George Bailey

My column on CNN: “When Bedford Falls Becomes Pottersville”

Five years ago this Christmas I was looking for an opportunity to respond to critics of the Christian faith who, in Scrooge-like fashion, said that Christianity was a relic of the past and needed to be driven from public life. I wanted to write an article for a secular publication that made an opposite argument. … Read more

It's A Wonderful Life

My Favorite Christmas Movies

I love Christmas.  More specifically, I love the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.  I love the traditions of Christmas: the parties with family and friends; the trees and lights; the carols; the cheery, excited children getting out of school for the holidays; Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin; and all of the … Read more

Shepherds Light

O Holy Night!

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, 
keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the 
Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about 
them; and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear 
not: for, behold, I … Read more

When Beford Falls Becomes Pottersville

This column was originally published in the CNN Belief Blog. My favorite Christmas movie is, unquestionably, Frank Capra’s 1946 feel-good flick “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed play George and Mary Bailey, a happy couple living a life of genteel poverty in the small American town of Bedford Falls. George is a kind … Read more

Flag in the sunset

Is America a Christian Nation?

Since we are close upon fireworks and Independence Day celebrations, this is a good time to ask the question: Is America now—or has it ever been—a Christian nation? It is a contentious topic.  Just Google “Founding Fathers” and “Christian” (or some variant thereof) and you’ll get an idea of just how intense this debate really is. There … Read more

The Source of Hope

October 19, 2010. The theater marquee read “God or No God? A Debate – Christopher Hitchens vs. Larry Taunton.” It was reminiscent of similar advertisements for heavyweight fights. This had been a long time coming. Atheist Christopher Hitchens and I had debated one another many times: Birmingham, Alabama; Edinburgh, Scotland; St. Louis, Missouri; and even on … Read more