Notice of 2015 Annual General Meeting

Posted on June 14, 2015 
Filed under Announcement

2015 AGMThe Annual General Meeting of the Anglican Church League will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday 16th July in the Chapter House of St. Andrew’s Cathedral. PDF invitation.

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‘Anglicans respond to Presbyterian SSM vote’

Posted on July 6, 2015 
Filed under Other denominations

Marriage Register“Senior Anglican leaders have responded to a move by the Presbyterian Church in NSW to consider ministers handing back their marriage licences if marriage is redefined to include same-sex couples.

Kevin Murray, the moderator of the NSW Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, wrote to churches about debate at the annual assembly in Sydney last week…”

– Story by Russell Powell at SydneyAnglicans.net.

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Same-sex intimate unions

Posted on July 6, 2015 
Filed under Resources, Theology

Dr Mark ThompsonMoore Theological College Principal, Dr Mark Thompson, has written a very helpful piece to aid Christians in their thinking and discourse in the current debate around same-sex marriage.

He writes, “… Christian teaching about homosexuality does not simply rely on five isolated, condemnatory biblical texts — ‘five uneasy pieces’ from Genesis 19, Leviticus 18–20, Romans 1, 1 Corinthians 6 and 1 Timothy 1. It is anchored in a far richer biblical theology of human relationships that begins in creation and ends in the consummation of all things.”

It’s a long and important post, in which he looks at –

The critical nature of the current debate
The framework for a Christian discussion of marriage and sex
The specific references to homosexual behaviour in outline
The challenge of same-sex intimate unions
The ongoing problem of a campaign against dissent

and Some helpful further reading.

Just published in the ThinkTank Blog section of the Moore College website.

And as a 200kb PDF file.

It’s also being serialised at Theological Theology, because, as the author notes, “the entire thing might seem a little daunting to read in one sitting”.

Mark writes, “My hope and prayer is that this will be useful to God’s people as we work out how to live as faithful disciples of Christ at this moment in human history.”

Global South Statement on the TEC House of Bishops same sex marriage resolution

Posted on July 4, 2015 
Filed under Anglican Communion, TEC

Global South Primates, Bangkok July 2012Here’s a statement from the Global South Anglican leaders, 4th July 2015 –

“TEC has chosen by its own will and actions in clear knowledge to depart from the Anglican Communion’s standard teaching on human sexuality according to Lambeth Resolution 1:10.”

Full text:

“We are deeply grieved again by the Episcopal Church USA (TEC) Resolution to change the definition of marriage in their church canons in their current ongoing General Convention.

By this action, TEC has chosen by its own will and actions in clear knowledge to depart from the Anglican Communion’s standard teaching on human sexuality according to Lambeth Resolution 1:10. This TEC Resolution is another example of such unilateral decisions that are taken without giving the least consideration to the possible consequences on other provinces and the Anglican Communion as a whole, the ecumenical partnerships, the mission of the church worldwide, and the interfaith relations. This Resolution clearly contradicts the Holy Scriptures and God’s plan for creation as He created humankind as man and woman to complement each other physically and emotionally.

Indeed the church must provide pastoral care for all, whether heterosexuals or homosexuals. However the church should not alter the teachings of the Holy Scriptures, that was interpreted by the majority churches globally, to provide such pastoral care. The aim of pastoral care is to restore people to the bosom of God where they encounter His love and design to live a life according to His plan. We are against any criminalization of homosexuals, they are like all of us, need God’s mercy, grace and salvation. The church is intended by its Lord to be the holy leaven to shape society by its spiritual and moral values in line with God’s design. But sadly, by this action of TEC, the church gives way to the society to alter and shape its values. In other words the church is losing its distinctiveness as salt and light in this world.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2)

This statement is approved by:

The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Anis, Archbishop, Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa and Chairman of the Global South.
The Most Rev. Ian Ernest, Primate of the Indian Ocean and General Secretary of the Global South.
The Most Rev. Bolly Lapok, Primate of South East Asia and treasurer of the Global South.
The Most Rev. Stephen Than Myint Oo, Primate of Myanmar.
The Most Rev. Hector “Tito” Zavala, Primate of the Anglican Church of South America.
The Rt. Rev. John Chew, member of the GS Global South steering committee, former GS chairman.”

Source, Global South Anglican.
Check their site for extra signatures which may be added.

Call to Prayer from the Church of England Evangelical Council

Posted on July 4, 2015 
Filed under Church of England

prayersFrom the Church of England Evangelical Council:

“In writing to Timothy, Paul implores Timothy to live and teach in keeping with the gospel he has taught (1 Timothy 4:12-13) and indicates his never failing prayerful support for Timothy (2 Timothy 1:3).

It is our conviction that the Church of England needs evangelicals to pray afresh, and with this Pauline commitment, for her leaders, and in particular for those who are called to ordained leadership and the public ministry of preaching and teaching…

Recently there have been a number of public pronouncements and actions that undermine or are a direct challenge to the authority of Holy Scripture and the faith revealed in it and expressed in the tradition and teaching of the Church of England…

We therefore invite evangelicals in all the English Dioceses to renew a commitment to praying for those who lead God’s church.”

It would be good for Australian evangelical Anglicans to pray similarly.

A collection of resources for Christians to engage in the same-sex marriage debate

Posted on July 2, 2015 
Filed under Resources

Communicate JesusAt Communicate Jesus, Steve Kryger has assembled a list of useful links to help Christians think and talk about same-sex marriage.

The success of the Left

Posted on July 2, 2015 
Filed under Opinion, Theology

david-cook-on-galatians“There are now fewer in our denomination who remember the way the church was pre 1977.

I began to teach Sunday School at Waverley Presbyterian in 1968. The curriculum consisted of situational ethics. There was no gospel being taught, indeed, in the wider church, those who refused to use the imposed Sunday School material were hounded out of the church. Liberalism in the majority is always thoroughly intolerant!

These were the days when our training institutions imposed a deadening liberalism by training clergy with no gospel to preach, no propitiatory sacrifice, no substitutionary atonement, no bodily resurrection, and no new life…”

– In one of his recent opinion pieces, Presbyterian Moderator-General David Cook reminds us of the ever-present danger of theological liberalism.

(Image: St. Helen’s Bishopsgate.)

Same-sex marriage: Coalition MPs to co-sponsor private member’s bill

Posted on July 1, 2015 
Filed under Australia

australian-parliament“Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reminded Coalition MPs it is rare for a private member’s bill to even go to a vote in Parliament, as two of his backbenchers prepare to back a bill to legalise same-sex marriage.

Queensland Liberal National Party (LNP) MPs Warren Entsch and Teresa Gambaro will co-sponsor a private member’s bill, which will be seconded by Labor backbencher Terri Butler…”

– report from ABC News.

Complicating factors for the TEC Diocese of Los Angeles

Posted on July 1, 2015 
Filed under TEC

bp-bruno-rec-laThe Diocese of Los Angeles’ proposed sale of St. James’ Episcopal Church property in Newport Beach, California is proving more complicated thna expected…

“It turns out that the original developer of the area, Griffith Company, donated in 1945 the land on which the beautiful St. James building was erected, to the Protestant Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles, upon ‘the condition, covenant and restriction’ that –

The property conveyed shall be used for church purposes exclusively and no building other than a church and appurtenances shall be erected, placed or maintained thereon. The foregoing restriction shall be binding upon the [Bishop], his successors…

story from the Anglican Curmudgeon, A.S. Haley.

(Photo: J. J. Bruno, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.)

Archbishop of Canterbury response to TEC Resolution on Marriage

Posted on July 1, 2015 
Filed under Anglican Communion

Archbishop Justin Welby, General Synod, 18 Nov 2013“The Archbishop of Canterbury today expressed deep concern about the stress for the Anglican Communion following the US Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops’ resolution to change the definition of marriage in the canons so that any reference to marriage as between a man and a woman is removed…”

– from the Anglican Communion News Service.

And the changes agreed to at TEC General Convention:

Dearly beloved: We have come together in the presence of God to witness and bless the joining together of N. and N. in Holy Matrimony. The joining of two people in a life of mutual fidelity signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and his Church, and so it is worthy of being honored among all people. (Emphasis added. Page 98 of this PDF file, h/t AS Haley.)

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