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.

Ligonier Ministries 2015 Conference

Tim Challies“On February 19-21, 2015, Ligonier Ministries hosted its 28th annual National Conference to call out for the Lord to revive the light of His truth in our churches and culture.

Alistair Begg, Rosaria Butterfield, Tim Challies, Kevin DeYoung, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Peter Jones, Steven Lawson, Russell Moore, Stephen Nichols, and R.C. Sproul Jr. joined R.C. Sproul in considering the theme, “After Darkness, Light.”

Together, they explored our need to be revived and restored to a high view of God, His law, His people, and His plan for the world.”

The conference talks have now been made available for viewing, free of charge.

(Tim Challies is pictured, speaking on ‘Purity in a Digital Age’.)

By the Book

BibleThe latest issue of Credo Magazine is out – with the theme of knowing the Bible.

Bearing the cross: a letter to the Islamic State

Dr Mark Durie“The Islamic State sent me a letter this week. This letter was in the form of a short film produced by the Islamic State’s Al-Hayat Media centre.

This was not addressed to me personally, but to all Christians everywhere…”

– Mark Durie reflects on the meaning of the message sent by ISIS in their murder of Coptic Christians.

Related: What ISIS really wants (The Atlantic)

What’s new in Moore College distance education

Moore College“Moore College distance education has re-imagined and re-built from the ground up the way it delivers solid Bible teaching for 21st century learners. For the first time you will be able to find everything you need online – course notes, lectures, resources, weekly quizzes, final exams, tutor groups and personal coaches…”

– Mark Fairfull at Moore College outlines the college’s distance education offerings.

Notes from another country

adrian-reynolds-sm2“I’ve been leading a small Cornhill missions team this last week. We’ve been abroad somewhere hot and somewhere increasingly difficult to be a Christian. It’s probably not appropriate for me to say where (or necessary, even) because I don’t want to put believers at risk.

But, as ever, my heart has been stirred and my faith has been challenged by being with believers from a different culture. For sure, other cultures have their blind spots – and they are painfully obvious. But, more to the point, being with Christians in another culture allows us to see our own blind spots more clearly. And it’s this I want to write about this week.”

– Adrian Reynolds briefly shares some challenging observations at Proclamation Trust:

Part 1 – Preaching.
Part 2 – Salvation.
Part 3 – Prayer.
Part 4 – Colonialism.
Part 5 – Persecution.

‘Jesus: Watch Listen Follow’ — Peter Bolt, Moore College and Creek Road

Peter Bolt“Rev Dr Peter Bolt, Head of Department of New Testament and Greek at Moore College, has been collaborating with Creek Road Presbyterian Church in Brisbane on a sermon series “Jesus: Watch Listen Follow”.

This sermon series is on Mark’s Gospel. A video has been produced as the first episode of the series, in which Peter takes us through the opening passage of Mark’s Gospel.”

Check it out via the Moore College website.

50 Shades of Confusion

confusion“The coming days offer an extraordinary opportunity for Christian growth. As the trailer hits our screens, as the chance to buy tickets drops into our inbox, we each have a choice to make… Let’s make choices that help us – and those around us in church – grow in Christ.”

– at The Good Book blog, Helen Thorne has some much-needed advice for Christians regarding a certain film and book.

Related:

Fifty Shades of Shame — The Evolution of Pornography – Albert Mohler.

“Going to see Fifty Shades of Grey, or reading the book series, is an exercise in pornographic intent and effect. It is also an act of defiance against the goodness of the gift of sex as granted to humanity by God. Furthermore, the series is an assault upon the dignity of every human being.”

The Real Abuse at the Heart of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ – Relevant Magazine.

“The message is clear: by turning these same behaviors around to market them as ‘romance,’ this film effectively silences the experience of millions of victims of abuse.”

NZ church offers to exchange Fifty Shades of Grey tickets – Bible Society.

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