Jesus serves his disciples breakfast

Posted on December 6, 2021 
Filed under Encouragement

Archbishop Kanishka Raffel spoke from John 21 (Jesus serves his disciples breakfast) at Nexus Refresh on Friday.

Phil Colgan spoke from 1 Kings 19 (Comfort in despair).

The organisers have graciously made the videos available for your encouragement and edification.

Be sure to make the time to watch.

Sunday morning encouragement

Posted on December 5, 2021 
Filed under Encouragement

With thanks to Emu Music.

Confessing the Faith: The Place of Confessions in Church Life

Posted on December 4, 2021 
Filed under Resources

“We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.”

“Our young church recites these words from the Nicene Creed when we gather in Vienna, Austria. For many evangelicals, such ancient traditions may seem either obvious or archaic, but our church recites creeds, confessions, and catechisms (henceforth just confessions) nearly every Lord’s Day.

So in 2021, in a largely unchurched and post-Christian European country, why make confessions a regular rhythm in church life? …”

At 9Marks, Kai Soltau and Matthew Short write of the value of Confessions – something Cranmer knew well.

Anglican Church of Canada trial liturgy for ‘Journeys of Gender Affirmation and Transition’

Posted on December 4, 2021 
Filed under Anglican Church of Canada, Culture wars

“The Anglican Church of Canada has developed a trial liturgy for ‘Journeys of Gender Affirmation and Transition’, to be used to bless the ‘gender transition process’. …”

The Anglican Samizdat draws attention – and provides a copy of the trial liturgy.

The Latest Evangelical Convert to Rome. What Does Rome Have to Offer?

Posted on December 2, 2021 
Filed under Church of England, History, Theology

“I am not English, nor Anglican, but the story of the conversion of the former Anglican bishop Michael Nazir-Ali to Catholicism struck me.

He is not the first evangelical Anglican to become Roman Catholic, and he probably will not be the last. He stands on a tradition that has important antecedents like the conversion to Rome of John Henry Newman (1801-1890) and many more.

However, Nazir-Ali was a well-known evangelical Anglican who belonged to the ‘evangelical’ family and was a respected voice in that world.…”

– At The Vatican Files, Leonardo De Chirico, who understands the Roman Catholic Church better than most, has some reflections on the recent announcement by Michael Nazir-Ali.

Expelling students from religious schools based on sexual orientation?

Posted on December 2, 2021 
Filed under Culture wars

“Current press reports suggest that the Federal Government is contemplating a change to the provisions of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 which allow religious schools to operate in accordance with their religious commitments, in the area of decisions about students.

This is being proposed to allay fears that the recently introduced Religious Discrimination Bill will impact on LGBT students. …”

– At Law and Religion Australia, Neil Foster has a helpful suggestion.

December 2021 Southern Cross magazine

Posted on December 1, 2021 
Filed under Encouragement, Sydney Diocese

The December 2021 issue of Southern Cross magazine from the Diocese of Sydney is now available online – as well as in printed form from parishes across Sydney.

You can download your own PDF copy at

New ANiC Bishop Co-Adjutor Elect Announced

Posted on December 1, 2021 
Filed under ACNA, ANiC, People

“The Anglican Network in Canada is pleased to announce the election at Synod 2021 of the Venerable Daniel Gifford as our Co-Adjutor Bishop.

Archdeacon Dan was elected by our Diocesan Synod on Thursday, November 18, 2021. …

Dan is currently the vicar of St John’s Vancouver Anglican church, serving with David Short who is rector of that parish.”

– From the Anglican Church in North America.

Now a different kind of pilot

Posted on November 30, 2021 
Filed under People

“It’s been a different kind of journey in service.

From 2005, Flight Lieutenant Stephen Gibbins served in the Royal Australian Air Force as a C-17A Globemaster III pilot. Now Stephen has taken the final step to become a Chaplain. …”

Great news from Defence Anglicans, and fuel for prayer.

Anglican Network in Canada to open ‘Packer College’

Posted on November 30, 2021 
Filed under ANiC

“Next September the Anglican Network in Canada plans to launch its own theological college in St John’s, Nfld, to be called Packer College after world-renowned theologian J.I. Packer.

Dr. Packer, author of the Christian classic, Knowing God, was a member of ANiC who died in 2020. His widow Kit gave permission for his name to be used with ‘much joy’ and ‘hearty approval,’ said Diocesan Bishop Charlie Masters when he made the announcement in his opening charge to the ANiC Synod held online on Nov. 17.”

Report from Anglican Ink.

Photo: J I Packer at Regents College Library.

See also Bishop Charlie Masters’ Synod charge, 17 November 2021.

Galeas off to Dubai

Posted on November 28, 2021 
Filed under People

“It might have begun as a small group and grown into a multisite, disciple-making, church-planting parish, but one thing has never changed about Multicultural Bible Ministry – the desire to see lives transformed through Jesus Christ to the glory of God.

From March 1991 in a Blacktown loungeroom until now, in a purpose-built church at Rooty Hill, MBM has been led by the Rev Ray Galea and his wife Sandy. But almost 31 years to the day after they started the (then) Maltese Bible Ministry, the Galeas will leave the church they began …”

– At, Judy Adamson has news of a significant change for Ray and Sandy Galea.

(Image: Ray and Sandy share the news with their church last weekend.)

Peter Jensen gives thanks for Melvin Tinker

Posted on November 28, 2021 
Filed under GAFCON, People


After learning of the death of Melvin Tinker, who went to be with his Lord on 23 November 2021, Archbishop Peter Jensen paid tribute to Melvin saying,

“Melvin spoke powerfully at Gafcon 2018 in Jerusalem. He had a gift for analysing the culture from the perspective of the gospel and calling on his listeners to live for Christ alone. He was very courageous and made it clear that loyalty to Jesus was the chief commitment we should all make, even if it means leaving our denomination. For him, the word of God was the light by which we should live. His testimony remains to inspire us.”

Melvin contributed to the Lift Up Your Hearts series of devotions in April this year and an interview ahead of that series can be heard here: Melvin Tinker Everyday Global Anglicans Interview.

Continue to uphold Melvin’s family at this time.

Sunday morning encouragement

Posted on November 28, 2021 
Filed under Encouragement

With thanks to Emu Music.

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