Greg Clarke and Roy Williams with James Valentine on ABC Radio

Bible Society Australia CEO, Greg Clarke, and author of “God, Actually”, Roy Williams, chatted with James Valentine about the Bible and the Sydney Writers Festival. Aired 23rd May 2017 on 702 ABC Sydney.

17 minutes. Listen here.

Photo of Roy Williams and Greg Clarke courtesy Bible Society.

Secret tomb containing bodies of former Archbishops of Canterbury found under London museum

“Coffins containing the remains of five archbishops of Canterbury dating back to the early 17th century have been discovered in a secret tomb below a London church now used as a museum. …”

— Report from ABC News.

Painting of Abp Richard Bancroft via Wikipedia.

Related: Buried Archbishops “found by accident”? The CofE’s forgetfulness is galling – ‘Archbishop Cranmer’.

“Did the Church of England not know that there were at least five archbishops buried there? Couldn’t someone be bothered to check the records? Why was no archeological dig commissioned? This wasn’t just any old parish church: St Mary-at-Lambeth had been an adjunct to Lambeth Palace for centuries. Its flint and stone walls are 14th-century; its consecrated ground dates back to Edward the Confessor.”

Stories you might have missed — January 2017

Here are some key posts you may have missed this last month. Each link opens in a new window.

From around the Anglican Church of Australia — 16 December 2016

Australian dioceses (image: Anglican Church of Australia)Here are a few items from around the Anglican Church of Australia this week.

(Image courtesy Anglican Church of Australia.)

Archbishop of Sydney’s Presidential Address to Synod 2016

abp-glenn-davies-synod-2016-2Archbishop Glenn Davies, in his Presidential address opening the 2016 Synod, or Parliament, of the Anglican Church, has spoken of Sydney’s urban sprawl and efforts to establish new churches on the fringe of the city…” – Read Russell Powell’s report at

Read Archbishop Davies’ Address (PDF file).

Watch it here. Or listen here.

Stories you may have missed — 9th October 2016

global-south-primates-meeting-cairo-2016-group-photoHere are a few of last week’s key stories –

Statement from the Global South Primates and GAFCON Primates Council Concerning Same-sex Unions. An important statement coming out of the Global South meeting in Cairo.

Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans New Zealand submission to Working Group on same gender relationships.

Sydney mourns Dr. Bill Dumbrell.

Audio files from the 2016 ACL Synod Briefing. Get up to speed on what’s coming up at Sydney Synod this week.

Alec Motyer (1924–2016)

alec-motyer-5Renowned Old Testament pastor-scholar Alec Motyer has gone home to be with the Lord, at the age of 91.

Justin Taylor has this appreciation at The Gospel Coalition.

Church Society Director Lee Gatiss has posted another:

Alec was a pillar of the evangelical Anglican establishment in the second half of the twentieth century, and a terrific example of a Reformed evangelical Bible commentator.

As the ‘church militant here on earth’ becomes increasingly bereft of those in that great generation, we must pray fervently for the continuation of their legacy — especially for the production of more Bible-loving, theologically-rigorous resources which feed warm-hearted, Christ-exalting preaching, but also for more Anglicans with his love for the word and for Reformation truths.”

Update: Terry Johnson has also posted this Personal Remembrance at Reformation 21:

Each weekday the entire college gathered for lunch. The food typically was English-bland, and 30 years after Victory in Europe Day, in war rationing quantities. The fellowship was wonderful, but the highlight (besides the tea) was Mr. Motyer’s closing prayer following a review of the college’s life.

The prayer before the meal was very brief. “For these and all thy mercies we give Thee thanks, O Lord, in our Saviour’s name, amen.” Motyer was devout but not sanctimonious. It was time to eat; no sense delaying the hungry.

The prayer following the meal was long, and worth the price of admission. He was no Prayer Book cripple. He prayed as he preached, with an Irishman’s passion and filled with Scripture. I never missed lunch, despite the food, because I didn’t want to miss the prayer.”

Additional note: His recently-published “Psalms by the Day — a New Devotional Translation”, published by Christian Focus, is a wonderful example of Motyer’s warm-hearted, Christ-honouring approach to Scripture.


PM attends Sydney service for Orlando

St Andrew's Cathedral Sydney“As hymns filled St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bowed his head in memory of those killed during the Orlando massacre…”

– Report from Nine News.

Pakistan court grants bail to chief suspect in oven killings of Christian couple

pakistan“A Pakistani court has granted bail to the lead suspect in the brutal 2014 killings of a young Christian couple, burned alive in a brick kiln where they worked as bonded labourers, itself illegal in Pakistan…”

– This report from World Watch Monitor.

Christopher Ash at the Moore College Graduation 2016

christopher-ash-moore-graduation-2016Christopher Ash gave the Occasional Address at the 2016 Moore College Graduation.

Watch the encouraging, but challenging, video at the link.

Earlier related story from

SUEU votes 71-1 against changes to controversial membership requirements

sueu-logo“An extraordinary general meeting of the Evangelical Union (EU) has seen the organisation formally reject proposed changes to its constitution that would remove a mandatory faith-based declaration for new members.

In a secret ballot, members voted 71-1 opposing the proposed changes, well short of the two-thirds majority required for constitutional amendments.

A packed Holme Reading Room heard over an hour of speeches from members who supported the declaration, most claiming it is inextricably linked to the society’s identity. Not a single speaker spoke in favour of its removal…”

– News from Honi Soit.

Eternity Newspaper has this report.


Sydney University Evangelical Union ‘facing deregistration’

sueu-logo“A five-year tussle between the University of Sydney Union and the Evangelical Union has finally reached an impasse, with the university now unequivocally stating that the EU must remove the requirement for members to sign a faith-based declaration, and threatening them with deregistration from the clubs and societies program if they fail to comply by 31 March…“

– This report from Eternity newspaper.

See also:

Story from Honi Soit, 13 March 2016.

What we Believe, featuring a video from past President Hugh Chilton.

The Doctrinal Basis of the EU

  1. The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  2. The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
  3. The universal guilt and sinfulness of man since the Fall rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
  4. Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin, only through the sacrificial death, as our Representative and Substitute, of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God.
  5. The conception of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit and His birth by the Virgin Mary.
  6. The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
  7. The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Jesus Christ effective to individual sinners, granting each one repentance towards God and faith in Jesus Christ.
  8. The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.
  9. The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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