A Review of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a Classic Tale of Good, Evil and Moral Courage

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I can relate to Bilbo Baggins. He’s a quiet, peace-loving hobbit who has no interest in adventure because adventure makes you late for dinner. It takes you away from comfort and throws you into all kinds of unknown, possibly dangerous situations. Then again, moving beyond comfortable boundaries to experience more of what the world has [Read More...]

Two “Idols” Celebrate the Savior: Christmas Music & Conversation with Scotty McCreery and Brooke White

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Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guests: 1) Scotty McCreery, 2) Brooke White, Part 1 Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guests: 1) Brooke White, Part 2 and 2) “Les Miserables” segment with Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and more Great songs are often inspired by pain, even great Christmas songs. Yet music has a way of turning pain into [Read More...]

The Director and Stars of “The Hobbit” Share Thoughts on Bravery, Mercy and Tolkien’s Christianity

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The new film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (opening Dec. 14) has got action and adventure galore, just like “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy that preceded it. But the director and actors who worked on the movie are well aware of the deeper themes that lie at the heart of the work of J.R.R. [Read More...]

The Lower Lights: Christmas Music and the Common Ground of Faith

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(This article was originally posted in Dec. 2011) Christmas is the time of year we celebrate the harmony between God and man that Jesus’ birth restored. It’s the kind of harmony that’s reflected in the choir-sung Christmas music that fills our churches, radio stations, and iPods. It’s also present in the beautifully blended voices of [Read More...]


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