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Fight for Rest

Download Audio Blog It’s often pointed out that, in contrast to a majority of other religions and faith systems, the emphasis of the New Testament is what God has done for Humanity, instead of what Humanity needs to do for God. With rare exception, the idea of “striving” is basically not present in the exhortations of the Christian scriptures. Instead, the emphasis is on receiving the gift God has given, which no effort on our part could have accomplished....

August 16, 2023 · 5 min · 1016 words · Josh
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Thoughts on Abundance

I’ve been thinking about scarcity and abundance this week, and wanted to share some of those thoughts! To start, I’ve been slowly listening through Bible Project’s 15 hour course about Genesis 1. One thing I noticed come up a few times is the idea that, in the creation narrative on page 1 of the Bible, Elohim forms creation with a goal of setting up a place for humanity to thrive....

August 3, 2023 · 3 min · 441 words · Josh
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I Was Wrong: 4 Days to Save 6 Million Lives

I just wanted to quickly highlight a really cool thing that happened in the world this week. Whether you know it or not, there’s a pretty decent chance you have come across something created by brothers John and Hank Green at some point. They are insanely prolific siblings, both having written several books, running several companies, building educational content that is being used around the world, and helping build medical infrastructure in impoverished countries like Sierra Leone… among many other things....

July 15, 2023 · 4 min · Josh
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I Want to Read Your Blog

I love personal websites and blogs. The idea of having a little chunk of the internet that is wholly yours, where you can post, and create, and make completely on your own terms is really cool to me. I’ve loved creating content that way the last few years. And I’m also finding that I really like consuming content from people who create that way. A blog on a personal website tends to feel so much more deep and well-thought-through than a Tweet, or Mastodon/microblog, or any other social media content....

May 20, 2023 · 2 min · Josh
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Erring on the Side of Over-Communication

When it comes to communication, there’s two extremes we can take: We can hope that those we’re interacting with just magically are in tune with us; we can communicate as little as possible, hoping that they’ll fill in the blanks with what we meant… or… We can put in the effort to be crystal clear about what we mean to say. To say things that we might think are obvious, but may indeed not be....

May 15, 2023 · 1 min · Josh
📸: [@HeGetsUs](https://HeGetsUs.com/LoveYourEnemies)

[Share] He Gets Us: Enemies

A friend showed me this video yesterday. I really, really appreciated it. Seems like a reminder that’s needed in a lot of places around the world in this season.

May 9, 2023 · 1 min · Josh
📸: [@joshuaearle](https://unsplash.com/@joshuaearle)

On "Impossible"

Something appearing impossible isn’t, on its own, a legitimate reason not to try.

May 7, 2023 · 1 min · Josh
📸: [@lilartsy](https://unsplash.com/@lilartsy)

Choosing the Path of Learning

When a new project, decision, or chapter-of-life comes our way, there also quite often seems to come a simple but nearly-invisible choice for us to make: We can chose the easy path, where we proceed “the way we’ve always done it”, going forward well-founded on the ideas and knowledge that we’ve already acquired and tested over the years… Or, we can chose the more scary path that forces us to learn new things — the path that requires we get stretched in our knowledge, skills, and understanding — the path where not growing and adapting, or not learning that new tool or process, would mean that we simply don’t succeed....

April 13, 2023 · 1 min · Josh
📸: [ArtOfWayfaring.com](https://artofwayfaring.com/travel-blog/turkey-syria-earthquake-elbistan-relief-efforts/) (both cover and final photo)

2 Months

Today marks two months since the February 6th earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria. I’ve been finding it difficult to believe that. It feels like just few days ago that I woke up to dozens of messages from people around the world checking in to see if we were safe. It feels like just a few days ago that we filled up vehicles with as many supplies as we could fit, and drove the 12+ hour route to try to help some of those hardest hit and least helped by the quakes....

April 6, 2023 · 3 min · Josh
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Choosing Generosity

I’ve been pondering generosity a lot lately. There’s a lot going on in the world to make one feel lack. Natural disasters, economic crisis, war, huge accidents resulting in ecological devastation, bank collapses, unemployment threats and spikes due to new unprecedented technologies… And that was just these last 3 months. It can be tempting to become stingy in the face of such situations. If we live in a universe of scarcity, then hoarding and stockpiling feels like the logical thing to do....

March 29, 2023 · 2 min · Josh