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Balancing the Sacred with the Secular at Christmas: Jonathan Jackson + Enation Reflect

When I interviewed Jonathan Jackson, Richard Lee Jackson, and Daniel Sweatt of Enation a few weeks ago about their album "Radio Cinematic" (photo above), I also referenced the fact that Jonathan performs the classic song "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on the new Christmas album from the cast of "Nashville."While we were on the topic of Christmas, I was curious how the guys manage to balance the sacred and the secular sides of the holiday for themselves and their wives and kids. For … [Read More...]

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How 12 Anonymous Christmas Gifts Brought Healing to a Grieving Family

The poinsettia and note on her front porch were the beginning of a Christmas mystery that Joanne Huist Smith wouldn't solve for years to come. They were also the catalyst for the healing process that she and her three kids needed during the most devastating time in their lives.Christmas brings with it the expectation to be happy and joyful, but in 1999 Joanne was anything but. Her husband Rick had died a few months earlier after putting off surgery on a leaky heart valve. He delayed it … [Read More...]

UPDATE: WIN A FREE COPY of “The Good Lie” starring Reese Witherspoon

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners Doug H. and Nancy! The contest is now closed. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We've got a special opportunity for you this holiday season: you can win a free DVD of "The Good Lie" starring … [Read More...]

Father Jonathan Morris on Finding Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer

When a stranger stopped Father Jonathan Morris while he was walking on a New York City street one cold winter night, he assumed the man would ask him one of the questions he usually gets: 1) Would you pray for me?, 2) Would you hear my confession?, or 3) Hey, I know a priest named Father Jim in … [Read More...]

Finding Joy Working with Disabled Children

A few months ago, I posted an interview I did with Patrick Donohue, whose daughter Sarah Jane suffered a traumatic brain injury at the hands of her baby nurse when she was only five days old. Patrick shared the work that he's done establishing treatment guidelines for kids with PABI (Pediatric … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

Last Christmas I Gave You Some Socks, But the Very Next Day You Gave Them Away

Everybody's heard the George Michael hit "Last Christmas," especially during this time of year.Well, Brooke White and Summer Bellessa (a.k.a. The Girls with Glasses) have recorded a parody version of that song, which begins with the lyrics "Last Christmas, I gave you some socks / But the very … [Read More...]

Michael W. Smith on Christmas, His Dad’s Dementia, and His Concert of Peace in Bahrain

“All is well, all is well / Angels and men rejoice / For tonight darkness fell / Into the dawn of love's light.”Those are the opening lyrics of three-time Grammy Award winner Michael W. Smith’s song “All is Well,” which is featured on his new album “The Spirit of Christmas.” The project consists … [Read More...]

Persevering Through Pain and Struggle

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 borne the weig … [Read More...]

I Wonder What God Wants for Christmas

I was watching the first hour of NBC's Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center on Wednesday night and was introduced to a new song that I think warrants becoming a Christmas classic: Darius Rucker's "What God Wants for Christmas."An original song that Rucker co-wrote with Frank Rogers … [Read More...]

A Simple Message of Peace from a New York Subway Conductor

Riding the 7 train to Manhattan every morning, I'm used to hearing the subway conductor make announcements about standing clear of the closing doors, being aware of suspicious packages, and taking all your belongings with you when you reach your destination. But this morning the conductor added a … [Read More...]

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

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 … [Read More...]


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