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Posted by Bruce Smilie on  March 1, 2020

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Dear MSBC, You have probably had that awkward experience in an elevator. You know the one I’m talking about. The doors open wide, you enter, and you find yourself standing next to people in that eerily, uncomfortable silence as the elevator doors close behind you. No one knows what to do. Everyone on board either pulls out their cell phones, stares down at their shoes or up at the ceiling, being careful not to exchange

Show & Tell

Posted by Bruce Smilie on  February 6, 2020

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Dear MSBC, In 2018 you perhaps watched the eight-part PBS television series The Great American Read. The series was hosted by Meredith Vieira (you may know her from The Meredith Vieira Show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Today Show, or The View). This television series explored and celebrated the power of reading as told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey with the top ten being

Mission Possible 2020

Posted by Bruce Smilie on  January 1, 2020

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Dear MSBC, In a survey conducted by National Public Radio and The Marist Poll (a national public opinion poll) in November 2018, almost half of all American adults planned to make New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year of 2019. Not surprisingly the most popular resolution was to get more involved with physical exercise. An analysis from Strava (a social fitness network) found that those who make such resolutions for working out more, usually abandon

Jesus, the indescribable gift of God

Posted by Bruce Smilie on  December 1, 2019

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Dear MSBC, When my children were young, my wife, Tina, and I would give gifts to them at Christmas that we thought were exceptional and ideally just what they wanted. We were usually as excited as our kiddoes on Christmas mornings because we couldn’t wait to see the blown-away, grateful looks on their little cherub faces when opening their gifts. Tina was motivated in all this out of sheer unmitigated, selfless love for her children.

The Great Commandment & Great Commission

Posted by Bruce Smilie on  November 1, 2019

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Dear MSBC, Have you heard about the Popeye’s chicken sandwich craze of 2019? It’s crazy! On August 12th, Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken fast-food chain began serving a new fried chicken sandwich nationwide that was originally intended to be a temporary offering, running only to the end of September. The sandwich opportunity, however, lasted only two weeks. But why? The sandwich, a simple concoction of buttermilk batter, a chicken breast filet, sour pickles, a buttered brioche bun,
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