Graham Cole returns to Moore to celebrate the Reformation

Coming up later this month, Dr Graham Cole, former member of the Moore College faculty, will deliver a public lecture entitled: The legacy of the Reformation through the eyes of J.C. Ryle at Moore College. The lecture will be delivered in the Marcus Loane Hall on Wednesday 19th July, 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Graham studied at Moore College from 1973 to 1976 and was ordained in 1977. He served as Curate at St James Turramurra before returning to Moore to lecture in Christian thought from 1980 until 1992. He subsequently served as Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne (1992–2001), Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago (2002–2011), Anglican Professor of Divinity and Beeson Divinity School, Alabama (2011–2015), and in 2015 he returned to Trinity to become its Dean.

Moore’s principal, Dr Mark Thompson, remarked on Graham’s visit, “It is a delight to have Graham return home to Moore to share in our year of celebrating God’s goodness to us through the Reformation. This public lecture will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with Graham again and to rejoice again in our reformation heritage, this time viewed through the eyes of one of the greats of evangelical Anglican history, Bishop J. C. Ryle of Liverpool. Graham is an exceptional teacher and public speaker and this promises to be a wonderful occasion.”

“The Reformation is worth celebrating because the gospel the reformation recovered is still worth cherishing and proclaiming. It is still the powerful way God saves people (Rom 1:16–17). Men and women are not saved by human cleverness, not by our piety or religious achievements, not by the flourishing of life and culture, but by the preaching of Christ crucified and risen. With the reformers, we gladly affirm we are justified only by faith.”

We do not often take the time to thank God for the way he ensured that the gospel would reach to us, twenty centuries after Christ and on the other side of the world. A critical part of that mission was the reformation of the sixteenth century which was ignited by the work of Martin Luther in 1517. Here is an opportunity for Christians all over Sydney, to grow in our appreciation of the scale of what God has done and to return home with a fresh excitement about sharing the same gospel in our time and place.

Find out the lecture details here.


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