“American Idol” winner Candice Glover and Other Women Who Derive Their Self-Worth from God

Candice Glover was crowned the winner of “American Idol” season 12 last night – and much like her gospel-tinged performances throughout the year, her new single – “I Am Beautiful” – is a declaration of the sense of self-worth she derives from God. In a way, that message is particularly appropriate in the aftermath of [Read More…]

The Afterlife of “Lost” and Why the Show Still Matters

Since the TV series “Lost” wrapped up its six year run in May 2010, I’m reposting a couple of articles I wrote immediately following the finale – and another, one year later. Some people are only watching the series now on DVD or via streaming, so be forewarned, these articles are full of spoilers: The [Read More…]

Mr. Rogers on Judgment, Need and Holy Ground

The Christopher Awards are just around the corner; next Thursday, to be exact. It’s made me think back to one of the best Christopher Award moments in the 17 years that I’ve worked here: Fred Rogers’ acceptance speech when “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” won the 2001 Special Christopher Award. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Mr. Rogers shared [Read More…]

A Christopher Prayer for Mother’s Day

Lord, Today we thank you for our mothers: The ones who gave us life, the ones who chose us through adoption, and the unofficial mothers who were a strong and compassionate presence in our lives when our biological mothers weren’t up to the task. We remember the selfless love with which they cared for us [Read More…]


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