Encouragement from Edinburgh to support GAFCON

Posted on May 18, 2017 
Filed under GAFCON

The Rev. David McCarthy, Rector of St. Thomas’ Church, Edinburgh, urges support of GAFCON in the midst of uncertain times – and asks for your prayers.

Notice of 2017 AGM

Posted on May 18, 2017 
Filed under Announcement

For our Members:

The Annual General Meeting of the Anglican Church League will be held on Thursday 8th June 2017 at 6.00pm, at the St. Andrew’s Cathedral Chapter House in Sydney.

Need to renew?

Broughton Knox: servant of Christ Jesus

Posted on May 18, 2017 
Filed under People, Sydney Diocese

“More than a hundred years ago, Broughton Knox, Principal of Moore College from 1959 until 1985 and one of the most influential figures in the history of the Diocese, was born.

He was a man loved by many and yet he deeply irritated others. For forty years he was a dominant force in the Diocese of Sydney, shaping generations of clergy and impacting the core convictions of the diocese.

He shaped its theological college, Moore College, into a modern institution capable of making a significant contribution on the world stage. Then, after retiring from a record principalship of the College in 1985, he accepted an invitation to found another college in South Africa, George Whitefield College, which today is playing a strategic role in equipping the burgeoning churches on that vast continent.

What was it that animated Broughton Knox throughout his ministry and his life as a disciple of Christ? …”

– Moore College Principal, Dr Mark Thompson, writes about his renowned predecessor – at the Moore College website.

 

Why so many churches hear so little of the Bible

Posted on May 18, 2017 
Filed under Opinion

“In many churches, there is almost no public reading of the Word of God. Worship is filled with music, but congregations seem disinterested in listening to the reading of the Bible.”

– Albert Mohler writes at the Southern Seminary blog. We would hope things are better in Sydney.

Evangelism in the Latter Days – Sharing the gospel with ageing parents

Posted on May 17, 2017 
Filed under Encouragement

“Ever since I became a Christian at the ripe old age of 18 I’ve been trying to share the gospel with my parents.

Not surprisingly, they weren’t receptive to my early methods, driven as they were by excessively youthful enthusiasm. My decision to give up all for gospel preaching in my late twenties only increased their hardness towards that message. …”

– Here’s some encouragement from The Australian Church Record.

Related: Keith Green – Song to my Parents.

Duty to Die? — ‘Australian Presbyterian’ on Euthanasia

Posted on May 16, 2017 
Filed under Culture wars, Resources, Theology

In the light of today’s news of a proposed “Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill” to come before NSW Parliament (ABC News story here), the current issue (Winter 2017) of Australian Presbyterian magazine is particularly timely as it addresses the issue of euthanasia.

Article 1: Opening Pandora’s Box. Why Christians must stand firm against euthanasia. An interview with Dr. Scott Rae.

Article 2: A bad move. By Moore College graduate Dr Neil Chambers.

(In addition, Marylynn Rouse from the John Newton Project reflects on John Newton’s experience of God’s amazing grace.)

The issue is available as a PDF file at this link.

Related posts on our website.

Objections to the election of the Rev. Jacob Worley as Bishop of Caledonia

Posted on May 16, 2017 
Filed under Anglican Church of Canada

“Rev. Jacob Worley has been elected bishop of the Diocese of Caledonia. He was to replace Bishop William Anderson, one of the few remaining conservative bishops in the Anglican Church of Canada and is probably a good fit for the position.

Provided the wolves don’t eat him first. …”

Canadian blogger Anglican Samizdat comments on the overturning, by the Provincial House of Bishops of BC & Yukon, of the election of a new Bishop of Caledonia. (Photo via Anglican Journal.)

Gospel Presentation and Eulogies: Part 1

Posted on May 16, 2017 
Filed under Resources

“One reality of ministry is that funerals come along and impose themselves on our carefully planned out diaries. Sometimes you go for a while without many and then five or six come in quick succession. Other times they come in a steady stream.

No matter when they come along they are a wonderful opportunity to share the hope of the Gospel and the love of Christ to those who are grieving. It is easy to overlook how significant these opportunities are to pastor and reach out to those who rarely, if ever, come to church.…”

– At Church Society’s blog, Adam Young discusses the opportunities for ministering good news at a funeral.

Camino Faith and Christian Faith

Posted on May 15, 2017 
Filed under History

“With some friends I recently traversed the beautiful and famous Camino Trail in Spain. Some of our group walked the shorter stretches of the trail but we mostly travelled in the comfort of our coach.

The journey provided opportunity to visit some amazing Cathedrals. The standout was the Cathedral in Leon whose colour-glazed windows were breathtaking.

Some of the pilgrims were walking to meet the athletic challenge of the Camino. For others it was a spiritual exercise, a time of reflection based on the journey of St James Zebedee all those years ago. …”

– In his latest post, Bishop Paul Barnett compares the stories concerning St. James with the historical evidence for Jesus.

Why bother with women’s conferences?

Posted on May 15, 2017 
Filed under Opinion

“In the run-up to women’s conferences, I often hear the ‘why bother?’ question. I think the underlying thoughts are that Christian conferences generally are useful – but why do we need to have a conference just for women? And why do we need to have only female preachers at a women’s conference? Don’t we just want the best preacher for the job, regardless of whether they are male or female? …”

– At GoTherFor.com, Kirsten McKinlay suggests there is real value in creating a context for women to preach to women.

Why do good works?

Posted on May 13, 2017 
Filed under Theology

“The first question that arises when the Doctrine of Justification by faith only is clearly set forth is: What then is the place of good works in the Christian economy?”

The Australian Church Record continues to republish Archdeacon T.C. Hammond’s thoughts on The Thirty Nine Articles.

Related: A city’s care, two waysSydneyAnglicans.net.

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