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I like this cartoon from World Magazine:

World Magazine cartoon


  • We had a great graduation celebration in St. Louis this past weekend! This included the Baccalaureate on Thursday evening, which my Dad and his wife Pat attended, along with my dear pastor Bob Smart and his wife Karen. We had a wonderful family lunch at Cardinal Nation at the new Ballpark Village, right next to Busch Stadium. The graduation ceremony was held Friday evening and many family members were able to attend.  ll never forget.Rooftop Seats!


  • Former New York Yankee Robinson Cano, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on the eve of his return to Yankee Stadium after leaving for Seattle and a huge contract. Check out the hilarious segment here:
  • If you haven’t already eaten at the new Jason’s Deli (in the former Baker’s Square building on Veteran’s Parkway), we would highly recommend it. We visited for the first time last week and were pleased with the food, service and facility.




    • Chris Tomlin released a surprise single on May 13 titled “Waterfall”. This is the first of the new music from his forthcoming album. His last studio album Burning Lights entered the Billboard 200 overall album chart at number 1 in January 2013. The album’s single “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)” earned a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song, whilst the album was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. Tomlin will appear in concert at the US Cellular Coliseum. Here are the lyrics to the new song written by Tomlin and Ed Cash (they have teamed up on several songs in the past such as “How Great is Our God” and “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)”, “Jesus Messiah”, and many others).

O God, my God I seek You
I wanna move when You move
You’re more than I could long for
I thirst for You
You’re an ocean to my soul
To my soul

Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls to deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me
Waterfall, waterfall

O God my God, I seek You
In this dry and desert land
You lead me to streams of mercy once again
You’re an ocean to my soul
To my soul

It’s coming like a flood
I’m dancing in the rain
Everything I’ve done is covered in rivers of grace

It’s coming like a flood
I’m dancing in the rain
I lift up my hands
Your love never changes


Book Reviews:

Everyone’s a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology by R.C. Sproul

Wooden: A Coach’s Life by Seth Davis. Macmillan


Comedy Album Review:   Obsessed by Jim Gaffigan



Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. He is the Seeker; we are the ones who are running. —RC Sproul

The greatest good suffering can do for me is to increase my capacity for God.         —Joni Eareckson Tada

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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