Moore College School of Theology 2016

Posted on August 29, 2016 
Filed under Resources, Theology

out-of-the-depthsThis year’s Moore College School of Theology is planned for Thursday 15th September.

Come with us on a journey from sin and death to redemption and new life, in a series of master classes on the value of theology for the life of the church at the 2016 Moore College School of Theology.”

Details from Moore College.

Can we talk about Same-Sex Marriage?

Posted on August 29, 2016 
Filed under Resources

can-we-talk-about-same-sex-marriage“Can we talk about Same-Sex Marriage?” is the topic for the next Centre for Christian Living event at Moore College.

“There is a time to keep silence, and a time to speak, says the Bible (Eccl 3:7). What time is it, then, when the subject of same-sex marriage comes up around the watercooler? Should Christians speak up on the topic—in our personal conversations, and in the public square? And if we do, how can we talk in a way that is loving, gracious and truthful?”

When: 7:30pm — 9:30pm, Wednesday 19th October.

Where: Moore College, 15 King Street, Newtown.

Speakers: Michael Kellahan and Tony Payne.

Book through the Centre for Christian Living.

‘Jesus & the Ten Gospels’ – New College Lectures with Dr Simon Gathercole

Posted on August 28, 2016 
Filed under Resources

Dr Simon GathercoleDr Simon Gathercole is giving this year’s New College Lectures on September 20 and 22.

Some of the most widely published challenges to the Christian faith today have come in the publicity surrounding the “apocryphal” Gospels not included in the Christian Bible.

The idea that there is nothing particularly special about the four New Testament Gospels has appeared in both the popular media and in Biblical scholarship, from references to the Gospel of Philip in the Da Vinci Code, to the publication by the Harvard Theological Review of the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” fragment.

These lectures will discuss the relevance of these Gospels outside of the Bible, comparing them with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.”

– Free entry, but RSVP essential. Details from New College.

Alec Motyer (1924–2016)

Posted on August 27, 2016 
Filed under News

alec-motyer-5Renowned Old Testament pastor-scholar Alec Motyer has gone home to be with the Lord, at the age of 91.

Justin Taylor has this appreciation at The Gospel Coalition.

Church Society Director Lee Gatiss has posted another:

Alec was a pillar of the evangelical Anglican establishment in the second half of the twentieth century, and a terrific example of a Reformed evangelical Bible commentator.

As the ‘church militant here on earth’ becomes increasingly bereft of those in that great generation, we must pray fervently for the continuation of their legacy — especially for the production of more Bible-loving, theologically-rigorous resources which feed warm-hearted, Christ-exalting preaching, but also for more Anglicans with his love for the word and for Reformation truths.”

Additional note: His recently-published “Psalms by the Day — a New Devotional Translation”, published by Christian Focus, is a wonderful example of Motyer’s warm-hearted, Christ-honouring approach to Scripture.

(Image: thesermon.co.uk)

Homesick for heaven?

Posted on August 26, 2016 
Filed under Encouragement, Resources, Theology

d-a-carson-next-level-conf-aug-2016At The Next Level conference in Sydney, two weeks ago, Professor D A Carson spoke on Revelation 7:9-17 and the need to be ‘homesick for heaven’.

Sober, Christ-honouring, and very encouraging.

Watch the video here.

Abp of Canterbury and the Pope to celebrate 50th anniversary of Anglican Centre in Rome

Posted on August 26, 2016 
Filed under Anglican Communion

Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby June 2014Coming up in October –

“The Archbishop of Canterbury will join Pope Francis for a joint service of Evening Prayer in the church of San Gregorio al Celio. Both men will preach and a Joint Declaration will be read out.

The service will combine elements of Anglican Evensong and Catholic Vespers, and will see the Sistine Chapel Choir joined by the choir of Canterbury Cathedral as they join together in common worship.

The central piece of the service will be the blessing and sending-out of pairs of IARCCUM bishops. The International Anglican and Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission is made-up of pairs of bishops from around the world, who work together in their own countries, to follow Pope Francis’ call that we should walk together as if we were one.

– from The Anglican Centre in Rome.

Related:

Why the Reformation is Definitely Not Over

and

Is the Pope a Catholic? Understanding the Catholic Church.

Former GAFCON Chairman urges South Sudanese leaders to preserve life

Posted on August 26, 2016 
Filed under World news

apb-wabukala-acnaThe retired Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya and former GAFCON Chairman, together with leaders of All Africa Conference of Churches to South Sudan has urged the political leaders of South Sudan to preserve lives of citizens instead of struggling for power and wealth in the country. ”

Report via GAFCON.

David Cook interviewed on the Same-Sex Marriage Plebiscite and Safe Schools

Posted on August 25, 2016 
Filed under Australia, Culture wars

David CookPresbyterian Moderator-General David Cook was interviewed last night (24 August 2016) on Sky News’ The Bolt Report.

While video of the show is not available, the audio can be heard at this link. The segment begins at 5:00 and runs for almost 8 minutes.

David is asked how ministers in the Presbyterian Church might respond to a plebiscite result supporting same-sex marriage, and why Christians believe the issues are so important.

Update: David Cook writes,

On Wednesday, 24th August, I agreed to appear and be interviewed on the Bolt Report on the Sky news channel, regarding same sex marriage.

The interview was about 10 minutes of which Andrew Bolt took half that time in introducing the issue. I had much more to say, but the constraints of national media, made it impossible for me to say more than I did. I appreciated the opportunity to speak on behalf of the church and for Andrew Bolt’s interest; and here is ‘the more’ of what I had to say, the precis of which I delivered on air…”

Topics included —

Read ‘the more’ here.

The C of E: Limits to diversity and the inevitability of separation?

Posted on August 24, 2016 
Filed under Church of England, Opinion

The Rev Andrew Symes, Anglican MainstreamIs the Church of England basically orthodox in its beliefs, and if so, is this a good thing for the Church’s mission to the nation and in fact its very survival? …”

– At Anglican Mainstream, Andrew Symes asks what is the future of the Church of England if so many in its leadership see orthodox belief as a stumbling-block to connecting with the nation.

Reformation History Tour

Posted on August 24, 2016 
Filed under History, Resources

reformFrom Moore College:

“In 2017, the Reverend Dr Michael Jensen, Rector of Darling Point Anglican Church, will be leading a tour of the key Reformation sites of Europe. The tour will run from 26 April to 12 May and is being organised by 316 Tours Faith Travel. The group will travel from Prague, through Germany and Switzerland, finishing in England.

Moore College MA (Theol) students can participate in this study tour as a component of the Reformation History Tour unit, lectured by Dr Ed Loane (Lecturer, Theology and Church History).”

– Interested? Details here.

Evidence–based debate about LGBT issues?

Posted on August 24, 2016 
Filed under Culture wars, Resources

sexuality-and-genderIf you all you know about gender and sexuality comes from reading headlines, it’s an open and shut case. …

So the nature of homosexuality and transsexualism is settled, incontrovertible, and beyond dispute? Yes, but only in newspapers, not in academia.

A landmark survey of decades of research by two eminent scholars working in the United States claims that many of these assertions are simply not supported by the weight of evidence in scholarly journals. …”

Report from MercatorNet – with a link to ‘Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences’ – and an introductory video.

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