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2019 Biennial Preaching Conference

Between Rescue and Home: Preaching Discipleship from the Book of Deuteronomy

Between judgement and salvation. Between promise and fulfillment. Between rescue and home. That’s where we are. On the edge of the promised land, God’s people are called to choose life and walk in obedience. It’s a call to discipleship – to love God with all their heart and soul and strength.

At the 2020 Preaching Conference we explored the powerful relevance of the Book of Deuteronomy for our churches today. The conference is held by the SMBC Centre for Preaching and Pastoral Ministry every two years.


Matt Fuller is the Senior Minister at Christ Church Mayfair, UK, where he has served since it was planted in 2001. He oversees the city centre ministry to families, students and workers. In God’s kindness they have been able to plant numerous other churches into diverse settings. He is the author of several books including Perfect Sinners and Time for Everything? Prior to ministry he worked as a school teacher of history and politics which remain a great pleasure to him.

David Jones has served churches in Wales, London and Australia. He has recently retired as the Senior Pastor at Ann Street Presbyterian Church in Brisbane. Before moving to Brisbane in 2014, David was involved in the Vision 100 network in Hobart, Tasmania that has resulted in the establishment of new congregations in the Presbyterian and Christian Reformed denominations. David was Moderator General of the Presbyterian Church of Australia from 2010 to 2013.

Dr Kirk Patson lectures in Old Testament at SMBC, particularly in wisdom literature. He has a special interest in disability theology. Kirk is also an Assistant Pastor at Springwood Presbyterian Church. He writes and preaches regularly and his books include the popular Isaiah: Surprising Salvation (Reading the Bible Today series). He was recently a keynote speaker at Oxygen Conference.

Paul trained as an actuary before studying theology at Ridley College, Melbourne. He completed a PhD in Old Testament in England, and then served as Vicar of Holy Trinity Doncaster, an Examining Chaplain, Archdeacon of Box Hill and Visiting Lecturer at Ridley College. From 2009-2016, he was with the Church Missionary Society based in Malaysia, teaching in Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, as well as being a Visiting Lecturer in Old Testament and Preaching in various seminaries in India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Thailand. From 2014-2016 he was also the Asian Regional Coordinator for Langham Preaching and Langham Scholar Care, training preachers throughout Asia. Paul is currently Assistant Bishop for Jumbunna, part of the diocese of Melbourne.

Peter was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Sydney, Australia. He worked as a medical general practitioner for about fifteen years. He has teaching experience at SMBC and the University of Sydney. Since 2010 he has been teaching at Seminari Theoloji Malaysia. His research interests include Old Testament narrative, Social Identity Theory, Biblical Theology, and contextual readings of the Bible. He has published on Ruth, Ezekiel and Psalms. A commentary on Esther and an edited volume on Ecclesiastes (both reading within an Asian context) are forthcoming. He is currently back to writing on Ruth. 


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