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Super Bowl this, Super Bowl that. It’s tough to get too excited about the Super Bowl when your church has an evening service that overlaps kickoff. And when you don’t have cable. And when you don’t have a favorite team. And I’m okay with this (especially after catching some video of that unspeakably awful half-time performance).

Can a Computer Win Jeopardy? – We’re about to find out in what should be a rather interesting (and probably anti-climactic) contest.

Poured Concrete for the Soul – The American Spectator reviews Nancy Pearcey’s latest book: “In Saving Leonardo, Nancy Pearcey illumines the answers to those questions and much more besides. Although a great portion of the book discusses the arts, in one sense that is not her real subject at all. Her subject is the intellectual underpinnings of Western society over the past 250 years, how those underpinnings have radically shifted, and how those shifts affect — well, everything, including not just the arts, but culture, morals, and even our concepts of truth and reality.”

Where Have all the Presbyterians Gone? – Russell Moore pens an op-ed for the WSJ. “Are we witnessing the death of America’s Christian denominations? Studies conducted by secular and Christian organizations indicate that we are. Fewer and fewer American Christians, especially Protestants, strongly identify with a particular religious communion—Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, etc. According to the Baylor Survey on Religion, nondenominational churches now represent the second largest group of Protestant churches in America, and they are also the fastest growing.”

Me Tarzan, You Jane? – Girls Gone Wise: “t’s all over twitter. It’s discussed in detail in all the recent dating and relationship books. It screamed at us from reality television. Every successful TV matchmaker positively demands it. Men are hunters. Women are responders.”

Hitting the Mark – This is pretty amazing. According to Wired, this guy has made 800 jumps and has never missed the mark.

The faintest whisper of support and encouragement uttered by a Christian in the ears of his fellow believer is heard in heaven.

—John J. Murray

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