‘That a people yet unborn may praise the Lord’

The church is only ever one generation away from extinction. The day we fail to pass the good news on to others is the day we surrender to the process of decline. In today’s New Testament reading from 2 Timothy we see a snapshot of three generations who passed on their Christian faith. St Paul writes to his friend Timothy, ‘I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.’ (2 Timothy 1:5) Timothy’s faith in Christ had already lived in his mother Eunice, and his grandmother Lois. Their faithfulness in passing on the gospel to the next generation left a powerful legacy in their (grand) son, who hims

Fear, Distrust and the Gospel

‘The whole sordid American presidential campaign is being blown along by an acrid gust of distrust.’ So writes American columnist David Brooks in an article published this week. He reflects that the failings of both main candidates (e.g. to disclose relevant information, and avoiding honest and authentic dialogue with voters) are the result of a general society-wide shift away from vulnerability, authenticity and trust. Whereas communities were once more likely to be bonded together with a fair degree of trust, people are increasingly inclined to treat their neighbours with suspicion. And when we choose the political representatives that most reflect our own tendencies, the cycle is complete

Individual Anglicans adopt variety of positions on same-sex marriage

PROPOSED SAME-SEX PLEBISCITE Letter from the Primate: The Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier The proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage has been one of the more contentious topics in 2016. Individual Anglicans have adopted a variety of positions taken in good conscience based on their Christian understanding of the principles and issues, and this is right and proper. Personally, I welcome the plebiscite, though with strong reservations that we must guard the tenor of the debate, and keep it positive. The Government promised a plebiscite in campaigning for the July election and, having been elected, they have a reasonable expectation of honouring this commitment. Further, those who oppose same-

Going into all the world

It was good to be reminded last Sunday of the Martyrs of Papua New Guinea. We can be thankful as a Church for all who have laboured for the spread of the gospel. It is good for us as the Church of St John the Baptist to remember that ‘one of our own’, May Hayman, is included in that list of martyrs. She sat with us and ate with us the bread of life and drank from the cup of salvation. We can be thankful that the New Guinea Martyrs chose to live through the hour of danger with their people. They were given clear leadership by Bishop Phillip Strong who said: “We could never hold up our faces again, if, for our own safety, we all forsook Him and fled when the shadows of the Passion began to gat



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