Sydney Diocese — some summer reading

bruce-ballantine-jones-bbj-inside-sydneyIt’s a quieter time of year, with the possibility of catching up on reading. Recently published is Dr Bruce Ballantine-Jones’ Inside Sydney. (We understand there will be copies available at the bookshop during NSW CMS Summer School – as well as lots of other reading.)

See also this interview with Bruce Ballantine-Jones, “Gospel Ministry and Church Politics: What’s the Connection?

Back in 2012, Dr Mark Thompson (now Principal of Moore College) wrote a series of articles on the theological convictions which undergird Sydney Diocese. We hope you will be encouraged by revisiting those posts below, and ask you to pray that, in 2017, we will cling to Christ more closely, finding our joy in Him –

Ministry moves — new Rector for St. Alban’s Epping

bp-ross-nicholsonFrom the parish of St. Alban’s Epping:

“The Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, has appointed the Right Reverend Ross Nicholson to be the Rector of the parish. … 

Ross and Jennifer Nicholson are returning to Sydney, where they both grew up, Jenny actually in Epping. … It is anticipated that Bishop Ross will begin in the parish at a date in March to be determined.”

Melbourne Anglicans grateful that terror plot was foiled

st-pauls-cathedral-melbourneHere’s a media release from The Diocese of Melbourne:

December 23, 2016

Anglicans grateful that terror plot was foiled

Melbourne Anglicans are grateful and relieved that a planned terrorist attack on St Paul’s Cathedral, Federation Square and Flinders Street Station on Christmas Day has been neutralised, the Dean of St Paul’s, Dr Andreas Loewe, said today.  Read more

Putting the ‘Christmas’ back into ‘Merry Christmas’ – Archbishop Davies on 2GB

Archbishop Glenn DaviesAnglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, joins Chris Smith about the lack of the phrase “Merry Christmas” around this Christmas – interviewed this morning (23 December 2016) on Sydney radio 2GB.

Listen here. A great interview.

Related: Archbishop has blasted inner city grinchesDaily Telegraph (subscription)

Changes at Matthias Media and Youthworks

ian-carmichael-3zac-veron-at-acl-agm-2016In Sydney news, Ian Carmichael is taking on the role of CEO of Matthias Media while Tony Payne works on his PhD; and Zac Veron, who is resigning as Youthworks CEO in March, is heading to St David’s Arncliffe.

The Archbishop’s Christmas message 2016

From politics to personal life, what more do we want for Christmas than people who will tell us the truth?”

Here is the text of Archbishop Davies’ message: Read more

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.)

A Tentmaker for Derby? And other news from the Northwest

nwn-dec-2016“Are you equipped for a tentmaking ministry and keen to see the gospel move forward in the Kimberley region of the North West?

The town of Derby, about a two-and-a-half hour drive north of Broome, is an opportunity waiting for someone to take hold of with both hands. It is the third largest town in the Kimberley, but we haven’t had any significant Anglican ministry there for a good number of years. …”

– Read the details on the last page of the December 2016 edition of Northwest Network (600kb PDF file), from the Diocese of North West Australia. Plenty of food for prayer.

The Parish of Peakhurst / Lugarno – a snapshot from 1974

peakhurst-1974This 1974 newsreel about the Anglican Parish of Peakhurst – Lugarno will bring back memories for many of our readers.

27 minutes, on YouTube.

Standing above the Pack

Rick LewersAs I opened my computer this morning this article was on the work list for completion.

Writing is a lot of fun but it is not always easy to come up with material every week. So as the computer sparked into action and another google picture filled my screen I actually had a bit of a laugh along with a thought for what you now read. …”

– Bishop of Armidale, Rick Lewers, shares a Christmas message.

New Advanced Diploma of Bible, Mission and Ministry from Moore College

open-bible-esv-cropFor many years Moore College has offered both a Diploma of Bible and Missions and a Diploma of Bible and Ministry alongside its degree programs.

Now these courses have been improved, upgraded into an advanced diploma and combined in the new Diploma of Bible, Mission and Ministry, commencing in Semester 1, 2017. …”

– News from Moore College.

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