Kelly Clarkson Makes “American Idol” a Family Affair, Calls on Men to Be Devoted Dads

A seven-months-pregnant Kelly Clarkson served as a guest judge on “American Idol” last night and made it something of a family affair. When contestant Mackenzie Bourg was singing, she said her unborn son started doing flips in her stomach so he must have liked what he heard. That “family” theme fit in with the night [Read More…]

Matt Weber Talks Perforated Stomachs, Finding Humor During Pain, & Seeing God in His Wife

Matt Weber admits that he had lived a relatively trouble-free, “Andy Griffith Show/Leave It to Beaver” life until the day his stomach burst open at the age of 30. No, it didn’t happen like a scene in an “Alien” movie. Rather, an extreme level of acid caused his stomach to perforate inside his body, which [Read More…]

Heads, Hearts & Emergency Yoo-Hoos: A Look at “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From the Heart”

Valentine’s Day may be over in the real world, but it won’t reach the Denver, Colorado Dead Letter Office until Sunday February 21st at 9/8c, which is when the next “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” movie, “From the Heart,” airs on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. At the end of the previous installment, “The Impossible Dream,” viewers were [Read More…]

Movies & TV Can Be The Intersection of Entertainment, Social Justice, and Faith

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square. This month we’re asking: Has Hollywood Become Our National Conscience? Read other perspectives here. When I watch a movie or TV show, I want to be entertained by a good story, not pummeled by an overbearing message. At the same time, a story that’s [Read More…]

Actress Erin Krakow Talks Role Models, Family Friendly TV, and Counting Her Blessings

UPDATE APRIL 20, 2016: “When Calls the Heart” wins the 2016 Christopher Spirit Award. Read more here. ——————————————— Since she was five-and-a-half years old, Erin Krakow has been on the road to a successful acting career. That road included graduating from Juilliard, working in theater – both plays and musicals – and eventually television, on [Read More…]

“When Calls the Heart” Season Three Suggests The Best Is Yet to Come

One of the reasons that the Hallmark Channel series “When Calls the Heart” has resonated with its devoted and ever-increasing fan base, called Hearties, is because it’s family friendly: it’s part Western, part chaste romance, part comedy, and part soap opera. When I interviewed the show’s co-creator Brian Bird last year, he compared it to [Read More…]

Moving Beyond Loneliness and the Hookup Culture to Find Real Love

Since we’re in the season of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to cover the topic of love on our “Christopher Closeup” radio show and podcast: how to find it, what to do once you have found it, and what role God can and should play in your relationship. Joining me to share her insights was Monica [Read More…]

Founder of Georgia’s First Group of African American Nuns to Receive Special Honor

Mother Mathilda Beasley, a pioneering African American nun from Savannah, Georgia, is getting some extra recognition in her adopted home state. The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will be adding her portrait to the wall of Arnold Hall, along with nine other prominent women who made a difference in the state. Born into [Read More…]

Eucharistic Adoration and the Witness of a June Bug

Sometimes, supporters of The Christophers share with us their personal stories of important incidents or spiritual epiphanies in their lives. We recently received just such a letter from a woman named Martha in Youngwood, Pennsylvania. She revealed a lesson she learned during a religious retreat from a completely unexpected source: a june bug. Here is [Read More…]

UPDATE: Pope Francis to Appear in Family-Themed Feature Film “Beyond the Sun”

UPDATE 2: Now the Vatican is saying Pope Francis won’t be acting in the movie after all. The original press release said he would “play himself,” but those may have been poorly chosen words when “appear as himself” would be more appropriate. Technically, there’s a difference. “Play” makes it sound like acting, while “appear” could [Read More…]

Escaping Iran, Fighting Lupus, and Relying on the Power of God’s Grace

Mahtob Mahmoody was dying. The auto-immune disease lupus was making her own blood largely incompatible with her body. Doctors worked feverishly to find a solution, and finally figured out that she needed a transfusion of a special type of blood. Their local search in Michigan turned up nothing. After checking nationally, only two units of [Read More…]

Nuns Go Sledding After the Blizzard

New York City photographer Michael Friedman posted some pictures of nuns going sledding in Central Park yesterday in the aftermath of the blizzard. ABC’s “Good Morning America” picked some of the pictures up, which is how I saw them. I’m posting one pic here and linking to the rest if you need a smile while [Read More…]


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