Reminder: Book in for the 2016 ACL Synod Dinner Monday 10th October

Posted on September 28, 2016 
Filed under People, Sydney Diocese

acl-dinner-2016-banner-490pxBook at this link.

Related: The Dean’s Story — Kanishka Raffel on ABC Radio’s The Spirit of Things.

ACL Pre-Synod Briefing — Wednesday 5th October

Posted on September 26, 2016 
Filed under Resources, Sydney Diocese


Pre-Synod Briefing, Wednesday 5th October, 6:30 – 8:00pm at Chapter House.

As a service to the Synod, the ACL is holding a Pre-Synod Briefing for Synod members.

The Rev Craig Roberts, Rector of St Augustine’s Neutral Bay, Standing Committee member, and ACL Vice-President, will discuss the main issues for this year’s Synod.

Download your invitation here.

Presbyterian Moderator General reports on the General Assembly

Posted on September 30, 2016 
Filed under Other denominations

john-wilson-presbyterian-moderator-generalThe triennial meeting of the General Assembly of Australia testified to our fundamental unity around the truth of God’s Word and the power of Christ’s gospel.

It’s time to reflect and review a most excellent week…”

– New Presbyterian Moderator-General John Wilson reviews the recent General Assembly of Australia.

Why ‘No Creed but the Bible’ is a lousy creed

Posted on September 30, 2016 
Filed under Resources, Theology

ligon-duncan-2016First, it’s impossible not to be confessional. Everyone is confessional; now, whether it’s written and whether it’s biblical is another matter. And everyone is a theologian…

It’s always better when we’re clear on our theology, and for that nothing beats writing it down on paper. Writing does not guarantee infallibility, of course, but it does make it easier to determine whether the doctrine we’re confessing aligns with Scripture.

Second, the point of a confession of faith isn’t to put something above Scripture. The point of a confession is to ensure the public teaching of the church is as close to the teaching of Scripture as possible. When we don’t write down our theology and confess it publicly as a church, it leads not to healthy freedom but to unhealthy restriction.”

– Is it biblical for the church to use confessions of faith? How should a confession be used? What makes a good confession of faith?

At The Gospel CoalitionJeff Robinson put these and other questions to Ligon Duncan, Chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary.

Sadly, many churches seem to think creeds are outdated. It’s not too late to repent – check out:

Creeds and other affirmations of faith – from the Diocese of Sydney’s Better Gatherings.

The Athanasian Creed – from Church Society’s An English Prayer Book.

400 attend Renew Conference in Northern Powerhouse

Posted on September 30, 2016 
Filed under Church of England

renew-logoThe rector of a plant into an Anglican church which began in 1961 with a congregation of one plus the organist, and who is only its second rector in 55 years chaired a 30 hour Renew Anglican conference of over 400 in Leeds on September 19-20. Many of the participants were vicars, curates and ministry colleagues from over 200 churches whose average age was in the early 40’s.

William Taylor of St Helen’s Bishopsgate told the Conference: ‘I am sometimes asked whether our constituency is planning to leave the Church of England. We are not. We are, however, putting in place spiritual relationships that enable us to pursue our ministry goals of pioneering, establishing and securing Anglican evangelical local churches.’

The Renew Conference has grown by 100 people a year and moved for 2016 from the Midlands to Leeds to find a big enough venue and to support the work of Anglicans in the north of England…”

– Report in The Church of England Newspaper, via Anglican Mainstream.

(The ReNew conference is organised by Anglican Mission in England, Church Society, and Reform.

Crossway reverses decision to make ESV Bible Text permanent

Posted on September 29, 2016 
Filed under Other

bible-reading-plansThe publisher of the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible has reversed its controversial decision to finalize the text after tweaking 29 verses.

‘We have become convinced that this decision was a mistake,’ stated Crossway president and CEO Lane Dennis in an announcement released today. ‘We apologize for this and for any concern this has caused for readers of the ESV, and we want to explain what we now believe to be the way forward. Our desire, above all, is to do what is right before the Lord.’…”

– Story from Christianity Today.

The Legacy of Broughton Knox — MTC Library Day 2016

Posted on September 29, 2016 
Filed under History, People, Sydney Diocese

MTC Library Day 2016Don’t miss this special event coming up at MooreTheological College on Saturday 29th October.

David Broughton Knox (26 December 1916 – 14 January 1994) was the long serving Principal of Moore Theological College from 1959 until 1985.

DBK is considered by many to have been hugely influential, under the Lord, in the shaping of Sydney Diocese into what it is today.

The 2016 Moore College Library Day will explore Broughton’s life and theology as well as its enduring influence on Sydney diocese and beyond.

When: Saturday 29 October, 2016, 9:15 am for 9:30 am start, 3:30 pm finish

Where: Broughton Knox Teaching Centre, Moore Theological College, 15 King Street Newtown

Registration: $40 includes coffee/tea on arrival, morning tea & lunch.

Speakers include:

Details and booking at Moore College.

Who was Broughton Knox? See these tributes in our Resources section.

No need for a censor if we censor ourselves

Posted on September 28, 2016 
Filed under Culture wars, Opinion, Resources

Tony PayneIt happened again this week. It will doubtless happen many times in the weeks and months and years to come.

A Christian dared to elaborate publicly on why he thought homosexual practice was morally wrong, and was greeted not with counter-argument or rebuttal, but outpourings of abhorrence and anger, as well as regret and apology on the part of the event organisers (that such a view had come to be to be expressed on their platform)…”

– At Moore College’s Centre for Christian Living, Tony Payne writes about the strong temptation for Christians to ‘self censor’.

Related: “Can we talk about same-sex marriage?” – Wednesday 19th October at the Centre for Christian Living.

Daylight Saving in NSW begins 2nd October

Posted on September 28, 2016 
Filed under Resources

In NSW, Daylight Saving begins in 2016 at 2:00am on Sunday 2nd October.

Might be worth reminding congregations.

For the Bible tells me so: Biblical authority denied … again

Posted on September 27, 2016 
Filed under Opinion, Theology

Albert Mohler“‘Jesus loves me — this I know, for the Bible tells me so.’ This is a childish error

Evangelical Christianity has a big problem, says Andy Stanley, and that problem is a reliance on the Bible that is both unwarranted and unhelpful. In a recent message delivered at North Point Community Church and posted online, Stanley identifies the evangelical impulse to turn to the Bible in our defense and presentation of Christianity as a huge blunder that must be corrected.”

– Albert Mohler warns against diluting Biblical authority in an attempt to connect with our culture.

Rod Bower in his own words

Posted on September 26, 2016 
Filed under Australian dioceses, People

archdeacon-rod-bowerThree decades on, Father Rod Bower, 54, is the one causing headaches as Australia’s most outspoken, social media savvy and incongruous priest.

The Australian has this profile of Rod Bower, Archdeacon of the Central Coast in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.

(h/t David Ould. Photo: Rod Bower via Facebook.)

Related: From October 19, 2014, Report: Bishop of Newcastle appoints Rod Bower as Archdeacon of the Central Coast. (Which includes this link.)

LGBTI threats against Mercure Hotel show ‘poison’ in public life

Posted on September 26, 2016 
Filed under Culture wars

Marriage RegisterThe poison in Australia’s public life has reached a point where a casual bystander now can fall victim to the tactics used to win a fight at all costs.

The latest sign of the illness came when employees at a Sydney hotel answered the telephone last week to hear threats of physical violence. Their crime? The Mercure Sydney Airport Hotel had taken a booking for a conference room for four Christian groups.

This was not an isolated threat. The phone calls kept coming. …

Threatening phone calls to a Sydney hotel may seem like a minor test of these principles, yet the affair is instructive all the same. When the campaign went too far there was a reluctance to call it out. Australian Marriage Equality refused to condemn it. The Greens have declined a request to comment. The early response from the ‘progressive’ side of politics was to deny the problem. The message is that rights are not always worth fighting for.

– from The Australian. (via

Earlier story.

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