In this episode, the Thinking Aloud hosts interview Carmelina Read, the Dean of Women at Christ College, popular speaker, and a pastor’s wife. They cover how Reed coming to faith from an Italian Catholic background, the revitalisation work that she and her husband undertook at Chatswood Presbyterian, and the role of Complementarianism within the church. Particularly, how pastors can get it right.
The show is back and running, as David, Kamal and Brett use ‘leap day’ to get a recording in. In this episode, the hosts reflect on the recent Anglican Primates meeting and what it means in regards to Church unity. With the direction of the Episcopalian Church in the U.S and the split by the Anglican Churches of North America (ACNA) was Lloyd-Jones right in his call for evangelicals to leave denominations which are becoming liberalised? What about what’s happening with Anglicans in Australia? The hosts also look at how to form a Christian response to the current refugee issues facing Australia.
Instead of a normal episode where the hosts ramble on, we will be playing the keynote talk given by Tim Booker from the recent TOGCON. Tim Booker, the senior minister at Guildford Anglican and former army chaplain to the 3RAR, gives an outline of the opposition which faces the concept of the sufficiency of God’s word, a robust defense of the belief, and the “silver bullet for church growth“.
Welcoming Kamal back from Scotland, the trio go through the issue of radicalisation in Australia. Later, they also go through the Reformed heritage of each of their denominations and how they themselves came to hold Reformed beliefs.
David Ould’s Link of the Month: Alpha & Omega Ministries – http://www.aomin.org/
Mentioned Article in TOGCast: 4 Dangerous Chararistics of Radicalised Christians
Kamal has gone to the Presbyterian homeland of Scotland to do whatever Presbyterians do. In his absence, David and Brett catch up with musician (and Anglican minister) Ben Pakula to talk about his Children music as well as his latest album, Masterplan. They talk about Ben’s passion to put biblical theology in a way which is easily understood by Children, so that the rich truths of God’s overarching narrative of redemption is conveyed. They also discuss Ben’s Jewish background, and his thoughts on worship music.
David Ould’s Link of the Month: https://www.cepstore.com.au/producttag/101/ben-pakula
The hosts discuss the current Planned Parenthood controversy happening in the U.S., and its ethical and moral ramifications which are just as applicable in Australia. In the second half, the hosts discuss the TGC Australia launch, the leaders consultation, and touch on the differences of TGC Australia and Thinking of God.
David Ould’s Link of the Month: http://www.challies.com/
In this episode, the hosts look at same-sex marriage and discuss whether it really matter for Christians, and whether it affects the concept of marriage as a whole. They also talk about whether a minister should return their marriage registrant licenses. In the second half, they examine an excellent article posted up on The Gospel Coalition Australia called “Stage Two Exile: are you ready for it?“, and its relevance for all of us.
David Ould’s Link of the Month: http://www.cross-points.org
In the inaugural episode of Thinking Aloud, the hosts delve into two incidents which had occurred recently. Specifically, the recent ban by the NSW Department of Education and Communities on the use of three books in SRE classes and a ruling in the United States which resulted in a couple operating a bakery being fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay marriage.