Prophetic from the Centre

Posted on July 29, 2016 
Filed under Theology

d-a-carson-2-7Crossways has released a free mini-book in PDF, .mobi and epub formats.

It’s adapted from Don Carson’s address to the first Gospel Coalition conference, in 2007.

The topic: Prophetic from the Centre – The Gospel of Jesus Christ in 1 Corinthians 15:1–19. Good to pass on to congregations!

A Roman Catholic canon for Belfast Cathedral

Posted on July 28, 2016 
Filed under Anglican Communion

edward-odonnellSt Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, has appointed the Very Rev Edward O’Donnell, Parish Priest of St Brigid’s, Belfast, as an Ecumenical Canon.

This is the first time in the history of St Anne’s that a Roman Catholic Priest will serve on the Cathedral Chapter…”

St. Anne’s Cathedral, BelfastChurch of Ireland.

Two new posts at Law and Religion Australia

Posted on July 28, 2016 
Filed under Resources

Assoc Prof Neil FosterNeil Foster, at Law and Religion Australia, has updated his blog with two new posts:

Religious Freedom victory in Nova Scotia

and

Religious Vilification claim in Victoria rejected.

Informative reading for an understanding of what’s happening in the realm of religious freedom.

Related: The inaugural Freedom for Faith Conference, Friday 12th August.

What should we think about Pope Francis?

Posted on July 28, 2016 
Filed under Opinion, Resources

Pope Francis. Photo: The Vatican“Pope Francis in one of the most liked leaders in today’s world. …

An increasing number of Evangelicals say: ‘I like this pope, he talks about Jesus a lot…’

True, Francis knows the language that Evangelicals use (e.g. ‘conversion’, ‘mission’, ‘personal relationship with Jesus’) and is able to articulate it in a winsome way. …

The basic rules of interpretation, however, tell us that using the same words does not necessarily mean saying the same things. …

Evangelicals have to do their homework in order to go beyond the surface of mere phonetics in order to grasp the profoundly different theological vision underpinning Francis’ language. They may find it surprising how far Francis is from the standard evangelical understanding of the biblical Gospel. …

– At Vatican Files (Evangelical theological perspectives on Roman Catholicism), Leonardo De Chirico and Greg Pritchard write about the current Pope.

‘The best of’ Ask Pastor John

Posted on July 28, 2016 
Filed under Resources, Theology

ask-pastor-johnAndy Naselli has listening to all of the more than 900 episodes of “Ask Pastor John”, with John Piper, and offers links to a dozen which stand out for him.

‘Rabbi in Residence’ for TEC cathedral

Posted on July 27, 2016 
Filed under TEC

rabbi-in-residenceThe Bishop of Western Massachusetts in the US-based Episcopal Church has appointed a Rabbi in Residence for the diocese’s Christ Church Cathedral. From 1 September, Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro will take adult education classes and will also ‘preach periodically in the Sunday liturgy.’…”

– Report from the Anglican Communion News Service.

Photo and announcement from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts.

D. A. Carson — Reflections on 40 years of theological education

Posted on July 27, 2016 
Filed under People, Resources

Dr Don CarsonThis week on Jason Allen’s Preaching and Preachers podcast, Professor D.A. Carson shares his story, and reflects on 40 years of theological education.

Very encouraging. Runs for 29 minutes.

(The Know Your Roots video series, mentioned in the interview and recorded in 1991, can be seen here.)

The End of Gender?

Posted on July 26, 2016 
Filed under Culture wars, Resources

the-end-of-gender“In the year 2000 I started giving talks on gender issues, based on research I had been doing in feminism. At the time I would speak of the ‘the end’ of feminism, meaning, the logical conclusion of feminist thinking. …

So, I predicted, the end of feminism – its logical outcome – was not likely to be lesbianism, which after all still asserts that there is a difference between men and women, and that women are to be preferred. Rather, the end of feminism was likely to be the disappearance of gender altogether.

But I did not expect to be proved so right, so soon.”

The latest (Summer 2016) issue of Commentary from Oak Hill College in London, is now available for download.

Plenty of good and thought-provoking reading.

You could start with Kirsty Birkett’s article, “The End of Gender?” on page 6.

Our Father knows best

Posted on July 25, 2016 
Filed under Opinion

David CookTucked away in the catalogue of sins resulting from humankind’s rejection of God, are the words, ‘they disobey their parents’ (Romans 1:30)…”

– David Cook, Presbyterian Moderator-General, reflects on the importance of families in God’s economy.

‘Cover-up — can’t stop truth coming out’

Posted on July 25, 2016 
Filed under Culture wars, Opinion

safeschools“The story of Cheltenham Girls High School is a textbook example of the subterfuge involved in the controversial Safe Schools Coalition and how far education authorities and governments will go to preserve and conceal a program that subverts parents rights and values. …

It all began last week with our story of how teachers at the all-girls school in north-west Sydney were asked in a staff meeting to stop referring to students as “girls”, ladies” and “women”, but to use “gender-neutral” language instead.

– At The Daily Telegraph, columnist Miranda Devine looks at one particular school, and also publishes a recent list of schools involved in the ‘Safe Schools’ programme.

Moore College events coming up

Posted on July 24, 2016 
Filed under Resources, Sydney Diocese

moore-events-coming-upThe team at Moore College have posted a summary of events coming up in August.

See it here.

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