Coram Deo ~

Looking at contemporary culture from a Christian worldview

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This and That
• You gotta watch the new Kmart commercial – I dare you not to laugh. How we love juvenile humor!

• CROSS is a new student Missions Conference that will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, December 27-30. Featured speakers include John Piper, Matt Chandler, D.A. Carson, Albert Mohler, Kevin DeYoung, David Platt, Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, Thabiti Anyabwile and others. You can find out more about this conference at

• Moody’s 2014 Founder’s Week will be held February 3-7. The theme will be “Be Holy”. More information will be posted at the conference site – in the near future.

• Michael Card recently announced that he had completed his manuscript for his commentary on the Gospel of John, the final volume in the Biblical Imagination Series. Michael will bring the Biblical Imagination Conference on the Gospel of Matthew to Christ Church in April –

Do you love Uncle Si? Do you have no clue who he is? Read the review of his new book, “Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle” in Book Reviews
Other fresh book reviews:
• “Little Black Sheep: a memoir” by Ashley Cleveland
• “Jesus + Nothing = Everything” by Tullian Tchividjian
• “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper
• and “The Wedding Party (ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS SERIES)” by Timothy Keller.

Under ‘Leadership Book Reviews’ you can find reviews of:
• “The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business” by Patrick Lencioni
• “The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams that Win Consistently” by Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker
• “Mistakes Leaders Make” by Dave Kraft
• “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable” by Patrick Lencioni
• “The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (and their employees)” by Patrick Lencioni
• and “Outliers – The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell

Be sure to follow along under ‘Leadership Book Club’ as we continue to work through John Maxwell’s classic book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

We also have a review of the movie, “The Family”, with Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer music reviews of the Newsboys “Live in Concert: God’s Not Dead” and their new album “Restart”. You’ll also love “Live at the Gospel Coalition” by Keith and Kristyn Getty.

For upcoming concert and conference information as well as great articles and titillating tidbits go to:

Click to access September-2013-Coram-Deo.pdf

You’ll also find the following reviews not available on the blog:
Book Reviews:
p. 19 ~ Art Moser reviews “Introverts in the Church: Finding our Place in an Extroverted Culture” by Adam S. McHugh
p. 26 ~ Rethinking Retirement by John Piper
p. 26 ~ The One Year Daily Uncommon Challenge by Tony Dungy

Movie and DVD Reviews:
p. 28 ~ Jobs
P. 31 ~ Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story

Music Reviews:
p. 32 ~ Inland by Jars of Clay
p. 35 ~ Sleep Sound in Jesus by Michael Card

This week’s Food for Thought from Charles Spurgeon (Spurgy) on The Christian Life ~
My brethren, let me say, be like Christ at all times. Imitate Him in “public”. Most of us live in some sort of public capacity — many of us are called to work before our fellow-men every day. We are watched; our words are caught; our lives are examined — taken to pieces. The eagle-eyed, argus-eyed world observes everything we do, and sharp critics are upon us. Let us live the life of Christ in public. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves — so that we can say, “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.”

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence – married to my best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at my local church. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinder themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony, and Achiever, and my two StandOut strength roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being my favorite verses. Some of my other favorite books are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I enjoy music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace and Tammy’s book Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

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