Kristyn Getty reads the ESV for Crossway

Posted on September 23, 2021 
Filed under Encouragement, Resources

Crossway has added Kristyn Getty’s recording of the entire Bible to its ESV Bible apps and at It’s another encouragement to engage with God’s Word.

See a video and links to download the apps here.

Bishop Greg Anderson’s Charge to the Synod of the Diocese of the Northern Territory

Posted on September 23, 2021 
Filed under Australian dioceses, Encouragement

“There is so much to thank God for as we look around the ministries of our parishes.

We are blessed with capable ordained church leaders, other stipended lay ministers, and dedicated volunteers. There is consistent numerical growth in many of our churches, and growth in financial commitment of our members.

Bigger numbers are nice, but what is important is more people understanding about God’s saving work through Jesus Christ, and their understanding being reflected in their lives, individually and as community…”

– As he is about to begin his eighth year as Bishop of The Northern Territory, Greg Anderson delivered an encouraging Presidential Charge to the Thirty-Seventh Synod of the Diocese last weekend.

Do pray for the work of the gospel in the Top End.


Prior to the Synod, on Friday September 17, Bishop Anderson officially launched the Kriol Preya Buk at a special celebration service at Darwin’s Christ Church Anglican Cathedral.

“The Kriol Preya Buk (Prayer Book) is the result of almost ten years of hard work by a team of more than 23 Kriol-speaking translators from different communities in the Top End. It brings together in one volume a comprehensive suite of liturgy, prayers and responses, for all Kriol-speaking Christians.” More photos on the diocesan Facebook page.

Bible Trek Conversations: Dr Peter Williams

Posted on September 23, 2021 
Filed under Resources

In this 24 minute video Andrew Ollerton chats with the Principal of Tyndale House Dr Peter J. Williams about the significance of Galilee in the life and ministry of Jesus.

This is a part the Bible Trek series of short videos recorded on location by Andrew Ollerton.

Review of Reformation Anglican Worship

Posted on September 23, 2021 
Filed under History, Resources, Theology

Reformation Anglican Worship by Michael Jensen is the latest volume in The Reformation Anglican Essentials Library. As its name suggests it provides a thorough survey of the principles of Anglican worship found in the denomination’s Reformation legacy.

For what is obviously a scholarly work, Reformation Anglican Worship is a surprisingly enjoyable read. Jensen has found just the right balance between depth of information and an accessible style which anyone with an interest in the topic will appreciate. …”

David Ould provides this review, plus a link to a special price from The Wandering Bookseller.

Bishop Mark Calder looking for Ministers for Bathurst Diocese

Posted on September 22, 2021 
Filed under Australian dioceses

In a video posted to the diocesan Facebook page, Bishop Mark Calder reveals that 17 out of 29 parishes in the Diocese of Bathurst need ministers or solutions for ministry.

It would be good to make this a matter of prayer. And perhaps the Lord might be calling you to go west. (Note the e-mail address to find out more.)

John Chapman on the Anglican Church League

Posted on September 21, 2021 
Filed under People, Sydney Diocese

The late great John Chapman (“Chappo”) was interviewed by Phillip Jensen in 2012.

During the interview, he spoke about the importance of the Anglican Church League and its activities for the gospel in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney and beyond.

The interview was on 19 June 2012 at Port Hacking. Chappo was called home just six months later, in November 2012.

Watch the three minute excerpt here.

The full interview can be seen here, and is also well worth your time (and is good for the heart). The segments excerpted start at 33:20, but enjoy the whole thing. Part 2 can be seen here.

Video courtesy Audio Advice.

See also: About us.

The road map back to public church meetings in NSW – with Michael Stead

Posted on September 21, 2021 
Filed under COVID19, Resources, Sydney Diocese

Dr Michael Stead, Bishop of South Sydney, is Dominic Steele’s guest on The Pastor’s Heart to discuss how churches in NSW will likely need to adjust when they reopen (possibly from 31st October). A very helpful discussion.

Watch or listen here.

Lifting our voices to God — Wednesday at 7:00pm

Posted on September 20, 2021 
Filed under COVID19, Resources, Sydney Diocese

Anglican churches across the Diocese are encouraged to join together and pray at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 22 at the Lifting Our Voices to God livestream event.

In the one-hour online event, Christians will be encouraged to corporately lift their hearts, minds and vision to God during the pandemic. Read more

Encouragement to use The Word One to One

Posted on September 20, 2021 
Filed under Apologetics & Evangelism, Resources

John Mason, President and Chairman of Anglican Connection, is encouraging his North American readers to consider using The Word One to One as a very helpful tool in evangelism.

As part of that, he reminds us of this brief 2016 interview with the then Dean of Sydney, and now Archbishop, Kanishka Raffel.

The books are available locally from The Wandering Bookseller.


Victorian proposals to further limit religious freedom rights

Posted on September 19, 2021 
Filed under Australia, Culture wars

“The Victorian government has recently announced proposals to further limit important protections for religious freedom currently applicable to religious persons, bodies and schools in that State.

The recent proposals have been put forward as dealing with the problem of religious schools sacking gay teachers, or expelling gay students: see this comment from The Age: “Religious schools in Victoria to lose the right to sack LGBTQ staff” (Sept 16, 2021).

However, the details of the proposals hinted at in the recent “Fact Sheet” provided by the government go much further than this. …”

Read the details from Associate Professor Neil Foster at Law and Religion Australia.

Sunday morning encouragement

Posted on September 19, 2021 
Filed under Encouragement

With thanks to Emu Music.

Community supports beloved bookseller

Posted on September 19, 2021 
Filed under People, Resources

“It was a message that Karl Grice hoped never to write.

The unexpected and severe impact of Sydney’s second major lockdown, which is still ongoing, meant that just as things were starting to look up for the event-based Christian bookseller, everything came to a stop once more. …” reports on The Wandering Bookseller and how you can support them.

And here’s The Wandering Bookseller’s website.

COVID Vaccination and The Church

Posted on September 18, 2021 
Filed under COVID19, Resources

“The recent announcement by the Australian government that increased freedoms would be available to citizens who were double vaccinated for COVID-19, or have exemption on medical grounds, has caused significant consternation in the Christian community. Issues of conscience and concerns about exclusion have been raised as reasons why such measures should not be introduced.

This paper has been written to consider how Australian churches should respond. …”

– The Gospel Coalition Australia has republished this very helpful article by Dr. Megan Best (palliative care doctor, researcher and bioethicist).

Well worth taking the time to read and consider.

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