Second draft of Religious Discrimination Package released

Posted on December 10, 2019 
Filed under Australia, Culture wars, Resources

“The Commonwealth Government has released a second version of its draft legislation dealing with religious discrimination issues, for further comment before it is formally introduced into the Federal Parliament in the New Year. There are a number of important changes from the previous drafts which in my view make it a much better package of amendments. But there are areas for improvement…”

– At Law and Religion Australia, Associate Professor Neil Foster, shares his response to the updated draft legislation.

Diocese of Sydney Response to Second Exposure Draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill

Posted on December 10, 2019 
Filed under Australia, Sydney Diocese

Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney

Media Statement

The Release of the Second Exposure Draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill

We appreciate the thorough way in which the government has approached this issue and takes seriously the deeply-held views of people of faith.

In particular, I am encouraged by a number of changes in the second exposure draft. The respect given to faith charities is an important model for the future harmony of Australian society.

Personal faith and the activities of religious communities touch so many areas of our lives. As the Prime Minister has pointed out, we have laws preventing discrimination on race, sex, age or disabilities and faith should likewise be protected.

We look forward to providing further feedback on the updated Bill.

Glenn N Davies,

Archbishop of Sydney

10 December 2019.


New Director for Moore College’s Centre for Christian Living

Posted on December 10, 2019 
Filed under People

“Following the successful completion of his PhD, Tony Payne is stepping aside from the directorship of the Centre for Christian Living (CCL) at the end of this year. He will take on new ministry responsibilities at UNSW’s Campus Bible Study (CBS). …

While we are sad to see Tony leave this role, we are delighted to announce that in 2020 CCL will be directed by Dr Chase Kuhn …”

– News from Moore College.

Australian Church Record Summer 2019 Journal

Posted on December 9, 2019 
Filed under Resources

Grab your copy of The Australian Church Record Summer 2019 Journal, with these topics covered:

We shall see His face – Advent sermon from Bathurst

Posted on December 8, 2019 
Filed under Australian dioceses

The new Bishop of Bathurst, Mark Calder, is publishing the audio of his weekly sermons on the diocesan website.

His topic for Advent Sunday was “We Shall See His Face”. Audio here.


2019 Christmas message from the Bishop of Canberra & Goulburn

Posted on December 8, 2019 
Filed under Australian dioceses

Bishop of Canberra & Goulburn, Mark Short, has released his Christmas message.

How to respond to Santa?

Posted on December 8, 2019 
Filed under Resources

“Giving and receiving presents is one way in which we teach children how to love people, but if this is all outsourced to Santa, they don’t have any reason to be grateful, nor any opportunity to give. …”

– At Church Society’s blog, posted back in January, Michael Hayden shares some thoughts about Santa and Christmas.

The massive impact Moore College is having worldwide

Posted on December 6, 2019 
Filed under Encouragement, Sydney Diocese

“Moore College’s Preliminary Theological Certificate is used to train people for ministry across the world, and the Diocese’s new Bishop for International Relations, Malcolm Richards, gave Synod members a snapshot of some of the impact it is having across the globe. …”

– Here’s cause for great thanksgiving – and prayer – from

Paul the Apostle does children’s ministry (Ephesians 6:1–3)

Posted on December 5, 2019 
Filed under Resources, Theology

Children’s ministry is important. Paul’s short instruction to children is deeply soaked in theology, biblical theology, and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Lionel Windsor turns to an neglected part of Ephesians chapter 6.

Launch: A camp for school-leavers keen to live for Jesus, February 3-6, 2020

Posted on December 4, 2019 
Filed under Resources

From Two Ways Ministries and Phillip Jensen, here’s something important for school-leavers who are keen to live for Jesus. “Launch” is a strategic camp for young Christians transitioning from school to post-school life.

“Our first Launch in 2019 was so successful that we are expanding and preparing for a bigger Launch group in 2020.

See for more information, including a video and a downloadable flyer.

There’s also a Facebook page.


On this week’s The Pastor’s Heart, Dominic Steele spoke with Rowan Kemp from the Sydney University Evangelical Union and Geoffrey Folland from Power to Change USYD about the value of being involved with a Christian group on campus.

1 Kings by John Woodhouse: A review by Hank Lee

Posted on December 4, 2019 
Filed under Resources

“What is your favourite book of the Bible?”, I remember somebody asking John Woodhouse during chapel at Moore College, where he was Principal during my time as a student, to which he replied with a grin, “It’s the one that I’m reading right now. I often find that the book of the Bible I happen to be reading at the time is the most important and brilliant book of all.”

Well, John Woodhouse has an uncanny ability to so illuminate the depths of the text that the book that he is reading becomes not only his favourite, but your favourite also. In his most recent commentary, John invites his readers to join him and the Queen of Sheba (1 Kings 10:5) in the experience of having your breath taken away by the treasures and wisdom of the gospel (foreshadowed) in the Book of 1 Kings. …

– At The Australian Church Record, Hank Lee reviews John Woodhouse’s commentary on 1 Kings.

Published by Crossway, the book is available from The Wandering Bookseller and Reformers.

Christmas videos from Speak Life

Posted on December 3, 2019 
Filed under Resources

Speak Life in the UK has released three videos for Christmas 2019.

One of them is a response to this year’s Christmas ad produced for the John Lewis department store chain.

“Our Christmas videos are free to use for all churches and individuals.”

Advent 2019 Message from Archbishop Foley Beach

Posted on December 2, 2019 
Filed under GAFCON

“In his Advent letter to the family of global Anglicans, Archbishop Foley Beach reflects on his time in Pakistan, the launch of Gafcon’s weekday devotion ‘Lift Up Your Hearts’, and despite hostility, he encourages us to press forward in Jesus, the Coming King.“

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