Christian Submissions to the Senate Same-Sex Marriage Inquiry

sydneyanglicans.net have a great summary article on the Australian Senate Inquiry into Same-Sex Marriage Legislation (not to be confused with a previous inquiry in 2015). The Diocese of Sydney has told a Senate Inquiry the proposed bill on same-sex marriage does not sufficiently protect freedom of religion. The Senate inquiry into the exposure draft of the legislation […]

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Interview with William Taylor

This week I’m at the CMS Summer School where this year’s speaker is William Taylor, rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate in London. William was good enough to sit down with me (outside! you can hear some of the wildlife!) and we chatted about his conversion, his current ministry at St Helen’s, his impressions of Summer […]

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Valé Mike Ovey

Mike Ovey, principal of Oak Hill Theological College in London, has passed away suddenly on Saturday night UK time (7 January 2017). Ovey was highly regarded for his strong evangelical convictions and superior academic work. His writing was widely circulated and he had a gift in public speaking for communicating complex ideas with simplicity and clarity. […]

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Stille Nacht

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Alles schläft; einsam wacht Nur das traute hochheilige Paar. Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar, Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh! Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh! Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Hirten erst kundgemacht Durch der Engel Halleluja, Tönt es laut von fern und nah: Christ, der Retter ist da! Christ, der Retter ist da! Stille […]

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Archbishop of Sydney’s Christmas Message – Truth overcomes in a post-truth world

From SydneyAnglicans.net The Oxford English Dictionary has named ‘post-truth’ the international word of the year. This is not surprising given that the Brexit vote and US election were enmeshed in what is being called post-truth politics. Let’s face it – there is so much ‘post-truth’ around. The rise of social media has been fuelled by people who […]

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God’s Got Skills (Creation Skills)

Sinfest has to be one of my favourite online comics. Always clever, often stimulating, sometimes awkward! This from 10 years ago is well worth an airing: Psa. 19:1    The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal […]

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No More Thomases

Today is the feast day of Thomas, patron saint of all doubters, apparently. I want to gently disagree. Actually, who are we kidding? I want to disagree strongly. Thomas is the patron saint of the end of doubt. Here’s the Anglican collect for today: ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who for the more confirmation of the faith […]

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The Content of Carols

A fun but thought-provoking video from the always-excellent Lutheran Satire to kick us off. I have a lot of sympathy for this. As some of you will know I consider Away in a Manger verboten for precisely these reasons, plus it infanticises the nativity (do you see what I did there?). I’m all for children […]

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