A statement from the GAFCON UK Task Group — 8 Dec 2016

Posted on December 9, 2016 
Filed under Church of England, GAFCON

gafcon-uk-1“We are grateful to God for the gracious, unsolicited affirmation of the recent activities of GAFCON UK given by Archbishop Okoh, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman of the GAFCON Primates Council.

Archbishop Okoh’s Pastoral Letter of 6th December 2016 makes clear that, despite attempts from some in the Church of England leadership both to obfuscate the real situation on the ground in the Church, and to undermine the significance of Lambeth Conference Resolution I.10, the GAFCON Primates are in no doubt either as to the breakdown of discipline in the Church of England or as to the standards for human sexuality that the majority of the Communion expect the Church of England to uphold…”

Read it all here.

Standing above the Pack

Posted on December 9, 2016 
Filed under Australian dioceses

Rick LewersAs I opened my computer this morning this article was on the work list for completion.

Writing is a lot of fun but it is not always easy to come up with material every week. So as the computer sparked into action and another google picture filled my screen I actually had a bit of a laugh along with a thought for what you now read. …”

– Bishop of Armidale, Rick Lewers, shares a Christmas message.

Helen Roseveare (1925–2016)

Posted on December 8, 2016 
Filed under People

helen-roseveare-via-justin-taylor“In the winter of 1945, the Lord seemed to meet her in a personal way during a student retreat. She gave her testimony on the final evening, and Bible teacher Graham Scroggie wrote Philippians 3:10 in her new Bible, and told her:

Tonight you’ve entered into the first part of the verse, ‘That I may know Him.’ This is only the beginning, and there’s a long journey ahead. My prayer for you is that you will go on through the verse to know ‘the power of His resurrection‘ and also, God willing, one day perhaps, ‘the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.’…”

– At The Gospel Coalition, Justin Taylor gives thanks for Helen Roseveare.

Sexual Revolution, Same Old Revolution

Posted on December 8, 2016 
Filed under Culture wars, Resources

rebellionThe sexual revolution here in the twenty-first century is not a new revolution, but a continuation of the one that has dominated humanity since our earliest days.

This revolution began when a man made a choice to declare independence from God. He wanted to be autonomous, he wanted to make his own way in the world, to answer only to himself, to shake himself free from the oversight and accountability of his Creator.

But more than that, he wanted to destroy that Creator, to escape his watchful eye, to stamp out the imprint of himself this Creator left on every human soul. For man knows he is guilty before this Creator. He can doubt it or deny it, but he can never fully shake it. To get out from under his guilt he must get out from under his Creator. To kill his guilt he must kill his Creator.”

– Read the full post from Tim Challies. (Image: Tim Challies.)

Also see:

Seven Reasons You Should Not Indulge in Pornography – Andy Naselli.

Pornography: still an issue? – Meagan Bartlett, Australian Church Record.

GAFCON Chairman’s Letter for Advent 2016

Posted on December 7, 2016 
Filed under Anglican Communion, GAFCON

abp-nicholas-okoh-gafcon-photoI thank God that Archbishop Greg Venables will be re-joining the GAFCON Primates Council now that he has been elected to serve again as the Primate of the Anglican Province of South America in succession to our greatly esteemed colleague Presiding Bishop Tito Zavala. His ministry demonstrates that courage which is so central to the GAFCON story. In his previous term as Primate, despite much opposition, Archbishop Venables bravely supported orthodox Anglicans in North America and stood with the Diocese of Recife in Brazil after it had to withdraw from the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil.

We are now seeing similar courage in England as GAFCON UK, led by Canon Andy Lines, endures hostility simply for speaking the truth about the increasing breakdown of church discipline in the Church of England.  There are now clergy and bishops who openly take pride in their rejection of biblical preaching and have even launched a website to encourage the violation of the 1998 Lambeth Conference Resolution I.10 on human sexuality.

But more disturbing is the response of the Church of England at its highest level. …”

– Read Archbishop Nicholas Okoh’s full pastoral letter here.

Three controversial Victorian bills defeated

Posted on December 7, 2016 
Filed under Australia, Culture wars

victoria-mapFrom Neil Foster at Law and Religion Australia:

A brief update on the status of some proposed Victorian legislation I have previously mentioned as being a bad idea. It is good to see that all three bills have been defeated in the Victorian Parliament.

Two of them would have interfered with the running of religious schools, as well as other religious organisations. The third would have created a range of problems in its interaction with Federal marriage law.”

Read the full post here.

Related: Freedom of association: sanity succeeds on Spring Street – Spectator.

New Advanced Diploma of Bible, Mission and Ministry from Moore College

Posted on December 5, 2016 
Filed under Resources, Sydney Diocese

open-bible-esv-cropFor many years Moore College has offered both a Diploma of Bible and Missions and a Diploma of Bible and Ministry alongside its degree programs.

Now these courses have been improved, upgraded into an advanced diploma and combined in the new Diploma of Bible, Mission and Ministry, commencing in Semester 1, 2017. …”

– News from Moore College.

Opening of The Moore College Learning and Teaching Centre set for 11th February

Posted on December 5, 2016 
Filed under Sydney Diocese

new-building-openingThe new building at Moore College is set to be opened at 2:30pm on Saturday 11th February 2017. Details (so you can RSVP for catering) from the College.

Bishop Geoffrey Smith elected Archbishop of Adelaide

Posted on December 3, 2016 
Filed under Australian dioceses

bishop-geoffrey-smithBishop Geoffrey Smith, assistant bishop and Registrar in the Diocese of Brisbane, has been elected the Archbishop of Adelaide, according to reports.

The Diocese of Brisbane has some background information.

Update: This announcement of the news is now on the website of the Diocese of Adelaide.

Advent is for Adoring Jesus

Posted on December 2, 2016 
Filed under Encouragement, Resources

advent-adoring-jesusDesiring God has posted a page of resources to help you focus on the Lord Jesus Christ this Advent.

Among them are the previously published Advent devotionals from John Piper, Good News of Great Joy, and also The Dawning of Indestructible Joy.

Scroll down on this page.
Update:

advent-readings-prayermateIf you use the PrayerMate app, you can subscribe to John Piper’s Good News of Great Joy so it appears in your app each day of Advent.

Uniting Church rejects Daily Telegraph criticism

Posted on December 2, 2016 
Filed under Other denominations

jesus-wipedToday’s Daily Telegraph has run a series of inaccurate and vexatious news items about the Uniting Church and our Uniting community services agency in NSW and the ACT. The accusation on the front page of the newspaper that the Church is removing Christ and religious symbols is totally incorrect. …”

Statement from Stuart McMillan President of the Uniting Church in Australia.

Related: Why parts of the Uniting Church are abandoning its logo. – news.com.au

According to the Daily Telegraph, the church’s services and advocacy arm, Uniting, had decided to do away with “overt” faith-based language and images of the cross in its logo.…”

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