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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.

James Sire Brought Christian Ideas to Millions
02/09/2018
James Sire Brought Christian Ideas to Millions

James Sire Brought Christian Ideas to Millions

James Sire, who died on Tuesday at age 84, was not a media star or megachurch pastor, but it is possible that he did more to share the Christian worldview of the church than any man of his generation. He did that – as the editor of InterVarsity Press (IVP) -- by discovering, nurturing, shaping, an...

He is God: Creating God in Our Image
02/09/2018
He is God: Creating God in Our Image

He is God: Creating God in Our Image

Does it really matter what we call Him? Shakespeare’s Juliet may have declared, “What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet," but the reality of toying with how we speak of God can have some sour results.

BreakPoint: “The 15:17 to Paris”
02/09/2018
BreakPoint: “The 15:17 to Paris”

BreakPoint: “The 15:17 to Paris”

Heroes and Their Faith. A major studio has just released a film about three heroic Americans who stopped a terrorist attack—and it ties that heroism to their Christian faith.

Keep prayer close to your heart.Everywhere he went, Chuck Colson carried index cards in his left shirt pocket. On them w...
02/09/2018
The Point: Commit to Pray

Keep prayer close to your heart.

Everywhere he went, Chuck Colson carried index cards in his left shirt pocket. On them were reminders of specific people for him to pray for. You could say that prayer was at the heart of Chuck’s worldview.

Scripture commands us to pray continually and on all occasions. It’s one very important way that we take part in God’s Story of creation, fall, redemption and restoration. And, as Paul would say, in the struggle against "the powers of this dark world.”

So like Chuck, whether you’re at home or on the road, when you rise and when you lie down, pray for family, friends, even enemies. Pray for the Church—especially the persecuted church; -for our leaders, and for our nation.

And why not join with the Colson Center in our special focus on prayer for life? Come to BreakPoint.org/21Days to download a free 21 Days of Prayer for life app. And for the next 365 days you will receive specific prayer requests for life.

Again, that’s BreakPoint.org/21Days.

Scripture commands us to pray continually and on all occasions. It’s one very important way that we take part in God’s Story of creation, fall, redemption and restoration. And, as Paul would say, in the struggle against "the powers of this dark world.”

Trust, It's Complicated
02/08/2018
Trust, It's Complicated

Trust, It's Complicated

None of this is to deny that immigration, and the diversity it produces, doesn’t present challenges. It does. But Americans don’t need immigrants to, as Morgan put it, “approach ‘most people’ with standoffishness.” We mastered that all on our own.

It’s never just a kids’ book. Researchers recently compared popular kids’ books from China and the U.S. and they f...
02/08/2018
The Point: Not Just a Kids' Book

It’s never just a kids’ book.

Researchers recently compared popular kids’ books from China and the U.S. and they found quite a discrepancy While kids in China read stories about industrious men who dig up mountains and young children working hard to make neat letters, American youngsters generally read about happy kids finding enjoyment with their friends.

In fact, Chinese storybooks promote hard work and perseverance about twice as often as U.S. books. This might explain why kids in China regularly score higher on academic tests, while U.S. kids are so obsessed with being happy.

The research confirms what we already know, that stories shape us. A story brought King David to repentance. A parable about a good Samaritan has inspired Christians to bind wounds for two millennia. Stories, as C. S. Lewis said, “steal past watchful dragons” of skepticism to implant in our minds a picture of things worth valuing.

Kids’ book are more than “just a story.” They’re tools for molding hearts and minds.

The research confirms what we already know, that stories shape us. A story brought King David to repentance. A parable about a good Samaritan has inspired Christians to bind wounds for two millennia. Stories, as C. S. Lewis said, “steal past watchful dragons” of skepticism to implant in our mind...

BreakPoint: NARAL’s Tell-Tale Heart*
02/08/2018
BreakPoint: NARAL’s Tell-Tale Heart*

BreakPoint: NARAL’s Tell-Tale Heart*

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, NARAL’s report is a close second. It’s an unintended acknowledgment that our efforts on behalf of the sanctity of life are bearing enough fruit to make the other side very nervous. Nervous enough to check their doors every few minutes.

Emily Colson: Still Dancing with Max, part 2
02/07/2018
Emily Colson: Still Dancing with Max, part 2

Emily Colson: Still Dancing with Max, part 2

In part 2 of Emily Colson’s presentation at a recent Colson Fellows residency in Arizona, Emily focuses on the value..Read more

The Eagles for the win!The Philadelphia Eagles’ scored an unlikely Super Bowl win over the favored New England Patriot...
02/07/2018
The Point: Wings of Eagles

The Eagles for the win!

The Philadelphia Eagles’ scored an unlikely Super Bowl win over the favored New England Patriots.

But in addition to an incredible game, in which they outscored Tom Brady at his best, there are the other headlines about Philly’s champs that you don’t want to miss.

From the Washington Post: “In a tough sports town, baptisms and Bible studies fuel many of the Eagles’ stars."

And from Salt Lake City’s Deseret News: "NFL players using Super Bowl spotlight as a platform to share their Christian faith."

And then, this one from ESPN: "Members of the Eagles find common ground through spiritual devotion."

From Thursday team Bible studies, to "scripture text chains," to "late-night prayer sessions at the team hotel the night before each game," to baptisms in the team’s swimming pool, to public proclamations of faith on television and twitter by coaches and quarterbacks, it was faith as much as football that kept this team together on its path to the championship.

And it’s great to see the sports world take notice.

From Thursday team Bible studies, to "scripture text chains," to "late-night prayer sessions at the team hotel the night before each game," to baptisms in the team’s swimming pool, to public proclamations of faith on television and twitter by coaches and quarterbacks, it was faith as much as footb...

BreakPoint: Pro-Life, Pro-Science. How Advances Lift the Curtain on Roe
02/07/2018
BreakPoint: Pro-Life, Pro-Science. How Advances Lift the Curtain on Roe

BreakPoint: Pro-Life, Pro-Science. How Advances Lift the Curtain on Roe

Ultimately,the reason science has been such a powerful ally to the pro-life cause is because it resonates with the “common sense of fetal heartbeats and swelling stomachs.” It gives us permission to voice something we already know at an intuitive level: The unborn are babies, and should be treat...

02/07/2018

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Yesterday I talked about so-called “Christian pastors” who blessed a late-term abortion clinic. I called them priest...
02/06/2018
Catholic in Name Only? Yesterday Protestant servants of Molech. Today, Catholic ones.

Yesterday I talked about so-called “Christian pastors” who blessed a late-term abortion clinic. I called them priests and priestesses of Molech. Because that’s what they are.

And then, there are those Senators who claim to be Catholic and vote for late-term abortions…

Well, I’ll let a Catholic priest handle this one. Writing at Patheos, Fr. Dwight Longenecker excoriated the 14 Senators who claim the faith but killed a bill to eliminate this abomination. For the record, he’s talking about senators Cantwell, Collins, and Durbin. Gillebrand, Heitkamp and Kaine. Leahy, Markey, and Cortez Masto; McCaskill, Menendez, Murkowski, Murray and Reed.

“If they had voted as their faith (and their common humanity would dictate),” he wrote, “this cruel and horrible practice would have been outlawed.”

Because I’m not a Catholic, I don’t feel comfortable saying, “Hey, Catholics, do something about this.” But Fr. Longenecker is, and does.

“If they are the senators from your diocese, write to your bishop and ask what he is going to do about it.”

Amen.

Yesterday Protestant servants of Molech. Today, Catholic ones.

Out of the Aether
02/05/2018
Out of the Aether

Out of the Aether

A lot of talk about culture leans heavily towards the monocausal. Like the people speculating about the properties of the aether, we construct models that offer solutions to complex problems that are, as H.L. Mencken famously said, “neat, plausible, and wrong.”

Emily Colson: Still Dancing with Max, Part 1
02/05/2018
Emily Colson: Still Dancing with Max, Part 1

Emily Colson: Still Dancing with Max, Part 1

Emily Colson gives a moving appeal to the church to welcome every individual—especially those with disabilities—and tells us how God has changed her life, and the life of her church, through Max.

Euthanasia and Its Victims: From “Right to Die” to “Duty to Die”
02/05/2018
Euthanasia and Its Victims: From “Right to Die” to “Duty to Die”

Euthanasia and Its Victims: From “Right to Die” to “Duty to Die”

There’s no reason to doubt that the Netherlands isn’t headed in the same direction as the case of “2016-85” shows. The “right to die” is morphing into the “duty to die” even if it requires drugged coffee and being held down while the executioner finds a vein.

BP This Week: "Pro-Abortion" (and "No-Show Pro-Life") Christians
02/04/2018
BP This Week: "Pro-Abortion" (and "No-Show Pro-Life") Christians

BP This Week: "Pro-Abortion" (and "No-Show Pro-Life") Christians

John and Ed call out “Catholic” Senators who supported late-term abortions, protestant “ministers” who blessed an abortion clinic, and ask where all the “whole-life” progressive evangelicals have been when it comes to abortion.

Hawaii’s False Alarm
02/02/2018
Hawaii’s False Alarm

Hawaii’s False Alarm

In Western society, we tend to take for granted that life will go on and on and get better and better. Our secular, Enlightenment worldview requires some adjusting. We need to be reminded that a day of judgment is coming.

"Lights in This World": Albuquerque police officer and wife highlighted in State of the Union Address were just putting ...
02/02/2018
"Lights in This World": Albuquerque police officer and wife highlighted in State of the Union Address were just putting their Christian faith into action

"Lights in This World": Albuquerque police officer and wife highlighted in State of the Union Address were just putting their Christian faith into action

A quick dig into the Holets’ background makes it plain that acknowledging God is common for this young couple. A photo they took to commemorate the baby’s baptism was inscribed with Ephesians 2:8. “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not from yourselves, it is the...

BreakPoint: Rachel Denhollander and the Gospel of Costly Grace
02/02/2018
BreakPoint: Rachel Denhollander and the Gospel of Costly Grace

BreakPoint: Rachel Denhollander and the Gospel of Costly Grace

The horrible story of Larry Nassar won’t be over anytime soon—nor should it be. Thank God so much sexual abuse is now being revealed for what it is: evil. But also, thank God for the brave testimony of Rachel Denhollander revealing grace for what it is: amazing… and only possible because of Je...

It’s their night to shine.On February 9, in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, 540 churches will host “Night...
02/02/2018
The Point: A Night to Shine

It’s their night to shine.

On February 9, in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, 540 churches will host “Night to Shine” proms for 90,000 guests with special needs.

Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow says that at the end of the night, after all the red carpet treatment, limo rides, fun and glamour, he wants participants to realize that “the God of this universe loves them so much and has a special, unique plan and purpose for their life.”

Chuck Colson’s daughter Emily is a huge fan. She and her son Max, who has autism, attended two years ago. “In the middle of the prom,” she told me, parents and caregivers and adults with disabilities, “watched a video from Tim Tebow. He spoke about the value of every life because God has made each of us.”

Folks, it’s likely a church near you is sponsoring “A Night to Shine.” It’s not too late to volunteer. And it’s never too late to give to this marvelous, every-life-is-sacred project. Just visit TimTebowfoundation.org.

On February 9, in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, 540 churches will host “Night to Shine” proms for 90,000 guests with special needs.

Writing at Patheos, Fr. Dwight Longenecker excoriates the 14 Senators “who publicly identify as Catholic” and who vo...
02/01/2018
The Fourteen Catholic Senators Who Enabled Late Term Abortion

Writing at Patheos, Fr. Dwight Longenecker excoriates the 14 Senators “who publicly identify as Catholic” and who voted against the partial birth abortion ban. As Fr. Longenecker notes, this is in direct violation of Catholic teaching.

Here’s the list: Maria Cantwell (WA); Susan Collins (ME); Dick Durbin (IL); Kirsten Gillibrand (NY); Heidi Heitkamp (ND); Tim Kaine (VA); Patrick Leahy (VT); Ed Markey (MA); Catherine Cortez Masto (NV); Claire McCaskill (MO); Bob Menendez (NJ); Lisa Murkowski (AK); Patty Murray (WA); Jack Reed (RI)

As Fr. Longenecker writes, “If they had voted as their faith (and their common humanity would dictate) this cruel and horrible practice would have been outlawed.”

We can’t help but wonder how many other Senators who publicly identify as “Christian” voted for the dismemberment of children on the verge of being born.

Yesterday was a day of shame and horror for Catholics in America Fourteen of our senators who identify publicly as Catholics voted against a bill that would outlaw late term abortion. For anyone who is unfamiliar with this barbaric procedure, here is a reminder. Remember the baby feels pain at this....

There’s a reason you should care about family heirlooms. An article at NextAvenue.org reveals that Boomers are having ...
02/01/2018
The Point: Heirlooms and Chronological Snobbery

There’s a reason you should care about family heirlooms.

An article at NextAvenue.org reveals that Boomers are having a hard time distributing family heirlooms that once belonged to their parents to their kids.

You see, no one wants them. Boomers are cutting back on stuff, and their kids never wanted much stuff in the first place. Plus, “They don’t have the emotional connection to things that earlier generations did.”

If this indicates a shift away from materialism, that’s good.

But I wonder if perhaps there’s more than a little of what C. S. Lewis called “chronological snobbery” going on here, the idea that old things are irrelevant to the future we are creating for ourselves.

Heirlooms are things, of course, but most of them come along with stories–stories about struggles and victories, about virtue and vice, the importance of family, and ultimately, about the faithfulness of God. It’s those stories, and the grounding they can offer a new generation dominated by the “latest and greatest,” that are really worth handing down.

Heirlooms are things, of course, but most of them come along with stories–stories about struggles and victories, about virtue and vice, the importance of family, and ultimately, about the faithfulness of God.

Take a Stand for Marriage: Join in National Marriage Week!
02/01/2018
Take a Stand for Marriage: Join in National Marriage Week!

Take a Stand for Marriage: Join in National Marriage Week!

Come to BreakPoint.org to learn how you or your church can get involved: host a special event, launch a marriage class, discover what others are doing. It’s a great opportunity for churches to both strengthen the marriages in their congregations as well as support families and kids shattered by di...

01/31/2018
J Warner Wallace: Embracing Your Christian Duty, Part 2

Today we have part 2 of cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace’s presentation, “Embracing Your Duty as a Christian.” Using arguments from his outstanding book “Forensic Faith,” Wallace drives home the importance of developing a more reasonable, evidential Christian faith.

Today we have part 2 of cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace’s presentation, “Embracing Your Duty as a Christian.” Using arguments from his outstanding book “Forensic Faith,” Wallace drives home the importance of developing a more reasonable, evidential Christian faith.

Define “fraternity.” Some Yale students want fraternities to accept women. Why? Well, as one freshman said: “Women...
01/31/2018
The Point: Define Fraternity: Brother or sister?

Define “fraternity.”

Some Yale students want fraternities to accept women. Why? Well, as one freshman said: “Women being a part for fraternities would create a better, more positive environment … and would probably lessen sexual assault in their houses.”

Hmmm… what could go wrong with that plan?!

I think a little lesson on the meaning of words is in order… free of charge, which is of course more than Yale can say.

“Fraternity” means “brotherhood.” It comes from “frater,” the Latin word for brother. Likewise, women can belong to a “sorority,” which means sisterhood.

By definition, women can’t be brothers, and men can’t be sisters. Therefore, stick with me here, a fraternity that admits women is no longer a fraternity.

Words have meaning. They point to reality, and how we use them gives us a clearer or more distorted vision of reality. Nowhere is that more obvious than when it comes to sex and gender.

Men and women were created biologically, physiologically, and emotionally different. That’s reality, unlike a sorority with men, or a fraternity with women.

Words have meaning. They point to reality, and how we use them gives us a clearer or more distorted vision of reality. Nowhere is that more obvious than when it comes to sex and gender. Men and women were created biologically, physiologically, and emotionally different. That’s reality, unlike a so...

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