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Rube Touzel

Attending the funeral of my colleague’s mother.
Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD
is the death of his saints.


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Road Trip Provisions

Traveling to Wangaratta, Victoria and bought a chia pod, black coffee, sweet potato chips and paleo brownie from a place called oliver’s. The chips are for later, the coffee and brownie are for the road, the chia pod is for now.
My traveling companion bought food from a place that I won’t mention by name, but its initials are KFC.

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A Gospel Coalition Australia Update

A brief article by Peter Adam about progress toward the establishment of The Gospel Coalition Australia, including detail of the official launch in Brisbane during July 2015.

Everyone committed to gospel ministry in Australia must be encouraged by the energy for Christian ministry found in good expository preaching and in many strong churches, theological and Bible colleges, Christian publishers, and church planting networks.
Our aim is to faciliate more gospel cohesion in Australia and try to overcome the tyrannies of distance, competition, and tribalism so that people from different churches, states, and ministries are better able to encourage and support each other.
Read the rest of the post here.

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Gospel + Safety + Time – A New Year’s Resolution For Every Church (via Ray Ortlund)

Ray Ortlund titled this “My All Time Favourite Post” when he posted this on his blog, and I understand why.
With thanks to Ray, this sums up MGPC’s new year (and every year) resolution.

Gospel + safety + time. It’s what everyone needs. A lot of gospel + a lot of safety + a lot of time.

Gospel: good news for bad people through the finished work of Christ on the cross and the endless power of the Holy Spirit. Multiple exposures. Constant immersion. Wave upon wave of grace and truth, according to the Bible.

Safety: a non-accusing environment. No finger-pointing. No embarrassing anyone. No manipulation. No oppression. No condescension. But respect and sympathy and understanding, where sinners can confess and unburden their souls.

Time: no pressure. Not even self-imposed pressure. No deadlines on growth. Urgency, but not hurry, because no one changes quickly. A lot of space for complicated people to rethink their lives at a deep level. God is patient.

This is what our churches must be: gentle environments of gospel + safety + time. It’s where we’re finally free to grow.


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Gentleman’s Guide To Fist Bumps

Some of the younger fry prefer to Fist Bump the preacher rather than use the old-fashioned handshake.
(High-fives are also in vogue)
Now if things go wrong you can find yourself bumping the palm of someone’s hand, or grabbing their proffered fist.
This video contains basic Fist Bumping and then moves on to more advanced variations.

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There’s Still Ham…

The pace is slowing on the ham consumption around here.
But we should finish it today.
Here’s three kittens exhibiting perfect drifting skills as they hit their three food bowls.

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Great God, We Sing That Mighty Hand – Sunday Songs

Philip Doddridge’s Great God We Sing That Mighty Hand is a song of praise well suited to the change of years.
I couldn’t find a single sung version of this on the whole internet that I wanted to embed here, so there’s an organ playing five verses of the tune WAREHAM, with which this hymn is most (though not always) associated.

The lyrics:
Great God, we sing that mighty hand
By which supported still we stand;
The opening year thy mercy shows;
That mercy crowns it till it close.
By day, by night, at home, abroad,
Still are we guarded by our God;
By his incessant bounty fed,
By his unerring counsel led.
With grateful hearts the past we own;
The future, all to us unknown,
We to thy guardian care commit,
And peaceful leave before thy feet.
In scenes exalted or depressed,
Thou art our Joy, and thou our Rest;
Thy goodness all our hopes shall raise,
Adored through all our changing days.
When death shall interrupt these songs,
And seal in silence mortal tongues,
Our Helper God, in whom we trust,
Shall keep our souls and guard our dust.