N.T. Wright on New Perspectives on Paul
- Written by Chris Appleby
Here is a link to a paper presented at the 10th Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference: 25–28 August 2003, Rutherford House, Edinburgh, by Bp Tom Wright
I am grateful for the invitation to this conference, and for the sensitive way in which
the organisers responded to my comments on the intial outline of the programme. I am
aware that fresh interpretations of Paul, including my own, have caused controversy in
evangelical circles, and particularly reformed circles. My own name has been linked
with proposals which have been variously dismissed, scorned, vilified and
anathematized. Having heard the papers yesterday morning and afternoon I suggested
to David Searle that I should take two hours not one to say what needs to be said just
now; but when I heard Tony Lane last night I realised I would need, like Cardinal
Seripando at Trent, two days to establish my own orthodoxy. We shall see.
Vale Bishop John Wilson
EFAC Australia recognises the untimely death of Bishop John Wilson, retired assistant bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne and a committed evangelical and supporter of EFAC.
Click here for a recent article that John that wrote for Essentials.
The following is written by Tim Foster of Ridley Melbourne as a tribute to John.
John Wilson was a former student and long-time friend of Ridley Melbourne. He studied at Ridley from 1960-1962 and tutor 1963-1964. Deaconed and priested in 1964 he served in the Diocese of Armidale. He went to the USA for his doctoral studies, setting out to focus on Hebrew and Aramaic, but after his intended supervisor moved he wrote a dissertation in early church history entitled, The First Epistle of Clement : a theology of power studies. John returned to Ridley as a lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew from 1973-1985. He left in 1985 to become Bishop of the Southern Region, continuing to support the college as a member of the Council from 1987-2006.
Understanding the Bible: Ancient Text, Contemporary Reader
Hear Bp Glenn Davies lecture on this topic, recorded in Brisbane, here.
The video of Glenn's lecture in Tasmania in September 2010 can be viewed on our events page
For a higher definition DVD of the Lecture fill out an order form here
The decline in the Australian Protestant Church - how we got where we are.
- Written by Peter Corney
The main stream Protestant churches in Australia are in serious decline and have been for some time. To give but one example: attendance at worship on an average Sunday in the Anglican Church in Melbourne has dropped from an estimated 50,000 in 1981 to 21,000 in 2006. How did we get to this point so quickly?
As accelerating secularism began to hit Australian society in the 1960’s the churches were not only unprepared they were also weakened by several trends that had been developing for some time.
One of the most significant was the trend in clergy training to become overly focused on pastoral maintenance rather than pastoral leadership, ministry skills and growth. The times called for new initiatives, new models of ministry, the ability to initiate change, new styles of worship that related to the rapidly changing culture. The training of clergy has properly always had a strong pastoral care element but three influences exaggerated this: the psychological counseling movement that developed momentum post war; the Christian Education movement; and the undermining of preaching and teaching by Liberal theology. As secularism and rapid social change hit these influences coalesced to fatally weaken pastoral leadership.
Gamaliel and Gafcon
- Written by Peter Adam
I did not attend Gafcon. I am in sympathy with some of its passions, less so with some of its politics.
This is an appeal addressed to those whose tendency is to reject or dismiss Gafcon and Anglican Mainstream, or who fail to see how God might use it.
Here are four reasons why I think we should take Gafcon seriously.
1. Do not Gafcon and Anglican Mainstream show the characteristics of reform movements in the past that have later been recognized as the work of God?
These reform movements usually include the following characteristics. They are grass-roots based ecclesial communities. They critique the status quo and work outside the existing Episcopal, diocesan, and parochial structures. They have clear intentions for reform, and they set up alternative complementary energy and power structures to the existing.