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  • Michael Card’s Biblical Imagination Conference on Hesed. I’m looking forward to attending one of Michael Card’s Biblical Imagination Conference weekends this year. After having conferences on each of the Gospels over the past few years, his new conference is on Hesed (think of God’s lovingkindness). You can go to Michael’s website to see where conferences are scheduled to see if there is one in your area. We were able to catch three of the Gospel Biblical Imagination conferences, including having the joy of hosting two at our church. Here again are my reflections from the conference weekend on Matthew. To give you some idea of what to expect at these wonderful conferences, check out these two short promo videos which were filmed at our church during the conference on Mark – video 1 and video 2 (you may see some familiar faces here).


  • My Choice for President/Vice President. After watching nine GOP debates, and realizing that Ben Carson is not going to get the nomination, I’m ready to put my support behind the below ticket:
  • Ted Cruz: Evangelical Darling or Pagan Brutalist? Why He Exposes a Christian Divide. Thomas S. Kidd writes “New York Times columnist David Brooks (author of The Road to Character), penned a blistering attack on Cruz as a hypocritical Christian who really preaches “pagan brutalism.” To Brooks, Cruz is a harsh, Pharisaical opportunist – Donald Trump with a more pious veneer.”
  • Trump Meets the Honeymooners. I love the old Honeymooners shows with Jackie Gleason playing bus driver Ralph Kramden. Here’s Ralph having just about enough of presidential candidate Donald Trump.
  • 12 Voting Options in a Trump Election. Tony Reinke writes that’s not too early to start thinking about what an Evangelical Christian would do when faced with an unfortunate Trump v. Sanders or a Trump v. Clinton vote for president.

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  • Life is to be lived Coram Deo, before the face of God, under the authority of God, and unto the glory of God alone. R.C. Sproul
  • Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones. Phillips Brooks
  • When a man goes up into the pulpit, it is in order that God may speak to us through the mouth of a human being. John Calvin
  • I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God’s hands that I still possess. Martin Luther
  • Don’t waste your disgust. Anybody can be cynical and withdrawn. Try redemptive anger and working for justice instead. Scotty Smith
  • The blood of the Lamb silences the Accuser. D.A. Carson  
  • The shortest route is not always the best route, because it can bypass some of the greatest lessons in life. Ravi Zacharias
  • Dads, our kids don’t belong to us, they belong to God. We are just their stewards for a short time to point them to their ultimate father. Burk Parsons
  • My life has been a series of wonders, mercies, supports, and deliverances. John Newton   

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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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