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Bulletproof Coffee

I tried a bulletproof coffee today.
(Look it up)
It was okay, but I won’t be chasing after another one.
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Free Resources From Ligonier Ministries To Mark Reformation Day 2014

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Ligonier Ministries are making a number of resources available free to mark Reformation Day 2014.
Go and have a look.


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Fumes – New Album From Lily & Madeleine

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Downloaded my preorder of Fumes from Lily & Madeleine today.
Ethereal.
Just listen.


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Change And Transition

One of the workshops at the training conference I attended mentioned the difference between change and transition.
They are not the same thing.
Change is the event in which something becomes different; transition is the process in which change takes place.
Some people don’t accept change because the transition is not well-managed.
Leaders will often look back on unsuccessful or traumatic change and make the defence that they were right and it had to happen.
That may be true, but the issues of how that change was introduced and enacted, and how those who were affected by the change were led through the transition process are often ignored or marginalised.
Too often change is justified in our own minds and transition is not given the same amount of consideration.
It can take more thought to cultivate healthy transition than it does to arrive a decision for change.
Change can be obvious, the path by which everyone can get there can be more elusive.
Anyway, that’s something I’m thinking about at the moment.


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Unboxing

I’ve been waiting for a dozen years or more for a new desktop. This one may last me that long.
And I’m pretty much entirely in the Apple ecosystem now. Thanks to my friend in Brisbane who convinced me to buy an iPhone six years ago.
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The View From Where I’ve Been

Meroo Christian conference center, west of Sydney.
Last year we were leaving in a hurry because of concerns about bush fires.
This year it’s been superb.
Time to go home.

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Caught Off Guard by William Smith – Kindle Edition Free For A Limited Time

As with some of the free books I list here, I don’t know much about Caught Off Guard or author William Smith, but New Growth Press publish some good material and this is free, so check it out.
The Kindle edition is free at Amazon for a very short time.
Gospel ebooks featured the link.
It was published in 2007 and deals with a theme that doesn’t get dressed a lot.

Caught-Off-Guard-199x300In his book author William P. Smith bridges the chasm between the heart and the head. Where is the reality of God in the middle of careers and groceries? Why are so many believers frustrated with the enormous gap between what they know about God and how they actually live?
In Caught Off Guard, author William P. Smith graciously addresses these seekers who have become dissatisfied with merely “talking theology” and instead yearn to taste and experience the “real thing”, a God who longs for relationship with them. With real stories from today and biblical times, Smith demonstrates surprising and often unnoticed attributes of a loving and purposeful God by proving:

  • How God draws near to the radically undeserving
  • How God responds to people who have feeble faith or even active doubt
  • How God will help you as you seek to live a righteous life
  • How God changes the people around you by radically transforming your heart, mind and soul

In Caught Off Guard, Smith draws an irresistible picture of the heart of God that shatters conventional wisdom, remains true to biblical principles and invites people to reconsider a deeper trust in our uncontrollable, loving God.