I’ve been taking a break from sourdough and working on my pizza game. The cooked one is caramelised onion, maple-butter apples, walnuts and cheddar. The other is the fresh mozzarella I found in the back of my fridge with some cherry tomatoes.

Fake Suede – the newsletter

Some of you may be familiar with the biweekly newsletter that I write called Fake Suede. This is just a reminder that you can sign up by clicking the picture below. The next issue goes out tomorrow and is sort of about learning a language. I’ve been working hard to keep it from addressing the present age, and this one is simply about one of the things that I’ve learned as an expat.


My wife and I just did some maths and the day our eldest turns 13 will mark the start of 17 years of having teenagers in the house.

Thankful for Government

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As I went through my normal routine of checking my RSS feeds, I read this article by Tim Challies and I realised that I am thankful for the same things.

It has struck me that the New Testament’s posture toward civil leaders is generally positive. It seems to nudge us toward the assumption that governments are acting wisely, not foolishly; that our opinion toward their actions should generally be favorable, not skeptical; that our words about them should be supportive, not rebellious; and that our response to their decrees should generally be submissive, not resistant. Romans 13:1-7 is not about the limits of governmental authority, but about the goodness and necessity of Christian obedience.

Tim Challies

There was a time when I would have identified as a libertarian (in the American sense of the word). Over time, and especially since leaving the US, I have noticed a shift in my feelings toward the government that my younger self would declare anathema. I often disagree with how the government runs things but I no longer consider the whole enterprise to be a waste.

When life is complicated and we struggle to understand why things are happening the way they are, we crave simple solutions. The problem is that there are no simple solutions at this scale.

Cudowna Boża Łaska – Hymns At Home

One of the things I’ve had to learn to do while we’ve been serving in Warsaw is learn enough Polish to sing. I’m not very good, but the people here have been incredibly gracious as I try to lead them in worship in their native language. Having the music helps a lot with learning Polish because it gives you a framework for the cadence of the words. 

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