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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."
[sat 30.jul.2011 rob] What happens if you take a video camera, put it in front of a panel of preachers such as:
If you look around the site while you are there, you will find other great videos like this one: 'Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?' with Thabiti Anyabwile.
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they have been given access by P&R to host PDFs of
Dr. D.A. Carson’s two chapters in this new book:
Richard D. Phillips and Gabriel N. E. Fluhrer, eds.
Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2011.
The book publishes the Spring 2010 addresses at the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. Here are Dr. D.A. Carson’s two chapters:
Click here to read Dr. D.A. Carson’s chapter on 'This Present Evil Age'.
2. “Partakers of the Age to Come” surveys Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
Click here to read Dr. D.A. Carson’s chapter on 'Partakers of the Age to Come'.
Click here to go to the ChristianityToday website.
Click here to read From The Bishop’s Desk 13/11 (27th July, 2011).
In his post, Bishop John references (and offers his support for) the report Response to the “Malaysia Solution” from the Anglican Church’s Migrants and Refugees Network, and the Chairman of the Network and Archbishop of Adelaide, Jeffrey Driver. Bishop John quotes the report saying,
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Is it helpful? Is it a hindrance?
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However, how far do you go with this topic? How far is too far when it comes to being critical of ourselves and our language? Here is another recent article about this topic.
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Now, if you have finished reading the article and missed the little bit about the 'Smokin hot bride', then you may want to read this article. I don't know the writer, but it seems to express one view of this language dilemna quite well. Click here to read this article by Lyn Smith.
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'10 Simple Things Good Pastors Say' is a short article which encourages ministers and pastors to consider some of the simple things they do or do not do on a daily basis. A great encouragement for the simple things we do - and a prompter for the little things we may have stopped doing.
Click here for the article, '10 Simple Things Good Pastors Say'.
Tony Payne's, 'Cash Values' bible study.
I found this bible study book helpful. It looks at what the bible teaches about money. Money is a tricky topic for Christians, and we rarely sit down to carefully work out what the Bible has to tell us about it. Cash Values is designed to get us to do just that, all the while explaining how the subject is significant to our relationship with God and our fellowship with other Christians. Click here for more information on 'Cash Values'.
Kim Hawtrey's, 'True and Living God'.
Our society has its 'gods'—things like money and possessions, career, television, sport, beauty and family. These modern deities may be perfectly good things in themselves, but they assume the proportions of 'gods' by our devotion to them. In so doing, they actually rob us of real life. Click here for more information on 'True and Living God'.
Brian Rosner's, 'Beyond Greed'.
Rosner says, "The most disturbing thing about the fact that greed is idolatry is that hardly anybody owns up to being a worshipper. Imagine the response of disbelief in the local church if it were revealed that the vast majority of its members were secretly worshipping other gods. Yet if our analysis of the religion of money is right, the unthinkable may not be so far from the truth." Click here for more information on 'Beyond Greed'.
Of course, there are many more books on the subject. Click here to tell us what you think of these books and any others you have found helpful, on our Facebook page.
In my research, I came up with this article by a college student who had investigated the topic using just the book of Proverbs. Now, while that is not something I would normally recommend, I found it very helpful to approach only the book of Proverbs on the topic of money and wealth.
Now, while we may disagree with the article’s final views, we are left with a well-rounded teaching on the subject of money and wealth.
Hopefully, the article will encourage us to rethink how we use the wealth God has given us... and how we should think about the wealth God hasn't given us. It certainly helped me.
Saturday August 6, 10am-3:30pm @ St Barnabas’ Launceston
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Saturday August 20, 10am–3:30pm @ St Thomas’ Howrah
Click here to read From The Bishop’s Desk 12/11 (13th July, 2011).
And for good measure, two of his 11 points that I find particularly helpful:
11. “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” (1 Corinthians 3:6–7)
Click here ro read John Piper’s article '11 ways God works for us' (9th July, 2011).
When the CSIRO launched its Changing Atmosphere website last month, research leader Paul Fraser insisted the timing was not in response to recent criticism of climate science. Rather, the peak scientific organisation simply wanted to let the facts speak for themselves. However, a rather inconvenient truth needs to be borne in mind: recent research shows that ''facts'' alone rarely persuade us to change our minds on anything significant. In fact, they frequently entrench a contrary view.
When the CSIRO launched its Changing Atmosphere website last month, research leader Paul Fraser insisted the timing was not in response to recent criticism of climate science. Rather, the peak scientific organisation simply wanted to let the facts speak for themselves.
However, a rather inconvenient truth needs to be borne in mind: recent research shows that ''facts'' alone rarely persuade us to change our minds on anything significant. In fact, they frequently entrench a contrary view.
Click here this article by John Dickson online in The Age.
[sun 10.jul.2011 rob] There is a "burgeoning humanitarian crisis caused by extreme drought conditions in the Horn of Africa. The drought is said to be the worst in sixty years, and is affecting more than 10 million." For more information or to offer support, contact www.anglicord.org.au
In March, Will and Gill announced that Will would not be applying for the Rector position in the Parish of Burnie and that they would be knocking on other doors in pursuing God’s call on the next stage of their family’s ministry. Recently Will announced at Connections and subsequently on his blog that they are bound for South Tasmania...
[sun 10.jul.2011 rob]
What is a tragedy? This video is a nice reminder of what Christians are on about.
We are not just seeking to save people for eternity,
we also seek to save them so they can live what’s left of their earthly lives for their creator.
"In this short (87 pages), clear publication, Strauch gives the challenge to elders to remain focussed on the purpose of the eldership. Firmly grounded in biblical principles, he also works out to the practical and while there will need to be some tweaking from the American context, this book will greatly benefit ministers and elders who sometimes struggle with session meetings."
"Meetings. Love 'em or hate 'em, you're going to have them - especially if you are a pastor. The question is how to have them profitably. Here are 20 things I've found helpful in overcoming my fairly severe meeting-phobia... We have to prune our trees and bushes of the excess branches in order that stronger branches can grow stronger and more fruitful. There may be a proliferation of meetings in your church that are actually weakening the whole church and need to be pruned back to make for a stronger and more fruitful church."
2. Why do we need theological education? a) for the spiritual health of churches, and the Christians in them. Knowledge and learning are not the whole of what it means to grow spiritually in the NT, but they are certainly major components of spiritual health and growth. Paul spends three years teaching the Ephesian elders, for example. Jesus gives the apostles 40 days - Peter’s Acts 2 sermon didn't come out of nowhere!
b) for effectiveness in mission Once again, being well thought-through and informed is not the be-all and end-all of mission. But it sure helps! Paul is determined to 'take every thought captive' for the sake of the gospel of Christ (for example). And if we believe that the gospel applies accross cultures and times then we commit ourselves to the difficult work of contextualisation.
Click here to read Mr Jensen’s full post.
"Have you ever sat in church or had a conversation with a Christian and wondered when they stopped speaking English?"
Now while we may not agree with everything in this post, the topic of 'Words Christians use that i don't really understand' is a great point for all Christians to consider. Do I do that?
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"I watched ‘Leaky Boat’ last night on the ABC1 TV and the follow up ‘Q & A’ special, ‘Stopping the Boats’. Both programs were disturbing. ‘Leaky Boat’ showed the callous cruelty to asylum seekers and the media manipulation of a largely ignorant and fearful nation by our political leaders in their pursuit of political power. The second program, ‘Q & A’, perhaps inadvertently demonstrated the inability of the show’s panel to engage in constructive and civilised dialogue, let alone any iota of accountability by the politicians." Click here to read 'Political Power & Leaky Boats'.
"The human face of the “boat people” is seen in an Afghani refugee, Najaf Mazari. The juxtaposition of life in Afghanistan and life in Australia (as an asylum seeker) deepens both our common humanity and the differences between the lives lived in these two contexts."
Click here to read 'The Rugmaker of Mazar-E-Sharif – Book Review'.
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Second, MSIE has responded to the Archibishop of Canterbury’s statement. They say,