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Boo! Sydney! How Could You?

I’ve arrived in Sydney and it’s 13 degrees and drizzling.
Ripped off big time!


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If We Were Vampires – A Song About Marriage by Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell and his band, The 400 Unit, have a new album out.
Isbell is not a Christian, but his works touch on his experiences of Christianity in his life.
If We Were Vampires is a song about marriage (not stated, but implied).
The song acknowledges that marriages end.
And that ending makes the time spent together all the more purposeful.
It’s bittersweet, but the relationship makes the pain at the end more than worth it.
Here are some of the lyrics.

If we were vampires and death was a joke
We’d go out on the sidewalk and smoke
And laugh at all the lovers and their plans
I wouldn’t feel the need to hold your hand
Maybe time running out is a gift
I’ll work hard ’til the end of my shift
And give you every second I can find
And hope it isn’t me who’s left behind
It’s knowing that this can’t go on forever
Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone
Maybe we’ll get forty years together
But one day I’ll be gone or one day you’ll be gone

Have a listen.


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Seven Rules for Keeping Pastoral Sanity (via Chris Hefner)

All seven of these are helpful.

Here’s a couple:

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Ministry is serious business—the gospel, life and death ministry situations, leadership expectations, and all the rest. But the seriousness of our ministry should not lead to become coldly sober or overtly austere. Pastors should be accessible and authentic. Laughing at yourself and even sharing your faults with your congregation gives a healthy dose of reality and even levity to your ministry.
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Don’t think you’re indispensable. Your church existed before you and will exist after you. You are important, but not irreplaceable. Accept your leadership responsibility with humility and prayer. Remember, it’s not about you.

Read the rest at Lifeway | Pastors


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Not In Me – Sunday Songs

Not In Me is a modern hymn of testimony about the source of confidence of salvation.
Not in us, but in Jesus alone.

The lyrics.
1.
No list of sins I have not done,
No list of virtues I pursue,
No list of those I am not like,
Can earn myself a place with You.
O God! Be merciful to me—
I am a sinner through and through!
My only hope of righteousness
Is not in me, but only You.
2.
No humble dress, no fervent prayer,
No lifted hands, no tearful song,
No recitation of the truth
Can justify a single wrong.
My righteousness is Jesus’ life,
My debt was paid by Jesus’ death,
My weary load was borne by Him
And he alone can give me rest.
3.
No separation from the world,
No work I do, no gift I give,
Can cleanse my conscience, cleanse my hands;
I cannot cause my soul to live.
But Jesus died and rose again—
The pow’r of death is overthrown!
My God is merciful to me
And merciful in Christ alone.
Ending.
My righteousness is Jesus’ life,
My debt was paid by Jesus’ death,
My weary load was borne by Him
And he alone can give me rest.

By Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward
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