“This way of the church in the world is, to human sight, folly, utopia, ineffectiveness, and we are seized by discouragement when we see what there really is to do in this real world. We could let everything go “if we were not sure that we would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” But we have seen this goodness. It has made itself manifest, and on this foundation we can go and face the powers of the world, in our absurd powerlessness, because “in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him who loved us. For I have the assurance that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor dominations, nor things present, nor the things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God, manifested in Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom 8: 37–39).” – Presence in the Modern World: A New Translation von Jacques Ellul a.co/eh2Pyb1

I didn’t expect a book written by a Frenchman to make me want to yell “hallelujah” at the end of a book, but boy did Jacques do it. Great read!

Buc-Ee’s is an interesting thing. On one hand, it’s everything wrong with American excess. On the other hand, they might be the best situated thing in the market to support automotive electrification. Switch the millions of pumps for chargers and they’re good. Odd thought.

We watched The Long, Long Trailer last night. So much truth in that movie! I was stressing for the husband having to drive that blasted trailer everywhere! 🎥

Longer review coming when I get a bit, but my first week with the BOOX Nova Air 2 has been great. It’s nice putting the phone away after work each day and only having pure reading as an option.

I’m trying to lessen the tech distractions in my life and better focus on what’s important. A Nova Air 2 arrives today. My intent is to put the phone away after work and only have serious reading material (books, RSS, and Pocket) available on a distraction-free device.

Wow. It’s going to be a very interesting week for orthodox Anglicans. Thankful for the strong witness of GAFCON & GSFA. — Kigali Commitment

Alleluia! Christ is risen! — Happy Easter!

Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may, by thy life-giving Spirit, be delivered from sin and raised from death; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

I knew it was coming, but, without NetNewsWire access, following local government and orgs has become a lot more annoying.

You don’t realize it until you’re on a bike, but cars are loud and smelly.

Finished reading: Of Boys and Men by Richard Reeves 📚— A good, factual assessment of the issues facing boys and men. I’m less convinced of his solutions. Especially his attempt at redefining fatherhood.

Me and my bike buddy on our way yesterday to watch Nashville cream Montreal. ⚽️ 🚲

The little girl that made me a daddy turns seven today. Hard to believe! I love her so much and can’t imagine life without her.

Finished reading: On Getting Out of Bed by Alan Noble 📚 — An eye-opening account of what mental illness is like and a great testimony to the goodness of God’s creation.

Y’all, seriously. eBikes are awesome. I’ve been a greenway cyclist for ages, but have been hesitant to do city chores because I’m slow off the line and crawl up hills. (I’ve got arthritis.) eBike makes that all go away. The entire city is flat and I can gently throttle off the line before I start peddling. Love it! Just road with my daughter to pick up some groceries and had a blast. 🚴‍♂️🚲