Life Event: Dean Beats 2048 (So Lame!)

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I know. This is hardly a legitimate goal. But I’m still proud of it (but not proud of being proud of it). I finally beat 2048, Pokemon style (on Google Chrome on my Android 4.4 Nexus 4). All those out there playing 2048 on Facebook, I hate you and how you robbed me of those hours in my life. 😦     T_T

And especially Jacky or Jason or whoever introduced to me (unintentionally) this more addicting Pokemon version. But thanks to Andrew for introducing to me the simple but winning strategy of keeping the big number in a corner (I preferred the lower left). I didn’t like 2048 enough to get addicted until the Pokemon version on amschrader.github.to/2048. And then I gave up until I realized there was a simple strategy I was missing. (It is quite interesting as to how this strategy would have never occurred to me ever). I guess I want to revoke my thanks, because this strategy caused me to have hope and play some more!

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P.S. Charizard = 2048. What comes after him (4096)? I’ll never know. Unless someone would be nice enough to find out. Comment below (especially if you have a picture, but do so anyway if you don’t). Anyway, it goes like this: Weedle, Pidgey, Zubat, Magikarp, Psyduck, Ninetails, Snorlax, Pikachu, Venasaur, Blastoise, Charizard. (Did I catch them all? *wink* ;P Yes, 2048 = 2¹¹, so we’re set). Okay, back to my paper-writing . . .

UPDATE: 2015 Nov 10: I got really lucky, and I have reached 4096 by playing on Firefox in my Ubuntu laptop!4096 Yeah!

My Review of “Extravagant Grace” by Barbara Duguid

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My (Goodreads) rating: 5 of 5 stars

UPDATE (2014 Sept 30): I believe that while many may benefit from this book and while it does address many pastoral issues, I would like to clarify that I find this book’s view of justification and sanctification as pastorally incomplete. See my review of Mark Jones’ Antinomianism, which I believe offers a more nuanced and fuller perspective. The link is provided at the end of this post.

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First, I would like to thank the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals for rewarding me with this free book from their book giveaway hosted on the Mortification of Spin Podcast Series (you can see my name there). Now I can’t say I don’t win giveaways anymore (though forsooth, I would have preferred winning something like Amazon’s $5000 giveaway, but I must learn gratitude and contentment! I am thankful for winning this book).
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Inerrancy and Conviction: Does Following Christ Require Believing Every Detail of Scripture as God’s Infallible Word?

Do we need to believe in Noah’s flood? Creation? Biblical Sexual Ethics? Or can we just focus on Jesus? What did Jesus think of the Bible? Of the historicity of Jonah? Or the age of Methuselah? Kevin DeYoung answers all these questions clearly and with conviction! (Kevin DeYoung On Inerrancy and Christ’s Unbreakable Bible).

(Hint: The answer is YES! The question is always: Who functionally has the last word, the Bible or _______? It is impossible for Christians to be biblicists or bibliolatrists (“worshipers of the Bible”) if Christ himself revered and upheld and submitted himself to the Word (which all pointed to him).)