Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Truest Thing About You: Who Are You? (Book Review)

David Lomas begins his first book by asking us, “what is the truest thing about you?” That’s the defining question that he’ll explore throughout The Truest Thing About You: Identity, Desire, And Why It All Matters. He shares his struggle over identity … Continue reading

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Shovel Ready: Taking Out The Trash (Book Review)

Adam Sternbergh’s debut novel is told in the first person by Spademan (not his real name) who lost his wife in a terrorist attack on Times Square, and became a hit man for whoever can call his number and pay … Continue reading

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Flesh: Why Does The Incarnation Matter? (Book Review)

Hugh Halter’s Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth does just that: it grounds our high, holy ideas about why Jesus was “God with skin on” in the life and ministry of the Denver pastor. Like a good teacher, Halter lays … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today: Who’s Coming To Dinner? (John 6:1-15)

My dad tells stories about Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and Easter at his grandmother’s house. His grandfather was a baker, and cooking was an extreme sport when it came to feeding the whole family. There were four children and their spouses, … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today: One Giant Step (Matthew 14:22-33)

Peter is the man. He isn’t always the best he can be, remember he’s equally the guy Jesus says he will build the church on, AND the guy who will deny Jesus three times in Jesus’s greatest hour of need. … Continue reading

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Casting Crowns’ Thrive: What God Wants For You (Book/Music Review)

Casting Crowns lead singer Mark Hall is delivering up plenty for your mind to reflect on over the next few weeks. On Tuesday, the latest CC album, Thrive, hit music stores everywhere; on February 11, you can snatch up a copy … Continue reading

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The Nut Job: We’re In This Together (Movie Review)

Have you heard the joke about nuts? The Nut Job will treat you to all of the PG-rated jokes in the book! Surly (Will Arnett) is a squirrel loner, who destroys the Oakton park’s winter supply of food for all of the … Continue reading

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True Detective Eps. 3-4: What Makes You Authentic? (TV Review)

Scooping up HBO’s True Detective (episodes 3 and 4), I’m struck by the discrepancies between Matthew McConaughey’s Rusty Cohle and Woody Harrelson’s Martin Hart, both detectives in the dirty Louisiana bayou but every different. Sure, they’re linked by the two-part display … Continue reading

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Jack Ryan, Shadow Recruit: For Love & Country (Movie Review)

Finally, some non-Middle Eastern bad guys. That was my first thought when Jack Ryan, Shadow Recruit introduces us to Kenneth Branaugh’s Russian financial power broker, Viktor Cherevin. While the new-and-improved (okay, significantly younger than Harrison Ford) Jack Ryan (Chris Pine, Star Trek Into … Continue reading

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Gimme Shelter: Stop Dancing With Your Demons (Movie Review)

Based on a true story, Gimme Shelter shines a light on a grim world where the foster care system, homelessness, drug abuse, and teen pregnancy collide. Vanessa Hudgens stars as Apple, who finally flees her drug addict mother (Rosario Dawson) to reconnect … Continue reading

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