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A weekly smorgasbord of high-quality recommendations (if I do say so myself).

Bible Passage: Luke 21:33There is the temporal and there is the eternal. Jesus’ simple words here remind us which is which. 

Tweeter: Launch Ministry. This ministry always tweets great links to articles and posts about Millennials– and how they relate to faith, culture, and more. 

Song: Cops by Needtobreathe. My favorite band released an EP this week with three songs I hadn’t been able to purchase before. As always, the songs are great, and this is my favorite of the three. Over wailing guitars and hard-hitting rock n’ roll, laced with that charming Needtobreathe Southern style, Bear sings about failure and expectations– themes I relate to quite a bit right now. 

Quote: C.S. Lewis, in The Screwtape Letters.

Be not deceived, Wormwood, our cause is never more in jeopardy than when a human, no longer desiring but still intending to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe in which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.

Ministry/Non-profit: International Justice Mission. IJM is one of the foremost organizations working to abolish modern slavery. They and the anti-human trafficking movement experienced a landmark moment this week when President Obama issued the first major speech on human trafficking and issued an executive order to combat slavery. Aside from working in the political sphere, IJM fights against slavery through victim relief, perpetrator accountability, survivor aftercare, and structural transformation in countries across the globe.

Movie: InceptionIn my opinion, this is one of the greatest films of the past five years. It stars some of my favorite actors (JGL, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, and Leo DiCaprio, just to name a few), its storyline is original and imaginative, and its production is exhilarating and artistic. You don’t get a trifecta like that very often anymore.

Website: cdza. This group “creates musical video experiments.” They use young musicians to entertain, inspire, and inform with a variety of cool and sometimes hilarious videos that connect music and culture, such as ZUCKERBERG: The Musical! (my favorite), History Of Lyrics That Aren’t Lyrics, and The Human Jukebox.

Video: Epic Rap Battle of Manliness (Rhett & Link). Rhett and Link can always be trusted for good videos. This is one of their more recent offerings, in which two suburban guys get in a rhyme-spittin’ fight over who is the manliest.


You can read previous Re:commends lists here.

COMMENT: Got any recommendations I should check out to add to future Re:commends lists?

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