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The 2017 Warrawee Lecture

Warrawee Lecture 2017

The Warrawee Lecture is an annual event proudly brought to you by Warrawee Anglican Church providing a marvellous 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.

Dr Michael SteadIn 2017 we welcome Rev. Dr Michael Stead, Bishop of South Sydney, and until 2015, Senior Minister of St James, Turramurra. Dr Stead will speak on the topic “What kind of ‘secular’ country is Australia? Freedom for Religion or from Religion?”

This event is free. Please register here for a seat:

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The 2016 Warrawee Lecture

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The 2016 Warrawee Lecture was 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?”

The Lecture will be held at 7:30pm on Wednesday May 18 in the school hall of Warrawee Public School, cnr Finlay Rd and Pacific Highway, Warrawee. Please contact Matt Davies if you have any questions. This is a free event, however we ask all attendees to register for a seat using the form below.

The 2015 Warrawee Lecture – recording now available

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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.


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2016 Warrawee Lecture 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 2014 Warrawee Lecture

2014 Warrawee Lecture
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.

The Buried King with Rev Dr George Athas

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Question Time

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The Warrawee Lecture 2013: Can I Fall Away?

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.

This year we are privileged to host the Rev Dr Peter O’Brien. Peter has been married to Mary, in Peter’s own description, ‘for 50 wonderful years’, and they have four children – David, Stephen, Libby and Sarah, and 10 grandchildren.

Peter became a Christian at the age of 19 after hearing the English preacher David Harris preaching on the robe of Christ’s righteousness at Eastwood Anglican Church. Peter later studied at Moore Theological College and was ordained as an Anglican minister before serving the Lord Jesus as a missionary in India for a decade.

Peter completed doctoral studies in New Testament at Manchester under renowned New Testament scholar F. F. Bruce during this time. Moore College became the O’Brien family home from 1974 until Peter’s retirement from full-time teaching in 2009.

Peter is a New Testament scholar of international reputation and has published more than a dozen books on mission and the letters of the New Testament, many of which have become benchmarks of evangelical scholarship.

The letter to the Hebrews has featured in each stage of Peter’s academic career. Peter taught a course on the letter to the Hebrews in his first year in India, at the University of Manchester he attended F. F. Bruce’s lectures on Hebrews, and on his retirement from full time teaching Peter’s own commentary on the letter to the Hebrews was released in the Pillar series.

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