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October 26, 2016
Leadership in Mercy: The Power of Mercy on Our Lives
(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Leadership in Mercy.” If you’d...
May 03, 2016
John Schlimm on “Five Years in Heaven,” Doing God’s Work, & the Smile That Changed the World
I interviewed John Schlimm one year ago about his memoir “Five Years in Heaven.” It...
March 21, 2016
The Four Things I Liked Best About “The Passion: Live”
Last night, Fox aired "The Passion: Live," a re-enactment of the story of Jesus's final...
March 18, 2016
“The Passion” Musical to Share Jesus’s Story in a Modern Way
Network television has found success in recent years by airing live musicals such as "The...
March 16, 2016
Guilt – and What to Do About It
(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Guilt - and What to...
March 11, 2016
“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...
February 26, 2016
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...
January 28, 2016
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...
November 23, 2015
On Thanksgiving, the Gospel of Happiness, and Finding the Good in Darth Vader
It started as the happiest day of Christopher Kaczor's life. His wife was in the...
November 12, 2015
Overcoming Envy and Jealousy
The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Overcoming Envy and Jealousy” (which...
September 18, 2015
“Captive” is a Compelling Hostage Drama with a Touch of Grace
"That's a bunch of church crap," says escaped murderer Brian Nichols (David Oyelowo) to widowed...
September 15, 2015
Actor David Oyelowo Talks His New Film “Captive” & the Perpetually Redemptive Grace of God
Actor David Oyelowo made a big impression on American moviegoers as the star of the...
September 14, 2015
God Loved Me in My Brokenness, Says Fmr. Meth Addict, Hostage Hero & Subject of Film “Captive”
"I'm gonna die, and this is what I deserve." That was the first thought that...
September 09, 2015
Family Ties & Perceptions of Truth in “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told”
We live in an age in which we think we know the whole truth about...
July 08, 2015
Fairy Tales, Deeper Truths, & Illustrating God’s Love for Children (and the Young at Heart)
(All photos and artwork property of Katy Betz Studio.) Like a lot of kids, Katy...
June 17, 2015
Faith, Redemption, and Survival Highlighted in Trailer for Upcoming Movie “Captive”
When I interviewed writer/producer Brian Bird a few months ago about his Hallmark Channel series...
June 03, 2015
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love” Brings Romance, Comedy & Wisdom
(Moderate spoilers ahead) On an old episode of "Cheers" in which Sam and Diane consult...
May 14, 2015
The 2015 Christopher Awards: Pictures Galore of a Hootin’ and Heartfelt Good Time
(Photos courtesy Paul Schneck) Every year I look forward to the Christopher Awards because I...
April 20, 2015
Art Has Power to Bring People Together: An Interview with “Little Boy’s” Eduardo Verastegui
Eduardo Verastegui was a popular singer and telenovela star in his native Mexico when he...
April 08, 2015
The 2015 Christopher Award Winners in Film, TV, and Books Are…
NEW YORK, April 8, 2015 — An Olympic gold medalist, the actor best known as...
February 19, 2015
VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Moving Past Resentment
Are you walking around carrying resentment toward some person or situation in your life? Maybe...
January 15, 2015
Lisa Hendey on Discerning God’s Will, Comparing Yourself to Others, and the Grace of Yes
Lisa Hendey admits that she's been a "control freak and Type A personality" in her...
December 16, 2014
UPDATE: WIN A FREE COPY of “The Good Lie” starring Reese Witherspoon
UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners Doug H. and Nancy! The contest is now closed. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
November 20, 2014
VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Deciding To Live Your Life for God
In this week's video reflection, Father Jonathan Morris reflects on the fundamental option for God....
November 13, 2014
Listening When God Speaks
The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Listening When God Speaks” (which...
October 29, 2014
Teaching Kids About Their Bodies, Their Souls, and the Concept of Forgiveness
"If you save her life, I promise to dedicate my life to You." At age...
October 15, 2014
A Cancer Survivor Brings Attention to God’s Divine Interventions
It was 2002 when 27-year-old Daniel Fazzina was diagnosed with a "lymphatic cancerous tumor" in...
October 07, 2014
How “Arrow’s” Oliver Queen Embraced the Commandment “Thou Shalt Not Kill”
It was his time on Purgatory that turned billionaire playboy Oliver Queen into a killer....
July 30, 2014
Actor Kelsey Grammer Offers Forgiveness to His Sister’s Killer
Actor Kelsey Grammer is best-known for his comedic role as Frasier Crane on the TV...
July 05, 2012
The Passing of a Quiet Hero
This morning on her Facebook page, former Christopher Closeup guest Rita Cosby announced the passing...
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