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August Burns Red, Facing The Gallows, Zombies Ate My Girlfriend (Cape Town)

Last week, August Burns Red came to South Africa for the first time (or Africa for that matter). CULTURESHOCK was able to get press tickets and I got the photo pass for it. It had been almost two years since I last did some proper concert photography, but I’m happy with the result. Hope you like […]

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Blog Theology

My Biggest Problem with Creationists (and Evolutionists)

My biggest problem with “Creationists” and “Evolutionist” is how much they simplify reality.

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From (Too) Long Talk to Workshop That Works

To Really Work Very often, when conferences list workshops, what is offered is not an actual “workshop” but just a long talk. There are several reasons why you should avoid that. First of all, you’re communicating to the audience that they’re attending a workshop. As the word says, there should be work involved. If your audience […]

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Say hello to WooCommerce 2.6 “Zipping Zebra”

I’ve updated all of my test sites already and have been playing around with the newly added “Shipping Zones” for a while. WooCommerce 2.6 is an amazing update and you should get it for your store as well. Read the post on our development website on how to update safely. Oh, and I even made a […]

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Mischa & Jonathan: Colour

As I explained yesterday, I made two separate series of the shoot with our friends Mischa and Jonathan. Here is the colour edit. Mischa and Jonathan liked the idea of having a vintage look in an urban setting, so added a metallic blue tone to the pics, while trying to preserve the beautiful orange and […]

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Mischa & Jonathan: Black and White

Recently, our friends Mischa and Jonathan got engaged. I got the honour of taking a few pics with them. They wanted to go for an urban vibe. The nice thing with Cape Town is that the surrounding mountains are always lurking, so in several pics, you can see them peeking in. In case you haven’t […]

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Field Notes: Grow Leadership Academy 2016

Last week, I wrote my first post on the official blog of WordPress.com. It’s a report of the great teaching experience we had at the Grow Leadership Academy in Athlone, Cape Town.

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World of Birds

I had passed by World of Birds a few times before, but never entered it. World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa and hosts over 400 birds and small animal species. It’s a sanctuary, so of course the animals are caged in, but they’ve tried their best to give them some decent […]

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Ethical Consumption in South Africa: Chocolate and Coffee

When I arrived in South Africa about three years ago, fair trade was not really a consideration here. Very few brands were offering clear information about their supply chains and the control or transparency of those chains by external organisations. In the last few years, there has been quite a big change. Why should you care? […]

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ScaleConf 2016: Scaling Support by Education Customers

A few months ago, I spoke at ScaleConf 2016, which was quite intimidating. It’s a developer conference, and I’m not a developer. I posted my slides a while ago, but now you can also watch the video as well. I hope you like it! I really enjoyed infusing Thomas Kuhn’s theory of paradigm shifts I learnt […]

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James K.A. Smith Quote

In its truest sense, eros signals a desire and attraction that is a good feature of our creaturehood. . . . To be human is to have a heart. You can’t not love. So the question isn’t whether you will love something as ultimate; the question is what you will love as ultimate. And you […]

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Thrice – Black Honey

Very much looking forward to the full album.

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Blog Theology

Nicholas Wolterstorff Quote

Disrespect, and thereby also wronging, is determined, on the one hand, by the actual worth of the recipient, not by what agent or recipient happens to believe to be that worth; and on the other hand, by whether or not the respect-disrespect import of the action is such as to befit a person of this worth, […]

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Arcadia Dam

About one hour drive outside of Harare (Zimbabwe) is the beautiful Arcadia Dam. When we were in Harare for a wedding at the end of April, we went to that dam with my brother-in-law, who also has a boat there; an Aquascape, a boat designed and built by my father-in-law. I was introduced to tubing […]

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James K.A. Smith, “You Are What You Love”

Originally published on CULTURESHOCK. Since the publication of his 2009 Desiring the Kingdom, James K.A. Smith has been developing his anthropology of the human being as lover. That the first part of that book was subtitled “We Are What We Love”–almost exactly the title of his latest book–shows the continued focus of his work. With You Are […]

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Constitutional Hill

One of the first big assignments the first democratic government had in 1994 was to compose a new Constitution. The Constitutional Court is the legal organ that credit the first Constitution, and today guards the nation’s submission to the Constitution. The Constitutional Court is a beautiful building with both the location and the architecture bursting […]

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What’s on Tap? My (Menu)bar Apps

I always find it interesting to see what software people use. The menubar in OSX gives a good overview of what people have open all the time. Here is my list. First of all, I use Bartender to limit the amount of apps visible. All apps that aren’t visible at first glance are just in […]

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Bono & Eugene Peterson: The Psalms

The Psalms Fuller Theological Seminary, with several famous theologians on staff–including Richard J. Foster, Miroslav Volf, and Joel B. Green–has documented a meeting between Bono and Eugene Peterson. Bono has never hidden his Christian background; he reached out to Peterson when The Message translation of the Bible was released to say thanks and invite him […]

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Field Notes: CMS Africa Summit 2016

My colleague Marjorie wrote a great recap of our trip to Uganda two weeks ago.

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Straight Outta Compton (2015)

My review of Straight Outta Compton on CULTURESHOCK