Sing Unto the Lord

Got piccys.
October 29, 2006, 11:45 am
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Hey all. Got some pics from Max tonight at church. I’ve got some good post ideas for Tuesday so watch this space.


Infernal affairs
October 27, 2006, 10:42 pm
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Watched this really good movie from Hong Kong this week. I’ve been meaning to watch it for ages. It was called Infernal Affairs. It was about an Undercover Cop working among the Triads and a Dirty Cop who was on the pay roll of the Triads. Really good! Made you think about good vs bad and whether anyone is really good.
Rom 3 tells us that there isn’t anyone really good. There isn’t anyone good at all. Only Jesus.
I have now said ‘really good’ four times.

Recording da vinci writing music context
October 24, 2006, 12:16 pm
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Thats right I recorded Leonardo Da vinci writing about the musical context of his church. No not really. But thats what I’ve been doing. Recording, watched the da vinci code today, and wrote a thing for the musos at our church to help them think about our musical context. There has been a push from the leadership of our church for us at night to just play louder and faster. This thing I wrote was designed to maybe tackle the question of style in a more effective manner. Here’s one little bit…

It would be naïve to suggest that night church music should just be played faster and louder than in the morning because that doesn’t take into account the range of different types of lyrics we sing. We sing sombre songs about the price that Jesus paid for us, we sing celebratory songs proclaiming the fact that Jesus has risen, we sing songs of encouragement to one another to keep running the race, and we sing songs of praise to God for who he is and what he is doing through history. One style of music can’t capture all of these different types of emotions, and it certainly won’t do to just speed everything up and play it all louder.

Anyway. I think people found it helpful. Keen to hear your thoughts about style. Does it matter as long as the words are good? Is ‘Now Unto Him’ too fast? What do you reckon?

by the way running home has a myspace. It’s url is

Dustin from Thrice
October 19, 2006, 2:33 am
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I love thrice. Musically, lyrically and stylistically they are a great band. Their last album, Vheissu was a real cracker.

Mark Driscoll recently interviewed Dustin Krensue for his sermon series on questions about Jesus check out the video here. I have been working for Dad today in the yard listening to lots of Mars Hill church stuff on my mp3 player.

Thrice and Mars Hill. Pretty good!

What is go?
October 18, 2006, 1:34 am
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Go is a game I love. It is an ancient chinese game that involves two players. It is a great game because it makes me think hard. I like games that make you work hard at them. I play Go each week on a tuesday night with a friend of mine, Adrian. I colead a bible study with him and its a good time to chat and plan while battling each other on the board. We drink tea at the same time. I promise I am not a buddhist. I took this photo last night. I have beaten him lots recently but it seems to go in waves. I’ve started this newthing where I will seek to play games with the people I meet up with through the week. I play Backgammon with a friend of mine and Tennis with another. Soon I will be a games wizard.
On a more serious note, it really is good to challenge your mind the way that go does. Both Adrian and I have found it stimulating to conversation and it has helped my concentration levels grow. This helps with reading too. And listening to long sermons.

Long time no type
October 16, 2006, 12:20 pm
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Hey all. It’s been ages since I last wrote something down. I feel like I really haven’t had much to say. Running Home has their own myspace site now so you can go check that out here. Ren and I have been watching all of the Star Trek Generations movies. We just finished Nemesis. I loved them. I’ve never been into star trek but this might become a new thing for me… watch this space.
I bought a new book called ‘The way and wonder of worship’ by Geoffery Bingham. I got it from our church’s secondhand bookstore (definately going to be raiding that more often). I started reading it tonight in the bath. First chapter has some interesting observations. I’ll tell you more about the book in a while. Youth Group starts back this week. I’m giving a talk on Matt 5:1-12. Should be good fun.

One thing worth noting is that We started recording our EP last week. It was an awesome day and I can’t wait to do a bit more work on it.

Poddy should come soon. brand new Boaz.

Contemplating Death
October 5, 2006, 10:10 pm
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A while ago I started thinking about writing an article about three men I have had the privelidge to learn from who have recently gone to be with Jesus. I never really got going (that happens a lot with me). One thing that I was thinking about them was how much you can learn about a person and their God when they are faced with death. So often in sermons we hear the rhetorical question ‘What would you do if you were to die tonight?’ But seldom when we are young do we get to watch people prepare for their death. Luke 12 tells us of the rich fool who wasn’t ready to die but was attached to this world and it’s fleeting pleasures. One man who I was going to write about, and probably will write about till I myself go where he has gone, is Alan Godden – My Grandfather.
Last year my Grandpop woke up one night while holidaying in Taree and staggered into the Bathroom where he collapsed. He was rushed to hospital where the Doctor discovered a rare tumor in his stomach that had to be operated on. The doctor got a sizable chunk out of the stomach and it looked like after a long recovery in hospital Grandpop would live another two or three years.
The problem however was that Grandpop didn’t like hospital. He had lived his whole life outdoors working with his hands and he hated being dibilitated in a bed. The Physiotherapists (He called them Physio-terrorists) had a daily battle to get him up and walking and the pain of shuffling around the hospital hallways not only hurt his body but hurt his pride. Eventually Grandpop developed Pneumonia from not moving around enough. He died in Berkelely Vale hospital on Wednesday the 16th November – five long weeks after that fateful night in Taree.
My Grandpop was a Christian man. He came to know the Lord while serving in Paupa New Guinea during the War. A friend of his helped him understand key parts of Scripture and explained grace to him. When Grandpop returned from the war he was zealous for Christ. He finished an agricultural degree and took himself to SMBC where he learned to love his Lord even more. He met my Grandmother at a youth group in Taree (he was a cradle snatcher) and married her and he was sent out west as part of his job as a soil conservationist.
Together they had four children of whom my Father was the oldest. All of their children grew up knowing Jesus and all of them still do. All of their grandchildren (of whom I am the oldest) also have come to know Jesus. What a legacy the Spirit has allowed him to have! My Grandma reminded him of this the day before he died. Every member of our large extended family were there and together we were all able to pray. Ministers from different churches came and prayed with us and shared scripture with us in that last week. Grandpop himself as he struggled for breath encouraged us and reminded us of where he was going. He couldn’t wait. When he finally died on Wednesday it was sad. But it wasn’t sad for him. Renae and I were married three days later and it cut me up that Grandpop wasn’t going to be there. My brother Tim in his speech at our wedding said ‘Although we might feel like Grandpop is missing out, he’s not. He is having a party that is far greater than the one we are having now. He has much better things to worry about than whether he could be here or not.’ That’s true! Grandpop is now with Jesus. He isn’t missing out… we are.
I pray that I might leave a legacy behind me as Grandpop has with his family. I pray that I might lead my family and be a father and husband who points his children and wife to Jesus. He is all that matters. Family and Weddings and friends are all good things here on earth, but nothing compared to the Great Family, the Great Wedding, and the Great Friend we will come face to face with when we die.