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Remembering J.I. Packer

J.I. Packer, giant of 20th century theology, went to be with his Saviour last Friday at the age of 93. To help celebrate his life, we asked members of our board and editorial panel to share some memories or quotes from the great man. Here they are in order of receipt. Jane Tooher: J.I. Packer on Being a Pastoral Theologian (from an interview with Mike Ovey) Well the very first thing that makes you a pastor, let’s begin there, is that you have a personal faith in Jesus Christ which becomes the guiding principle of your life. Christ himself becomes...

Pandemic Perspectives (SA): Part 1

“Pandemic Perspectives” is a two-part post from members of the TGCA South Australia board. In this edition we feature views of the recent (and ongoing) COVID-19 crisis from a pastor, layperson and a church planter. A View From a Pastor (Paul Harrington, Senior Pastor of Trinity Network of Churches) I don’t know a single pastor who hasn’t felt, at least to some degree,  like COVID-19 pulled the “vocational rug” out from under their feet. I had my patterns—preaching, teaching, leading, training and pastoring—and then, I didn’t. After 30 years in full time vocational ministry I had to learn new skills; learn...

Good News Saturday: Carrying On Until Completion

We’ve now published half a dozen editions of Good News Saturday. As we’ve collected and documented these stories, we’ve been reminded of God’s goodness. We’ve been reminded that Jesus’ Kingdom stands firm despite COVID-19. His mercies are rich, in the good times and the hard times. In this week’s edition, we hear from a church families in Hobart and Melbourne. We also from a faithful saint—73 year old sexologist, Patricia Weerakoon. As you read, give thanks to the God ‘who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’ (Philippians1:6). Teenagers...

Why This Popular Secular Commentator Is Turning To The Bible

Dave Rubin is a rising star in the online world. He regularly sits down with various public intellectuals to debate culture, politics and—with increasing frequency—religion. His YouTube channel ‘The Rubin Report’ has more than 1 million subscribers. A gay man from a non-practising Jewish background, Rubin went to Israel’s holy sites in his late teens ‘in search of a religious experience’. However, he writes in his new book, ‘Don’t Burn This Book—Thinking for yourself in an age of unreason’ , this ‘life-affirming [religious] moment remained elusive.’ [1] That was, until he met Canadian psychologist and worldwide phenomenon Jordan Peterson. Jordan Peterson’s...

Good News Saturday: God of the Micro and Macro

We worship the God of the micro and macro. During COVID-19, you might have noticed the micro. We’ve been in our homes, with our families. God has given us the opportunity to meet our neighbours, slow down, read the Bible around the dinner table, call a friend in need, persevere with our local church families. It’s worth noticing that God has been at work in the macro too. In our communities, states, nation and world at large. La Trobe University has 36,000 students. UNSW has 62,000. God has been at work in these places, during COVID-19. City on a Hill...

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