Australia is a post-Christian country. Given that something like 4 per cent of our community is Christian (in the biblical sense), we have a massive task in front of us: we need to find new ways to make contact with the 96 per cent and share the gospel with them.
There are two helpful introductory studies on Luke’s gospel: Luke-Historian and Theologian by I. H. Marshall (Paternoster, 1970) and a work by F. Bovon, Luke the Theologian (Pickwick Publications, 1987).
How to use the NIV Study Bible
Some years ago, mathematics text books had the answers at the back and a number of students (myself never included!) found this rather helpful in speeding up the homework.
It’s an old joke that the public ministry of funerals is a dead loss. All would agree that the ministry of the gospel in the funeral of a congregation member is one of the most meaningful and valuable parts of church life. But the public funeral ministry of total strangers-is it worth doing?
In our world there are no absolutes. The opinion poll has become the arbiter of moral values. Having removed God from the system, modern man has discovered that the concepts of ‘truth’ and ‘authority’ have departed with him.
A couple of good Bibles are essential for the study of God’s word. Whether or not one reads the Greek or Hebrew text, a couple of English translations can help clarify the meaning. But one needs to know the advantages and limitations of each translation. (more…)
Among the introductory studies to this gospel, serious students should look at R. P. Martin’s Mark—Evangelist and Theologian (Paternoster, 1972). This raises all the background matters and interesting questions currently in debate and refers to relevant articles and books on various topics and themes. (more…)
Democracy is really an attempt to rebuild the tower of Babel. It is an attempt to gather everybody together under one system whereby mankind can rule the world without reference to God. You might argue that all human government has this characteristic. (more…)
Historians (and book reviewers) tell us something about their subjects and a lot about themselves. History forms an important part of our self understanding, but the reverse is also true—our perception of history is shaped by our attitudes and theories. This is reflected in the contemporary bicentennial passion for our past, and in the publication of a diocesan history commissioned by the Standing Committee of the Synod of the Anglican Church in Sydney. Two professional historians, both Anglicans, Professor Kenneth Cable and Dr Stephen Judd, have produced a serious contribution to our historical understanding. It does not claim to be an exhaustive or definitive description of the Sydney diocese, but does seek to give a thematic explanation of various events and their long term effects on the diocese. It is an interpretation of the diocese with a major focus on the developing churchmanship of Sydney. (more…)
With the therapy business booming and the importance of sensitive, competent Christian counselling now widely accepted, are we beginning to suffocate under the weight of people’s problems? Is there a danger in giving counselling and problem-solving too high a priority? The Briefing examines some of the issues for us and our churches. (more…)