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Holiness is About Relationship

You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy…You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin…you shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am holy.  Lev 19:2, 17,18 Often we equate holiness with morality. … Continue reading "Holiness is About Relationship"...

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The Grace of Discipleship

It strikes me that in last Sunday’s Gospel (Matt 9:35-10:8) a contrast exists between the successful mission of Jesus described in 9:35 and the quality of the twelve called out by Jesus. Jesus is doing great things. And what is the status of those he calls? Well, before we get to that, notice the similarity … Continue reading "The Grace of Discipleship"...

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Saving the Ascension

As we close the liturgical calendar on the great resurrection-ascension-giving of the Spirit narratives, it is fitting to ask what happened at the ascension of Jesus as related in Luke/Acts. It seems to me that many people become more disbelieving in the narrative at the point of ascension, only to regain their theological composure at … Continue reading "Saving the Ascension"...

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St Barnabas Feast Day Reflection

This week we celebrate the Feast of St Barnabas on Sunday 11 June. We first are introduced to Barnabas in Acts, 4:36-37. “There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the … Continue reading "St Barnabas Feast Day Reflection"...

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“Stop Them!” – A Reflection on Pentecost

Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, “My lord Moses, stop them!” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!” (Numbers 11:28–29)   “Stop them!” – Leaders, … Continue reading "“Stop Them!” – A Reflection on Pentecost"...

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Library Sales

Throughout the semester, the Library has ongoing book sales for duplicate  and discontinued editions of texts. There is a large variety of texts from various fields such as Biblical Studies, Theology and general Humanities (History, Philosophy, etc.). There is a mixture of general interest and academic texts, as well as a few coffee table books. All of … Continue reading "Library Sales"...

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The Martyrdom of Stephen as Recapitulation of the Gospel

It is noticeable that Stephen, the first Christian martyr we know of, ends his life without voicing revenge. (Acts 7:60) In this he mimics Jesus. (Luke 23:34) What a gift to bequeath a world so full of malice and revenge! He has seen through the justifications  that allow us to act out our rivalries and … Continue reading "The Martyrdom of Stephen as Recapitulation of the Gospel"...

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Stephen Barton Public Lecture

St Barnabas College presents: Widely respected Biblical Scholar, Dr Stephen Barton Dr Barton, originally from Australia, is an Honorary Fellow, and formerly a Reader in New Testament in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Durham. He is also an ordained priest in the Church of England. He will be presenting a public lecture … Continue reading "Stephen Barton Public Lecture"...

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ANZATS Conference and Public Lecture

We at St Barnabas College are pleased to present two major events occurring within the life of the College: The ANZATS Theological conference Firstly, St Barnabas College, in conjunction with various other theological colleges in Adelaide, are co-hosting the annual Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools conference. This event will take place over four … Continue reading "ANZATS Conference and Public Lecture"...

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Life to the Full

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full – John 10:10 From whence comes life? Jesus was not talking reductionistically about biological life. No, Jesus is talking about human flourishing, about the livingness characteristic of God: friendship, well-being, personal and equally socio-economic well-being. Every aspect of human and non-human … Continue reading "Life to the Full"...

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Is Church Life Consistently Anti-Women?

We had an interesting discussion in the subject Triune God the other day. The topic was feminism and the Trinity, and we read Janet Martin Soskice,  “Can a Feminist Call God Father’?” We worked the issue of androcentrism in Christian discourse, especially in the traditional language of the Trinity. We ran through the reasons why ‘Father-Son’ has … Continue reading "Is Church Life Consistently Anti-Women?"...

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New Library Acquisition

Our Mob, God’s Story Recently, in commemoration of its bicentennial anniversary, the Bible Society of Australia released the magnificent art book Our Mob, God’s Story. It contains over 115 works of art from over 65 different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, evocatively illustrating many bible passages and stories, interspersed with their personal stories of … Continue reading "New Library Acquisition"...

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Unity and Persuasion

In his The God of Jesus Christ, Walter Kasper elucidates the meaning of the claim that God is one, and in this singleness the source and foundation of all reality, with the ultimate unity of reality to be found in God. And if God unites all that is, then it follows that God is the … Continue reading "Unity and Persuasion"...

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April Library Update

As you may already know, at the beginning of this year St Barnabas College weathered some unexpected challenges, brought by the particularly extreme climatic conditions. One of the areas affected by this unprecedented turn of events has been the college’s library. Due to the weather, a large amount of water leaked down one of the … Continue reading "April Library Update"...

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This Is Who God Is. A Good Friday Reflection

We could begin our reflections for Good Friday in the Garden of Gethsemane. In that garden that Jesus of Nazareth makes his decision. There, he embraces his Passion, cries out to his father about the reality of it. At this moment of anguish, as he faces the suffering that he knows lies ahead, he cries … Continue reading "This Is Who God Is. A Good Friday Reflection"...

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The Gospel is Not a Tragedy

It has been said that many regular preachers of the word are able to communicate with feeling and gusto on Good Friday, but would give their eye teeth to get out of having to preach on Easter Sunday. What can we say that will be any different to what was said last year, or the … Continue reading "The Gospel is Not a Tragedy"...

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Interview With a PhD Graduate

Interview With Melinda Cousins Recently, St Barnabas College celebrated the graduation of its first Doctoral Graduate through Charles Sturt University, the Rev’d Dr Melinda Cousins. The opportunity was taken by Anthony Bondarenko to interview Melinda in order to gain some insight into the process of studying a PhD at St Barnabas College. Hi Melinda, thank you … Continue reading "Interview With a PhD Graduate"...

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Prayer and the Trinity

In his beautiful little anthology on prayer John Moses, citing Mother Mary Clare, says that prayer is to be understood as God’s activity in us rather than thinking that prayer finds its origin in us.1   It is usual to approach prayer as an activity that we do, perhaps as a response to God, but nevertheless … Continue reading "Prayer and the Trinity"...

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Stones Into Bread

I was a chaplain in an Anglican school for some years. Each year I would ask the Year 7s what they thought was the human failing that lay behind each of Jesus’ three temptations. What sin would Jesus be committing if he fell into these particular temptations? (See Matt 4:1-11.) The second and third temptations … Continue reading "Stones Into Bread"...

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Chinese Theology Program 2017

        学习上帝的道、实践爱神爱人 打开信仰宝库  探索生命潜力 巴拿巴神学院 暨 墨尔本神学院 合办 阿德来德中文神学课程 《教会事工证书》 缘起 阿德来德巴拿巴神学院于1880年创校自今已有140多年的历史,旨在培训认识上帝、爱上帝的信徒和圣工人员。本学院有阿德来德圣公会的支持,也隶属Charles Sturt 大学之学院。学生与讲师来自不同基督教宗派,以合一的心服事上帝的教会。 近年来,有见于华人教会在阿德来德的迅速增长,以及华人信徒渴望在灵命和事奉上有进深的机会,年前开始筹办中文培训课程,配合华人教会的需要。 本学院在筹办过程与墨尔本神学院(MST)协商,提请协助在阿德来德开办神学课程,在主的带领下,他们欣然表示愿意合办中文课程。墨尔本神学院在澳洲开设中文神学课程已届廿年,受到各界的赞许,有严谨培训的方针,并获澳洲神学协会(ACT)核准。这次获得MST协助,实为上帝的恩典。 现本学院与墨尔本神学院合办开设《教会事工证书》课程,望能为华人教会提供培训,打开信仰宝库,探索生命潜力。   《教会事工证书》课程 这是巴拿巴神学院与墨尔本神学院合办在南澳开设的课程,结业证书将由两院共同颁授。在南澳举办的课程与MST的完全相同,MST老师也会不时来到南澳共同授课。 2017第一学期(四至七月)课程 课程系列之一: 「依靠耶和华的人好像锡安山」:诗篇《上行之诗》的研究 诗篇120-134篇标题是「上行之诗」,是著名的朝圣诗歌,表达信徒对朝拜上帝的渴望与动力。我们若深入研究,能从中学习如何敬拜上帝、与人相处,在艰难时仍依靠上帝。陈老师愿意将他研究《诗篇》多年的成果,与弟兄姊妹分享,激励信徒更喜爱圣经。 讲师:陈廷忠 牧师/博士、钟东升牧师/博士 时间:2017年四月4、11、18日、五月2、9日(逢礼拜二晚上6 :00 – 8:00,共五堂课) 课程系列之二: 幸福路上的跫音:「登山宝训」的研究 马太福音第五至七章是著名的登山宝训,但也可能是最少人明白的教诲。身为耶稣的门徒,我们怎能继续忽略这篇改变生命之道呢? 本课程让我们来重听耶稣这篇举世无双的道,让耶稣的生命触摸你的生命,改变你的人生!俞老师愿意将她研究《登山宝训》多年的成果,与弟兄姊妹分享,激励信徒更喜爱圣经。 讲师:俞翠婵牧师/博士、钟东升牧师/博士 时间:2017年六月6、13、20、27日、七月4日(逢礼拜二晚上6 :00 – 8:00,共五堂课) 学费:每课程 $100 报名及查询:钟东升牧师(电邮 chinese@sbc.edu.au 或手机 0435534033) 墨尔本神学院「教会事工证书」纲页 http://chinese.mst.edu.au/?page_id=2091 巴拿巴神学院纲页 https://www.sbc.edu.au/studying-sbc/mandarin-subjects/ 课程特色 此证书乃实际教牧课程,给予学员机会对华人教牧、宣教和与事奉相关的课题,从圣经、神学和历史作一整理和回应。此证书乃由本学院颁发。 课程目的 本课程目的为给予学员对华人教牧、宣教和与事奉相关的课题有更广泛的认识和装备,以致在服事工场(包括教会、宣教工场等)有更好的事奉。学员可在攻读他们的神学文凭、学士或后学士时、同时选读本课程。另外,此课程也公开给教会领袖及有心志事奉者来选择单修此证书课程。但这是正规课程以外之独立证书,不能提升至其它正规学科。 选修要求 … Continue reading "Chinese Theology Program 2017"...

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Daily Prayer and Eucharist

It is St Barnabas College’s pleasure to invite all students to be involved in the regular, daily prayer and weekly Eucharist, held throughout the course of the academic year. Daily Prayer: Prayer meetings are held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning, starting at 9:00am running for a duration of 15 minutes, ending prior to the beginning … Continue reading "Daily Prayer and Eucharist"...

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St Barnabas Commencement Service 2017

  At the beginning of every academic year St Barnabas holds its largest, most important event – the Commencement Service. Hosted, this year, in the magnificent 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. The service … Continue reading "St Barnabas Commencement Service 2017"...

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Leadership Intensives with Dr Don Owers

St Barnabas College is delighted to offer in 2017 an outstanding opportunity for professional development for church leaders, presented by Rev’d Dr Don Owers. Don recently retired as Principal of Tabor Adelaide, an executive leadership position he held for many years. Prior to that, Don headed up a number of significant Anglican parish positions, including St George’s Magill. … Continue reading "Leadership Intensives with Dr Don Owers"...

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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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Welcome to 2017!

Welcome to 2017! It is our great pleasure and privilege to welcome all into the new academic year at St Barnabas, whether they be staff, students or friends of the college. The year has barely even begun and already there have been significant developments in the life of the College. We have three welcome additions to … Continue reading "Welcome to 2017!"...

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Reflection on Jeremiah 29:11

For I indeed know the plans I am planning for you, says the Lord, plans for wellbeing and not disaster, to give you a future hope. Jeremiah 29:11 David Bentley Hart muses in his recent book, The Experience of God, that the mystery we comprehend, albeit fleetingly, is in turn comprehending us. This Mystery, this God, is planning … Continue reading "Reflection on Jeremiah 29:11"...

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