Thank God for ordinary pastors

Posted on November 9, 2019 
Filed under Encouragement, Theology

“The noble task of the ordinary Christian minister is essential for the future health of the churches which make up the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. Yet challenges to the ordinary Christian ministry abound!

The world around us seems to be spinning away from its Christian moorings at a rapid rate, the frailty of the flesh and the failure of leaders in the church saddens us all too regularly, and the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, as he has always done – crouching even at the rectory door. …”

– Moore College’s Dr. Mark Earngey writes to encourage us to be thankful for ordinary pastors – and to pray for more of them. At The Australian Church Record.

Attending to the National Soul: Book launch Thursday 12 December

Posted on November 8, 2019 
Filed under Australia, History, Sydney Diocese

Here’s an invitation to all ACL members and others interested in Australian history:

Attending to the National Soul – Evangelical Christians in Australian History 1914 – 2014 by Stuart Piggin and Robert D. Linder follows the highly awarded book The Fountain of Public Prosperity – Evangelical Christians in Australian History 1740–1914, which was published in 2018.

Both volumes are the result of thirty years’ research and writing. Read more

Newcastle Synod Decision a “Stitch-Up”

Posted on November 8, 2019 
Filed under Australian dioceses, Culture wars

Last week the Synod of the Diocese of Newcastle approved two controversial bills relating to human sexuality. reports on some concerns and unhappiness as to how the bills came to the synod.

(Photo: Diocese of Newcastle.)

George Whitefield College gives thanks for 30 years

Posted on November 8, 2019 
Filed under Encouragement, News

George Whitefield College in Capetown is giving thanks to the Lord for thirty years of ministry.

Earlier this year they produced a six-minute video overview of the college’s history. Watch, be encouraged, and pray for the college:

And their Spring 2019 Newsletter, which includes some reminiscences, can be downloaded at this link.

George Whitefield College was founded in 1989 when, at CESA’s request, Rev. Dr. David Broughton Knox came to Cape Town from Sydney, Australia to establish the college.”

Go Without For The Drought

Posted on November 7, 2019 
Filed under Australia, Resources

Learn about the Anglicare initiative to assist drought-affected communities.

(And see the photo sequence which brings home the impact of the drought.)

Planning a Remembrance Day service?

Posted on November 7, 2019 
Filed under Resources

Next Monday, 11th November 2019, it will be 101 years since the end of The Great War.

If you are planning a special service for the day, or perhaps intend to include something appropriate in your Sunday gatherings, these resources from Defence Anglicans may be a help.

Christian singing: Why and how? (Ephesians 5:19–20)

Posted on November 6, 2019 
Filed under Encouragement, Resources, Theology

“Christian music is one of the most powerful and enduring ways to teach theology. Singing gets under our skin and into our souls. So the words really matter, at a detailed level. We repeat those words again and again and learn to love them. …”

– Lionel Windsor continues on his journey through Ephesians and encourages us to think about what we are doing (and not doing) when we sing in church. Read or listen at Forget the Channel.

The vulnerable pastor — with Peter Adam

Posted on November 6, 2019 
Filed under People, Resources

In the latest Pastors Heart video, Dominic Steele speaks with Peter Adam in a very personal and encouraging interview. Watch or listen here.

Albert Mohler says he will accept nomination as Southern Baptist Convention President

Posted on November 5, 2019 
Filed under Other denominations, People

“All my life, I have sought to serve whenever asked by my denomination, and I would hope, if elected, to serve in a way that would unite Southern Baptists, strengthen our work together, add energy to our evangelism, and keep our hearts set on taking the gospel to the nations.”

– Report from Baptist Press.

The Draft Religious Discrimination Bill and possible impact on healthcare professionals

Posted on November 4, 2019 
Filed under Culture wars, Resources

Associate Professor Neil Foster presented a paper tonight on the topic “The Draft Religious Discrimination Bill and possible impact on healthcare professionals” at the meeting of the Newcastle University Clinical Unit in Ethics and Health Law.

He has made his paper available for download at Law and Religion Australia.

Tim Swan to head Anglican Aid

Posted on November 4, 2019 
Filed under People, Sydney Diocese

“A former missionary has been chosen to head the Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid following the retirement of founding CEO The Rev David Mansfield.

The Rev Tim Swan will lead the organisation from April 2020. …”

– More good news from

Sharing Christ in the majority world

Posted on November 4, 2019 
Filed under Global

“In recent years it has been a great privilege and joy for me to spend time with Christian pastors and ministry workers in Sri Lanka, the country of my family heritage.  I’ve had the opportunity to meet with local Christians involved in church and parachurch ministries, and to encourage them in word ministry, especially preaching and Bible study. …”

– Dean of Sydney, Kanishka Raffel, opens a window into the work of the gospel in Sri Lanka. At

Reformation Day 2019 Acquisition for Moore College

Posted on November 4, 2019 
Filed under History, Resources

“To mark Reformation Day this year (2019), Moore Theological College is pleased to announce the acquisition of an important Martin Luther volume. This particular book is the sixth part of the great Wittenberg Reformer’s Books and Writings published in 1557. …”

– Read the news at the Moore College website.

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