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While Andrew & Pam Lake visited over 24 parishes in the Diocese before heading to the posting in Damascus, Andrew had been busy on another project. He has released this short book called Christian Mission for Tasmanians. This is a very personal approach from Andrew on this important topic of Mission written for the Missionary Diocese of Tasmania. Andrew says of the book,
"My hope and prayer is that this study will help put mission front and centre of the church’s agenda. I make no claim to infallibility and will have achieved my aim if this has helped start some fruitful conversations about mission."
We offer our thanks to Andrew, having served in the Diocese as an Archdeacon and Mission Support Officer. But now we offer our thanks for this impressive gift to the church in Tasmania.
Of particular interest to you, dear reader, is the freely available nature of this book. In fact, you can click here to read it right now. So is it free? Andrew explains in his Forward:
"This study is a gift to the Tasmanian church. It is freely available on the diocesan website but I invite you when you use it for personal or group study to make a donation of $10 per person to the Church Missionary Society of Tasmania."
Have you heard of Kiddliwinks?
Rev Will Briggs, who was the mover of the motion has had more to say since the Synod, which you can read on his blog by clicking here.
Also, you can click here to find Will’s reference to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams', Pentecost address which includes the Archbishop’s response to the ordination of Mary Glasspool. Will quotes the Archbishop as saying,
As Bishop John states:
Click here to go the Anglican Camping website to find out more about this awesome upcoming training conference.
Click here to read Bishop John’s blog post about this special event. He said,
Please continue to pray for Bishop John and Chris Sadler (his driver and prayer partner) as they travel around Tasmania serving God’s church. Please pray for safety in their travel, faithfulness in their service and the love of Jesus in their hearts. Please also pray for our state of Tasmania, that God will unlock her shackles and see people turn to Jesus during this time of dedication and commitment to prayer.
Bishop John said of Bishop John Wilson’s book at the time:
Now, we have a little more information. Recently, the recording of Bishop John Harrower and Bishop John Wilson’s addresses were compiled so you can listen to them. Unfortunately, at this stage they are only available to download.
Click here to download Bishop John Harrower’s speech. (6.5MB / 30mins)
Click here to download Bishop John Wilson’s speech. (3.8MB / 18mins)
Click here to read Bishop John Harrower’s blog post of April 30 about his book launch. This post includes the text of the addresses and Bishop John Harrower’s PowerPoint presentation.
Please pray for Luke and his wife Amy, and for their Parish of Battery Point on this important occasion.
Today, a look at Foundations. Foundations is a media teaching program by Theology Network which they call an introduction to the Christian Faith. As Theology Network says, "FOUNDATIONS is a course from THEOLOGY NETWORK that introduces you to the key doctrines of the Christian faith." To see the introduction to the Foundations series, click here.
In the first of four talks exploring the Biblical story, Don Carson looks at Christ as the imprint of the Father from John’s Gospel. These 4 talks make up session 5 in the Foundations course. If you like this talk, you will see the links at the bottom of the webpage (the page the talk is located on) which will take you to the other talks in the series. Alternatively, click here to see the front page for the Foundations Course.
Dr. Don Carson:
Now, if you are wondering how Dr D.A.Carson could do anything that is 'introductory', all I can say is 'I know'! For those of you who don't know Dr Carson, it takes but a moment to realise you are dealing with a teacher and theologian who is blessed by God. Tasmanian’s will know him as our recent speaker at CMS SummerView in January of 2009. Dr Carson is Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, and the author of many, many... many books. Most recently, Dr Carson published the book 'Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus', which I will be posting about next week.
Our thanks to the Theology Network for this fine resource. If you would like to find more about their Foundations series, click here. If you would like more information about the Theology Network, click here.
In the spirit of such refined pursuits, Theology Network is proud to present our very own Table Talk. We’re taking time to settle down by the fire with key evangelical leaders and chat about issues that matter - and we’re releasing it as a podcast so you can download our conversations direct to your ipod. So come and join us at the table - there’s plenty of room!
Table Talk 010: Studying Theology. In this table talk, Mike Reeves quizes Don Carson on studying theology for the glory of God. Click here to go to the site and listen to (or download) this table talk with special guest Don Carson.
Our thanks to the Theology Network for this fine resource. If you would like to find more Table Talks, or would like more information about these discussions click here to go to the Table Talk homepage. If you would like more information about the Theology Network, click here.
Where does the Anglican Communion go to from here? Enter, The Anglican Covenant! (TAC?) This is on the agenda for the 51st Tasmanian Synod this weekend, so where do we find information on 'The Anglican Covenant' that we are encouraged to engage in? I went to the obvious place... Will Briggs' blog God's'Will. Here are some of Will’s posts I found helpful:
Much of the Anglican Communion outside (and inside) America has expressed strong opinions about these elections as both unbiblical and unAnglican. However, TEC remains in the Anglican Communion. A reflection upon Lambeth Conferences sees this conversation on homosexuality going back many decades. I use the word conversation loosely, for while the topic was often on the agenda at Lambeth, it would not always reach the point of being discussed, let alone a conversation.
Now, with the election of Glasspool, and the appearance of an Anglican Covenant, things are being discussed again. My own research lead me to some pearls of wisdom on the blog of our very own Will Briggs, Rector of Burnie Anglican Church. A good example of this is Will’s blog post on the 16th May reflecting on the Anglican Communion’s response to Glasspool’s election:
Anglican Mainstream: "Since that decision by TEC has to be respected, it should result in three consequences. First, TEC withdrawing, or being excluded from the Anglican Communion’s representative bodies. Second, a way must be found to enable those orthodox Anglicans who remain within TEC to continue in fellowship with the Churches of the worldwide Communion. Third, the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) should now be recognized an authentic Anglican Church within the Communion."
John Harrower, Bishop of Tasmania: "This is not just another cut in Anglicanism’s ‘death by a thousand cuts’ but the gathering pace of the self mutilation of TEC (The Episcopal Church – the Anglican Church in the USA plus its Affiliates). I suggest this is not just a cut, but a mortal wound."
Bp. John also quotes leaders of the Church of Ireland: "The Episcopal Church (TEC) has taken this provocative step despite knowing the division and difficulties created by Gene Robinson’s consecration in 2003. This shows a deliberate disregard for other members of the Anglican family and suggests that TEC does not greatly value unity within Anglicanism and indeed throughout the universal Church."
I found that the quote which captures the situation best is by the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the national leader of the Episcopal Church. From the Anglican Mainstream article:
For more thoughts, Will Briggs' blog God's'Will can be found here.
So, what can we do in our local Tasmanian churches while we wait for Bishop John to reach our church? You might like to use this as a way of encouraging others in your church to be thinking more seriously about prayer. You might start a prayer group for the duration of Bishop John’s Prayer Pilgrimage to pray for him and to pray for the Holy Spirit’s work in the lives of those involved in the Pilgrimage. You might use Bishop John’s Prayer Pilgrimage as an incentive to start a prayer group which prays exclusively for the Holy Spirit’s work in the life of unbelievers in your local area!
Bishop John has kindly written this prayer for our Diocese as we bring this Prayer Pilgrimage, our Bishop, Tasmanian Anglicans and our state of Tasmanian before our Father in Heaven:
Heavenly Father, your word teaches us that we do not have because we do not ask
By your Spirit make us as keen to pray as you are to listen
as determined to listen as you have always been to speak
that we may be equipped for mission and united as your people,
healthy churches transforming our lives and those of all Tasmanians
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Senator delivers bad news and a poor understanding of the role and responsibility of the confessional in Anglican Church practice. Senator Xenophon said current laws required priests to report sexual abuse cases to police only if they come to light outside the confession booth. He said the church should declare its protocols “so the public knows what the church does in the case of allegations of abuse in the confessional”.
“If someone has confessed to a priest with information about the abuse of children, whether they’re the perpetrator or not, then shouldn’t the authorities know about that?” he said. [Reported at Church confessions of abuse 'should be reported']
I wrote an earlier article, Confession – focusing on the granting of absolution which refers to an earlier article Confession of sins which explicitly deals with the Seal / sanctity of the Confessional and the confession by a child abuser.