One of the ways that I force myself to slowdown while studying a passage to preach is I write out the whole thing longhand. It’s an excuse to use nice stationery and to keep my handwriting in check. This week’s passage is Genesis 11:10-32.

One of the advantages of having a midweek day off and living near the sea is that we can make a date of tea and coffee in flasks, while watching the waves come in from the shelter of our car.

I’ve really been enjoying working on posts for my Substack. It reminds me a bit of when I first started blogging a long time ago.

Finding myself falling down PKM rabbit holes after finally having enough sync issues mean that I can no longer trust my beloved Ulysses. I haven’t found a solution yet, but the main thing is needing it to be mobile/iPad-focused as I won’t be getting a new MacBook any time soon.

I wrote a bit about my new commonplace book on The Habitus. 🖋️📝

Today in things that simply cannot be, I am now dad to a 14-year-old.

31 days into my Bible reading plan

I originally shared this as a note on my Substack. Here are some quick reflections on this month’s Bible reading. As I wrote previously, I am slowing my reading down to spend longer in the wisdom and poetry portions of the Old Testament. This is what I’ve found: It is much easier to fit in a chapter or half a chapter into the day. I’m really enjoying having the time to think through what I’m reading and even to re-read it.

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Currently reading: Lord Jesus Christ by Daniel Treier 📚

What a read that was.

Finished reading: The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by Carl R. Trueman 📚

A Christian Optimism

I really appreciate Stephen McAlpine’s optimism here. He had similar things to say when Ayaan Hirsi Ali declared that she is a Christian. I’ve definitely been guilty of being overly suspicious of people saying they’ve become Christians. Is Russell finally branding himself a Christian?

It’s a bit later than I wanted, but the latest issue of The Habitus is available now.

New issue of The Habitus

New issue of The Habitus out now! Sometimes it’s hard to keep at it. Sometimes sleep makes it really difficult to form a practice.

The trouble with only writing what you know is that you end up running the risk of being like the busker in my town who seems to only know how to play Despacito.

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Currently reading: A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green 📚

Finished reading: The Actual One by Isy Suttie 📚

Finished reading: What is Biblical Wisdom? by Robert Charles Sproul 📚

Some of the rainbows we get here are amazing.

Year in books for 2023

Here are the books I finished reading in 2023 that I remembered to track on here. There were some others that I have written down in last year’s diary. It was a decent reading year for me, though, as I am quite a slow reader.