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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."
"In an interesting “sober thought” the authors hit on a
conversation topic earlier in my day in which my friend
commented on the healing and healthy role that his
Christian community played in his life."
Bishop John looks at two research projects and finds "that marriage and religious people in community lead to social well-being. Jesus certainly affirmed marriage and he gathered a community of disciples."
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"There’s a messiah shaped gap in the Old Testament."
"A substitutionary sacrifice: the Last Supper echoing the first Passover."
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So, click here to read the letter.
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The Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, the Right Reverend John Harrower has spoken out in response to the motion tabled by Mr. Nick McKim in the House of Assembly today.
Bishop Harrower said, “I call upon the parliament to not support this motion.
“I have consistently upheld the Church’s affirmation of the definition under the Marriage Act that marriage is the union between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others voluntarily entered into for life.
“I have also consistently supported the recognition of gay and lesbian relationships and have advocated for appropriate legal protection for gay and lesbian couples in areas where there was formerly discrimination.”
Bishop Harrower said, “Mr McKim’s call for “Marriage Equality” is disingenuous. What he intends is a redefinition of marriage itself. Redefining marriage does very little, if anything, to extend rights or equality before the law. It appears to be less about extending rights to a minority and more about compelling all to conform to a novel and unnecessary view.
“The institution of marriage is much more than the expression of private love but is a responsibility and a commitment of a particular sort within society. Redefining marriage will disenfranchise those who have embraced and value that particular form of commitment.”
Contact: Diocesan Office 6220 2020
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I have come to the conclusion that the use of social media to comment on meetings while they are still in progress can be extremely unhelpful."
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Douglas Wilson is humerous and to the point in this article as he helps the reader to see what lies underneath some of the recent arguments of some athiests. Wilson begins,
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In this update Bishop John noted the latest Tasmanian Bible Forums:
TASMANIAN BIBLE FORUMS (TBF)
The St Helens TBF in June was a significant day with a record number of participants for St Helens. Yours truly led the sessions on Prayer as Passionate Spirituality. I encourage clergy and lay people to attend these forums to grow in Christ. Is there a school chaplain or youth worker whom you could invite who would value the refreshment this would bring? All for just $15!
15 October St George’s Anglican Church, Sorell, 10.00am – 3.00pm.
‘Wise Up. Life and Faith in Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes.’
Interactive Bible talks/workshop with Richard Humphrey, Dean of St David’s Cathedral, Hobart.
RSVP 10th Oct, Jill McCoy, phone 6265 2445 or firstname.lastname@example.org
22 October St Aidan’s Anglican Church, East Launceston, 10.00am-3.00pm.
‘No Turning Back.’ 3 Sessions on the book of Numbers
with Mike Raiter, Principal, Melbourne School of Theology; previously BCV.
RSVP 14th Oct, phone 6327 4742 or email@example.com
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