Christopher Closeup Podcasts
Christopher Closeup encourages people of all ages and from all walks of life to use their God-given talents to make a positive difference in the world. The weekly half-hour series regularly introduces listeners to individuals - some famous, some not so famous - who are using their gifts, talents, and abilities to create a better world.
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Brandon Vogt, Part 1 – the author of “The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists and Bishops Who Tweet” discusses his personal conversion story along with ways that Christians can effectively use new media like the Internet to reach out to the faithful and not-so-faithful, cultivate community, and even change the world.
Lisa Hendey & Brandon Vogt, pt2
1. Lisa Hendey – the founder of the popular web site CatholicMom.com discusses her new book, “A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul.”
2. Brandon Vogt, Part 2– the blogger and author of the book “The Church and New Media” further discusses opportunities for parishes and individual Christians to better share the gospel message through the Internet.
Ben Walther – the singer-songwriter and worship leader reveals how a battle with depression led him to a stronger relationship with Jesus, why he believes teenagers are searching for substance in their faith lives, and the spiritual insights that inspired his album “Make Your Home in Me.”
Matt Weber – the twenty-something author and broadcaster, known as the Andy Rooney of Catholic TV, discusses his book “Fearing the Stigmata: Humorously Holy Stories of a Young Catholic’s Search for a Culturally Relevant Faith.”
Matthew West, Part 1 – The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter reveals how he was able to address dark situations like divorce and the death of a child on his new album “The Story of Your Life” while also moving the listener toward healing and hope.
The popular blogger and author of Mary and the Christian Life: Scriptural Reflections on the First Disciple explores the idea of the mother of Jesus as a role model in the modern world.
Lisa Whelchel– the author and actress who played Blair on the classic sitcom “The Facts of Life” discusses her book “Friendship for Grown-Ups” in which she reveals the challenges she faced building strong friendships in her personal life, and the Christ-centered approach she took to creating fulfilling relationships as an adult.
(Part 1) - The singer/songwriter discusses her album High Hopes and Heartbreak, her struggle with self-confidence issues, how prayer is her anchor during times of stress, and why she’s come to see the challenges in her life as blessings.
Kevin Wells – the author of “Burst: A Story of God’s Grace When Life Falls Apart” shares the physical, emotional and spiritual struggles he faced in the aftermath of a near-fatal brain hemorrhage.
Matthew West – the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter shares music from his album “The Heart of Christmas,” his efforts to keep Christ at the center of his family’s Christmas season, and the touching story of a two-year-old boy who’s dying wish led to an outpouring of love that continues to help patients at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Brooke White & Sarah Rodriguez
Brooke White (Part 2) - The singer/songwriter reveals the personality differences between her and her husband that strengthen their marriage, why she doesn’t Google herself, and how she overcomes times of darkness in her life.
Sarah Rodriguez (Part 1) - The Childhelp Vice President discusses the organization's mission to provide physical, emotional and spiritual healing to victims of child abuse and neglect.
The Olympic gold medalist reveals how her faith helped guide her through the victories and disappointments of her platform diving career, and discusses her efforts to help young athletes achieve their dreams.
1) Pat Williams – the Senior Vice President of the NBA' s Orlando Magic discusses his new book "Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change yours."
2) Leadership Segmen t#2 – Pam Hammond, The National Coordinator of the Christopher Leadership Course, shares advice on becoming an effective communicator.