Hope, Despair, and The Dark Knight

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When “The Dark Knight” – the second film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy – opened in 2008, I went to see it opening day because, like a lot of guys, I grew up reading Batman comics and was excited to see where the story would go next.  Though that film was technically good , it [Read More...]

An NBA All Star’s Greatest Legacy: Caring for a Paralyzed Teammate

Today’s post was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello:   If Jack Twyman did nothing in his life except play basketball, his name would be worth remembering. And, if you’re a sports fan, you probably do remember him, because he played basketball awfully well. A slender forward in the early days of the National Basketball [Read More...]

Should Six-Year-Old Girls Be Trying to Look Sexy?

The answer to that question is a definitive, “No!” Yet according to a recent study, that’s exactly what’s happening in our culture today. As reported by The Huffington Post: Most girls as young as 6 are already beginning to think of themselves as sex objects, according to a new study of elementary school-age kids in [Read More...]

A Safe Haven for Pregnant College Students

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In 2009, I interviewed a young single mother named Lacy Dodd who was serving on the Board of Directors of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based pregnancy resource center Room at the Inn. As someone who had experienced an unplanned pregnancy while in college, she wanted to help other women in similar situations. Specifically, Lacy was promoting [Read More...]

A Review of “The Cancer Year”

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I first heard of Audrey Assad in 2010 when I received a review copy of her debut CD, “The House You’re Building,” that her publicist sent me pitching an interview. After listening to her insightful lyrics, catchy melodies, and pure voice, I was hooked as a fan. Then I did what all music fans do [Read More...]

R.I.P. Stephen Covey and Celeste Holm

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I just heard that renowned leadership expert and author of the best-seller “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen R. Covey, has died at age 79 following injuries he sustained in a bicycle accident three months ago. I had the opportunity to record a phone interview with Mr. Covey a couple of years ago. [Read More...]

Is Scientology Creating Its Own Version of EWTN?

In Media News: Most people know the story of Mother Angelica founding EWTN in 1981 as a global Catholic network which would reach churched and unchurched Catholics with basic catechetics and interesting conversations in the hopes that the programming would nurture viewers’ faith and attract new converts. According to a report in The Telegraph, Scientology [Read More...]

A Paralyzed Man’s Impossible Dream

In 2007, Mark Stephan was a successful businessman, an avid marathoner, and a two-time Iron Man triathlete when a bicycle accident left him a quadriplegic, unable to use his arms and legs for the rest of his life. Doctors told him he would never walk or bike again. Mark Stephan, however, had other ideas. On [Read More...]

Hollywood and Human Trafficking

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When you think of ways that child sex trafficking could be stopped or prevented, you likely assume that it’s an issue for law enforcement. But former trafficking victim Holly Smith pointed out in a recent Washington Times article that “media literacy” can actually play an important role in keeping kids safe. She writes: I was [Read More...]

What Do Cardinal Newman and Hank Williams Sr. Have in Common?

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What does 19th century Catholic cleric Cardinal John Henry Newman have in common with 20th century talented-but-self-destructive-singer-songwriter Hank Williams Sr.? For one thing, both of them have songs featured on the outstanding new album by The Lower Lights entitled “A Hymn Revival: Volume 2.” I originally wrote about this vocal group consisting of 40 singers [Read More...]

The Passing of a Quiet Hero

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This morning on her Facebook page, former Christopher Closeup guest Rita Cosby announced the passing of her father Richard: “The 4th of July is a time to appreciate freedom and what it means to be an American. On this holiday, some very sad news about one of the greatest patriots I’ve ever known. It’s taken [Read More...]

Remembering the late Andy Griffith’s TV Legacy

The passing of actor Andy Griffith today at age 86 is a good time to remember his television legacy which impacted popular culture in such a positive way. Though I vaguely remembered watching repeats of “The Andy Griffith Show” as a kid, I came to appreciate the series much more when I rented a tape [Read More...]


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