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Crazy Heart: One Journey Ends, Another Begins

We love a redemption story. The profound appeal of rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches or the fall-from-grace-followed-by-a-spectacular-comeback is about as ingrained in our American psyche (and soul) as rooting for the underdog, generosity to those in distress, and second chances.
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What is God? An Interview with Jacob Needleman

In Jacob Needleman's newest book What Is God?, he examines some new ways of approaching one of the critical questions asked by humanity.
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Avatar and The Blind Side: The Never-ending Messianic Complex Story

The last two movies that my wife and I had the chance to watch were Avatar and The Blind Side. Not sure how that happened, but both movies had very rich missiological and race themes to them. Or maybe I just see everything in that way.
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Why N.T. Wright is Wrong About Social Media

The Out of Ur blog recently posted a video of N.T. Wright going off on the dangers of social media.
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In Defense of Congregational Singing

Church music was my first language. I was raised in a church tradition that did not allow musical instruments in worship.
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Could Church Become a Playground for All?

Malcolm Gladwell, in his popular book The Tipping Point, names three types of people who do the work of making social movements succeed: Connectors, who bring us together, Mavens, who conn
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Which Message Are You Listening to?

Have you seen the two videos below produced by Dove?
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Interview with a 'Hopeful Skeptic' Nick Fielder

I first connected Nick Fiedler at Soularize 2007 and have since followed the adventures of this Atlanta-based twenty-something writer, podcaster, Apple employee, world traveler, and amateur s
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