Jennifer Nettles on Being “a Child of God” and Listening to His “Still Small Voice”

“It’s important to be able to enjoy and be entertained by stories of faith, stories of miracles, stories of people rallying and coming together.” So says country music superstar Jennifer Nettles about her role in the NBC TV movie “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” (Nov. 30, 9E) in which she reprises [Read More…]

Feeding People’s Spirits for Over 70 Years: An Appeal from The Christophers on #GivingTuesday

Dear Christopher Friend, “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” – Matthew 4:4 While there may be a lot of anger and division in our world today, we at The Christophers also see an extraordinary amount of goodness waiting to come to life! That [Read More…]

The Beauty of Blessings & the Pain of the World: Mark Shriver Explores the Life of Pope Francis

Most people in the United States didn’t know anything about Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio until 2013, when he was elected to lead the Catholic church and became known as Pope Francis. The world slowly came to respect this humble and charismatic man who asked people to pray for him, paid his own hotel bill, and [Read More…]

How An ESPN Producer Asked God to Use Her and Ended Up with an Unlikely Family

“Take care of my son.” When six-time Emmy Award-winning ESPN producer Lisa Fenn sensed the voice of God giving her that message while covering a story, she didn’t know exactly what it meant. But as someone who gave her life to Christ as a junior in high school, she felt compelled to pursue the matter. [Read More…]

Humor for the Soul

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Humor for the Soul.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.) “Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.” — G.K. Chesterton In his stand-up comedy routine before hundreds of thousands of people awaiting Pope Francis’s visit [Read More…]

A Nine-Year-Old Girl, a 40-Pound Cabbage, and the End of Hunger in America

What do a nine year old girl, a 40-pound cabbage, and 100 vegetable gardens have to do with ending hunger in America? Well, Katie Stagliano’s story will connect the dots. When she was a third grader in Summerville, South Carolina’s Pinewood Preparatory School in 2008, Katie’s teacher gave her a cabbage seedling to plant in [Read More…]

Veteran & Quadruple Amputee Travis Mills: ‘God Had a Plan For Me to Keep Going Forward’

It was April 10, 2012, and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills was on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. He and his team were sent to an area to check for IEDs (improvised explosive devices), and according to the minesweeping device they used, there was nothing dangerous in the ground. Mills, therefore, took [Read More…]

Starbucks Red Cups Include Nativity Scene This Year

There was a lot of hubbub over the fact that Starbucks released plain red cups for the holiday season last year, with some people (though many fewer than the controversy made it seem like) claiming they were being anti-Christian. Since Starbucks cups never included actual Christian symbols, the argument rang hollow to many. But apparently [Read More…]

Americans CAN Come Together in the Election’s Aftermath – But Are We Humble Enough To Do It?

Yesterday, before any election results came in, actress Kristen Bell, a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter, tweeted, “Tomorrow morning, when we wake up from this bad dream, can we all be friends again?” Needless to say, the election didn’t go the way Bell wanted, but I credit her for tweeting later on, “No matter who wins- [Read More…]

Bill Murray, David Letterman, and the Irish Christening Gown

Bill Murray was in the news last week because his beloved Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series after 108 years. But he also earned some other recognition recently when he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, in a ceremony that aired on PBS. While there were plenty of funny stories told [Read More…]

US Post Office Releases Its 2016 Nativity Stamp for Christmas

As the time for writing and mailing Christmas cards quickly approaches, the U.S. Post Office today released its 2016 Nativity stamp, featuring a stunning silhouette of the Holy Family. I was not aware that an actual dedication ceremony takes place for this kind of event, but it was held today at St. Paul Church in [Read More…]

Pint-Sized Prophets Who Teach Us We Are All Born to Be Healers

Dr. Chuck Dietzen grew up wanting to be St. Francis of Assisi. In a way, you could say that he achieved his goal because “where there is despair,” he brings “hope” – and “where there is darkness,” he brings “light.” At the same time, he shuns any self-praise because he believes this is something that [Read More…]