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Looking at contemporary culture from a Christian worldview

March 5, 2014

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  • The God Girl Bible and God Guy Bible, now available in the ESV translation, are devotional Bibles geared especially for teens (or some preteens). Hayley and Michael DiMarco, authors of several bestselling books for young men and women, have packed these Bibles with devotionals and book introductions alongside the Bible text. Both editions also include special prayers, a subject index, reading plans, a glossary of key words, and character profiles of men and women in the Bible.
  • Dave Ramsey will release Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money, written with his daughter Rachel Cruze, on April 22.Ramsey
  • Popular Mitford series author Jan Karon returns with a new novel on September 2: Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good. Here’s a description of the book: After five hectic years of retirement from Lord’s Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors.
    While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he’s offered one, he decides he doesn’t want it. Maybe he’s lost his passion.
    His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion—for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner, and his vision to become a successful country vet. Dooley’s brother, Sammy, still enraged by his mother’s abandonment, destroys one of Father Tim’s prized possessions. And Hope Murphy, owner of Happy Endings bookstore, struggles with the potential loss of her unborn child and her hard-won business.
    All this as Wanda’s Feel Good Café opens, a romance catches fire through an Internet word game, their former mayor hatches a reelection campaign to throw the bums out, and the weekly Muse poses a probing inquiry: Does Mitford still take care of its own?
    Millions of fans will applaud the chance to spend time, once more, in the often comic and utterly human presence of Jan Karon’s characters. Indeed, they have never been more sympathetic, bighearted, and engaging.
  • Steven LawsonLigonier Ministries has released a new teaching series on the attributes of God by Teaching Fellow Steven Lawson.  In the 16-part teaching series, The Attributes of God, Lawson articulates a biblical understanding of divine attributes and explores how a right understanding of God can affect every aspect of our lives. The series is available in both audio and video formats.

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  • tobyMac, Skillet, Lecrae, Capital Kings, Tedashii and We As Human will bring the Summer Shed Tour to St. Louis May 9 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre for a 6:00 pm concert.
  • Jars of Clay will release Inlandia, the remix project March 4. Inland was one of my top albums of 2013.Jars of Clay
  • Ravinia in Highland Park announced their 2014 concert lineup on February 27. It’s my favorite place to see a concert, and like no other. We’ve seen James Taylor and John Hiatt there in the past.  JT returns for two dates this summer (June 26-27). Check out the entire schedule at:
  • And speaking of U2 and the Oscars, here is Benedict Cumberbatch  (among other things, the voice of the dragon in The Hobbit), photobombing U2 on the red carpet at the Oscars.



Reflections on My Covenant Seminary Classes with Scotty Smith

son of godMovie Review –  Son of God, rated PG-13

Book ReviewDoes Prayer Change Things? (Crucial Questions Series No. 3) by R.C. Sproulprayer

coveyNew to the Leadership Library The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Fifteenth Anniversary Edition. Audiobook read by Stephen R. Covey. 2004.

Quotable:  I am never better than when I am brought to lie at the foot of the cross. – George Whitefield


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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