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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.

“I believe in one God, the father Almighty, maker of heaven and Earth, of all things visible and invisible.” These openi...
12/27/2019
God the Father - BreakPoint

“I believe in one God, the father Almighty, maker of heaven and Earth, of all things visible and invisible.” These opening words of the Nicene Creed are among the most important and boldest statements of Christian belief outside the Bible. God the Father is the first person of the Trinity. He is the beginning and source of all things.

He’s the creator of the universe, and His name, which He gave to Moses, speaks of His eternal and changeless nature. I Am That I Am. God alone has no beginning or end. He is self-existent, depending on no one. He’s the great answer to the question, “Where did everything come from?”

He is where the Christian worldview differs most fundamentally from naturalism and pantheism. There was a time, so to speak, when neither we nor the creation itself, nor even time itself, existed. The universe came into existence only by the Word of God. Thanks to John 1, we know that Word by name.

“I believe in one God, the father Almighty, maker of heaven and Earth, of all things visible and invisible.” These opening words of the Nicene Creed are among the most important and boldest statements of Christian belief outside the Bible. God the Father is the first person of the Trinity. He is...

"A Christianity that is never directly and broadly applied to the cultural moment we live in is one that is eventually r...
12/27/2019
“Mayor Pete” Buttigieg Preaches - BreakPoint

"A Christianity that is never directly and broadly applied to the cultural moment we live in is one that is eventually reduced down to emotive sentimentalism."

As Ross Douthat put it, Buttigieg doesn’t appear to “support any policy that deviates from the progressive catechism.”

Let's spread the movement of good ideas together! Give your year-end gift to the Colson Center before December 31. https...
12/26/2019

Let's spread the movement of good ideas together! Give your year-end gift to the Colson Center before December 31.

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A creed is a statement of belief that for Christians have historically helped define and defend orthodoxy, which means r...
12/26/2019
Why Creeds? - BreakPoint

A creed is a statement of belief that for Christians have historically helped define and defend orthodoxy, which means right belief.

The best-known creed is the Nicene Creed, a product of the Council of Nicaea in the Year 325. This council met to address a heresy about Jesus and produced a concise statement of the Christian faith that’s been recited in churches worldwide for almost 1,700 years.

The Nicene Creed didn’t establish Christian doctrine, but it did recognize what had been received from God through Scripture, through his Son, and through the apostles—the very core of the Christian worldview.

The Creed takes the shape of the Trinity. Its sections describe who each person of the Godhead is, and what He has done.

When we confess our faith together using the Creed, we display our unity with Christians around the world and throughout time.

Tomorrow on the Point, I’ll talk about the first subject of the Creed, God the Father.

The Nicene Creed didn’t establish Christian doctrine, but it did recognize what had been received from God through Scripture.

12/26/2019
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"All across our culture, on both the right and the left, we’ve allowed our most important conversations and debates to become adolescent-like, in which emotion always trumps facts."

Writing at Popular Science, Daniel Engber asked, “Could a virgin birth ever happen?” Well, not surprisingly, his answer ...
12/25/2019
Science vs. the Virgin Birth - BreakPoint

Writing at Popular Science, Daniel Engber asked, “Could a virgin birth ever happen?” Well, not surprisingly, his answer was no, at least not through any means known to science. While he doesn't openly conclude that the Christmas account is therefore a myth, the painting of Mary and Baby Jesus at the top of his article makes his intention pretty clear. Well, there you have it, folks: Science disproves Christianity.

But not so fast. As Derek Rishmawy points out at Patheos, articles like this are grand exercises in missing the point. Christians understand where babies come from. We also know people don't usually walk on lakes, turn water into wine, and return from the dead. That's why we have a special word for these occurrences: Miracle.

It's also why natural science can't disprove miracles. They are supernatural. Just because we can't conceive of a miracle through science doesn't mean God didn't conceive a miracle in Mary.

Just because we can't conceive of a miracle through science doesn't mean God didn't conceive a miracle in Mary.

"Today is Christmas. Go ahead, enjoy singing about and celebrating the birth of the Savior. Set up a manger scene in you...
12/25/2019
It’s Not About the Manger - BreakPoint

"Today is Christmas. Go ahead, enjoy singing about and celebrating the birth of the Savior. Set up a manger scene in your home. But don’t forget this earth-shaking truth: The birth of the Baby in the manger was the thrilling signal that God had invaded the planet. And that gives us real reason to celebrate Christmas."

As you enjoy this Holy Christmas Day in the company of friends and family, be sure to reflect on how the babe in the manger reveals to us God’s wonderful love. But even more, as Chuck Colson explained over a decade ago, remember the cosmic implications of the incarnation… that God would indeed b...

In their nativity narratives, Matthew and Luke recount four angelic visits: to Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist...
12/24/2019
Fear Not! - BreakPoint

In their nativity narratives, Matthew and Luke recount four angelic visits: to Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist; to Mary; to Joseph; and to the shepherds outside of Bethlehem.

In each visitation, the angels say, “Fear not!”

It’s a message that would not only help these mere mortals overcome the shock of coming face to face with an angel, but also prepare them for the surprising work of God to bring salvation to the world.

Today, many of us may need to hear the same Christmas message: Fear not!

Maybe your world seems to be spinning out of control. Maybe you face serious health or financial challenges in the days ahead. Maybe you dread the 2020 political environment. We must not fear. Why? Because the child whose birth we celebrate today is Immanuel, “God with Us.”

And if God is with us, who can be against us? If God took on flesh and secured our futures, why should fear paralyze us? From all of us at the Colson Center, have a merry Christmas.

In each visitation, the angels say, “Fear not!”

"What Christians have to offer is a better way of being human than anything currently offered in contemporary society. T...
12/24/2019
Christmas Eve Again - BreakPoint

"What Christians have to offer is a better way of being human than anything currently offered in contemporary society. That’s why, despite the often-distressing state of our culture, I remain hopeful. The Christian alternative is just as desperately needed today as when the early Church offered it to the Romans. Like them, we must proclaim and embody that alternative."

In his book, “The Triumph of Christianity,” (which, by the way, was one of Chuck Colson’s favorite books) historian Rodney Stark describes the Roman world of that first Christmas Eve.

Since its first performance in Dublin in 1742, Jennens’ exercise in what can accurately be called Scriptural apologetics...
12/24/2019
Handel’s—and Jennens’s—“Messiah” - BreakPoint

Since its first performance in Dublin in 1742, Jennens’ exercise in what can accurately be called Scriptural apologetics has become the most beloved choral work in history. No one knows how many times it has been performed. #Messiah #Handel https://hubs.ly/H0mmYp70

As one wag put it, “In the orchestra world, George Frideric Handel’s Messiah is every bit an annual Christmas tradition as eggnog and overworked shopping mall Santas.”

"Can a republic this polarized survive in the long run? What does it mean for our nation’s future if political parties c...
12/24/2019
Divided We Fall? - BreakPoint

"Can a republic this polarized survive in the long run? What does it mean for our nation’s future if political parties can’t even talk to each other, can’t agree on certain principles and constantly question the legitimacy of elections?" #Impeachment https://hubs.ly/H0mmYnz0

Can a republic this polarized survive in the long run?

I don’t go to movies very often. I don’t watch much television. And as for pop music . . . let’s not go there.But I do r...
12/23/2019
2019's Books for Thinking Through the Christian Worldview - BreakPoint

I don’t go to movies very often. I don’t watch much television. And as for pop music . . . let’s not go there.

But I do read. A lot. More to the point, I read a lot of new books, and even more to the point, my tastes are eclectic, which helps if it’s true that “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence . . .”

What follows are my top five books of 2019 in ascending order.

What follows are my top five books of 2019 in ascending order.

Today we have a very special Christmas-time BreakPoint Podcast for you. Back in 2012, John Stonestreet welcomed recordin...
12/23/2019
"The Promise" with Michael Card - BreakPoint

Today we have a very special Christmas-time BreakPoint Podcast for you. Back in 2012, John Stonestreet welcomed recording artist Michael Card to “BreakPoint This Week” to discuss Michael’s outstanding and powerfully moving album “The Promise: A Celebration of Christ’s Birth.”

We hope you enjoy this special presentation as Michael Card walks us through the Nativity, the promises of God in the Old Testament, and the story behind his seminal album.

Michael Card walks us through the Nativity, the promises of God in the Old Testament, and the story behind his seminal album.

Last year, an American court took People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, to the woodshed for suing on beh...
12/23/2019
When Pigs Sue - BreakPoint

Last year, an American court took People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, to the woodshed for suing on behalf of a monkey.

Now PETA is trying again, this time in German courts. With a pig as a plaintiff.

Last month, PETA petitioned Germany’s Constitutional Court to hear a case involving the castration of young pigs before they are butchered.

If the case is to proceed, the court must first do what the American court refused to do: declare that a pig can file suit in a German court.

Of course, a pig can’t do that. As the Washington Post put it, “The piglets probably have no idea” what’s going on.

Probably? At the end of the day, this case isn’t about pig welfare. It’s about getting a court to rule that there’s nothing particularly special about humans. Or as PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk famously put it, “A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. They’re all animals.”

Whatever they are, they need better lawyers.

This case isn’t about pig welfare.

For over a thousand years, Christians have sung the O Antiphons in the days leading up to Christmas. Together they compr...
12/23/2019
O Antiphons: Day Six, O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law - BreakPoint

For over a thousand years, Christians have sung the O Antiphons in the days leading up to Christmas. Together they comprise a hymn that centers our attention on the glories of Advent and the Incarnation.

From the 17th to the 23rd, we will be sharing the day’s verse along with a short meditation by members of the Colson Center staff.

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!

Emmanuel means “God with us.” We know “Emmanuel” is one of the names of Jesus, yet this verse plainly says Emmanuel is also our “King” and the “Giver of Law.” These are names for God that we often associate with God the Father, the God of the Old Testament.

We tend to sentimentalize God. In other words, we try to re-make Him in our image rather than conforming our minds and hearts and entire being to the God Who Is There. One of the most common ways of doing that is to brush aside Emmanuel The Law Giver. The law-giving God, we tell ourselves, is the God of the Old Testament. “Emmanuel” is the God of the New Testament, the god who frees us from the law.

We forget that the Lord our God is one God, and we’re to have no other gods–especially not gods of our own imagination–before Him. We forget the Jesus who told us that even lusting was the same as adultery, that one who hates commits murder. In other words, we forget the Jesus who said He came not to abolish the law, but to hold the law in even higher regard–and to complete it and save us from its consequences.

Rightly understood, the law isn’t a burden, but a blessing. It points us to the “Lord our God” who has “come to save us.” As Paul wrote, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” In the very next breath he answers his own question: “Thanks be to God– through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 7: 24-25)

Emmanuel the Giver of Law has come to save us indeed. Thanks be to God!

For over a thousand years, Christians have sung the O Antiphons in the days leading up to Christmas.

"So where does this leave us? With the New Atheism in its twilight years and more fashionable false worldviews taking it...
12/23/2019
The New Atheism Is Old News - BreakPoint

"So where does this leave us? With the New Atheism in its twilight years and more fashionable false worldviews taking its place, Christians need to keep apologetically focused. All false ideas need to be answered."

With the New Atheism in its twilight years and more fashionable false worldviews taking its place, Christians need to keep apologetically focused.

For over a thousand years, Christians have sung the O Antiphons in the days leading up to Christmas. Together they compr...
12/22/2019
O Antiphons: Day Six, O King of All Nations - BreakPoint

For over a thousand years, Christians have sung the O Antiphons in the days leading up to Christmas. Together they comprise a hymn that centers our attention on the glories of Advent and the Incarnation.

From the 17th to the 23rd, we will be sharing the day’s verse along with a short meditation by members of the Colson Center staff.

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

I once heard a music expert on National Public Radio extol the brilliance of Handel’s Messiah. “The soaring music takes one’s breath away” he said. “And the lyrics are majestic: ‘King of Kings, Lord of Lords.’ So appropriate for the musical score. ‘Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father. The Prince of Peace.’ Magnificent!” he exclaimed. He seemed to have no idea the “lyrics” were the words of Scripture. And that the words are not merely magnificent, the words are true.

O King of all nations . . . The King of kings hasn’t abandoned his people. He hears their cry for deliverance. The eternal Sovereign steps from His throne and removes His crown to become fully human, a baby in a feed box, born to share our flesh and blood so He might die to save us from the penalties of our sin.

. . . keystone of the Church: come and save man, whom you formed from the dust! The Creator stoops again to create humanity; not from the life-giving dust of the Garden but from the muck of rebellion and death. Born a second time, we “new creations” join as living stones to become the Church, secured by Him who is the capstone.

The NPR music expert was wowed by the genius of Handel’s Messiah, but the deeper truths are even more stunning. The soaring music and words tell the true story of God and man, heaven and earth. Their histories converge face to face for a time; from Advent to Ascension.

Now, enthroned again, the Lord does not shout, “Behave!” He cries out, “Behold!” He is making everything new (Revelation 21:5). Including us.

For over a thousand years, Christians have sung the O Antiphons in the days leading up to Christmas.

"I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that an afternoon listening to your favorite Pandora Christmas station can in...
12/22/2019
Carols of Opportunity - BreakPoint

"I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that an afternoon listening to your favorite Pandora Christmas station can inadvertently give you a stronger sermon than can be heard in some of America’s most culturally in-tune churches." https://hubs.ly/H0mm41f0

We hear in these long-accustomed carols the entire tale of God’s redeeming work from start to finish.

More than pre-natal stress, “socioeconomic woes,” or even lack of sleep—of all the factors that lead to behavioral probl...
12/22/2019
Reduce the Screen Time, Folks. - BreakPoint

More than pre-natal stress, “socioeconomic woes,” or even lack of sleep—of all the factors that lead to behavioral problems in five-year-olds, excessive screen time tops them all. #ScreenTime #Parenting #Media #Smartphones #ChildhoodDevelopment https://hubs.ly/H0mm21h0

More than pre-natal stress, “socioeconomic woes,” or even lack of sleep—of all the factors that lead to behavioral problems in five-year-olds, excessive screen time tops them all.

For over a thousand years, Christians have sung the O Antiphons in the days leading up to Christmas. Together they compr...
12/21/2019
O Antiphons: Day Five, O Radiant Dawn - BreakPoint

For over a thousand years, Christians have sung the O Antiphons in the days leading up to Christmas. Together they comprise a hymn that centers our attention on the glories of Advent and the Incarnation.

From the 17th to the 23rd, we will be sharing the day’s verse along with a short meditation by members of the Colson Center staff.

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.

How often in Scripture do we witness the contrast between light and darkness? What is its meaning? In Genesis, in His first command, God created light, declared that it was good, and separated the light from the darkness.

Isaiah, anticipating Christ’s birth, writes, “The people walking in darkness shall see a great light.” The great star that unexpectedly lit up the night skies above Bethlehem startled the shepherd boys and led the Wise Men to their destination. Not a map, but a star: Light.

Three decades later, Jesus tells us not to hide our light under a bushel. He means, don’t hide the truth of who He is, and what He represents in our lives. Instead, He notes, we are to be “the light of the world”—a light that shines “before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly father.” After His crucifixion, Mary Magdalene saw Jesus at dawn, as the night’s darkness fell away. Symbolically, it fell away forever.

Light shines its way into our most beloved Christmas hymns. In the third verse of “Silent Night,” we sing “Son of God, Love’s Pure Light, Radiant beams from thy holy face.” In “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” we ask Christ to “Disperse the gloomy clouds of night and death’s dark shadows put to flight.” Christ-eternal, radiant, joyful light—has forever put death’s dark shadows to flight, destroying the power of death itself. Two thousand years after the light-filled night of our Savior’s birth, His followers continue to spread the light of His truth to those who dwell in darkness.

Anne Morse is a freelance writer, a regular contributor to BreakPoint, and the co-author of several books with Chuck Colson.

For over a thousand years, Christians have sung the O Antiphons in the days leading up to Christmas.

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