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

New Life newspaper 1st Sept 2013

New LifeThe latest issue of New Life newspaper from Melbourne (1st September 2013) includes stories on persecution in many countries. It’s an 800kb PDF file from the New Life website.

ACL President’s address — 2013 Annual General Meeting

The Rev Gav Poole, President of the Anglican Church LeaguePresident of the Anglican Church League, the Rev. Gav Poole, gave this address at the Annual General Meeting earlier this month:

“Chappo knew as much about denominational politics as anyone. He was after all a member of the ACL. But the legacy he left us with was a passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

ACL President’s address, 15 August 2013

In 2003 I received an important lesson in priorities. At the time I was ministering in The Episcopal Church (TEC), Dallas, Texas.

In 2003, the TEC General Convention consented to a practicing homosexual becoming the Bishop of New Hampshire. That led to a sequence of events that changed the Anglican Communion forever.  Read more

Glenn Davies elected Archbishop of Sydney

Archbishop-Elect Dr. Glenn DaviesThe Anglican Church League warmly congratulates Archbishop-Elect Glenn Davies on his election as the 12th Archbishop of Sydney and assures him, and his wife Dianne, of our prayers and support as we together seek to win Sydney for Christ.

We look forward to a continued strong relationship with Archbishop Davies, who is also an Emeritus Vice President of the League. Dr. Davies will be installed as Archbishop on Friday 23rd August in St. Andrew’s Cathedral.

Russell Powell at has more on the election.

Canon Rick SmithCanon Rick Smith’s statement of congratulations to Bishop Davies – made at this evening’s Synod – can be read here.

Update: Dean of Sydney, Phillip Jensen, adds his words of welcome to the new Archbishop.

Election Synod nears

Election Synod nears“The Synod to choose the 12th Archbishop of Sydney is about to begin. It will choose between the two nominees for the position – the Bishop of North Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, and the Rector of Naremburn / Cammeray, Canon Rick Smith.”

– Russell Powell at

See also this media release. (PDF)

Related: Two websites for the Archbishop’s election.

‘Premier wrong to push for same sex marriage’ — NSW Council of Churches

council-of-churches-logos-sm“The NSW Council of Churches today reiterated its call to Premier Barry O’Farrell not to lend support to a push to legalise same sex marriage in New South Wales. …”

– Media release from the NSW Council of Churches.

‘Ugandans honour Australian aid worker Irene Gleeson’

Irene Gleeson (ABC TV)“Up to 10,000 people have attended a memorial service in Uganda to celebrate the life of an Australian woman who cared for a generation of children traumatised by war. …”

– Story and image from ABC TV. More from The Bible Society.

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