C.S. Lewis on the Corona Virus

It’s now clear that COVID-19 is a deadly serious global pandemic, and all necessary precautions should be taken. Still, C. S. Lewis’s words—written 72 years ago—ring with some relevance for us. Just replace “atomic bomb” with “coronavirus.”

In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”

In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.

— “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays

From “C.S. Lewis on the Corona Virus” by MATT SMETHURST

Tools of the Trade

I thought I might offer up a list of the tools I use on a daily basis to keep my life moving. To some it may seem like a long list, to others it may be lacking. (though, on occasion I may add a new piece of software here and there, but usually I end up ditching them for these trusty standards.)

Hardware: (Things you can touch, hold, tear, drop and break.)

Iphone– Always with me. Actually do most of my work on this.
iPad Mini– This has quickly become my “go to” piece of hardware. Love the size of the Mini. Take it everywhere (work related) with me. I’ve decided if I can’t do it on this… I’ll just figure out how I can.
MacBook Air– Favorite laptop ever.
Neuyear Calendar– Best wall calendar you can buy. Love the design/layout.
Action Journal– I’m 99% paperless in what I do (this was not an easy task to accomplish. Removed all paper and pens from my office for 2 months to make this a habit), but when the need arises, this is what I write in.
Bible– HCSB Version on my desk, NLT in my bag, NKJV & Amplified next to my bed. I’m always trading out on which version I prefer.

Software: (Things I run on the things you can touch, hold, tear, drop or break)

Evernote– This is my brain on tech. Everything goes in it and nothing gets done without it. It took me awhile to figure out the most effective way to use it, but the system I’ve used the last 2 years seems to work great. (I think I could probably teach a class on using this tool, but that seems like a lot of work since there is so much quality training already available.)
Logos Bible Software– Best Bible Software period.
IA Writer– If I’m not writing it in Evernote, I’m writing it here. (then transferring it to Evernote) I’ve tried several “distraction free” writing apps. This has become my favorite. (followed by Writeroom.) I write all my email newsletters, blog posts, notes from church services/meetings that I don’t want to use Evernote so I’m not tempted to work on other things. (writing this post in IA Writer now.)
WordPress– My preferred blogging/CMS system. Love working with it. (Tumblr is my close second on this.)
MS Outlook– Use this for church email/calendar.

Iphone Apps:

I have theory that a person really doesn’t need more than one screen of apps on there phone. Anything else is just distraction. (Seriously, take the time and see what apps you would keep if you were only able to use one screen hold them.)

Evernote– Same as above.
Logos– Same as above.
IA Writer– Same as above.
Tempo Calendar– The best calendar app I’ve found. Love how it handles appointments and MS Exchange accounts.
Buffer– Allows me to post to Twitter/Facebook/Google+ without falling down the rabbit hole of everyone else’s posts.
VSCOcam– Take/Edit all my iPhone pictures with this app.
Tweetbot– For when I want to see what my friends are posting. Love the way it handles Twitter’s lists function.
Instagram– Love this app, though it can be a bit of a time suck if I’m not careful.
Text+– Use this only to text with my daughter on her Kindle Fire.

Well, that’s about it. I’d love to hear what you think of the list above or get any suggestions you may have.

London Day 2

London Day 2

Great day in London today. Went to Holy Trinity Bromptom, pastored by Nicky Gumble and home of the Alpha Course. Always wanted to visit this church.

Such a great word on Grace, Love and Salvation.

“Cups are useful, but they’re not the water. But we sit around and argue about the cup when the world is thirsty for the water in the cup!”

Then attended my friends Rod and Julie Anderson’s church Common Wealth Church. Rod and Julie are legendary pastors and Intercessors, Rod was one of two men, the other was Dr. Cole who modeled how masculine prayer was. They are truly legends in the faith. Cindy Jacobs and her Husband Mike ministered, it was a powerful night of ministry!

London Day 1

London Day 1

Here’s a few pictures from wandering around London between landing this morning at 7am and when I could check into my hotel room at 2pm.

Some random scenes, a few neighborhoods and buildings I don’t know the names of, and the gates of Buckingham Palace.