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The Hazy Skies

The sun is shining, but cloud and smoke are hiding the sky.

We’ll see how things look from above and across the nation.

See you in 2020 Brisbane.

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Lunch At Happy Days Diner, Maryborough

Saw Mum and then had lunch with my sister during her work break.

Happy Days Diner has a themed burger/americana menu.

And photo opportunities with the king.

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Visiting Bauple

On our way home from Maryborough today my wife mentioned she’d never been to the township of Bauple, which is off the highway south of Tiara.

Apparently there’s family history in the region. We did go past a Cunningham Road, so it seems legit.

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Evening Commute

Full day of meetings concluded.

Train trip and then a shortish drive, and then sleep.

Longer drive to visit family tomorrow.

Then dinner with friends.

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We. Know. Not. How. (via Nathan Knight at The Gospel Coalition)

This sort of humility in gospel work is refreshing in a Christian culture that takes the circumstances of a move of God, distills them to a set of practices or a program, and then expects gospel fruit from emulating those circumstances.
I like intentionality, but pause at the point where the program is depended upon to produce fruit, without conscious reliance on God’s graciousness.
I also want to affirm that while there may be no “proven strategies” there are behaviours that are so antithetical to grace that their fruit is decay.
Though written in the context of church planting I think it holds true for church growth plans as well.
From Nathan Knight:

There are no “proven strategies,” no books, no Enneagram numbers, that if you just plug into a city will produce success. Success is found in the faithful spreading of the seed.
How does it grow? We. Know. Not. How. We planters rest in the sufficiency of Christ and the Word that points to him as we lovingly and liberally scatter the gospel in our cities. Scattering seed and sleeping defines our success, beloved. How about that?

Read the whole post at Gospel Coalition.