Faith’s Benefits – Personal

Anxious for Nothing. Why are we anxious, and what is the cure? Three common causes of anxiety and a suggested solution. (Probe radio series transcript.)

Tell her you love her.  Recently, when my wife, Meg Korpi, was dying of cancer, a longtime friend offered some advice I’m really glad I heeded: I should write and read to her a tribute, expressing what she’s meant to me and how much I love her.  (Short op-ed)

Sexual Abuse Victor Offers Hope for Sandusky Victims, Others.  He knows how Jerry Sandusky’s victims must feel.  Their stories reawakened agonizing memories of childhood sexual abuse in Josh.  He’d hated his assailant, hated his father, and damned God.  He felt ashamed, and terribly alone.  Then a college student’s challenge started him on a quest that changed everything.  (Short op-ed by Rusty Wright and Meg Korpi)

Shark-Victim Surfer Girl’s Simple Faith.  Teenager Bethany Hamilton lost her arm to a shark attack in a Hawaiian surfing tragedy.  Could her simple faith and trust have something significant to say to a society filled with pain and risk?  (Short op-ed)

When Life Careens: Love Child Locates Bio-Dad.  A former girlfriend phoned, saying, “You have a 27-year-old daughter…She’d like to know if it’s okay to contact you.”  Gary’s life was about to take a wild turn through painful introspection and sweet reconciliation.  In the process, he discovered that he needed his long-lost daughter as much as she needed him.  (Short op-ed by Rusty Wright and Meg Korpi)

Caring for Her Husband’s Love Child.  Would you volunteer to care for your spouse’s love child?  Debbie Fuller faced that decision.  Her choices – and how she made them – may inspire you and your family.  (Short op-ed)

Basic Instinct, Showgirls & God?  Self-described “Hollywood Animal” Joe Eszterhas, the blockbuster screenwriter famous for steamy eroticism and dark thrillers, says God found him and life’s never been better.  (Short op-ed)

“Life Without Limbs” Inspires.  Discouraged about your finances, employment, business, or rocky relationships?  Meet a guy – born without arms or legs – who will inspire you to face your challenges and dream big.  (Short op-ed)  French

Tiananmen Leader’s Divine Cause.  Chinese student Chai Ling helped lead the massive 1989 demonstrations in Tiananmen Square that drew the world’s praise and her government’s wrath.  Twice nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, today this Harvard MBA is a successful businesswoman who still risks persecution to bring reform to China.  Her current activities might surprise you.  (Short op-ed)

Grappling with Guilt.  Feeling guilty can cripple you emotionally.  Serious ethical or moral lapses can bring blame and shame.  A seemingly minor flaw can sometimes bug the daylights out of you.  Healthy ways to deal with guilt and to know that you are really forgiven. (Probe radio series transcript.)

Forgiveness, Reconciliation and You.  Ever been cheated or mistreated?  Got any lingering grudges?  Any unclear air between you and a family member, neighbor or coworker?  Many doctors and social scientists extol the personal and societal benefits of forgiveness and reconciliation.  Some inspiring case studies.  (Probe radio series transcript.)

One Minute After Death: What will happen when you die? (Probe radio series transcript.)

Faith in God: Good for Your Health?   Can faith in God improve your health?  A surprising number of medical experts say it might.  (Short op-ed)  Spanish

How to Be Successful and Satisfied.  What is success?  How can we obtain it?  A look at a major obstacle to success and satisfaction; thoughts on how to find both.

Does God’s Love Make You Want to Give?  Some current social scientific research suggests it might.  Intriguing survey results, and an inspiring story of Auntie Anne, the pretzel lady.  (Short op-ed)

Linsanity movie: hoops, hopes, Harvard, heaven.  Benchwarmer Jeremy Lin set the basketball world ablaze when he led the faltering New York Knicks to seven straight wins and helped boost them into the NBA playoffs.  The film documentary of his phenomenal rollercoaster ride – from struggling underdog to global star – will inspire you.  (Short op-ed)

Noah movie: courage, faith, hope.  With breathtaking cinematography – and not without controversy – Paramount Pictures releases an intense portrayal of a classic story.  That story brings important lessons for 21st–Century living.  (Short op-ed)

Heaven is for Real, movie claims.  Colton Burpo says that at age 3, he went to heaven, saw Jesus, heard angels sing, and met both his deceased great grandfather and his miscarried sister.  The best-selling book about him is now a major motion picture.  Is heaven for real?  (Short op-ed by Rusty Wright)

Moms’ Night Out movie: Laughs, plus hope for frazzled moms.  Want laughs, plus a way to tell a mother she’s loved?  Take her to see Moms’ Night Out, opening Mother’s Day weekend.  On the set, actors and producers promised the comedy would be a hoot.  They’ve delivered, with loads of family fun.  I laughed out loud.  (Short op-ed)

New Football Movie: Character trumps winning.  Could a football coach who teaches that character trumps winning … win games consistently?  It’s happened – and quite dramatically – inspiring the film When the Game Stands Tall.  Jim Caviezel plays Coach Bob Ladouceur, who led an obscure, struggling California high school team to record-shattering national prominence by helping his players mature toward adulthood.  (Short op-ed)

Unbroken movie: hope, despair, redemption.  When Louie Zamperini boarded a World War II bomber in late May, 1943, unforeseen dangers awaited the Olympic runner and war hero.  He later said he’d prefer suicide to repeating his castaway and POW ordeals.  His enthralling story – told now in film – still inspires.  (Short op-ed)

Old Fashioned movie: 50 shades of nice.  Want an alluring love story for your Valentine’s Day movie date?  You have distinct options.  Much-discussed Fifty Shades of Grey is based on the erotic novel that’s drawn countless bookclubbers into lip-biting, toe-curling ecstasy by offering excitement, mystery, pleasure, bondage, and pain.  Old Fashioned takes, shall we say, a somewhat different approach to relationships.  Romance lives.  (Short op-ed)

Cleveland Abduction: Courage, faith, riveting TV drama.  No one should have to suffer what Michelle Knight and her fellow captives did in Ariel Castro’s house of horrors.  With gripping realism and tender reflection, Lifetime’s movie tells this absorbing story from abduction to liberation and beyond.  (Short op-ed)

War Room movie: got prayer?  Got marital problems?  Job-related stress?  Ethical conundrums?  Try prayer.  This Kendrick Brothers / Sony TriStar release weaves prayer insights into a lively drama about a troubled middle-class family.  (Short op-ed)

Captive movie: gripping Atlanta hostage drama.  Her story captured a nation’s heart.  Hostage Ashley Smith reads to courtroom killer Brian Nichols from Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life.  Two broken, wounded souls navigate a risky journey about purpose, survival, faith and redemption.  (Short op-ed)

The 33 movie: Chilean miners’ despair, faith, miracle rescue.  In this dramatic true story that captivated the world in 2010, a huge explosion traps 33 miners deep underground.  Up top, an international team works frantically to save them.  With miniscule rations and little human hope – but with deep determination and fervent prayer, both above and below ground – the miners last 69 days until liberation.  (Short op-ed)

Miracles from Heaven movie: Astonishing outcomes.  A nine-year-old girl falls thirty feet, lands headfirst, sustains only minor scrapes and bruises, and leaves the hospital the next day.  She says she visited heaven and sat in Jesus’ lap.  Eventually, her chronic, life-threatening illness is gone.  What happened?  (Short op-ed)

The Real MVP movie: Kevin Durant’s inspiring mom struggles and shines.  When NBA superstar Kevin Durant received the league’s Most Valuable Player award, he named his mother “the real MVP.”  The standing ovation and subsequent media groundswell confirmed that something significant had just happened, something transcending the game.  Now, Lifetime Television brings the inspirational backstory to a wide audience.  (Short op-ed)

Ben-Hur remake: Revenge, redemption, inspiring backstory.  Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have remade the classic MGM film for a new generation … complete with a chariot race for the ages, plus plenty of action, romance and inspiration.  What’s behind this story, and why has it endured so long?  (Short op-ed)

Deepwater Horizon movie: horror, heroism, fear and faith.  The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion, oil spill, cleanup, and lawsuits against British Petroleum dominated the news back then.  But the saga of what happened on the rig that night – and the valor that saved many lives – is a lesser-known story.  (Short op-ed)

I’m Not Ashamed movie: Columbine victim’s inspiring story. The 1999 Columbine High School massacre became etched in a nation’s collective consciousness.  Shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered twelve fellow students and one teacher.  Rachel Joy Scott was their first victim.  This new film tells her inspiring story.  (Short op-ed)

New Life movie: Real love, real life.  As I watched this film, I often felt like the screenwriters had placed a hidden microphone in my home.  True love.  Romance.  Exciting, intimate, emotional connection.  Fulfilling, committed partnership.  Joys and sorrows.  Drama … tragedy … recovery … triumph.  This one’s got real love and real life, folks.  (Short op-ed)