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Day (490) – With Heart & The First Steps

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That first step is a really big one. In fact, that first step changes your entire life. You have an idea of where you are going in your head, you have absolutely no idea what you are going to confront on the way, and you carry one truth in your bag: you are going to do everything you can to make it there. So that first footprint you leave in the dirt is the biggest one you will ever leave. Mine’s been made.

I took a journey like this a long time ago and the feeling is exactly the same. One may expect uneasiness but in truth the challenges that lay ahead lead to excitement. It took me a long time to get to the point of successfully packing my bag and putting it by the door to go. This morning, I grabbed it, locked the door and set out…

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Posted by on August 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

How to Get Started in Social Media.

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Recently, Leadership Journal interviewed me about social media, publishing it under the headline: “Not Tweeting? Repent!” So, in light of the fact that I basically called pastors sinners for not being on Twitter, I thought I should share some tips for getting started in social media.

Choose an Outlet

First, you’ll need to consider which social media outlet to use. My recommendation would be to engage in both Twitter and FacebookThe simple reason—you’re more likely to engage men on Twitter and women on Facebook.

Twitter is more of a broadcast medium. Users send out content (“tweet”), and people can reply to you if your tweet provoked a thought they wanted to share with you. Because of the way Twitter is set up, users don’t necessarily see one another’s replies to your original tweet.

On the other hand, Facebook is a bit…

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Posted by on August 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

R.C. Sproul, False Prophecies and the Word of God.

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R.C. Sproul
R.C. Sproul

Editor’s Note: Michael Brown’s blog, In the Line of Fire, is now available as a newsletter. To have his cutting-edge commentary delivered to your email inboxfor freeclick here.

Dr. R.C. Sproul is one of the most respected theologians in the body today, and while I do not share his Calvinist views, I recognize his deep love for the Word and his ability to interest other believers in the pursuit of divine truth.

Interestingly, Dr. Sproul says he was “deeply immersed” in charismatic circles in the 1960s and that after receiving about 40 to 50 false prophecies—according to his report, they were specificprophecies with specific dates and details that never came to pass—he said to himself, “You know, I’m going to live my life by what it says in the Word, because I know the Spirit has superintended that. And somebody else can…

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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

‘Turbo’ Drives Home Positive Life Lessons With High-Octane Underdog Tale.

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'Turbo' opened July 17.
Turbo‘ opened July 17.

Forget about the little engine, this is about the little snail that could.

Forget about reality also, as Turbo tells the impossible-to-believe tale of an everyday garden snail who wants to achieve his biggest dream—win the Indianapolis 500. The 3-D comedy’s premise may be farfetched, but DreamWorks Animation’s latest toon is family friendly, offering lots of fun and excitement for kids and adults alike.

It also borrows its underdog story somewhat from Pixar’s Ratatouille, in which Remy the rat dreams of becoming a chef. But Turbo is endearing, winsome and “better fast than furious”—as its tagline touts.

Toiling at the tomato plant by day with his older brother Chet (voiced by Paul Giamatti), Theo/Turbo (Ryan Reynolds) spends all his non-working time watching VHS tapes of his idol, French racing champ Guy Gagné (Bill Hader).

“The sooner you accept the dull, miserable nature…

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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Zombies, Vampires: Dark Themes Invade Christian Homes.

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Vampire Diaries, Walking Dead
In today’s entertainment industry, tales of blood-sucking lovers and brain-eating corpses are big business. Hit shows ‘The Vampire Diaries‘ (top) and ‘The Walking Dead‘ (bottom) are just two examples.

A zombie invasion and a vampire love triangle. These are the themes of two hit television dramas, AMC’s The Walking Dead and CW‘s The Vampire Diaries.

In today’s entertainment industry, tales of blood-sucking lovers and brain-eating corpses are big business. From Twilight, a best-selling series of books and movies focusing on vampires, to Warm Bodies, a recent film about a teen zombie in love, it seems many consumers can’t get enough of the creepy and macabre.

The undead genre, as it is sometimes called, is wildly popular among adolescents and young adults. Some national bookstore chains have entire sections devoted to “teen paranormal romance,” featuring such titles as Boys That Bite

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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Passing on the Joy

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I am moderating a panel this fall at the at New England Crime Bake. It is entitled “High School Murder: Writing the Young Adult Mystery”. My panelists are Beth Kanell, Peter Abrahams, Kate Burak, and Kim Harrington. YA is a very popular sub-genre of mysteries right now, and I am so pleased that it will be a panel at the conference. I bought the books, and look forward to reading them all this summer in preparation.

sord1small1_bw2tBecause of this reading list and the genre, my nieces and nephews are benefiting from their aunt’s homework. My sister called me one night to tell me that B. spent two hours reading. The next day the reader herself called me, and let me know how much she loved Kim Harrington’s first book in the Sleuth or Dare series. She was thrilled that there are two more books in the series. And she…

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Posted by on July 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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