ACL information nights — Southern and Georges River regions

Posted on May 15, 2015 
Filed under Resources, Sydney Diocese

Mark Thompson and Phil ColganDon’t miss our Information Nights

St. Peter’s Cooks River at 7:30pm on Monday 1st June and

Bossley Park Anglican at 7:30pm on Monday 15th June. Read more

A Requiem for the Boy Scouts

Posted on May 27, 2015 
Filed under Opinion

Albert Mohler“The Boy Scouts were doomed the moment the national leadership decided to preserve the organization at the cost of the values and ideals that gave it birth.

Speaking to a national meeting of Boy Scouts of America leaders, President Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, called for the B.S.A. to abandon its policy of allowing the participation of openly gay scouts, but not the involvement of openly-gay adults…

By any honest account, the policy adopted in 2013 was a compromise that anyone could see would not hold. …  the B.S.A. put itself in a no-man’s land of moral evasion.”

– Albert Mohler on the predicament facing the Boy Scouts of America.

Related: Dr. Robert M. Gates at 2015 Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting. Watch from 08:40.

Newcastle Bishopscourt sold

Posted on May 27, 2015 
Filed under Australian dioceses

newcastle-bishopscourt“The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle has sold Bishopscourt on The Hill to a local purchaser…” – report from Property Observer.

What does the Bible really teach about Homosexuality? — Repost

Posted on May 27, 2015 
Filed under Opinion, Resources

What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?“If I had to choose only one book to recommend to someone (whether a Christian or non-Christian) who wanted to read a basic overview of what the Bible says about homosexuality and what that means for today, this is it.”

Andy Naselli on “What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?” by Kevin DeYoung.

You can download a 36 page sample and study guide via Andy’s site, and order a copy from various booksellers.

Kevin DeYoungUpdate: See Kevin DeYoung speak on this topic (March 2015) at a special event at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. 63 minutes.

See also the panel Discussion after the address – 54 minutes – with thanks to Crossway.

Human Sexuality and the 'Same Sex Marriage' DebateRelated: Human Sexuality and the ‘Same Sex Marriage’ Debate, from The Sydney Doctrone Commission.

The upside-down cross

Posted on May 27, 2015 
Filed under Resources, Theology

Simon ManchesterAt GoThereFor, Tony Payne reflects on Simon Manchester’s talk at the recent Nexus Conference.

Read Tony’s highlights and watch the whole address here. Well worth your time.

Bill Shorten to introduce private members bill to legalise ‘same-sex marriage’

Posted on May 26, 2015 
Filed under Australia

The Hon Bill Shorten MP“Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has confirmed Labor will move a bill to legalise same-sex marriage next week. …

In a statement, Mr Shorten said the time had come for Parliament to debate marriage equality and that he found it unacceptable current laws excluded some individuals.”

– Report from ABC News. (Photo: billshorten.com.au)

Update: The Australian Christian Lobby has issued this media release

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s same-sex marriage bill fails to consider the consequences of changing the definition of marriage in law, according the Australian Christian Lobby.

“It is disappointing that Australia’s alternative prime minister is legislating a family structure which requires a child to miss out on their mum or dad.

“Many Australians are watching with great concern as florists, photographers and cake makers in other countries are being legally punished simply because they prefer not to participate in a same-sex wedding.

“I wonder if Mr Shorten has considered the consequences of changing the definition of marriage,” Mr Shelton said.

“We urge parliamentarians to vote against the bill.”

Praying for Nungalinya College

Posted on May 26, 2015 
Filed under Australia, Australian dioceses

nungalinya-graduatesNungalinya, the Combined Churches Training College for Indigenous Australians in Darwin, has posted their 2014 Annual Report online.

Grab the 3.6MB PDF file here. Fuel for prayer.

Update – Schools, Scripture, Banning of Books and Sexual Orthodoxy

Posted on May 25, 2015 
Filed under Opinion, Sydney Diocese

Assoc Prof Neil Foster“My previous post mentioned that some books used in Special Religious Education (SRE) in NSW had been summarily banned by the Department of Education and Communities, apparently on the grounds that they conveyed classical Christian teaching about sexual morality.

In that post I said:

It is to be hoped that on review the Department will realise both that the way this was done is entirely unacceptable, and also that the content of the books concerned is not as harmful as it has been alleged to be.

One of those hopes has been realised, but the other has not…”

– at Law and Religion Australia, Associate Professor in Law, Neil Foster revisits the SRE ‘book banning’ in NSW. His comments are well worth reading in full – and be sure to follow the links.

The Failure of Winsomeness

Posted on May 25, 2015 
Filed under Opinion

rod-dreher“The United States has avoided Europe’s fate for a long time, but the churches here have finally lost the ability to coast on cultural momentum. The churches that don’t retrench around building their internal strength and coherence around orthodoxy – and that requires far more than catechesis, but it requires at least that: teaching our story to our children –  and evangelizing from that position of strength, aren’t going to survive. The overculture is just too strong. The forces of atomization and desacralization are very hard to resist.

This is a reality that many Christians, Christians of all kinds, do not want to face. …

… if we believe that being winsome and likable and all that is going to earn us any points with the overculture, we are making a dangerous mistake. Assimilation is not going to be allowed absent giving up what makes Christians distinctive from the rest of the culture.”

– at The American Conservative, Rod Dreher urges Christians to prepare for the long night ahead.

The troubled conscience

Posted on May 24, 2015 
Filed under Resources, Theology

the-troubled-conscience“Does God speak through our conscience? Does changing your mind really change your behaviour? Should we follow our head or our heart?

At our next [Moore College] Centre for Christian Living (CCL) event Tony Payne and Peter Bolt will explore two concepts that shape the Bible’s teaching about these matters: ‘conscience’ and ‘mind’.”

Tuesday 26 May at Toongabbie Anglican.

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