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Three (drei) This and That –
• Jars of Clay lead singer/songwriter Dan Haseltine has a new side project called The Hawks in Paris. Their full-length debut Freaks will be released October 29. An EP is available from NoiseTrade featuring four exclusive mixes and outtakes from the band. The Hawk in Paris is also comprised of producer/writer Matthew Bronlewee (Paul Van Dyke, Selena Gomez), and producer/writer Jeremy Bose (The Band Perry, Amy Grant, Sugar + The Hi-Lows). The Hawk in Paris formed when three college friends reunited after 10 years and explored sounds outside the realm of their day jobs. The trio has created an electronically laced album influenced by 80s-synth and early 90s trip hop. Freaks draws from pioneers of electronic music such as Massive Attack, Kraftwerk, Portishead and finds inspiration in 80s-synth groups including Eurythmics and Depeche Mode. Modern day influences include M83, The Postal Service, and Gotye. The group previously released a seven-song EP, His + Hers, in 2012. To download the EP, go to
• The 2013 Desiring God National Conference recently took place in Minneapolis. The theme was “The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life and Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis”. All sessions from the conference – audio and video – are now available below, free of charge:
• December 20 – Michael Card and Phil Keaggy bring their Street Level Christmas Tour to Chesterfield Presbyterian Church in the St. Louis area for a 7:00 pm concert.

Three (tres) Book Reviews –
• Crazy Busy: A Mercifully Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung
• Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
• The First Christian (ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS SERIES) by Timothy Keller

Three (trios) Music Reviews –
• Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song – Deluxe Edition by Amos Lee
• The Glorious Unfolding by Steven Curtis Chapman
• Your Grace Finds Me by Matt Redman – Deluxe Edition

And finally, don’t miss our review of a great movie, Captain Phillips, rated PG-13.


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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