Moderator's Comments - Posted 18 May 2016
Chappo died at age 82 in November, 2012. He was a friend to many, an excellent preacher, an able theologian, but first and foremost, he was a fine evangelist.
In 1969, John became the Director of the Anglican Department of Evangelism in Sydney. This was universally known as the 'Department of Evangelism', for though it was generously funded by our Anglican brethren, it belonged to us all.
Chappo was the evangelist to all who invited him, he was not limited to Anglicans, or to Sydney, he preached across Australia and was as well known in London and Capetown as he was in Sydney.
Moderator's Comments - Posted 13 May 2016
The Sermon on the Mount is not a list of duties for us to tick off, rather they are the qualities which have God's tick of approval, these are the ways His redeemed are to live.
'Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied'. (Matthew5:6) God's people have a passion for both personal and communal godliness.
This beatitude is related to the one about those who mourn for the state of the world (Matthew5:4) and to those who are concerned to have live in purity (Matthew5:8).
Moderator's Comments - Posted 25 April 2016
There is a college in Oxford dating back to 1379 which has the audacity of being called, New College.
Travelling in the UK, one has a sense of one’s own mortality being surrounded by buildings 700 or even more years old.
In Australia, 100 is quite an achievement and 150 is remarkable since white settlement dates back to 1778, 228 years ago, we get few opportunities to have the sense of the briefness of our lives.
Moderator's Comments - Posted 13 April 2016
I have just been to an Emergency Meeting of the NSW General Assembly, which met at Roseville Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, 6 April 2016.
The issue, to test the appropriateness of the NSW Trustees’ suspension of the Council of Scots College, Sydney and to appoint a Management Committee to govern the College until the 2017 General Assembly. Some argued that the Trustees’ action was appropriate, others, that it was inappropriate.
Members of our churches often write to me about issues they would like me to solve, but the reality is that the Moderator is the chairman, in my case of the General Assembly of Australia, and I have no more or less authority than a Teaching Elder in the local church.
Moderator's Comments - Posted 6 April 2016
I have had punctuality bred into me, even now, if I am meeting my sisters, I know they will be at least 10 minutes early and sometimes I am even earlier.
Some people are habitually late, I am habitually early.
Oscar Wilde said that he was always late on principle, the principle being that punctuality is the thief of time. Evelyn Waugh believed punctuality to be the virtue of the bored, those who have nothing better to do than to be on time.
The writer of Hebrews says that there is an appointment we will all meet, none will be either early or late: