@Morling - March 22, 2021
Week 5, Semester 1

Begin with the end in mind
from Graeme Dunkley, Lecturer in Mission (

Begin with the end in mind’. This is one of The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People written by Stephen Covey. How we think the world is going to end (eschatology has a significant influence on how we behave in the meantime (mission).

I’ve been greatly encouraged by reading Revelation lately, and Chris Wright's comments on it with respect to mission.

Rev 21:24 says of the New Jerusalem, “The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.”

And Wright comments,

"All that has enriched and honoured the life of all nations in all history will be brought in to enrich the new creation…the kings and nations who will bring their glory into the city of God will presumably not be limited only to those who happen to be alive in the generation of Christ’s return…the promise spans all ages, all continents, and all generations in human history."

I’m encouraged that all the best of all the nations of all history will be incorporated into the new heavens and the new earth. If Wright is right, the indigenous nations that were erased in the creation of modern Australia will be there too. 

There will be so much to marvel at, rejoice in, and build on! I’m greatly encouraged to preserve in my work when there is such an inspiring future to look forward to.  So, delight in the world that God has made! Discover and enjoy the different cultures and peoples of it, because everything good and godly from them will be carried into eternity.  
  • Pray for those impacted by flooding and other weather events around Australia.
  • Thank God for those who are graduating (Friday for Perth-Vose campus and next Monday for Sydney campus). Pray that they will continue to grow in faith and service in the places God leads them.
  • Let us know how we can pray for you! Fill out this form to pass on a prayer request to our Dean of Students, Peter Friend.
  • Remember to be COVIDsafe when you come on campus!
  • Don't forget about using Perlego in your research (BAT and CCSC students)
    • New resources added from Fortress Press
    • Trying to figure out how to reference Perlego resources in your assignments? Please refer to these helpful libguides: BAT students  CCSC students 
      • In Perlego open the ebook to the section you wish to reference, copy the URL, paste in the appropriate section. Perlego does not have the export to Endnote function, but the Library catalogue and Google books do. So, feel free to look the books up in those locations, export the reference and edit as required. 
  • If you are on the Perth-Vose campus - plan to stay after Chapel for Community Lunch - every Wednesday at 12pm
  • Pre-application Interest Meeting for Accredited Baptist ministry in NSW or the ACT is this Thursday 25th March 2021, 4pm to 5.30pm- face-to-face in Library Seminar Room, MALC L1 (dependent on NSW Health directives at that time) or online via ZOOM. For students who are unable to make one of these sessions, please contact Jenny Casey –
  • Sydney Campus: The Gathering: Tuesdays at noon in the auditorium or via Zoom    Meeting ID: 991 8870 4951
  • Perth-Vose campus: Wednesdays at 11am
  • This week's preachers
    • Sydney Campus: Grae McWhirter
    • Perth-Vose campus: David Cohen
Catch up on previous services/sermons from the Sydney campus on Moodle
Perth-Vose campus: 25 March
The Perth-Vose Graduation is this Thursday 25th March at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at 7pm. If you are graduating please make sure you are there at 6pm.

Sydney campus: 29 March
If you are not graduating, or don't have a guest ticket - we don't want you to miss out on the opportunity to celebrate and honour our graduates - so join us online at Graduation! Unfortunately, we cannot have all of you join us in the room this year at Graduation, so we would love for you to join us on our Facebook page for the livestream at 3pm and/or 7pm.
Library news
From Tuesday 20 April, Heather and Noel Vose Library (Perth-Vose campus) is changing its closing time on lecture weeks to 6:30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This is timed to coincide with the start of the evening lecture to make it safer for library staff. On non-teaching weeks, we will be closing as usual at 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Mid Semester Break opening times
Heather and Noel Vose Library (Perth-Vose campus)
Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Weekends and Public Holidays (Easter 2nd-5th April) - CLOSED

Gilbert Wright Library (Sydney campus)
Monday - *10am to 5pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - *10am to 10pm
Friday - *10am to 5pm
Saturday - 10am to 4pm
Sunday and Public Holidays (Easter 2nd-5th April) - CLOSED

The Tinsley Institute was delighted to be able to offer scholarships to ten students in 2021. Tinsley scholars must demonstrate an interest in mission, evangelism, church planting or church outreach. In future weeks we’ll introduce you to some of them.

Today, it’s Dean Johnston. Dean Johnston Dean Johnston’s life has gone in a radically different direction to the way he might have imagined. Once an atheist and a Qantas pilot, Dean now finds himself the lead pastor of a new church plant in Eureka in the picturesque hills of the Byron Bay hinterland. What’s especially cool about Dean’s church is that he and his wife Kylie launched it in the very building his great-great-grandfather established in 1883. Back then, it was a Methodist church, later becoming a Uniting Church congregation. But, like many small churches in small towns, it was forced to close in 2017. No one might have imagined that the founder’s great-great-grandson would be the one to bring it back to life. Dean and Kylie launched Hinterland Chapel in 2019 which they say is “a home for the spiritual sojourner and a venue for the celebration of love.”

Today, they have a regular attendance of around 80 people from diverse backgrounds. During the coronavirus pandemic, Dean was made redundant by his airline, so he has thrown himself into pursuing an MDiv at Morling. He and Kylie both work other part-time jobs to support the fledgling ministry at Hinterland Chapel.

Sydney campus - Student Car
We have just serviced and re-registered a donated 2002 Holden Barina hatchback (5door) to be used by a student or resident in 2021. The student is expected to pay $100.00 per month to the college at the beginning of each month for the use of the car.
  1. The car will continue to belong to Morling College and will remain registered with the college.
  2. The student will have use of the vehicle until start of next year, provided the student remains a Morling College student.
  3. The college will register and insure the vehicle. In the event of an accident where the student is at fault as per the insurer, the student will be required to pay the “excess”.
  4. The vehicle is to be serviced and any costs for additional servicing, petrol, fines and additional tolls are to be borne by the student.
  5. The car is to be driven only by the nominated student.
If you are interested in use of this vehicle please contact Peter McCrindle or Nali Rajaratnam (

Do you have a story to tell?Baptist NSW & ACT
Morling is starting a student focused magazine! We would love to include real-life stories/testimonies from students who have something to share with the Morling community. Perhaps you’ve had an unexpected or unusual journey to college that might inspire others. Maybe you have a story about overcoming or coping with significant challenges in your journey as a student. Perhaps you have discovered some important key in your formation for ministry or professional practice? Or maybe you’re already involved in some ministry, mission, church plant or profession that other students might find valuable to hear about.

Contributions between 300 and 1500 words will be gratefully considered, or you can be “interviewed” instead if writing is not your thing. Contact the editor, Morling’s Dean of Students Peter Friend (

Don't get hangry while you study at our Sydney campus 
  • For those who plan... Order online in advance for lunch ($10) or Wednesday Dinner ($12).  (orders should be in by the Wednesday before)
  • For those who don't plan, or didn't order in time… Don’t walk to MacCentre. You can purchase a range of food from the retail side of the Morling kitchen… Prices start from $4.00 See menu on SRG Notice board on Level 1.
Ezra Centre
Affordable counselling can be accessed by seeing our Intern Counsellor ($15 per hour) who works under direct supervision. We also have qualified Clinical Counsellors who work out of Ezra, their fees range between $80 - $120. Appointments can be made face to face or online.
Please call The Ezra Centre on 8197 1746 or email to make an appointment.
Plan ahead and start to pray. Who can you invite? 
Thursday 13th May 2021 6.45pm on the Sydney campus and livestreamed.
Find out details here.
Sydney Campus Accommodation
Did you know that we have affordable casual accommodation and group accommodation available in our Morling Residential College? We also have some availability for long-term accommodation in our MRC and Morling Village. 
Get in touch with the MRC team to know more.
The Faith in Action conference will focus on various aspects of counselling and chaplaincy practice, exploring what transforms belief into practical expressions of care and love that commend Christ to a broken and hurting world. Our two keynote speakers, and a range of other presenters from both Counselling and Chaplaincy disciplines, are all specialists in their fields.

Find out more here.


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