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Bible & Theology

Female Models of faith ‘often left invisible’

Posted: 19/09/18

This article by Anthea McCall was first published in the Melbourne Anglican Newspaper (September 2018, No 573) “You can’t be what you can’t see.“  The need for female models of faith. For better or for worse, most people are not pioneers. That doesn’t mean that they have no potential. But it does mean that they Read more

Seeing the Way of the Cross

Posted: 06/08/18

This article, written by Ridley Faculty member, Graham Stanton, was first published in the Melbourne Anglican Newspaper July 2018, No 571 What did last week’s sermon enable you to see? I’m not asking about whether the preacher used an entertaining video clip. Instead I wonder how much our life of discipleship resembles that of Bartimaeus, Read more

Seven things I wish Christians knew about the Bible

Posted: 01/09/17

This article, written by faculty member Mike Bird, was first published on the Patheos Blog, and printed in Eternity Newspaper Number 71, July 2016. Winner of the 2017 Australasian Religious Press Bronze Award for Best Theological Article. 1. The Bible did not fall out of the sky, bound in leather, written in English. The Bible Read more

Introducing Ridley Small Groups

Posted: 01/06/17

There are many challenges that Bible study leaders can face, and one challenge is finding the right resource to delve into the Bible and propel group discussion. ‘Churches are always on the lookout for quality resources for Bible Study that are both faithful to God’s Word, and engaging and practical in terms of application.’ says Read more

The Hunt for Calvin’s Grave

Posted: 08/11/16

Congratulations to Dr Rhys Bezzant on his election as Canon of the Cathedral Church of St Paul, Melbourne! To celebrate here is a video of him on “The Hunt for Calvin’s Grave” See the full announcement on the St Paul’s Cathedral website.

Luther’s Prison Cell

Posted: 31/10/16

Happy Reformation Day! Join Rhys Bezzant as he visits Luther’s prison cell.  

Snowballs and Bowling Balls: (3) Jesus and Mary Magdalene

Posted: 11/03/16

This article was first published on the Gospel Coalition Australia website. This is the third post of Brian Rosner’s series on Reading John’s Gospel. In the first post in this series we looked at the notion of reading cumulatively as an important strategy for reading the Bible using John 19:25–30 as a worked example. The Read more

Snowballs and Bowling Balls: (2) Jesus and Nathanael

Posted: 04/03/16

This article was first published on the Gospel Coalition Australia website. This is the second of Brian Rosner’s series on Reading John’s Gospel (first post here) One of the intriguing features of the Gospel of John is Jesus’ conversations with individuals, none of which appear in the Synoptic Gospels. There are seven such scenes, where Read more

Snowballs and Bowling Balls: (1) Reading John’s Gospel

Posted: 23/02/16

This article was first published on the Gospel Coalition Australia website. by Brian Rosner Advice on how to read the Bible is like advice on how to lose weight: many of us need it and you can find it everywhere, but it’s probably not as complicated as people seem to think!  (Having said that, it Read more

Where do we Find Leaders?

Posted: 05/10/15

In Melbourne, we don’t do well at spotting, training, empowering, and sending leaders, and the need is increasingly clear. Our city is growing rapidly, likely to overtake Sydney in our lifetime in terms of population.

Is Pope Francis Our Pope?

Posted: 28/09/15

Can faithful Anglicans, particularly those of an evangelical and reformed variety, get caught up in the Pope-mania that is sweeping the east coast of North America? Faculty member, Mike Bird investigates.

Whose Religion? Which Secularism?

Posted: 24/09/15

ABC Religion and Ethics has published Mike Birds’ piece on: Whose Religion? Which Secularism? Australia has a Serious Religious Literacy Problem. In his article, Mike shows the slipperiness of the term “secularism,” trys to explain to secularists why people actually enjoy being religious, and asserts that church and state should be separated but can and Read more

Posted: 24/09/15

ABC Religion and Ethics has published Mike Birds’ piece on: Whose Religion? Which Secularism? Australia has a Serious Religious Literacy Problem. In his article, Mike shows the slipperiness of the term “secularism,” trys to explain to secularists why people actually enjoy being religious, and asserts that church and state should be separated but can and Read more

Putting Theology Back into Preaching, the Church and the World

Posted: 01/09/15

Academic Dean, Lindsay Wilson reflects on the place of theology in preaching after attending the Ridley College Annual Preachers’ Conference. At the recent Ridley Preaching conference, we were challenged by Peter Adam and Peter Jensen to make sure our preaching is theological. It sounds obvious when you say it, but why is it not happening? Read more

Three faculty shortlisted for ‘Australian Christian Book of the Year’

Posted: 13/07/15

  The research and writing of Ridley faculty has been recognised, with three faculty being among those shortlisted for Australian Christian Book of the Year. Awarded by Sparklit, this year saw the largest ever field, with 58 books being entered. The short-listed books are Jonathan Edwards and the Church by Rhys Bezzant, The Gospel of Read more

Known by God

Posted: 11/06/15

A version of this article was first printed in the June 2015 edition of The Melbourne Anglican Ridley College hosted a conference on the theme of being known by God, 29-30 May. The conference was jointly sponsored with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston, USA. The two institutions share an historic link, with Stuart Barton Babbage being Read more

Seeing God

Posted: 05/05/15

Ridley Faculty member, Rhys Bezzant, explores the value of the visual. Screens, mirrors, icons, and selfies are ubiquitous in our culture. If you hadn’t noticed, we live in times obsessed with the visual. There was once a time when human beings wouldn’t have recognised their own face if you had showed it to them, but Read more

Reading the Psalms at Easter

Posted: 02/04/15

This article written by faculty member Mike Bird, was first published in the Melbourne Anglican, April 2015 No 535 How did the early Christians preach about Jesus if they did not have a New Testament? The obvious answer is that they must have preached from the Old Testament! Of course, it wasn’t ‘old’ to them, Read more

Yes, Jesus existed … but relax, you can still be an atheist if you want to

Posted: 07/01/15

by Mike Bird. This article was first published on Online Opinion.

Why did Jesus read the Old Testament?

Posted: 09/10/14

This article was first published in The Melbourne Anglican Newspaper, October 2014, No 530 Some years ago, a student of mine shocked our class by announcing that he had been in an Anglican church for 33 years and had never heard a sermon on the Old Testament. It is tempting to think that the first Read more

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