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Since 1991, BreakPoint—a program of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview—has provided believers around the U.S. with a Christian perspective on today’s news and trends. Our daily BreakPoint commentaries, co-hosted by Eric Metaxas and Colson Center President John Stonestreet, air on some 1,400 radio outlets with an estimated weekly listening audience of eight million people. Its "BreakPoint This Week" counterpart, also hosted by Stonestreet and Ed Stetzer of Lifeway Research includes a weekly conversation with leading Christian writers and thinkers on topics ranging from the sanctity of life to marriage, religious liberty, and the restoration of virtue and ethics to public life. Over at BreakPoint.org, Stonestreet and Metaxas are joined by other thoughtful Christian writers through columns and feature articles equipping believers to live and defend the Christian worldview. Check us out online for great worldview content and resources, including book reviews for teens and preteens, need-to-know news headlines and more.

It’s unclear why this should bother #PlannedParenthood anyway, given its claim that #abortion is just 3 percent of the...
07/20/2019
BreakPoint: No Abortion Funds for Title X - Break Point

It’s unclear why this should bother #PlannedParenthood anyway, given its claim that #abortion is just 3 percent of the services it provides to women. All this gnashing of teeth reveals how ludicrous that claim has always been. #TitleX https://hubs.ly/H0jTpM10

It’s called the Protect Life Rule, and Planned Parenthood will have to get used to it. At least for now.

While #JefferyEpstein is an extreme example of America’s sex-obsessed culture, he is hardly alone as someone who will ...
07/20/2019
How to Take Sex Back from the Pagans - Break Point

While #JefferyEpstein is an extreme example of America’s sex-obsessed culture, he is hardly alone as someone who will use any means necessary to get what he wants—sexual satisfaction without regard to relationship or commitment, no matter who is hurt. https://hubs.ly/H0jTpLj0

Sex is now a bought-and-sold commodity, not a sacred expression of man-woman marriage under God.

What to pray for this week: 1) The words for forming and knitting point to purpose, not randomness.2) Pray that all peop...
07/19/2019

What to pray for this week:

1) The words for forming and knitting point to purpose, not randomness.

2) Pray that all people would see God’s purposefulness in their creation in their mothers’ wombs.

3) Pray that this knowledge would prompt in them a growing sense of gratitude—and a commitment to guard others’ lives.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! https://hubs.ly/H0jTnF30

This week, John Stonestreet and Warren Cole Smith wade into the tempest over President Trump’s latest controversial tw...
07/19/2019
BP This Week: ‘Send Them Back’? - Break Point

This week, John Stonestreet and Warren Cole Smith wade into the tempest over President Trump’s latest controversial tweets, in which he suggested that a group of far-left congresswomen of color “go back” to their countries of origin--(which for all but one, is America). Was what the president said racist? Should Christians support this kind of rhetoric? Was it even necessary?

Our hosts also cover the firing of Planned Parenthood president, Leana Wen, a new Title X policy that will cut federal funding for abortion providers, and the second annual State Department meeting on religious freedom, which created a new international alliance and sanctions against leaders who persecute religious minorities—especially Christians.

This week, John Stonestreet and Warren Cole Smith wade into the tempest over President Trump’s latest controversial tweets, in which..Read more

"We humans are hard-wired to explore God’s creation, and to the extent we see and acknowledge God’s fingerprints on ...
07/19/2019
The Heavens Proclaim the Glory of God - Break Point

"We humans are hard-wired to explore God’s creation, and to the extent we see and acknowledge God’s fingerprints on His creation, we grow in our knowledge of God. Apollo was an expression of that longing, even if that motivation rarely made it into mainstream media accounts."

We look toward the heavens with awe, as we should. And that sense of awe causes us to wonder about how such a magnificent universe came into being.

“How Millennials replaced religion with astrology and crystals.” That’s a recent headline in the L. A. Times.The a...
07/19/2019
The Point: Who Needs Religion When You Got Crystals? - Break Point

“How Millennials replaced religion with astrology and crystals.” That’s a recent headline in the L. A. Times.

The article’s author put it this way: “Spiritual practices appeal to the commitment-wary: You can get a little into crystals or astrology or tarot, or a lot into it . . . if it’s meaningful for you, keep it; if not, it’s not like you went through a full religious conversion.”

And here’s the quote that bothers me most: “Young people still seek the things that traditional organized religion may have provided for their parents or grandparents: religious beliefs, yes, but also a sense of community, guidance, purpose and meaning. But it can be hard for young people to find those things in their parents’ religions. So they’re looking elsewhere.”

Now, it’s hard to see how young people committed to low-commitment and personal autonomy will ever find true community anywhere, much less truth. But if our churches cannot provide Millennials with guidance, purpose, and meaning, we’ve got a big problem that crystals cannot heal.

We’ve got a big problem that crystals cannot heal.

"The fact that fans noticed a minute mistake about quantum theory while largely accepting the show’s embedded seculari...
07/19/2019
BreakPoint: The Strange Thing about ‘Stranger Things 3’ - Break Point

"The fact that fans noticed a minute mistake about quantum theory while largely accepting the show’s embedded secularism and up-to-date LGBT lingo says a lot about us." #StrangerThings

A Netflix show that has always been spot-on recreating the decade of my childhood had a glaring omission and addition in Season 3.

To object as Mandy Len Catron does, to the way marriage takes time away from friends, colleagues, political rallies, and...
07/19/2019
Marriage, Engines, and other Wastes of Fuel - Break Point

To object as Mandy Len Catron does, to the way marriage takes time away from friends, colleagues, political rallies, and even other family members is like objecting to the way my car’s engine guzzles so much fuel. @LenMandy https://hubs.ly/H0jSmLD0

To object to the way marriage takes time away from friends, colleagues, political rallies, and even other family members is like objecting to the way my car’s engine guzzles so much fuel.

Christians are certainly called to contend for the common good in the public square, and to do so with vigor. The questi...
07/19/2019
Convictional Civility in a Combative Age - Break Point

Christians are certainly called to contend for the common good in the public square, and to do so with vigor. The question isn’t whether or not we should argue, but how we should go about making those arguments. #Civility https://hubs.ly/H0jSmGx0

For Christians, civility isn’t just an option or even a tactic. It’s an imperative.

What to pray for this week: 1) God had a plan for us before we were born—even before we were in our mothers’ wombs.2...
07/18/2019

What to pray for this week:

1) God had a plan for us before we were born—even before we were in our mothers’ wombs.

2) Each of us is therefore in some way special to God.

3) Pray that the nation would long to know the Creator who knew us before we were conceived and born into this world.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! https://hubs.ly/H0jSl-90

The percentage of today’s teens who identify as atheists is twice as high as the general population. They’ve never k...
07/18/2019
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The percentage of today’s teens who identify as atheists is twice as high as the general population. They’ve never known a world in which faith is an assumed good thing. In their world, faith is seen as a social liability, not a benefit. Find out how more about who these young people are and to reach them. https://hubs.ly/H0jrWdw0

"Sexual entitlement culture, coming at least in part from a philosophy that says life is short and we must indulge in al...
07/18/2019
How to Take Sex Back from the Pagans - Break Point

"Sexual entitlement culture, coming at least in part from a philosophy that says life is short and we must indulge in all the physical pleasure we can before it’s over, says everyone is available for sex, as long as, usually, there is mutual consent. And we want our share."

Sex is now a bought-and-sold commodity, not a sacred expression of man-woman marriage under God.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is allowing a new Trump Administration rule on Title X funding to go into effect.The ...
07/18/2019
The Point: New Rule Bad News for Planned Parenthood - Break Point

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is allowing a new Trump Administration rule on Title X funding to go into effect.

The new rule prohibits Title X grant recipients from performing abortions or providing abortion referrals. Some 20 states and the District of Columbia asked the Court to issue an emergency stay, which would have prevented the rule from being implemented.

The court said no, by a 7-4 vote.

All of this is bad for Planned Parenthood. President Leana Wen called it “devastating news.” (Wen has since been removed as president.) And no wonder. Planned Parenthood receives $60 million a year in Title X funding.

Of course, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser had a different take: “Without reducing Title X funding by a dime,” she said, the new rule “simply draws a bright line between abortion and family planning, stopping abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood from treating Title X as their private slush fund.”

Of course, with 60 million at stake, Planned Parenthood will continue the legal battle.

Keep praying for life.

It’s bad for Planned Parenthood but good for babies.

"It’s unclear why this should bother #PlannedParenthood anyway, given its claim that #abortion is just 3 percent of th...
07/18/2019
BreakPoint: No Abortion Funds for Title X - Break Point

"It’s unclear why this should bother #PlannedParenthood anyway, given its claim that #abortion is just 3 percent of the services it provides to women. All this gnashing of teeth reveals how ludicrous that claim has always been."

It’s called the Protect Life Rule, and Planned Parenthood will have to get used to it. At least for now.

Weekly Review: Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective. #Joni Eareckson Tada, Tr...
07/18/2019
Weekly Review - Break Point

Weekly Review: Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective. #Joni Eareckson Tada, Transgender Prisoners, Clergy Reputation Declines, and “Unplanned” in Canada. https://hubs.ly/H0jRkFV0

Joni Eareckson Tada, Transgender Prisoners, Clergy Reputation Declines, and “Unplanned” in Canada

What to pray for this week: 1) Pray that God would remind abortion supporters that they—and the unborn, too—are crea...
07/17/2019

What to pray for this week:

1) Pray that God would remind abortion supporters that they—and the unborn, too—are created in His image.

2) Ask God to impress upon them the truth that all human life is precious, and it is a sin to take that life.

3) Pray for hardened hearts to be softened and changed by the power of the gospel, and for human life to be protected in the womb.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! https://hubs.ly/H0jRkj70

Is Christian morality harmful to sexual minorities? That’s the question author, poet, and hip-hop artist Jackie Hill-P...
07/17/2019
Podcast: Is Christian Morality Harmful to Sexual Minorities? with Jackie Hill-Perry - Break Point

Is Christian morality harmful to sexual minorities? That’s the question author, poet, and hip-hop artist Jackie Hill-Perry tackled at the 2019 Wilberforce Weekend. Having left the gay lifestyle through the love of Jesus Christ, Hill-Perry argues that while Christianity of course isn’t harmful to LGBTQs, it does require them—and all of us—to lay down cherished idols.

Is Christian morality harmful to sexual minorities?

"It’s okay that marriage distracts from other relationships for the simple fact that marriage is not just one relation...
07/17/2019
Marriage, Engines, and other Wastes of Fuel - Break Point

"It’s okay that marriage distracts from other relationships for the simple fact that marriage is not just one relationship among many. It is the relationship to which all others owe their being. It’s not just one way of ordering our dealings with one another which we could plausibly replace, if we so chose. It’s how we were designed to exist. It’s why we exist, in a causal sense."

To object to the way marriage takes time away from friends, colleagues, political rallies, and even other family members is like objecting to the way my car’s engine guzzles so much fuel.

"The less we feel heard, the more we shout like we’re on a cable news panel. Christians are certainly called to conten...
07/17/2019
Convictional Civility in a Combative Age - Break Point

"The less we feel heard, the more we shout like we’re on a cable news panel. Christians are certainly called to contend for the common good in the public square, and to do so with vigor. The question isn’t whether or not we should argue, but how we should go about making those arguments."

For Christians, civility isn’t just an option or even a tactic. It’s an imperative.

Colleges used to be bastions of free speech. They still are, but only if you hold the right views.Disturbed by the growi...
07/17/2019
The Point: Protecting Free Speech on Campus...South Dakota Style - Break Point

Colleges used to be bastions of free speech. They still are, but only if you hold the right views.

Disturbed by the growing suppression of speech on campuses, South Dakota legislators passed a law requiring colleges and universities to “maintain a commitment to the principles of free expression” and to foster civil, intellectually diverse environments.

State educators protested the law would be burdensome, and one student group claimed it was unnecessary. But, as reported in National Review, when university officials can take down a flag displayed by a student in remembrance of 9-11, cancel the showing of a film about honor killing claiming it’s Islamophobic, or deep-six a Hawaiian luau because it might offend native Hawaiians . . . well, sadly, such a law might be necessary.

Other states may follow suit.

Christians believe that freedom of speech and religion are God-given rights that bring good to the world. We also ought to believe that in this current cultural environment, it’s our God-given duty to defend those rights whenever and however we can.

Colleges used to be bastions of free speech. They still are, but only if you hold the right views.

All this talk of “roles” and “differences” between moms and dads—in the New York Times, no less!—isn’t pol...
07/17/2019
BreakPoint: How Kids Change Dad - Break Point

All this talk of “roles” and “differences” between moms and dads—in the New York Times, no less!—isn’t politically correct. But reality often isn’t. The roles moms and dads play in reproduction and child-rearing are anything but socially-constructed. As Ryan Anderson is fond of saying, there is no such thing as “parenting.” There’s only mothering and fathering.

They may get off easy during pregnancy and in the delivery room, but science is leaving no doubt that the birth of a child changes dads deeply, too.

In 2006, white Evangelicals comprised 23 percent of the American population. By 2016, that number had dropped to 17 perc...
07/17/2019
The Kids are Alright (Or Hopefully, At Least Pretty Not Bad) - Break Point

In 2006, white Evangelicals comprised 23 percent of the American population. By 2016, that number had dropped to 17 percent. What is more, only eight percent of Americans under the age of 30 are white Evangelicals. https://hubs.ly/H0jQ9lv0

Telling people that it’s still going strong is an invitation to believe that “we’re just fine, and our critics, even the ‘Evangelical’ ones are peddling fake news.”

What to pray for this week: 1) Pray that the Lord would remind all of us that we share a common heritage—God has made ...
07/16/2019

What to pray for this week:

1) Pray that the Lord would remind all of us that we share a common heritage—God has made us.

2) Ask God to impress this knowledge on our hearts so that we care for one another, whatever our beliefs and whatever our location, in or out of the womb.

3) May this knowledge give us both humility and joy, causing us to reach up to Him

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! https://hubs.ly/H0jQ9VN0

Transgenderism. Climate change. Racial issues. Sexual abuse. What would you say right now if someone asked you your opin...
07/16/2019
A Christian Response To Tough Issues

Transgenderism. Climate change. Racial issues. Sexual abuse. What would you say right now if someone asked you your opinion on one of these sensitive issues? Our newest short course can equip you with the perfect answer. Register today!
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Weekly Review: Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective. #Joni Eareckson Tada, Tr...
07/16/2019
Weekly Review - Break Point

Weekly Review: Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective. #Joni Eareckson Tada, Transgender Prisoners, Clergy Reputation Declines, and “Unplanned” in Canada

Joni Eareckson Tada, Transgender Prisoners, Clergy Reputation Declines, and “Unplanned” in Canada

Once again, the Trump Administration is showing it takes religious freedom seriously.Last week the Veterans Administrati...
07/16/2019
Religious Freedom for the Defenders of Freedom - Break Point

Once again, the Trump Administration is showing it takes religious freedom seriously.

Last week the Veterans Administration updated its policies to better ensure the religious freedom of military veterans and their families, specifically to “assure that religious displays and pastoral care remain accessible and protected from discrimination.”

As reported in WORLD magazine, the problem was that VA rules were applied inconsistently across the country. So, for example, a children’s choir was banned from singing Christmas carols at a VA facility in Georgia. A VA hospital in Dallas rejected Christmas cards made by kids because they had religious messages.

These updated policies should also help prevent lawsuits, like the one brought against the Northeast POW/MIA Network for displaying a WWII prisoner’s Bible as part of an exhibit at a VA facility in New Hampshire.

Good for the VA. It’s good to know that the Administration is committed to protecting religious liberty, especially of the men and women who risked their lives to defend it.

The defenders of freedom need freedom, too.

"I understand we are in the midst of a nation-wide and deeply divisive struggle over how to handle illegal immigration, ...
07/16/2019
Chinese Christians Need Refuge - Break Point

"I understand we are in the midst of a nation-wide and deeply divisive struggle over how to handle illegal immigration, especially on the southern border. The issue of Christian refugees should not be conflated with that conversation. The Trump administration specifically promised to help persecuted Christians around the world and is, this week, holding its second annual ministerial on the issue of religious persecution."

Chinese Christians are starting to flee their country in the face of brutal persecution. Will we welcome them here?

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