World Vision USA reverses decision

World Vision USA“…we failed to be consistent with World Vision U.S.’s commitment to the traditional understanding of Biblical marriage and our own Statement of Faith, which says, ‘We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.’…”

– report from Christianity Today.

Dr. Mark Thompson writes,

“The end result of this weeks statement and then reversal will no doubt be quite costly for the leadership of World Vision US. No doubt they will face more concentrated opposition from homosexual lobby groups in the US and elsewhere than they had ever experienced before they publicly abandoned their longstanding employment policy a few days ago. … It will be important in the next few days for us all to pray for Richard Stearns and the senior management of World Vision US.” Read it all here.

Presbyterian College opens new building, changes name

Christ College The Presbyterian Theological Centre in Burwood has opened its new building – and changed its name to Christ College. The Principals of Moore College, SMBC and Morling College were invited to be present for the opening on Friday night.

Christ College Principal, Dr. Ian Smith, explained the College’s new logo, a crown of thorns, is a reminder that the college and its graduates must avoid self-promotion and serve as Christ did.

The college website’s new URL is christcollege.edu.au.

Christian B&B loses Supreme Court appeal

Peter and Hazelmary Bull“The UK Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a Christian B&B that only allows married couples to share a double bed.

Owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull had been successfully sued by gay couple Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, and ordered to pay £3,600 in damages. …”

– from The Christian Institute. (Some background… PDF.)

At 95, Billy Graham’s ‘last’ message is the same as his first

Bill Graham“Come to the Cross, by repentance and faith.” – Billy Graham’s Message.

29 minutes. Watch it and pass it on.

This is currently being shown across the United States in a national outreach as Bill turns 95.

Defence Sunday 2013

Defence SundayHere’s a heads up from the Defence Anglicans website –

“Defence Sunday is held annually on the Sunday nearest to Remembrance Day (11 November).

We use the day to:

– Details, prayers, and other resources you can use on the day here.

To boldly go… with the troops

Defence AnglicansThis story by Southern Cross journalist David McIntyre won the ARPA Silver Award for ‘Best Feature Single Author’. It gives a good picture of the life of Australian military chaplains –

“Navy Chaplain Andrew Lewis washes dishes in the scullery on board the transport ship HMAS Success – not because he has to, but because it gives him ‘permission to sit down with the cooking staff at morning tea’.

He then goes up to the bridge to chat to the officers on duty before heading off to a meeting with the commander of the ship. …”

– Read it all at Defence Anglicans.

Happy Birthday to Dick Lucas

Dick LucasAs Adrian Reynolds of the Proclamation Trust observes, today is Dick Lucas’ eighty-eighth birthday.

Let’s give thanks for this dear brother who has been such a blessing to so many.

Top stories from August 2013

top stories august 2013These are some of the key stories you might have missed during August –

Glenn Davies elected Archbishop of Sydney

The Archbishop’s Inauguration

Archbishop Davies at Moore College Chapel

Launching the ‘Jesus brings’ campaign

J.C. Ryle’s Evangelistic Strategy

ACL President’s address — 2013 Annual General Meeting

Ugandan primate calls for GAFCON support

Ethics at the beginning of life

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