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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.

"Whatever our degree of brokenness or disability, none of us are whole. Not a single one of us. That’s why we should a...
05/07/2019
BreakPoint: Disabilities, Identity, and Healing - Break Point

"Whatever our degree of brokenness or disability, none of us are whole. Not a single one of us. That’s why we should all welcome God’s grace and kindness, and why we should long for the day when God will make all things new in Christ—even us."

We should long for the day when God will make all things new in Christ—even us.

There’s still very little room for what #BrennanManning called “the bedraggled, beat-up, and burnt-out.” It’s st...
05/07/2019
The Shame of Weakness - Break Point

There’s still very little room for what #BrennanManning called “the bedraggled, beat-up, and burnt-out.” It’s still bad witness to acknowledge that for many people the Christian life will consist of what Manning called “the Victorious Limp.” https://hubs.ly/H0hLv-g0

There’s still very little room for what the late Brennan Manning called “the bedraggled, beat-up, and burnt-out.”

John Stonestreet and Warren Smith double down on the truth that ideas have consequences, and bad ideas have victims. Tho...
05/07/2019
BP This Week: The Victims of Bad Ideas - Break Point

John Stonestreet and Warren Smith double down on the truth that ideas have consequences, and bad ideas have victims. Those bad ideas include the anti-Semitism and hatred that drove an outstanding student and member of an Orthodox Presbyterian to murder, as well the ideology of the new sexual orthodoxy that would force Bethany Christian services to agree to place foster children with same-sex couples in Michigan.

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

John Stonestreet's reaction to the passing of Rachel Held Evans:"If there is some sort of lesson or moral to what I’ve...
05/06/2019
Rachel Held Evans Had a Story

John Stonestreet's reaction to the passing of Rachel Held Evans:

"If there is some sort of lesson or moral to what I’ve written, I don’t know how to articulate it other than to remind us that everyone, even those we deeply disagree with, has a story. Their stories, like ours, include life experiences, friends, family members, and deeply held beliefs about life and the world."

“Greg the Apologist” remembers his former student and interlocutor.

"The ecumenical support for the Manhattan Declaration ten years ago continues as nearly all major streams of Christianit...
05/06/2019
The Manhattan Declaration - Ten Years Later: A BreakPoint Symposium - Break Point

"The ecumenical support for the Manhattan Declaration ten years ago continues as nearly all major streams of Christianity in America and globally affirm the imperative of protecting innocent life, affirming marriage, and prioritizing religious liberty for all people." Read more at our Colson Center Symposium. @markdtooley

This fall marks the tenth anniversary of a document that seems more prophetic with every day that goes by.

"The Manhattan Declaration has charged Christians to 'speak up for…the rights of all who are destitute.' Although pro-...
05/06/2019
The Manhattan Declaration - Ten Years Later: A BreakPoint Symposium - Break Point

"The Manhattan Declaration has charged Christians to 'speak up for…the rights of all who are destitute.' Although pro-life initiatives over the last decade have championed pre-born children with disabilities, the medically fragile and the elderly, these special populations are at even greater risk today." Read more at our Colson Center Symposium. @JoniandFriends https://hubs.ly/H0hLgGj0

This fall marks the tenth anniversary of a document that seems more prophetic with every day that goes by.

"At this moment in time, we must use all the most innovative tools available to advocate for the timeless values of our ...
05/06/2019
The Manhattan Declaration - Ten Years Later: A BreakPoint Symposium - Break Point

"At this moment in time, we must use all the most innovative tools available to advocate for the timeless values of our shared culture, with the same courage that our ancestors showed in confronted the controversies of their day." Read more at our Colson Center Symposium. @KristanHawkins https://hubs.ly/H0hLc3-0

This fall marks the tenth anniversary of a document that seems more prophetic with every day that goes by.

Today on the BreakPoint Podcast we present a classic lecture given by Chuck Colson at the Harvard Business School in 199...
05/06/2019
Podcast: Why Harvard Can't Teach Ethics, with Chuck Colson - Break Point

Today on the BreakPoint Podcast we present a classic lecture given by Chuck Colson at the Harvard Business School in 1991. His topic: Why Harvard Can’t Teach Ethics.

The answer, Chuck argues, lies in the West’s rejection of a transcendent moral order. Here is Chuck Colson at Harvard.

Today on the BreakPoint Podcast we present a classic lecture given by Chuck Colson at the Harvard Business School in 1991. His topic: Why Harvard Can’t Teach Ethics.

"As we stand boldly for life, marriage, and religious liberty, let us heed His admonition. It is not for us to know when...
05/06/2019
The Manhattan Declaration - Ten Years Later: A BreakPoint Symposium - Break Point

"As we stand boldly for life, marriage, and religious liberty, let us heed His admonition. It is not for us to know when or even precisely how the victories will be won. Our task and duty is simply to be faithful and obedient—to bear witness and do what is right, in season and out of season." Read more at our Colson Center Symposium. @McCormickProf https://hubs.ly/H0hLc2j0

This fall marks the tenth anniversary of a document that seems more prophetic with every day that goes by.

The year 2019 is the ten-year anniversary of a statement that drew the line for Christians on three central issues: life...
05/06/2019
The Point: The Manhattan Declaration - Break Point

The year 2019 is the ten-year anniversary of a statement that drew the line for Christians on three central issues: life, marriage, and religious liberty. The most important statement in the Manhattan Declaration is the last one: that we would “fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s.” But under “no circumstances” could we “render to Caesar what is God's.”

The Manhattan Declaration has proven remarkably prophetic. In each area—life, marriage, and religious liberty—the reach of the state has grown dramatically. Just think of lawmakers high fiving abortion in New York, the White House lit up in rainbow colors after the Obergefell decision, and believers forced to choose between their faith and their livelihood.

Two new resources can help you wrestle with what Christian conviction looks like today. Our latest online symposium and a new book, “What Belongs to God, What Belongs to Caesar.”. It include reflections by Robert George, Joni Eareckson Tada, and other thought leaders. Find both at https://hubs.ly/H0hKyPl0.

What happens when Caesar claims what belongs to God?

"Christians must decide where they stand, not based on the pressure of the cultural moment, but on the rock-solid, uncha...
05/06/2019
BreakPoint: The Manhattan Declaration 10 Years On - Break Point

"Christians must decide where they stand, not based on the pressure of the cultural moment, but on the rock-solid, unchanging truth revealed in the Story of Scripture. We cannot render to Caesar what belongs to God."

How should Christians respond when Caesar claims what belongs to God?

"Christians must decide where they stand, not based on the pressure of the cultural moment, but on the rock-solid, uncha...
05/06/2019
BreakPoint: The Manhattan Declaration 10 Years On - Break Point

"Christians must decide where they stand, not based on the pressure of the cultural moment, but on the rock-solid, unchanging truth revealed in the Story of Scripture. We cannot render to Caesar what belongs to God."

How should Christians respond when Caesar claims what belongs to God?

"On average, about 345 Christians are killed each month on account of their faith and around 105 churches or Christian b...
05/05/2019
Why Are So Many Christians Being Persecuted? - Break Point

"On average, about 345 Christians are killed each month on account of their faith and around 105 churches or Christian buildings are burned or attacked. While, tragically, Muslims and Jews are also terror targets, around the world, one in nine Christians experiences some form of persecution. You wouldn’t know it from a steady diet of Western media."

When it comes to persecution, perhaps the question we ought to ask shouldn’t be “Why?” but “Why not?”

05/05/2019
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A #Christianworldview means God is sovereign over all areas of His creation, and we are His stewards over all areas of creation. #WilliamWilberforce fought the slave trade, the defining issue of his age, but he also fought animal cruelty.

What to pray for this week: 1) Pray that God would protect and heal marriages touched by abortion and other sins, includ...
05/04/2019

What to pray for this week:

1) Pray that God would protect and heal marriages touched by abortion and other sins, including unfaithfulness.

2) Pray that the Lord would lead couples to speak lovingly, listen patiently, and act justly.

3) Pray that they would get the counseling and encouragement they need to keep going.

4) Pray for the children in such unions, that their parents would guard them as a precious charge.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! https://hubs.ly/H0hKmHD0

“We can’t be surprised that a generation coming of age in a time of social conflict is confused about what to believ...
05/04/2019
The Manhattan Declaration - Ten Years Later: A BreakPoint Symposium - Break Point

“We can’t be surprised that a generation coming of age in a time of social conflict is confused about what to believe. But we must be committed to reaching out to this generation where they live.”
10 years after the Manhattan Declaration, read where Kristan Hawkins thinks Christianity is today.
https://hubs.ly/H0hJsGc0

This fall marks the tenth anniversary of a document that seems more prophetic with every day that goes by.

"No one is immune. Hatred and conspiracy theories and racism and the blasphemy of Cain find purchase in human hearts of ...
05/04/2019
A Quiet, Piano-Playing Presbyterian Mass-Shooter - Break Point

"No one is immune. Hatred and conspiracy theories and racism and the blasphemy of Cain find purchase in human hearts of all sorts, and willing accomplices even in the pews. To say we must make sure we truly know our sons and brothers is too simple." #ChabadofPoway

Socially awkward teenage boys with no prior criminal records have become a stereotype for mass-shooters.

This fall marks the tenth anniversary of a document that seems more prophetic with every day that goes by. “The Manhat...
05/04/2019
The Manhattan Declaration - Ten Years Later: A BreakPoint Symposium - Break Point

This fall marks the tenth anniversary of a document that seems more prophetic with every day that goes by. “The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience” brought various Christian groups and individuals together to take a stand for biblical truth in an age of increasing cultural flux.

In the face of societal pressures to conform to new and ever-shifting moral orthodoxies, as well as the well-intended but poorly considered counsel from fellow Christians to do the same, this statement declares that the eternal truths of the Bible have not changed. God’s plan in the realms of human dignity, sexuality, marriage, children, and church/state relations are a surer path to human flourishing than any of the latest alternatives championed by wider culture.

We have asked several Christian thinkers to give their opinion of this key statement, its significance at the time, and its enduring legacy.

This fall marks the tenth anniversary of a document that seems more prophetic with every day that goes by.

What to pray for this week: 1) Pray that men involved in abortion would forgive themselves, would receive forgiveness fr...
05/03/2019

What to pray for this week:

1) Pray that men involved in abortion would forgive themselves, would receive forgiveness from the women involved and others, and would find forgiveness from God.

2) Pray that they would confess their sins and failings and find grace and kindness in their churches.

3) Pray that their hearts and minds would be renewed, and every day they would grow in grace.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! https://hubs.ly/H0hKmH90

John Stonestreet and Warren Smith double down on the truth that ideas have consequences, and bad ideas have victims. Tho...
05/03/2019
BP This Week: The Victims of Bad Ideas - Break Point

John Stonestreet and Warren Smith double down on the truth that ideas have consequences, and bad ideas have victims. Those bad ideas include the anti-Semitism and hatred that drove an outstanding student and member of an Orthodox Presbyterian to murder, as well the ideology of the new sexual orthodoxy that would force Bethany Christian services to agree to place foster children with same-sex couples in Michigan.

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

Join John Stonestreet, co-editor of "Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty", and Warren Cole Smith NEXT WEEK in Colson C...
05/03/2019
Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty

Join John Stonestreet, co-editor of "Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty", and Warren Cole Smith NEXT WEEK in Colson Center's free webinar as they discuss the central issue of this new book: what belongs to God? What belongs to Caesar?
https://hubs.ly/H0hK1gG0

Life, Marriage, and Religious Libertyfeaturing John Stonestreet and Warren Cole Smith Have you ever wondered what the world would look like without Christianity? Ten years after over half a million Christians signed their names to a statement of conscience clarifying where they stood, the three issu...

"In America, we’ve not had to do the calculus that Jesus promised would come: Have we counted the cost of what it mean...
05/03/2019
The Manhattan Declaration - Ten Years Later: A BreakPoint Symposium - Break Point

"In America, we’ve not had to do the calculus that Jesus promised would come: Have we counted the cost of what it means to follow Him? Do we understand how heavy that cross can be?"
10 years after the Manhattan Declaration, read what Andrew T. Walker thinks faces Christians today.
https://hubs.ly/H0hJrKC0

This fall marks the tenth anniversary of a document that seems more prophetic with every day that goes by.

A #Christianworldview means God is sovereign over all areas of His creation, and we are His stewards over all areas of c...
05/03/2019
Restoring All Things - Break Point

A #Christianworldview means God is sovereign over all areas of His creation, and we are His stewards over all areas of creation. #WilliamWilberforce fought the slave trade, the defining issue of his age, but he also fought animal cruelty. https://hubs.ly/H0hJVrl0

Many Christians know the role of William Wilberforce in the elimination of the transatlantic slave trade. His success, aided by..Read more

Because the International Association of Athletics Federations is committed to “preserving the integrity of women’s ...
05/03/2019
The Point: Now Women Can’t Compete Against Women? - Break Point

Because the International Association of Athletics Federations is committed to “preserving the integrity of women’s athletic competition,” it’s demanding that South African track star Caster Semenya chemically reduce the levels of testosterone in her body.

Semenya is a female—both physiologically and chromosomally. But her body naturally produces elevated testosterone levels. Semenya refuses to alter her body chemically.

A sports arbitration court agreed with the IAAF that too much testosterone gives Semenya an unfair advantage in certain women’s competitions. All this, while in other parts of the world, including here in the U. S., many with male physiology are allowed to compete as women, against women. Confused yet?

Tennis legend Billy Jean King said, “Forcing women w/naturally high testosterone to give up ownership of their bodies and take drugs to compete in sport is barbaric, dangerous, and discriminatory.” I agree.

As a former 5’ 9” point guard, I could have claimed that 6’ 10” centers had an unfair advantage. But unlike the IAAF, I believe in competing with what you’re born with.

Confused yet?

"Every relationship we have calls us outside of ourselves and invites us to show forth the image of the God who not only...
05/03/2019
BreakPoint: Eros Isn’t Enough - Break Point

"Every relationship we have calls us outside of ourselves and invites us to show forth the image of the God who not only chose love for His own name, but put so much of it in His world that one Greek word simply wouldn’t do."

Individual lives and entire cultures are devastated whenever love is reduced to something less than God intended

"This ancient non-canonical text, although attributed to someone who would have known Jesus personally, is a late fictio...
05/03/2019
Fabricated Faith: Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical “Gospel of Mary”? - Break Point

"This ancient non-canonical text, although attributed to someone who would have known Jesus personally, is a late fictional narrative. The four canonical Gospels are still the earliest reliable record of Jesus, written within the lifetimes of the eyewitnesses who knew Jesus personally."

This ancient non-canonical text, although attributed to someone who would have known Jesus personally, is a late fictional narrative.

Remember that 1980’s cough syrup commercial when Chris Robinson said, “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV”? ...
05/03/2019
BreakPoint: Joaquin Phoenix and ‘The Gospel of Mary’ - Break Point

Remember that 1980’s cough syrup commercial when Chris Robinson said, “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV”? I wanted to paraphrase these immortal words when I read what actor #JoaquinPhoenix of “Gladiator” fame said about his role as Jesus in the upcoming movie, “Mary Magdalene.”

The Gospel of Mary is a work of fan-fiction

"The creation of an epic battle against catastrophic climate change provides such people with a tangible means of “dea...
05/03/2019
Cooking the Science - Break Point

"The creation of an epic battle against catastrophic climate change provides such people with a tangible means of “dealing” with their new god, expressing their “worship,” and finding a sense of meaning and purpose."

This is where the “faith” of these “catastrophic climate change” believers comes into play.

What to pray for this week: 1) Men who have experienced the loss of a child through abortion can have a powerful voice t...
05/02/2019

What to pray for this week:

1) Men who have experienced the loss of a child through abortion can have a powerful voice to other men facing similar situations.

2) Pray that men who have experienced healing would be willing to help others find it, too.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! https://hubs.ly/H0hJbq20

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