"Cassie gave me some of our mail on the bus today,” my 13-year-old daughter, Lea, announced as she handed me an envelope. “Thank you, Honey,” I replied. “And tell Cassie and her mom I said thanks.” “Why do they keep getting our mail?” Lea went on. “I know we have the same house number, but doesn’t the mailman see the actual street name is different?” We’d had this … [Read more...]
Why would someone I barely knew want to see me about some misdirected letters?
March 14, 2013 by Diane Stark Leave a Comment
After losing his leg in a horrific climbing accident, Craig DeMartino is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for disabled athletes.
March 8, 2013 by John McAlister Leave a Comment
Craig DeMartino was alert and looking up when he hit the ground and his body shattered. Just seconds earlier, he was 30 metres above the base of a cliff at Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. It was July 21, 2002, and Craig was pursuing his passion: climbing mountains. Although technically demanding, this particular climb was well within his abilities. But a miscommunication with his … [Read more...]
In The Bible, an ambitious new television series gives a fresh take on the sacred text to a new generation.
February 28, 2013 by Ken Ramstead Leave a Comment
"Roma, you’re crazy!” Television producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, The Voice) couldn’t believe what his wife, actress Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel), was proposing. She was incensed that yet another new documentary was airing that radically departed from the image of the loving God that she had grown up with. What Roma was suggesting now was a television series on the … [Read more...]
Before he could become totally free, Brian Turner had to escape a prison of his own making.
February 21, 2013 by Kristin Fryer Leave a Comment
Brian Turner was only seven years old when he witnessed his mother murder his stepfather, a horror that would define his life for the next 30 years. Racking up 60 convictions and many jail terms, Brian was utterly lost, seeing no way out of the life he had been living for so long—until 2008, when an encounter with a Salvation Army prison chaplain changed everything. An Evil … [Read more...]
Colin Mochrie and wife Debra McGrath discuss faith and laughter, and why the two go together (really!)
February 14, 2013 Interview with Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath Leave a Comment
Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath are part of the “royal jelly” of Canadian comedy. Debra is perhaps best known for Little Mosque on the Prairie, which wrapped up its final season last year. Colin established his reputation as an improv genius on Whose Line Is It Anyway? Pastor Ken Gallinger chatted with Colin and Debra at their home in Toronto. I know two things about you. I know you met … [Read more...]
In this prequel to The Wizard of Oz, a humble magician takes on the role of a lifetime.
February 7, 2013 by Diane Stark Leave a Comment
Oscar Diggs (James Franco, 127 Hours) is a small-time circus magician and hustler who’s bamboozled people one too many times. Escaping Kansas in his hot-air balloon, he’s caught up in a tornado that hurls him into a strange and wondrous land—the land of Oz. “I Think I Can” In Oz: The Great and Powerful, prequel to The Wizard of Oz, moviegoers discover how the Wizard arrived in that … [Read more...]
When it comes to talking to God, says bestselling writer Anne Lamott in her new book, these three words are all you really need.
January 31, 2013 by Ken Ramstead Leave a Comment
I'm an awful “pray-er.” That is, my friends can pray extemporaneously, on anything and everything. Me, I fumble and bumble and don’t really get to the point of what I want to say to God. I feel I’m shortchanging Him whenever I close my eyes and pray. Prayer 101 It was heartening, then, to read Anne Lamott’s new book, Help, Thanks, Wow. “I do not know much about God and … [Read more...]
Scott Stapp, lead singer of Creed, was living the rock-star lifestyle. But God had other plans.
January 24, 2013 by Kristin Fryer Leave a Comment
The fall should have killed him. Heavily intoxicated, Scott Stapp slipped from the railing of his hotel balcony and landed on a cement platform 20 feet below, fracturing his skull and breaking several bones. This event could have been a tragedy, but instead it was a turning point. “Looking back, I now know I was face-to-face with what I had become,” he says. For years, Scott, lead singer … [Read more...]
Thirteen dwarves, a wizard and a hobbit attempt the ultimate heist in the prequel to The Lord of the Rings.
January 16, 2013 by Ken Ramstead Leave a Comment
“In a hole in the ground lived a hobbit.” When Oxford University don John Ronald Reuel Tolkien wrote down these words on a blank sheet of paper in 1937, he doubtless had no idea that the bedtime story he’d created for his four children and set in a land called Middle Earth would morph into a worldwide phenomenon. But morph it did. While The Hobbit was published to great acclaim in … [Read more...]
I was distraught and alone on Christmas Eve, but a caring Salvation Army kettle worker brought me hope when I had none.
December 14, 2012 by Diane Stark Leave a Comment
“It seems colder than last year,” my son, Jordan, said with a smile. One Saturday every December, his church youth group volunteered to man the Salvation Army kettle at our local grocery store. Jordan and I were assigned the early afternoon shift. “You’re right,” I agreed. “It does seem colder this year.” Jordan rang the bell while I gave out candy canes to the children who … [Read more...]