Sounds of Harmony and Visions of Light Amidst Chicago’s Violence

The murder rate in Chicago has risen 72 percent in 2016. According to USA Today, “Police said the disturbing rise in violence is driven by gangs and mostly contained to a handful of pockets on the city’s South and West sides.” Still, there are glimmers of hope, of young people who resist the dark forces [Read More…]

Doubting and Stumbling Are Part of the Road to Salvation: An Interview with Sarah Hart

It’s not always easy to wrap our heads or hearts around the concept of God’s unconditional love, His willingness to help us carry our burdens, and His call for us to live lives grounded in faith and joy. But sometimes music can help us better absorb those truths. That’s the kind of music Grammy nominated [Read More…]

Christian History (and Heresy) Make It Into the 2016 National Spelling Bee

(Logo property of Scripps National Spelling Bee) Last Thursday’s Scripps National Spelling Bee finals were another nail-biter that once again ended in co-champions, Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga. The knowledge these kids possess was amazing to watch on words most people have never even heard of. A couple of the words they spelled even had [Read More…]

Pictures Galore from the 2016 Christopher Awards, Where Stories of Heart and Courage Dominated

After months of preparation, the 67th annual Christopher Awards took place in New York City last night to honor storytellers who highlight the better angels of our nature. Based on what guests told me afterwards, a wonderful time was had by all and the food was excellent as well. (Some day, I’m actually going to [Read More…]


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