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David Bowie: The Next Day Video Review
David Bowie is not an artist without controversy. Since the release of his first album in 1967, the sometimes androgynous performer has always possessed the ability to stir the pot, especially when rock and roll needed it the most. One of the first patrons of Glam Rock, if not the first, Bowie has taken music to another level that has satisfied the ears as well as the other senses. Unlike many of the transparent musician-songwriters of today, Bowie cannot be contained to a particular box of genre. In fact, just when you think you have him figured out, you find...
New Reality Show Pitch: Church Rescue
I cannot stand reality television. Well, I take that back. There are a few shows I like. I can handle Storage Wars, Pawn Stars and Auction Hunters (before they added the pawn shop.) But my favorite show is Bar Rescue. On Spike Network’s Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer, nationally known bar expert, scouts out failing bars for weeks in advance, then goes in and tries to save them. Typically, an episode has him doing a lot of yelling at the management, questioning their motives, not allowing them to make excuses, and bringing in experts to show the kitchen and bartenders how...
Cooking Community: A Review of the Irresistible Table by Mary DeMuth
As an aspiring writer, there are not many opportunities that I would turn down to translate my thoughts to words. I’ve written for children’s ministry magazines, news publications, online devotionals, book compilations and currently working on my own book. I’ve written music reviews, commentary on current events, book reviews, conducted interviews and posted literally hundreds of blog entries. But as I envisioned my career as a writer and pondered the possibilities of literary endeavors, reviewing a cook book never came to mind. When I heard that my friend and fellow writer, Mary DeMuth, was looking for folks to read and...
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No Matter What
Sometimes I perform the popular, seek to satisfy the status quo because it’s socially easier to pretend to be like “them”. Sometimes I crave acceptance, even though it costs my soul.   I was created custom-made by God, with ideas unique to me, perceptions that fit no one else that I alone can abdicate.   Then I think of Jael in Judges 4 who defied her husband’s allegiance to follow the God of Israel, risking absolutely everything in response to God’s command. I think of Paul and Peter and Martin Luther King, honoring their beliefs over rational safety.   Am...
Review of Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron
Few books have been radically instrumental in changing my perspective of the Kingdom of God. Some caused me to think. Some caused me to ask questions. Some caused me to change opinions and some changed the course of my personal ministry as a whole. One in particular has accomplished all of these, and more surprising; that book happens to be fiction. I don’t read a lot of fiction and consequentially, I don’t write a lot of fiction. It’s difficult to write, takes more time and discipline and requires more patience than I posses. Reading fiction is just as difficult because...
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Cassandra Parkin, “Lighter Shades of Grey” – Part Two
R: I was interested about your take on how the BDSM community was angry at the book. You said, “The whole point is that both parties are supposed to enjoy the act itself.” (Loc. 956, Kindle). Apparently, James got the BDSM part wrong as well. Have you had members of the BDSM community agree with you on this point? C: Actually, I have – both in public discussion, and in private conversations. The main themes I’ve seen are as follows: -          BDSM sex (like all consensual sex) isn’t about willfully imposing your needs and desires on another person. It’s about...
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Cassandra Parkin, “Lighter Shades of Grey” – Part One
E. L. James “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy has sold millions upon millions of books. Her success has been accredited to all sorts of things. She has critics as well as fans, an upcoming movie and just announced a book on writing tips. I was browsing Amazon recently and came across a work by Cassandra Parkin, “Lighter Shades of Grey: A (very) Critical Reader’s Guide to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.” She also has companion novels for the other two works in the trilogy, “Fifty Shades Lighter: A (very) Critical Reader’s Guide to ‘Fifty Shades Darker” and “Lighter Shades Freed: A...
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The Mad Men are returning
Mad Men, a term which is referred to the advertising executives of the Madison Avenue in New York City in the 1960′s, which is also a popular and one of the greatest American period dramas ever. Mad men premiered on 19th July, 2007 and since then it has won many awards including Emmys and Golden Globes. Centerpiece of the drama is Donald Draper (played by Jon Hamm) who is a creative director at one of the prestigious advertising firms of New York City. The screenplay revolves around his life and the people in his life which, in fact, is an...
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A Review of Tragedy to Truth: A Story of faith and Transformation by Casey Cease
I met Casey Cease while we were both making our way through seminary. Our paths crossed from time to time as we shared a couple of classes together, but we didn’t know each other very well past the superficial acquaintance. Other than the occasional greeting in the hallways while waiting for classes to begin, I don’t think we shared more than a few words during those four years at Southwestern. This often happens as we journey through life. Our fast-paced culture drives us in different directions, with our field of vision focused directly in front of us. People pass on...
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when the pain is deep and the intimacy cheap when the fear is real and is your only meal She is there, Her motherly care, whispering Her kisses into your ear though you can’t hear, feel Her breathing Her love into your fear, She is moving in the deep pain: the blood red dripping from the cross, a love stain in your heart is His heart so take heart, dear heart and bring that smile you danced with in your soul last night, dig that dance into that hole: a seedling will come Her winds will cause it to grow...
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