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Designated Car Park

The Presbyterian Church office (Michelle) go above and beyond looking after us when we have committee meetings.

This is the most personally designated car park I’ve ever had.

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Footpaths Of Brisbane

The footpaths of Brisbane are pretty lush. This one was probably mowed the day before yesterday.

And while there’s not much to be said for city living they do have hard rubbish pickup.

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I See Love by Glen Campbell

I See Love from Glen Campbell’s album Greatest Hymns.
Very lush with string backing.

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Questions For Preachers To Ask Themselves About Their Sermons (via Kevin DeYoung)

In this post about ways that preachers can evaluate their own sermons, Kevin DeYoung offers some diagnostic questions preachers can ask themselves about their own preparation and sermons.
The ten questions range across different aspects of the preacher’s life, but I found these three to be challenging in the context of frequent and regular sermon preparation and delivery.
From DeYoung:

2. Did I learn anything new in my preparation? I love teaching and preaching because I love learning. I have to use old material at times (especially when speaking outside my church), but the thrill of preaching is much less that way. Half the excitement is having learned something new during the week that I get to share with others. Basically, preachers can hold the congregation’s attention in three ways: with the force of their personality, with the genius of their stories, or with the intellectual stimulation of their content. Of course, the Spirit is at work too and can work through all of these. But I think too many preachers run out of interesting things to say so they fall back on their own pathos (sometimes manufactured) to keep people engaged each week.
3. Was I personally moved by anything in my preparation? I don’t just want to learn new things in my study. I want to feel new things, or have old affections rekindled. It is hard for a sermon to move others that hasn’t first moved us.
4. Did the best parts of the sermon come from my closest attention to the text? Too often, the real payoff in the sermon has little to do with exegetical insight from the passage. The power (or so it seems) comes from an illustration, a rant, or a well-placed aside instead of from the treasures we’ve unearthed from the Bible in the past week.

Read the whole post here.

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God Over All by City Light Music

Here is God Over All, from City Light Music’s release Great Are Your Ways.

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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 7

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 7

Q & A 11
Q What are God’s works of providence?
A God’s works of providence are, his most holy,1 wise,2 and powerful3 preserving4 and governing5 all his creatures, and all their actions.6

*1 Psalm 145:17.
*2 Psalm 104:24.
*3 Hebrews 1:3.
*4 Nehemiah 9:6.
*5 Ephesians 1:19-22.
*6 Psalm 36:6; Proverbs 16:33; Matthew 10:30.

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Vale Reg Mathews

Attended the thanksgiving service for the life of Reg Mathews today.

Reg was a minister who served in South Australia, Victoria, and overseas (France) over a time spanning 46 years. And his ministry will continue to bear fruit for many more years to come. He died after a very short and unexpected illness.