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Laying R.I.P. To Rest (via Nick Batzig)

There’s a difference between deserved and heartfelt appreciation for those who are deceased and the use of unhelpful sentimental phraseology about their eternal state.
This is not about making judgments, it’s about leaving what is unknown unsaid.

From Nick Batzig’s post at Reformation 21.
…I’ve noticed something of a concerning trend over the past several years. It is the way in which believers speak about culture-impacting individuals at their deaths. Instead of simply expressing appreciation for their life and achievements, it has become commonplace for Christians to use the shorthand R.I.P. (“rest in peace”) on social media when speaking of individuals–in whose lives there was no evidence of saving grace–at their death. At the risk of sounding ill-tempered, I wish to set out several reasons why I am troubled by this occurrence.

Read the whole post here.

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The Largest City Never Built

Australia has a history of planning inland cities that never get built, or achieve the scale of size intended.
Monarto, the Multi-Function Polis, Albury-Wodonga, Canberra.
Though not a failure on every count, California City demonstrates that if you build it they won’t always come, even if they’ve bought the land.


A More Thoughtful Way To Help Those Who Need Help

Dave Furman points out that there can be a better way to help than telling someone you’re available to provide any help they need.

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Pres Life Quarter 4 2016 Edition – News From The Presbyterian Church Of Queensland

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-12-12-amThe fourth and final 2016 edition of Pres Life, news magazine of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland has been released.
The pdf is available for download here, or you can use the issuu online reader edition.

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Whatever Comes by Rend Collective

Rend Collective have another album out.
Campfire II.
They’re prolific, and happy to return to past material.
Whatever Comes is more reflective.

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Simon’s Cat in The Monster

Our cat is never to be seen when the vacuum cleaner is around, so this scenario seems unlikely.

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Dear Refuge Of My Weary Soul – Sunday Songs

Dear Refuge Of My Weary Soul was written by Anne Steele.
Matthew Merker has composed a tune for the lyrics which features on the Together For The Gospel Live III album.

Kevin Twit of Indelible Grace has some commentary about the hymn.

I have a soft spot for Sandra McCracken’s tune as recorded with Indelible Grace.

Here’s the lyrics:
Verse 1
Dear refuge of my weary soul,
On Thee, when sorrows rise,
On Thee, when waves of trouble roll,
My fainting hope relies.
To Thee I tell each rising grief,
For Thou alone canst heal;
Thy Word can bring a sweet relief
For every pain I feel.
Verse 2
But oh! When gloomy doubts prevail,
I fear to call Thee mine;
The springs of comfort seem to fail,
And all my hopes decline.
Yet, gracious God, where shall I flee?
Thou art my only trust;
And still my soul would cleave to Thee
Though prostrate in the dust.
Verse 3
Hast Thou not bid me seek Thy face,
And shall I seek in vain?
And can the ear of sov’reign grace
Be deaf when I complain?
No, still the ear of sov’reign grace
Attends the mourner’s prayer;
O may I ever find access
To breathe my sorrows there.
Verse 4
Thy mercy seat is open still,
Here let my soul retreat;
With humble hope attend Thy will,
And wait beneath Thy feet.
Thy mercy seat is open still,
Here let my soul retreat;
With humble hope attend Thy will,
And wait beneath Thy feet.