Dean John Shepherd: “The Author of Hebrews is Grasping at Straws”

Since publishing a few days ago on the invitation by the Diocese of Melbourne to have Dean John Shepherd of Perth speak at their annual ministry conference a good number of corresponants have asked me whether Shepherd still holds to the views we originally reported back in 2008. True, Shepherd has been a little quieter […]

UPDATED: John Shepherd “Withdraws” from Melbourne Diocesan Conference

A number of days ago I reported on the uproar in Melbourne at the invitation to Dean John Shepherd of Perth to speak at the Diocesan Ministry Conference. Revised programs have gone out to potential delegates of the Melbourne Diocesan Conference that looked like this: I understand this came about due to concerted complaints and […]

Stretching the Limits of Diversity? Melbourne Diocese has Denier of Christ’s Resurrection as Speaker at Ministry Conference

Melbourne Diocese¬†has always been a genuine smorgasbord of theological perspectives. Conservatives minister in parishes that neighbour with liberal ministers or those openly living in same-sex relationships. As a result there have always been some tensions. The Diocese of Melbourne has been affected by issues that have been debated in the worldwide¬†Anglican Communion. The theological diversity […]

A New Primate for Australia – who will it be?

The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia gathers together in one week’s time in Adelaide. I’ll be there, taking part and trying to keep you all updated on the business and (more interestingly) what’s going on behind the scenes of the business. But the day before General Synod opens, a new Primate for […]

Understanding the Perth Same-Sex Marriage Vote

If the mainstream media were to be believed, the Synod (church parliament) of the Anglican Diocese of Perth have just voted overwhelmingly to support same-sex marriage. So the ABC has this report… Anglicans in Perth have voted to have same-sex relationships recognised. The church synod voted by a two-thirds majority to call for legal acknowledgment […]