that spiritual formation is what theological education should be about. …

“Spiritual formation” seems a reasonable thing for Christians to do, but what exactly does it mean, and why is it seen as the main purpose of theological education? …

– Church Society has published some excerpts from an article by Kirsty Birkett in the current issue of Churchman.

Archbishop Foley Beach’s January GAFCON Chairman’s letter

Posted on January 19, 2020 
Filed under GAFCON

“For many of us, Christmas is a time for celebrating the birth of Jesus, the Word becoming flesh, and enjoying time with family and friends. However, for some of our brothers and sisters in Christ, Christmas has become a time of increased threat. …”

– In his January latter as GAFCON Primates Council Chairman, Archbishop Foley Beach highlights the need to pray for the persecuted church.

The ACR speaks with Jane Tooher about the Priscilla and Aquila Conference

Posted on January 18, 2020 
Filed under Resources

The Australian Church Record recently spoke with Jane Tooher, Director of the Priscilla and Aquila Centre at Moore College, about the upcoming P&A Conference for 2020.

Read the interview here.

On Preaching, the Supper, and the Unity of the Church

Posted on January 16, 2020 
Filed under History, Resources, Theology

“Recently, the well-known pastor and author Francis Chan made some alarming comments about preaching, the Lord’s Supper, and the unity of the church.

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman chats with Mark Dever, Bobby Jamieson, and Mark Feather about Chan’s comments in particular and the topics of preaching, the Supper, and unity more generally.”

Listen here.

Sound an Alarm: Gender Activism is about to silence us

Posted on January 16, 2020 
Filed under Culture wars, Opinion

“The Victorian government intends to pass a law very soon that may see ordinary citizens imprisoned if they speak up against the chemical, psychological and physical mutilation of confused adolescents. …”

– Retired Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Stuart Lindsay, writes this opinion piece in Quadrant.

Should we trade in Funerals for “Celebrations of Life”?

Posted on January 16, 2020 
Filed under Resources

“Over the last decade of serving the local church, I’ve noticed a trend: people don’t like thinking about death. In every conceivable way, we dismiss, ignore, and refuse to acknowledge our mortality. In the words of the blues artist, Albert King, ‘Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.’

Nobody wants to die and nobody wants to think about death…”

– At 9Marks, Jason Hill considers a question many Sydney Anglican ministers also confront.

Prayer: the heart of evangelism (Ephesians 6:17–20)

Posted on January 15, 2020 
Filed under Resources, Theology

“One of the best things we can pray for is that the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ will go out to the world, both through us and through others.”

– Lionel Windsor nears the end of Ephesians and comes to a key passage.

(Photo: GAFCON.)

Canterbury Cathedral hosts Award Ceremony for ‘top UK Abortionist’

Posted on January 15, 2020 
Filed under Church of England

“Ann Furedi, head of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), Britain’s largest abortion provider, was made an Honorary Doctor of Science at a ceremony in Canterbury Cathedral on Nov. 22.”

– Report from Church Militant.

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