My son Peter plays the clarinet quite proficiently.
He does this amazing trick where he can practice in his room, but no music comes out.
I call these ‘zen clarinet practices’.
In any case this helpful chart about music practice can go on his wall.
It should save his mother’s voice.
Welcome AP magazine.
The last meeting of the Presbyterian Church of Australia authorised a smaller body (its Commission) to deal with a report about the future of our national magazine, Australian Presbyterian.
Today that Commission met and made the following decisions:
The resignation of Peter Hastie, longstanding editor of Australian Presbyterian magazine was formally received. Peter has resigned in order to take up an appointment as principal of the Melbourne Presbyterian Theological College.
A proposal to conclude the existing Australian Presbyterian magazine and commence publication of ‘AP’ a 16/20 page quarterly full colour paid journal which will include paid advertising was considered.
The new magazine will be supplied and distributed free to everyone who received either the old magazine and/or the catalogues of the Reformers Bookshop, a cumulative distribution of over 20,000 copies. Peter Barnes, pastor of Revesby Presbyterian will lead a new editorial and production team.
In addition a supplemental shared ‘flip-style’ magazine featuring the work of the Australian Presbyterian World Mission and the Presbyterian Inland Mission will be produced.
The Commission endorsed this project and have encouraged the new editorial and production team as they undertake the work-load of producing the new journal.
I said ‘improvement’ not ‘solution’.
Timor Leste partnership working group meeting Monday January 30, 2012
I hope you’ll understand these notes are more about what we did than the actual detail of our decisions. Many of these decisions need to be communicated to other bodies and they need to see them first. Sorry for any mistakes.
Kevin Murray (mission partners director, Convener), Robert Duncanson (Darwin PC, Co-ordinator), Robert Benn (living legend), Stuart Bonnington (WA rep), Alex Ralston (Treasurer), Alex Shaw (chair, mission partners), Gary Ware (SA rep), Brian Wong (Bull Creek Westminster Presbyterian rep).
The Rev Daniel Marcal, Moderator of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Timor Leste was present by invitation.
Our aim in this and other meetings is to develop the framework by which churches in Australia can relate to the congregations of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Timor Leste (East Timor) in a way that is positive, constructive and accountable.
Discussion about the history of East Timor.
Our growing awareness of the history of this nation contextualises the sense of priority which the Presbyterian Church of Australia feels in seeking to assist and encourage the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Timor Leste. It also informs our understanding of cultural issues so that we can offer support in a way which will best help the IEPTL grow as a biblical witness for the Gospel in their own country.
With input assistance from our Timor Leste friends we have working documents, outlining the history of Timor Leste and our present observations about how best to grow a fruitful partnership with our Christian partners there. Evangelism Explosion training has been offered to them. Looking further into the future, a property for the Dili congregation and local theological training for pastors were mentioned.
Input from the Daniel Marcal, current moderator of the IEPTL
Daniel Marcal spoke about present opportunities and challenges which are before the IEPTL. Equipping and training of pastors, growing a biblical culture, and establishing sound and accountable leadership structures. Supporting education scholarships for young people, transport to allow pastors to minister more widely
A thoughtful discussion about how best to maintain integrity is seeking and distributing financial support? How can we regularise a flow of general support without sacrificing the preference of many to give for specific needs? A strategy was developed which will be put to our national mission body for approval.
Rob Duncanson spoke about his interactions with those who are involved in Tetun Bible translation in Timor Leste and how they can most effectively be supported in a way that will see the translated Scriptures in the hands of as many East Timorese as possible.
Trips by Australians to IEPTL congregations 2012 and beyond.
Prospective visits for 2012 were discussed. We were conscious of not being a burden to the resources of the IEPTL, particularly for translators, but were affirmed with the knowledge that visiting Presbyterian Christians help to cement the credibility of the IEPTL as a Christian church among the wider population.
A variety of other practical issues were discussed, most of which revolved around how encouragement could be provided to the IEPTL in ways that serve to enhance the unity and fellowship of the individual congregations, while wanting to maximise opportunities for those who want to offer support.
And you think spending a week in Sydney is all fun and games.
This is the only coffee they serve at the church offices.
They evidently don’t want the meetings to go too long.
A national appeal in order for them to buy better coffee is a must.
Give generously so the suffering can stop.
(If you want an example of an oxymoron ‘International Roast value-can’ qualifies)
So, when in Melbourne I listen to Paul Kelly.
What’s the soundtrack for Sydney? Currently listening to Boy & Bear.
The last week of January / first week of February is when the annual meetings of various committees of the Presbyterian Church of Australia are held in Sydney. As a pastor from one of the smaller state churches I back up and attend a few and make a week of it.
Today I’ll be meeting with a group who have been coordinating our growing relationship with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Timor Leste.
Tomorrow our national mission body will commence its meeting, developing our shared policy and hearing about what various states, churches and individuals have been doing in cross-cultural work.
Also tomorrow there will be a meeting at which changes to our national journal Australian Presbyterian will be approved. The magazine will become a free quarterly magazine aimed at opening up practical theology and current issues for growing Christians. Later in the afternoon I’ll be priveleged to attend a meeting of those charged with church growth and church planting in the various states. I’ll listen to their experiences and the subject of a planned church plant in Adelaide will probably be discussed.
Wednesday will see the mission meeting continue (maybe) and the Relations with Other Churches committee will meet. Apart from the growing number of churches which we are entering into targeted partnerships which will facilitate our work, we’ll hear of the meeting of the World Reformed Fellowship which will be taking place in Sydney in April. This will be a time to engage with others from like minded churches.
Also on Wednesday (I think) the Presbyterian Inland Mission will meet. Of particular interest here is the pending commencement of a new appointment in the Flynn Patrol, which covers northern South Australia. We’re looking for additional funding for accommodation and on-road expenses and we’ll be thinking about how best to communicate that to our churches. The PIM usually have some sort of publicity meeting that evening, as well.
Thursday will be a lay day. I love walking up and down city streets. Absolutely love it.
Friday will be Code day. Good rules facilitate good governance. The only time you really notice rules is when there’s a problem or if they don’t work. This group seeks to ensure that we can continue to relate as a national body of churches.
I’ll fly to Melbourne Friday afternoon, stay the night and be back over to the Mount on Saturday morning.
There’ll be more reports on what’s happening through the week.
Pray everyone will travel safely and we’ll all have harmonious and fruitful meetings.
For the Cross and Crown of Christ!