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A new review of Real Marriage by former members of Mars Hill that raises some concerns with the tone, not the content.

From the beginning of this book, Mark has made passing references to Grace’s mistakes and abuse that lead to difficulty in their marriage, but what about him?  He had been in previous sexual relationships prior to Grace, and with Grace prior to their marriage. What affect had this had on him and how he would view relationships going forward?  Not much is said about this, in fact Mark barely recognizes his responsibility in this at all.

We know what Rick Santorum thinks.  Apparently, that is part of the problem for him in this election, he is forthright.

Rick Santorum opposes same-sex marriage, so did Barack Obama when he ran for the White House in 2008 (and, at least in terms of official statements, even now). But Santorum gets jeered and Obama gets a pass. Why? McGurn understands: “There’s no mystery why. Mr. Santorum is attacked because everyone understands that he means what he says.”

Virgin airlines has hired a coach to teach their cabin crews to whisper.

Virgin claims that its ‘Upper Class Dream Suite’, which is being unveiled in April, will offer the “largest and most comfortable beds in the sky”.

Mr Fitzgerald will train flight attendants how best to “engage with passengers”, coaching them on the optimum “tone, volume and sentiment” to adopt.

October Baby is coming to theaters next month.This is a well done pro-life movie with a surprising impact on one of its actors.  One of the greatest strengths of this movie is its emphasis, not only on the sanctity of life, but on forgiveness and restoration for post-abortive women.

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Gambling is once again in the spotlight as its expansion is being considered in many states.  Albert Mohler has written a great article on its dangers and the appropriate Christian response.

According to some estimates, as much as one-third of the nation’s money supply now moves through the gambling industry each year. Looking at a recent annual economic report, management consultant Eugene M. Christiansen determined that “Americans spent more on gambling than they did on health insurance, dentists, shoes, foreign travel, or household appliances.”

I’m still not sure if Santorum is actually electable, but I do love his stance on abortion.  We need politicians to speak robustly on this issue.

The bottom line is that a lot of prenatal tests are done to identify deformities in utero and the customary procedure is to encourage abortions,” Santorum said during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” He said he was talking specifically about some, but not all, prenatal testing, and not about prenatal care in general. He said “there are all sorts of prenatal testing which should be provided free,” such as sonograms.

I picked this up from Tim ChalliesNomophobia, the fear of being without your cellphone.

Using the online polling service OnePull, SecurEnvoy found that 66% of the 1,000 people surveyed in the United Kingdom say they fear losing or being without their phone. Just four years ago a similar survey found that only 53% of people suffered from nomophobia (no-mobile-phobia).

Randy Alcorn’s Money, Possessions, and Eternity is one of the best books I’ve ever read on the subject.  I would strongly encourage it.