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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 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 Shane Morris 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 is 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.

John Stonestreet and Shane Morris discuss the many hard choices our nation faces during the Coronavirus pandemic. In eve...
03/31/2020
Coronavirus, Hard Decisions, and the Church - BreakPoint

John Stonestreet and Shane Morris discuss the many hard choices our nation faces during the Coronavirus pandemic. In every decision, they insist, we must keep in mind the rock-solid biblical truth: Every human being is made in image of God. https://hubs.ly/H0p1YdZ0

John Stonestreet and Shane Morris discuss the many hard choices our nation faces during the Coronavirus pandemic, from rationing medical care to the economy to freedom and security. In every decision, they insist, we must keep in mind the rock-solid biblical truth: Every human being is made in image...

Patty Colson, wife of the late Charles W. Colson, passed into the arms of Jesus on Friday afternoon. “Happy,” as Chuck w...
03/30/2020
Patricia Anne Colson (1930-2020) - BreakPoint

Patty Colson, wife of the late Charles W. Colson, passed into the arms of Jesus on Friday afternoon. “Happy,” as Chuck would call her, was his closest friend, ally, and advisor for nearly five decades. https://hubs.ly/H0p1-Tn0

Patricia Anne Colson, 89, beloved wife of the late Charles W. Colson, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2020

You may remember back in the 1990s a massive wave of men rededicating themselves to their relationships with God, their ...
03/30/2020
Promise Keepers Is Back! - BreakPoint

You may remember back in the 1990s a massive wave of men rededicating themselves to their relationships with God, their families and their communities. These “Promise Keepers” flooded the Mall in Washington DC, filled football stadiums, and transformed lives.

Well, Promise Keepers is back, and the timing couldn’t be better, given the growing attacks on masculinity and the rising tide of young men suffering from various addictions and chronic loneliness.

Today on the BreakPoint Podcast, Promise Keepers Chairmand and CEO Ken Harrison tells John Stonestreet how Promise Keepers rebounded, the movement’s vision of biblical manhood, and their plan for their national conference in Dallas this summer.

Promise Keepers is back

Tomorrow night, Tuesday March 31 at 8 PM Eastern Time, Ed Stetzer will join John Stonestreet for a free webinar “How Chr...
03/30/2020
Loving Our Neighbors During the Coronavirus - BreakPoint

Tomorrow night, Tuesday March 31 at 8 PM Eastern Time, Ed Stetzer will join John Stonestreet for a free webinar “How Christians Can Love Their Neighbors During the Coronavirus.” Though this webinar is the first session of a 5-part short course on responding to our culture’s brokenness, we are also offering it completely free to anyone, even if they are not signed up for the rest of the course.

How should Christians love their neighbors at this time?

It’s clear from history that our Christian forebears ran into the plagues with the love and care of Christ.What’s not as...
03/30/2020
How Do We Love Our Neighbors During the Coronavirus? - BreakPoint

It’s clear from history that our Christian forebears ran into the plagues with the love and care of Christ.

What’s not as clear is how, in this age in which social distancing is a very real and necessary way to love our neighbors, and when professional medical personnel can better care for the sick, how we should run into this plague of the Coronavirus.

That’s why I’ve invited Ed Stetzer of the Billy Graham Center to join me tomorrow night at 8 Eastern for a FREE Webinar on “How Christians Can Love Their Neighbors During the Coronavirus.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Ed has been gathering resources and identifying best practices for pastors, ministry leaders, and faithful volunteers on everything, from moving services online to mobilizing care for the sick and dying.

The webinar is free. And if you can’t make it at 8pm Eastern, sign up anyway and get the recorded video.

Our Christian forebears ran into the plagues with the love and care of Christ.

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Transgender athletes should be able to participate on whatever sports teams ...
03/29/2020
Is It Fair for Boys to Play Girls Sports If They Say They're Girls? - BreakPoint

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Transgender athletes should be able to participate on whatever sports teams they choose. Girls’ sports should be open to anyone who says they are female.” What would you say? https://hubs.ly/H0nZtLR0

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Transgender athletes should be able to participate on whatever sports teams they choose. Girls’ sports should be open to anyone who says they are female.”

As everyone is looking for wisdom, the Church has an opportunity to explain to our neighbors that we think about these t...
03/28/2020
The Moral Conundrums of Covid-19 - BreakPoint

As everyone is looking for wisdom, the Church has an opportunity to explain to our neighbors that we think about these things all the time. We might even have a few answers. Yes, elderly lives are worth just as much as any other, and we can tell you why. https://hubs.ly/H0nZlJ20

What’s the right thing to do to keep each other safe?

As Christians, our response to the pandemic needs to reflect a Kingdom perspective on life and death, health, disease, a...
03/28/2020
The Best of Things in the Worst of Times - BreakPoint

As Christians, our response to the pandemic needs to reflect a Kingdom perspective on life and death, health, disease, and what it means to love our neighbor. And that involves balancing a range of conflicting priorities. #Coronavirus #Christianity #Jesus https://hubs.ly/H0nZNTn0

Christians acted this way because they had no fear of death

With great sadness, yet with the great hope of resurrection, we want to share with you that Patty Colson, wife of the la...
03/28/2020
Patricia Anne Colson (1930-2020) - BreakPoint

With great sadness, yet with the great hope of resurrection, we want to share with you that Patty Colson, wife of the late Charles W. Colson, passed into the arms of Jesus on Friday afternoon. “Happy,” as Chuck would call her, was his closest friend, ally, and advisor for nearly five decades. We thank God for her life and legacy. She was a gift to Chuck, to Prison Fellowship Ministries, and to the Colson Center.

Christ is Risen indeed!

Patricia Anne Colson, 89, beloved wife of the late Charles W. Colson, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2020

With great sadness, yet with the great hope of resurrection, we want to share with you that Patty Colson, wife of the la...
03/28/2020

With great sadness, yet with the great hope of resurrection, we want to share with you that Patty Colson, wife of the late Charles W. Colson, passed into the arms of Jesus on Friday afternoon. “Happy,” as Chuck would call her, was his closest friend, ally, and advisor for nearly five decades. We thank God for her life and legacy. She was a gift to Chuck, to Prison Fellowship Ministries, and to the Colson Center.

Christ is Risen indeed!

Lobbyists for casinos told the Washington Post that the $260 billion industry is at a “near standstill” because of ban o...
03/27/2020
Don’t Bet on the Gambling Industry - BreakPoint

Lobbyists for casinos told the Washington Post that the $260 billion industry is at a “near standstill” because of ban on public gatherings. But of course, they are asking for a government bailout. Without the money, they say, the industry will go under. https://hubs.ly/H0nZtHD0

Lobbyists for casinos told the Washington Post that the $260 billion industry is at a “near standstill.”

John Stonestreet and Shane Morris discuss the many hard choices our nation faces during the Coronavirus pandemic, from r...
03/27/2020
Coronavirus, Hard Decisions, and the Church - BreakPoint

John Stonestreet and Shane Morris discuss the many hard choices our nation faces during the Coronavirus pandemic, from rationing medical care to the economy to freedom and security. In every decision, they insist, we must keep in mind the rock-solid biblical truth: Every human being is made in image of God.

They also discuss the question of suffering from a Christian perspective, what blessings we can see even in the midst of the crisis, and China's despicable crackdown against Christians even during the pandemic.

John Stonestreet and Shane Morris discuss the many hard choices our nation faces during the Coronavirus pandemic, from rationing medical care to the economy to freedom and security. In every decision, they insist, we must keep in mind the rock-solid biblical truth: Every human being is made in image...

"For all the fears and dangers that we see in our newsfeeds and neighborhoods, perhaps the far greater story of this tim...
03/27/2020
Think on These Things: Seeking a Surer Light in the Darkest of Days - BreakPoint

"For all the fears and dangers that we see in our newsfeeds and neighborhoods, perhaps the far greater story of this time of plague is that the people of the world came together in the midst of their social distancing, and, with barely a grumble, created a new path for life in defiance of the threat of death."

Christianity has more to offer the world than Stoicism and sentimentality.

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Transgender athletes should be able to participate on whatever sports teams ...
03/27/2020
Is It Fair for Boys to Play Girls Sports If They Say They're Girls? - BreakPoint

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Transgender athletes should be able to participate on whatever sports teams they choose. Girls’ sports should be open to anyone who says they are female.”

What would you say?

Some people think that gender is determined by how you feel and identify, not by your biology.

So, if someone feels and identifies as female, then they are female and should be allowed the same opportunities as every other female, including the right to compete on female sports teams.

But this sort of thinking ignore some pretty basic facts about biology, what makes us who we are, and the impact this will have on women.

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Transgender athletes should be able to participate on whatever sports teams they choose. Girls’ sports should be open to anyone who says they are female.”

Perhaps an unexpected consequence of COVID-19 has been the new national and personal conversation about morality. What’s...
03/27/2020
The Moral Conundrums of Covid-19 - BreakPoint

Perhaps an unexpected consequence of COVID-19 has been the new national and personal conversation about morality. What’s the right thing to do to keep each other safe? How do we prioritize economic concerns when lives are at stake? Are elderly lives as valuable as younger one?

Since everyone is looking for wisdom, the Church has an opportunity to explain to our neighbors that we think about these things all the time. We might even have a few answers. Yes, elderly lives are worth just as much as any other, and we can tell you why.

Another opportunity here is point out all the moral policing. For a “you do you” culture, there sure is a lot of people telling others how to live… something fundamentalist Christians get accused of all the time. It’s almost as if morality is hard-baked into the world, and times like these reveal it.

“Thinking and talking worldviewishly” is having a moment. Don’t miss it.

What’s the right thing to do to keep each other safe?

The latest in our “What Would You Say?” video series tackles this question. Each video offers clear, articulate, and use...
03/27/2020
What Would You Say about Men Competing as Women? - BreakPoint

The latest in our “What Would You Say?” video series tackles this question. Each video offers clear, articulate, and useable answers to tough cultural issues like this one.

There’s more than a good chance we’ll find ourselves in conversations about the fairness of biological men in women’s sports.

"As Christians, our response to the pandemic needs to reflect a Kingdom perspective on life and death, health, disease, ...
03/26/2020
The Best of Things in the Worst of Times - BreakPoint

"As Christians, our response to the pandemic needs to reflect a Kingdom perspective on life and death, health, disease, and what it means to love our neighbor. And that involves balancing a range of conflicting priorities."

Christians acted this way because they had no fear of death

Just when you thought everything was bad because of the Coronavirus, Playboy announced it was ending the print edition o...
03/26/2020
Don’t Bet on the Gambling Industry - BreakPoint

Just when you thought everything was bad because of the Coronavirus, Playboy announced it was ending the print edition of its magazine after 66 years.

And there’s more. Lobbyists for casinos told the Washington Post that the $260 billion industry is at a “near standstill” because of restrictions on public gatherings. But of course, they are asking for a government bailout. Without the money, they say, the industry will go under.

In one of his very last BreakPoints, Chuck Colson referred to state-sponsored and government supported gambling as a “political shell game.” And he called the politicians who would vote for it, “lily-livered.”

I can imagine the harsh words he’d have about bailing out this industry, but I bet he’d remind us of the “social and personal costs associated with gambling, including crime, [and] family breakdown.”

He’d then urge us to make it clear to our representatives that the only proper response to this request is “no.”

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Lobbyists for casinos told the Washington Post that the $260 billion industry is at a “near standstill.”

Just when you thought everything was bad because of the Coronavirus, Playboy announced it was ending the print edition o...
03/26/2020
Don’t Bet on the Gambling Industry - BreakPoint

Just when you thought everything was bad because of the Coronavirus, Playboy announced it was ending the print edition of its magazine after 66 years.

And there’s more. Lobbyists for casinos told the Washington Post that the $260 billion industry is at a “near standstill” because of restrictions on public gatherings. But of course, they are asking for a government bailout. Without the money, they say, the industry will go under.

In one of his very last BreakPoints, Chuck Colson referred to state-sponsored and government supported gambling as a “political shell game.” And he called the politicians who would vote for it, “lily-livered.”

I can imagine the harsh words he’d have about bailing out this industry, but I bet he’d remind us of the “social and personal costs associated with gambling, including crime, [and] family breakdown.”

He’d then urge us to make it clear to our representatives that the only proper response to this request is “no.”

Lobbyists for casinos told the Washington Post that the $260 billion industry is at a “near standstill.”

"Josh doesn’t think he can feed a whole community with lettuce. But this week, several churches will be involved in serv...
03/26/2020
Running into the Coronavirus Crisis with Lettuce and Love - BreakPoint

"Josh doesn’t think he can feed a whole community with lettuce. But this week, several churches will be involved in serving the community, providing volunteers to help Josh and his team, to encourage and to pray for all those who ask for it, a while picking up their lettuce. And, this has pushed YWAM Emerge to expand operations, so that when sales resume, they can continue to bless the community."

American Christians are helping their neighbors.

We aren’t the first to face times of plague and pestilence. History tells of several devastating pandemics that swept Eu...
03/26/2020
Running into The Plague while Social Distancing - BreakPoint

We aren’t the first to face times of plague and pestilence. History tells of several devastating pandemics that swept Europe in the early days of Christianity and Christ-followers distinguished themselves by their counter-cultural responses. https://hubs.ly/H0nTrWh0

It’s clear how our Christian forbears dealt with the plagues of their cultural moment.

What do you have that can bless your community in a time of crisis? For Josh Imhoff, director of YWAM Emerge in Colorado...
03/26/2020
During the Pandemic, Give What You Got - BreakPoint

What do you have that can bless your community in a time of crisis? For Josh Imhoff, director of YWAM Emerge in Colorado Springs, it was lettuce. As in 2,700 heads of lettuce that he and the ministry could no longer sell due to the #coronavirus pandemic. https://hubs.ly/H0nTzYr0

What do you have that can bless your community in a time of crisis?

03/25/2020
What Would You Say

Hey BreakPoint listeners!

Check out our latest "What would you say?" video and let us know what you think in the comments! We would love to hear from you.

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Transgender athletes should be able to participate on whatever sports teams they choose. Girls’ sports should be open to anyone who says they are female.”

What would you say?

Some people think that gender is determined by how you feel and identify, not by your biology. So, if someone feels and identifies as female, then they are female and should be allowed the same opportunities as every other female, including the right to compete on female sports teams.

*Citations*

1. Two boys who identify as girls have recently won 15 girls track-and-field titles. (June 17, 2019), https://bit.ly/2Yg0S6A.
2. Mary Gregory stripped of 9 world records after entering female weightlifting competition: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/05/16/stripped-womens-records-transgender-powerlifter-asks-where-do-we-draw-line/
3. “There is a 10-12% difference between male and female athletic performance”. Tim Layden, Is it fair for Caster Semenya to compete against women at the Rio Olympics?, SI (Aug. 11, 2016)
4. Men have, on average, 36% greater skeletal muscle mass than women. Ian Jansen, Steven B. Heymsfiled, ZiMian Wang, and Robert Ross, Skeletal muscle mass and distribution in 468 men and women aged 18-88 yr, 89 J. Applied Physiology 81, 85-86 (July 2000), available at https://www.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/ jappl.2000.89.1.81. 11
5. Men are taller than women. Opening ‘the X-files’ helped researchers to understand why women and men differ in height, ScienceDaily (Feb. 4, 2014), https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140207083836. htm (discussing a study showing how the X chromosome may impact height in women).
6. Men have thicker and denser bones than women. Jeri W Nieves, Carmelo Formica, Jamie Ruffing, Marsha Zion, Patricia Garrett, Robert Lindsay, Felicia Cosman, Males Have Larger Skeletal Size and Bone Mass Than Females, Despite Comparable Body Size, 20 J. of Bone and Mineral Res. 529 (Dec. 4, 2009) (discussing how males have higher lean mass, bone mineral content, and bone mineral density than females).
7. Female athletes have lower lung volume and maximal expiratory airflow rates than their biologically male counter-parts on account of small lungs and airway diameter. See Anthony C. Hackney, ed., Sex Hormones, Exercise and Women: Scientific and Clinical Aspects, at 21-23 (Springer 2017).
8. The fastest men are faster than the fastest women. Olympic Game Records, IAAF, https://www.iaaf.org/records/ by-category/olympic-games-records (last visited Aug. 21, 2019).
9. The strongest men are stronger than the strongest women. Compare Olympic Records, IWF, https://www.iwf.net/results/olympic-records/ (reporting, for example, a total of 357 kg lifted in the 69 kg category), with Women’s Olympic Records, IWF, https://www.iwf.net/results/ olympicrecords/?ranking_curprog=current&ranking_gender=w &x=8&y=5&y=12 (last visited Aug. 21, 2019) (reporting a total of 286 kg lifted in the 69 kg category).
10. Prior to Title IX, only four percent of girls played organized sports. The She Network, https://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/education/ title-ix-and-the-rise-of-female-athletes-in-america/ (last visited Aug. 21, 2019)
11. Today forty percent of girls participate in organized sports. The She Network, https://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/education/ title-ix-and-the-rise-of-female-athletes-in-america/ (last visited Aug. 21, 2019)
12. In 1972, 295,000 girls competed in high school sports, compared with 3.67 million boys. Fred Bowen, Title IX has helped encourage many girls to play sports, Washington Post (June 20, 2012), https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/title-ix-hashelped-encourage-many-girls-to-playsports/2012/06/20/gJQAR xx3qV_story.html.
13. In 2010-2011, that number had risen to 3.2 million girls, compared with 4.5 million boys. Fred Bowen, Title IX has helped encourage many girls to play sports, Washington Post (June 20, 2012), https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/title-ix-hashelped-encourage-many-girls-to-playsports/2012/06/20/gJQAR xx3qV_story.html.
14. As of 2012, almost 200,000 women played college sports, many of them on scholarship. Bowen, supra n.22. The broader benefits of athletic participation for women are widely acknowledged. Female high school athletes are more likely to graduate from high school, get better grades, and be healthier, than girls who do not participate in sports and are less likely to get into trouble. Id. Athletic participation also creates life-long opportunities for women. See Haley Samsel, USA Today (June 23, 2017),https://www.usatoday.com/story/college/2017/06/23/title-ixturns-45-today-its-impact-goes-beyond-women-playing-sports/ 37433427/

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We live in a moment of cultural confusion. Fewer and fewer of the things that give meaning to our lives come easily. Family, community, beauty, truth seem to be constantly eroding around us—while our news feeds are full of despair, anger, and division.

How are Christians to make sense of the world around us? How can we make sure we have clarity in our daily lives?

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