President’s Address — ACL AGM 2015

The Rev Gav Poole, ACL PresidentAnglican Church League AGM
President’s Address

The fundamental problem with the world continues to be alienation from God.

The solution remains the gospel of peace which proclaims reconciliation by Christ’s death. This is a gospel for all creation and the church remains the pillar, defender and herald of that truth.   Read more

‘Stoush over NSW public school enrolment forms’

NSW“Accusations that Rev Nile asked for the ethics changes in exchange for his support of the government’s power privatisation plans have also emerged, and have been denied by Rev Nile and the Christian Democrats.

While the media has focused on Rev Nile’s request to take ethics classes off the enrolment form, there has been barely a mention that the same request has been made unanimously by faith groups offering Special Religious Education in NSW schools…”

helpful background from Bible Society Australia to a story that’s in the news.

John Woodhouse on 1 Kings 1 and the Servant King

John WoodhouseFormer Moore College Principal, Dr. John Woodhouse, was back at college this week, and preached in Chapel for the first time since he retired.

Hear the sermon on 1 Kings 1:1-10 and the Servant King. Most challenging and encouraging.

Good Friday statement from the Primate of Kenya

kenyaArchbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya, has released this statement after the murderous attack in north-eastern Kenya –

“My dear Brothers and Sisters, On this Good Friday we gather in our churches across Kenya in the shadow of a great and terrible evil. People who deal in death have slaughtered 147 people in Garissa, most of them students, and brought wrenching anguish to their families and a deep sadness to our nation.

These young people died because they were Kenyans and they were Christians. This attack was a calculated manifestation of evil designed to destroy our nation and our faith, but on this Good Friday we are reminded that the very worst evil can do is not the last word.…” – Read it all here.

C. E. B. Cranfield (1915-2015)

Cranfield“The Reverend Professor Charles E. B. Cranfield, who has died six months short of what would have been his hundredth birthday, was one of the leading British New Testament scholars of the second half of the twentieth century.…”

– Tom Wright has written this tribute to C.E.B. Cranfield, who died last week.

Oak Hill & Acts 29 to partner in church planting training

Oak Hill & Acts 29“Acts 29, the global church planting network, and Oak Hill College have entered into a partnership to establish an academy to train people for ministry and church planting in Europe and the 10/40 window…”

– News from Oak Hill College in London.

Hope and Prayer for Sydney

hope-and-prayer“The Governor of NSW, General David Hurley, and Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione will attend a special service at 6pm, Wednesday 17th December in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney Square, in the aftermath of the Martin Place siege.

The service of Hope of Prayer is open to all and will include prayers for victims’ families and friends, police and emergency services and media.

The service will be led by the Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies.”

– from

Update: 2UE’s Andrew Voss spoke this morning – Wednesday December 17 – with Archbishop Dr Glenn Davies about the upcoming service. (h/t SydneyAnglicans.)

The Briefing: The end of the beginning

the-briefing-issue-001“Back in issue #1 of The Briefing, in 1988, the feature article was entitled ‘Have Evangelicals lost their way?’ With this being our final edition ever, readers may be wondering: ‘Has The Briefing lost its way? Is there nothing left to say?’

To quote Romans 3:10, ‘By no means!’…”

– Sam Freney and Tony Payne on winding up The Briefing. What’s next?

Senator encourages involvement in Solidarity Sunday

Senator David FawcettSenator David Fawcett spoke yesterday about the persecution of religious minorities, particularly Christians, under ISIL, and informed the Senate of Solidarity Sunday. (YouTube.)

Bishop Ken Short: ‘faithful pastor, gracious leader, elder statesman’

Bishop Ken Short AO“Bishop Ken Short AO, former missionary, military chaplain, Dean of Sydney and Bishop of Wollongong, Parramatta and the Defence Forces, has died at the age of 87…

A funeral service is expected to be held at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney, early next week. Details are yet to be confirmed. ”

– more from (Photo: Ramon Williams.)

Update: It’s been announced the service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday 27 October at the Cathedral.

‘A minister, a gay couple and a new SBS documentary’

David Ould“When Eternity received a miniature wedding cake in the mail from SBS, our initial reaction was, huh?

But it all quickly became clear. The cake gimmick [is to encourage] us to tune in to the new SBS documentary series Living With The Enemy.

Anglican minister and blogger David Ould from Macquarie Fields in Sydney’s southwest is featured in the first episode, all about same sex marriage. Ould, a conservative, was pitted against atheist gay couple, Gregory Storer and Michael Barnett, both activists for same sex marriage.”

– Story from Eternity Newspaper. Photo and more from David Ould.

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