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Beyond Conflict: Evolution, Science & God

Beyond Conflict: Evolution, Science & God A National Conference sponsored by NZCIS and Otago University, examining how the dialogue between faith and science can move beyond polarities, conflict and scientism toward holism, integration and a common social imaginary. The conference will hope to speak especially to school teachers and other educators as well as lay people, … Continue reading "Beyond Conflict: Evolution, Science & God"...

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The Light Through Which to See the World (Part 1)

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”  (CS Lewis) The above sentence is one that has been repeated many times. However, in amongst my other reading projects, I’ve found myself progressively reading through Lewis’ The Weight … Continue reading "The Light Through Which to See the World (Part 1)"...

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The Bishops’ Certificate

The Bishops’ Certificate in Ministry Bishops of the Province of South Australia encourage Lay Leaders to be intentional about learning and developing ministry skills.  As part of the learning pathways available to Lay Leaders and Licence holders, St Barnabas College, in partnership with the Diocesan Education and Formation Ministry Unit (EFMU), invites individuals and parishes … Continue reading "The Bishops’ Certificate"...

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SBC Kerala Appeal: An Update

  In August 2018 the State of Kerala in south-west India was hit by a massive flood which left just under 500 dead, 14 missing, over 200,000 homeless and causing an estimated US$5.8 billion in damages. Government agencies and relief organisations were immediately overwhelmed by the huge needs created by this disaster. The Church of … Continue reading "SBC Kerala Appeal: An Update"...

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Call No One on Earth Your Father Book Launch

  On Thursday the 16th of June, SBC hosted the launch of Call No One on Earth Your Father, authored by Library Volunteer and Adjunct Lecturer in Ecclesiology, Dr Jo Armour. Held across the road at St Peter’s Cathedral in the Cynthia Poulton Hall, the event began at 4:30pm with some light refreshments and casual … Continue reading "Call No One on Earth Your Father Book Launch"...

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Rooted and Grounded in Love (Ephesians 3:14-21)

  An excerpt of a sermon preached by Rev’d Wendy Morecroft at St Peter’s Cathedral at Evensong on Sunday 16 June 2019. Wendy recently completed the requirements for her Bachelor of Theology through St Barnabas College.  In tonight’s reading from St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, I was instantly drawn to the word “grounded”, cognate … Continue reading "Rooted and Grounded in Love (Ephesians 3:14-21)"...

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Opening the Treasure Trove

Why is it that when we travel abroad, we are drawn to Art Galleries and Museums? Curated collections give us insights into different cultures as well as fresh understandings of our own. The same applies to the treasure troves within our own churches and yet they are often left “unopened”. Last year I went to … Continue reading "Opening the Treasure Trove"...

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Semester 2 PEP Applications have Begun!

  Interested in studying theology at SBC next semester? We are now taking PEP enrollments for a wide variety of subjects. Introduction to New Testament Studies: This subject introduces the various writings that comprise the New Testament. It does so with reference to their historical context and their literary and theological features. It also introduces … Continue reading "Semester 2 PEP Applications have Begun!"...

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Studying the Apostle Paul

  Although studying the apostle Paul can be daunting and, at times, quite perplexing, the more that I study him, the more I am amazed by him. For many people, Paul is a divisive figure; a moralistic, homophobic and misogynistic figure. It is easy to see how Paul can be seen in this light, if … Continue reading "Studying the Apostle Paul"...

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Discernment Meetings

  On Saturday 5th of May, the first in a series of five meetings were held between Director of Discernment and Formation, Nic Denny-Dimitriou, and the Discernment group, a collection of candidates within the Diocese of Adelaide undergoing the process of discovering whether God’s calling for their life involves ordained ministry. Curious about this,  I … Continue reading "Discernment Meetings"...

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Skills for Resilience – Testimonials

  Throughout the month of June SBC will be hosting a four session short course entitled Skills for Resilience in Christian Ministry We ran a similar short course last year, hosted by lead counsellor of Heartgardener, Vanessa Daughtry. Read some of the glowing feedback that attendees had for both Vanessa and the course last year: … Continue reading "Skills for Resilience – Testimonials"...

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Flourishing in Faith – May Edition 2019

Did you know that our most recent edition of the SBC newsletter has now been released? In it we: Discuss theological learning for busy people (and how PEPS can help) We have an interview with our newly appointed Director of Discernment and Formation, Nic Denny-Dimitriou And give an update on our upcoming learning opportunities with … Continue reading "Flourishing in Faith – May Edition 2019"...

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From Adulation to Condemnation

Palm Sunday to Good Friday, a frenzy of adulation turned suddenly to condemnation. How should we explain this sudden change? Did the crowd realise that Jesus wasn’t the messiah they expected so thought it best to crucify him? Hardly. Perhaps each crowd – Palm Sunday and Good Friday – was made up of different individuals? … Continue reading "From Adulation to Condemnation"...

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Morning Prayer

  It is 9:00am and a group of weary souls enter the SBC building: students, teachers, staff and volunteers alike, each slowly finding their way to the Chapel to begin morning prayers at 9:15 sharp. The leader opens: “The Lord be with you.” In matching cadence, the people respond: “and also with you.” And for … Continue reading "Morning Prayer"...

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Mary Anoints Jesus

  In John 12 we are confronted by the intimate scene of Mary of Bethany anointing Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume and wiping them with her hair.  Her brother Lazarus who has just been raised from the dead (in John 11) is now seated at the table with Jesus. Their sister Martha had warned Jesus … Continue reading "Mary Anoints Jesus"...

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Prayer Requests

  So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:24 The community of St Barnabas College gather on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings to pray for the concerns of the college and the wider community. If you would like us … Continue reading "Prayer Requests"...

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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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