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January 14, 2017
Phillip Phillips Sings His Hit “Home” at Steven McDonald’s Wake in Tribute to NYPD Hero
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December 20, 2016
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Every year when the Christmas season comes around, singer-songwriter JJ Heller is transported back to...
December 12, 2016
Andre Rieu Highlights Waltzing in Wheelcairs
While eating lunch on Saturday, I stumbled upon Andre Rieu's latest PBS special, entitled "Waltzing...
November 30, 2016
Jennifer Nettles on Being “a Child of God” and Listening to His “Still Small Voice”
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August 31, 2016
14-Year-Old Dedicates “Pie Jesu” Performance to Her Best Friend: Her Late Grandfather
(Photo via Laura Bretan on Twitter) Fourteen-year-old Laura Bretan was blessed to grow up in...
July 21, 2016
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The murder rate in Chicago has risen 72 percent in 2016. According to USA Today,...
June 23, 2016
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...
May 17, 2016
‘Stand in the Light of God’s Grace and Show People Who You Really Are’
When it aired on NBC in December 2015, "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" turned...
April 08, 2016
Carrie Underwood Celebrates the Power of Baptism on “American Idol” Finale
(Artwork/Photo property of Fox) On last night's series finale of "American Idol" (yes, it pains...
April 06, 2016
As “American Idol” Says Farewell, A Look Back at the God Factor in Contestants’ Lives
(Photo property of Fox) If God were a regular TV watcher, I suspect "American Idol"...
March 21, 2016
The Four Things I Liked Best About “The Passion: Live”
Last night, Fox aired "The Passion: Live," a re-enactment of the story of Jesus's final...
March 18, 2016
Could a Catholic School Graduate Win the Farewell Season of “American Idol”?
(Photo property of Fox) On last night's "American Idol," viewers got to see videos featuring...
March 18, 2016
“The Passion” Musical to Share Jesus’s Story in a Modern Way
Network television has found success in recent years by airing live musicals such as "The...
March 04, 2016
Go Rest High on That Mountain
One of the things the TV landscape will be losing when "American Idol" ends its...
February 26, 2016
Kelly Clarkson Makes “American Idol” a Family Affair, Calls on Men to Be Devoted Dads
A seven-months-pregnant Kelly Clarkson served as a guest judge on "American Idol" last night and...
January 14, 2016
PJ Anderson Discusses Bringing Song & Message “Love Will Heal” to March For Life
For several years now, singer-songwriter PJ Anderson has been attending the March for Life in...
January 07, 2016
When “Blessed Assurance” Came to Washington
Ninety-one-year-old actress Cicely Tyson was one of the honorees at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors...
December 23, 2015
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
The following column was written by The Christophers' Jerry Costello: Bells. Bells! Few sounds are...
December 16, 2015
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...
October 23, 2015
‘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...
August 20, 2015
Twelve-Year-Old Enthalls “America’s Got Talent” Audience with “Pie Jesu”
Arielle Baril, a 12-year-old with a powerful voice, enthralled the audience of "America's Got Talent"...
May 12, 2015
Israeli and Palestinian Youth Find Harmony in Music
Establishing peace and harmony between Israelis and Palestinians seems like an impossible task, but the...
April 08, 2015
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NEW YORK, April 8, 2015 — An Olympic gold medalist, the actor best known as...
March 24, 2015
Blue Hair Ain’t Just for Old Ladies Anymore (& Other “American Idol” Musings)
(All photos property of Fox and American Idol) One of the noveltys on "American Idol"...
March 19, 2015
God is Looking for People Willing to Admit Their Own Frailty: An Interview with Matt Maher
Over the past few years, five-time Grammy nominee Matt Maher underwent some changes in his...
March 04, 2015
UPDATE: Kelly Clarkson on Sexual Imagery, Curt Schilling on Bullies, & “House of Cards” on Jesus
A few quick observations on topics in the news today: 1. Since winning "American Idol"...
February 11, 2015
Why Getting Hit Over the Head by God Turned PJ Anderson Into a Troubadour of Hope
"No more fun." That's what singer-songwriter PJ Anderson thought it meant to give his life...
February 09, 2015
Marriage Isn’t DJs, Chocolate Fountains, and Fancy Dresses. Marriage is Like Chicken Soup.
With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, here are a couple of entries from Volume 49 of...
January 16, 2015
When Terrorism is “A Far Away Reality”
Over at her Pursued by Truth blog, Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, wondered why the...
January 15, 2015
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