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From the Bishop

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Bishop John's blog. Here are some recent posts...

  • Christians respond to suffering #4
  • Christians respond to suffering #3
  • Christians respond to suffering #2
  • Christians respond to suffering #1
  • No Holy Books 4 new Aussies
  • Answering ‘the problem’ of suffering

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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.
Amen

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Will the Imagine Project change your life?


CMS: This study is a gift

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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."


Archive of Home Page: 2010 October


Happy Reformation Day! #3

[sun 31oct10 rob] As the sun sets on Reformation Day 2010, another video to keep us considering church.
What does a Missional Church look like?

Happy Birthday Farreg!




Happy Reformation Day! #2

[sun 31oct10 rob] Here is another video for Reformation Day. This time a bit more serious, but continuing to keep us contemplating 'church'... our church. What is my church like?
"My church is..."


With thanks to the folk at Central Christian Church (USA) for this helpful video.




Christians respond to suffering

photo - Bishop John Harrower - head and shoulders
[sun 31oct10 rob] Bishop John has been reflecting on the topic of 'Christians respond to suffering'. Bishop John's last four posts on his blog have taken different approaches to this important topic. A very helpful read.

1. Click here for Christians respond to suffering #1 (October 27)
2. Click here for Christians respond to suffering #2 (October 28)
3. Click here for Christians respond to suffering #3 (October 29)
4. Click here for Christians respond to suffering #4 (October 30)




Happy Reformation Day! #1

[sun 31oct10 rob] Today is Reformation Day! So, another video to encourage us to think about church. This video is described as a parable, and asks the question:
"What if Starbucks marketed like a church?"




Reformation Day: What is the church?

[sat 30oct10 rob] Reformation Day is tomorrow! A time when we remember the people who have had a great influence on the Anglican Church, like Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer (and many others) and their commitment to the gospel and to God's church. It is a time when we celebrate the birth of a new movement.

So, as we celebrate, here is a video to get us thinking by asking: "What is the church?"

R/T to Bp Ross Nicholson as this was found on his Facebook wall :-)




Giving Up Girlhood

The pressure to conform to an idealised body type in a sex-saturated culture which values girls who are thin, hot and sexy is taking a massive toll, manifested in eating disorders, depression, anxiety, self-harm and low self-esteem. How can we help our girls resist the negative messages from popular culture and recognise their true value and worth? (CNEC website)

Internet Web World Wide Web (small)
rpt [fri 29oct10 rob] On October 29, CNEC is sponsoring a special event at the Christian Reformed Church, Kingston: "Giving Up Girlhood". You are invited to hear Melinda Tankard Reist, well known advocate and speaker, speak on the increasing sexualisation of our culture and its particular impact on our girls. Kim Vanden Hengel, CEO of CNEC International will also be presenting on the current situation for women and girls in Eastern DR Congo.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear these two speakers on these important topics. You may contact Denice Walter, Phone 6224 1105, if you have any questions regarding this event.

Where? Christian Reformed Church – 17 Denison Street, Kingston
When? Friday 29th October at 7.30pm




From The Bishop's Desk 28.10

photo - Bishop John Harrower - head and shoulders
[fri 29oct10 rob] From The Bishop's Desk 28.10 for 27th October, 2010 is now available.

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The Registrar's Administrative Circular

Tasmanian Anglican Seal
[fri 29oct10 rob] The Registrar's Administrative Circular for October is now available.

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Evangelistic event for Hobart in December

Inspirational People website - Jesus All ABout Life (JAAL)
[tue 26oct10 rob] I want my friend to be saved. I want my friend to be in heaven for eternity. If only I could invite my friend to an event where they could hear about Jesus.

Such an event is coming. With thanks to Vision100:

Friday 17th December at 7:30pm-9:30pm
'The Odeon', 167 Liverpool Street, Hobart.

What to do now...

Watch the video, follow the link, invite your friend, and be there to hear the great news of Jesus.

Click here for the promotional video.
Click here for the event website.
Click here for the Vision 100 website.




Holy Books and Citizenship Ceremonies

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[tue 26oct10 rob] You may have heard the recent "discussion" over Hobart and Clarence City Councils no longer giving out bibles to swear on for Citizenship ceremonies. Bishop John has been looking into this too and you can read his thoughts on his blog.

Click here for Bishop John's post titled, "No Holy Books 4 new Aussies".




Missional Church: The game-changer!

The Imagine Project: Shoot and Crop (20)
[tue 19oct10 rob] Have you visited The Imagine Project website recently? Andy has recently updated it with a short video. This 5minute video shows how understanding church as a network of missionary communities changed Pastor Geoff Surratt's way of seeing church.

Andy tells us "This ties in closely with some of our thoughts and dreams for the Imagine Project in North Launceston."

Click here to read Andy's post and watch the video.




Which NIV?

Internet Web World Wide Web (small)
[tue 19oct10 rob] A new NIV bible? This post from the Koinonia blog:

Blomberg Endorses 'NIV 2011' in his new Exegesis Handbook
"As this book goes to press, the Committee on Bible Translation is nearing completion of its work on the 2011 edition of the NIV. This edition of the NIV will incorporate many improvements over the 1984 NIV, many of which have appeared in the TNIV. It will also feature the results of a thorough reanalysis of the best way to handle gender language in contemporary English. There is every reason to believe that the 2011 NIV should be the English Bible translation suitable for the broadest range of context for years to come."

Craig Blomberg, Handbook of New Testament Exegesis, p61

The NIV 2011 bible! Click here to read the post.

(The Koinonia blog is hosted by Zondervan Academic. Zondervan publish the NIV bible.)




Mary MacKillop & Canonisation

photo - Bishop John Harrower - head and shoulders
[mon 18oct10 rob] For those who have been reflecting on Mary MacKillop recently, so has Bishop John. He has posted an article about recent events surrounding her. In fact, if you look closely, you will see that Bishop John did not write this post at all. Click here to read the post on Bishop John's blog.


From The Bishop's Desk 27.10

Tasmanian Anglican Seal
[mon 18oct10 rob] From The Bishop's Desk 27.10 for 15th October, 2010 is now available.

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Jazz and Blues Supper Club for BCA

BCA - Bush Church Aid (logo)











[wed 13oct10 rob] Jazz and Blues Supper Club featuring: Greg Jones, Ray Phillips and friends. Admission by ticket: $15 per person (Wine & Cheese included). Purchase your ticket now from: Dennis Quinn 6244 5098, Helen Phillips 0429 865 733, Ray Phillips 0427 296 658.

Saturday 6th November 7:30pm
At St.Thomas' Anglican Church, Howrah

3 Lorne Crescent Howrah

All proceeds to the work of Bush Church Aid (BCA).
Click here for an A4 downloadable brochure.




Giving Up Girlhood

The pressure to conform to an idealised body type in a sex-saturated culture which values girls who are thin, hot and sexy is taking a massive toll, manifested in eating disorders, depression, anxiety, self-harm and low self-esteem. How can we help our girls resist the negative messages from popular culture and recognise their true value and worth? (CNEC website)

Internet Web World Wide Web (small)
[wed 13oct10 rob] On October 29, CNEC is sponsoring a special event at the Christian Reformed Church, Kingston: "Giving Up Girlhood". You are invited to hear Melinda Tankard Reist, well known advocate and speaker, speak on the increasing sexualisation of our culture and its particular impact on our girls. Kim Vanden Hengel, CEO of CNEC International will also be presenting on the current situation for women and girls in Eastern DR Congo.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear these two speakers on these important topics. You may contact Denice Walter, Phone 6224 1105, if you have any questions regarding this event.

Where? Christian Reformed Church – 17 Denison Street, Kingston
When? Friday 29th October at 7.30pm




From The Bishop's Desk 26.10

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[thu 07oct10 rob] From The Bishop's Desk 26.10 for 6th October, 2010 is now available.

Within the latest FTBD is news of a newly appointed Enabler for New Norfolk and Hamilton:

The Revd TED NEWPORT, with his wife Rosie, was recently inducted as Priest in Charge of the Parish of the Northern Midlands.
Ted is also serving the Diocese as Enabler to the parishes of New Norfolk and Hamilton. His commissioning to both Enabler roles will take place at St Matthew’s New Norfolk on Wednesday 13 October, the service commencing at 6.30pm and concluding with refreshments. The parishes warmly invite all interested folk to join them for this event.

Click here to read the latest news from the Bishop's Desk.




Serving our Holy God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

[wed 06.oct.10 rob] Revd Will Briggs has left a message on his blog for his readers:

Project Priest, Connections Project, Somerset
Dear readers,

After some thought and prayer I have decided that this will be the last post on this blog for a while. No real huge reason worth mentioning - just a simple realignment of my energy and priorities towards making my life more doxological. This is (probably) not the end of my online presence: but whatever it is will be later, and different.

Blessings,
Will.

I personally found Will's blog to be forthright, passionate, open and honest. I appreciated Will allowing his readers to walk with him as he wrestled with the issues of the day as a Christian man. Thanks Will. Your blog will be missed. May God bless Will in his new endeavours... and we wait to see what they will be.
Click here for Will's blog.

Just under his message was a link to a song. A passionate and beautiful song from Chris Tomlin about our great God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks for serving us Will.







Has science found humanity another home?

Luke Isham (50%)
upd [wed 06.oct.10 rob] There has been excitement in the world of science recently with the discovery of a planet in the Gliese 581 system that scientists believe 'could sustain life'. (Well, as long as they don't live on the burning hot side of the planet which is constantly nearest it's sun nor the freezing cold side which doesn't receive the warmth of it's sun at all ;)

"It was bound to happen, the discovery of a
planet with life-form potential." (Revd. Isham)

Over at Revd Luke Isham's blog, with the title, 'Aliens and Christ: We'd better get a wriggle on' he reflects on the implications of the recent discovery of this planet in the Gliese 581 system. Is there anyone else out there to tell about Jesus? (His blog has a great picture too!)

Click here to read the post on Revd Luke Isham's blog.
Click here to read the media/news release on the NASA website.
Click here for NASA's feature site.
Click here for a descriptive picture of Gliese 581 on the NASA website.

Note: For clarification, while Giese 581 g is the name of the actual planet all the excitement is about, it is part a solar system called Gliese 581.




Have you caught up on the news over on Bishop John's blog?

photo - Bishop John Harrower - head and shoulders
[mon 04.oct.10 rob] Bishop John has added a few new articles to his blog recently:
  • Euthanasia push in Australia: A new push across Australia, not just Tasmania, for Euthanasia.
  • Bionic ear inventor honoured: Prof. Graeme Clarke AC recognised for his contribution.
  • Cathedral renovation: transforming life: “It’s great to have light going into what was once a dark place. It’s really exciting for the congregation to have that facility available.”
  • Finals Fever in the office: Footy
  • General Synod Round up: Bishop John sums up the goings on at General Synod.

Click here to read Bishop Joh's blog.




Former strip club converted

revd. richard humphrey (dean of the cathedral)
[mon 04.oct.10 rob] ABC News has reported on our Cathedral and our Dean, the Anglican Dean of Hobart, the Very Reverend Richard Humphrey.

Tasmania's Anglican Church has reclaimed a former strip club next to its cathedral in Hobart... The "Players" nightclub exposed Hobart's grubby side to Sunday worshippers. But the Anglican Dean of Hobart, the Very Reverend Richard Humphrey, says that has now changed thanks to a $4.1 million restoration of the cathedral precinct. "It's great to have light going into what was once a dark place."
(ABC News 30 Sep 2010)

Click here to see the ABC article. This article includes the video from the evening TV news.
Click here to see the post on Bishop John's blog.




From The Bishop's Desk 25.10

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[mon 04.oct.10 rob] From The Bishop's Desk 25.10 for 1st October, 2010 is now available.

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