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  • Christians retain the use of ‘Allah’ in Bible
  • 2010-Walk with ‘The Light’
  • Howard Dillon-always ahead of me
  • Christmas liturgy and love 4 all
  • Dawkins dodges the personal
  • Cathedral Christmas celebrations
  • Christmas greetings – Felicidades
  • Talking about billboards again!
  • ‘Allah’ banned for Christians
  • My Christmas message
  • Talking about billboards …
  • Anglican Covenant released

Bible Study & Preaching Material

Stressed out with no time to write bible studies? Try ‘Growing Disciples of Jesus’, our new Lectionary-based study outlines for home and church-based study groups and personal study; will also help preachers. To have a look, click here:

The Bible

Preaching Resources

This resource is provided to help guide, encourage and resource the preachers in our diocese, be they new or experienced. It’s new and evolving, so we recommend that you drop in from time to time.

David Roger-Smith has been busy updating our Diocesan Preaching Page. Our thanks to David for all his effort. Further installments will appear in the next few months. Please have a look at our new version and let David know what you think:

  • Click here for the first installment: Biblical Preaching and Teaching
  • Click here for the second new installment: Ensuring Our Preaching Is Christian

A PRAYER FOR transformingLIFE

Transforming God,
as we meet together
fill us with your wisdom.
Give us the capacity
to work boldly
and with humility,
embracing the challenge of mission.

Use us to bring transforming life
to our Christian communities and
all Tasmanians

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Download the transformingLIFE document

Will the Imagine Project change your life?

Have you heard of Kiddliwinks?

Archive of Home Page: 2009 December

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What the bible is not

Tullian Tchividjian

[tue 29.dec.09 rob] I do appreciate the work of Tullian Tchividjian. He is indeed a clear thinker. In his most recent article/post, he reflects on the depth of insight in a Children's Bible. I'm with him!
"My hope and prayer for all of you this upcoming year is that you would come to a bigger, better, deeper, and brighter understanding of this remarkable Story and its infallible Hero!"

To have a look at his great post/article, click here.

This is not the first time Tullian has reflected upon works created for Children. Just before Christmas (21-dec-09), he also reflected upon the power of the gospel presented in the masterful works of C.S. Lewis. You can find that post here.

Connections: Youth Minister Position

Connections Anglican Church

[mon 28.dec.09 rob] Children & Youth Minister and Regional Coordinator: We are seeking to engage a suitably gifted and qualified person to fill a full-time position combining local and regional aspects of children and youth ministry.

This is an exciting new role ideal for anyone with a pioneering heart who is able to take the lead in commencing a new youth ministry as well as supporting and guiding existing children's ministry teams.

Click here for more information.

Direct expressions of interest to
Will Briggs, Connections Minister
0428 695156, (03) 6435-1007

Anglican Covenant: Healing A Communion

[mon 28.dec.09 rob] The final text of the Anglican Covenant has been released. The Archbishop of Canterbury has heralded it through youtube:

For more information, click here to have a look at Rev Will Briggs' blog.

This scoop came from the Bishop's Blog... you can view Bishop John's blog yourself by clicking here.

Holiday Fun

[sun 27.dec.09 rob] Did you enjoy the Muppets? Did you like the music group Queen? What would happen if you put them together? This video is from the Muppets Channel on YouTube, so special thanks to Disney for making their material available on YouTube. :) If you love the video enough, there are links advising you how to buy it on the site.

Electronic Missionaries: PC or Mac

Mac vs PC

[sat 26.dec.09 rob] If you are reading this you are likely reading it on a Mac or PC computer. Advertisements and people alike can be quite (much more than in the past) passionate about which one they use. As Christians, how should we respond?

I found this article the other night on a Christian blog and thought I would share it with you. Joel seems to get right to the heart of this issue. Click here to view it.

Eternity... the newspaper

Eternity: A newspaper for people of faith, all over Australia

[sat 26.dec.09 rob] Wouldn't it be good to have a Christian Newspaper for Australia? One for ALL Christians, in ALL churches, ALL over Australia? Now, the Australian Church has one. 'Eternity'. "Eternity is Australia's first mass-market monthly Christian newspaper"... and it's free! Recently I saw a map of the newspaper's distribution across Tasmania, and it is finding it's way into homes from Stanley through to O'Possum Bay. Across Australia, 100,000 copies are being distributed. Issue 3 will be in churches January 17, 2010.

  • Would you like to try it out? Ask your minister or pastor to go to the website and sign up. For signing up, click here.
  • Would you like to know more about it? Click here to look at the website which includes the online version of the newspaper (
  • Seen it in the news? Have a look at this video to see what brought two men together with a similar vision of helping all Australian churches in this way.

Christmas present suggestions for your church ministry team #1

[wed 23.dec.09 rob] Christmas present suggestion #1, a book. "The Trellis and the Vine", by Tony Payne and Colin Marshall. My problem with books is knowing which one to read. I need a good recommendation. In this video, Mark Dever speaks about the book. Dever explains why he has described it as "the best book I've read on the nature of church ministry".

From the Bishop's Desk

photo - Bishop John Harrower - head and shoulders

[wed 23.dec.09 rob] The latest edition of 'From The Bishop's Desk' (33.09) is available by clicking here. From this edition:

"With Gayelene, I extend to you and your families God’s richest blessings, peace and happiness as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

A Christmas prayer from ‘A Prayer Book for Australia’ (page 473)

Gracious God,

You have visited your people and redeemed us in your Son:
as we prepare to celebrate his birth,
make our hearts leap for joy at the sound of your word,
and move us by your Spirit to bless your wonderful works.
We ask this through him whose coming is certain,
whose Day draws near,
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Media Advisory

Tasmanian Anglican Seal

[wed 23.dec.09 rob] The Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, the Right Reverend John Harrower, will be available for a Christmas message and interview on Thursday 24th December, at 11:30am, outside St David’s Cathedral, on Macquarie St, Hobart. Bishop Harrower will be preaching at the Midnight Service at St David’s Cathedral, on Christmas Eve, 24th December – the service begins at 11pm. On Christmas Day, 25th December, Bishop Harrower will be celebrating Holy Communion at the 10am service at St David’s Cathedral.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Bishop’s Christmas Message and Services (Dec 23, 2009)

Bishop John's Christmas message for 'The Message'

Bp John Harrower (cowboy hat)

[tue 22.dec.09 rob] Here is Bishop John’s 2009 Christmas Message for ‘The Message’, which is the newsletter of the Anglican Men’s Society in Tasmania. Please click here to have a look.

Bible Classes in Australian Schools

The Bible

[mon 21.dec.09 rob] With thanks to Glenn Farrell for tweeting this to our attention. No matter what you believe about the Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott's recent comments on bible classes in schools, you have to admit, Australia is talking.

Take a look at this clip from Sydney's Sunrise on channel 7 this morning. Sunrise organised a discussion between between the Anglican Archibishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen and the former Democrats leader Lynn Allison.

A very interesting insight into varying views of the bible and its relevence to the world today.

2010 Make It Count Tasmania

[mon 21.dec.09 rob] The Australian Christian Lobby announces 2010 Make It Count Tasmania, "Premier David Bartlett and Opposition Leader Will Hodgman will address the Christian community and answer questions from Christian leaders on a broad range of issues. This is a unique opportunity for you to be better informed of the vision and values of the parties seeking to form our next state government, and make your vote count."

Details: Monday 15th February 2010 at 7:30pm at the University of Tasmania.

Click here to see the advertising poster (Careful! This is a big file). Bookings can be made at

Five Signposts of a Healthy Church

Internet Web World Wide Web

[mon 21.dec.09 rob] Many thanks to Andrew Koerbin who brought to our attention this article by Jack Egger from the ChristianityToday website. Click here to go to the article.

It is a short article (only 5 pages), which is actually a summary of Egger's book 'The Return of a Mighty Church' . Egger leads us from the Church's need to seek it's vision from God's Great Commission to the Church's need to seek repentance:

"This was Jesus' command to the church at Ephesus: They must repent of their sin in order to get back to their first love (see Rev 2:5)"

The article is advertising Egger's book, but forget the book! What this short article does - in a very limited space - is raise some very important issues for our churches as we seek to grow, not just for the sake of growing, nor for our own glory, but because God gave His church a (Great) commission!

A wonderfully refreshing read which could challenge us to be Great Commission churches! Click here to go to the article.

Information updates from Church House

Tasmanian Anglican Seal

[mon 21.dec.09 rob] Some updates before Christmas:
1. The December edition of Administrative Circular, and the last for 2009. Happy Christmas! Click here to view.
2. The Media Releases page has been updated and a few corrections made.

Dr J. I. Packer on 'New Mission'

Jim Packer

[sat 19.dec.09 rob] Characteristically helpful, encouraging, and challenging... Dr J. I. Packer recently preached on “New Mission” from Acts 8:1-25, at St. John’s Shaughnessy. Hear it by going over to the St. John’s website.

Too complicated? Alternatively, you can go straight to the mp3 by clicking here. (9 MB)

Haven't heard of Dr Packer? Try his book 'Knowing God' for a clear and lucid insight into our awesome God. This is a great read, and a touchstone for a prolific writer and mighty man of God. ...and probably a great Christmas present for someone thinking deeply about our God and Father.

Tabor Tasmania now enrolling for 2010

[fri 18.dec.09 rob] Tabor Tasmania has just celebrated their 2009 Graduation with 17 Ministry and Counselling students being released into His Service.

Christian Studies, Ministry, Councelling (Social Sciences), Pastoral Leadership, Pastoral Care, Youth Ministry, Theology, Intercultural Studies, Undergraduate and postgraduate courses with flexible study options. Fee-Help and Austudy approved.

Visit them at: or phone: 03 6231 5889.

The Bishop's 2009 Christmas Message

Bp John Harrower (cowboy hat)

[thu 17.dec.09 rob] Here it is! The Bishop's Christmas message for 2009. Click here to read it, and you may consider pointing your friends to this for their edification this Christmas.

Information updates from Church House

Tasmanian Anglican Seal

[thu 17.dec.09 rob] Here are some recent releases from Church House:
1. The latest from the Bishop's desk (32/09). Click here to stay up to date.
2. A Media Release regarding the Parish of Devonport. Click here to view the PDF file.
3. A Statement from the Episcopal Church in Sudan. Click here to view.

Our updates to the Diocesan Preaching Page continue

The Bible

[thu 17.dec.09 rob] Updates to our Diocesan Preaching webpage have continued with the second installment released recently. As always many thanks to David Roger-Smith for the work he is putting into this revision process. Our first preaching pages were great, now we are looking at fantastic! Please take the time to have a look and see what all the fuss is about.

  • Click here to view the first installment: Biblical Preaching & Teaching
  • Click here to view the all new second installment: Ensuring our Preaching is Christian
  • Click here to go the index page for the Diocesan Preaching webpages.

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Thinking about prayer...

[fri 27.nov.09 rob] As a missionary diocese, we continue to be drawn to prayer for our diocese and for our bishop(s). As a minister myself, I am always looking for resources on prayer. Things to help my congregations as they contemplate and reflect upon their own personal prayer lives.

One item I came up with is this video which offers a humorous look at our prayer life. It reflects upon our expectations of prayer, what we might think would improve prayer, and ultimately, the beauty and wonder of prayer within the context of a loving relationship with a caring, mighty, merciful, creator God and Father. Have a look, and email us to let us know what you think.

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