“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...]

Music Friday: “Les Miserables” Flash Mob – and a New & Better Version of a Christmas Song I Never Liked

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Two videos today to set you in a good mood for the weekend. Keeping alive the buzz for the opening of the new film adaptation of the musical “Les Miserables” is a flash mob performing “One Day More” at a wedding in Copenhagen for newlyweds who are fans of the show. I don’t imagine your [Read More...]

Saving Your Christmas from Chaos: An Interview with Matthew West

I have a confession to make. I occasionally listen to Christmas music during the summer. If I’m stressed or feeling down, a little “Jingle Bells” or “Silent Night” is a perfect antidote regardless of the time of year. I used to think I was the only crazy person in the world who did this, but [Read More...]

Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway & the stars of “Les Miserables” on Love, God and Modern-Day Slavery

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Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway are known for playing heroes on the silver screen – Jackman as Wolverine in the “X-Men” series, and Hathaway as the morally-challenged-but-trying-to-do-the-right-thing Selina Kyle in “The Dark Knight Rises.” It’s their current collaboration in the film adaptation of Broadway’s “Les Miserables,” however, that reflects faith and genuine heroic virtue in [Read More...]

One Child and One Miracle at a Time

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The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: Sister Mary Rose McGeady passed away toward the end of the summer, and kids everywhere are the poorer for it. So are we all, in fact, because Sister Mary Rose took a vital institution and almost single-handedly pulled it back from the brink of ruin. [Read More...]

Serving God in Possible Things: A Saint’s Advice on Dealing with Anxiety

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People today are filled with a lot of anxiety about a lot of different things, one of which is all the troubles going on in the world. Of course, people in the past were no different so we can find some wisdom on how to deal with this anxiety from the saints. The following is [Read More...]

Your Guarantee of Heaven If You Choose It Every Day

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Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guest: Dan Lord Joy is one of those qualities in life that we all want, but aren’t always sure how to find or even define. A lot of people might see it as a feeling, an emotion you experience when you’re doing something pleasurable. There was a time when Dan Lord [Read More...]

What Jesus, a Country Song About Divorce and a Study on Gratitude Have in Common

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What do Jesus, a country song about divorce and a research study about gratitude have in common? More than you might think. The study came to my attention yesterday when I read Ashley Crouch’s reflection on the benefits of gratitude over at the “Verily” magazine blog. Ashley stated that “a report from the Harvard Medical [Read More...]


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