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When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings is not a hymn.
It’s a song that featured in the Coen Brothers’ Netflix movie The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs.
In the movie it is a duet sung by the titular character and someone he encounters.
Don’t base your theology of the afterlife on these lyrics, but it does make a salient point about the experience of life on this earth.

Here’s the original from the movie with singalong lyrics.
But if you watch this it’s a massive, massive spoiler.
You’ve been warned.

The lyrics:
Let me tell you buddy there’s a faster gun
Coming over yonder when tomorrow comes
Let me tell you buddy and it won’t be long
Till you find yourself singing your last cowboy song

Yippie ki yi yay when the roundup ends
Yippie ki yi yay and the campfire dims
Yippie ki yi yay he shouts and he sings
When a cowboy trades his spurs for wings

When they wrap my body in the bindling sheet
And they take my six irons and pull the boots from my feet
Unsaddle my pony she’ll be itchin’ to roam
I’ll be half way to heaven under horse power of my own

Yippie ki yi yay when the round up ends
Yippie ki yi yay and the campfire dims
Yippie ki yi yay he shouts and he sings
When a cowboy trades his spurs for wings

Yippie ki yi yay I’m glory bound
No more jingle jangle I’ll lay my guns down
Yippie ki yi yay he shouts and he sings
When a cowboy trades his spurs for wings
When a cowboy trades his spurs for wings

Words and Music by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings


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Nothing to Fear from The Porter’s Gate (feat. Audrey Assad)

Nothing To Fear is a new release by The Porter’s Gate worship music collective.
The song features Audrey Assad among others.
A simple song of assurance of God’s presence and protection.
It think there will be a new album out later this year.


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Frog Cakes

Apparently Frog Cakes are a genuine South Australian icon.
They’re a commercial product, they don’t turn up as home-baked party food.
I’d been waiting about sixteen years to see them marked down far enough in the supermarket to personally explore what the fuss is about.
It’s still a bit of a mystery.
They are very sweet.
And also expensive, from my point of view.
Produced by South Australian baker Balfours they are described as “small cakes made from two layers of sponge with a jam filling, topped by a dome of mock cream and covered in fondant icing. Two fondant “eyes” are piped on top and the dome is slashed through to form a “mouth”.”
Read more here.


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One For The Insomniacs

Woke up last night, couldn’t get back to sleep, at the gym at 4.00am.

I’m normally there by 5.00, but I can’t stand just lying awake waiting for it to be time to get up.

And you can’t let the day get away from you.


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A Lifetime View Of Ministry (via Tom Ascol)

In the midst of a reflection about pastoral commitment (and not making decisions on Mondays), Tom Ascol makes a point about pastoral calling that is helpful; one that makes more and more sense as the years go by.
When considering a call to ministry, along with consideration about whether to go, the thought needs to be entertained “Could I spend the rest of my life here?”
IF ministry is thought of as a career, a call may be looked at as a stepping stone.
If ministry is thought of as a calling, then God may have us serve a company of people for the remainder of our working life.
As Ascol stresses, this does not mean that God will move a pastor, but it does mean that we wait on God for the impetus to relocate our field of ministry.
From Ascol:

I believe that it is extremely valuable, if not essential, for a pastor to accept a call to serve a church with a willingness and desire to spend his life in that place. This is not to say that the Lord will never move him to another place, but such an attitude will always put the burden of proof on the move.

Read the whole post here.


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Christ Is The Life Of The World – Sunday Songs

Christ Is The Life Of The World is a new hymn by Sandra McCracken.

The lyrics:
1.
In Christ we offer all that he has offered
the perfect Offering.
Christ is the life of the world.
Christ is the life of the world.
Chorus.
So we remember all that he remembered
the whole of Love returned.
Christ is the life of the world.
Christ is the life of the world.
Bridge.
Let us lift up, lift our hearts.
Let us lift up, lift our hearts.
It is good to lift our hearts to the Lord.
2.
Sent forth in beauty, reconciling all things
radiant in holiness.
Christ is the life of the world.
Christ is the life of the world.
Christ is the life of the world.

Words and Music: Sandra McCracken
(c) 2019 Drink Your Tea Music (ASCAP). Admin by Music Services. All rights reserved.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 34

Question 34
Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s Word?

Answer
Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Spirit; so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; so that we may be assured of our faith by the fruits; and so that by our godly behavior others may be won to Christ.