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Perfectionism Is Just Chronic Insecurity In Disguise (via Sam Kim)

Sam Kim writes about the social media fueled anxiety that seems to be eating away at younger generations.

Courtesy of Ed Stetzer’s blog:

In a culture based on shame and superficiality, the elephant in the room, which is the pressure to be amazing, is always staring directly at us.
If we truly want to win the hearts of the next generation with the gospel, we must help reclaim their identity as the beloved, because only perfect love can cast out fear.

Read the whole post here.


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Seventy National Stereotypes Debunked – Or Not (via Condé Nast Traveller)

This video from Condé Nast Traveller features seventy people of different nationalities saying what the most common stereotypical perception of their country is.
Some of them concede that sometimes a stereotype is a stereotype for a reason.
And sadly, we don’t all ride kangaroos. Though sometimes we see them hopping down our main street.
I’m a bit crushed to find out they don’t say ‘Hakuna Matata’ in Tanzania.


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Hillbilly Elegy


Hillbilly Elegy was on a number of ‘best books’ in 2016.
I found a copy in a remainder bookstore when I was on holidays and am reading it this week.
It’s an introduction to a culture that seems alien to modern sensitivities in this age that champions the marginalised, but can’t quite figure out what to do with marginalised who look pretty much the same as the mainstream.
There are some parallels in our country with sections of society that are generationally unemployed and family relationally fragmented.
Does the answer to their cultural malaise rest in individual endeavour or collective (government) intervention?
The book seems strongest when it deals with memoir; its efforts to provide social analysis will take longer to evaluate.


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Akos Balogh’s Unexpected Lesson From A Flooded House In Lismore

Akos Balogh writes a blog where he sees the world through a Christian lens.
He lives in Lismore.
In this piece he writes about a reflection provoked by his experience of trying to keep floodwaters out of his house.
From the post, the lesson and the life application:

Our house is built on the side of a hill, and as I look up the hill from beneath the floorboards, I see water – lots of water – cascading down. And then it hits me: If I want to stop the flooding of our downstairs room, I need to tackle the water problem further ‘upstream’
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If you want better gospel conversations with your neighbour, ‘go upstream’ with them.

Read the whole post at Akos Balogh..


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Banjo Paterson’s A Bush Christening Read By Leonard Teale

If you’ve never heard Leonard Teale’s rendition of Banjo Paterson’s A Bush Christening you’re missing out.

Sometime I’ll post his The Man From Snowy River.


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Vinyl Album Sales In The UK Outstrip Digital Downloads

It seems remarkable that vinyl LP records have made such a comeback, let alone now have sales that are higher than digital downloads.
From NME:

As The Vinyl Factory reports, ERA have provided figures that show that, in week 48 of 2016, £2.4m was spent on vinyl, while only £2.1m was spent on the digital download of albums. The figures significantly contrast with the statistics that were recorded at this time last year, when only £1.2m was spent on vinyl albums while digital downloads racked up an eye-watering £4.4m worth of sales.

What’s also stunning in that paragraph is that digital music sales have halved in a year, a sign of the impact streaming services are having, it seems.
How that will change the music industry will bear watching, as well as listening.


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A Long Time Ago…

…or in a short time soon.
(don’t worry if you wanted to go with me, this is only my first viewing)
Here’s hoping it’s a good one.