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SBC Postgraduate Seminar 2019

  On Monday 18th of February, SBC hosted the first in a series of joint postgraduate seminars, presented in conjunction with various other theological colleges in Adelaide. We had three presenters from SBC: Dr Damian Szepessy The Rev’d Dr Joseph Chung and The Rev’d Dr Cathy Thomson (who filled in last minute) Karl Barth’s Soteriology: … Continue reading "SBC Postgraduate Seminar 2019"...

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Our Inestimable Value

One of the benefits of translating the New Testament from the original language is that the pace of one’s reading of the text is slowed down significantly. I was translating Matt 6:25-34 recently and I was struck by the radical nature of what Jesus said to his audience. I have heard this passage many times … Continue reading "Our Inestimable Value"...

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Commencement Service 2019

  On Wednesday February 13th, SBC hosted its annual Commencement service. Held in St Peter’s Cathedral, the service is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our students in the previous year, whilst looking forward to the year ahead. It was a splendid night indeed! Below are the list of graduates and prizewinners: … Continue reading "Commencement Service 2019"...

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Life: Pilgrim or Tourist?

  I want to pick up Ann Nadge’s most interesting discussion, “How does a pilgrim differ from a tourist?” [Here]  Ann’s discussion was inspired by her recent pilgrimage to “The Holy Land.” I very much appreciate Ann’s notion of the pilgrim who is ‘ready to enter the mystery’. I am pondering these ideas myself in … Continue reading "Life: Pilgrim or Tourist?"...

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St Paul, Romans and the Rhetoric of Eschatological Hope (Part 2)

  Now, after having read part 1, you might be thinking that my findings were an extended activity in stating the obvious. By way of reminder, my argument was that Romans 15:7 – 13 is explicitly connected with a method of reading the Scriptures which understands the purpose thereof as engendering hope (particularly in how … Continue reading "St Paul, Romans and the Rhetoric of Eschatological Hope (Part 2)"...

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St Paul, Romans and the Rhetoric of Eschatological Hope (Part 1)

  It is late 2017, I am about to begin the process of researching and formulating my honours thesis, and I am overwhelmed by the potentially endless possibilities for exploration. I knew I had the desire to spend my investigative efforts in the letters of St Paul, though I had no idea what topics, ideas, … Continue reading "St Paul, Romans and the Rhetoric of Eschatological Hope (Part 1)"...

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The Twelfth Man & The Eighteenth Camel

  St Matthias 24 February There was a time when ordinations in the Diocese of Adelaide were held on St Matthias Day (24th February). Our congratulations to those who celebrate their anniversary of ordination on this feast day and we give thanks for ministries which span decades. St Matthias was selected as one of two … Continue reading "The Twelfth Man & The Eighteenth Camel"...

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Tourist or Pilgrim?

In January, with Brexit rallies stirring outside, I participated in the lunchtime Holy Communion Service in the nave of Westminster Abbey. During the sharing of the Peace, I turned around and realised that our small gathering was being watched by tourists from behind the red ropes. It was disconcerting for a moment. I had come … Continue reading "Tourist or Pilgrim?"...

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The Life and Writings of Doug Rowston

In this video we interview Doug Rowston, longstanding lecturer in New Testament for SBC. We discuss his studies, teaching, ministry and writing career, as well as lessons that he’s learned from these....

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Earth @ Peace: A Landmark Conference

  Earth @ Peace is a landmark conference that will connect global dialogue on how we can address the ethical imperative of our time: A Just and Ecologically Sustainable Peace This conference is being held  in Melbourne at Pilgrim Theological College from 23 – 24 April, 2019. For more details, check out this brochure and … Continue reading "Earth @ Peace: A Landmark Conference"...

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Things That Jesus Did: By Doug Rowston

  Recently Doug Rowston, one of St Barnabas College’s longstanding faculty members, released Things that Jesus Did, a follow up book to Things that Jesus Said Things that Jesus Did: Miracles of the Kingdom and Signs of Eternal Life, is a rather short text (weighing in at 178 pages), structured as a series of short … Continue reading "Things That Jesus Did: By Doug Rowston"...

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End of Year Dinner

  St Barnabas College invites all staff, students, council members, adjunct lecturers, volunteers and their respective families to attend its annual end of year dinner. This will be a great opportunity to unwind together over a meal in a light-hearted setting. So come along and celebrate the end of the academic year with family, friends. … Continue reading "End of Year Dinner"...

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SBC Joint Postgraduate Seminar

  The next upcoming joint postgraduate seminar is being hosted here at SBC on October 29th, with presentations from The Rev’d Ruth Mathieson, The Rev’d Mark Thomas and The Rev’d Dr Don Owers. This is an event you will not want to miss!...

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Interview with the Academic Administrator

  Continuing our series of interviews with various members of the SBC community, this week I have interviewed our Academic Administrator and Adjunct New Testament Studies Lecturer, Damian Szepessy, discussing his role at the college and his PhD Studies with us.   Thanks for agreeing to this interview, Damian – I recognise that we have … Continue reading "Interview with the Academic Administrator"...

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Columba Crossroads – After the silence

After the silence: Reflections on Poetry, Art and Spirituality Join us for us for After the silence: Reflections on Poetry, Art and Spirituality – joint discussions with visiting artist Fiona Harris, and published poets Dawn Colsey, Steve Daughtry, Liam Grant, Rory Harris, Peach Klimkiewicz and Ann Nadge. All welcome at St Columba’s Anglican Church, Corner of … Continue reading "Columba Crossroads – After the silence"...

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Interview with the Director of Learning and Teaching

  Continuing our series of interviews with various members of the SBC community, this week I have interviewed our Acting Director of Learning and Teaching and Adjunct Systematic Theology Lecturer, Cathy Thomson, discussing her role at the college and her interests (both in terms of theological research and personal leisure) Thanks for agreeing to this … Continue reading "Interview with the Director of Learning and Teaching"...

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Skills for Resilience in Christian Ministry

What St Barnabas College and Vanessa Daughtry, clinical counsellor at Heartgardener, present a short course consisting of four sessions during the month of June, covering: Recognising early indicators of compassion fatigue and burnout Managing the stress of working with people (recognising how stress aids and encumbers) Recognising and managing beliefs that feed excessive professional responsibility … Continue reading "Skills for Resilience in Christian Ministry"...

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Interview with a Library Volunteer

  As a college that strives towards the goal of being an encouraging community, over the next few weeks in our News posts we will be releasing a series of interviews with various members of the SBC community. All of these individuals, with their varied roles and capacities, help keep the college running on a … Continue reading "Interview with a Library Volunteer"...

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2018 Has Begun!

2018 Has Begun! With Summer now a distant memory and the seasons changing to Autumn, the 2018 Academic year is now fully underway, and we here at St Barnabas College have been busy over the past few months. Ending 2017 On the 15th December last year, the St Barnabas College community and dignitaries gathered together … Continue reading "2018 Has Begun!"...

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Orientation Day

  Coming up on Tuesday the 20th of February, we have St Barnabas College’s orientation day. We are operating in two sessions: A 9am – 12:30pm morning session for students A 1:30pm – 4:30pm afternoon session for staff/lecturers It is very important that both staff and students (both continuing and commencing their studies) consider attending … Continue reading "Orientation Day"...

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Interest-Only Study

Interest-Only Study at St Barnabas College Have you ever wished you could “sit in” on a university course in Theology? Biblical Studies? Church History? Well, now you can, through enrolling at St Barnabas College as an “interest-only” student. Each subject is taught in a three hour block. There is no assessment if you are interest-only, … Continue reading "Interest-Only Study"...

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Commencement Service 2018

  Please join us for our annual St Barnabas College Commencement Service, celebrating our graduating students and prize winners, with an address from the Archbishop to launch the 2018 academic year. This is always a special occasion in the life of the College as we honour our students and give thanks to God for being … Continue reading "Commencement Service 2018"...

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Book Launch Report

  On the afternoon of Sunday 3rd December an enthusiastic crowd of people gathered together in North Adelaide in great anticipation and celebration an important event; the joint launch of Flourishing In Faith: Theology Encountering Positive Psychology by both St Peter’s College and St Barnabas College (it also, coincidentally, happened to be held on the … Continue reading "Book Launch Report"...

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Flourishing in Faith – A Book Review

Flourishing in Faith: Theology Encountering Positive Psychology, edited by Gillies Ambler, Matthew P. Anstey, Theo D. McCall and Mathew A. White, is a compilation of essays from various authors which came about as a result of its namesake conference in 2014. This conference, and the subsequent book, had one purpose: “to explore the relationship between the Christian tradition and the emerging field of positive psychology, a branch of psychology that conducts scientific inquiry into factors that help individuals, communities and organizations to thrive.”...

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Announcement from the Archbishop

  I am writing to inform you that the Council of St Barnabas Council has accepted the resignation of The Principal, The Rev’d Canon Dr Matthew Anstey. After a period of discernment, Matthew has decided to pursue new opportunities that offer a greater focus on academic research and writing. As part of this, Matthew will … Continue reading "Announcement from the Archbishop"...

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