God Exchanged My Pain for Purpose: A 21-Year-Old Cancer Survivor’s Wake Up Call to Young People

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Twenty-one-year-old singer/songwriter and author Paige Armstrong Omartian knows that life is precious because she almost lost hers to bone cancer at age 10. Sharing her story and what she’s learned is at the heart of her new call-to-faith-and-action memoir, “Wake Up, Generation.” Paige first discovered she had a problem while playing Helen Keller in a [Read More...]

When the World Lost Power: A Look at the Pilot for NBC’s “Revolution”

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“We need water! Fill the sinks and tubs. We don’t have much time…It’s all going to turn off, and it’s never going to turn back on!” Those words launch executive producer J.J. Abrams’ new NBC series, “Revolution,” which debuts on Monday Sept. 17 at 10pm Eastern/9pm Central. The “it” to which Chicago resident Ben Matheson [Read More...]

9/11 Stories: A Look Back

On this 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, I’m posting several related stories below that The Christophers have used in our books and radio ministries over the years. Today, we honor the memories of those who were killed that day, and offer our continued prayers for their souls – and for the [Read More...]

“Dark Knight” Actor Christian Bale Performs Another Super Act of Kindness

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In July, I posted the story of actor Christian Bale, star of the “Dark Knight” trilogy, visiting victims of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, while they were in the hospital recovering. He didn’t pursue any media coverage for this. Pictures only got out because the families of the victims he visited were excited to share [Read More...]

Choosing Faith Over Fear

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The following is an excerpt from the latest Christopher News Note, entitled “Choosing Faith Over Fear:” When it comes to fear, we are all experts. Although some people may manage it better than others, no one is immune to the difficult and potentially debilitating emotions fear can stir up when we are confronted with dangers [Read More...]

Happy 83rd Birthday to Bob Newhart! (and watch his classic “Driving Instructor” routine)

Today, Sept. 5, is the 83rd birthday of the king of deadpan comedy, Bob Newhart. A product of Chicago’s Catholic schools (St. Catherine of Siena grammar school in Oak Park, St. Ignatius College Prep, and Loyola University), he’s been bringing laughter and joy into people’s lives for more than 50 years through his stand-up comedy, [Read More...]

A Knuckleballer’s Faith and Heart

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: If you’re into baseball, you’ve heard of R.A. Dickey. And chances are good that you’ve heard of him even if you’re not. On the other hand, you’re probably not familiar with the name of Eileen Lopez of Queens, N.Y. Yet she can lay serious claim [Read More...]

God Loves Us Too Much To Let Us Live With a Void

Oprah did a good job the other night interviewing Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas about her gymnastics career and struggles along the way. While most of the media is focusing on the statement that Douglas felt like she was the victim of some race-tainted bullying at her original gymnastics training center in Virginia Beach, my [Read More...]

You Haven’t Come This Far To Fail: A Father Sends His Disabled Son to College

A lot of parents sent their kids off to college over the past few weeks. For Chicago Sun-Times writer Alejandro Escalona, it was a proud but bittersweet time as he did the same with his son, Daniel, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy which slowly robbed him of his ability to run, walk, and move [Read More...]

The Ex Vivo Miracle

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Last night’s finale of the ABC reality series “NY Med” involved a miracle. No, not a call-the-Vatican-and-start-the-investigations type of miracle. It was more along the lines of the song lyric “Even a miracle needs a hand” from the animated Christmas cartoon “T’was the Night Before Christmas.” Rita Saverino, a wife and mother of two, had [Read More...]

What Happened When a Volunteer Lost $800 Meant to Feed the Homeless?

As 77-year-old Jane Corbett drove to buy groceries for the St. Louis, Missouri, homeless shelter where she volunteers, hundreds of dollars were flying out of the envelope she had accidentally left on top of her car while buckling in her adopted special needs child. Construction worker Ray Leuthauser, who was driving behind Corbett, saw what [Read More...]

What Their Treatment of a Homeless Woman Reveals About the ER Nurses of “NY Med”

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“I think we identify with people who can’t help themselves.  In some really weird way, I never realized that until Virginia died,” said Diana Costine, RN, an emergency room nurse on ABC’s summer reality series “NY Med.” The eight-week series takes place at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City in its Weill-Cornell and [Read More...]


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