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December 18, 2014
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...
December 10, 2014
Last Christmas I Gave You Some Socks, But the Very Next Day You Gave Them Away
Everybody's heard the George Michael hit "Last Christmas," especially during this time of year. Well,...
December 09, 2014
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...
December 05, 2014
I Wonder What God Wants for Christmas
I was watching the first hour of NBC's Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center on...
November 19, 2014
Jonathan Jackson + Enation on G.K. Chesterton, Desperate Prayers, Rebellious Hope, and More
There aren't a lot of rock albums out there that were partially inspired by G.K....
November 18, 2014
Look to Him for Your Sight and Find Something Divine Inside
Two-time "Christopher Closeup" guest and "American Idol" alum Brooke White posted a new song online...
November 04, 2014
When Adam and Eve Met “Dancing with the Stars”
Seventeen-year-old Sadie Robertson from the Duck Dynasty clan has been a contestant on "Dancing with...
September 19, 2014
Jesus-loving 12-Year-Old Sings Powerhouse Duet on “America’s Got Talent” Finale
It's no surprise that Jennifer Hudson can sing the heck out of the song "And...
August 05, 2014
Taylor Swift’s New Duet Partner is Six-Year-Old with Leukemia
In what qualifies as the celebrity good deed of the week, Grammy Award-winning singer Taylor...
August 03, 2014
UPDATE: Michael Johns Brought Soul to “American Idol.” Now May His Soul Rest in Peace
There's no shortage of stories that make you realize how fragile life is. That fact...
July 01, 2014
Opening Hearts to the Holy Spirit: An Interview with Singer-Songwriter Tori Harris
For 25-year-old singer-songwriter Tori Harris, attending a Baptist University was the best thing that ever...
June 16, 2014
Superstars Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman Duet on “Amazing Grace” at Children’s Hospital
Keith Urban has always come across as a genuinely nice guy during his two judging...
May 05, 2014
Role Models, Celebrities Behaving Admirably, & Patheos’s Fifth Anniversary
Now that "Star Wars Day" is over (May the 4th be with you), it's time...
February 24, 2014
Harry Connick Jr. Kicks Into ‘Dad Mode’ Again After Contestant’s Sexually Suggestive Song
Since I've been watching the Olympics for the past two weeks, my "American Idol" viewing...
February 20, 2014
A New Musical About Bernadette of Lourdes
Frequent "Christopher Closeup" guest, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sarah Hart, has co-written a new musical theater production...
January 27, 2014
UPDATE: Overcoming Troubles Leads to Life, Hope and a Grammy Award
I just read that former "Christopher Closeup" guest Mandisa won her first ever Grammy Award...
January 23, 2014
Harry Connick Jr. Goes to Confession
In a previous blog post, I looked at the Catholic backgrounds of 2014 "American Idol"...
January 17, 2014
“American Idol’s” Catholic Judging Panel
It's well-known that the United States Supreme Court includes a number of Catholic judges. But...
January 16, 2014
“American Idol” 2014 Creates Sibling-esque Judging Panel – and It Works!
After an "American Idol" season with a judging panel that seemed like a five-month-long Thanksgiving...
December 19, 2013
Christ is Born and All is Well
Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Sarah Hart has a gift for music and lyrics so it's a...
December 10, 2013
Holiness and Hootenannies on the Best Christmas Album of 2013
As a fan of The Lower Lights previous albums of folk-and-bluegrass-flavored hymns and Christmas classics,...
October 25, 2013
UPDATE: At the End of the Day, Lord, I Pray I Have a Life That’s Good
On a recent episode of the ABC series "Nashville," sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella (ages...
October 17, 2013
The Condition of Our Hearts Affects the Way We See: An Interview with Danny Gokey
“Fear and faith have one thing in common: they both ask you to believe in...
September 25, 2013
Embracing the Darkness to Find the Light: Audrey Assad on Faith, Doubt, and “Breaking Bad”
“For God judged it better to bring good out of evil than not to permit...
September 18, 2013
A Musical Journey Through Grief: From Despair and Anger at God to Hope and Healing
“I asked you for the light. You gave me a long dark night.” Grammy nominated...
September 12, 2013
Audrey Assad Covers “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
Audrey Assad posted a video of her cover of one of the best songs ever...
August 12, 2013
Nurturing Faith Through Doubt and Struggles: A Review of Audrey Assad’s “Fortunate Fall”
Singer-songwriter Audrey Assad's first indie album, "Fortunate Fall," releases on Tuesday August 13, and as...
July 24, 2013
How Music, St. Ignatius and the “Sons of Santa” Led Ben Walther to Jesus
The Sons of Santa. That's the name 16-year-old Ben Walther and his friends chose for...
July 03, 2013
Lord, I Need You (Matt Maher with Audrey Assad)
Christian singer-songwriters extraordinaire Matt Maher and Audrey Assad posted an acoustic duet of Maher's song...
June 27, 2013
Can Music Heal a Broken Family: A Review of the Hallmark Channel’s “Banner 4th of July”
Most Hallmark Channel movies attempt to convey a sense of uplift, poignancy or inspiration strictly...
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