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• Have you seen the new video from Mumford and Sons for “Hopeless Wanderer” the latest single off of their album Babel. Watch closely:

• 20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to develop a film based on the life of former NFL quarterback, and one of my heroes, Kurt Warner. Warner went from stocking shelves at a grocery store for $5.50/hour to become one of the most prolific passers in NFL history. Part of the rights package includes Warner’s autobiography All Things Possible: My Story of Faith, Football and the Miracle Season.

• Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song the upcoming album from Amos Lee will be released October 8. It is the follow-up to Lee’s acclaimed 2011 release Mission Bell, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Rock Albums charts and contained the hit single “Windows Are Rolled Down”. Below is the cover of the new album. You can pre-order the album now on iTunes and also download the first single “The Man Who Wants You”, an outstanding new song he performed this week on The Tonight Show.

• Part Two of the Book Review of Matthew: The Gospel of Identity by Michael Card is now available for your reading pleasure on the Biblical Imagination Conference page ~

• We’ve added a new page ~ Leadership Book Club, where you can join in reading about John Maxwell’s classic book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

• Looking for a good movie for the family? Look no further than Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Read the review:

• “In Christ Alone”, written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend, is one of the very best modern worship songs, with excellent music and theologically accurate lyrics. Recently, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) committee desired to add the song to the denomination’s new hymnal Glory to God, set to be released this fall. However, they first requested permission to alter the song’s lyrics from: “Till on that cross as Jesus died/the wrath of God was satisfied” to “Till on that cross as Jesus died/the love of God was magnified”. The song’s authors rejected the proposal. As a result, the PCUSA committee voted 9-6 to bar the song from the hymnal. The committee chair Mary Louise Bringle told The Christian Century that the view that the cross is primarily about God’s need to assuage God’s anger” would have have a negative impact on worshipper’s education.

• Matt Redman releases his long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s 10,000 Reasons with Your Grace Finds Me on September 24.

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 40 years and a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Before retiring I served as a manager at a Fortune 50 company; I'm a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and in leadership at my local church. I enjoy speaking about calling, vocation and work. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop to their fullest potential and to utilize their strengths more fully. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinders themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Achiever, and my two StandOut strengths roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book and 2 Corinthians 5:21 my favorite verse. Some of my other favorite books are Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Prodigal Son (originally titled A Tale of Two Sons) by John MacArthur and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I enjoy Christian hip-hop/rap music, with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo being some of favorite artists.

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