From the Vault: Win, Build, Send

Posted on February 1, 2016 
Filed under Resources

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Rome Recreated (AD 320)

Posted on February 12, 2016 
Filed under History

ancient-romeAt With Meagre Powers, George Athas draws attention to “a stunning animation that recreates the city of Rome as it was in AD 320—the reign of Constantine”.

Roman Catholic Vespers at Henry VIII’s Chapel Royal

Posted on February 11, 2016 
Filed under Church of England

cardinal-vincent“The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, last night led a service of Solemn Vespers in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace in what was the first Roman Catholic act of worship for 450 years in Henry VIII’s chapel, which was the backdrop to much of the English Reformation.

The service, sung mainly in Latin, was a unique event held to mark the 500th anniversary of Hampton Court and was in recognition of the growing relationship between the Church of England and the Roman Catholic church…”

– This report from The Anglican Communion News Service.

Photo: Cardinal Vincent, Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster.

The Blood of the Martyrs is Seed

Posted on February 11, 2016 
Filed under Resources

tim-keesee-bpc-2016At the Bethlehem 2016 Conference for Pastors last month, Dr Tim Keesee spoke on “The Blood of the Martyrs is Seed”, with profound reflections from 2 Corinthians 4.

Tim is, of course, the man behind the Dispatches from the Front videos and book.

“You can’t save your own life. You can only spend it. Spend it well.”

Sobering, mightily encouraging, and very much worth watching.

George Whitefield on the Homilies

Posted on February 10, 2016 
Filed under Resources

George Whitefield“If I may be suffered to give my opinion, the dreadful ignorance as to the fundamentals of our holy religion, that almost everywhere abounds amongst the members of our established church, is chiefly owing to our neglect of preaching and putting into their hands the grand doctrines of the Reformation, contained in these Homilies and our other doctrinal articles.”

– Quoting George Whitefield, at the beginning of Lent Church Society introduces a series of daily extracts from The Homilies. Should be worth following.

Update: Here’s the first post – Edward VI’s preface to the “Book of Homilies”.

The Book of Numbers explained with illustrations

Posted on February 9, 2016 
Filed under Resources

numbersHere’s the latest from The Bible Project.

Very well done. (h/t Tim Challies.)

NASA center “bans the word ‘Jesus’.”

Posted on February 9, 2016 
Filed under News

jsc-entrance“The name of Jesus is not welcome in the Johnson Space Center newsletter, according to a complaint filed on behalf of a group of Christians who work for NASA. …

And NASA’s behavior is quite frankly baffling. On Christmas Eve, 1968 – the crew of Apollo 8 read the Creation story as they orbited the moon. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Frank Borman and Bill Anders took turns reading from the Book of Genesis.”

– Opinion from Fox News. Related: The Apollo 8 crew read from Genesis 1.

‘Freed Australian hostage Jocelyn Elliott vows to continue work’

Posted on February 9, 2016 
Filed under World news

ken-and-jocelyn-elliot“An Australian woman who was kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Burkina Faso has returned to the nation’s capital after being freed, and says she hopes to be reunited with her husband so they can continue their medical work in the African nation…”

– ABC News has this report. (Please continue to pray for the release of Jocelyn’s husband, Ken, and for their captors.)

‘New Anglican Dean of Sydney, Kanishka Raffel, installed at St Andrew’s Cathedral’

Posted on February 7, 2016 
Filed under Sydney Diocese

kanishka-lectern-sydang“The new Anglican Dean of Sydney has made history. Kanishka Raffel, who was officially installed as Dean of Sydney last Thursday, is the first person from a non-European background to hold the role in the church’s history in Australia. …

Born in London to Sri-Lankan parents, Dean Raffel spent the first two decades of his life as a Buddhist before he was given a copy of the Bible while studying law at the University of Sydney.”

The Sydney Morning Herald has this story about a Buddhist who became a Christian, and is now Dean. (Photo:

Jocelyn Elliot released by kidnappers – husband still held

Posted on February 7, 2016 
Filed under World news

ken-and-jocelyn-elliotFrom ABC News, Sunday 7th February:

“An Australian woman has been freed after she and her husband were kidnapped by an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Burkina Faso, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirms.

President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou presented Jocelyn Elliott to journalists at a news conference in Dosso, south-western Niger, and said authorities were intensifying efforts to secure the release of her husband.…”

– Please give thanks for Jocelyn’s release, and continue in prayer for her husband Ken, and for their captors.


Family of kidnapped missionaries in Burkina Faso plead for Ken and Jocelyn Elliot’s release – Bible Society.

‘Cathedral wins Raffel’ — New Dean installed at St. Andrew’s

Posted on February 5, 2016 
Filed under Sydney Diocese

kanishka-and-cailey-cathedral“After months of waiting, St Andrew’s Cathedral congregation has finally welcomed the new Dean of Sydney.

At an Installation Service at the Cathedral on Thursday, 4th February, the Rev Kanishka de Silva Raffel became the first non-European to hold the post…”

– Russell Powell has the story at

All ACL members will want to join in praying to Almighty God for Kanishka and Cailey in this new sphere of gospel service.

Churches offering sanctuary to asylum seekers — some context

Posted on February 4, 2016 
Filed under Australia, Resources

Assoc Prof Neil Foster“In a high-profile decision of the High Court of Australia yesterday, Plaintiff M68-2015 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] HCA 1 (3 February 2016), a 6-1 majority ruled that the Australian government is entitled to continue its policy of detaining certain asylum seekers off-shore in the Pacific nation of Nauru. …

Today a number of Christian churches went public with an offer of ‘sanctuary’ for those who are supposed to be returned.”

– What is ‘sanctuary’, and does it still apply in Australia today? Here’s some legal context from Dr Neil Foster at Law and Religion Australia.


“The Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, says Anglicans and other Christians in Sydney are concerned by the prospect of 91 asylum seeker children being returned to Nauru following the recent High Court ruling…” –

Armidale’s Anglican Bishop urges caution on calls to defy the law to safeguard refugees – ABC News 05 February 2016.

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