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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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? [...]
https://youtu.be/ZP1jImalXfU 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 [...]
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 [...]
Very much looking forward to the full album.
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
https://youtu.be/-l40S5e90KY 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 [...]
My colleague Marjorie wrote a great recap of our trip to Uganda two weeks ago.
My review of Straight Outta Compton on CULTURESHOCK
When Taylor Swift is singing her "Shake It Off" song, she's not focusing on very deep aspects of life. Granted, while the message to not care too much about what other people say is valid, she is still only singing about dating and dance moves. There are deeper sides to life. Worse haters that [...]
We have some pretty talented friends. One of those friends is Mischa. Her angelic voice takes you out of this world. Read my full review of one of her previous show here. Go check out her Soundcloud profile or visit her Facebook page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhMPGRaxvMA&feature=youtu.be
At ScaleConf 2016 in Cape Town, I was invited to speak in front of a large audience of developers. I focused on one of the biggest passions of most developers (not): support. However, while devs might not get excited about support, they all understand the importance of it. With having WooCommerce active on 1+ million [...]
Half a year ago, I wrote a post in which I recommended the Mailbox App made by the Dropbox team. Unfortunately, Mailbox was discontinued earlier this year. So I started yet another search for a mail client that had the same strengths as Mailbox: an option to snooze, a focus on "inbox zero", and great [...]
One of the dangers of studying Scripture is that the focus can be too much on the cognitive side. While this is an important aspect of being human, it is only one aspect. Applying different methods for studying the Bible can help avoid these pitfalls. An approach that has helped me a lot in catering to various [...]