Her Family’s Love Makes Noelle Pikus-Pace’s Pursuit of Olympic Medal Sweeter Than Ever

The focus during the Olympics is always on the medal winners, and that’s understandable. It is, after all, a competition. But when I watch the games, I’m also interested in the character of the athletes and how much heart they put into their performances. Consider Noelle Pikus-Pace, who is competing in the women’s skeleton competition [Read More…]

Moving Outside of Ourselves by Serving the Poor

The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Serving the Poor.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Whether they are showcasing food, drink or fashion, many advertisements today send a similar message: More! Drink more beer, eat more chips, or wear better clothes and you [Read More…]

UPDATE: Overcoming Troubles Leads to Life, Hope and a Grammy Award

I just read that former “Christopher Closeup” guest Mandisa won her first ever Grammy Award last night for her album “Overcomer” in the category Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. In addition, the title track’s songwriters won for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Having interviewed Mandisa twice and met her once at a “Good Morning America” [Read More…]

Can Politicians and the Media Make Room for the Simple Alchemy of Love?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offended many people during an interview last week in which he suggested that being “right-to-life” makes you a member of an extremist group. While a spokesman for the governor says his quote was taken out of context, it’s business as usual for pro-lifers, who are often stereotyped as hateful, oppressive, [Read More…]