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and with humility,
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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."
The article 'Reaching those we know: Be being a Christian on Facebook' ponders the important topic of how we reflect Jesus on social media. Have you thought about how you might be perceived by your friends in the way you use Facebook?
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St George's, Battery Point
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He doesn't have all the answers, he can't tell you how to make sure your kids will be in heaven with you... it’s the reality of parenting. Sometimes I just need an article on Christian parenting that encourages me and yet doesn't pander to my pride (by telling me everything is OK).
This article called 'Parenting 001' by Kevin DeYoung is from the website 'The Gospel Coalition'. I have included a link to a video by Mark Dever, which explains who the Gospel Coalition are.
Click here to read Bishop John’s post with more information about the judges for 2011.
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For those who are not aware of the conference, the main speakers are John Piper and John Lennox and is expected to be largest gathering of Christian pastors, chaplains and lay leaders in Australia’s history.
Here is a little helper from the conference website titled, 'Ten Reasons Not To Miss Oxygen'. Click here to go to the website.
In his helpful post, Mikey looks at some processes for ensuring an Admin and PA are carefyully selected for the task, and that their training, orientation and even their ongoing role in the church team is considered. What I like most is that Mikey doesn't shy away from encouraging the significant role that Admins and PAs play in the Ministry of a church.
A great read, and an important lesson for Ministry Team leaders. Thanks Mikey!
Click here to read Mikey’s post.
[tue 21.jun.2011 rob] Those who attended Synod 2011 were able to watch the new video from BCA. Now you can too! Just click on the video to play.
While you are thinking of BCA, don't miss this video interview with Mike and Chantalle Keith with BCA at Lightning Ridge. Click here to watch their video.
[mon 20.jun.2011 rob] Here are some inspiring tweets from the 'Fresh Look At Mission' conference which occurred on Friday 17th June.
Regarding Christians, "If we disappeared tomorrow leaving only our buildings, do you think anyone would notice?" davemiers
"Evangelism is our mission. Love for others is our character." jkforsyth
"Be devoted to the time consuming, energy draining, sin confronting, mind stretching, soul bearing challenge of leadership" jmoff
In the clip below John Dickson from the Centre for Public Christianity interviews Diaa Mohamed the man behind the campaign.
Bishop John said,
John Dickson said,
Click here to hear this great hymn and read along with the words.
The decision by the BBC to broadcast the assisted suicide of a prominent hotelier along with the accompanying advocacy of prominent author Terry Pratchett promoting euthanasia/ medical killing / assisted suicide, takes the reporting of suicide to another dangerous level. It is one thing is to consider reporting suicides in order to engender healthy conversation and support of people at risk. It is another altogether to document someone committing suicide with someone else promoting it. This is not just a bad idea, it is deadly practice!
Click here to view the post on Bishop John’s blog.
From the article,
In the wake of yet more big jolts in Christchurch, Bishop Victoria Matthews says she fears her clergy are facing “exhaustion of spirit”. “People are tired. They have been more than magnificent. Let me say that clearly."
To read more, click here for the article.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in New Zealand. May God be with them at this difficult time.
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For many of us, we may look past the modern day experience of blindness. However, after preaching on this passage Piper decided to interview a member of his congregation, John Knight. Knight was born blind. This is the second interview in a series of two.
Click here to watch this second interview in the series.
Click here for John Piper’s introduction to the series of interviews with John Knight.
Click here to watch John Piper’s first video with John Knight.
Click here for a video of John Piper’s sermon on John 9:1-23 that started this interview series.
Click here to read the bible passage John 9:1-23 in the ESV bible translation.
This edition includes news of Bishop John’s visit to King Island, his Chaplaincy visits, his visit to Sandy Bay/Taroona and more.
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Question: If biological evolution is true and there was no historical Adam and Eve, how can we know where sin and suffering came from? Answer: Belief in evolution can be compatible with a belief in a historical fall and a literal Adam and Eve. There are many unanswered questions around this issue.
Compared to other questions laypeople ask pastors about creation and evolution, I find the concerns of this question much more well-grounded. Indeed, I must disclose, I share them. Many orthodox Christians who believe God used evolutionary biological processes to bring about human life not only do not take Genesis 1 as history, but also deny that Genesis 2 is an account of real events. Adam and Eve, in their view, were not historical figures but an allegory or symbol of the human race. Genesis 2, then, is a symbolic story or myth that conveys the truth that human beings all have and do turn away from God and are sinners.
Disagree with Keller? This site is just getting you to think theologically, so if you know of an article articulating the other point of view, please let us know.
Click here to read Tim Keller’s post.
Well, you can do that on the Tasmanian Anglicans Facebook page.
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This video is 88 minutes long and is John Piper interviewing Rick Warren. As Justin Taylor’s website explains:
Piper explains that he read The Purpose-Drive Life [sic] with a fine-tooth comb and significantly disagreed with certain Reformed critiques of the book. The heart of the interview is Piper seeking clarification and confirmation from Warren on various doctrines and distinctives. Piper explains his intentions like this:
My aim in this interview is to bring out and clarify what Rick Warren believes about these biblical doctrines. In doing this my hope is that the thousands of pastors and lay people who look to Rick for inspiration and wisdom will see the profound place that doctrine has in his mind and heart.
Click here for Justin Taylor’s post on the Gospel Coalition website. His post includes the video, his own review and also an index to the 88 minute video. Links to audio-only and a transcript are also available through this link.
Click here for the Gospel Coalition Website.
Click here for John Piper’s post about the interview (also includes the video)
Click here to get a glimpse of Rick Warren’s book, 'The Purpose Driven Life' on the Amazon.com website.
Click here to go to our Facebook post on this article if you want to discuss it further.
"The Anglican Bishop of Tasmania says it is impossible to legislate protection for people against euthanasia if it is legalised."
Are you passionate about Synod? What about your church? What about your own walk with God? According to our Natural Church Development surveys the area in which the Anglican Church in Tasmania is habitually weak is Passionate Spirituality. For the Church to grow in health and vitality as well as numbers, we must grow in passionate spirituality.
WHAT IS PASSIONATE SPIRITUALITY?
Natural Church Development defines passionate spirituality as the energy source that fuels every church, providing the energy and momentum to move forward toward mission. … (Passionate spirituality) continues reproducing itself when we tap into the source and stay connected to it. Passionate spirituality goes beyond our personal devotional times to our encounters with God in moments of daily life, and the various ways we experience and engage with his presence. The outpouring of passionate spirituality is an integration of our inner life with God into every aspect of our outward lives as well, resulting in stories of changed lives and transformation.
WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF OUR PASSIONATE SPIRITUALITY?
Our passion for God is founded in God. God is the creator, sustainer and end of our life. In God lies the source of our passion for him and his world. The Letter to the Hebrews is described as an exhortation (13:22), it is a call to live out the faith, to run the race before us (12:1-3). What is the source of this exhortation? Is it not God? Our “God (who) is a consuming fire”; who has a passion for purity, for holiness? (12:29) In bringing the first twelve chapters to a close the Writer of Hebrews highlights the person of God,
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” (12:28,29)
Thankfulness and awe before ‘our “God (who) is a consuming fire”’ are the source of Chapter 13’s call to a passionate spirituality, to dedicated discipleship. Our passion for God is founded in God. God is the initiator of our relationship. Note also that the word translated worship in 12:28 (TNIV and NRSV) holds both worship and service in its meaning. Thus in the Amplified Bible,
Let us therefore, receiving a kingdom that is firm and stable and cannot be shaken, offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship, with modesty and pious care and godly fear and awe; For our God [is indeed] a consuming fire.
Knowledge of God’s character leads to ‘pleasing service and acceptable worship’. Our passion for God is founded in God. Consider our Anglican heritage. Where is our passion for God? What aspect of God’s character inspires our passionate spirituality?
What does the Book of Common Prayer tell us? The first service in the Book of Common Prayer, 1662, (BCP) opens with verses which state plainly that Anglicans are sinners! Welcome, one and all! But wait! The best is yet to come. We are sinners redeemed by grace through Christ’s atoning death. Now that is good news.
Anglican spirituality starts with God who is holy and us his people, who are unholy. We seek mercy and forgiveness as we humbly approach the Holy God. Anglican worship is penitential. Anglican worship starts with our sin. We have rejected God, are subject to God’s wrath and in repentance seek God’s mercy through Christ.
The first service in the BCP is The Order for Morning Prayer: Daily throughout the year. The very first sentence of the very first Anglican Prayer Book