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Moneyball

September 5, 2012

I saw the movie Moneyball first, and loved it. The book is even better. In it, Michael Lewis follows the front-office of the Oakland A’s to examine how a professional baseball team can be assembled, managed and run more rationally, more scientifically, more efficiently — and therefore more inexpensively. After building and showing the merits of […]

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Brian & Leigh Hendrickson, Director of Operations and Special Ed Teacher

September 4, 2012

What is your faith background? We both grew up attending Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley (another suburb of Minneapolis). What is your professional background and experience? Brian has worked in the paper and printing industry for 20 years and is currently is the Director of Midwest Operations for a paper converting company. I have […]

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Josh & Megan Janos, Merchandise Planning and Head Baker

August 28, 2012

What is your faith background? We both grew up in small, Lutheran churches. What is your professional background and experience? Josh works as Manager of Merchandise Planning Operations for a major retailer headquartered in the Twin Cities, and Megan is the Manager and Head Baker for a local boutique cookie bakery. How are you involved […]

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The Triumph of Christianity

August 23, 2012

The Triumph of Christianity, by Rodney Stark, is a readable, accessible and thought-provoking overview of 20 centuries of Christianity. In this volume, Stark—a well-known sociologist of religion—summarizes and distills much of his previous research and thinking. On page after page, he uses empirical data and clear-headed reasoning to challenge widely held—but regularly inaccurate or uninformed—preconceptions about […]

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Bad Religion

August 22, 2012

Ross Douthat’s Bad Religion is a tour de force analysis of the state of Christianity in America today. In this volume, Douthat examines how political, cultural and theological dynamics—especially since World War II—have resulted in powerful and public forms of “Christianity” which are anything but Christian. Hard-hitting but reasonable, intelligent but accessible, prescriptive but appropriately […]

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Amazing Grace

August 22, 2012

Another great volume by Eric Metaxas—a brilliant, winsome, and humorous distiller of history. In this volume—the story of William Wilberforce, who spent his life fighting for the abolition of slavery—Metaxas reminds us that the Christian convictions of an individual can change the course of history. Today, we rightly cheer Wilberforce’s success—and perhaps can even be […]

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Evening in the Palace of Reason

August 22, 2012

On the evening of May 7, 1747, Frederick the Great issued a very focused challenge to an aging J.S. Bach: improvise, on the spot, a three-part fugue based on a 21-note theme that was written specifically to make the task all but impossible. James R. Gaines uses this famous historical challenge not simply to tell […]

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One Space, Not Two

October 16, 2011

by Pastor Tim Westermeyer If you ever want to have someone look at you like you’re crazy, misguided and in general completely wrong—and inspire in them the absolute and total confidence that they, in turn, are entirely and absolutely right—then try this: Tell them that after a period, there should only be one space, not […]

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