Moore Matters Spring 2023 now online

The Spring 2023 edition  of Moore Matters from Moore College is now available in parishes – and also online. The theme for this issue is Trusting the Bible.

Head of Church History, Dr Mark Earngey, contributes an article, “The Bible in the English Reformation” –

“Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!”

These were the dying words of William Tyndale who earnestly desired that the ploughboy would grasp as much of the Scriptures as would the priest.

There years later his prayer was answered in abundance when King Henry VIlI authorised the Great Bible in 1539. Every parish in the realm was ordered to purchase it and have it physically chained to a convenient place, such as the lectern. It was great, not only because of its size, but also because of its authority. In its Preface, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer said, “this book … is the Word of God, the most precious jewel, the most holy relic that remains on earth.”

Cranmer knew that the Bible needed to be central to his Reformation agenda. He believed that the Holy Scriptures were God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. I:21) and that they judge the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts (Heb. 4:12). Thus, the sharpness of the written Word of God could cut out those errors of the church which had crept in through the Middle Ages. The penetrating clarity of the written Word of God could assist men, women, and children to understand the will of God for their own lives. …

Read online here.

Humility at the Heart of Mission

From Moore College’s Centre for Global Mission:

“What does it mean to ‘clothe yourself with humility’ in cross-cultural ministry and mission work

For most of the last 200 years of evangelical mission history, the gospel has been taken from wealthy and powerful countries to the majority world. Sometimes this missionary expansion has been marked by decidedly more pride than humility. This has disfigured the gospel and distorted expectations about what God promises his people. Humility must be at the heart of mission.

In this public event Dr Simon Gillham will be unpacking what the Bible says about the humility of the Lord Jesus and any who would serve in his name. We will also explore the particular relevance of humility as a virtue in cross-cultural engagement and Christian mission.”

Watch here.

Modern India, Hindus, Christians and the Bible

From The Pastor’s Heart –

“Leading Indian Christian Intellectual Vishal Mangalwadi on understanding Modern India, the Hindu and how we might see our Hindu friends saved.

Vishal and Ruth Mangalwadi are arguing that modern India has been created by the Bible, the Protestant Missionary Movement, and that missionary William Carey is the father of Modern India. …”

Watch or listen here.

Lessons from Lay Members of Sydney Synod

“With Sydney synod fast approaching, it is worthwhile remembering that two-thirds of the synod are lay members. Quite apart from the numerical majority, lay folk play an important role in the business of the synod, and in its ministry outcomes.

The ACR took some time to interview various lay representatives (old and new!) in order to gain a ‘view from the pew’. We hope this will be encouraging for lay and clergy alike. …”

The Australian Church Record begins its pre-Synod “Lessons from Lay Members” by speaking with the Chancellor of the Diocese, The Honourable Justice Michael Meek.


The Synod Survival Guide by Dr Robert Tong. An invaluable free resource for Synod members.

The ACL Synod Dinner 2023 coming up on Monday 11th September.

Photo with thanks to Russell Powell.

The Mark Drama — 2023

From Moore College:

“A fast-paced re-enactment of Mark’s Gospel.


Jesus has to be one of the most hotly debated people of all time. During his lifetime many questioned his origin and authority, while others feared he was a dangerous revolutionary. A production of the Moore College community, the Mark Drama turns Mark’s biographical account of Jesus into a 90-minute, theatre-in-the-round stage production. Fully immersed in the action, here you can decide for yourself – is Jesus just another guy with imaginative ideas about God, or is he truly the King of the universe? …”

– A great idea. Details from the College.

Turning Biblical Convictions into Practical Expectations

“At the end of 2021, Suellen Milham was feeling unsettled. As the Women’s Ministry Worker at Orange Evangelical Church (OEC), there was a lot of change happening in her ministry space. The Covid years had meant she felt some disconnection with the women; there had been virtually no opportunities over the previous couple of years for large gatherings in the women’s ministry context; the church was just about to transition into their new building; and there were 3 new ministers on the staff team.

One of the tools that Suellen devised to tackle this unease was to hold a number of Women’s Focus Groups – just to see where the women were at, spiritually, and to pull women together after this period of disconnection. …”

– At Equal But Different, Lesley Ramsay shares a story of one church’s journey towards clarity.

Psalm-Like Songs in “Real Self, Real God”

“The Aussie Christian music scene boasts very few who’ve stayed the course.

Nicky Chiswell is one such gem who continues to gift the Church her heart-on-sleeve music. Thirty years since releasing her first solo album, 2023 saw Nicky release her fifth studio album, Real Self, Real God. …”

– The Gospel Coalition Australia’s Kingsley Davidson writes of Nicky Chiswell’s latest album.

From my study to yours’ — Dick Lucas on Luke 14:16-24 — The great supper

At his kitchen table, Dick Lucas has been continuing to record reflections on Bible passages, and all are worth hearing and pondering.

“Dick Lucas was Rector of St Helen’s Church from 1961–1998. He was instrumental in the establishment and growth of St Helen’s Bible teaching ministry. Dick continues to speak at various conferences and church gatherings. He has also been at work recording new material. His ‘From my study to yours’ audio recordings are aimed at helping people study and teach the Bible.”

Recently he turned to Luke 14:16-24.

“This parable is both sobering and unsettling. It strikes a tragic note. A personal invitation to attend a great banquet is sent out to many, but all decline. Their places are taken by ‘unworthy’ substitutes. Here, Dick reflects on the work of the evangelist in the light of this tale.”

Listen here at St. Helen’s Bishopsgate. 11 minutes.

Improving our church’s public Bible reading – with Simon Camilleri

At The Pastor’s Heart, Dominic Steel speaks with Simon Camilleri:

“We put lots of emphasis and training into becoming better teachers. But how can we improve the clarity, comprehension, conviction and confidence in public reading?

Bad public Bible reading is too soft, too fast, with mispronunciations, lack of preparation, bad pausing, emotionless, lacking understanding of the text, monotone and mono speed.

Good public Bible reading is faithful to text, without errors, understands context, has good eye contact, articulation, conviction, flow.”

Watch or listen here.

Very helpful – and ideal to share with Bible readers and others involved in public ministry.

Also see Simon’s website –

The Bible Abhors Domestic Abuse

“I’ve appreciated the insights shared on the difficult topic of domestic violence by advocates, police, practitioners, counsellors, chaplains, doctors and especially victim-survivors over the years. …”

– With a revised Domestic Abuse Policy and Guidelines to be discussed at Synod next month, Dean of Sydney Sandy Grant reminds everyone that the Bible abhors domestic abuse. At

Book review — Timothy Keller: His Spiritual and Intellectual Formation

“This is the best book I’ve read this year. Once I picked it up, I struggled to put it down and went through it front-to-back in three days. It is not a biography in the traditional sense. It does chart aspects of Tim and Cathy’s story but is more interested in tracing the formative influences that shaped their lives and ministry. …”

– At Church Society’s blog, Martin Salter reviews Timothy Keller: His Spiritual and Intellectual Formation by Collin Hansen.

From Campus Talks to Bookshelf: Reviewing “The Coming of the Holy Spirit”

“I think the highest compliment I can pay Phillip Jensen’s The Coming of the Holy Spirit is to say that I found it pretty much what I was expecting because the author had already convinced me of it at an AFES national conference in 1992.

I can’t remember a lot of talks from my university years, but I can remember that series very clearly…”

– At The Gospel Coalition Australia, Andrew Moody hopes that Phillip Jensen’s book will be widely read.

It’s available from Matthias Media.

“Lord, have Mercy” — new song from Emu Music

Emu Music have released a new single, “Lord, Have Mercy”.

Listen here.

The Alphabet Bible

“When I was at uni, we read an article about memory. It argued that pen and paper, computers and smart phones have erased our reliance on memory. …”

– At The Australian Church Record, Jeanette Chin has a simple way to help memorise Scripture – it’s ‘the alphabet Bible’.

The challenges, struggles and opportunities of small church leadership

On The Pastor’s Heart this week:

“What are the issues that senior pastors of smaller churches face – personally and to do with church culture, mission and identity.

What are the joys and tensions? What is ministry success?

What are the common pastoral frustrations?

How is long term ministry fruitfulness helped or hindered by our ecclesiology?

The reality is that most churches are small churches …”

Dominic Steele chats with Stephen Anderson. He also provide a link to Stephen’s Encouragement for the Small Church website.

Watch or listen here.

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