Ramon caps his lens

Posted on March 23, 2018 
Filed under People

“A significant figure in the Australian Christian media landscape for the past 50 years has been forced to close his ministry due to ill health.

Ramon Williams, 87, whose pictures have regularly featured in Southern Cross magazine since it began, has issued his last news release from Worldwide Photos – the Religious Media Agency. …”

– At SydneyAnglicans.net Russell Powell reports on Ramon Williams’ reluctant decision to close Worldwide Photos.

Related: Ramon Williams, Australian Christian media powerhouse, decides it’s time to retire.

Moore College Graduation 2018 — Occasional Address

Posted on March 23, 2018 
Filed under People, Sydney Diocese

Dr Peter Jensen gave the Occasional Address at last week’s Moore College 2018 Graduation.

He particularly spoke to the parents of the graduates, to explain why their children had been “studying God”.

“You will be changed by the study of God. … We are getting to know God. We are relating to him, on his own terms. … And this is not something to be undertaken lightly.”

Watch it here on Vimeo.

See also the Graduand interviews – with Talar and Mike.

Most encouraging, and good to share.

Making Disciples

Posted on March 23, 2018 
Filed under Resources

Here’s a new series of Bible Studies from Colin Marshall – Making Disciples –  available from Matthias Media.

“How central should the work of disciple-making be in our daily lives and in our church culture? How do we get there? And what does it actually look like?

The 8 studies in Making Disciples will highlight the work of disciple-making as the very heart of the Bible’s vision for the life of God’s people. They will also:

• guide you as you explore and discuss key Bible passages
• show you what it might look like to be involved in this great work of God
• forge the deep biblical convictions that you will need in order to commit to disciple-making
• address the challenges and potential pitfalls around making disciples of Jesus
• help you see disciple-making as both an enormous privilege and an attainable goal.”

The Illuminated Heart — Lent Reflections from Dr Peter Jensen – Part 6

Posted on March 22, 2018 
Filed under GAFCON, Resources, Theology

“In the penultimate video in the series, Dr Jensen explains how God illuminates our dark hearts through the proclamation of the gospel.” – From GAFCON.

T.C. Hammond on Article 19 — The Church

Posted on March 22, 2018 
Filed under Theology

Article XIX Of the Church

The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men, in the which the pure Word of God is preached, and the sacrament be duly ministered according to Christ’s ordinance in all those things that of necessity are requisite to the same.

As the Church of Jerusalem, Alexandria, and Antioch, have erred; so also the Church of Rome hash erred, not only in their living and manner of Ceremonies, but also in matters of Faith.

“It is worth noting that the definition here embodied is limited strictly to the Visible Church. The Language is very carefully chosen. The Article does not say ’The Church of Christ is visible,” but “The Visible Church of Christ is a congregation, etc.‘ …”

– T.C. Hammond on Article 19 of the Thirty Nine Articles of Religion – republished at The Australian Church Record.

Daylight Saving in NSW ends 1st April — Easter Sunday

Posted on March 22, 2018 
Filed under Resources

In NSW, Daylight Saving ends in 2018 at 3:00am on Sunday 1st April.

Might be worth reminding congregations.

Update on Tathra bushfire disaster from Bp Stuart Robinson – updated

Posted on March 21, 2018 
Filed under Australia, Australian dioceses

As he prepares to conclude his time as Bishop of Canberra & Goulburn, Stuart Robinson has posted the latest on the Tathra bushfire disaster

“Archdeacon Carol believes around 100 homes are now being listed as having being destroyed. This means many hundreds of people are homeless. …”


The Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid has opened an emergency appeal to respond to the fires in the Southern New South Wales beach town of Tathra. – Details.

J John’s Letter to the BBC

Posted on March 21, 2018 
Filed under Culture wars

“Dear BBC,

I mix with many people in many different church circles and there is a consensus that the BBC has a problem with Christianity, to the extent that it is taken for granted that there is an ‘anti-Christian bias’.

I realise there are problems with this phrase, not least because it implies a deliberate and organised discriminatory policy which I’m not sure is actually the situation. Nevertheless, for convenience I will let it stand. …”

– Evangelist Canon J. John has written this Open Letter to the BBC, arguing that the BBC’s portrayal of Christianity is unfair and inadequate. (via Anglican Mainstream.)

Help a delegate attend GAFCON 2018 in Jerusalem!

Posted on March 21, 2018 
Filed under GAFCON

Thinking of making a donation to help someone attend GAFCON 2018?

This is the page you want.

For encouragement, see this earlier video from GAFCON General Secretary Dr. Peter Jensen.

UK Police allegedly investigate woman for tweets critical of transgenderism

Posted on March 21, 2018 
Filed under Culture wars

“I’ve written often in this space that the trans movement will countenance no dissent in their attempts to remake our culture and implement their agenda in schools, universities, and beyond – but even I was stunned when the Christian Post broke the story of a stay-at-home mother of four being contacted by the police for making comments critical of transgender ideology on Twitter …”

– Story from LifeSiteNews. (Link via Anglican Mainstream.)

Sydney university lecturer cancels class in church for fear of LGBTQI offence

Posted on March 20, 2018 
Filed under Culture wars

“University of Technology Sydney communications lecturer Dr Timothy Laurie emailed his students two days before lectures were due to begin saying class was cancelled due to ‘the suitability of a church as a venue’.

St Barnabas Anglican Church in Ultimo, inner-city Sydney, was a temporary venue the university turned to during planned construction. …”

– Story from Mail Online.

Every member at Nexus

Posted on March 19, 2018 
Filed under Encouragement, Sydney Diocese

“It’s described as ‘the most significant conference for Sydney Anglican clergy’ and it’s happening again this month.

The Nexus Conference began in 2009 and has grown over the years, with over 350 people expected to attend and more live streaming around the country…”

SydneyAnglicans.net on Nexus, coming up next Monday at Annandale.

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