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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."
Reformation Day is today! As Anglicans, on Reformation Day we remember our wonderful heritage when God acted to bring about a change in his church.
This is what Wikipedia says (so it must be true ;),
... "The parish order for the New Church in Regensburg states that the Reformation of the city is to be observed the first Sunday after October 15, every year. This document may be from 1567, however the dating is uncertain. The 1569 church order in Pomerania states that the Reformation was to be observed on St. Martin’s Day, which falls on November 11."
"May I encourage you to read the interesting articles about life and ministry of the Anglican family in Tasmania and beyond! Tasmanian Anglican (October 2011)"
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I was looking for an article for our Parish’s monthly 'ChurchNews' and found an article poignant for our generation.
The article, titled 'Four Ways Christians Can Influence the World', was written by the late Rev John Stott. Stott articulates the need for all Christians to be able to answer the question: How can we be salt and light in this dark world?
Now, we may not agree with everything Stott says, but whatever we believe in the matter requires our immediate action. Stott says:
But people are not rubbish.
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Matthew Moore and Jacob Saulwick’s article "The machines that are draining a city" (link below) highlights the deep impact on the poor and the vulnerable in our society. But this doesn't just resonate with those living in NSW, but here in Tasmania as well.
Listed below is this article from the Sydney Morning Herald, but also more recent articles from The Age on the topic of Poker Machine reform and the actions of those who oppose reform.
Rev Isham says: Primarily it was good to see reinforced the idea that while the Crucifixion and the Resurrection "are two aspects of the same event"... there are a number of different consequences from each. The book is basically a survey of those consequences.
Primarily it was good to see reinforced the idea that while the Crucifixion and the Resurrection "are two aspects of the same event"... there are a number of different consequences from each. The book is basically a survey of those consequences.
Questions Mr Chapman’s book covers includes:
Click here to read more (including the details of the motion) on Bishop John’s blog.
[fri 14.oct.2011 will] In response to news from the Diocese of South Carolina (click here for more information), Bishop John has written this letter to Bishop Mark Lawrence.
Rt. Rev'd Mark Lawrence
The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina Post Office Box 20127
Charleston SC 29413
United States of America
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
I received with deep concern and sadness the news of formal allegations against you and your diocese with respect to some ill-defined sense of abandoning the faith of the Church.
I write so that my recognition and support of you as a Brother Bishop in the Anglican Communion may be clear and unambiguous, and to assure you of my prayer for you and your leadership team at this time.
It has become clear over recent years, and it was certainly my experience at the Lambeth Conference of 2008: not only are the revisionist pursuits of certain parties clearly no longer bounded by the fundamental witness of the gospel in Scripture, but the means of that pursuit seem no longer bounded by the common human wisdom of good grace and fairness. The fact that current events demonstrate a willingness to impugn the fundamental character of Episcopal polity is a demonstration of their intransigence.
Nevertheless, please be encouraged in the Lord Jesus in whose sufferings you share and in whose resurrection hope we live and minister.
I note the words at the top of your diocesan website - “...that all may come to know Him...” Our Lord Jesus is indeed our sole focus, our joy, our salvation; and the knowledge of him our goal for ourselves and all those we meet. He is the head of the church and his promise to his people is secure.
May his grace and peace be with you and the faithful saints of the Diocese of South Carolina.
Yours sincerely in the bonds of Christ,
Bishop of Tasmania
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Professor Margaret Somerville is an internationally acclaimed and respected advocate for the case against euthanasia. Professor Somerville holds professorships in both the Faculty of Law, where she holds the Samuel Gale Chair, and the Faculty of Medicine at the McGill University and was the founding director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law. She has consulted for international organisations such as the Global Programme on AIDS of the World Health Organisation, UNAIDS, the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, and law reform commisions in Canada and Australia.
Click here to watch a video of the lecture. Many thanks to Bishop John and Sam Green for the link. (The link is: http://vimeo.com/29943442)
You can read Bishop John’s post on this video by clicking here.
Recently, Bishop Mouneer recently wrote a letter to Christians around the world explaining the dire situation in Egypt and asking for our prayerful support for Egypt and our brothers and sisters in Christ who live in Egypt.
"I’ve read the weekend papers, listened to the news, participated in societal debates: my conclusion..."
Click here to read this encouraging piece by Bishop John.
He says, "The theme of the Conference of Science and Christianity (COSAC 2011) was Disenchantment: Faith and Science in a Secular World. The description read ‘From the time of the Enlightenment, Western society has become progressively disenchanted, as a sense of the transcendent and of spiritual forces, which pervaded mediaeval life, was lost, even repudiated…’ "
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This comment is not a Christian comment. It is certainly not from a Christian website. The cursing in the full text gives that away.
In this comment we can hear the world commenting on Poker-Machine reform. It’s as if he has been reading his bible, reached James 2:1-4 and started writing. It gave me the deepest sense that Christians - who have God’s word - should be the first to defend the unprotected and stand against rich oppressors. Protecting the vulnerable. Protecting the battler.
Hopefully, Christians are not being wooed by the voices rejecting poker-machine reforms, but instead seeking to protect Australians who struggle with gambling and poker-machine addiction.
Please pray that our politicians will not be wooed by these unhelpful voices of the oppressive rich. And that instead, they will seek to protect vulnerable Australians. (James 2:1-4)
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