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Monday, December 16, 2013

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This and That

  • You want a good tear-jerker story that shows sacrificial love and will warm the cockles of your heart?  Click on this link  CBS News reports on the touching story of the Olivet Eagles’ homecoming game. The entire team, without the knowledge of their coaches, plots to do something remarkable for a deserving member of their team.
  • Don’t forget to take advantage of ChristianAudio’s Twice Yearly sale of audiobook downloads, most of which are available for only $7.49. The sale ends December 20. Read more here:
  • Duck Dynasty fans get ready! The 5th season starts on January 15!  Fans may notice a few changes to the show, including some new cast members. One of these cast members will be Rebecca, the daughter of Willie and Korie Robertson. Rebecca has been away at school, but is now home and ready to be part of the show (and maybe cash in on the family’s 15 minutes of fame and fortune). Viewers can expect to see a few more new faces this season as well.
  • Christianity Today has published their 2014 Book Awards. Check them out in this article:
  • Read this from MLJ Trust about a rare 1970 Television Interview of Dr. Lloyd-Jones by Dame Joan Bakewell. A link to the interview is also included.

We have some very exciting news about a project that we have been working on for many years now. After his retirement from Westminster Chapel in 1968, Dr. Lloyd-Jones was involved with three television programs, two of which we have had on our YouTube page ( ) for nearly three years now (a documentary on George Whitefield and a biographical interview).

The third program, however, was an interview by television personality Joan Bakewell, and so the television company told us, quite fairly, that we would need her permission in addition to their permission, but we thought that we would probably be unlikely to obtain it, as she is still actively involved in making television programs. Well, I am pleased to say that I was wrong! We applied for permission through her agents, and within 24 hours received permission!

We have now made the standard edits required by the television broadcaster (none of which involved removing any questions or answers, just credits and music) and received their permission as well, and so you can now view this interview at the following link:

The context for this interview is interesting. The program was one of a series made by the television company concerned in which Joan Bakewell interviewed public figures of all stripes who were trying to change society in some form or other, and so it was not religious programming – It had a broader mandate. As a result, this interview is an articulation by Dr. Lloyd-Jones of what the evangelical Christian message is, and why it is so important for humankind to change and be reconciled to God.

The final reason we are so grateful to obtain permission to air this program is that as there are very few pictures of Dr. Lloyd-Jones smiling, it is a treat for those of us who were in his family to be able to share a video that shows him smiling and being very respectful to his host without giving an inch in his beliefs! It is also a nostalgic reminder from the pre-cable days of television of two people who obviously have different points of view being courteous and polite and not interrupting!



Tim Keller has his very own section in Book Reviews where you can choose one of his great books to read on a cold winter’s night.  We’ll soon be giving John Maxwell his own space in the Leadership Books section, and we’ll be adding lots of other Leadership book reviews for you to peruse.

In our Movie Reviews section, we have one movie to run from (A Madea Christmas) and one movie that’s worth $15.00 per ticket to run see it on the IMAX 3D in Peoria (The Hobbit).

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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