Book now for the 2015 ACL Synod Dinner

Posted on August 20, 2015 
Filed under Sydney Diocese

ACL Synod Dinner 2015Bookings essential.

Booking details here.

Australian Church Record October 2015

Posted on October 9, 2015 
Filed under Resources, Theology

acr_1915The latest issue of The Australian Church Record is now out. Just in time for Sydney Synod.

Grab a copy from their website.

UK Christian leaders speak out on proposed Extremism Disruption Orders

Posted on October 8, 2015 
Filed under News

United Kingdom“More than 50 Christian leaders from across England and Wales have written to The Daily Telegraph to warn that the Government’s proposed Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) would be a “disaster” for the church.

The initiative was backed by: Revd Tony Jones, Senior Minister of Christchurch Durham; Revd Dr Mike Ovey, Principal of Oak Hill College; and Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern [and Colin Hart Director of the Christian Institute]…”

– from Anglican Mainstream.

Religious Freedom conference videos available

Posted on October 8, 2015 
Filed under Resources

Religious Freedom conferenceAssociate Professor Neil Foster writes about the recent conference in Newcastle, ‘Religious Freedom in a Multicultural World’ –

“For those who are interested, the video of my presentation on the day is now available. The paper which goes along with the talk can be downloaded here. It was entitled ‘How should religious marriage celebrants respond if same sex marriage is introduced in Australia?’…”

See the other videos from the conference (including that by Peter Jensen) here.

Prayers urged for Bishop Ivan Lee

Posted on October 7, 2015 
Filed under Sydney Diocese

Bishop Ivan Lee“The Bishop of Western Sydney, Ivan Lee, has been diagnosed with a pancreatic tumour.

He had been experiencing some lethargy and symptoms of jaundice. Scans revealed his bile duct was blocked by a tumour on the pancreas…”

– The Anglican Church League urges all members to pray for Bishop Ivan Lee (a Vice-President of the League) and his wife Virginia. has details to inform your prayers.

J I Packer — In his own words

Posted on October 7, 2015 
Filed under Resources

J I Packer “J. I. Packer stands as one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth-century. Ever since the publication of Knowing God – an international best-seller – Packer has exerted a steady influence on contemporary Evangelicalism.

In honour of his life and legacy, Crossway is producing a short video documentary entitled, J. I. Packer: In His Own Words, that will premier on Tuesday, November 3, accessible free-of-charge at There you’ll also find other videos featuring Packer discussing timely topics related to the Christian life, including the nature of saving faith, the importance of the church, the centrality of sound doctrine, and the person of the Holy Spirit.

We’re also giving away a free e-book by J. I. Packer to everyone who signs up to receive the videos via email at”

– From Crossway.

Introducing Vine Journal

Posted on October 6, 2015 
Filed under Resources, Theology

vine_journal_00“We’re launching Vine Journal because we’re convinced that the Christian community needs long form arguments and essays – like we all need at least one substantial meal a day, like a house needs solid foundations, like a church community needs its regular sermons.

Short, light, snackable content is enjoyable and often nutritious – but there are some subjects and ideas and arguments that we need to chew over, and that just can’t be adequately covered in a Facebook update, a video clip or a short blog post of 600 words.…”

Tony Payne introduces Vine Journal from Matthias Media.

The Land of the long weekend

Posted on October 6, 2015 
Filed under Opinion, Resources

David Cook“I am part of the pastoral team of an 800 member Christian Church, we are all being radicalised, every meeting, every week, to engage our society with the message of God’s love. We eschew bullets and bombs and take up a message of love, delivered as we are able with acts of kindness.

Here is the radical Christian message, God your Creator, who made you, loves you, He gave His Son to die for your sin, He raised that Son from the dead to prove to you He is Lord, lose control of your life to Him and you will find true abundant life!…”

– Another great post from Presbyterian Moderator-General David Cook.

Bishop of Stockholm wants crosses removed, directions to Mecca added

Posted on October 6, 2015 
Filed under Other denominations

bp_eva_brunne“The Bishop of Stockholm has proposed a church in her diocese remove all signs of the cross and put down markings showing the direction to Mecca for the benefit of Muslim worshippers…”

– Story from Image: Wikipedia.

Don’t hang all religions with Islam’s radicalisation problem

Posted on October 6, 2015 
Filed under Opinion

Dr Michael Jensen“Only two days after the appalling slaughter of Curtis Cheng as he peacefully went about his work, a commentator on ABC News 24 was heard to say:

‘We have to empower people in schools, people in mosques, people in churches to be able to see the beginnings of radicalisation.’

This, perhaps throwaway, comment was evidence of a more widespread response to the threat of religiously-motivated terrorism. In NSW, the government has moved to audit school prayer groups of whatever faith, in order to prevent extremism. Voluntary religious activities must be monitored, and parental permission obtained before high school students participate.

Can you see what has happened here?…”

– Michael Jensen writes at ABC’s The Drum.

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