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Theological Education in Africa – a great need, can you help?

My friend Mike Taylor, who studied at Moore College in Sydney, is now principal of the Munguishi Bible College in Tanzania. Theological education is one of the most useful things we can provide for our...

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Greek or Hebrew?

A quote from George Athas at Moore College that’s crying out for re-posting: A friend of mine who pastors a congregation told me of a young man in his church who was heading off to study at a...

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When the offended decide to go on the offensive

Being an Aussie living in the UK sometimes leads to bizarre experiences. Like when I’m talking to a Brit, and he or she makes a joke based on the premise that Aussies are descended from criminals....

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Speech and Salvation: Conference Package

I recently led a series of talks and discussions at our church’s weekend conference. I’ve put the whole conference together here into one package for others to use (it would work with a small group or...

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Anglicanism for dummies (and for everyone else)

Don’t let the dusty-sounding title of Ashley Null’s paper, 16th Century Anglican Ecclesiology, put you off. It’s a devotional, deep, rich, concise yet scholarly account of the roots of the Church of...

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Are we really devoted to the public reading of Scripture? (Scott Newling,...

flickr: Sun Dazed As evangelicals, we’ll often claim to believe that God speaks to us through the Bible. But do our public church gatherings actually reflect this conviction? This article by Scott...

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Support the training of future gospel workers

Prior to Moore College, I undertook a two year MTS (Ministry Training Strategy) apprenticeship at the University of New South Wales. I’m immensely grateful for this experience; the apprenticeship gave...

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There is no difference: Kurrajong Ministry Training Fund keynote address

The Ministry Training Fund is a brilliant initiative of Kurrajong Anglican Church. The fund is designed to encourage and financially support people from the church who are undertaking training in...

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Book recommendation – helping kids to navigate the digital age

For all parents and pastors, I highly recommend Jim Steyer’s book Talking Back to Facebook: The CommonSense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age. For the sake of our kids, we need to model and...

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Speech and the Spirit

We’ve got to move beyond the question, “Is every Christian an evangelist”? I had a go at moving the issue forward in my series of articles and talks entitled “speech and salvation,” focussing mainly on...

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What’s happening to our preaching? A response to John Dickson: Hearing Her...

On Boxing Day 2012,* a series of electronic booklets called “Fresh Perspectives on Women in Ministry” was released by Zondervan. One of these booklets was written by John Dickson, a highly respected...

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“In Defence of Inadequate Books on Preaching”: John Dickson replies to my...

John Dickson has recently written a book, published as an eBook by American company Zondervan, entitled Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons. Last week on this site, I wrote a response to...

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“Teaching” in the pastoral letters and today: a brief reply

This post is the fourth (and, for the moment, final) instalment in a kind of “interactive book review” of John Dickson’s Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons. A couple of weeks ago, I...

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Hearing her Voice – Some Personal Reflections by Dani Treweek

After my recent interactive book review, it was also worth including these reflections sent to me by Dani Treweek, a friend and colleague involved in Anglican ministry in Sydney. Dani is the Women’s...

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Economics and Christianity

I’m very much looking forward to reading this series by my friend Thomas Clay, reflecting on the subject of economics from a Christian point of view. Thomas is a deeply thoughtful Christian who has a...

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NEXUS Conference 2014

The NEXUS ministry conference is happening on 26 May 2014 at the Village Church, Annandale. I’ve signed up. If you’re involved in evangelical Christian ministry, especially in Sydney, I encourage you...

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A guilt-free Easter

I just got an ad in the letterbox: “Want to know how to give yourself a Guilt Free Easter this year?”. It was an ad for a gym, with an invitation to work off those “Easter indulgences”. I must protest....

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Why I’m going to the NEXUS conference on 26 May

Last week I was having a discussion with a group of my colleagues about the various conferences which exist for people in Christian ministry. A consensus emerged that the greatest value of such...

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Book – Women, sermons and the Bible: Essays interacting with John Dickson’s...

Women, sermons and the Bible: Essays interacting with John Dickson’s Hearing Her Voice. Edited by Peter G. Bolt and Tony Payne. Sydney: Matthias Media, 2014. In late December 2012, John Dickson...

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Paul describes his ministry in terms of Isaiah’s “Servant of the Lord”...

In my book, I argue that when Paul uses the term δοῦλος in Romans 1:1, he is drawing on the scriptural figure of the “Servant of the Lord” found in Isaiah 40 –55, especially (but not exclusively) in...

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