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 was inspired by his friendship with an 87-year-old nun named Sister Augustine and the ways in which she changed his life. Since that time, The Christophers have honored the book with a Christopher Award; “Five Years in Heaven” has just [Read More…]

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 days, death and resurrection told in modern-day New Orleans with pop stars and songs that reflect what was going on in the minds and hearts of the participants at the time. No doubt, this approach will not appeal to all, [Read More…]

“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 Sound of Music” and “Grease.” And at the box office, faith-based films like “Heaven Is For Real” and “War Room” have won over large audiences looking for affirmation of their religious beliefs. This Sunday – Palm Sunday – the genres [Read More…]

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…]