Top 10 Highlights of Faith at the Forefront in 2015

As violence (and the polarizing, controversial responses) rage worldwide, we’re seeing traces of faith penetrating culture in high-profile ways. The evidence is everywhere. People are watchful, listening, hungry. From the Middle East to Magnolia Market to the movies, here are a few of our favorite posts and articles—salt and light from 2015:

The original “Peace for Paris” Tweet

WISE LOVE

Jeremy Courtney, best-selling author and Christian leader for relief efforts in the Middle East, advocates a blend of compassion+security in the face of worldwide terror.

[Curated from Washington Post: The World is Scary as Hell. Love Anyway.]

 

INSIDE IRAQ

Best-selling author Ann Voskamp brings readers face-to-face with hurting Iraqis, raising nearly half a million dollars in three days for relief efforts.

[Curated from A Holy Experience: Into Iraq #2: What the News isn’t telling You & Why We Can’t Afford to Pretend It’s Not Happening [Sozan’s Impossible Choice — and Our Very Possible One]

 

PORTRAIT OF PEACE

Author Naomi Shihab Nye describes a touching scene in an Albuquerque airport where comfort and powdered-sugar cookies prevailed among the nations.

[Curated from Kindness Blog: Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport, by Naomi Shihab Nye]

TEARS OF TRIUMPH
Celebrity and Christian Kathie Lee Gifford eulogizes her husband on national television with a touching account his faith.

[Curated from YouTube: Kathie Lee Shares Touching Tribute To Husband Frank Gifford | TODAY]

 

THE ULTIMATE DESIGNER

Waco, Texas fixer-uppers proclaim Christ as they draw national attention with their popular home design show.

[Curated from RelevantMagazine:‘Fixer Upper’ Couple: ‘Our Family Has Made a Commitment to Put Christ First]

 

PURELY PEANUTS

New Peanuts movie maintains purity central to Schulz’s cast of cartoons, as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” brings message of Christ to national television year after year.

[Curated from RelevantMagazine: How ‘Peanuts’ Took Faith to Culture]

 

GOD, COUNTRY, FAMILY

Though the Clint Eastwood film didn’t give faith center stage, high profile media outlets report Christianity as a central part of American sniper’s life.

[Curated from Washington Post: Here’s the Faith in the ‘American Sniper’ You Won’t See in the Film]

 

FAITH OF A CHILD
Inspiring duo sweetens the lives of neighbors across the globe with big faith, lots of prayer, and remarkable sibling unity.

[Curated from Samaritans Purse Gift Catalog: Give Like Gabe & Livvy]

 

PORTRAIT OF A LEADER

Faith plays major role in Christian actor’s portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in popular film Selma.

[Curated from Christianity Today: David Oyelowo: ‘Selma was a Spiritual Endeavor for Me.’]

 

BATTLE CRY

War Room, a hit movie about prayer, rakes in unanticipated millions during the first weekend.

[Curated from CBS This Morning: Faith-based indy movie strikes box-office gold]

Where have you seen faith prevail unexpectedly? What’s your favorite story?