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When Coca-Cola Tried To Introduce Vending Machines That Raised Their Prices On Hot Days (via Today I Found Out)

Everyone is used to (but nobody likes) the way that petrol prices rise and fall through the week in a way that has less to do with the cost of production and more to do with increased demand and capacity to pay.
In Australia most mortgages have interest rates that can be raised (and more recently lowered) with no or little notice.
But the same grudging tolerance is not extended towards other products.
This Today I Found Out Story made me think of that.
It’s about a time when Coca-Cola trialled vending machines that had internal thermostats so that they could raise or lower their prices based on what would be understood to be people’s thirst.
It did not prove to be a popular measure.
Perhaps it was simply before its time.
(When I used to drink soft-drink there was a vending machine that sold Coke Zero cheaper than anywhere else and I went out of my way to use it.)
A brief excerpt.

When asked how Coca-Cola as a company planned to take advantage of the amazing revelation that hot weather inexplicably also coincided with an increased demand for cold drinks, Ivester stated that they’d been developing a new line of vending machines that exploited this fact. Specifically, [then CEO Doug] Ivester explained that Coca-Cola had been experimenting with vending machines that contained a thermostat and simple software that would raise the price of the products within the machine once a certain temperature threshold had been reached. As Ivester himself would correctly point out during the interview, neither the technology nor the idea of raising the price of a product in times of great demand was a new concept, noting in regards to the latter that “the machine will simply make this process automatic”.

Read the whole article at Today I Found Out.


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Christians Suffer, But They Don’t Suffer Alone (via David Powlison)

David Powlison writes about lessons he learned as a Christian who went through a prolonged season of intense suffering.
He avoids glib and sentimental expressions and also stays clear of wrongly placed triumphalism.
From the post:

…yes, we do learn from suffering, but it’s not a simple lesson. What’s most important is this: God shows up in our lives and hearts. He walks with us through fire. He directly communicates His love. He purifies our faith. He anchors our hope. He deepens our love for other strugglers. God is teaching us something. He is revealing Himself to us.
A misconception about the image of Christ often goes hand-in-hand with this misconception about suffering. We imagine that the image of Christ is all the things that are good and strong and noble and generous. We can forget that His image includes the heartfelt way in which Jesus lived out Scriptures such as Psalms 22, 25, and 31.
His faith honestly expressed affliction. He wrestled with God. He agonized. He trusted. He sought His God. He walks with God on difficult roads, not immune to the heartache and grief that come with our plight as human beings. We are being conformed to the image of Christ.
Read the whole article at Crossway blog.


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Can Multi-Site Work In A Rural Context? (via Jon Sanders at The Exchange)

Since I’m currently overseeing three neighboring churches the question “Can Mulit-Site Work In A Rural Context” is on my mind a fair bit.
Realistically, the be only option for outside ministry to come and work with those three locations would involve one person, maybe in two of them.
Jon Sanders, who is bi-vocational, also works in multi-site rural contexts.

He offers some counsel, including:

You need a commitment to excellence.
I realize the term excellence is kind of a buzzword that came out of the church growth movement and some people are beginning to grow weary of it. But I still believe we serve an excellent God who is worthy of our very best. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing to the best of our ability. I believe excellence is simply giving God our very best with what he has given us to work with.
Therefore, excellence doesn’t have to be synonymous with expensive. It’s holding a high standard to take what resources we do have to create the best product we possibly can. The way a rural church will do multi-site (especially when it comes to staffing and technology) will look very different from how a mega-church does it. But that doesn’t mean a rural church has to come off looking sloppy and unprepared. It’s totally possible for a small church with limited resources to produce an excellent worship experience in multiple locations.

Read the rest of the post here.


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No Impossible With You by I Am They

No Impossible With You is a track from I Am They’s new album Trial & Triumph.
Apparently grammar is impossible as well.
Should sound good in the car.

The lyrics:
Right now I’m staring down a giant
Right now I can’t see past my pain
Right now my songs have turned to silence
And You’ve never seemed so far away

But I still believe
I still believe

There’s no heart You can’t rescue
No war You can’t win
No story so over
It can’t start again
No pain You won’t use
No wall You won’t break through
It might be too much for me but
There is no impossible with You

Right now You’re fighting all my battles
Right now You’re breathing life again
And I know You’re mighty in my weakness
So right now my soul will say amen

There’s no heart You can’t rescue
No war You can’t win
No story so over
It can’t start again
No pain You won’t use
No wall You won’t break through
It might be too much for me but
There is no impossible with You

Your name is greater
Your love is stronger
Your ways are higher
There’s nothing that You can’t do
Cause’ there’s no impossible with You

There’s no heart You can’t rescue
No war You can’t win
No story so over
It can’t start again
No pain You won’t use
No wall You won’t break through
It might be too much for me but
There is no impossible with You


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Bin Chicken – The Evolution Of Nature Documentaries

This comedy sketch presents a faux nature documentary featuring Australia’s own white ibis, which has become an urban scavenger, the bin chicken.
Perhaps this will be an example of what nature documentaries will transition into.


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My Feet Are On The Rock – Sunday Songs

I Am They are about to release their second album.
My Feet Are On The Rock is an early release.
The sound has changed a bit from their first album, and this is a little less folky, maybe a little more blue-eyed soul, and probably a bit trickier to sing.
The lyrics are reasonable, and the melody seems to go where you think it should.

The lyrics
I can see the clouds roll in
I can feel the winds, they try to shake me
I will not be moved
My feet are on the rock

I can feel the waters rise
I can hear the howling lies that haunt me
Fear won’t hold me now
My feet are on the rock

When I feel my hope about to break
I will cling to Your unchanging grace
Let the waters come and the earth give way
I’ll be dancing in the rain
My feet are on the rock

I can see the morning light
I can feel the joy on the horizon
Here my faith is found
I stand on solid ground

When I feel my hope about to break
I will cling to Your unchanging grace
Let the waters come and the earth give way
I’ll be dancing in the rain
My feet are on the rock

On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
So stomp your feet and clap your hands
Our feet are on the rock

When I feel my hope about to break
I will cling to Your unchanging grace
Let the waters come and the earth give way
I’ll be dancing in the rain
My feet are on the rock

(Josh Bronleewe, Abbie Parker, Matthew Hein, Lindsey Sweat)