I visited the Lankarama Buddhist Temple at Schofields this morning and had a chat with the head monk. The temple is situated 2.5km down the road from where we are building our new house. They follow the Theravada tradition, similar to the Buddhists we met in Thailand.
Here's a photo from the Sydney Anabaptist gathering yesterday in Parramatta Park. Special guests were Michael and Lorri Harding from Preaching Peace.
I hear the King James Version is touring Sydney this month and next, the Village Church Annandale up to 31st July and another venue (TBA) between 4th – 28th August. "Twenty-five historical Bibles including a King James Version from 1611, are touring the nation. Sydney will be next to see this amazing Historical Collection, presented … Continue reading King James Bible Exhibition in Sydney
What Would Happen if We Really Tried Nonviolence? Would it be a disaster? Would it be faithful? Would it open us some new possibilities? If it's a question that intrigues you, or possibly even concerns you, you may want to come along to this event: AAANZ Sydney Event: “What Would Happen if We Really Tried … Continue reading AAANZ Sydney Event – What Would Happen if We Really Tried Nonviolence?
Ok, so I am finally sitting down to write about Blackstump 2009, or at least my experience of it. For those of you who don’t live in Australia, Blackstump is the down under equivalent of Greenbelt, a four day festival of Christian music, art and teaching. I wasn’t there for four days though, just last … Continue reading Blackstump, McLaren and the Sines
With the Jesus All About Life campaign now underway in Sydney I thought I'd do a scan of what's happening online. In the process I stumbled across a conversation between Dominic Steel, senior minister of Christians in the Media, and Shane Rogerson, an old church buddy. Dominic asks, "I have been struggling to think of … Continue reading What do you think life’s about?
Just been watching the new kids resources for the upcoming Jesus All About Life campaign in Sydney. Completely irreverant, Aussie style, sorta like a Louie the Fly meets Billy Graham. Not my style but I'm not the demographic. I'll have to test it on my kids and see what they make of it. There's a … Continue reading Jesus All About Life … and bodily excretions
For those in Sydney, you may be interested to hear that Ryde based group The Harbour is holding a forum called “Faith Beyond Church” next month. The forum is for people "who have been emotionally or spiritually hurt or disillusioned by the institutional church" with the aim of providing opportunities for people to share experiences and find … Continue reading Faith Beyond Church Forum
Jarrod Saul McKenna has drawn attention to an interesting article on John Calvin by Michael Jensen, son of the Archbishop of Sydney and sometimes visitor to this blog. If you have hung out at my blog for any length of time you would know I am not a huge fan of Calvin, that I identify … Continue reading Michael Jensen on John Calvin
Ross Clifford, former President of the Baptist Union in Australia and principle of Morling College, recently wrote on the state of the denomination in Together in Ministry and I though a few of you might find it an interesting read. For those who don't know the back story, Ross, along with my friend Philip Johnson, were the … Continue reading What’s wrong with Aussie Baptists?!
In the news, "The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney has revealed the Sydney diocese will boycott this year's worldwide gathering of Anglican bishops because of the church's stance on homosexuality." See the Sydney Morning Herald for the full article and the Australian Anglican Primate's response. One step closer to schism?
I got a number of hits earlier today from someone searching for information on the Auburn Mosque 2007 open day. For overseas readers, Auburn is a suburb in Western Sydney. This piqued my curiosity as I thought, "Hey I wonder if the annual open day is on again around now?" I haven't been to one … Continue reading Blacktown Mosque Open Day 2007