Click here to catch up on
Bishop John's blog. Here are some recent posts...
From the Bishop's Desk is the bishop's regular email newsletter. Click here to see his recent newsletters or to join the mail list.
Bishop John's recent publications, Addresses, letters, reflections, messages: click here.
Stressed out with no time to write bible studies? Try our Lectionary-based study outlines for home and church-based study groups and personal study; will also help preachers. To have a look, click here.
This resource is provided to help guide, encourage and resource the preachers in our diocese, be they new or experienced. It's new and evolving, so we recommend that you drop in from time to time.
as we meet together
fill us with your wisdom.
Give us the capacity
to work boldly
and with humility,
embracing the challenge of mission.
Use us to bring transforming life
to our Christian communities and
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Will the Imagine Project change your life?
While Andrew & Pam Lake visited over 24 parishes in the Diocese before heading to the posting in Damascus, Andrew had been busy on another project. He has released this short book called Christian Mission for Tasmanians. This is a very personal approach from Andrew on this important topic of Mission written for the Missionary Diocese of Tasmania. Andrew says of the book,
"My hope and prayer is that this study will help put mission front and centre of the church's agenda. I make no claim to infallibility and will have achieved my aim if this has helped start some fruitful conversations about mission."
We offer our thanks to Andrew, having served in the Diocese as an Archdeacon and Mission Support Officer. But now we offer our thanks for this impressive gift to the church in Tasmania.
Of particular interest to you, dear reader, is the freely available nature of this book. In fact, you can click here to read it right now. So is it free? Andrew explains in his Forward:
"This study is a gift to the Tasmanian church. It is freely available on the diocesan website but I invite you when you use it for personal or group study to make a donation of $10 per person to the Church Missionary Society of Tasmania."
[thu 17.apr.2014 cmg] Bishop John's Easter message, The Victory of Hope, can be found on his blog: here
[thu 17.apr.2014 cmg] Australia’s Anglican Archbishops express ‘profound disquiet’ about children held in detention this Easter. For more information please see Bishop John' blog: here
All I know, the only thing I know, is that I love Jesus. He saved me. I was destroying myself and anyone unfortunate enough to be caught in my gravitational pull. I was dying, and I was going to die twice. One night, on an empty road in the middle of nowhere, in a scene so strange it has to be true, Jesus saved me. He saved me from sin, death, and hell. I want to spend the rest of my life serving Jesus with all of me.
This is a very moving testimony, and a powerful reminder that the truth is the truth - and all others things will pass.
Click here to read the article by Sean DeMars on the Gospel Coalition website.
Click here to read or download the Administrative Circular.
Find out the latest on...
Click here to read or download FTBD 4.14 (26 March 2014)
They were adopted.
Friday will mark one year since then Prime Minister Julia Gillard apologised for the scourge that was forced adoption. For the victims – the mothers, fathers, children, siblings and extended family affected by the practice of forced adoption carried out in Australia from the late 1950s to the 1970s – it was a landmark day. I hope that each anniversary brings deeper healing for these individuals, and that it opens our eyes to the ongoing issue of providing appropriate care for children.
Do you have an opinion? Click here to view our Facebook page where you can leave comments.
Click here to watch the Economist video.
Are you a scientist? Do you have your own perspective? Are you neither scientist or academic and have an opinion? Click here to view our Facebook page where you can leave comments.
[tue 18.mar.2014 rob] Vince Vitale who teaches Philosophy at Oxford University. He questions the concept that 'God is dead' in academia and reflects on the current move of Christianity within academia. Here is the video:
Are you an academic? Do you have your own perspective? Are you neither scientist or academic and have an opinion? Click here to view our Facebook page where you can leave comments.
"I have written to Mr Hodgman to extend my congratulations to him and the Liberal Party as they form the new Government in Tasmania.
"Tasmania is blessed by a robust democracy. It is a true blessing that our society can pass the reins of government power without acrimony or bloodshed.
"I acknowledge the contribution of the Premiers who have served in this past term of government, Lara Giddings and David Bartlett.
"We will pray for Mr Hodgman, just as we have prayed for Ms Giddings, for the wisdom and strength needed to lead this State; for the insight to avoid needless controversy; and the generosity to hear the voices of all, especially the weakest and most vulnerable in our midst."
Contact: Reverend Stephen Carnaby – 0417 343710
Find out the latest on...
Click here to read or download the latest FTBD.
[mon 03.mar.2014 rob] As we approach Lent, and reflect upon all God has done for us through our Lord Jesus Christ, here is something to reflect upon. (From adam4d.com)
At 4pm on Friday 28 February, 2014 a Memorial Service was held at St David’s Cathedral, Hobart for Reza Berati. Bishop John Harrower has posted the address he gave during the service.
Click here to see Bishop John's address.
Here are three Lenten Studies which I have been involved in either writing or adapting for study. If you do not have Lenten studies planned as yet, I encourage you to take a look at the 3 studies listed below. Perhaps one will tempt you to delve further into God's word and to grow in faith in the lead up to and during Lent 2014.
1. "I Am" Lenten studies
These studies from the Gospel of John cut to the heart of who Jesus claims to be and the pastoral comforts that these great truths bring to our lives.
2. "Jonah" Lenten studies
Bishop John wrote, "Why do I like the story line [of the book of Jonah]? Well, Jonah is soooo ridiculous (reminds me of me!), God is soooo compassionate, the fish is soooo BIG, the fishermen call on God when Jonah won't, the Ninevite baddies repent, the bush and the worm, and the worm of a man/disciple - I love it! My imagination runs riot! Just wonderful!"
3. "Jeremiah, Cry of Hope" Lenten studies
Bishop John's studies on "Jeremiah - Cry Of Hope"
AnglicanTas frontpage editor: Rob Stanley