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 SydneyAnglicans.net.

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 SydneyAnglicans.net. (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.

ACL President’s Address — 2014 AGM

The Rev Gav Poole, President of the Anglican Church LeaguePresident of the Anglican Church League, the Rev. Gav Poole, spoke at tonight’s ACL Annual General Meeting –

“Psalm 145 is a song of praise about ‘praise’. The only fitting praise for the LORD, is perfect praise. Praise that is declared everyday, everywhere for ever and ever.

Praise of the LORD is a return to order, a reversal of sin, curse and rebellion. It is to tell of his character – abounding in love; wondrous works and mercy to all. It stands opposed to speech that blasphemes, bears false testimony, incites rebellion or ignores the LORD. Read more

Andrew Heard on why you should support Moore

Andrew HeardAndrew Heard, Moore College graduate, and pastor of EV Church on the Central Coast, talks about why Moore’s theological training is so important for his life and ministry.

“The world desperately needs people who know God in his Word, who understand the gospel, and are committed to proclaiming it. There is the hope for our world.”

Watch the video here. (Andrew is visiting George Whitefield College next week.)

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.

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