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Mp3's & videos from our 2015 Conference are available plus full text from Lionel Windsor's talk. 

Danny Rurlander and other speakers

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Video from our 2015 seminar 'Adam & Eve: Were they historical people and does it matter?' (mp3 to come later)

Andrew Leslie

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Video from our 2015 seminar 'Language for God in the Old Testament'(mp3 to come later)

David Höhne

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Monday, February 01, 2016

Priscilla & Aquila Centre annual conference 2016: The Christian and Submission

Conference details

Main speaker: Mark Thompson. Mark is the principal of Moore Theological College. He is married to Kathryn and they have 4 daughters.

Mark will give two talks: (i) Jesus & Submission (ii) The Christian & Submission 

Jane Tooher will also give a talk in the plenary sessions on Jane Barker. 

Jane is on the faculty of Moore where she lectures in Ministry, New Testament, and Church History, and she is the founding Director of the Priscilla & Aquila Centre. 

When: 8:30am coffee. First session begins 9.00am. Conference finishes at 4.45pm
Where: Moore College Knox Lecture Theatre, 15 King Street, NEWTOWN NSW

Registration has now closed, contact Jane if you still wish to register. Jane.tooher@moore.edu.au

Afternoon electives - Session 1 (choose one)

1. Abigail: A godly woman with a fool for a husband?
John Woodhouse

Description: A fairly careful (but not overly technical) look at the story of Abigail with a view to seeing what we can / should learn about godliness in the difficult circumstances of Abigail's rather terrible marriage. 
 Lecture style with time for questions. 
About the speaker: John was previously rector of Christ Church St Ives, and more recently principal of Moore College. He has written a number of book including a commentary on 1 Samuel. He is married to Moya. 

2. Submission: Understanding a relationally rich word
Peter Bolt & Claire Smith

Description: This elective will be a dialogue between Peter and Claire, showing how to understand the various dimensions of this word, especially as it relates to male-female relationships. When a biblical word is overlooked, misunderstood, or maligned, how can we understand it properly within the context of God's gracious dealings with human beings?
Style: Popular level with time for questions. 
About the speakers: Peter is Head of New Testament & Greek at Moore College, and is interested in the Gospels and how they communicate the good news of Jesus to our lost world. Claire lives in Sydney with her husband Rob, and attends St Andrew’s Cathedral. They have an adult son. She spends her time speaking and writing for Jesus, and is the author of God's Good Design: What the Bible really says about men and women

3. Submission: Personal testimonies
Tara Stenhouse & Kate Haggar

Description: How does submission impact our relationships as men and women? What does submission actually look like in real life? Kate and Tara will share the joys and challenges of submission in the various relationships God has put them in, including ministry teams and marriage. 

Style: Popular level with time for questions at the end.  

About the speakers: Tara lectures in Ministry & Church History at Moore College, where she is also the Dean of Women. She is married to Ian who is the senior minister at Randwick Presbyterian church. Kate is the Women's & Children's Worker at Neutral Bay Anglican in Sydney.

Jim & Lesley Ramsay

Description: Modesty is commonly associated with appropriate dress and the female gender. But that restricts the focus  - and lets men off the hook. This seminar will look at what the Bible says to both men and women about modesty in the Christian life. 
Style: Popular level with time for questions at the end. 
About the speakers: Jim and Lesley have been ministering together for 45 years. After many years of parish ministry in Sydney, they now live on the Central Coast of NSW. Much of their time is spent encouraging young church planters in the FIEC network, fledging preachers at Moore College, and women in ministry. They try to keep fit so they can keep up with their 10 grandchildren.

Afternoon electives - Session 2 (choose one)

1. Domestic violence: A pastor's perspective
Sandy Grant 

Description: This elective will consider what Scripture says relevant to the subject, and how to prevent its twisting or misapplication. The seminar will also explore some of the challenges for pastors in caring better for those at risk of domestic abuse. 
Style: Popular level lecture, with time for questions.  
About the speaker: Sandy is the Senior Minister at St Michael's Anglican Cathedral in Wollongong. He is married to Karyn with three daughters. He serves on the Sydney Diocesan Standing Committee, and Social Issues Committee, and on the Board of Matthias Media. Sandy enjoys reading theology, biography and crime fiction. 

2. Submission: Personal testimonies
Alistair Seabrook & Brett Hall

Description: An informal conversation about what it means to have an attitude of submission in life and ministry, Al & Brett will be chatting about submission in their different experiences of life: family, singleness, with a boss whom you disagree with, younger boss with older worker, in mixed-gender staff teams, different cultures, learning through making mistakes/repenting of sin.
Style: An informal conversation with Al & Brett asking each other questions about what it means to have an attitude of submission in life and ministry. Time for questions at the end.
About the speakers: Al has been serving as Senior Minister at Dundas-Telopea Anglican Church since 2012. Having completed his training at Oak Hill Theological College in London, Alistair has served in parishes both in the UK & Sydney. He's married to Sarah and they have three young children. Since graduating from Moore College in 2013, Brett has been serving as the Minister of Rosemeadow-Appin Anglican Churches in the Macarthur region of Sydney.

3. Talking to children and youth about submisson 

Deb Earnshaw, Pete Tong, & Adrian Foxcroft

Description: Pete, Deb, and Adrian will share biblical insights and reflect on lessons learnt from their involvement in children and youth ministry as they have taught and modelled the biblical concept of submission.

Style: This will be a popular level lecture with time for questions at the end.  

About the speakers: Deb, Pete, and Adrian all served together on the staff on Naremeburn Cammeray Anglican church in Sydney for several years until Pete moved to serve at St Andrew's Wahroonga in late 2015. 

Deb Earnshaw works with women, kids and families at Cammeray morning and evening services. She loves nearly everything to do with water and holidays, most things concerning food, and desires all people to come to know Jesus. 

Pete Tong was brought up in a Christian family and he describes himself as knowing Jesus as his Lord and Saviour for as long as he can remember. He has recently moved to serve on the staff at St Andrew's Wahroonga. 

Adrian Foxcroft works at Naremburn Cammeray Anglican Church as the Youth Minister. He has worked there since he finished studying at Moore College in 2011. He is married to Anne and they have three children.

4. “Slaves Submit to your Masters”: Understanding and Applying the Slavery Passages in the New Testament
Peter Orr

Description: This session will look at some of the key passages in the New Testament that deal with slavery. The main goal of the session will be to think about how we interpret and apply these passages particularly in light of other contemporary controversial issues such as submission, gender and sexuality.  If we are happy to intuitively transpose what the New Testament says about slavery to be more in line with contemporary views of slavery does that not set a precedent for how we apply the New Testament’s teaching on other issues? In short, if Paul affirmed certain forms of slavery simply because of the culture he was located in does the same apply to submission (for example)?

Style: Lecture style, with time for questions at the end. 

About the speaker: Peter Orr grew up in Northern Ireland, was a missionary in Romania, and has served on parish teams in London and Sydney. He then completed PhD studies in Durham. Before joining the faculty at Moore in January 2014 he served on the faculty of Melbourne School of Theology.  At Moore he lectures in New Testament and Greek. Peter is married to Emma and they have four young boys. 

2016 Priscilla & Aquila Evening Seminars 

Three issues that continually come into the spotlight as we seek to take God’s great news of Jesus Christ into the world are submission, gender confusion, and polygamy. In 2016 Rob & Claire Smith and Phillip Jensen will be looking at these topics in the P&A evening seminars. Please join us so that you’ll better understand what God’s word has to say on them, and better understand those you’re trying to minister to. Find out more details and register below. 

April 6: 'Gender confusion: a pastor's perspective' Speakers: Rob & Claire Smith 

6:30-7:00pm coffee & cake 

7:00-9:00pm Talk + Q&A 

Knox Lecture Theatre, 15 King Street, Newtown, 2042 

Cost $10 per person. Registration is now open. Pre-registration necessary.

September 21: 'Polygamy'  Speaker: Phillip Jensen

Phillip Jensen is the Director of Two Ways Ministries continuing his lifelong passion of recruiting and training ministry workers in preaching the gospel by teaching the Bible. He is married to Helen, has three adult children and thirteen grandchildren. He previously served as the Dean of St Andrew's Cathedral, rector of St Matthias Centennial Park, and as Anglican chaplain at the University of NSW. His written works include Two Ways to Live, Guidance and the Voice of God, Prayer and the Voice of God, The Archer and the Arrow and By God's Word. 

6:30-7:00pm coffee & cake 

7:00-9:00pm Talk + Q&A 

Knox Lecture Theatre, 15 King Street, Newtown, 2042 

Cost $10 per person. Registration is now open. Pre-registration necessary.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Priscilla & Aquila Centre annual conference 2017

Meet our speakers:

2017 P&A Conference Intro - William & Janet Taylor from Moore College on Vimeo.

Main speaker: William Taylor, Rector of St Helen's Bishopsgate, London.

William will give 2 main talks on Luke 10:38-42 and Acts 18. 

More information and topics TBA

Electives (more details to come, & more elective choices to come): 

(i) 'Ministry amongst staff wives & women on staff' (Janet Taylor) 

(ii) 'Prophecy' (Peter Orr) 

(iii) 'Modesty' - more than dressing decently (Jim & Lesley Ramsay)