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Josh Meares
I like to think of myself as uniquely unique. But I think someone else may have already said that.
I like to think of myself as uniquely unique. But I think someone else may have already said that.

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Bye Bye Blogger
It's been a long time. But given YouTube's support of sexual exploitation and child pornography, I feel an obligation to avoid supporting Google. For more information, click here . So I've moved my blog to the very similar, but slightly different address jo...

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Open Letter to Google / Youtube
NOTE: This letter is the result of a search gone awry. All results were collected within 15 minutes of searching without using any explicit terms. I liked you, Google. I liked your motto, "Don't be evil." I am appreciative of the way you cleaned up internet...

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Paul and Judaism Revisited by Preston Sprinkle
Paul & Judaism Revisited: A Study of Divine and Human Agency in Salvation by Preston M Sprinkle My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is a dry book. But it is filled with careful, nuanced scholarship on Paul's relationship to first-century Judaism. Sprinkle examines...

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The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken
The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected by Nik Ripken My rating: 1 of 5 stars There were a lot of things I liked about the Insanity of God by Nick Ripken. But the one thing that makes me madder and madder the more I think about it is that he ...

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World Relief in Northern Lombok
Sometimes, people make me so proud I can hardly stand it. Thursday was one of those days. I got the chance to visit World Relief's project in Lombok. It's a very simple project really. 1. Mobilize local churches and organizations to serve the most vulnerabl...

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Beware Success
There were some hard words spoken in my church today (and not by me this time! :D ). Words were spoken about the necessity for confession and repentance in order to become more fully transformed. The message was a good one, well-couched in the promises of d...

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Truth, Shame, and being Western in Indonesia
NOTE: I'm not Indonesian. Therefore everything I say about Indonesian culture could be totally wrong. If so, I apologize. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ I have recently had the opportunity to observe what happens wh...

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Rand-ian Man The Western ideal of the independent individual is a pernicious myth that has proven remarkably hard to kill. The greatest champion of the ideal might have been Ayn Rand, and her ideas still have enormous influence. Decades of environmental dis...

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That's a Carryon?
Last night I flew from Jakarta to Bali with all of my personal possessions. That means one suitcase that weighs 50 pounds, a 30 pound backpack, and a 6-8 pound carry-on backpack. Now, the ticket that I had was for two people with 15 kg of checked baggage a ...

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An Open Letter to Christian FIlmmakers
I just finished watching God is Not Dead. I appreciated a lot of things about the film. But I think I would like to throw out a couple of suggestions for Christian filmmakers. I'm not a script writer or anything, so take all this with a grain of salt. Think...
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