The visible Church of God — Article 19

Phil AsheyIn his latest video on The Thirty Nine Articles, for the American Anglican Council, Canon Phil Ashey looks at Article 19 and the Visible Church of God.

Wesley Hill at Moore College

Dr Wesley HillWhile in Australia recently for Liberty Christian Ministries, Dr Wesley Hill (Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania) visited Moore College.

He spoke with the Faculty, addressed the students, and also sat down for a guest interview with Archie Poulos.

Watch the interview (9 minutes).

Watch his lecture and Q&A session (52 minutes).

Good resources for pastoral ministry.

Confident: Why we can trust the Bible

Confident“Last February and on into March, Mike Ovey and I each wrote a number of little blog posts responding to Steve Chalke’s article, ‘Restoring Confidence in the Bible’. We’ve reworked those posts, added some more material and discussion questions, and the result is a new little book published by Christian Focus and called, Confident: Why we can trust the Bible.

It’s not a finger-pointing, hand-wringing book (Steve Chalke isn’t mentioned at all). Rather it’s a book to encourage and equip Christians…”

from Dan Strange at Oak Hill College in London. (Availability.)

Professor Edwin Judge — Engaging Rome and Jerusalem — book launch

On March 11th 2015, Bishop Paul Barnett gave this address at the launch of a collection of essays by Professor Edwin Judge. Very encouraging:

(Update: See also Assoc. Prof. Stuart Piggin’s remarks, and ordering details for the book.)

Book Launch – Text of Bishop Paul Barnett’s remarks:
E.A. Judge, Engaging Rome and Jerusalem,
(ed. S. Piggin; North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2014).

In 1966 E.A. Judge, Reader in History at the University of Sydney had a small third year Roman History class of which I was a member, along with a younger Tom Hillard.

Tom has gone on to great things as a Roman historian and I have pursued the study of Christian origins within the canon of Jewish, Roman and early Christian texts. Another in the class, Judith Nicholls, now a senior mature age student, is researching her PhD on Jerome.

Edwin Judge’s office is lined with the higher degree theses of his dozens of supervised students. These volumes are silent tribute to a master teacher’s scholarship but equally to his generosity. Read more

What is the gospel? — An appeal for clarity

Dr Mark Thompson“I remember, more than twenty years ago now, an international visitor to Sydney being asked this question. Throughout the week that he had been here, the speaker had appealed to the gospel many times.

Clearly in a part of the world well-known for the strength of its evangelical witness, such an appeal was essential if he was to get a hearing. But the appeal had not been convincing and it had become increasingly obvious that at this most basic level our guest had a very different idea of what exactly it was that he was appealing to repeatedly throughout the week. So some brave soul — someone braver than me — publicly asked him the question. What is the gospel?…”

– Dr. Mark Thompson, Principal of Moore College, tackles a crucial question in a new essay.

Take the time to read it all here. [Slightly updated version.]

You can also download it as a 240kb PDF file.

NEXUS 2015 registration open

NEXUS 2015Registration for this year’s NEXUS Conference (at St. Anne’s Ryde on Monday 11th May) is now open.

Human Sexuality and the ‘Same Sex Marriage’ Debate

Human Sexuality and the 'Same Sex Marriage' DebateThis promises to be a very useful book:

“The current debates about gender, the meaning of marriage and human sexuality are of interest to people inside and outside the Christian churches. A massive exercise in social engineering is underway around the world and it is often difficult to discern how Christians might contribute to the debate in a way that will not simply be dismissed as traditionalist bigotry.

The Sydney Diocesan Doctrine Commission has spent two years reflecting upon the issues and has produced this little book as a resource for Christians who wish to understand what is happening and how they might respond, as well as an explanation to others of why Christians have found the debate and the way it has been conducted in the public arena deeply disturbing.”

The members of the Doctrine Commission who have contributed to this report include:

Now available as a pre-order from Anglican Press Australia (an imprint of Youthworks’ Christian Education Publications).

The Mark Drama at Moore College

the-mark-dramaMoore College is putting on two performances of The Mark Drama – on Wednesday April 1st and Thursday April 2nd.

Why not take a friend? Details and booking here.

For Christians who missed the memo: the Bible abhors all domestic abuse

Canon Sandy GrantI’m thankful for the many in our community from Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, to the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘shine a light’ campaign who are speaking out on domestic violence. Even if it makes me and my own tribe – more theologically conservative Christians – uncomfortable.

I’m grateful since one of the best-known facts of Jesus Christ’s life is his compassion to women, especially those in need. Jesus protected women.…”

– Sandy Grant writes an opinion-piece for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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