Why I Still Believe in Santa Claus: A Response to the Santa Haters

In the classic Bill Murray comedy “Stripes,” there’s a scene in which all the new Army recruits are introducing themselves to each other and to their drill sergeant, Sgt. Hulka. This is one memorable exchange between Hulka and a tightly-wound recruit named Francis: Psycho: [My] name’s Francis Soyer, but everybody calls me Psycho. Any of [Read More...]

Persevering Through Pain and Struggle

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Persevering Through Pain and Struggle” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Every once in a while we come face to face with someone who seems to defy the odds, who has [Read More...]

Why a Lutheran Pastor and a Catholic Priest Tried to Save the Souls of Nazis

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If there are a group of people in modern history who are thought of as irredeemable, it’s the Nazis. Truth be told, the orchestrators of the genocide of the Jewish people and the murders of millions of others certainly didn’t “deserve” any kind of mercy. Yet at the end of World War II, two American [Read More...]

Heroes Will Help You Find Good In Yourself

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(Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Heroes of 2014. Read other perspectives here.) “Your heroes will help you find good in yourself.” That’s a line from country music star Randy Travis’s 1990 hit “Heroes and Friends,” and it perfectly encapsulates what our culture should look for when we dub [Read More...]


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