Farewell Service for Archbishop Glenn and Mrs Dianne Davies

Archbishop Glenn and Mrs Dianne Davies will be farewelled at a special Service at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney this evening (Friday 26th March 2021) from 7:00pm.

Since seating at the Cathedral is at capacity, the proceedings will be streamed live here.

Richard Bewes and Equipped to Serve

Paul Levy in Ealing, West London, shares some memories of Richard Bewes –

“I remember him saying two things on leadership that struck me.

The first was that every appointment is a crisis and so he would devote himself to prayer particularly when they were having to make staff appointments at All Souls.

Secondly, he advocated always making sure your successor was more conservative than you are. His reasoning behind this is that men in their ministries generally broaden and relax, with some things they allow at the end of their ministry they wouldn’t allow at the start. To safeguard conservative evangelical theology, ensure your successor is more conservative than you are. …”

Read the whole article here.

(Thanks to Tim Challies for the link. Image: Welcome to the Sermon.)

Goodhew, godliness and the Gong

“Three living Archbishops of Sydney were in attendance but the spotlight was firmly on the oldest of them, Harry Goodhew, who had turned 90 just that week. …”

– At SydneyAnglicans.net, Russell Powell reports on the launch of a biography of former Archbishop of Sydney Harry Goodhew.

Happy 90th birthday to Harry Goodhew

We wish the Rt Rev Dr Harry Goodhew AO (Archbishop of Sydney 1993 – 2001, and currently one of the Anglican Church League’s Emeritus Vice-Presidents) a very happy 90th birthday today.

We pray for many continued blessings from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Photo courtesy Ramon Williams.

Marty Foord appointed Principal of Evangelical Theological College of Asia

The Evangelical Theological College of Asia in Singapore has announced the appointment of Marty Foord as its new Principal from 1st July 2021.

“Rev Dr Marty Foord joined ETCAsia in 2019 and lectures in Systematic Theology as well as serving as the Dean of Studies for the College.

Prior to his appointment at ETCAsia, he was the Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Church History at Trinity Theological College in Perth, Western Australia for 18 years.

He originally trained as a pastor and worked on the staff of a large church in Manly, Sydney. Marty is passionate about the gospel as the organising principle for our lives, the church, and mission.”

Details at the college website.

Photo: Marty and Jenny Foord via ETCAsia.

John Anderson announces he is available for preselection to the Senate

In a video statement on his website, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, John Anderson AO, explains why he is offering himself for preselection for The Nationals Senate ticket in NSW.

Biography of Archbishop Harry Goodhew set to be launched

Dr Stuart Piggin’s biography of the Rt Rev Dr Harry Goodhew AO (Archbishop of Sydney 1993 – 2001) is set to be launched in Sydney on 23rd March and in Wollongong on 1st April 2001.

Download this PDF file for all the details.

Larry Crabb, 1944 – 2021

Christian Counsellor Dr Larry Crabb has been called home.

He was perhaps best known for reminding Christians that their significance and security lie in Christ.

He visited Sydney in the mid 1980s, and his books and videocassettes had a widespread influence at the time.

Photo: Kgamble6, Wikipedia.

Discovering the Holiness of God

This 14 minute documentary from Crossway shares something of R.C. Sproul’s conviction of the centrality of the holiness of God.

God blesses with rain and new bishop

“After years of drought in North West News South Wales, pouring rain seemed an appropriate gift from God and an appropriate welcome for the new Bishop of Armidale, consecrated at the weekend.

No-one complained about the downpour, in fact Archbishop Glenn Davies described it as a ‘wonderful start’. …”

– Russell Powell at Anglican Media Sydney has this report on Bishop Rod Chiswell’s consecration in Armidale on Saturday.

Peter Grice consecrated as Bishop for Rockhampton

Peter Grice, until recently the Dean of Geraldton Cathedral in the Diocese of North West Australia, was consecrated in St John’s Cathedral Brisbane this evening.

He will be installed as the 13th Bishop of Rockhampton at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Rockhampton on Saturday 27th February 2021 at 11:00am (AEST, Noon AEDT). That service will be streamed live.

(The consecration service was streamed live, and a recording may be viewed here.)

Please uphold Peter and Virginia in prayer in this new phase of their service of the Lord Jesus.

Top image: Bishop Grice (back to camera) is greeting by Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies as Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, seated, looks on.

Second group of Deacons ordained in Sydney

“The second group of new Deacons was ordained at St Andrew’s Cathedral, in a smaller service because of COVID restrictions, but with the same scriptural charge to follow their Lord’s example.

The Making of Deacons service is held annually in February following the completion of the ordinands’ theological studies the year prior. Due to COVID and subsequent reduced capacity in the cathedral, an additional service was held last November for half of the ordinands, who had already been working in parish ministry.  This decision allowed the Cathedral to enable more family and friends to attend in support of the ordinands and encourage them as they commence their ministry. …”

– Full story at SydneyAnglicans.net.

Love, grief and identity

“You learn a lot about what a person meant to you when they’re taken away. Separation magnifies all the intricate and beautiful nuances of what you had, and absence pries open memories that may have lain dormant for years. Songs, sights, smells. The faintest hint evokes a cascade of reminiscence. …”

– At The Australian Church Record, Scott Millar has been sharing some very personal reflections on grief and the Christian. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

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