An Unborn Child’s Smile Prompts a Mother’s Change of Heart

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Via Patricia Heaton: From The Daily Mail: Mother who decided not to abort disabled baby after seeing his smile in a 3D scan tells how she cuddled him with joy for his precious few hours of life A mother was unable to abort her severely disabled son despite doctors’ warnings after seeing her baby’s smile [Read More...]

“Fringe” Explores Love, Humanity, & Destroying Children Who Are “Chromosomal Mistakes”

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“You are mistaken about him. He is no child. He is a chromosomal mistake, a genetic anomaly…Like all anomalies, he was scheduled to be destroyed.” That line was spoken by the character Windmark (Michael Kopsa) in a recent episode of of the TV series “Fringe” entitled “Anomaly XB-6783746″ (Episode 10, Spoilers Ahead). I’ve written about [Read More...]

NY Giants Coach Tom Coughlin Grounded in Faith

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James Breig at St. Anthony Messenger magazine offers an extensive interview with New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin, who led his team to the Super Bowl twice in recent years, about the influence of his Catholic faith on his life and career. Here’s an excerpt: As with most Catholics, Coughlin’s faith began at his Baptism, [Read More...]

Sex, Dignity and the “Nashville” version of Tim Tebow

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One thing that soap operas and country music have in common is stories that involve sex. The new ABC nighttime soap, “Nashville,” is no exception. But to the show’s credit, it’s also presented an interesting storyline about preserving sex until marriage – and it appears to be partially inspired by popular football player Tim Tebow. [Read More...]

2012: A Blog Year in Review

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Happy Belated New Year to Everybody! After three weeks of being largely offline, it’s taking time to get back in blogging mode, so I thought this would be a good time to look back at Year One of our Patheos blog and some of its most popular posts. Articles about movies and TV tended to [Read More...]

Why “Les Miserables” Is Reaching Atheists Too

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The movie version of “Les Miserables” has largely been a hit with Christian audiences because of its themes of Christ-like mercy, love, and forgiveness. Several of the characters in the story epitomize how people of faith should live out their devotion to God and act toward others. But a few comments left on my review [Read More...]

Mercy, Love and Seeing the Face of God: A Review of “Les Miserables”

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The new film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical “Les Miserables” is so powerful, the Apocalypse has been postponed so people can see it when it opens on December 25. The Christmas debut is appropriate since it’s the most profoundly Christian story for mainstream audiences that’s been produced in years. Far from being a niche [Read More...]

“This World is as Broken as It is Beautiful” – A Reflection on the Sandy Hook School Shootings

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“This world is as broken as it is beautiful.” Brooke White wrote that line as part of a tweet this morning in reaction to the senseless murder of six adults and 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut today. For me, that summed up the nature of our humanity and the world [Read More...]

A Review of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a Classic Tale of Good, Evil and Moral Courage

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I can relate to Bilbo Baggins. He’s a quiet, peace-loving hobbit who has no interest in adventure because adventure makes you late for dinner. It takes you away from comfort and throws you into all kinds of unknown, possibly dangerous situations. Then again, moving beyond comfortable boundaries to experience more of what the world has [Read More...]

Two “Idols” Celebrate the Savior: Christmas Music & Conversation with Scotty McCreery and Brooke White

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Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guests: 1) Scotty McCreery, 2) Brooke White, Part 1 Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guests: 1) Brooke White, Part 2 and 2) “Les Miserables” segment with Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and more Great songs are often inspired by pain, even great Christmas songs. Yet music has a way of turning pain into [Read More...]

The Director and Stars of “The Hobbit” Share Thoughts on Bravery, Mercy and Tolkien’s Christianity

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The new film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (opening Dec. 14) has got action and adventure galore, just like “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy that preceded it. But the director and actors who worked on the movie are well aware of the deeper themes that lie at the heart of the work of J.R.R. [Read More...]

The Lower Lights: Christmas Music and the Common Ground of Faith

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(This article was originally posted in Dec. 2011) Christmas is the time of year we celebrate the harmony between God and man that Jesus’ birth restored. It’s the kind of harmony that’s reflected in the choir-sung Christmas music that fills our churches, radio stations, and iPods. It’s also present in the beautifully blended voices of [Read More...]


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