Anglican Aid’s Prayer Diary 2022

Posted on January 18, 2022 
Filed under Encouragement, Resources

The Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid Prayer Diary for 2022 is now available on their website.

Plenty of fuel for prayer.

John Anderson with William Lane Craig

Posted on January 17, 2022 
Filed under Apologetics & Evangelism, Resources

Before Christmas John Anderson spoke with philosopher, theologian and apologist Dr. William Lane Craig for his “John Anderson Direct” series –

“John and William discuss the historical plausibility of the resurrection of Christ, contemporary physics and faith, the existence of evil, and the Jewish Renaissance.”

Watch here. (The video on YouTube has links to sections of the conversation.)

The Story behind Amazing Grace

Posted on January 16, 2022 
Filed under History, Resources

Marylynn Rouse from The John Newton Project was interviewed on Premier Christian Radio’s Sunday Night Live for 16 January 2022.

Most encouraging.

Sunday morning encouragement

Posted on January 16, 2022 
Filed under Encouragement

With thanks to Emu Music.

The pastor, the church and social media

Posted on January 15, 2022 
Filed under Resources

From The Pastor’s Heart:

“What’s best practice for churches and Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and TikTok?

How does a pastor’s non Christian and Christian audience impact the way we use social media.

To what extent do potential church members decide to join/not join your church, based on your social media posts?

How can we shift internal church disagreements off social media, rather than airing disputes before unbelievers?”

Remembering Broughton Knox

Posted on January 14, 2022 
Filed under History, People, Sydney Diocese

Broughton Knox, Principal of Moore College 1959–1985, was called home 28 years ago, on January 14th 1994.

Sir Marcus Loane, Archbishop of Sydney 1966 – 1982, preached at his funeral at St. Andrew’s Cathedral.

And Donald Robinson, Archbishop of Sydney 1982–1993, wrote this tribute for ACL News.

Reformed Church in America splits as conservative churches form new denomination

Posted on January 14, 2022 
Filed under Culture wars, Other denominations

“On New Year’s Day, 43 congregations of the Reformed Church in America split from the national denomination, one of the oldest Protestant bodies in the United States, in part over theological differences regarding same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ clergy. …”

– Story from Religion News Service.

Link via Albert Mohler’s The Briefing for 13 January 2022 (from 12:10.)

– worth hearing his commentary on the history of the Reformed Church of America, and what might happen to the new grouping. There are many parallels in the Anglican world.

Launch 2022 – spurring on our school-leavers – Reconfigured due to COVID

Posted on January 13, 2022 
Filed under Resources

Phillip Jensen writes:

“Starting uni and continuing to live for Christ throughout uni is not a given for many young men and women. Launch is a great opportunity to help school leavers be cemented into the Christian network and gospel activities on their campus.

Launch 2022 is only two weeks away so could you pass on an invitation to your school-leavers and their parents?

With Covid continuing to impact people’s movements we’ve recreated Launch. It is no longer residential in Katoomba which increases covid safety, reduces cost and makes it even more accessible!”

See phillipjensen.com/events/launch for details and registration.

Aim to be Unremarkable

Posted on January 13, 2022 
Filed under Encouragement, Resources

“Our culture operates according to the myth of the great person model of leadership. An extraordinarily gifted person is the solution to most problems. What every struggling organization needs is a great leader who, by virtue of extraordinary qualities, will be able to turn that organization around.

When imported into the church, we long for great leaders. …”

– At The Gospel Coalition Canada, Darryl Dash reminds us what we really need in our churches.

$3, $5, $10 – books on special from Matthias Media

Posted on January 11, 2022 
Filed under Resources

Matthias Media has a bunch of books on special at the moment.

“Sale ends Monday 31 January, unless a book sells out before then.”

Click this link to see what’s on offer.

Mothers Union Sydney Annual Seminar — For Such a Time as This

Posted on January 11, 2022 
Filed under Resources, Sydney Diocese

Mothers Union Sydney is holding its Annual Seminar on Friday 25th February.

The theme: For Such a Time as This.

Topics:

The God We Know – Jo Gibbs

Have I the right to be who I am? – Rob Smith

When Dreams are Broken in the family – Jenny Brown, author of Growing Yourself Up.

Details at the MU Sydney website.

Questions Women Asked — reviewed by Claire Smith

Posted on January 10, 2022 
Filed under Resources

“Simonetta Carr’s new book, Questions Women Asked: Historical Issues, Timeless Answers covers a topic close to my heart: the contribution of women to the history of the church.

Even better, she seeks to do so using the women’s own voices—their letters, their books, their poems, their hymns, and their prayers. …“

– At The Gospel Coalition Australia, Dr Claire Smith takes a look at an encouraging new book.

Abortion is leading cause of death worldwide for third year in a row

Posted on January 9, 2022 
Filed under Culture wars, World news

“For the second year in a row, abortions have been the leading cause of death worldwide, with more than three times as many people losing their lives to abortion than the second leading cause of death. …”

– Appalling statistics, via Christian Post.

Image: Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies speaks at the 15 September 2019 Stand for Life rally in Hyde Park. Anglican Media Sydney.

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