May 7th Meeting at Stanmore

Andrew SloaneOur next public event will be held on Saturday morning, the 7th of May, and our guest speaker will be Rev Dr Andrew Sloane.

Andrew will be speaking on the way Genesis chapters 2–3 have been understood by a variety of scholars, some of whom see the Genesis passage as egalitarian, others as oppressive, and others as irredeemable. Andrew will challenge these ideas as an egalitarian evangelical.

Topic: “And he shall rule over you”: Evangelicals, Feminists, and Genesis 2 -3
Date: Saturday the 7th of May 2016
Time:10 am
New Venue: Stanmore House, Conference and Training Centre
97 Cambridge St, Stanmore.
On and off-street parking available, and the venue is an easy walk from Stanmore railway station. (Map)
New Cost: $20, includes morning tea.

Bio: Born in Scotland, Andrew Sloane was raised in the western suburbs of Sydney. He studied medicine at the University of NSW and practiced briefly as a doctor before studying at Morling College. He graduated from Morling in 1990 and was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1991. Andrew ministered in Baptist churches in Sydney and Newcastle before joining the faculty at Ridley (Anglican) College in Melbourne in 1996. He is currently Director of Postgraduate studies at Morling Theological College, having joining the faculty in 2002 as Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought.

Tamar's Tears, Andrew SloaneAndrew’s academic interests include Old Testament and Biblical interpretation, philosophical theology, bioethics and epistemology (philosophy). He has published articles in bioethics and philosophy.

His first book, On Being a Christian in the Academy (Paternoster, 2003), is based on his 1994 doctoral thesis. Andrew’s second book At Home in a Strange Land (Hendrickson, 2008) is available through Morling Press. More recently, he edited Tamar’s Tears (Wipf and Stock, 2011), and contributed a chapter which forms the basis of the talk he will present at our meeting.

Andrew is married to Alison, and they have three daughters, Elanor, Laura and Alexandra.

We look forward to a stimulating talk and conversation. See you then!

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NSW Police release new video campaign addressing domestic violence

NSW Police release new video

NSW Police have released an excellent video addressing domestic violence. Here’s the statement that accompanies the video.

NSW Police has today launched a powerful new video campaign to raise public awareness about the issue of domestic and family violence.“It’s not your fault” is the theme of the campaign, which consists of a 30-second community service announcement (CSA) for TV, as well as a longer version for cinemas and social media.In NSW, police respond to more than 140,000 incidents of domestic and family violence per year. This translates to about 380 cases every day.

Today’s CSA launch coincides with a state-wide roll-out of a new process for targeting repeat domestic-violence offenders.

For over a decade, NSW Police has used a process called the Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP) to deal with high-risk and repeat offenders.The process has recently been adapted to include high-risk domestic violence offenders, and following successful trials in the Central Metropolitan Region, this refinement is now being introduced state-wide.

“The STMP model will ensure the state’s most serious domestic-violence offenders face the highest level of scrutiny by police, and allow us to intervene before they commit their next offence,” NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said. “This renewed focus on offender accountability is part of our ongoing commitment to providing the utmost level of support to the victims of domestic and family violence.“

“We have made other significant headway. For example, in a world first, NSW police can now record domestic violence video evidence at the time of an incident, which relieves the victim of the emotional burden of giving evidence in court. But a problem of this magnitude won’t go away in a hurry. We still have much more work to do, and that includes raising public awareness about the issue through campaigns like the one we are launching today,” he said.

Members of NSW Police’s Domestic Violence Team used their own front-line experience investigating and prosecuting domestic-violence cases to write, direct and produce the community service announcement. The aim of the campaign is to remind people there is no excuse for domestic and family violence, and it is never the victim’s fault.

“Domestic violence is a serious crime and police are committed to bringing offenders to justice,” Commissioner Scipione said. “Every day police battle the community perception that domestic violence is a ‘family matter’ or ‘private business’.“That is most definitely not the case. If you are aware this is occurring in your community, you are obliged to report it, like any other crime.“

Some may find the images in these videos confronting; we do not apologise for this. Domestic and family violence is a confronting issue, and one we must continue to face head-on,” Commissioner Scipione said. NSW Police Force’s Corporate Spokesperson on Domestic and Family Violence, Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller, said it is only fitting the videos were developed by police.“ Police officers attend hundreds of domestic-violence incidents every day and see first-hand the impact and harm it has on families,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

“Children are the hidden victims of domestic violence, which is why children feature so prominently in the campaign.“There are no innocent bystanders in this space. By reporting domestic violence, you could prevent the next homicide,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

Police urging anyone with information about domestic-violence crimes to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Posted by NSW Police Force on Tuesday, 23 February 2016

If you are on facebook you can watch the video by clicking here: It’s Not Your Fault. Or watch the video here. This 2 minute video shows both the new video and some of the launch of the domestic violence campaign.

CBE Sydney’s 2016 AGM, 5th of March

We are holding our annual general meeting on Saturday the 5th of March at our usual venue St John’s, Glebe. This meeting is for all members and friends of CBE Sydney.

There will be light a light brunch at 10am, and the formal part of our meeting will begin at 10.30am.

After the short AGM we will watch a video presentation by Dr John Stackhouse on ‘How to Argue for Biblical Equality’ and then break into small groups for some discussion.

John Stackhouse quote

If you would like to nominate someone for a position on Committee please submit the form 7 days prior to the meeting. Any questions please feel free to contact us at

Here is the the formal notice for our AGM 2016 which was emailed to members and friends. Email is the best way to stay informed about what we are doing.

We hope you’ll come along on the 5th and participate in this important Kingdom ministry.


CBE Sydney applauds our new Prime Minister’s stand on domestic violence

Malcolm Turbull Domestic Violence

By Lesley Gray

This morning Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull issued a plea for Australians to make a cultural change in the way they view domestic violence. In pledging more than $100 million to provide technology to help victims, the Prime Minister says he dreams of a time when Australia is known across the world as a place where women are respected.

“Disrespecting women doesn’t always result in violence. But violence against women always begins with disrespect” he said.

In addition to two women being killed every week by their partner, many women and children lead lives in fear and oppression. Some of these women and children are in Christian churches.

Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty added “How you model respect in your relationship” is vital in addressing domestic violence.

Jesus’ respectful treatment of women stood Him apart from His contemporary society. As Jesus’ disciples we too need to model respectful relationships and be alert to controlling and abusive relationships within our families and communities.

Just two years ago journalist Anne Summers wrote “The Misogyny Factor”. In this book Sumners explores our nation’s disrespect of women, a factor in the way our first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard was treated. [You can hear Anne Sumner’s give her talk The Misogyny Factor Ted talk here.]

Now at last a Prime Minister make, as the first major announcement: “he dreams of a time when Australia is known across the world as a place where women are respected”. In both challenging the nation and backing the challenge with funding  Malcolm Turnbull  heralds a hope for change.

CBE Sydney applauds our new Prime Minister's stand on domestic violence. @TurnbullMalcolm Click To Tweet

CBE Sydney in July


We have a few things happening in July.

Next Monday, the 13th of June, our Southern Sydney Bible Conversations group, who meet monthly, will be going to the Sydney Town Hall for a special Australian Human Rights Commission event to hear the four 2015 Australians of the Year.

ABC journalist and presenter Annabel Crabb will be presenting this special one-off event showcasing all four 2015 Australians of the Year. Each of these impressive Australian women have an inspiring story to tell and are passionate about the human rights issues that drive them.

Rosie Batty, family violence campaigner, Australian of the Year
Jackie French, author, Senior Australian of the Year
Drisana Levitzke-Gray, advocate for the deaf community, Young Australian of the Year
Juliette Wright, social entrepreneur, Australia’s Local Hero

Date: Monday 13 July
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

More information about this event is here. Spaces are limited so if you plan on going you must register here.

If you’d like to know more about our Southern Sydney Bible Conversations group, please email Lesley:


At the end of July we begin our mini conference with Dr Daniel Kirk which will be held at the Trinity Chapel at Robert Menzies College, 136 Herring Road, North Ryde.

Daniel is an associate professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an excellent communicator and is passionate about relating the Bible to the culture in which we live.

Friday night July 31–Saturday morning August 1  


Friday      8:00pm         Talk 1: Christ: The Free Man Who Creates a Free People

Saturday 9:30 am        Talk 2: Cross: The Surprising Shape of Freedom

Saturday 11:00 am      Talk 3: Love: The Freedom of the People of the Cross

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Deborah’s Choice for June 2015

Jacqui Grey Deborah's Choice June 2015

Dr Jacqui GreyThe year is speeding quickly by and June 13 sees the second in our series “Four words from Jesus” . Associate Professor Jacqui Grey will preach on ” I have not come to call the righteous but sinners….”

Jacqui is the Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Alphacrucis College. Jacqui delights in exploring the Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible and helping readers discover treasures from its pages.

Our ” Woman at work in the World” interviewee will be Jasmin Mawson. Jasmin is the Advocacy Research and Campaign Co-ordinator for Baptist World Aid. Jasmin heads up the innovative  advocacy and social justice program  “behind the barcode“.   Jasmin is a young woman with God’s passion for the poor and disadvantaged.

Please note that during the winter months we  will meet in the much warmer church hall, which is across the road from the church on  St Johns Rd.

Looking forward to seeing you there.
Lesley Gray

Printable flyer: Pamphlet for Deborah’s Choice, June 2015

Audio for “The Consensus and Context of 1 Timothy 2:12”

1 Tim 2_12

Here is the audio for a message Marg Mowczko presented at our CBE brunch in March, 2015. This message can also be read (along with some of the images she used during the talk) online here.


facebookJust a reminder that CBE-Sydney have an active facebook page here.

Brunch and Workshop, May 16 2015

The Way Forward

Our next brunch will be held on Saturday morning, May the 16th, at our usual venue: St Johns Glebe, and at our usual time: 10am.

We are inviting members and friends of CBE to join the executive in a brain-storming workshop, which will look at the next 5 years of our Sydney chapter.

We will all have an opportunity to say how effective we think our chapter is in advocating for an egalitarian understanding of relationships. And we will all have an opportunity to say where we would like CBE Sydney to be in 5 years, and how we might get there.

Plus, Paul will bring us a report of what CBE International are currently doing and achieving.

We hope you can join us for this important workshop.

Suggested Donation: $10

RSVP for catering:

Printable Flyer: The Way Forward