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7 Deadly Sins – An Introduction

7 Deadly Sins – An Introduction Over the next seven weeks we will be looking at the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’: Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Anger, Pride and Slothfulness, exploring their relevance in today’s society and for our lives.  For most of us though, the concept of the Seven Deadly Sins seems old and out-dated, something to be caricatured and laughed at or…

GAFCON 2018: A Turning Point in the History of Anglicanism – Part 3

GAFCON 2018: A Turning Point in the History of Anglicanism – Part 3 By Ed Loane  GAFCON Watershed GAFCON 2018 marks a significant turning point in the history of Anglicanism. The conference was not only the largest international gathering of Anglicans in the last 50 years, it represented the majority of the Anglican Communion. In the final statement the movement reiterates its…

GAFCON 2018: A Turning Point in the History of Anglicanism – Part 2

GAFCON 2018: A Turning Point in the History of Anglicanism – Part 2 By Ed Loane   Drift and Schism Unfortunately, towards the end of last century, some of the churches began to move away from the biblical and doctrinal basis of Anglican unity. At the 1998 Lambeth Conference these churches sought to validate their departure from scriptural norms by seeking the endorsement…

GAFCON 2018: A Turning Point in the History of Anglicanism – Part 1

GAFCON 2018: A Turning Point in the History of Anglicanism By Ed Loane  Almost 1700 years ago, on 20 June 325AD, 318 bishops concluded a very significant meeting. They had gathered in Nicaea because errors had arisen in the church which were so profound that they undermined the very foundation of the Christian message. Those bishops renounced the heresies and upheld orthodox…

GAFCON: Why This Anglican conference matters to all Christians – Part 2

GAFCON: Why this Anglican Conference matters to all Christians – Part 2 By Fiona McLean  Striving for unity God calls his people to be “standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents” (Philippians 1:27).  Striving for gospel unity will take wisdom and humility.  Satan would love…

GAFCON: Why this Anglican Conference matters to all Christians – Part 1

GAFCON: Why this Anglican Conference matters to all Christians – Part 1 By Fiona McLean                A vibrant Nigerian choir; stirring Bible teachers; nearly 2000 Anglicans from across the world gathered in Jerusalem, enthusiastically declaring the conference catch-cry, “We will proclaim Christ faithfully to the nations!”; the Lord’s Prayer said aloud in a joyful cacophony of different languages; six days of encouragement,…

Pleasure – Pain and our response – Part 4

Pain-Pleasure and Our Response by David Williams   In these four articles, I have suggested that the Western world is moving from a guilt-innocence to a pain-pleasure worldview. In this final article, I want to explore how the Bible engages the theme of pain and pleasure. Pain-pleasure or suffering-glory? The Bible’s answer to pain-pleasure is not Joel Osteen’s answer. Its answer is not that…

Pleasure- Pain and the Seduction of the church – Part 3

Pain-Pleasure and the Seduction of the Church – Part 3 By David Williams In this series of articles, I have argued that we are living through a radical change in the Western worldview. We are moving from being a guilt-innocence culture to becoming a pain-pleasure culture. Western societies increasingly are making their most fundamental decisions based on what brings us pleasure and…

How the Pleasure pain Worldview attacks Christianity – Part 2

How the Pain-Pleasure Worldview Attacks Christianity – Part 2  By David Williams  In the first article of this series, I suggested that the Western world is moving away from being a guilt-innocence to a pain-pleasure culture. This article explores the ways that guilt-innocence and pain-pleasure worldviews attack Christianity in different ways. The Double Assault Of Culture In 2018, God’s people in Australia are facing…

Introducing the Pleasure- Pain Worldview – Part 1

 Introducing the Pain-Pleasure Worldview – Part 1 by David Williams At St Andrew’s Hall, we train future missionaries to understand and engage cultural worldviews with the gospel. Perhaps the broadest categorisation used by missiologists and anthropologists is to divide human cultures into three predominant worldviews: guilt-innocence, shame-honour and fear-power. Ruth Benedict is credited as the first anthropologist to distinguish guilt-innocence and shame-honour…