As “American Idol” Says Farewell, A Look Back at the God Factor in Contestants’ Lives

(Photo property of Fox) If God were a regular TV watcher, I suspect “American Idol” would qualify as one of His favorite shows (or at least make it onto His DVR). That’s because since it debuted in 2002, “American Idol” has featured many contestants who come from a background of singing in church, either as [Read More…]

Joe Garagiola Credited the Holy Family with Protecting His Family

One of the people I had the opportunity to meet during my days producing the TV version of our “Christopher Closeup” show (circa 2006) was baseball broadcasting legend Joe Garagiola, who passed away today at age 90. What I observed was that Garagiola was a down-to-earth, gregarious, friendly man who was happy to chat with [Read More…]

A Young Man’s Vision of Heaven Inspires ‘Thrive in Joy’ Mission

Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection – the event that makes our redemption possible and allows us to rejoice in the fact that we will be able to reunite with our family and friends some day in heaven. That’s a powerful and comforting thought for anyone who’s lost a loved one—and who among us [Read More…]

Finding the Face of Jesus in the People of Northern Uganda

“Go and find the face of Jesus,” a priest friend told John Fawley. And with a little inspiration from “Christopher Closeup,” he did just that this past January by taking part in a mission trip with the foundation Medical Aid to Northern Uganda (photo, left) – or MANU, for short. In 2014, Fawley was listening [Read More…]


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