Made it safe to #Frankfurt with @Lufthansa now just a quick 3hr hop to Aberdeen | front row in the #A380 (downstairs mind) now for some #A330 ?? #innerplanegeek (at Lufthansa Senator Lounge)

Leaving our beloved #Mzantsi for 3 weeks. Goodbye, sobonana South Africa (at Johannesburg Airport South Africa)

Last weekend in #Tulbaugh with @mrsrachelbyrnes @whitneyinafrica | Winter!!??

Not a cloud in the sky in this mercifully mild winter here in #southafrica | #latergram from #Tulbaugh this past weekend

What a joy and honour to see the Church Planting eXperience students graduate today! | way To go @noahkaye @triciarkaye @sherwinmichael @neilhart @mandihart (at King Of Kings Baptist Church)

Just found this book - A Baby just now? Tagline at bottom: “here’s my problem” - haha!!

Regarding the second, the personal, theological, and pastoral instincts behind Calvin’s claim (in Inst. I.1.1) that ‘nearly all the wisdom we possess … consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves’ are, it seems to me, extremely important. Those who claim to know God but display very little self-awareness ought to send off as many alarm bells in us as those who claim to know themselves really well but have little or no interest in God. If Calvin is right, then the two cannot so easily be disentangled, if at all. This is what it means to be a creature.To be human is to be a person-in-relation, with creation and with the Creator.
Per crucem ad lucem -

#TruthCoffee on a Sunday mk. II | w/ @mrsrachelbyrnes @isaacaho @debyaho (at Truth Coffee Roasting)

#TruthCoffee on a Sunday Morning | w/ @mrsrachelbyrnes @isaacaho @debyaho

NGKerk in #Swellendam - pretty imposing #architecture. Stopped on the way to JBay for lunch today. #southafrica

Much of our action is not “pushed” by ideas or conclusions; rather, it grows out of our character and is in a sense ~pulled” out of us by our attraction to a telos (end goal/vision).
p. 6, @ James K A Smith in Imagining the Kingdom
In the day to day trenches of adult life, there is no such thing as atheism• There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship -be it JC or Allah, be it Yahweh or the Wiccan mother goddess or the Four Noble Truths or some infrangible set of ethical principles is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things—if they are where you tap real meaning in life—then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant you. On one level, we all know this stuff already—it’s been codified as myths, proverbs, cliches, bromqdes, epigrams, parables: the skeleton of every great story The trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness. Worship power—you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart—you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out.
The insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful; it is that they are unconscious. They are default settings. They’re the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day, getting more and more selective about what you see and how you measure value without ever being fully aware that that’s what you’re doing.
David Foster Wallace to a graduating class at Kenyon College in 2005 via James KA Smith in Imagining the Kingdom, p.22

Cold #wintry #beach walks with @mrsrachelbyrnes | perfect way to debrief the day (apart from my. It so interesting fact about ancient near east mythology…my bad) | #witsand #southernpeninsula #capetown #southafrica (at Witsands Beach)

ome on over those who have had to hand grind coffee with me up until now @isaacaho @smn @jonathanjmorgan @maxiepret #stefanolindsay | After long deliberation about finding a conical burr grinder with enough torque I was convinced into this severin grinder! | faster cups of coffee for all | #origincoffee #albertchung