Sadness is Part of the Equation: A Young Widow Reflects on Her Loss

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In mid-June, I posted an interview with “Tell My Sons” author, Lt. Col. Mark Weber, about his battle with terminal cancer. Forty years old with a wife and three sons, he passed away the day before my article went live, which was also a few days before Father’s Day. Mark had set up a Facebook [Read More...]

Acting Like a Child vs. Being an Adult: A Review of “The Way Way Back”

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If you were 14-years-old, how would you feel if the person who’s supposed to be the male role model in your life told you that on a scale of one to 10, you were a three? That’s the situation facing the painfully shy Duncan (Liam James) in the new comedy/drama “The Way Way Back,” written [Read More...]

The American Family at Its Best: A look at UP TV’s “Bulloch Family Ranch”

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Julie and Rusty Bulloch’s ranch in Lakeland, Florida, sits upon acres of dirt and grass. But in the spiritual sense, their family home is built on the rock that Jesus talked about, the type that couldn’t be knocked down by rain, winds and floods because it was built on a solid foundation. Now, America will [Read More...]

Sheriff Walt Longmire: An Old-Fashioned Hero in a World of TV Antiheroes

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In the days of TV antiheroes like Tony Soprano and Don Draper, Sheriff Walt Longmire serves as a throwback to old-fashioned heroes like Marshall Matt Dillon of “Gunsmoke.” In fact, the series “Longmire” reminds me of that classic TV western in a couple of ways. “Longmire” – which premiered on A&E in June 2012, and [Read More...]

The Key to Self-Worth

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “The Key to Self-Worth.” See the end of the post for ways to request a pdf or paper copy: “You are precious in My eyes and honored, and I love you.” — Isaiah 43:4 Life is messy. A lot of us spend our time trying [Read More...]

“I’m Strong Enough to Walk Through Hell with a Smile on My Face”

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The three Cleveland women – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus & Michelle Knight – who were held captive, raped and violently abused for years by Ariel Castro have largely stayed out of the public eye since they escaped their situation with the help of neighbors and police. But yesterday they released a video expressing their gratitude [Read More...]

Lord, I Need You (Matt Maher with Audrey Assad)

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Christian singer-songwriters extraordinaire Matt Maher and Audrey Assad posted an acoustic duet of Maher’s song “Lord, I Need You” from his “All the People Said Amen” album on Youtube the other day. Their sublime harmonies combined with meaningful lyrics should resonate with anyone feeling a little overwhelmed by the burdens of life. “Lord, I Need [Read More...]

Can Music Heal a Broken Family: A Review of the Hallmark Channel’s “Banner 4th of July”

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Most Hallmark Channel movies attempt to convey a sense of uplift, poignancy or inspiration strictly through the story and characters. “Banner 4th of July,” premiering Saturday June 29 at 9pmET/PT, gets an extra boost in that respect from the power of American Idol alum Brooke White’s original music and distinct vocals, which beautifully convey either [Read More...]

Freedom of Religion, the Common Good and the Pretty Frump Girl: A Review of “The Hypothesis of Giants: Book 1″

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Though it occurred inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City’s iconic Catholic house of worship, the last stand for religious freedom included members of many faith traditions. They didn’t all agree on theology, but they were united in believing they had a right to practice their religion without fear of government interference. The government, however, [Read More...]

Man of Steel: Bigger and Bangier Doesn’t Mean Better

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Back when I was in college and in the waning days of my active comic book reading, I remember a conversation with my friend Brian in which we both agreed that we were tired of comics that spent eight to ten pages on fight scenes that didn’t amount to much other than a few bruises [Read More...]

Music’s Healing Power for Premature Babies

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“Music can name the unnameable, communicate the unknowable,” said Leonard Bernstein. That quote that was cited at the beginning of this ABC News report about a new study showing music’s power to dramatically bring healing to babies who have a hard time eating and breathing because they were born prematurely. This therapy is now being [Read More...]

Lt. Col. Mark Weber’s Operation True Grit: A Husband and Father’s Final Legacy

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(Editor’s Note: My interview with Lt. Col. Mark Weber was recorded a few weeks ago, but held until Father’s Day week. Unfortunately, Mark passed away yesterday. Our deepest condolences to his family. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the [Read More...]


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