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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 two to be ordained are young married couple Joel and Kristina Kettleton, who met whilst training at Ridley Theological College in Melbourne (where a number of Tasmanians train).
Click here to read the full Media Release.
Bishop John continues later in his article,
I successfully moved a motion, with long time friend and colleague Bishop David Farrer, that the Anglican Church of Australia apologise for sexual abuse within the Church. The motion was unanimous and we stood and said the motion as a prayer at the General Synod (the parliament of the national Anglican Church). This occasion of prayerful and humble apology remains one of the most emotional moments in my life. We were overwhelmed by the tragedy and sought God’s help and resolve in continuing to confront this evil in our midst.
That this General Synod and we as members of it acknowledge with deep regret and repentance the past failings of the Church and its members. On behalf of the whole Anglican Church in this country we apologise unreservedly to those who have been harmed by sexual abuse perpetrated by people holding positions of power and trust in the Church. We apologise for the shameful way we actively worked against and discouraged those who came to us and reported abuse. We are ashamed to acknowledge that we only took notice when the survivors of abuse became a threat to us. We apologise and ask forgiveness for the Church’s failure at many levels to listen to and acknowledge the plight of those who have been abused, to take adequate steps to assist them, and to prevent abuse from happening or recurring. We commit the Church to listen to survivors of abuse to respond with compassion to all those who have been harmed, both to those who have come forward and to those who may choose to do so in the future, and to deal appropriately, transparently and fairly with those accused of abuse and negligence.
Reinke reminds us that all truth belongs to God. Also, while we can read the bible and know that it is good wisdom from God, we can't say the same for general literature. What God does, however, is not 'shelter us' but create in us a discernment for what is good and what is not good. Reinke says,
"The gospel does not shelter the Christian soul, but makes it discerning—and discerningly generous with the literature at its disposal. Reborn hearts turn from the worship of human creative genius to worship the Giver behind all the truth, goodness, and beauty given form in the pages of great literature."
So, the bible is God’s word to us, and it is one of a kind. However, when our hearts are transformed by God’s word, our hearts are able to discern general literature and allow us to benefit from it.
Reinke then reflects on the words of Richard Sibbes, a Puritan preacher, from his book A Christian’s Portion. Sibbes says,
"Again, 'all things are ours' [1 Cor. 3:21]. Therefore truth, wheresoever we find it, is ours. We may read [a] heathen author. Truth comes from God, wheresoever we find it, and it is ours, it is the church's. We may take it from them as a just possession. Those truths that they have, there may be good use of those truths; but we must not use them for ostentation. For that is to do as the Israelites; when they had gotten treasure out of Egypt, they made a calf, an idol of them. So we must not make an idol of these things. But truth, wheresoever we find it, is the church's. Therefore with a good conscience we may make use of any human author. I thought good to touch this, because some make a scruple of it."
All authors are helpful: But only the bible is God’s word and the truth. May we thank God for all literature. May we glory in God’s word and continually wrap ourselves in it (ie. read it!). After all, our Father in Heaven gave us his word because he wants to communicate with us and have a relationship with us: he wants us to read it.
To read Reinke’s article, click here.
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[mon 21.nov.2011 rob] This video tells the story of Jesus nativity using the trappings of the internet. A revised/updated version of last year's.
[mon 21.nov.2011 rob] This video tells the story of Jesus nativity in Lego. It is 7 minutes long.
Click here to read Bishop John’s post.
Click here to read his full post.
Click here for FTBD 19.11 (11th November 2011).
James Veltmeyer’s blog shares great news (and even photos) of adult baptisms down at Bellerive beach. Which is reasonably close to Bellerive Anglican Church! God is indeed at work in his church in Tasmania. Click here to read about the baptisms, complete with photos.
Finally, some challenging parting words from James about our own Christian walk:
Or stand up in front of family and friends and say you follow Jesus.
Do people you know even know you are a Christian?"
[mon 07.nov.2011 rob] Addressing the problem of moralistic preaching... and replacing it with the grace of God.
Yes, we are still on the same theme of imputed righteousness from the previous post :)
Thanks to Wade Iedema for the link.
After discussisng imputed righteousness with someone at church, I found this video on youtube.
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This quotation comes from an article I mentioned yesterday which reflected upon the Reformation. You can read the article by clicking here.
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AnglicanTas frontpage editor: Rob Stanley