Notice of 2017 AGM

Posted on May 18, 2017 
Filed under Announcement

For our Members:

The Annual General Meeting of the Anglican Church League will be held on Thursday 8th June 2017 at 6.00pm, at the St. Andrew’s Cathedral Chapter House in Sydney.

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Jerusalem 2018

Posted on May 25, 2017 
Filed under GAFCON

GAFCON has announced that the next GAFCON Conference will held in Jerusalem from Sunday 17 to Friday 22nd June 2018.

Greg Clarke and Roy Williams with James Valentine on ABC Radio

Posted on May 24, 2017 
Filed under News

Bible Society Australia CEO, Greg Clarke, and author of “God, Actually”, Roy Williams, chatted with James Valentine about the Bible and the Sydney Writers Festival. Aired 23rd May 2017 on 702 ABC Sydney.

17 minutes. Listen here.

Photo of Roy Williams and Greg Clarke courtesy Bible Society.

The Justification Summit

Posted on May 24, 2017 
Filed under History, Theology

Coming up in Marcus Loane Hall at Moore College, 1:30pm – 5:00pm on Friday 26th May and 9:30am – 12:00pm on Saturday 27th May 2017 –

“Come along to an in depth look at the central doctrine of the Reformation, justification.

This afternoon and following morning event, held at Moore College, will reflect on the Reformation doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone, and how it bears upon our Christian life today.

Speakers include Mark Thompson, Principal of Moore College, Peter Orr, Will Timmins …

This event is FREE but we ask you to RSVP for catering purposes.”

Details of topics and speakers here.

Anglican Voices episode 1

Posted on May 23, 2017 
Filed under Anglican Communion, People

Kevin Kallsen at Anglican TV has begun a new project – Anglican Voices.

His first interview is with Church Society’s Director, Dr. Lee Gatiss.

Maintaining spiritual vitality in the midst of ministry

Posted on May 23, 2017 
Filed under Resources

At The Gospel Coalition AustraliaAndrew Heard shares some practical, personal tips that have helped him maintain spiritual vitality in the grind of day-to-day church planting.

Related book: Going the Distance: How to stay fit for a lifetime of ministry by Peter Brain.

Pushback: Appeal to Bishops of British Columbia and Yukon

Posted on May 21, 2017 
Filed under Anglican Church of Canada

“Dear Archbishop Privett, Bishops Andrews, McMenamie, Robertson and Skelton, Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

As the chief Ministers of Reconciliation and Apostles of Grace, I implore you to reverse your decision of objection to the episcopal election of the Rev. Jacob Worley in the Diocese of Caledonia.

The Diocese Of Caledonia prayerfully gathered at their electoral Synod. They elected the Rev. Jacob Worley to be their bishop. Your opposition is ungracious and calls our church’s credibility into question. …”

– “Diocese of the Arctic responds to the barring of bishop-elect Rev Jacob Worley.” from Anglican Samizdat.

Though unsourced, letters from the Bishop of The Arctic, David W Parsons, to the Bishops of British Columbia and Yukon, appear to reveal some of the confusion and unhappiness caused by that Province’s decision to overturn the election of a new Bishop of Caledonia.

Earlier post.

Update: Retired Bishop of Caledonia responds to the barring of bishop-elect Rev Jacob Worley. – also via Anglican Samizdat.

“This is a terrible development and should leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that the much lauded promise of a conscience clause in the proposed new marriage canon is completely worthless.”

Photo of Bishop Parsons from the Diocese of The Arctic.

Luther, his Friends and his Legacy

Posted on May 21, 2017 
Filed under History, Theology

Luther was a gregarious man. During his regime Wittenberg became thronged with people. Thousands flocked to Wittenberg to hear him preach (he preached 4000 times in thirty years). His home was effectively a combination of an inn and a lodging house. When he travelled from Wittenberg to Worms in 1521 he was greeted like a rock star from town to town. Wherever we see Luther, we see a man surrounded by people. …”

– Dr Paul Barnett shares some reflections on Dr Martin Luther, his friends, and his lasting legacy(Photo via Aquila Press.)

Isaiah in five minutes

Posted on May 20, 2017 
Filed under Resources

“Oak Hill’s third year students have been busy this term producing short video presentations as part of their work on the book of Isaiah.

One of the videos unpacks the message of Isaiah by using Lego characters, and another uses live sketching, and each of them was produced by a team of four students working in collaboration. …”

Something different – from Oak Hill College in London.

“As it had been the face of an angel”

Posted on May 20, 2017 
Filed under Encouragement, Theology

“The Christian ministry has never been for the faint of heart. The ministry, biblically defined, is combat duty in spiritual warfare. These graduates have been prepared to be front-line officers in that warfare. …

At every Southern Seminary graduation we remind one another of the great and essential fact that the Christian ministry is not a mere profession — it is a divine calling. The ministry is one of Christ’s gifts to his church. it is the most serious and joyous of all callings.

I think often of the venerable words of the old Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England for the ordering of the ministry. These words are spoken to new ministers of the Word:

‘You have heard, brethren, as well in your private examination, as in the exhortation which was now made to you, and in the holy Lessons taken out of the Gospel and the writings of the Apostles, of what dignity and of how great importance this office is, whereunto ye are called. …’ ”

– Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, speaks at the Commencement of Ministry for this year’s SBTS graduates.

Queen’s Birthday Afternoon Conference 2017

Posted on May 20, 2017 
Filed under Resources

From Two Ways Ministries:

“Work and the Christian is an important topic because most of us spend most of our waking life at work. Why do we do it?

There are so many questions about work and the gospel.

Phillip Jensen and Al Stewart will help us answer many of them at Two Ways Ministries’ Queen’s Birthday Conference

Monday 12th June, 2:00 – 5:00pm, in the Marcus Loane Hall at Moore College.

No need to register, but it helps if you let us know you’re coming. email info@twowaysministries.com.”

Letter to the Archbishop of York: Please consecrate a second Reformed Anglican Bishop

Posted on May 19, 2017 
Filed under Church of England, Opinion

“Your Grace, It would be quite understandable for you to be less than enthusiastic about receiving a missive from a ‘conservative evangelical’ in the light of the recent consecration of the episcopally licensed Curate of Jesmond Parish Church as a missionary bishop by the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church in South Africa. But I am writing if I may to set forth the case for a second conservative evangelical bishop, in addition to the southern-based Bishop of Maidstone, to serve as senior pastor to churches and ministers in the north of England who desire his episcopal care. …”

– Julian Mann, Vicar of The Parish Church of the Ascension, Oughtibridge, in South Yorkshire, writes an open letter to the Archbishop of York.

He also responds to comments made in the last week by Church Society’s Lee Gatiss and by Gavin Ashenden.

(Photo: Julian Mann with Bishop Dr. Ben Kwashi.)

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