8th Planned Parenthood video + resources

video-8“C. S. Lewis once wrote in the preface to the Screwtape Letters,

The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices.

He could have been writing about Planned Parenthood and StemExpress.

Today (August 25, 2015), The Center for Medical Progress released its eighth video using undercover footage exposing the reality of what goes on behind these closed clinical doors…”

– At The Gospel Coalition, Justin Taylor has a description of the video, plus some resources for healing.

Michael Stead to be next Bishop of South Sydney

Michael Stead“The Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, has announced he has chosen the Rev Michael Stead to be the next Bishop of South Sydney.

He will replace Bishop Robert Forsyth, who retires in December after 15 years in the position…

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Sydney confirmed the appointment tonight (Monday 24th August).”

– News from SydneyAnglicans.net.

Phil Wheeler to head Evangelism and New Churches

The Rev Phil Wheeler“The board of Evangelism and New Churches (ENC) has announced that the Rev. Philip Wheeler will be its new Director, to continue its work of evangelism and church planting.

Mr Wheeler replaces the Rev Bruce Hall who has directed the organisation for the past four years.

ENC grew from the well-established Department of Evangelism, run by the late evangelist John Chapman over four decades in the 20th century…”

– News from SydneyAnglicans.net. (Photo from Anglican Deaconess Ministries.)

Get in early for the 2015 ACL Synod Dinner

ACL Synod Dinner 2015Booking details here.

Two new faculty appointments at Moore

two-new-members-of-faculty“At its meeting on 18 August, the Governing Board of the College has approved the Principal’s nomination of two new members of the Moore College faculty.”

They are Dr Chase Kuhn and Dr Chris Thomson. Details here.

Bible Society Australia ‘acquires’ Koorong

greg-clarke-paul-bootes-2Here’s an interesting development:

“Bible Society Australia – whose core cross denominational mission is to translate, distribute and engage people with the Bible – has acquired leading Christian retailer Koorong…”

– Real the media release (PDF), or watch the announcement video from Bible Society Australia CEO, Greg Clarke and Koorong Managing Director Paul Bootes.

And some more info here from Bible Society Australia.

Archbishop of Sydney backs plebiscite plan

Dr Glenn DaviesHere’s a media release from the Diocese of Sydney, Friday 14th August 2015:

Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney
Media Statement August 14th, 2015

The Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, has congratulated the Prime Minister and the Coalition for backing a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

“I believe that marriage is a foundational concept to our society and indeed to human civilisation as a whole, in accordance with God’s own plan for all people, and it is intrinsic to the continuation of the human race as the bedrock of the family from which succeeding generations are born.”

“Despite the relentless campaign by some sections of the community, it is only now that other views are starting to be heard in the media, not only from the churches. The discussion must include the implications for children and the family unit, not just sloganeering.”

“Mr Abbott has been consistent and forthright on this issue, and it is clear he recognises the national importance of a debate about the definition of marriage as well as the strength of feeling on both sides. Yet the debate has been unhelpfully politicised, which is why it should be decided by the people directly. If the majority of Australians desire a change to the time-honoured understanding of marriage, then so be it. The Prime Minister is graciously offering this option so that we, the people, may have our say on the future of marriage in Australia.”

Source, SydneyAnglicans.net.

Related: Church and religious leaders send letter on Same-Sex Marriage to Prime Minister Abbott.

Perth consecration

holy-queenFrom The Book of Common Prayer, 1662, Consecration of Bishops: The Archbishop is to ask the candidate,

“Be you ready, with all faithful diligence, to banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrine contrary to God’s Word; and both privately and openly to call upon and encourage others the same?”

(page 591, Cambridge pocket edition.)

David Ould publishes some excerpts from a recent consecration at St. George’s Cathedral in Perth.

Annual Moore College Lectures 2015

mtc-lectures-2015Professor Kevin J. Vanhoozer is delivering this year’s Annual Moore College Lectures, starting 7th August. Free and open to the public. Details here.

If you can’t get there in person, the first lecture will be streamed live.

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