UPDATE: Overcoming Troubles Leads to Life, Hope and a Grammy Award

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I just read that former “Christopher Closeup” guest Mandisa won her first ever Grammy Award last night for her album “Overcomer” in the category Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. In addition, the title track’s songwriters won for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Having interviewed Mandisa twice and met her once at a “Good Morning America” [Read More...]

Why You Should See “Gimme Shelter” and Ignore the Critics Shouting “Agenda!”

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I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at the animosity – not just criticism, but animosity – directed at “Gimme Shelter” by secular movie critics, but I am disappointed. If you missed my earlier piece about the film, “Gimme Shelter” tells the story of Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens), a 16-year-old homeless, pregnant teen trying to [Read More...]

Pregnant Teen Finds Hope and Healing: A Look at the Movie “Gimme Shelter”

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“Last time I asked for God’s help, He put me here,” 16-year-old Apple Bailey angrily tells the priest visiting her in the hospital following a car accident. “Perhaps you’re exactly where you’re meant to be,” the priest responds. That exchange in the movie “Gimme Shelter” (in wide release on January 24) eventually leads to an [Read More...]

Jennifer Lawrence Cuts Through Security Barrier to Talk with Girl in Wheelchair

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Among the most popular posts I’ve written in my nearly two years of blogging here at Patheos are ones about actors Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence. Bale is known for quietly visiting children who are sick to add a little light to their days – and Lawrence remains close to her longtime friend with Down [Read More...]