Isesomo: God’s Servant in Congo

“In this short book we are introduced to Bishop Adolphe Isesomo, second bishop in the Diocese of North Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

While the book is essentially a biography in the style of a ‘missionary biography’, Josh Maule neatly intertwines three different but interrelated histories. Isesomo’s story is told in the context of the development of the Anglican Church of Congo, especially the Diocese of North Kivu, but also the sad account of the country that was Zaire and is now the DRC. …”

– At SydneyAnglicans.net, CMS NSW ACT General Secretary Canon Malcolm Richards points us to a book worth reading.

(The book is available locally here, as well as from other sellers.)

Tim Challies in Sydney next month

“I will be in Sydney on February 22 [2018] and would love to meet you for an informal drop-in event at the Reformers Bookshop! I am dedicating 2018 to traveling the world for my EPIC church history project and am making a stop in Australia. …”

– Canadian blogger Tim Challies will be in Oz next month. More here.

Interview with Richard Chin

Richard Chin, National Director of the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students, is the main speaker at this year’s NSW/ACT CMS Summer School at Katoomba.

David Ould interviewed him yesterday. A very encouraging 29 minutes. Listen here.

Richard makes reference to the article Thank God for the Gift of Cancerwritten by Bronwyn Chin for Equal but Different’s journal: June 2012.

Also at the Summer School, CMS revealed their new logo – see their website.

(Image: AFES.)

Collected writings of Mike Ovey to be launched 18 January

The Goldilocks Zone, collected writings of dearly missed Mike Ovey, will be launched at Oak Hill College in London on Thursday 18th January 2018.

Once it’s available, we’ll add a link for ordering.

Thousands spoke his language in the Amazon. Now he is the only one.

“Now Garcia lives alone in a clapboard house behind the town’s water tower, spending many of his final days drinking.

Desperate to speak and hear whatever Taushiro he can, he sits alone on his porch in the morning, reciting the only literature ever written in the language – verses of the Bible translated by missionaries who sought to convert the tribe years ago.

Ine aconahive ite chi yi tua tieya ana na’que I’yo lo’, he reads aloud one morning. It is the story of Lot from the Book of Genesis. …”

The Sydney Morning Herald republishes this article from The New York Times, where the online version is much fuller, and the NYT has a must-watch video.

The story is a sobering reminder that the gospel is for every tribe and every language, and that all need to hear.

Mark Dever: Remembering R.C. Sproul

Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman give thanks for R.C. Sproul in Episode 32 of their “Pastors’ Talk” podcast.

There are also links to two interviews.

R.C. Sproul and the Gospel

Tim Challies has published links to a number of tributes, as is fitting, giving thanks for R.C. Sproul, including the video compilation above.

They are linked here.

In addition, Albert Mohler speaks about R.C. Sproul in today’s issue of The Briefing broadcast, the last for 2017.

A Bright and Burning Light: Robert Charles Sproul

“He was one of the great defenders of historic Christianity of our times. It is fair to say that R.C. was the greatest and most influential proponent of the recovery of Reformed theology in the last century. He was a stalwart defender of the Word of God, and one of the primary architects of the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy in 1978. His tapes were soon accompanied by his books and the vastly expanding influence of Ligonier Ministries.

When he taught about the holiness of God, a generation of evangelicals was rescued from the emaciated and desiccated theology of cultural Christianity. …”

– Albert Mohler thanks the Lord for R. C. Sproul.

So do Tim Challies:

“Ligonier Ministries has just announced that R.C. Sproul has passed away. But I don’t think he would want you to cry about it. “You can grieve for me the week before I die, if I’m scared and hurting” he once said, “but when I gasp that last fleeting breath and my immortal soul flees to heaven, I’m going to be jumping over fire hydrants down the golden streets…” So, to honor his memory, I won’t cry. But I will write. …”

Justin Taylor:

“Presbyterian minister R.C. Sproul, one of the most influential popularizers of Reformed theology spanning the late 20th and early 21st centuries, entered into the joy of his Lord and Savior on December 14, 2017, following complications from emphysema. He was 78 years old.

Because he preached the whole counsel of God and had a heart to equip God’s people to live before the face of a holy God, he often taught on suffering and death over his five decades of ministry. …”

Rick Phillips:

“We grieve today at the news of R. C. Sproul’s departure from this life, while so blessed at the knowledge that he basks in the glory of the Savior he served and loved.

In mourning our loss of this great preacher and church leader, my mind searches back to the early 1990’s, when what is now called the Reformed Resurgence was only an envisioned hope. I was converted to faith in Christ in 1990 under the preaching of R.C.’s close friend, James Montgomery Boice. This meant that I soon was exposed to the live phenomenon of R. C. Sproul in the pulpit in the prime of his vigor. I had never and never will see again such a combination of passion, intellect, and theological courage. …”

and Michael Horton:

‘The death of a saint always fills fellow pilgrims with inner conflict: joy in their being in the presence of the Lord, without the pains and struggles of this fallen existence, and sorrow at losing a dear brother or sister. These mixed emotions overwhelmed me as I sat next to R.C. Sproul as we shared in the memorial service for our friend, James Montgomery Boice. ‘A mighty general has fallen on the field, in valiant service to his Lord,’ I recall R.C. repeating in his message. And now, with so many others around the world today, I feel the sharp sting of that realization.”

Dr. R.C. Sproul, Called Home to the Lord

“Dr. R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord this afternoon around 3 p.m. surrounded by his wife, Vesta, and family in his hospital room in Altamonte Springs, Fla. He was 78. He died peacefully after being hospitalized twelve days ago …

Known to millions of Christians as simply “R.C.,” he was used of the Lord to proclaim, teach, and defend the holiness of God in all its fullness. Through his teaching ministry, many of us learned that God is bigger than we knew, our sin is more deeply rooted than we imagined, and the grace of God in Jesus Christ is overwhelming.”

– Ligonier Ministries has this announcement.

Director General RAAF Chaplaincy retires

Moore College graduate Kevin Russell, Director General RAAF Chaplaincy, has retired, and is thanked in this post from Defence Families of Australia.

It’s a good reminder to pray for the Defence Chaplains. Perhaps you could use their Prayer Diary.

New Course Director for Cornhill Sydney

Gavin Perkins is to conclude as Cornhill Sydney Course Director as he becomes Rector of the Parish of Bowral in the new year.

Gavin has been instrumental in planting the Cornhill work in Sydney, becoming first Course Director in January 2012.

Cornhill Sydney has announced that Gavin will be succeeded by Peter Ryan (pictured) as Course Director.

– More from Cornhill Sydney.

‘Eternity – A tribute to Arthur Stace’

In 2000 and 2001, Sydney artist David Lever painted a series of paintings depicting the life of Arthur Stace.

“Mr. Eternity: The Story of Arthur Stace”, by Roy Williams and Elizabeth Meyers, launched in Sydney last month, reproduces a number of the paintings.

We thought you might enjoy seeing more of David Lever’s “Eternity” collection, now published on his website. (One of our favourites is ‘Preparing for the Eternity run 4.30am – 5.30am’.)

Photo: David and Lorna Lever with Roy Williams (centre) at the book launch.

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