I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

An incred­i­bly pow­er­ful and per­son­al sto­ry from a great sci­en­tif­ic mind about his great­est dis­cov­ery.

This is a very inter­est­ing arti­cle about the influ­ence of Face­book and Google has over soci­ety and the unbal­anced dis­course that has been grow­ing over recent years. It’s been a recur­ring con­cern of mine about Micro.blog and the many calls I’ve seen on there for diver­si­ty. They have rarely, if ever, includ­ed calls for peo­ple who take a more con­ser­v­a­tive stance. Bal­ance is some­thing that is need­ed if the ser­vice is to avoid the pit­falls that cre­at­ed the echo cham­bers we find on Twit­ter and Face­book now.

My Secret Battle – a Grief Shared ›

This week I can across the blog is Simon Thomas. He’s a Sky Sports pre­sen­ter and a Chris­t­ian, known by many in the U.K. He lost his wife to can­cer in Sep­tem­ber last year and has been blog­ging about his grief. This week he shared a post about his Secret Bat­tle with depres­sion and anx­i­ety.
It’s a very hon­est and open account of the bat­tle he has, and still is, fac­ing. I have a great admi­ra­tion for any­one who is able to post so pub­licly about their bat­tle with men­tal health. I have attempt­ed to write many times about my own strug­gle with depres­sion, it is not an easy thing to do. I’m thank­ful that Simon has a strong faith in God that is help­ing him through this time. My own faith helped me in my dark­est time, and I have wit­nessed the faith of oth­ers close to me help them. I am for­ev­er thank­ful for this.

The Crossway ESV Heirloom Single Column Legacy Bible ›

I’ve nev­er read a review of a Bible before, so when Joshua Gin­ter men­tioned he would be post­ing one recent­ly my inter­est was piqued. This week I final­ly got round to read­ing his review of the Cross­way ESV Heir­loom Sin­gle Col­umn Lega­cy Bible. It’s not just a real­ly inter­est­ing read, it’s also a beau­ti­ful visu­al essay as well. I’m a big fan of Joshua’s pho­to­graph­ic reviews, and this one cer­tain­ly does the new ESV Heir­loom jus­tice. Hope­ful­ly one day I’ll be in the mar­ket for Bible like this.

As Abra­ham Kuyper once said, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human exis­tence over which Christ, who is Sov­er­eign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’” And rule with absolute suprema­cy. And though it may not seem so now, it is only a mat­ter of time until he is revealed from heav­en in flam­ing fire to give relief to those who trust him and right­eous vengeance on those who don’t.
– John Piper

Deep Prayer > Deep Work ›

There’s been a lot of talk on the inter­net cir­cles I fol­low about focus and deep work. They’re thought pro­vok­ing and often res­onate with me, but there’s one thing I’ve been strug­gling to rec­on­cile in it all. The focus of all these dis­cus­sions is usu­al­ly aimed at putting your indi­vid­ual desires first, which does­n’t real­ly jive with my Chris­t­ian beliefs.
Chris Bowler, in his excel­lent­ly con­sid­ered arti­cle Deep Prayer > Deep Work, seems to demon­strate I’m not alone. In doing so he seems to cap­ture exact­ly how this kind of think­ing should be influ­enc­ing my approach to my faith.

But over and over, I come back to the fact that while Newport’s con­cept of increas­ing our abil­i­ty to focus is cru­cial to a suc­cess­ful career, it’s even more cru­cial to a suc­cess­ful Chris­t­ian life. One that is lived attuned to the Spir­it. One that is care­ful­ly watch­ing to see where God is work­ing, then ready and will­ing to join him in it.

Jesus said to her, “I am the res­ur­rec­tion and the life. Who­ev­er believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and every­one who lives and believes in me shall nev­er die. Do you believe this?”
John‬ ‭11:25–26‬

Even if I turn out to be wrong, I shall bet my life on the assump­tion that this world is not idi­ot­ic, nei­ther run by an absen­tee land­lord, but that today, this very day, some stroke is being added to the cos­mic can­vas that in due course I shall under­stand with joy as a stroke made by the archi­tect who calls him­self Alpha and Omega.

10 Res­o­lu­tions for Men­tal Health by John Piper