When “Blessed Assurance” Came to Washington

Ninety-one-year-old actress Cicely Tyson was one of the honorees at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors (along with George Lucas, Carole King, Seiji Ozawa, and Rita Moreno). Tyson’s tribute by fellow performers brought a touch of Christianity to the proceedings because of the actress’s love of the hymn “Blessed Assurance.” She performed it as part of [Read More…]

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: Bells. Bells! Few sounds are so joyously teamed with Christmas as that of bells—happily ringing, singing to all that Christmastime is here once again. And one of our most beloved Christmas carols celebrates just that. I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old familiar [Read More…]

Finding Comfort and Joy in the Broken Chapters of Our Lives

Dove Award-winning singer-songwriter Laura Story recently released her first Christmas album, “God With Us,” and she’s the perfect person to sing about the joy and light that Jesus brings because she was in desperate need of it several years ago. Her husband Martin was diagnosed with a brain tumor and experienced complications post-surgery that left [Read More…]

‘A House Divided Against Itself Makes the Devil Smile His Great Grinchy Grin’

Singer-songwriter and frequent “Christopher Closeup” guest Sarah Hart got a bit perturbed at the incessant negativity she’s been reading online lately – and she teed off on the negativity on her Facebook page in a post titled: All That’s Wrong With “All That’s Wrong With” Blogs. Her comments get to the heart of our complaining [Read More…]