Together for the Gospel Conference 2014

T4G Conference 2014Talks from the 2014 Together for the Gospel conference have now been posted at their website. The theme is The Pastor and Evangelism.

Listen to or watch the talks here.

The Australian Church Record — April 2014

Australian Church Record, April 2014The latest issue of The Australian Church Record, April 2014 (No. 1913!) is now out.

From this edition –

Noah Starts a Deluge for Holy-Wood

“Russell Crowe plays a dark and troubled Noah, in a dark
and troubled film, whose special effects have earned it the description ‘Lord of the Rings meets Transformers’.”

The Danger of Mission Drift

“The danger of mission drift recently came to the fore on the international stage, with the public flip-flop of the American World Vision organisation concerning same-sex marriage. … But despite the significant hullabulloo, one of the key lessons of the sorry saga has been the danger of public Christianity drifting with the cultural tides of the day.”

Grab it from their website.

The Day Death Died — Cathedral Easter Convention 2014

Easter Convention 2014This year’s Easter Convention at the Cathedral is a very worthwhile way to spend Good Friday afternoon.

Phillip Jensen and Mark Thompson are the speakers. Good Friday, 2:00 – 5:00pm. Early Bird Rate $15. ($20 after 13th April.)

See the promo video and book in here.

Christian events & conferences in Australia this year

at KCC siteSteve Kryger at Communicate Jesus has helpfully compiled a list of Christian events and conferences (most of them evangelical in their theology) in Australia during the remainder of 2014.

See it here.

“Church of the Triune God” — a review

Church of the Triune God“…I’m thankful for the recent Church of the Triune God: a book in celebration of the teaching and passion of Robert Doyle, a lecturer from Moore Theological College. Edited by Michael Jensen, it’s a collection of excellent essays on the themes he was so captivated by throughout his teaching career: the Trinity and the church.”

– At The Briefing, Sam Freney reviews Church of the Triune God, published by Aquila Press.

(Authors include Mark Baddeley, Mark D Thompson, John McClean, Ashley Null, Peter G Bolt, Benjamin Dean, Rory Shiner, Andrew JB Cameron, Kanishka Raffel, Chew-Chern Morgan and Greg Anderson.)

Around the web — 6th April 2014

around-the-webHere are a few items you may have missed this week –

Formulary Friday: Collecting our prayers

The Collects“The Prayer Book Collects are like precious, highly-polished jewels adorning a crown. They are the short prayers which ‘collect’ together particular concerns and themes expressed in the liturgy – and invariably combine clear and easily-memorable phrasing with a highly concentrated shot of sound doctrine.

…the Prayer Book Collects give us a very helpful model for composing our own prayers – whether in our personal prayer times, or in public worship.”

– for Formulary Friday at Church Society’s blog, Mark Smith looks at The Collects.

The real story of Noah

Noah“The premiere of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah has sent some folk back to their Bibles to see if there was a whole bunch of details that they’d forgotten.

Apparently not. Where the Bible’s story has left some gaps, Mr Aronofsky has provided plenty of creative and speculative details. Rock monsters, stowaways and much, much more.

Do those additions help us understand the story more clearly? Well, if the original author thought that the point of the story could be made with the details provided, it would seem not.”

– Gary Ware (Mount Gambier Presbyterian) has written this piece for his local paper. Some good ideas you might be able to use this Easter.

Related: Noah: A No Holds Barred Review (h/t Tim Challies).

“The character of Noah in this movie is so far removed from his biblical counterpart that he’s absolutely unrecognizable. He’s a maniac who is an idolater, a warlock, a murdering psycho, and in reality has absolutely no idea what’s happening with the flood… Noah doesn’t preach righteousness and repentance for 100+ years (2 Peter 2:5), and the Noah in this movie is a violent butcher of a man, completely the opposite of how Genesis 6:8-13 portrays him.”

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