Nungalinya – Sydney tour

Next week (May 12 – 19, 2019), Ben van Gelderen, the newly-installed Principal of Nungalinya College in Darwin, is visiting Sydney to share about the College.

A great chance to hear about this key ministry in the Top End.

Click the image for a flier, or see their website.

Key questions on religious freedom: Freedom for Faith asks the major parties

Freedom for Faith has done voters a great service by asking both the major parties seven key questions on religious freedom.

(The views of minor parties were also sought, though they declined to respond.)

You can read the Executive Summary, and then scroll down for the full article. Well worth passing on to interested friends.

Book Review: Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry

“This is a deeply personal story of a life that leads to God. In among the muck; the violence, abuse, sadness, depression, and struggle Jackie’s story is also a story of hope, transformation, love, encouragement, inspiration, and challenge.

From the very beginning of her book Jackie tells the story of her life in two particular parts. The story of who she was and the story of who she is becoming. …”

– At The Gospel Coalition Australia, Jon Coombs in Melbourne has a review of ‘Gay Girl, Good God’.

Pray for Sri Lanka: Gospel Coalition Australia speaks with Kanishka Raffel

“We know people here who have lost family members. People are distressed and even those not directly affected by the deaths and injuries are deeply concerned about the wider political implications of these attacks. …”

– Dean of Sydney Kanishka Raffel speaks with The Gospel Coalition Australia.


Book Review: Why I Love the Apostle Paul, by John Piper

“If you visit Desiring God online you’ll find over 110 books written by or with attributions from John Piper. Humorously, in a 1999 message Piper confessed, ‘I only have one thing to say. I say to people, “You want to buy a Piper book? Just get one, you don’t need the rest. I say the same thing in every book.”’ For decades John Piper and Desiring God have promoted a single message: ‘God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.’

In many respects, Piper continues to say the same thing in this book. At the same time, this book also stands out among Piper’s other writings and deserves a pastor’s attention. Here are a few reasons why. …”

– A brief book review by Nathan Loudin at 9Marks.

“The Christian Life” — Dr. Joel Beeke speaking in Sydney, Friday 12 July

Reformers Bookshop and Reformation Heritage Books are hosting an evening with Dr. Joel Beeke – in Stanmore, from 6:30pm, on Friday July 12, 2019.

Dr. Beeke will be giving two talks –

Calvin’s Life: Practical Lessons
The Puritan Life: Joyful or Joyless

It’s a free event, but registration is required. Details at Reformers’ blog.

Resources for ANZAC Day

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.

Five Ways to Pray for Sri Lanka — Ajith Fernando

“While it may seem foolish to spend time praying when there is a crisis around us, this is the most powerful thing God’s people can do in a national crisis (2 Kings 19). We need to mobilize individual and corporate prayer among Christians. …”

– At Desiring God, Ajith Fernando shares five ways to pray for Sri Lanka.

The prisoner lifts his eyes

“Are you a victim?

A few years ago, we discovered someone had stolen the number plate from the front of our car. When we called the police, they told us they were running an official campaign focusing on vehicle-related crime, and so they had certain procedures they had to follow. They sent an officer to meet with us in our home.

When the officer arrived, he asked us to show him the scene of the crime (the street outside). He sat down at our dining table to interview us about the details of the incident (it didn’t take long).

At the end of the interview, with an admirably straight face, he fulfilled his official responsibilities by asking us if we would like to access their program for victim support. …”

– Encouragement from chapter 3 of the Letter to the Ephesians – via Dr. Lionel Windsor. (You can also listen at that link.)

It’s time to break free from the Algorithm-Driven Life

“A recent story from Wired helpfully explains the latest batch of changes Facebook has made to its algorithm – the algorithm that sorts through the billions of available articles, photographs, and videos to determine the few we will actually see as we scroll our news feeds. …

Before we go any farther, we need to consider the fact that what we see on Facebook – and Twitter and Instagram and Google News and Apple News and …  – is determined by algorithms, formulas carefully coded to spread some content and to suppress others. We rarely have access to complete collections of information anymore. Rather, algorithms pre-sort it for us.”

– Tim Challies looks at the benefits and dangers of algorithms, and he suggests a solution.


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Jesus and the Moon Landing — Easter Message 2019

“The leader of Australia’s largest Anglican Diocese, the Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, has recalled the Moon Landing and its 50th anniversary, in his Easter Message this year.

Celebrations are being prepared for July when NASA will lead the anniversary of Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 team landing on the surface of the Moon in 1969. …”

Read the media release and watch the video from Archbishop Davies.

Great for sharing – and you could embed the video on your website.

There’s also a media release.

Looking for a church this Easter?

ACR Journal Winter 2019 now out

The Australian Church Record’s ACR Journal for Winter 2019 is just out.

“This issue is packed with articles about ministry: being ordained to the ministry, training for ministry, ministry in the Bathurst diocese, and ministry across the Southern Hemisphere.

As well as these ministry insights, Nathan Walter recounts what exactly was decided concerning the remarriage of divorced people at last year’s Synod.”

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