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  • Finding the Pool of Siloam: Historicity of the Gospel of John

    02/01/2016 11:25:50 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | January 26, 2016 | Eric Metaxas
    Since at least the fifth century, Christians had identified a spot in Jerusalem as the Pool of Siloam and the site of the miracle. But it was not until a decade ago that archaeologists found what they are certain is the ancient pool of Siloam. Like so many such finds, it was almost by accident. During construction work to repair a water pipe near the Temple Mount, Israeli archaeologists Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron found "two ancient stone steps." According to Biblical Archaeology Review, "Further excavation revealed that they were part of a monumental pool from the Second Temple period,...
  • Setting Captives Free: Remembering the life and legacy of Charles Colson

    04/21/2012 11:44:51 AM PDT · by HokieMom · 5 replies
    World Magazine ^ | May 5, 2012 | Emily Belz
    WASHINGTON—When President Richard Nixon's knee-capper went to prison after pleading guilty to a Watergate-related crime, he touched off one of the most compelling stories of conversion and a redeemed life in the modern American church. Charles Colson, 80, hovered near death in Fairfax, Va., as WORLD went to press April 19. "It is with a heavy, but hopeful heart that I share with you that it appears our friend, brother, and founder will soon be home with the Lord," wrote Prison Fellowship CEO Jim Liske in an April 18 message, as his wife and children gathered at his bedside. Colson...
  • Chuck Colson: Human Sacrifice for Gaia - Environmentalism at Its Worst

    12/19/2009 10:34:10 AM PST · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 1,557+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 12/18/09 | Chuck Colson
    Regular BreakPoint listeners know about the inhumane lengths some environmentalists are prepared to go to “save the planet.”Some have proposed taxing the parents of newborns several thousand dollars to discourage child-bearing, and thereby reducing CO2 emissions. Others have spoken of “culling” the human herd.What these proposals have in common, besides their cold-bloodedness, is that mainstream environmentalists keep insisting that they are “fringe” views. Well, recent statements from sources that couldn’t be more “respectable” put the lie to those claims. And they should remind Christians why the sanctity of human life must be our highest priority.During the recent U.N. global...
  • Chuck Colson: Survival of the Fittest - The Abortion Movement Shows Its True Colors

    04/17/2009 2:30:42 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 26 replies · 1,130+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 4/17/09 | Chuck Colson
    The story is heartbreaking. A woman showed up at an abortion clinic “in flip-flops and in tears,” having walked for an hour to have her fourth child aborted after her boyfriend lost his job. “‘This was a desired pregnancy—she’d been getting prenatal care—but they re-evaluated expenses and decided not to continue,’ said Dr. Pratima Grupta,” in the Associated Press report. Yes, it’s a heartbreaking story. But columnist Bonnie Erbe sees it quite differently. “In the long run,” she asks, “can we agree that this unwed couple’s decision not to bring a fourth child into the world when they are having...
  • Chuck Colson: Select Comfort - Religion and the Dying

    03/21/2009 1:24:43 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 36 replies · 1,020+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 3/20/09 | Chuck Colson
    According to a new study, terminally ill cancer patients who “drew comfort from religion” don’t want to die if they don’t have to. Well, no surprise. But, says the Times, they’re less eager to die than people who don’t draw “comfort from religion.” Well that’s interesting, perhaps, but there is a more important as well as more troubling aspect to the story that’s going unnoticed.The study appears in the most recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston used questionnaires and interviews “to assess the level of reliance on...
  • Chuck Colson: Killing without Consequences - 'The Last Goodnights' (Assisted Suicide)

    03/04/2009 1:11:11 PM PST · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 766+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 3/4/09 | Chuck Colson
    In his new book, The Last Goodnights: Assisting My Parents with Their Suicides, lawyer and author John West publicly tells a story that most people would have kept silent. He does it so that one day others may be able to kill openly and without fear. That’s not how West puts it, of course, but I’m afraid that’s what it boils down to. West’s parents were prestigious psychiatrists. As West wrote, “Neither was at all religious, but both had deep insight into the human condition. . . . And they knew what they wanted.” What they wanted was to die...
  • Drawn to the Light - Why Muslims Convert to Christianity

    04/25/2008 6:24:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 156+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | April 23, 2008 | Chuck Colson
    A few days ago, Fox News ran a grim special titled “Jihad USA: Confronting the Threat of Homegrown Terror.” It was a warning of the continuing danger of Islamo-fascism. The program probably deepened many Americans’ fear of and hostility toward Muslims. That is unfortunate, because most Muslims are not would-be jihadists. But we Christians especially need to guard our emotions so we can be a good witness to Muslims—a caution raised by Dr. Dudley Woodberry, professor of Islamic Studies at Fuller. Woodberry, aware that throughout the world Muslims have been turning to Christ, was curious about the reasons why—especially in...
  • Not My Shower: Breaking Biological Barriers

    03/05/2008 10:19:26 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 105 replies · 1,374+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 3/5/2008 | Chuck Colson
    Mary Ann Andree was drying her hair in the Rio Sport and Health Club in Gaithersburg, Maryland, last month when the door to the women’s locker room suddenly opened. In came a man, wearing a blue ruffled skirt and make-up. As Andree later told reporters, “I was very upset. There is a lot he could have seen.” Andree is far from alone. A lot of other women in Montgomery County, Maryland, are upset over a new law that demands co-ed locker rooms and bathrooms in all public accommodations. Montgomery County, adjacent to Washington, D.C., passed the law last November to...
  • Prayer in the Whirlwind: Building a More Perfect Union (Amazing Story!)

    03/05/2008 9:52:08 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 11 replies · 144+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 3/4/2008 | Chuck Colson
    Heather Martin, a junior at Union University, was trying to climb into a bathtub for safety when the F4 tornado hit the Union campus in Jackson, Tennessee. It was 7:02 p.m. on February 5. “It sounded like a thousand trains,” she said, describing the funnel cloud that ripped through the school, causing massive damage to all but one campus building. The wind nearly sucked Heather out of the building. When the walls came crashing down, her legs were pinned between the side of the tub and the floor above. In the tub were three other girls. Crushed beneath her was...
  • Shut Up and Compete: Putting a Gag on Olympic Athletes

    03/05/2008 9:36:21 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 33 replies · 156+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 3/3/2008 | Chuck Colson
    This summer the Olympics will be held in Beijing, a decision fraught with controversy since it was announced back in 2001. China’s human-rights record is abysmal—from forced abortions, to persecuting Christians and other people of faith, to clamping down on free speech, to supporting a government that has committed genocide in Darfur. The Olympic committee, back in 2001, said choosing Beijing would be a catalyst for change in China. It “may help to liberalize a country,” said the committee’s vice president, Thomas Bach of Germany. But that will not happen when, as the London Daily Mail puts it, you “kow...
  • An Unlikely Messenger: Sarkozy and European Secularism

    02/28/2008 12:41:41 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 23 replies · 195+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 2/28/2008 | Chuck Colson
    French President Nicholas Sarkozy is an unlikely scourge of European secularism: He is on his third marriage and has been called the “playboy president” by his critics. But it is what Sarkozy has just said about the role of religion in French life that has really got his critics up-in-arms. For more than a century, what the French call laïcité has been the defining characteristic of French politics and public life. The word, which has no English equivalent, goes beyond the separation of church and state. It is a kind of secularism that tends to see “any strong religious views...
  • The Normalcy of Brokenness: Juno

    02/27/2008 7:51:50 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 27 replies · 174+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 2/27/2008 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by PFM President Mark Earley. The following commentary includes details from the movie Juno. Do not read on if you prefer not to read about the film before viewing it. If Hollywood is any indicator, I think it is safe to say that the pro-life message is making serious headway. Within the past year or two, a string of movies has shown women in a heroic light for choosing to keep their babies. That includes the films Bella, Waitress, Knocked Up, and the most recent surprise-hit, Juno, which just won the Oscar for best original...
  • That All of Us May Be One: 'Reconciliation Blues'

    02/26/2008 8:30:04 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 12 replies · 85+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 2/26/2008 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by PFM President Mark Earley. Since 1926, February has been known as Black History Month. We often tend to think of it as just being something that schools celebrate every year. But a recent book by Edward Gilbreath, titled Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical’s Inside View of White Christianity makes me think that maybe we should be thinking beyond that. The Church, Gilbreath believes, has a lot of thinking and learning to do about black history, and about race relations in general. Gilbreath is editor-at-large for Christianity Today Magazine and director of editorial for Urban...
  • The Archbishop and Sharia: What Empty Churches Are Made of

    02/25/2008 10:36:41 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 29 replies · 567+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 2/25/2008 | Chuck Colson
    There are an estimated 1.6 million Muslims in Great Britain. By some estimates, more people attend mosque than go to Anglican churches every week. Judging by recent comments by the Archbishop of Canterbury, it is easy to see why. As most of you by now know, Archbishop Rowan William said in a recent interview that the “UK has to ‘face up to the fact’ that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.” He left no doubt who those “citizens” are: British Muslims. So according to Williams, British Muslims should not have to choose between “the...
  • Desperate for Love: The Tragedy of Sexual Trafficking

    02/14/2008 3:57:00 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 10 replies · 161+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 2/14/2008 | Chuck Colson
    Note: This commentary contains sensitive information that may not be suitable for children. Tonya was only 12 when she was approached by a man as she walked down a city street. Over the next few months, his gifts and compliments impressed her—and soon, she thought she was in love. The minute he gained Tonya’s trust, the man—who was actually a pimp—took her to another city and forced her into a nightmare world of sexual slavery. She was forced to sell her body to countless men. To keep her in line, the pimp beat her violently. He kept all the money...
  • Wiring and Switches: Evolutionary Foolishness

    02/13/2008 3:37:16 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 18 replies · 155+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 2/13/2008 | Chuck Colson
    Ten years ago, evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker offered a Darwinian explanation for infanticide. Pinker wrote, “A new mother will first coolly assess the infant and her situation and only in the next few days begin to see it as a unique and wonderful individual.” This nonsense prompted the late journalist Michael Kelly to reply, “Yes, that was my wife all over: cool as a cucumber as she assessed whether to keep her first-born child or toss him out the window.” Pinker, the celebrated Harvard professor and science popularizer, is still at it, and the results are no less nonsensical. In...
  • In Praise of PETA: Darwin Day and Worldview

    02/12/2008 3:35:40 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 22 replies · 132+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 2/12/2008 | Chuck Colson
    It has taken me a long time to get to this point, but I am finally ready to praise People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or as they are more commonly known, PETA. This organization really gets it when it comes to worldview. In fact, PETA accepts and follows the logical consequences of a worldview better than almost any other group I can think of. Let me explain. Today is Darwin Day, the 199th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. The Darwin Day Celebration website explains that Darwin Day “is an international celebration of science and humanity.” The...
  • This Idea Is a Bomb: Selling to Saudi

    02/12/2008 3:25:54 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 16 replies · 110+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 2/11/2008 | Chuck Colson
    Last month, the president announced his intention to sell Saudi Arabia some of our most sophisticated weapons. This is a bad idea, and you should let your representative know it right away. The proposed $20 billion deal includes “satellite-guided weaponry” and “high-tech munitions,” including 900 JDAM bombs. The JDAM is arguably the smartest “smart bomb” in our arsenal. Its electronics can “guide the bomb to its target regardless of weather.” And, it is also resistant to the jamming of its GPS system. According to Reuters, the deal appears to be part of an “effort to persuade Saudi Arabia . ....
  • It's All Worldview: Christians and the Environment

    01/30/2008 11:28:35 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 21 replies · 289+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/30/2008 | Chuck Colson
    In his World Peace Day message, Pope Benedict XVI included caring for the environment as an important part of promoting peace. Nothing controversial about that—environmental degradation has often led to conflict over resources. What was controversial was the Pope’s speaking about environmental issues as if the Christian worldview were true. Benedict told his audience that “respecting the environment does not mean considering material or animal nature more important than man.” This statement should not have been controversial or even noteworthy. As Frank Furedi of the British magazine spiked pointed out, the fact that the Pope “felt it was necessary to...
  • Murky Morality: Does Nature Play Fair?

    01/29/2008 3:29:02 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 17 replies · 147+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/29/2008 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by PFM President Mark Earley. Writing about the movie Juno in a recent column in the New York Times, author Caitlin Flanagan laments the plight of a pregnant teenage girl. Flanagan proclaims what she says is the “bitterly unfair truth of sexuality: Female desire can bring with it a form of punishment no man can begin to imagine”—and that is pregnancy. Flanagan is right, of course, that becoming pregnant will forever alter the life of a teenage girl. Whether she keeps the baby, puts it up for adoption, or, tragically, decides to abort, the teenage...