Bishop Rick Lewers’ address to Synod can be downloaded in full.
An extract follows:
I begin with a quote that I hope will give us individually reason to pause and reflect on the nature of our personal walk with Christ, our parish ministries, how much we might have imbibed the age and how desperate we remain for the things of God. The quote comes from John Piper, “This world is far too dense with man and distant from the sweet sovereignty of God.”
This, I hope, will be a reminder for us as Christ’s church, a word that brings a helpful moment of critique in our every moment of life. I hope it will be a word to challenge our cherished idolatries and replace them with convictions like those of the 15th century Scottish theologian, minister and author Henry Scougal, who was remembered as one ‘whose whole soul seemed swallowed up in the contemplation of Jesus Christ’.