The REAP Journal — to help you read God’s Word

Posted on December 23, 2014 
Filed under Resources

The REAP JournalGrowing Faith (part of Youthworks) have just released an new Adult Edition of their REAp Journal.

From the blurb:

“If you’re training to be an athlete or concert pianist, you’ll no doubt have a daily workout or regime to get you to your goal. So, how do you train to be godly? By devoting yourself to the word of God and being disciplined in allocating time to its study and meditation!

Sounds difficult? It doesn’t have to be! This REAP Journal will help you to reach your spiritual goals with an easy-to-use format and a daily Bible Reading Program to keep you on track.

REAP stands for Read, Explore, Apply and Pray and is designed to make reading the Bible easy as a part of everyday life. There’s a version for Adults, Youth and Kids, with similar daily passages across all versions (with special consideration for each demographic), meaning that families can learn together just as easy as individuals can.”

You can get it here. (Youth edition, Kids’ edition.)

‘Staff cuts and shakeup of region’s Anglican church’

Posted on December 23, 2014 
Filed under Australian dioceses

Bishop of Bathurst, Ian Palmer“The debt-ridden Anglican church in western New South Wales is facing staff cuts and a bishop who [will] become a part-time priest. The Anglican Diocese of Bathurst covers almost a third of NSW but it’s in dire straits…”

– Report from ABC News.

It’s not Rocket Science

Posted on December 22, 2014 
Filed under Australia

58%Steven Kryger at Communicate Jesus makes a disturbing discovery…

“Over the last week, I’ve reviewed the websites of 100 Australian churches. These churches are located in every state and territory of Australia, and across denominations.

As I reviewed each website, I put myself in the place of someone who is thinking about going to church this Christmas. And the one question every visitor wants to know is this: “What time is the service?”

I was staggered to find that most churches don’t provide this information. In fact:

58% of these websites have no information about Christmas services…”

Read the rest of his post here.

Christmas messages 2014

Posted on December 22, 2014 
Filed under Australian dioceses, Resources

abp-freier-christmas-2014It’s time for Christian leaders to release their Christmas messages.

Please pray that all will speak clearly and plainly of the saving gospel of Christ.

We’ll post messages as we find them (in no particular order).

O Christmas Tree

Posted on December 20, 2014 
Filed under Resources

O Christmas TreeThis year’s Christmas video from Revival in the UK is out. It’s a little quirky – yet has an excellent message. Watch and share.

Previous videos:
Christmas in Dark Place.
Santa vs. Jesus.

Retiring Dean preaching this weekend

Posted on December 20, 2014 
Filed under Sydney Diocese

Phillip and Helen JensenRetiring Dean of Sydney, Phillip Jensen, is preaching his final Sunday Sermons at St. Andrew’s Cathedral tomorrow, Sunday 21st December 2014, at 10:30am and 5:00pm.

Phillip is also preaching at the Cathedral’s Christmas Day Celebration at 10:00am on Thursday.

A unique salvation

Posted on December 20, 2014 
Filed under Theology

Church Society“Article 18 of the Church of England’s 39 Articles must surely qualify as one of the most culturally unpopular of Anglicanism’s core beliefs.

Even the title is enough to upset contemporary sensitivities: ‘Of obtaining eternal Salvation only by the Name of Christ.’…”

– At Church Society’s blog, Simon Scott draws our attention back to Article 18, official teaching of the Anglican Church.

Related: The Thirty Nine Articles.

Wise Judgements

Posted on December 19, 2014 
Filed under Resources

Bishop Paul Barnett“For many years biblical scholars have baulked at the idea that Jesus was a transcendent figure and have busied themselves redefining him in humanistic terms.

Is this due to the ‘secular’ spirit of the age that airbrushes the Almighty from the public square?

For a period in early the twentieth century some thought there was little we could know about Jesus, for example, in 1934 Rudolph Bultmann declared, ‘We can now know almost nothing about the life and personality of Jesus’. The pendulum has swung back so that in 1985 Ed. Sanders could say, ‘We can know pretty well what Jesus was out to accomplish… we can know a lot about what he said…’.”

– New Testament scholar Bishop Paul Barnett has published some fascinating work he’s been doing on the judgements of Jesus.

‘Logic on Fire’ trailer

Posted on December 18, 2014 
Filed under History, Resources

MLJAt The Gospel Coalition, Justin Taylor shares the trailer for a forthcoming film, “Logic On Fire: the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones”.

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