This is where I began my LCHF journey. I gave it a try because it came highly recommended by readers. I thought at the time:
Ok, but why go so over-the-top with the front cover claims? “Effortless weight loss, vibrant health & boundless energy” it claimed. Tone it down a bit, I thought!
Then I tried it. Wow. Practically everything Mark Sisson claims began to happen. More energy. Less irritation and indigestion. Weight began to reduce, without any calorie-counting. People began asking me what I’d done to produce the changes they could see in me. I was so thrilled with the results that I bought several copies as gifts, for family members and friends. Continue reading “Primal Blueprint — Mark Sisson”
A friend wrote to me, having encountered my introduction to real food and farming and how beneficial I’d found it to be. They said:
I find this genuinely inspiring…if I wanted to start moving towards this kind of eating, can you point me to any good resources for a simple start, please?
In response, over the course of the next five days, I’ll provide an introduction to four books and one website, each of which I have researched and referenced personally, to some degree or other, in my own nutritional and lifestyle transformation. All of these resources are aimed squarely at the popular market, whilst presenting advise based on the latest scientific understanding of nutrition and physiology. They are: Continue reading “‘Real Food’ Resources”
During the past 2-3 years, the importance of real food and the farming practices that supply our food has come home to me with genuine impact—both theoretically and practically.
This is how my awakening took place…
Continue reading “My “real food” transformation”
Much to enjoy in this film, from BBC4: Roy Orbison: One of the Lonely. A moving documentary of the memorable, tragic, heartwarming personality and story of Roy Orbison.
Continue reading “One of the lonely”
On this day, 30 years ago
The day a plane landed in Red Square, Moscow.
An 18 year-old, inexperienced pilot, Mathias Rust, later deemed “psychologically unstable and unworldly in a dangerous member,” evaded the entire Soviet Air Defence system to land on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge, adjacent to Moscow’s Red Square.
His action has been credited with directly leading to the biggest turnover in the Soviet military since Stalin’s purges 50 years earlier, playing a peculiar part in the detente that led to the ending of the Cold War.
Between 2003 and 2008, I returned repeatedly to Burkina Faso, a landlocked nation on the southern borders of the Sahara desert. On each occasion, I was invited to present a series of missional, discipleship seminars, to two Burkinabé constituencies.
- Rural-based, Pentecostal missionary-pastors and bible-school trainees associated with church-planting movement, Assemblée Evangélique de Pentecôte
- Urban-based university students and young office workers associated with national youth movement, Mouvement des Jeunes Serviteurs de Dieu
On each occasion, informal feedback from participants suggested that a significant spiritual dynamic was taking place among participants during the seminars.
Between 2009 and 2013, building upon my experience of contextual leadership training, in conjunction with Fuller School of Intercultural Studies, I completed a programme doctoral research, exploring the missiological dynamics underlying my interactions with Burkinabé leaders and learners.
My research employed the perspective of contextual missiology to address theological education and discipleship in the context of Burkina Faso. My conclusions were based upon a qualitative analysis and evaluation of Burkinabé leaders’ and learners’ insights, attitudes, perspectives and hopes regarding incumbent forms of training and praxis.
Continue reading “The Integrative Potential of Scripturally-based Discipleship”
Greatly looking forward to the America’s Cup, starting this evening and coming to a climax in about a month’s time. Sir Ben Ainslie—following his decisive thrilling participation in Oracle Team USA’s fantastic overhaul of Team New Zealand, in 2014—is the skipper of Land Rover Team BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing). This weekend sees the start of the qualifiers that, over the next three weeks, will lead to a finalist facing off against Team Oracle, the current holder of the Cup. Continue reading “America’s Cup”
Modern theological education, as generally understood and practiced today, is a wholly Western concept. Yet, over the past century and a half, it has become a global prescription. The reason for this is the successful expansionism of the Western missionary movement.
Continue reading “Theological Education and Scripturally-based Discipleship: Critical Distinctions”
Strenuous 12 miles
Sunshine; clouds at altitude
A strenuous 11.5 mile circuit of some of the highest mountain peaks in southern Britain. The walk begins from a car park in the Taf Fechan Forest. A steep ascent up to the ridge of Graig Fan Ddu (642m), which leads directly towards the peak of Corn Du (873m). Continue reading “Brecon Beacons Circuit”
Strenuous 12 miles
Overcast; occasional light rain
A strenuous 12-mile walk, circumnavigating Langors Lake / Lyn Syfaddan, in the north-eastern part of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The walk begins from the Welsh Venison Centre, including the opportunity to see red deer up close, at the start of the walk. Continue reading “Llangors Lake”
Leisurely 7 miles
Overcast, occasional drizzle
Leisurely 7 mile walk, along the Swiss Valley Trail, beginning from Llanelli Leisure Centre, following the Route 47 cycle path, towards the Upper and Cwm Lliedi Reservoirs. The Swiss Valley Trail is built on the site of the former Carmarthenshire Railway—the earliest operational public railway in Great Britain, authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1803. Continue reading “Swiss Valley Trail”