Once were Anglicans

Posted on July 22, 2014 
Filed under New Zealand

The Rev Michael Hewat“‘If anyone else thinks they have reason for confidence in their Anglican heritage, I have more.

Baptised an Anglican at three months, confirmed at 11 years, my parents are Anglicans, both sets of grandparents were Anglicans, my father is an Anglican priest, I attended Anglican schools. An Anglican of Anglicans, I studied theology for five years, have served as a curate and vicar for the past twenty, have sat on two General Synods. As to zeal… no one has ever questioned that.’…

Last Friday my licence from the Bishop to serve as vicar of the West Hamilton Parish was withdrawn. It was withdrawn because I had withdrawn my submission to the authority of General Synod. …

In deciding to withdraw my submission to the authority of General Synod I have asserted that the Bible is the Church’s supreme authority.”

– The Rev. Michael Hewat, until now the Vicar of West Hamilton Anglican Churchexplains his departure from the Anglican Church – in the Waikato Times.

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Melbourne ‘Multifaith Service for Flight MH17 victims’

Posted on July 22, 2014 
Filed under Australian dioceses

Dr Philip Freier“A Multifaith Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne on Thursday 24 July at 10am will mark the tragic loss last week of 298 lives aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. The Primate of Australia, the Most Revd Dr Philip Freier, and the Premier of Victoria, the Hon. Dr Denis Napthine…”

More here.

Flourishing after the consecration of women bishops?

Posted on July 22, 2014 
Filed under Church of England

Lee Gatiss“Many of us in the Church of England today see the consecration of women as bishops to be a departure from God’s revealed plan for the flourishing of his church. As Christians, our basic confession is ‘Jesus is Lord’, and so we believe he must decide how the church is governed…”

– Church Society’s Director Lee Gatiss addresses the new situation in the Church of England.

NEXUS Conference 2014 talks

Posted on July 22, 2014 
Filed under Resources

Dr Peter JensenThe talks from the 2014 NEXUS Conference are being posted on their website – see them here. Most encouraging.

Christians raped, murdered and driven from their homes

Posted on July 22, 2014 
Filed under World news

Dr Tim Stanley“For the first time in 1,600 years, Mass is not being said in Mosul: an ancient culture has been wiped out in a matter of weeks.

It’s a war crime that, strangely, no one seems to want to talk about …”

– Opinion piece by Tim Stanley in The Telegraph.

Sydney church member killed on flight MH17

Posted on July 21, 2014 
Filed under Australia

Vivtor Oreshkin“A western Sydney church is coming to terms with the loss of one of their own, Victor Oreshkin, one of the 298 passengers on MH17. Victor, aged 29, was a core member of the small Slavic Evangelical Pentecostal Church in Lidcombe…

Victor had been studying a Certificate of Theology part-time with Morling College in Sydney and was due to start his next subject — Old Testament — on Tuesday night this week.”

from Eternity Newspaper.

ACL President’s Address — 2014 AGM

Posted on July 18, 2014 
Filed under News, Sydney Diocese

The Rev Gav Poole, President of the Anglican Church LeaguePresident of the Anglican Church League, the Rev. Gav Poole, spoke at tonight’s ACL Annual General Meeting –

“Psalm 145 is a song of praise about ‘praise’. The only fitting praise for the LORD, is perfect praise. Praise that is declared everyday, everywhere for ever and ever.

Praise of the LORD is a return to order, a reversal of sin, curse and rebellion. It is to tell of his character – abounding in love; wondrous works and mercy to all. It stands opposed to speech that blasphemes, bears false testimony, incites rebellion or ignores the LORD. Read more

A letter from Rod Thomas to Reform members

Posted on July 17, 2014 
Filed under Church of England

Reform Chairman Prebendary Rod Thomas“Dear Member of Reform,

You will have been saddened, but probably not surprised, by the General Synod’s vote last Monday on women bishops.

This was the logical outcome of the decision in 1993 to enable women to be ordained to the presbyterate in the Church of England. That decision prompted the formation of Reform and since then we have actively sought to urge the Church to reform herself under the authority of the Word of God. …”

– Rod Thomas, Chairman of Reform, responds to the Women Bishops vote.

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