dinner at 6.00pm, lecture at 7.30 - 9.00pm (registration required)
One of the crucial lessons we have to learn if we are to be serious as followers of Jesus is to learn how to recharge. Jesus set us a very clear example which is very easy for us to overlook in our modern life with its family commitments, work obligations, household tasks, social do's, and on top of all this- our commitment to church activities. Jesus was a man in high demand by the crowds- but Jesus established a pattern in His life which enabled Him to maintain a fresh intimacy with His Father, and a power in His ministry.
I was in Sri Lanka recently. This was my first time to Sri Lanka in Nov/Dec. What amazed me was how obvious it was that Christmas was only just around the corner. Hotels, shops, restaurants, streets, and the airport were decorated. I even heard Christmas carols in the main shopping plaza...
What do we need in order to move forward into the future, so that we can serve God’s purpose in our generation? That’s a big question, and I’m not going to try to answer it (even if I could). But there is one thing I know we need. The apostle Paul writes about it in Ephesians 3:14-21, where he informs the Ephesians about how he has been praying for them. I encourage you to read Paul’s prayer.
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Wally Wang as Lecturer in Theology to commence in January 2013. Dr Wang has degrees in science (BSc, MSc, PhD) and theology (MDiv, MTh). He has just recently submitted his research thesis in systematic theology at the China Graduate School of Theology in Hong Kong. The title of his thesis is, “The Indispensable Role of the Holy Spirit in God's Self-Revelation According to Barth’s Church Dogmatics: A Study within the Context of Proclamation.” Dr Wang worked as a theoretical physicist at the University of New South Wales. In addition, Dr Wang has rich experience in ministry. He was pastor of a Chinese church in Sydney for 7 years and has taught theology in various contexts in Hong Kong. He has a passion for theological reflection and a deep burden for mission. Dr Wang is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. He will teach in our English and Chinese programs.
Michael Jensen of Moore College, in his paper entitled “Why Theological Education?” presented at Sydney University Evangelical Unions’ Annual Conference (2011) in which he discussed the importance of theological education. He affirms that theological education is for the spiritual health of the church and for the purpose of training men and women so that they may become effective in the ministry and mission. We concur with his view. In his paper he also raises another issue, “who needs theological education?” Jensen has pointed that it is for “All Christians”, for those in the leadership position -- pastors, church leaders, lay preachers and Bible study leaders are all included.
Preaching today is under attack. Social scientists, communication theorists and even some theologians have claimed that preaching has become obsolete. Evangelical Protestants stand in a long tradition, going back to the Reformation, of the centrality of preaching in the gathered congregation. Luther, Calvin, the Puritans, John Wesley, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, D Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Billy Graham are just a few examples of the effectiveness of preaching since the Reformation. But postmodernism, secularisation and modern learning theory have all raised questions about the nature, importance and relevance of preaching for the twenty first century. In reaction to this cry for relevance many preachers have sort to make their sermons more contemporary.
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