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Reading and Preaching Ezekiel at QTC

Queensland Theological College has a one day seminar as part of its Masters unit on reading and preaching Ezekiel with Daniel Block. For most students of the Old Testament the book of Ezekiel is a riddle. Come along to start unlocking the keys to this mysterious book through a firsthand look at the biblical text and to recognize its significance for ministry in the 21st century.

UQ Christian Studies Research Seminar

Two great papers are coming up next Friday, August 23rd at 2pm at the University of Queensland in E319 in the Forgan Smith. Linda Stargel will present a paper entitled, ‘Jesus and the ‘Egyptian’ The other in Matthew 2’, and David Evans’ presentation is entitled, ‘The Reception of Paul in Athenagoras’ Presbeia Peri Christianōn.

2019 Accordance Bible Software training day at St Francis College, Brisbane

The 2019 Accordance Bible Software training day  –

Saturday 13 July 2019

9:00am to 4:00pm

Old Bishopsbourne

St Francis College

233 Milton Rd, Milton


Accordance Program:

Morning: 9:00am to 12:30pm “Accordance Basics”

Afternoon: 1:00pm to 4:00pm “Advanced Original Languages”

How to Register

To register, send an email to Please reference the name of the seminar location you wish to attend.

You can also use that address for any questions about the seminars or go to

I will be hosting the day and, even though I have used the program for a number of years now, I always learn something new at these seminars, even in the Accordance Basics session. So, if you are an experienced Accordance user, it is worth coming along and learning something new.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Marie-Louise Craig

SFC Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages lecturer

St Francis College, Brisbane.


Australian Centre for Wesleyan Research Conference call for papers by 21 June for 13-15 September

THe 10th Australian Centre for Wesleyan Research Conference ACWR Conference is on 13 – 15 September 2019 at Eva Burrows College 100 Maidstone Street, Ringwood, Melbourne Victoria 3134 AUSTRALIA
Abstracts must be submitted by 21 June 2019 Submit abstracts online at or email them to ijemila@hotmail.comacwr

he Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research is a diverse and multidisciplinary community of established and emerging scholars united by a desire to foster and promote research and scholarship from a Wesleyan perspective and to connect scholars across disciplines and theological divides. The ACWR is calling for papers to address the theme ‘A Curious Machine’: Wesleyan Perspective on the Post-Human Future. The rate of technological change appears to be opening toward a future in which the centrality and uniqueness of human beings as rational creatures may undergo a shift. Human enhancement, genetic modification, remotely controlled weapons, the replacement of human labour and skill by robots, the commodification of data, and the development of independent reasoning powers in artificial intelligence all carry both promise and risk. In his sermon ‘What is Man?’ John Wesley spoke of the human being as a ‘curious machine,’ reflecting the eighteenth-century view of the person as a set of complex mechanisms animated by the soul. What ‘curious machines’ may lie ahead of us, not made in the image of God but in the image of a flawed creator? What insights does a Wesleyan theological anthropology bring? How unique is human reason and intelligence? Could a robot ever possess a ‘soul’? Will the future be post-human and what theological approaches will help us prepare for that possibility? Should the rate of technological change be slowed so that we can reset our moral and ethical compass? Or is technological change and development simply a movement toward humanity’s fulfilment in God? What are the biblical, theological, ethical, philosophical, and practical implications of the development of sentience within artificial intelligence? Thirty minute papers arising from a biblical studies, theological, historical, practical theology or inter-disciplinary perspective are invited. Shorter presentations (15 minutes) that interpret a work of art or other image, including popular culture, gaming, sci-fi, and cinema are also welcome. Overseas presenters may be able to present their papers online.

For more information email or visit

ACWR 2019 Conference Call for Papers 21 June


UQ seminar – John Frederick on Moral Formation and the Cross in Ephesians

UQ Seminar this Friday – John Frederick on The Perpetual Sacrifice of the Ecclesial Christ: Moral Formation and the Cross in Ephesians 24 May 2019 2:00pm–4:00pm Lev 3, Forgan Smith (1), UQ Room:  E319

This paper will argue that Ephesians presents the sacrifice of Christ as the means and mechanism of the moral transformation of the Church. The sacrifice of Christ will be shown to be conceived of by Paul as a two-fold reality consisting of: (i) the once-for-all event of Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection by which redemption was achieved, and (ii) an ecclesial/ethical reality by which the Church as the body of Christ perpetually participates in the sacrifice of Christ by performing grace-empowered works of sacrificial love that result in individual and ecclesial transformation. The result is a theology of sacrifice in Ephesians that goes beyond the merely behavioural function typically assigned to love and works in texts such as Eph. 2:8–10 and Eph 5:2ff.

Prof David Clough on Animal Ethics Fri 7 June at St Francis College

A public lecture by Prof David Clough on
The Challenge of Animal Ethics
Friday 7 June 7 pm at St Francis College
233 Milton Road Milton animal ethics.jpg

A Public Lecture with David Clough, Professor at University of Chester:

Putting Your Faith to Work with Mark Greene on July 12 -13

Perhaps you’ve heard that there is an exciting and important Australian Tour on the horizon (, featuring the Executive Director of the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity(LICC), Mark Greene.  As former marketing executive, and also Vice Principal of the London School of Theology, he’s a world leader in “Putting Faith to Work” and Whole-Life Discipleship.

Check out the Brisbane events from Friday – Saturday July 12-13 here,


(1) Friday breakfast with business folks, on “‘Living a different story in the workplace'”

(2) Friday 10am-3pm Church Leaders Seminar on:

  • Session 1: Building a whole-life discipleship church culture + tips for worker-friendly churches

  • Session 2  Church gathered – shaping worship and preaching to support whole-life discipleship

  • Session 3  Church scattered – how to equip and support Christians to be even more fruitful on their frontlines

(3) Friday 6:30-9:00pm Workplace Roundtable for theological educators and church/parachurch leaders, with meaty conversations over dinner at a restaurant (tba), asking the hard questions about how church, theological education and workplace can work better together for maximal kingdom witness and whole life discipleship. Mark will cast a vision for 2025, describing what it *could* look like, and we can then engage and critique the vision, considering steps from here to there.

(4) Saturday 9am-3:00pm Putting Your Faith to Work Conference, aimed at Christian Workers, Church Leaders and Theological Educators, exploring:

  • Session 1: Reading the Bible through Worker’s Eyes

  • Session 2: Reading & Transforming Workplace Culture

  • Session 3: Evangelism in the workplace

We’re still finalising the where and when and costs for these events, but Murray Wright as tour coordinator has worked very hard to find sponsorship so that these events are way underpriced, with maximal value.

Hopefully you can hear my heart in this … far more than just another event, I truly believe this is pivotal at this cultural juncture, and incredibly strategic for leaders at every level to engage. I’m hoping you may both attend, and promote these events among your networks for maximum impact.

In particular, for those theological educators and denominational/ministry leaders among us, please consider coming to the Friday night dinner that I’m hosting (block your diary, with details to come), for Mark has just finished a multi-year international consultation with theological colleges about how to better educate for whole life discipleship, and build meaningful links between church, academy and marketplace. I value your input, to spur on this crucial conversation.

Find out more –

David Pitt  |  Email  |  Mobile  0407 571 100 (City Bible Forum)

David Benson  |  Email  |  Mobile  0491 138 487 (Malyon College)