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Bishop John is travelling across Tasmania praying with all of us on this prayer pilgrimage. Check where he is up to.
Tuesday: Parish of Devonport and meeting the N/NW Church leaders at Holy Trinity, Ulverstone.
Wednesday: Parish of King Island.
Friday: Parish of St John’s New Town and the Parish of St James' Newtown and St Andrew’s Lenah Valley.
Sunday: Parish of the Southern Midlands.
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.
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Bishop John’s blog. Here are some recent posts...
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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: http://www.anglicantas.org.au/lec_based_study/
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.
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
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Will the Imagine Project change your life?
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."
Updates to current pages:
Click here for Chapter 5, Online preaching and sermon resources, Bible search and Tasmanian forums.
This section has been updated to include newer information and updated Tasmanian Bible Forum 2010 information.
Click here to see the Diocesan Preaching webpage index which includes all pages.
Have a look and have a great time learning!
Once again, many thanks to David for his work on this wonderful project.
Through his many books, Jerry Bridges has been shepherding my soul since I first became a Christian 16 years ago. In The Bookends of the Christian Life, he has done it again. As I have come to expect from “my pastor”, he has provided a sea of theological matter in a drop of devotional language. Here you will find God-centered doctrine that is delectably deep and down to earth at the same time. I promise, if you read this book carefully and prayerfully, you will gain both an informed mind and an enlarged heart.
From Mark Durie, An Open Letter from the Afghan Christian Community – AN URGENT PLEA FOR HELP & INTERVENTION
The letter from the Afghan Christians concludes :
May God bless you!
Afghan Christian Community
(Obaid S. Christ)
Click here to see Bishop John’s blog post.
If you would like to see a big version of this map with a list of the actual places Bishop John has been to, click here.
Please continue to pray for Bishop John and his "Pilgrimage Barnabas" Chris as they serve us in this powerful and wonderful way.
Luke Isham’s is really encouraging. I get excited over a young man coming to grips with big issues. Russell Morton could answer the current question about good wine under $30.
Bishop John’s blog is incredibly important because he is the boss. (and he is great at getting to the core of an issue) http://imaginarydiocese.org/bishopjohn/
Here are some blogs that really excite me. They are about mission in a new and exciting way.
Spend some time reading this week.
Click here to go to the Crossway site to find out more.
Do you use your tech gadget to enhance your relationship with Jesus?
Tell us what you use!
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Personally, I use OliveTree for my bible reading and Logos for my bible commentaries on an iPhone. Olive Tree is a fantastic free reader and does languages (Greek/Hebrew) very well. Logos (also free) is great if you use it on your home computer (OSX/Windows) as any book you own on your home computer can live on your iPhone or iPad for free. Both have plenty of free (old) books, but I did need to pay money for the ESV bible!
Click here to go to the Sistene Chapel on the internet.
Click here to see other job advertisements for the Anglican Church in Tasmanian.
Try this link for example.
It links to a talk from the Reformed Theological Seminary in America. What would they give away for free? Well, if I'm not mistaken, many of their lectures. This one, for example, is one of three lectures given by Dr D.A.Carson called 'New Perspective on Paul'. Now, if you know who that is and what that topic is, you're probably downloading it now! But, if you are not sure what that is, and want something to sink your teeth into, get out your iPod, and start downloading... It’s free.
Want more? They also have lectures by Sinclair B. Ferguson, Wayne Grudem, Dr Edmund P. Clowney and Dr. Timothy J. Keller (who do a 35 lecture series on preaching Christ in the Post-Modern World), Dr. Mark Dever... and there are many more. And, if you don't know these names and can't afford books, here is a quick way to listen to some great names in theology today without needing a big bank balance!
"But what is iTunes", you say? If you have no idea about gadgets, but can work a computer, I found a lot more notes and MP3 files at their website: www.rts.edu. If you have no idea about gadgets or computers, but still want to sink your teeth into some meaty theology... Grab yourself a local Anglican minister or a mature Christian friend and take them to a good Christian bookstore and rack their brains for advice.
Click here for a map of Tasmania showing the locations of each parish.
Click here for a list of June dates for Bishop John’s Prayer Pilgrimage
Click here for a list of July dates for Bishop John’s Prayer Pilgrimage
In the top right of this webpage you will see a picture of Bishop John with a list if dates where he will be this week. This will be updated each weekend during the prayer pilgrimage.
[sat 12.jun.2010 rob] Rev.Warwick Cuthbertson would like to ascertain if any clergy (whose ordination anniversary is the Feast of St Matthias) would be interested in attending a quiet day at St Matthias' Windermere on the banks of the Tamar on Thurs 24 January 2011.
If interested contact Rev.Warwick Cuthbertson, phone: 0408 456 067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is one of the resources found at www.anglicantas.org.au/boards_committees/.
As Bishop John states:
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