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Balancing the Sacred with the Secular at Christmas: Jonathan Jackson + Enation Reflect


When I interviewed Jonathan Jackson, Richard Lee Jackson, and Daniel Sweatt of Enation a few weeks ago about their album “Radio Cinematic” (photo above), I also referenced the fact that Jonathan performs the classic song “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on the new Christmas album from the cast of “Nashville.” While we were on the [Read More...]

How 12 Anonymous Christmas Gifts Brought Healing to a Grieving Family


The poinsettia and note on her front porch were the beginning of a Christmas mystery that Joanne Huist Smith wouldn’t solve for years to come. They were also the catalyst for the healing process that she and her three kids needed during the most devastating time in their lives. Christmas brings with it the expectation [Read More...]

Why I Still Believe in Santa Claus: A Response to the Santa Haters

In the classic Bill Murray comedy “Stripes,” there’s a scene in which all the new Army recruits are introducing themselves to each other and to their drill sergeant, Sgt. Hulka. This is one memorable exchange between Hulka and a tightly-wound recruit named Francis: Psycho: [My] name’s Francis Soyer, but everybody calls me Psycho. Any of [Read More...]

Michael W. Smith on Christmas, His Dad’s Dementia, and His Concert of Peace in Bahrain


“All is well, all is well / Angels and men rejoice / For tonight darkness fell / Into the dawn of love’s light.” Those are the opening lyrics of three-time Grammy Award winner Michael W. Smith’s song “All is Well,” which is featured on his new album “The Spirit of Christmas.” The project consists of [Read More...]