Resources for ANZAC Day

Posted on April 23, 2014 
Filed under Resources

ANZAC ResourcesPlanning a service for ANZAC Day, or something for Sunday?

These resources from Defence Anglicans (including audio of the Last Post) might come in handy.

‘Supreme Court of Canada deals final blow to Anglican parishioners’

Posted on April 23, 2014 
Filed under Anglican Church of Canada

St. Aidan’s, Windsor, Ontario“A breakaway group of Anglican parishioners has been dealt a deathblow in their legal battle over ownership of a Riverside church.

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to grant St. Aidan’s parishioners leave to appeal, dismissing their case with costs.”

– report from The Windsor Star, Ontario. (h/t Anglican Essentials Canada blog.)

Mohler & colleagues publish important response to ‘God and the Gay Christian’

Posted on April 22, 2014 
Filed under Resources

God and the Gay Christian? A ResponseAlbert Mohler and four colleagues at The Southern Baptist Seminary have published an e-book in response to “God and the Gay Christian”, which was also published today.

It can be downloaded here.

Mohler explains why a response is important:

“The church has often failed people with same-sex attractions, and failed them horribly. We must not fail them now by forfeiting the only message that leads to salvation, holiness, and faithfulness.”

Related:

Sexegesis: An important contribution to a vital debate.

Justin Taylor: Why book-length responses to other books can be helpful.

Themelios vol 39, issue 1 now available

Posted on April 22, 2014 
Filed under Resources, Theology

ThemeliosThe latest issue of the theological journal Themelios is now available for free download from The Gospel Coalition.

Check it out – including Don Carson’s editorial, “Do the Work of an Evangelist”.

h/t Andy Naselli.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St. Andrew’s Cathedral for Easter Sunday

Posted on April 21, 2014 
Filed under Sydney Diocese

Duke and Duchess of CambridgeThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were guests at the Easter Sunday service at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney yesterday. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife, Margie, were also present.

The service was a carefully planned reminder of the wonder of the cross and resurrection. It was as normal an Easter Sunday service as possible, given the circumstances, with the regular congregational members of the Cathedral in attendance.

The Cathedral Kids sang Colin Buchanan’s ‘He died upon the Cross’ and a long-serving choir member was farewelled.

The Cathedral was full, and Sydney Square was packed with people vying to get a glimpse of the couple.

The Dean of Sydney, Phillip Jensen, led the service. Archbishop Glenn Davies preached on the resurrection of Lazarus and how it differs from the resurrection of Jesus.

All the elements of the gathering worked together so that the importance and meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection were clearly proclaimed.

Both couples, the Duke and Duchess and the Prime Minister and his wife, engaged fully in the service and appeared to appreciate the occasion.

In addition, the service was a major test for the Cathedral’s new sound system, which performed brilliantly.

Photo: Ramon Wiliams.

Story and photos at SydneyAnglicans.net, The Herald Sun (with a very nice News Corp photo) and Eternity Newspaper.

New Bishop for Rockhampton

Posted on April 21, 2014 
Filed under Australian dioceses

David and Jan RobinsonThe Rev. David Robinson (pictured here with his wife, Jan) has been elected the twelfth Bishop of the Diocese of Rockhampton. He is presently Ministry Formation Coordinator at St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra.

News from Canberra & Goulburn.

Resurrection and Ethics

Posted on April 21, 2014 
Filed under Theology

Australian Church Record“Christ’s resurrection from the dead changes the trajectory of human life.  In 1 Corinthians 15:32, the apostle Paul hypothesises that if the dead are not raised then ‘we should eat and drink for tomorrow we die’…”

– a (final?) Easter reflection from The Australian Church Record.

GAFCON Easter Message 2014

Posted on April 19, 2014 
Filed under Anglican Communion, GAFCON

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya  and Chairman of the GAFCON Primates’ Council“What a wonderful truth we celebrate at Easter! The bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead assures us that our sins are atoned for and death is defeated. This is the reason we can be confident that despite failure, frustration and the things that perplex us, God’s saving purposes will certainly be fulfilled…”

– Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Chairman of the GAFCON Primates’ Council, with the GAFCON Easter Message 2014.

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