On Sunday February 7th, Warrawee Anglican will celebrate two important events – the celebration of 4 years of ministry to the Warrawee community, and the official commencement of Rev. Matt Davies as our new minister. Chris Edwards, Bishop of the Northern Sydney Region, will join us to officially commission Matt and to teach from God’s Word. And there will most likely be cake!
So, join us at 10am, hang around afterward, and join the thanksgiving to our wonderful God!
Thank you to all who attended on the night, and especially to all who asked such excellent questions during Q & A. It was a pity we could not hear a response to every question.
What is the place of faith in the public square? Theologian and Pastor Rev Dr Michael Jensen charted a vision for the future, before NSW Premier the Hon. Mike Baird MP and former Auditor-General of NSW Peter Achterstraat AM shared something of their experience of Christian faith in public office. The evening was then opened up for an extended Q&A.
Rev. Dr Michael Jensen is the Senior Minister at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Darling Point. Michael is a theologian and pastor. He completed his doctorate at Oxford University in 2008 and has published a number of books, including Martyrdom and Identity: The Self on Trial and My God, My God: Is it possible to believe anymore? Michael lives in Sydney with his wife and four children. Michael’s talk is available to watch here or download here.
The Hon. Mike Baird, MP, is the Premier of NSW. Mike entered politics following an 18-year banking career. Prior to his election to Parliament as the Member for Manly in 2007, Mike was Head of Institutional Banking for HSBC in Australia and New Zealand. Following the election of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government in 2011, he was appointed Treasurer and in 2014 was sworn in as the State’s 44th Premier. Mike is married to Kerryn and they have three children. He is a keen surfer and is passionate about a variety of sports. You can watch Mike’s talk here or download here.
Peter Achterstraat AM was the Auditor-General of NSW from 2006―2013. Peter has spent 20 years in the Australian Tax Office where he held a variety of roles. He was admitted to the Bar of the NSW Supreme Court in 1983 and a Barrister in the High Court of Australia in 1985. Peter is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney’s Graduate School of Government, is a Principal at the global advisory firm Advisian, and NSW State President of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter is married to Vicki and they have three children. You can watch Peter’s talk here or download here.
The event was held in the Assembly Hall of Warrawee Public School, cnr Pacific Highway and Finlay Rd, Warrawee, where Warrawee Anglican meets every Sunday at 10am. See our contact information or email email@example.com if you have any further questions, or if you would like permission to use the above videos for anything other than personal viewing. Higher resolution videos are available upon request.
Each year the Warrawee Lecture attracts an audience of around 150 people from across Sydney and regional NSW. The 2015 Warrawee Lecture, When Life Gets Hot: following Jesus on a warming planet will be delivered by Mr Byron Smith. Byron has studied environmental ethics under Oliver O’Donovan at the University of Edinburgh and is passionate to connect faith and life. Byron maintains that the current challenges facing ecosystems pose new questions for Christian theology, discipleship, and mission. Admission is free, but registration is requested.
The 2015 Warrawee Lecture is available here for viewing or download. Please note that the content belongs to Byron Smith and he can be contacted here if you wish to use any of his materials in your own presentations. Apologies for the quality of this recording – all efforts have been made to keep the file size low and maintain the readability of the presentation.
We are pleased to announce The 2016 Warrawee Lecture will be given by Dr Brian Rosner, principal of Ridley College, Melbourne. What is a human being? Personal identity and the Bible. Brian writes “the world is obsessed with being true to yourself and knowing who you are; there’s never been a time when knowing who you are has been so difficult. If traditional societies are like rivers, buoying their members in one particular direction, modern societies are oceans – you can go in any direction you wish. But what is personal identity? Do my job, my possessions, my experiences, my memories, define who I am? What is a human being?”
Details about The 2016 Warrawee Lecture will be released closer to the event in early 2016. Remember to check our website in the new year.
The Warrawee Lecture is an annual event proudly brought to you by Warrawee Anglican Church providing a marvelous opportunity for believers from all church backgrounds in Northern Sydney to benefit from the expertise of an eminent scholar on a particular aspect of our Christian faith.
In 2014 we welcomed Rev Dr George Athas, Dean of Research and lecturer in Old Testament, Hebrew and Church History at Moore Theological College. George is married to Koula, and they have two daughters, Hosanna and Josephine. They attend Earlwood Anglican Community Church in Sydney. George is Dean of Research and Senior Lecturer in Old Testament at Moore Theological College. He is the author of The Tel Dan Inscription (Continuum, 2003), and co-editor of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS): A Reader’s Edition (forthcoming). and assistant editor of the Story of God Bible Commentary series (Zondervan).
The last few decades have seen a plummeting confidence among scholars in the Bible’s historicity. And until recently, historians were preparing to bury King David as an historical figure. Archaeology has since provided reason to be more confident in the historicity of David. Yet key questions remain. How do the Bible and Archaeology intersect? Can we be confident in the Bible’s historical claims? Dr Athas considered the case of King David as a way into these important questions.