Links for Friday | 10th April 2015

Every Friday I’m posting links to things I’ve read this week that I think you might find interesting too

Why every Christian should rightly pass for an atheistThis is not a short read, but it is a fascinating article drawing out the dynamis of the life of faith that means we can never fully apprehend our faith as something static and disconnected from the life of God and our own fragility.
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The Journey of picking a bag by an obsessive | Tom Bihn Synapse 25


This post is about researching the bag I ended up buying, but more recently I posted an actual review of the bag itself here | The Tom Bihn Synapse 25 | An (exhaustive) review


A couple of years ago my wife trained to be a coach for a personality test called strengths finders, and I discovered one of the strengths types high up in my results was called “input”. Input basically means you love to collect information, it can be about anything, and it begins to explain while I have over 3000 notes in my evernote file1.

The point is, I love to research, and not like a normal person, I obsess. So, when I finally decided that I wanted to buy a top quality rucksack for a recent birthday, I went into overdrive!
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Six Degrees of caffeination

I take coffee pretty seriously, as you’ll be able to tell if you could come into our kitchen, I have at least 5 different ways to make it and enjoy tweaking variables to find something that tastes just right.

Nowness is a video library related to a bunch of stuff, but someone recently sent over this video Six Degrees of Caffeination – Which is a great short film on Coffee in New York. It also gives a great overview of a few different popular methods that are becoming known as Third-wave coffee making.

My Favourite quote is;

We have it [coffee] at a very vulnerable part of the day, it frames how the morning will unfold… so if you can turn that moment into something aesthetically pleasing..why wouldn’t you?

Links for Friday | 3rd April 2015

1. Here’s some links for the weekend, hopefully yours is one with enough time and space to enter into this story of redemption and again and join Christ in the laying down and raising up!

Awkward Holy Saturday – This is a great review of a book on Holy Saturday called “The Glorious Dark” and an invitation to consider the significance of the saturday where Jesus lay dead.

“…only Christianity insists that a legitimate stage of holiness is hopelessness.”

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6 Things I’ve learnt about hearing God in transition | Noah Kaye

Noah

LIAM:Surely one of the most stress inducing questions in life for many Christians is What does God want to do with my life? And deeply connected to that are all types of anxiety related where that might be and how I know God is really speaking? A good friend and leader of ours recently announced with equal part humility and conviction that God is leading him to move with his family to Tanzania, so I thought he’d be the perfect guy to ask.. Noah spent his 20’s pastoring a predominantly African American Mennonite church in Washington DC. When he began asking question about ‘What is Church?’ rather than inflict his learning process on the congregation 1 he decided to move to South Africa around the same time as Rachel and I and has been one of the most articulate and extraverted learners and processors I have met. This unique talent means that when Noah learns, everyone around him learns too and that’s why I invited him to share on this subject.
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Deliver us from Evil

I’m appreciating this short devotional from Ben Myers, a scholar in Australia on the line in the Lord’s prayer – ‘Deliver us from Evil’.
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Links for Friday | 27th March 2015

Maybe you get time to do some reading on the weekends – Here’s my pick of some things to read on the web this week;

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Songs of Sorrow | Songs of Hope – Steve Schallert Review

A couple of years ago, Steve invited me over to play through arrangements for some songs he was working on. After 6 months of playing together there were a number of solid songs and He decided to go after recording them.

After about 6 months of playing the songs he was writing through, both of our commitments pulled us in different directions and I had little awareness of how things were progressing until he sent out a kickstarter email and funded the recording in record time! 1

Fast forward a few more months and Songs of Sorrow | Songs of Hope was released and it has been the most listened to album for me ever since.

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A New Venture on the web

Im kicking off 2015 a little late – I wanted to begin the discipline of writing, so here it is.

I felt a little hemmed in over at our other site 1, so I thought a blanker 2 page may spark some things off.

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I have a few ideas in the mix, but I want to hear from you, Dear reader, what should I write about. A title, a theme anything you would enjoy reading something about (I’m shooting in the area of theology, missions, culture etc.)

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  1. which is mostly geared towards letting people into the work we are doing in South Africa. 
  2. which may not be a word.