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Steven Curtis Chapman’s New Album
It seemed appropriate to post a link to this review since I am listening to the album at this very moment. Scott Anderson has written up a review of Steven Curtis Chapman’s Beauty Will Rise. “Simply put, this album is a musical masterpiece. It contains 12 beautifully-written, mostly acoustic songs with understated accompaniment that accents the intimate, personal nature of the lyrics. This album is primed to actively minister to all who listen to its melodies.”


Facebook Users
What would you do with an extra three days per year? Stop visiting Facebook and you can find out. The average Facebook user now spends the equivalent of three days a year on the site.


A Christmas Carol
CT has a good review of Disney’s new A Christmas Carol. “Wait. Terror? Darkness? Isn’t this a Disney film, starring a mugging Jim Carrey and directed by the guy behind the bright and fanciful The Polar Express? Yes, but families should know this is a far cry from The Muppet Christmas Carol. It will scare the stockings off of little kids.”


Q&A With Karen Armstrong
The National Post does an interview with Karen Armstrong, author of The Case for God. What a load of nonsense. “Look at Christianity–it’s a perfectly good religion. But the way many people understand it today, doctrine is absolutely essential. So we talk about religious people as believers, as though accepting propositions of a creed were the main thing. Our word for belief has changed its meaning. It used to mean to love, to commit yourself, to involve yourself. It only started to mean a set of doctrines in the late 17th century. Even then it was used in a philosophical and a scientific context, but not in a religious context.”


Gospel Man



Audio for the Gospel Man conferences is now freely available. There are messages there from some great speakers.


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