Northern Region meeting tonight

Posted on April 17, 2015 
Filed under Sydney Diocese

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Northern Region
(Monday 27th April at Naremburn)

Wollongong Region
(Monday 4th May at Wollongong)

Southern Region
(Monday 1st June at St. Peters).

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Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends

Posted on April 27, 2015 
Filed under Resources

defence sunday“100 years ago an Aussie Padre by the name of Andrew Gillison, serving in the 14th Battalion, found himself heading for Gallipoli.

At first, the chaplains were ordered to stay on ship and care for the wounded, but Andrew was not the kind of Christian man to stay where it was safe when others were in need…”

– Read Bishop of Armidale Rick Lewers’ ANZAC message.

Former SAAB showroom home to Baton Rouge Anglican church

Posted on April 25, 2015 
Filed under Anglican Communion, GAFCON

Holy Trinity Baton Rouge“At first glance, a Cadillac dealer’s showroom may not seem like a ‘mission outpost’ of Christianity, but that’s exactly how Holy Cross Anglican Church was described by a visiting bishop when he blessed the congregation last Sunday evening…”

– Story from The Advocate, Baton Rouge. Photo: Gerry Lane Cadillac.

GAFCON — threat, option, or only future?

Posted on April 25, 2015 
Filed under Anglican Communion, GAFCON

The Rev Andrew Symes“Two Archbishops walk into a bar for a relaxing drink after a hard day’s work in committee. One of them, in placing his order, starts a conversation with the man serving the drinks. He beckons to his purple shirted companion and over the next few minutes, the two of them share the Gospel with the bartender, and lead him to faith in Christ. Later both prelates testify that for them, this was the highlight of the conference.

Thankfully its not impossible to imagine that this story involved Most Reverends Welby and Sentamu, but in fact it was related by one of the GAFCON Primates who had been told the story by his two fellow Archbishop-evangelists at their meeting last week…”

– Andrew Symes at Anglican Mainstream asks if GAFCON is a threat to the Anglican Communion.

Archbishop of Canterbury visits Cairo

Posted on April 24, 2015 
Filed under Anglican Communion

Archbishop WelbyJustin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, visited Cairo earlier this week, to stand with Christians facing persecution.

Here’s a report on the Diocese of Egypt website.

Prayers for ANZAC Day

Posted on April 23, 2015 
Filed under Resources

ANZAC ResourcesOver at SydneyAnglicans.net, Mark Charleston has some prayers which could be used on the ANZAC Day weekend – and with links to more for Defence Anglicans.

Related: Anzac Day: More Than Civil Religion – Ian Lambert, Bishop to the Australian Defence Force

(Photo: Defence Anglicans.)

The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Posted on April 23, 2015 
Filed under Resources

The Journal for Biblical Manhood and WomanhoodThe latest issue of The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood has been released and is available as a download without charge.

Worth checking out. (h/t Tim Challies.)

Anzac Day – A reflection — Bishop Stuart Robinson

Posted on April 22, 2015 
Filed under Resources

Bishop Stuart RobinsonAs we approach the 100th Anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli and the 70th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific later in year, I’m minded to report a conversation I had with a soldier – NX146695 – who witnessed the formal “surrender” in the eastern half of the Netherlands East Indies on September 9, 1945.

On Morotai Island, NX146695, along with 10,000 Australian and Allied troops, stood motionless as Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Military Forces, General Blamey accepted Japanese Second Army Commander, Lt. General Teshima’s surrender of approximately 126,000 men.

NX146695 has vivid memories of that great day.

But he also carries memories of the cost; the cost of freedom; the cost of peace.

NX146695 (who is now 92) came face to face with death – and survived; many of his friends and comrades did not.

Indeed more than 100,000 Australians have given their lives – from the Boer War to Peacekeeping operations in this new century.

Even as we speak Australian Forces are on their way to Iraq to engage with a new enemy…not a country per se – but an ideology cloaked in a religion; ‘I.S.’ by name.

NX146695, Sergeant Harold Robinson, my father, knows first-hand the reality of being ready to lay one’s life down for another – as do so many of those who will read this simple piece.

It was Jesus who once said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this that they lay down their life for their friends” John 15:13.

That inscription is also found on countless headstones across the former Western Front. I served as a Priest in Flanders and in the dead of winter I’d stand in those old trenches and weep as I contemplated the agony and the despair that faced combatants (on all sides).

And yet all is not hopeless. It isn’t.

Lest we forget that in order to bring peace between God and his wayward family, that’s exactly what Jesus – the one who first articulated those headstone inscriptions, did. He gave his life.

Yes, Jesus absorbed sin’s curse and sin’s punishment that I might go free.

My sin was laid in him – his righteousness was laid on all who believe.

He was willing to pay a very great price; the price of peace – his life for mine; for all who believe.

And we know his work was effective; we know that peace with God is available to all who trust this Jesus, because God raised him from that death; the price for sin having been fully paid by God in Christ.

As we honour those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, so too must we honour and worship and serve Him who gave his life that we might be set free from the clutches of our last great enemy – even death itself.

– Bishop Stuart Robinson is Bishop of Canberra & Goulburn.

Churches opposing new Tanzanian constitution to be deregistered — report

Posted on April 22, 2015 
Filed under World news

Tanzania“Tanzania’s Minister of Home Affairs, Mathias Chikawe, has announced that churches and religious institutions that publicly oppose the country’s new constitution will be deregistered, beginning from 20 April.

Tanzanian Christians oppose a bill that would introduce Kadhi (Islamic) courts across the country’s mainland, in the new constitution…”

– this report from Barnabas Fund.

Terrorists ‘reveal their desperate need of a Saviour’

Posted on April 21, 2015 
Filed under World news

diocese-of-north-africa“The Anglican Bishop for Ethiopia has hailed as martyrs 28 Ethiopian Christians shot or beheaded in Libya by members of the terrorist group known as ISIS or ISIL…”

– from SydneyAnglicans.net.

Update:

Archbishop Glenn Davies this afternoon sent a message of condolence to the Anglican Bishop of the Horn of Africa, Grant LeMarquand:

We mourn with you and the Ethiopian church. Our hearts are heavy at the suffering caused by such depraved acts.

As the company of martyrs grows, we cry out ‘How Long, O Lord?”. Be assured we hold you in our prayers at this trying time.

(Image: Diocese of Egypt.)

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