Societas 2016

Posted on October 28, 2016 
Filed under Encouragement, Resources, Sydney Diocese

societas-2016-2This year’s Societas (the magazine of Moore College’s students) is now ready for your enjoyment and edification.

Download it (a 10MB PDF file) from the College website, or read it online.

Printed copies are also available.

It’s a great way to get a feel for what is happening at Moore College, and is a good resource for prayer.

Also from the College: Moore breaks boundaries of geography with its newest course.

After 75 years of supporting lay ministry, Moore College is pleased to announce its first fully-accredited online course for laypeople, the Diploma of Biblical Theology (DBT). In development over the past few years the College will launch the DBT in Semester 1, 2017. …”

Bishop of Egypt calls for prayer and advocacy after ‘hostile takeover’

Posted on October 28, 2016 
Filed under Anglican Communion

Archbishop Mouneer Anis Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle EastThe Bishop of Egypt, Dr Mouneer Anis, has called on Anglicans to pray and advocate with their local Egyptian consulates and embassies after a court ruling effectively subsumed the diocese into a separate denominational body. …

Through ACNS, Dr Anis is asking for Anglicans and Episcopalians to pray for the Church in Egypt. ‘we feel deprived from our legal rights and our role as a church, and our freedom, may be compromised,’ he said.

– Read it all at the Anglican Communion News Service.

‘Dad got the death he wanted’

Posted on October 27, 2016 
Filed under Culture wars

life-to-deathA Vancouver-based doctor with nearly four decades experience in family medicine, Wiebe has lately become one of Canada’s leading advocates for medically assisted death.

Since the new laws came into effect in June, she has provided dozens of people with lethal doses of sedatives, all by intravenous injection. …

She discusses with the patient for the last time their wish to die. Once confirmed, she administers a muscle relaxant. Then, she injects the lethal dose of sedatives; it usually takes the patient about 10 minutes to die.

The funeral home is then called, and someone comes to pick up the body. Wiebe signs off on the death certificate. The mood can be solemn or happy, even ‘uplifting,’ says Wiebe. It all depends on who is around. If friends and family are grieving, the emotional impact can take a toll.

– Like a wedding planner, only different. Story from The National Post.

(h/t Albert Mohler. Image: St. Helen’s Bishopsgate.)

AFL’s scheduled Good Friday match in 2017 another win for market, not for people

Posted on October 27, 2016 
Filed under Australian dioceses

Bp Philip Huggins, MelbourneThe AFL’s decision to schedule a match on Good Friday for the first time in 2017 is another win for the relentless and commodifying logic of the market overwhelming all other considerations, Bishop Philip Huggins, an Assistant Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, said today.”

– Read the full media release from the Diocese of Melbourne.

Encouragement from the Pressies in Queensland

Posted on October 25, 2016 
Filed under Australia, Other denominations

pres-life-issue-4-2016The latest issue (4/2016) of Pres Life, the magazine of the Presbyterian Church in Queensland, is now available. It’s a 1.6 MB PDF file.

Rejoice with those who rejoice at the Lord’s salvation in Christ, and join with them in praying for the progress of the gospel in that state.

The Ashers “Gay Cake” appeal — one of these things is not like the others

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

tid-cakeWhen our children were watching Sesame Street one of the regular clips featured the song “one of these things is not like the others“, training children to look carefully and make distinctions where things are different. In a case involving Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street, the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has shown that it is not very good at making distinctions between things that are different. …“

– At Law and Religion Australia, Neil Foster considers the latest ‘gay cake’ court case, this one in Northern Ireland.

Related: Many links on stories related to the case – at Anglican Mainstream.

Church Society Conference 2016

Posted on October 24, 2016 
Filed under Resources

mike-ovey-gafcon-2013Looking for some encouraging listening? From Church Society:

“The 2016 Church Society Conference was held in June at Oak Hill College, London, with the title of ‘Be Faithful! Remaining steadfast in the Church of England Today’.

The Prophetic Preaching of John Owen by Revd Dr Martyn Cowan (St. Antholin Lecture).

Faithful Teachers in an Age of Confusion by Revd Dr Mike Ovey.

Faithful Stewards in a Fickle World by Revd Dr Mark Pickles.

J.C. Ryle: A Faithful Anglican by Revd Dr Lee Gatiss.”

(Photo of Mike Ovey courtesy GAFCON.)

Legal implications of same sex marriage for Christian life and ministry

Posted on October 22, 2016 
Filed under Culture wars, Opinion, Resources

Assoc Prof Neil FosterI was privileged today to present a paper on issues from a Christian perspective raised by the possible introduction of same sex marriage – at a seminar on the topic held at the Lower Mountains Anglican Parish centre at Glenbrook. …”

– Neil Foster from Law and Religion Australia provides a link to the paper he gave.

How Noosa is growing its church attendance

Posted on October 21, 2016 
Filed under Australian dioceses, Encouragement

noosaThe Anglican Parish of Noosa is featured in the latest Brisbane Diocese magazine, Focus, as the beginning of a series on growing churches.

Moore College graduate Mark Calder is asked about the growth –

“Any growth here has been due entirely to the grace of God and answered prayer. In his kindness, the Lord has brought new people … We see clear Bible teaching as a key to people growing in their love for God and their understanding of his purposes for the world and in their lives.”

An encouraging article, from page 16 of October/November 2016 edition (PDF file).

Russian Patriarch concerned about liberalisation in Church of England

Posted on October 20, 2016 
Filed under Church of England, Other denominations

abp-welby-patriarch-kirillOn October 18, 2016, His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, met with Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury at the Lambeth Palace in London. …

Patriarch Kirill drew Archbishop Justin Welby’s attention to the Russian Orthodox Church’s concern over the liberalization of the Church of England’s teaching on church order, particularly, the ordination of women as priests and bishops and on the family and morality. His Holiness Kirill expressed hope that the Church of England will oppose challenges of the modern world and seek to preserve the Gospel’s teaching. …”

– from The Russian Orthodox Church. Photo: Lambeth Palace.

Suggestions from a Scottish Sabbath

Posted on October 19, 2016 
Filed under Opinion, Theology

kirsten-mckinlay-1Kirsten McKinlay, who has recently come to Sydney from Scotland, reflects on what is different about Sundays in Sydney – and how we might be missing out.

“… I do miss that rest was standard on a Sunday in Scotland. It turns out that it’s much harder to cease from my work when it isn’t the cultural norm, and no one else is doing it! Whether a biblical mandate or not, it’s possible that Sydney Christians have missed out by neglecting the Sabbath.

Whether we see it as obligatory or not, it is good to have a set pattern of expecting our work to stop on a certain day, because our restless hearts won’t always feel like stopping. Having this rhythm of rest can be a useful check on our pride—when we think the world depends on us—and stops life from becoming overwhelming.”

– Read it all at

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