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Dan Alcantara
Husband, dad and pastor in the west of Scotland.
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I have a real feeling of betrayal when it’s nearly July but I’m taking Lemsip. It isn’t even the right quarter of the year for a cold, let alone the right month! 🤧

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@jonah it’s great over there, when I was commuting in for my training course a couple of years ago, my friend would park in the West End and we’d get the subway to Buchanan Street. We were mainly in Merchant City yesterday.

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On my day off in the week, Tracy usually takes the morning off so we can do something together without the kids. They’ve only got a week left of school which makes those dates harder to keep so we made today special and went into Glasgow.

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Currently reading: Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship by Philip Graham Ryken 📚

One of the topics I’ll be preaching on in a few weeks is exactly what happens during corporate worship and what the church is for, so looking forward to this.

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Currently coming to grips with the fact that I can actually make a decent V60 brew using a regular kettle. This is mostly so that I can stop shopping for an expensive pouring kettle. ☕️

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@ChrisJWilson I used to have a Diana Mini and an Olympus Pen EE and both were half-frame cameras and a lot of fun, especially being able to take so long between changing rolls of film.

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Finished reading: Practicing the Way by John Mark Comer 📚

This was a very quick read (for me) but I came away from it with a lot of good quotes and some helpful tools to try to implement into my life and teaching.

We don’t get the luxury of a blank slate; there are forces—within and without—with a vested interest in us not becoming like Jesus. Therefore: all Christian formation is counter-formation.

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Today’s bread was pandesal which is proof that the Philippines have the best milk bread. 🇵🇭 🍞

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Currently at a preaching conference with The Bonar Trust. We’re studying the book of Ruth over the course of two days here.

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Currently reading: Unruly by David Mitchell 📚

Monarchy is what England has instead of a sense of identity.

Already off to a good start, lol.

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I wonder how the unread books I have at home feel about the books I bring home from the library. 📚

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@philbowell It tastes and toasts as good as it looks!

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Sometimes you just have to make a farmhouse-style loaf.

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Writing can be a bit like seasoning food sometimes. It’s really easy to keep adding words but it’s really difficult to take them away.

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This was a beautiful read. Some of the best nature writing I have come across so far and with so many helpful bits of advice for the work of being a pastor. I wonder if he realises how useful it is in that sense.

Finished reading: The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks 📚

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@xxxx based on my experience of the culture I’m in (where people aren’t generally looking at any kind of tech journalism), trailing edge seems to be the default. I know people who are still getting daily use from their iPhone 5’s.

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@benjaminrivers Nice work. Love the colour of that G-Shock as well, what model is it?

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Took the boys and one of their friends down to the Esplanade for some ice cream in the sun. Truly gorgeous day out today.

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@manton For me, Notes exists solely as a way to let my family know what the meal plan is for the coming week. I tried using it as my actual place to keep information and I like it but that niggling feeling in the back of my head that all of this could just disappear kept me from fully committing, despite my wife and kids having zero issues with it.

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This was such a good read, really accessible and helpful for giving me a bit of historical context for the church here in Scotland (even though the church I pastor is not from the same, Presbyterian tradition).

Finished reading: The Whole Christ by Sinclair B. Ferguson 📚

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@philbowell Thank you, that’s really encouraging. We’re in quite a challenging section of Genesis (aren’t they all challenging?) at the moment and there are quite a few things that directly address issues in the church

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@philbowell yeah, I’ve interacted a bit with Dai Hankey (we were looking at maybe moving to south Wales to do ministry at one point). I’m in Greenock in the west of Scotland. Cafe culture here is really centred around cake rather than coffee!

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@philbowell that’s really cool. There is a total lack of specialty coffee where I’m at so I only keep Manumit in stock at home.

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Some days, it seems like sermon writing just happens. I have the passage clearly in my head, the outline makes sense, words just seem to come.

Today is not one of those days.

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@DaveyCraney that sign is brilliant

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@philbowell are you on a subscription of some sort? You’re always posting really interesting coffees.

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Checking commentaries A pub table covered with books (the Bible and Gordon Wenham’s commentary on Genesis) and notebooks (Traveler’s Notebook in camel brown). danalcantara.me
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@jonah just added this to my pocket commonplace book!

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@ChrisJWilson That is very interesting. Based on the export options available in Bear (which uses CloudKit) and the ease I had with getting my Obsidian vault into it, I don’t see why there would be a problem with Ulysses moving to CloudKit and continuing to offer all of the export options it currently has.

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@petebrown I don’t know if you’re a part of The Draft (the Circle community that the team behind Ulysses run) but one of their team replied to a complaint about the sync stuff and explained that they’re still using iCloud Drive to manage sync which is the actual cause of the problem. He did say they are in the process of transitioning to CloudKit which should fix the problem.

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@philbowell that’s fair. I really like grid as well but I’m also setting myself the challenge of writing without a guide sheet behind the page. It’s a sort of intentional inefficiency to make me slow down, especially when I’m doing sermon prep.

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@philbowell I would for the dot-grip paper but when I can get double the pages for an extra £1, it’s a hard thing to justify!

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@jonah If you’re willing to go with delivery, Galen Leather make Tomoe River refills in traveler’s notebook size that come with a leather blotter. I’ve been using mine for a couple of years now and it’s still going strong.

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@jonah Very nice. I’ve got an aluminium Kaweco Sport that I quite like.

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@jonah losing a notebook would definitely be a big blow. I’m super-curious about the possibilities of having an e-ink device (especially the Supernote ones) but I do really love notebooks.

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A stationery foundation ✒️📓 danalcantara.me
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@DaveyCraney holy moly that’s an attractive proposition!

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@jonah that’s fair. I’ve been all in on the Apple ecosystem for nearly 20 years at this point so cross-platform compatibility isn’t something I ever think of anymore.

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Moving nearly everything into Bear danalcantara.me
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Currently reading: The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks 📚

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my sermon notebook danalcantara.me