Praying Together for Marriage

Posted on September 2, 2017 
Filed under Resources

Archbishop Glenn Davies has written a prayer for marriage, and is also calling on Anglican churches in Sydney to highlight Sunday, 17th September as a special day of prayer.

The September edition of Southern Cross will have more from Archbishop Davies, and he has written a prayer, which Christians may wish to use. It will be printed in Southern Cross, and we reproduce it here with permission:   Read more

Legalising assisted dying would be a failure of collective human memory and imagination

Posted on September 20, 2017 
Filed under Culture wars, Opinion

“Dying and death is not a new phenomenon: we have always become ill, suffered, were going to die and someone else could have killed us.

So why now, at the beginning of the 21st century, after prohibiting euthanasia for thousands of years and when we can do so much more to relieve suffering than in the past, do we suddenly think that legalising it is a good idea? I propose a major cause is a catastrophic failure of collective human memory and collective human imagination.

Let‘s look at the approaches taken on each side of the debate. …“

– An important article by Margaret Somerville, Professor of Bioethics in the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame Australia, in The Guardian.

Photo courtesy University of Notre Dame Australia. (h/t SydneyAnglicans.)

Cornerstone Presbyterian Church Legal Defence Fund

Posted on September 20, 2017 
Filed under Culture wars

“A separate Church Legal Defence Fund bank account has been established by the Board of Management of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Australia.

The account is for receiving donations towards the legal costs of defending our Church against an anti-discrimination action brought against us in July this year. …”

– Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Hobart explains why they taken this step.

Related:

“Roger Franklin checks a submission by former Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal boss Robin Banks … Worryingly, she says the religious view of morality must submit to ‘community standards’…” – Herald Sun.

Why we should vote ‘No’ in the survey on same sex ‘marriage’

Posted on September 19, 2017 
Filed under Culture wars, Opinion

“Australia is in the midst of a critical decision about one of the major building blocks of community life: marriage and the family.

A great deal of money (including public money) and effort is being expended on the case for a change to allow people of the same sex to marry. To many it seems that the case for change is unassailable, in some measure because its advocates have been able to link their proposal to treasured notions of ‘love’ and ‘equality’. …”

– Moore College Principal Dr Mark Thompson shares his reasons at Theological Theology.

What is at the centre of God’s mission for the church?

Posted on September 19, 2017 
Filed under Resources, Theology


The latest Preaching Matters from St. Helen’s Bishopsgate –

“What activities distract us from the central priority for which God sent His Son into the world? Denesh Divyanathan talks to Sam Manchester about these issues in this month’s Preaching Matters.”

Most encouraging and timely.

Is GAFCON divisive?

Posted on September 19, 2017 
Filed under Anglican Communion, GAFCON

“The suggestion that Gafcon is a divisive movement, and in particular aimed at breaking up the Anglican Communion, is one I hear from time to time.

It’s heartbreaking to hear it because it is untrue and it is an indication of the power of gossip.

I never tire of telling the story of the meeting of Primates at the end of the Jerusalem Conference 2008. …”

– GAFCON General Secretary Dr peter Jensen answers the question.

Flowchart: Christians and same sex marriage

Posted on September 19, 2017 
Filed under Resources

“This flowchart aims to show pathways people may take on this issue. … The diagram aims to tease out points of distinction, but is unable to display the breadth and complexity of this issue. Please prayerfully consider this topic, seeking advice from godly and wise Christians.”

– The team at St. Thomas’ North Sydney have published this flowchart as a “springboard for productive conversations”. See if you find it helpful.

Martin Luther Exhibition at St. Andrew’s Cathedral

Posted on September 18, 2017 
Filed under History, Resources

Don’t miss the free Martin Luther Exhibition, on at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, until Friday 29th September.

For opening times, see the Cathedral website.

Lisa, Bruce & Co @ Parramatta

Posted on September 18, 2017 
Filed under Encouragement, People, Sydney Diocese

“What does complementarian ministry look like?

We chat to Lisa Boyd & Bruce Morrison of St John’s Cathedral, Parramatta about the ins-and-outs, ups-and-downs of working as a team. …”

– new from The Australian Church Record.

Nabeel Qureshi — Seeking Allah, he found Jesus

Posted on September 17, 2017 
Filed under People

“On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Nabeel Qureshi, age 34, entered into the joy of his master, Jesus Christ, after enduring a yearlong battle with cancer. …

In August 2001, while a student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Nabeel observed fellow student David Wood reading the Bible in his free time.”

– Justin Taylor gives thanks to the Lord for Nabeel Qureshi.

ACL 2017 Synod Dinner

Posted on September 17, 2017 
Filed under Sydney Diocese

The Rev. Paul Harrington, Rector of Trinity City Anglican Church in Adelaide is our special guest speaker at this year’s ACL Synod Dinner – at 5:30pm (or when Synod rises) on Monday 9th October 2017.

His topic for the dinner is, “Being Hated for the Right Reasons”.

At the Chapter House of St. Andrew’s Cathedral. Enter via rear door of St. Andrew’s Cathedral.

Please reply by Wednesday 4th October –

by Pre-paying $25 via PayPal, Mastercard or Visa online.

or send an email to acldinner@gmail.com (or call Jason on 9999 1495)
with your name, parish and contact details and then paying $25 at the door (cash only).

If you are new to Synod, download a copy of the ACL’s Synod Survival Guide by Dr. Robert Tong.

Most people who call themselves C of E never read the Bible — survey

Posted on September 16, 2017 
Filed under Church of England

“Figures show that 60 per cent of self-declared followers of the Church [of England] admit they never read the Bible. Meanwhile, 36 per cent say they never attend church and one in three says they never pray. …“

– Report from Premier UK.

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