On my last day in Sydney, I spoke at Sydney Missionary & Bible College (SMBC) about peacemaking in the Middle East. It was a delight to meet the Principal, Revd Stuart Coulton and learn of their distinctive emphasis on scripture and mission. Revd Rob Smith, brother to Revd Dave Smith (my host in Australia) is a member of the faculty, as was their father.
One of the upsides (or is that downsides?) or spending two weeks with a professional boxer is you cannot avoid getting involved in their fitness regime – physical and mental. During my recent lecture tour of Australia I went jogging with Father Dave Smith, his wife Angela and their dog Noodle, around Sydney Bay. Dave left me well behind as did Angela, but I was determined to keep up with Noodle. I failed…
My presentation at Holy Trinity put seven of the most common Christian Zionist assertions to the Biblical test. I liken Christian Zionist theology to a balloon of hot air. How many pins do you need to burst a balloon?
While staying in Sydney recently, I was pleased to meet up with the Revd Dr Mark Thompson, Principal of Moore College and some of their faculty and students. Mark had previously visited Christ Church, Virginia Water, where I used to serve as vicar, for a GAFCON event.
Over the years, many of our church apprentices benefited from the theological training provided through Moore College online and correspondence courses. We discussed our mutual interest in providing resources for theological colleges in East Africa alongside the Christianity Explored course.
Dr Thompson said that when I am next in town he hopes to find a way for me to engage with interested students.