Guilt – and What to Do About It

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Guilt – and What to Do About It” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.) In the words of humorist Erma Bombeck, “Guilt is the gift that keeps on giving.” And although [Read More…]

Finding the Face of Jesus in the People of Northern Uganda

“Go and find the face of Jesus,” a priest friend told John Fawley. And with a little inspiration from “Christopher Closeup,” he did just that this past January by taking part in a mission trip with the foundation Medical Aid to Northern Uganda (photo, left) – or MANU, for short. In 2014, Fawley was listening [Read More…]

“Last Man Standing” Offers Perspective on ‘Vengeful God’ versus ‘Loving Jesus’

(Photo courtesy ABC/Disney) A lot of ink (and pixels) get spilled when TV shows mock or put down Christianity, but ones that treat it respectfully often fly under the radar. Since The Christophers believe in lighting a candle rather than cursing the darkness, let me tell you a little about the recent episode of the [Read More…]

Go Rest High on That Mountain

One of the things the TV landscape will be losing when “American Idol” ends its farewell season is a public outlet for faith-inspired singers. Every season has at least some contestants who come from a church background, and who make their faith felt in subtle or overt ways. Several of the former top 10 – [Read More…]

How to Discover and Cultivate Your Talents

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “How to Discover and Cultivate Your Talents” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.) “Do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you. Do not be afraid to dream [Read More…]

Save Your Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare – and Develop Empathy Along the Way

“All human life deserves respect, yet I think most of us in this country and our world have forgotten or overlooked a large and often voiceless section of our community: frail, older persons.” Marcy Cottrell Houle learned that lesson first-hand after walking through Alzheimer’s with her father, George – and various other maladies with her [Read More…]

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…]