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GAFCON Update from Bishop Jim: Final Reflections

After a few days of recovery and reflection, here are a few final thoughts about GAFCON 2018 in Jerusalem....

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GAFCON Update from Bishop Jim: Receiving Inspiration for Gospel Movement

Dear Friends, Today was again filled with great teaching, inspiring worship, and encouraging fellowship. Our Bible exposition focused on the story in Luke of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Our preacher exhorted us to preach Jesus in the Old Testament and to preach well. Our plenary topic was "God's Strategy" (following the themes of "God's Gospel," "God's Chur...

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GAFCON Update from Bishop Jim: Resurrection and Evangelism

Dear Co-heirs with Christ, On this day at GAFCON we reflected on the biblical story of Jesus' resurrection. While it is easy for its wonder to dissipate, the fact of the resurrection is a startling reality. Jesus actually rose from the dead and promised that we would join Him in His victory over death. Therefore, we should be the most joyful, most unflappable, most hopefu...

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GAFCON Update from Bishop Jim: First Impressions

Dear Partners in the Gospel, What a privilege it is to be here at GAFCON 2018, gathered with almost 2,000 Anglican believers from around the world! As I share some of my impressions and highlights, you can follow what's happening in Jerusalem though the GAFCON website (www.gafcon.org/events/jerusalem-2018). Those of us at GAFCON 2018 are experiencing a foretaste of Joh...

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GAFCON Update from Bishop Jim: Who's Here

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Dear Friends, During the second day of GAFCON 2018, we continued to worship the Lord enthusiastically under the leadership of a Nigerian choir. We walked carefully through the trial and death of Jesus in our Bible exposition, seeing in them the heart of the Gospel, Jesus substitution for us. And, in our final morning session, we saw clearly God's love for the Church and i...

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New Developments Coming to Diocesan Staff Structure

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Dear Members of the Diocese, After 2 years of observing, listening, praying and testing lots of hypothesis, I'm making some changes to the Diocesan Staff that I believe will allow us to better serve the clergy and congregations of the Diocese. Congregations (and even small groups within congregations) have 6 basic ministry dynamics: worship/prayer, evangelism/mission, di...

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The Invitation of the Ascension

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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, The Reformers consistently emphasized the biblical teaching that Christ's work on the Cross is complete. We can add nothing to what He accomplished through His sacrifice of Himself on our behalf. As we say in our liturgy, "He made there, by his one oblation of himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, a...

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A Time to Sow: Bishop's Journey in Church Planting

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I am deeply committed to church planting. I believe it is the best way to reach people with Jesus' love. I want to see church planting become normative in this diocese and in the ACNA. But, I wasn't always an advocate. My first conversation about church planting happened in the winter of 1976, during my freshman year in college. The Christian Education department at Wheat...

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New Diocesan Leaders

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As we continue to move forward as a diocese, the Lord has provided two gifted leaders. I have asked the Rev. Tracey Russell to serve as Canon for Youth Ministry and the Rev. Joanne Martin to serve as Deacon for Special Projects. As Canon for Youth Ministry, Canon Tracey will support youth ministers,strengthen our youth ministry network, and help develop diocesan youth eve...

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Coaching Opportunities for Diocesan Leaders

I know a way to increase your effectiveness as a leader. Interested? Of course you are. Coaching, both being coached and coaching others. From my own experience I can tell you how important it is to have someone outside the normal flow of your life asking powerful clarifying questions. Where do you see the Lord working in you and through you? What are you celebrating? Wher...

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Developing the Craft of Discipleship

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The Greek word for "disciple" means "learner." But, what kind of learning is involved in being a disciple of Jesus? Is it the kind of learning whose focus is knowing about a subject (for example, math or world history) and ends up with a clear understanding of ideas (and maybe class notes and academic degrees)? Or is it the kind of learning whose focus is on knowing how to...

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We Need Advent

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The decorations are up. Holiday songs are playing in all the stores. "It's a Wonderful Life" is making its rounds through all the networks. So, it must be Christmas season. However, the Church says, "Not yet, it is only Advent." I realize that most of our culture rolls its collective eyes when we say that and accuses us of being party poopers. But, Advent is crucial to ma...

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A Letter about Women's Ordination & Conclave from Bishop Jim Hobby

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Thank you for your prayers for the bishops of the Anglican Church in North America as we met in conclave last week to discuss the ordination of women in light of the report of the Task Force on Holy Orders. I believe that the Lord heard your prayers and......

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