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News for Tasmanian Baptists

7th October 2021

Tasmanian Baptists Annual Assembly 2021

7pm Friday to 3:30pm Saturday, 22nd and 23rd October

Pictured - delegates at the May Assembly 2021

The next Assembly of the Baptist Union of Tasmania will be held on Friday, 22nd October 2021 at Riverlands, 159 Wellington Street, Longford commencing with a dinner at 7pm. It will reconvene on Saturday, 23rd October 2021 at the same location commencing at 9.30am.

Churches are requested to send delegates to Assembly and Pastors on the Accredited and Recognised Pastors list are invited to attend.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL! Friday Dinner - $30 person. Saturday lunch - $25 per person. Please contact Karen Buckney to book meals and indicate dietary requests: | 6391 2202

Friday night speaker: Professor Patrick Parkinson, pictured.

Patrick ParkinsonProfessor Parkinson is a specialist in family law, child protection, law and religion and the law of equity and trusts. He is also well-known for his community work concerning child protection. He has been a member of the NSW Child Protection Council and was Chairperson of a major review of the state law concerning child protection which led to the enactment of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998. He also works with churches on child protection and religious freedom issues.

Patrick and his wife Martha now live in Tasmania.

Before the Celebration ... Launch of the 2022 Tasmania Celebration

Launceston Launch Event: 6:30-8pm, 19th November (Door of Hope) | Hobart Launch Event: 6:30-8pm, 20th November (C3 Centre)

Download/Print the Launch Invitation >>>

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association extends an invitation to all churches to join the November launch of the Tasmania Celebration 2022 with Will Graham.

These will be evenings for the collective church to unite together for prayer and worship and to share the vision for the upcoming Tasmania Celebration events in May 2022. We look forward to seeing you there.

There are also regular Prayer Meetings for the Celebration taking place at Gateway Baptist, 7am Thursday mornings.

Find out more about these and other events:

SparkLit Awards

Australian Christian Book of the Year 2021

Being the Bad Guys, by Stephen McAlpine

No longer just quaint or irrelevant, Christians in Western society are once again regarded as "haters of humankind".

Being the Bad Guys calls on Christians to admit our failures and embrace life as a creative minority. As a community on the margins, we can welcome the actual victims of contemporary culture as they look for grace and solace from its bruising brutality. This book is an overdue reset for Christians who have not yet realised that they are more like Daniel in Babylon than Solomon in the land of milk and honey.

Read more >>> The 2021 Australian Christian Book of the Year Shortlist

Purchase from Koorong >>>

More in this week's ADVANCE | step by step

Food for Thought >>> Our Divine Purpose by Bob Goolsby, George Town
Disaster Zones >>> What's happening in HAITI, MYANMAR, AFGHANISTAN
Cossover Update >>> Resources to help Baptists share Jesus

23rd September 2021

Book Review by Ray Hawkins, Beauty Point

TITLE: Jesus, Dead or Alive? the evidence, Published September 2019
AUTHOR: Dr John Dyer.
Dr Dyer is a retired Baptist minister in the UK, who served for 33 years with BMS World Mission in Brazil.

Jesus Dead or Alive? cover'How do the pieces of the puzzle fit together?' the author asks. What puzzle? The various strands of information about the resurrection of Jesus according to the four gospels. 'The answer to this question is the reason for writing this book' according to Dr Dyer.

He takes each gospel's account and compares, contrasts and then cements them into a single unit. He also included the martyrdom of Stephen in Acts, and Paul's testimony to his encounter with the risen Christ. These are challenged by various objections to their credibility, which the author systematically answers, biblically, historically and logically.

This is a well written and clear presentation presenting why the Church believes and proclaims, 'Christ is risen!' It is especially helpful for new-comers to the Faith, and a helpful reference to share with sceptics.

John Dyer wrote in page 72, 'Christian faith is founded on a past event but lived as a contemporary experience of the Living One, who though He was dead is alive forevermore. (Revelation 1:18)'

Our faith is far from blind. In fact, it is 'wide-eyed' and 'crystal clear.' For it is formed out of biblical prophecy, eye-witness testimonies, and an unbroken line of transformed lives. Surely, we can echo the conviction of the Apostle Paul, "I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day". 2 Timothy 1:12.

Ray Hawkins

* Available to order from Koorong bookstores or online at; and also

Covid Vaccinations and the Common Good

Find out what you need to know

Covid shotThe vaccination issue seems to be causing difficulties in some of our Baptist community nationwide, as well as other denominations. Professor Patrick Parkinson (Law faculty, University of Queensland) wrote an article to explain the legal and public policy issues, and what is and is not a proper conscientious objection.
Read the article in Eternity magazine >> >

Operation Christmas Child

Pack a Shoebox Online

Samaritan's Purse sends millions of gifts packed in humble shoeboxes every year to children in need. Everywhere these boxes go, the Gospel goes too! It is a powerful life-changing ministry.

NEW this year is the opportunity to pack a box online.

WATCH video, below - How to Pack a Shoebox

NEED TO KNOW: 10 September 2021 release
  • EmpowHer Walk (North)
    Stand Sunday
    BWA Ethical Fashion Report
    Praying for Afghanistan and Haiti

EmpowHer Walk (North)

Saturday 18th September

EmpowHer Walk May 2021 looking towards Badger HeadALL WOMEN WELCOME!

9.30am: Meet at Singapore Baker's Cafe Gravelly Beach for brunch/cuppa.
11am: Walk loop track to Paper Beach along the West Tamar, return. Total walk: 9km/2hours. Bring money for Cafe.
Invite your friends! Download brochure >>>
RSVP required. For more info or to register, contact Wendy Marston 0407 675 414 or Jenna Blackwell 0488 330 390

Pictured: Walkers at the last northern EmpowHer Walk, on their way to Badger Head

Stand Sunday during September

Supporting foster carers in Tasmania

Stand Sunday 2021 is on Sunday 12th September - although your church could focus on foster care any Sunday this month.

READ ABOUT FOSTER CARE - June 2021 ADVANCE | step by step >>>

The 2021 Stand Sunday video is now available. You can use it during your church service one Sunday in September, whether you host Stand Sunday, or not.

Download the video from Dropbox >>> | Download video on YouTube >>>

Calling All Artists!

Gateway Baptist Fundraiser for HaitiHaiti Fundraiser at Gateway

Gateway Baptist Church in Launceston are holding a Fundraiser for the children in Haiti who live in the desperately poor district of Despuzeau in Haiti. All monies raised will be sent to Haiti, no expenses will be deducted.

They are calling on all artists who would like to consider being part of this exciting fund raiser by donating a small A5 (1/2 A4) unframed, unmounted drawing, painting, digital art or other which will be sold to the public at their Artway Gallery on 16th October.

If you are able to contribute, or know someone who may be able to, there are a few details to be aware of. The artwork needs to be something someone would love, all are being sold for $100 each, please sign the back, not the front, and provide a little story about yourself. Artwork needs to be received before 24th September.

For more details please contact Ian or Lee Campbell: EMAIL | SMS Ian 0408 128 871 OR Lee 0477 039 771

Ethical Fashion Report

Australians value ethical fashion but struggle to take action

New consumer report reveals majority of consumers want to improve purchasing behaviour

Australian consumers believe ethical purchasing is important, but are failing to follow through on their own beliefs. While 87% want to change their fashion consumption habits to consume more ethically, just 46% indicate they regularly purchase from ethical/sustainable fashion brands.

Find out your shopping typeThe findings come from the new Australian Ethical Consumer Report, released by Christian aid and development organisation Baptist World Aid Australia in collaboration with social research company McCrindle. The report, which draws from national data, seeks to understand the attitudes and beliefs of Australian consumers towards ethical fashion consumption, and uncovers the key motivations for Australians when making purchases. It reveals that most Australians feel a sense of global responsibility and want to change their consumption habits, but cite awareness of ethical brands and expense as the two greatest barriers to doing so.

Accompanying the report is an online quiz which enables Aussie shoppers to identify their own consumer type from Practical Purchasers, Intentional Individualists, Socially-Minded Shoppers, and Conscious Consumers. Those wanting to go one step further can score themselves on the Ethical Consumer Index, which measures their behaviour against the 5 A's of ethical fashion: attitude, agency, awareness, action and advocacy. The 5-minute quiz examines whether Australian consumers are more driven by their personal benefit or the benefit of others, and whether they buy thinking about current needs or future impacts.

'Aussies pride themselves on supporting a 'fair go for all,' and this couldn't be more applicable when examining the issues of injustice surrounding ethical fashion. We see younger generations, and women, more open to changing their habits to align with this value,' said Ashley Fell from McCrindle. 'The 'My Shopping Type' online quiz gives consumers a chance to see how they compare against their peers on this important issue, as well as being empowered with steps towards aligning their purchases with their values,'

'This report reveals we have a long way to go when it comes to ethical consumption and understanding the impacts that our purchases have on the environment and people around the world,' said Peter Keegan of BWAA. 'But with tools like the Ethical Fashion Guide and My Shopping Type Quiz, we can take those next steps towards becoming more ethical consumers.'

The Australian Ethical Consumer Report is available for download here.
The Ethical Fashion Report and Guide has been published by Baptist World Aid since 2013, and can be ordered here.
My Shopping Type Quiz here.

About Baptist World Aid Australia
BWAA is a Christian international aid and development organisation that publishes the annual Ethical Fashion Report, which grades clothing brands for their efforts to address worker exploitation and environmental degradation.

Read more in the Sept/Oct 2021 ADVANCE | step by step

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BRAVE NEW WORLD - From the Mission Director Stephen Baxter
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