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March 25, 2013

Team of Rivals

Many debate whether Lincoln or Washington was the greatest President of the United States. (more…)
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February 20, 2013

Hillsong United – Zion

Don't expect to be singing many songs from the new Hillsong United album in church any time soon, and that's not a bad thing.   (more…)
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October 7, 2012

The Second World War

After tackling the First World War with A World Undone a couple years ago, I decided to search for a well written account of the next global conflict.   (more…)
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June 9, 2012

A Beautiful Mess

Mark Oestreicher, author of Youth Ministry 3.0, recently penned a book called A Beautiful Mess that was offered as a free e-book for a short time back in May via Group.  (more…)
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May 19, 2012

Decision Points

The second book of my presidential perusing was the memiors of the most recent president to leave office, George W. Bush who just this week returned to the White House to unveil his presidential portrait.   (more…)
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May 10, 2012

The Next Christians

In my quest to read twenty-four leadership books this year, I received a free copy of Gabe Lyon's latest book, The Next Christians, as a promotion from a book publisher.  (more…)
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January 3, 2012

The Inception’s on You

If Inception was thirty seconds longer, you would have seen the top topple.  When I first saw the movie last summer, the collective gasp of all of us in the theater foretold the endless debate that was to follow.  It was all based on the question, "Was Leonardo DiCaprio still dreaming?" I watched it again and am fully convinced that…
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January 7, 2011

Primal

Mark Batterson is the lead pastor at a church in Washington DC.  He is best known for one of his other books, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.  The heart of Primal is exploring the "primal" form of Christianity summarized in the Great Commandment, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and…
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December 29, 2010

A World Undone

A World Undone is a detailed account of World War 1 and the events surrounding.  The author, G.J. Meyer, creates a historical retelling set apart from other author attempts by adding "Background" chapters in between every chapter of chronological events.  These background chapters explore everything from Franz Ferdinand and Lawrence of Arabia to the various ethnic groups that now comprise…
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May 25, 2010

Shrek Forever After

We saw the new Shrek this past weekend in 3D at the IMAX theater in Roseville.  It was a decent movie in the same vein as the last 3... worth a visit to the theater.  The real question is whether or not to spend the extra cash to see it in 3D.  It is done well enough like most digitally…
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April 3, 2010

RE3D METER – Your 3D Value Guide

How do we know whether or not a movie is worth the 3D surcharge?  Now that more and more movie studios are producing 3D films, I'd like to present my own little 3D Value Guide in these tough economic times to help you decide whether a movie's worth the extra cash.  I call it the "RE3D Meter" (pronounced Reed Meter).…
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August 25, 2009

Bandslam

Bandslam is a suprisingly good summer movie.  It's clean and fun and manages to avoid numerous plot cliches most movies in the teen genre fall into.  While the marketing of the movie would make you believe that the movie centers around the female leads, the reality is that its the story of a geeky boy who loves music.  The soundtrack…
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February 10, 2009

Coraline, don’t bring the kids!

Okay, as some may recall, Matt and I are hooked on 3D movies. Not long ago we saw "Bolt" in 3D and I asked Matt how I could ever watch a 'flat' movie again. On his birthday (after the delicious breakfast at Al's) we went to "Coraline" in 3D. Though I liked it over all, I was certain I would…
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August 15, 2008

Star Wars Sucker

(Warning: May Contain Star Wars Cynicism and Clone Wars Spolier!  Read at your own risk!)  I've always considered myself a Star Wars fan.  After all, I grew up with original movies, owned toys and comics, watched the Ewoks movies... basically a sucker for anything Star Wars.  I even own a Star Wars beer stein which stores some old coins.  So…
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January 16, 2008

The Daydreamer

Okay, the night we were stuck in New York at JFK, I couldn't really sleep. The book store opened at about 5 or 6 in the morning and I bought a book to stave off the insane boredom I'd been experiencing (which led to the taking of about 100 pictures of nothing and everything). I'm sometimes nervous to just pick…
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