Colson Center

Colson Center Helping you live and defend the Christian worldview.
Founder: Charles W. Colson (1931–2012)

President: John Stonestreet

Executive Director: Steve Verleye

Vice President of Operations: Steve Bradford

"BreakPoint" Radio Hosts: Eric Metaxas & John Stonestreet

Vice President of Communications: David Carlson
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Founded by Chuck Colson in 1999, the Colson Center helps everyday Christians live and defend the Christian worldview through the proclamation of Truth, leadership training, and collaboration with like-minded organizations Our on-radio and online cultural commentaries help believers apply sound Christian worldview thinking to key issues of the day. Colson Center programs include “BreakPoint” with Eric Metaxas and Colson Center President John Stonestreet. Stonestreet also hosts a one-minute daily radio commentary, “The Point,” and a half-hour weekend interview show known as “BreakPoint This Week.” Our Colson Fellows program (formerly the Centurions Program) teaches and mentors Christians to become leaders in their spheres of influence through a year-long, intensive worldview course. The Colson Center is also committed to building and resourcing a movement of Christians and Christian organizations across the denominational spectrum to advance the Kingdom of God. We partner with groups and individuals focusing on the critical issues of our day, such as the sanctity of human life, the defense of marriage, the protection of religious liberty, and the restoration of virtue and ethics to public life. Visit us at colsoncenter.org for more worldview information and resources.

Mission: The Colson Center for Christian Worldview is a ministry that equips Christians to live out their faith with clarity, confidence, and courage in this cultural moment. Every day, we… • Offer incisive content that cuts through the fog of relativism and the news cycle with truth and compassion. • Provide training that unlocks every believer's calling to restore culture. • Resource and activate a movement of Christians committed to cultural restoration. Learn more at ColsonCenter.org.

What to pray for this week: 1) Pray that the Lord would grant pro-life people favor with non-Christian leaders who are i...
04/05/2019

What to pray for this week:

1) Pray that the Lord would grant pro-life people favor with non-Christian leaders who are in positions of influence on this issue.

2) Pray that we, like Nehemiah, would win the confidence of these people with excellent, faithful service and integrity.

3) Pray that the non-Christian leaders would see support for life as good and logical.

4) Pray that they would act to protect human life and those who defend it.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! http://www.breakpoint.org/21days/

http://bit.ly/2I1st72John Stonestreet and Warren Cole Smith look at the impact of “Unplanned,” a new pro-life film t...
04/05/2019
BP This Week: Unplanned - A Pro-Life Box-Office Success - Break Point

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John Stonestreet and Warren Cole Smith look at the impact of “Unplanned,” a new pro-life film that exceeded expectations in its opening weekend, despite a surprise “R” rating. Our hosts also discuss Georgia’s heartbeat bill that would outlaw abortion after a heartbeat is detectable, and highlight a California adoption agency making a difference for children with severe disabilities. Finally, they cover the recent decision by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, AKA the Mormon Church, to make major concessions to LGBT relationships.

John Stonestreet and Warren Cole Smith discuss the news of the week from a Christian Worldview perspective

We are told that denying any sexual desire denies one’s identity—an act of hatred, not love. Christopher Yuan offers...
04/05/2019
Webinar: Christopher Yuan — Holy Sexuality and the Gospel - Break Point

We are told that denying any sexual desire denies one’s identity—an act of hatred, not love. Christopher Yuan offers a different perspective: “My true identity is in Jesus Christ alone.”

Join us next week: https://hubs.ly/H0hjHmT0

It’s another nearly universal assumption that denying any sexual desire denies one’s identity—an act of hatred, not love. Christopher Yuan offers a different perspective: “My true identity is in Jesus Christ alone.”

"At the very center of the Christian worldview is the idea that every person is made in the “image of God” and has i...
04/05/2019
Restoring All Things - Break Point

"At the very center of the Christian worldview is the idea that every person is made in the “image of God” and has inherent dignity and potential. Yes, we live in a broken world, broken by our own sin and rebellion. That means the image of God imprinted on each of us is therefore marred, sometimes grotesquely so.

But what God made is so good that even our efforts to ruin it do not erase completely that goodness. Our work in the world as Christians is to join in God’s plan to “restore all things” to Himself."

At the very center of the Christian worldview is the idea that every person is made in the “image of..Read more

“At some point, the cross can’t be what you buy on Amazon...It has to be what bought you.”Brian Ivie has devoted h...
04/05/2019

“At some point, the cross can’t be what you buy on Amazon...It has to be what bought you.”

Brian Ivie has devoted his work as a documentarian and screenwriter to stories that make people uncomfortable, be they of abandoned babies or the victims of murderous tragedy. His young eyes have seen people live with forgiveness -- and even joy -- through tragedy and suffering that most Americans have never witnessed.

Come to Wilberforce Weekend and listen as Brian shares how God wants Christianity to respond to tragedy. Spoiler alert: it’s filled with love.

Learn more: https://hubs.ly/H0hfG_K0

"We most often think of the dangers of idolatry in terms of disloyalty and infidelity, and this is true, but along with ...
04/05/2019
Idols, Ancient and Modern - Break Point

"We most often think of the dangers of idolatry in terms of disloyalty and infidelity, and this is true, but along with these failings come the inevitable destructive effects that our little gods have on our lives. Whenever we limit God to our personal, cultural, or ideological imaginations, He ceases to be the God of Heaven and becomes instead merely the projection of our passions and desires."

A god bound by the limitations of our parameters and confined by our judgment will only deify our already corrupted desires.

The YouTube channel Choice 42 has put out several edgy, well-written videos with a pro-life message. Their latest might ...
04/05/2019
The Point: Pink-Haired Eugenics - Break Point

The YouTube channel Choice 42 has put out several edgy, well-written videos with a pro-life message. Their latest might be their best. In it, a too-smiley woman with pink hair sits next to a woman with blue hair, who has Down syndrome.

The pink-haired woman explains why she totally respects and values people with blue hair...after they’re born. The kindest thing to do, she says, is to kill all people with blue hair before they’re born. “That’s compassion,” she says.

When blue hair tries to speak up, pink hair cuts her off. So blue-hair holds up a sign reading, “That’s eugenics.”

The satire makes a serious point: People with Down syndrome and other disabilities are killed in the womb at horrific rates, all in the name of “compassion.” But this is eugenics, which attempts to eliminate those whom society deems unfit or unworthy of life.

This video exposes selective abortions for the acts of eugenics they are. To watch it, come to https://hubs.ly/H0hjVGt0, and click on this commentary.

More witty, pro-life videos, please.

No animal, no matter how smart or clever, has produced anything that remotely resembles these things. Whenever the word ...
04/05/2019
BreakPoint: Animal “Culture”? - Break Point

No animal, no matter how smart or clever, has produced anything that remotely resembles these things. Whenever the word “culture” is used to describe animal behavior, it is always defined down to mean “socially transmitted behaviors,” such as a group of chimpanzees using a stick to dig up termites or Japanese macaques washing sweet potatoes before eating them.

Pets aren’t people, and all attempts to humanize animals only results in the dehumanization of humans.

"Churches that are silent about abortion—because it ruins the positive vibe that they want to have, or whatever--- are...
04/05/2019
BreakPoint: “Unplanned” - Break Point

"Churches that are silent about abortion—because it ruins the positive vibe that they want to have, or whatever--- aren’t dealing in reality. To ignore this issue because we don’t want people to feel badly is to literally leave them in their guilt and shame. Why would any Christian who’s been forgiven want to do that?"

The pro-life movie “Unplanned” is an unplanned success. And that’s good news for those who want to expose the evil of abortion.

"If Jesus commands us to “seek first the kingdom” then it is imperative that we know more precisely what this means....
04/05/2019
Why Is Christianity Losing in America – Part III: Living Out our Faith through the Cross - Break Point

"If Jesus commands us to “seek first the kingdom” then it is imperative that we know more precisely what this means. If the kingdom is as the Bible describes: the rule and reign of God come to earth through Jesus the King over all other kings, then this reality carries enormous implications for how we are to live and act as faithful followers of Christ."

To be sure, the virtues of God’s kingdom are “impractical,” which is why we can only do so through faith in God who give us His righteousness working through us by His Spirit.

What to pray for this week1) Ask God to give you “divine appointments” to share the truth about life with others.2) ...
04/04/2019

What to pray for this week

1) Ask God to give you “divine appointments” to share the truth about life with others.

2) Pray that he would open the hearts and minds of those you encounter.

3) Pray that God would open your eyes to the opportunities and walk with you.

4) Ask God to give you wisdom and gentleness as you respectfully defend life.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! https://hubs.ly/H0hjZWT0

NEXT WEEKJoin Warren Cole Smith and Dr. Christopher Yuan as they discuss Yuan's new book, Holy Sexuality and the Gospel:...
04/04/2019
Webinar: Christopher Yuan — Holy Sexuality and the Gospel - Break Point

NEXT WEEK
Join Warren Cole Smith and Dr. Christopher Yuan as they discuss Yuan's new book, Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God's Grand Story.

It’s another nearly universal assumption that denying any sexual desire denies one’s identity—an act of hatred, not love. Christopher Yuan offers a different perspective: “My true identity is in Jesus Christ alone.”

"[I was] chasing after love from people. I wanted people to tell me that I'm something, that I'm significant, that I'm s...
04/04/2019

"[I was] chasing after love from people. I wanted people to tell me that I'm something, that I'm significant, that I'm somebody."

Jackie thought she had found the love she was looking for in other women. But when she was 19, God showed her that real love was to be found in His Son. At Wilberforce Weekend, you’ll experience Jackie’s story of redemption and gain her perspective: God offers real love to those seeking it from others.

Wilberforce Weekend doesn’t just inform: it equips. Join us in Washington, D.C., for this powerful weekend learning from great Christian leaders like Jackie: https://hubs.ly/H0hfG8t0

Recently, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he will not sign any death warrant, meaning he has effectively...
04/04/2019
The Point: Spare the Innocent - Break Point

Recently, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he will not sign any death warrant, meaning he has effectively halted executions in the state, despite the fact that Californians have consistently backed the death penalty.

The reason he offered is a common objection to the death penalty: the risk that an innocent man or woman might be put to death. According to a report by https://hubs.ly/H0hhR1T0, roughly 1 in 25 convicted felons “are later found to be innocent.”

That means that as many as 30 of California’s 737 inmates on death row could be innocent. The execution of just one innocent prisoner would be a tragedy and a grave injustice.

Though that reason doesn’t convince me against the death penalty, I do respect this line of reasoning. But I would ask the Governor why he’s also not bothered by the idea of roughly 150,000 innocent lives taken in California abortion clinics each year.

I’m not playing “gotcha.” Taking an innocent life, whether it’s in prison or in the womb, is always wrong.

Taking any innocent life is wrong.

"As Christians called to this confused cultural moment, we should be sensitive to people’s experiences, recognizing th...
04/04/2019
BreakPoint: Life-Consuming Labels - Break Point

"As Christians called to this confused cultural moment, we should be sensitive to people’s experiences, recognizing that trauma often plays a major role in gender confusion. At the same time we should be clear that trendy labels and identities aren’t the answer, and the best way to honor others’ humanity is to refuse to perpetrate this medical and scientific fraud against others."

Ideas have consequences and bad ideas have victims.

Recently on BreakPoint, we mentioned the disturbing new trend of “drag queen story hours” spreading across the count...
04/04/2019
The Point: Story Hour Sours - Break Point

Recently on BreakPoint, we mentioned the disturbing new trend of “drag queen story hours” spreading across the country. Confused men, often overdressed in ridiculous flamboyant outfits, read books—usually filled with LGBTQ propaganda—to young children, with the full endorsement of the American Library Association.

Only a thoroughly, morally inept society would tolerate, much-less embrace, something like this. When news broke that one of the drag queens reading at a Houston story hour was in fact a convicted child molester, the library quickly distanced themselves from that individual, but continues to stand by the story hour.

It’s as if it’s a surprise that there may be some connection between men wanting to perform in garish women’s clothes in front of young children and those same men being sexually attracted to children. Of course not all drag queens are pedophiles, but that’s not the point.

This is: when those who are to protect and educate children, like libraries and schools, instead choose to inherently sexualize them, don’t be surprised when it happens.

It’s shocking, but not surprising.

Weekly Review: Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective. Unplanned a Box-Office S...
04/04/2019
Weekly Review - Break Point

Weekly Review: Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective. Unplanned a Box-Office Success, Screens and Teen Depression, Intergenerational Care, and Defending Religious Liberty.

Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective

What to pray for this week: 1) Pray that God touches those who are spiritually dead without Christ and makes them spirit...
04/03/2019

What to pray for this week:

1) Pray that God touches those who are spiritually dead without Christ and makes them spiritually alive through the new birth.

2) They don’t need religion, a new set code of conduct, or a commitment to following the Ten Commandments (as good as they are)

3) They need life, spiritual life, and only God can give it.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! https://hubs.ly/H0hhXJP0

The pro-life movie “Unplanned” debuted last weekend to “unplanned” success: Grossing over $6 million despite its...
04/03/2019
Podcast: Unplanned, with Abby Johnson - Break Point

The pro-life movie “Unplanned” debuted last weekend to “unplanned” success: Grossing over $6 million despite its limited release, an R-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America, and the fact that major cable networks wouldn’t advertise the movie, because it exposes the evils of abortion and the abortion industry.

Today on the BreakPoint Podcast, Warren Cole Smith interviews the subject of the movie: Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood abortion facility director-turned pro-life advocate.

Hear from Abby herself how she became involved with the abortion industry giant, why she walked away, and why she now devotes herself to protecting innocent life.

"Unplanned" subject Abby Johnson talks to Warren Cole Smith about her story.

“In Jesus, we encounter a God who is committed to confronting culturally oppressive attitudes against women and comple...
04/03/2019

“In Jesus, we encounter a God who is committed to confronting culturally oppressive attitudes against women and completely smashing them.”

In a world of competing, seductive truth claims, Jo sticks to what she believes in: a logical, good, loving God. She is convinced that "As a woman, I have never met a man who makes me feel more human, dignified, and respected than Jesus.”

Come to Wilberforce Weekend, where Jo will show us what Scripture tells us concerning the role of women -- and what that means for the Church going forward.

Learn more: https://hubs.ly/H0hfGY_0

"If Jesus commands us to “seek first the kingdom” then it is imperative that we know more precisely what this means....
04/03/2019
Why Is Christianity Losing in America – Part III: Living Out our Faith through the Cross - Break Point

"If Jesus commands us to “seek first the kingdom” then it is imperative that we know more precisely what this means. If the kingdom is as the Bible describes: the rule and reign of God come to earth through Jesus the King over all other kings, then this reality carries enormous implications for how we are to live and act as faithful followers of Christ."

To be sure, the virtues of God’s kingdom are “impractical,” which is why we can only do so through faith in God who give us His righteousness working through us by His Spirit.

https://hubs.ly/H0hgQgV0There are questions that stump far too many believers. Questions like, “Do you really believe ...
04/03/2019
The Point: Answer the 4 Big Objections - Break Point

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There are questions that stump far too many believers. Questions like, “Do you really believe that there’s a God? And if there is a God, why is there so much evil and suffering in the world?” “Even if there is truth, can anyone really know it?” And, “How do we really know what Jesus said since the Gospels can’t be trusted?

Too many Christians, when faced with these questions, look for an escape route instead of a conversation. Or here’s another one, a much more recent question Christians face: "Jesus never talks about homosexuality. Can’t a gay person be a good Christian?"

The good news is, although these questions are inevitable and challenging, the answers are out there. So we’ve invited apologist Sean McDowell to host our next online short course on “How to Answer the Four Big Objections to Christianity.” The four sessions start on April 10, and they’re online. Please, come to https://hubs.ly/H0hgQgW0 to register. And please don’t wait, our last several short courses have been sell outs!

I’ve got good news: The answers are there.

"Churches that are silent about abortion—because it ruins the positive vibe that they want to have, or whatever--- are...
04/03/2019
BreakPoint: “Unplanned” - Break Point

"Churches that are silent about abortion—because it ruins the positive vibe that they want to have, or whatever--- aren’t dealing in reality. To ignore this issue because we don’t want people to feel badly is to literally leave them in their guilt and shame. Why would any Christian who’s been forgiven want to do that?"

The pro-life movie “Unplanned” is an unplanned success. And that’s good news for those who want to expose the evil of abortion.

How do we re-integrate our faith and our daily work? Or, to put it another way, how do we announce and live out the King...
04/03/2019
Podcast: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good, with Dr. Amy Sherman - Break Point

How do we re-integrate our faith and our daily work? Or, to put it another way, how do we announce and live out the Kingdom of God through our day-to day job or profession?

Today on the BreakPoint Podcast, we present a Colson Fellows webinar with Dr. Amy Sherman, Director of the Center on Faith and Communities at the Sagamore Institute. Her topic: Vocational Stewardship.

How do we re-integrate our faith and our daily work?

According to NPR, most people with voice assistants like Siri or Alexa choose female voices. Fewer select male-sounding ...
04/03/2019
The Point: In the Image of Q - Break Point

According to NPR, most people with voice assistants like Siri or Alexa choose female voices. Fewer select male-sounding options.

Recently, a group of researchers unveiled “Q,” a voice assistant alternative they call the “first genderless voice.” In a short audio clip on YouTube, “Q” introduces itself. “Think of me like Siri or Alexa,” it says, “but neither male nor female. I'm created for a future where we are no longer defined by gender but rather by how we define ourselves."

Well, let me state the obvious: “Q” is genderless. Digital personal assistants like Alexa and Siri only sound male or female. They don’t have bodies or chromosomes. But there will never be a future where humans are no longer defined as male or female because we do have bodies and chromosomes.

The other thing about humans is we have a sin nature that, as Q helpfully pointed out, always leads us to define ourselves rather than embrace who we are created to be.

Here’s a problem that didn’t need to be solved.

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