Coram Deo ~

Looking at contemporary culture from a Christian worldview

This and That ~ and everything in between

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• Christianaudio’s free audiobook of the month is Leadership Secrets of the Salvation Army by Robert Watson and Ben Brown. To download, go to

• Check out this poem/video from John Piper. It is titled “The Calvinist”. Piper said he wrote the poem to capture a glimpse of God’s sovereign intersection with the life of a sinful man. It features the voices of D.A. Carson, R.C. Sproul, Alistair Begg, Thabiti Anyabwile, Matt Chandler, and Sinclair Ferguson.

• My favorite Contemporary Christian music artist of all time was Steve Taylor. He’s been making films (The Second Chance, Blue Like Jazz) and hasn’t made an album in 20 years. He’s recently formed a new band – The Perfect Foil – and has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new album. The band includes Peter Furler, Jimmy Abegg and John Mark Painter. See below for more information.

Check out two new book reviews in the Leadership Library ~
Making Vision Stick by Andy Stanley
Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn by John C. Maxwell

Also three good new movie reviews ~
• Black Nativity
• The Book Thief
• Frozen

And finally, be sure to go to the final print edition of Coram Deo, The Magazine, to read:
~ Articles by Christ Church’s own Pastor Bob and elders
~ About upcoming events and concerts, more ‘This and That’, 2013 Editor’s Picks
~ A review of new music by LeCrae – Church Clothes 2

The final issue includes the following book reviews:
Seven Men by Eric Metaxas
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Strange Fire by John MacArthur
American Triumvirate by James Dodson
Robert Griffin III by Ted Kluck

And the following movie reviews:
The Christmas Candle
Delivery Man
All is Lost
Thor: The Dark World
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Since Andy Williams tells us “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, then do what Burl Ives says and, “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas”!

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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