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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...
  • Fraudulent Fundraisers: Exploiting America's Veterans

    01/28/2008 3:51:34 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 34 replies · 249+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/28/2008 | Chuck Colson
    Have you received one of those letters in the mail—asking you to send money to help wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan? If so, I hope you ignored it—not because I do not care about our troops, but because I do. It turns out that at least two of these charities are run by people who would rather line their own pockets than help veterans. One charity is called Help Hospitalized Veterans. The Washington Post reports that this outfit spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on personal expenses for Roger Chapin, who manages the charity. Richard Viguerie, “to whom the...
  • A Career Marked by Dignity: Wilberforce Award Winner Al Quie

    01/28/2008 3:42:46 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 14 replies · 228+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/25/2008 | Chuck Colson
    Former Minnesota Governor Al Quie remembers hoboes—as they were called—showing up at his family’s dairy farm during the Great Depression. “Evidently our farm was known as a place where they could get a meal,” says Quie. His parents always served their unexpected guests in the formal dining room—a place usually reserved for holidays or for a visiting Lutheran minister. The lesson Al learned was simple, yet profound: Respect the dignity of every person. Indeed, upholding human dignity has been a hallmark of Al Quie’s decades of public service and ministry—and the reason why last week he was honored with our...
  • Noah and the Flood: A Modern Survival Story

    01/24/2008 7:41:52 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 5 replies · 135+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/24/2008 | Chuck Colson
    Little Noah Markham was one of the tiniest victims of Hurricane Katrina. When the levees broke, Noah was trapped in a flooded New Orleans hospital. It took 10 police officers using flat-bottomed boats to rescue him. It is an amazing story, but what makes it even more incredible is the fact that—on the day Noah was rescued—he had not yet been born. And no, he was not living in his mother’s womb. Instead, young Noah was living in a canister of liquid nitrogen. He was, in fact, a frozen embryo—a human being at the embryonic stage of life. On January...
  • A Christian Consensus on Culture: 'Culture Matters'

    01/23/2008 2:06:25 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 11 replies · 170+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/23/2008 | Chuck Colson
    Is it possible, or even worthwhile, for Christians to reach a consensus on impacting culture—from the performing arts, to music, to literature? Well, there are probably as many answers to that question as there are Christians. But theologian T. M. Moore, in his compelling new book Culture Matters, explains why it is so important that Christians reach a cultural consensus: “All culture,” he says, “is a gift from God. The challenge to us is in learning how to take what is good in contemporary culture, reclaim and retool it, and put it to work in a Christian framework for forming...
  • An Unexpected Correlation: The Legacy of Abortion

    01/22/2008 11:58:33 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 101 replies · 582+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/22/2008 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by PFM President Mark Earley. A woman—let’s call her Caroline—was 92 years old. She was dying, in agony, but Caroline’s pain was not physical. It was emotional. Caroline, you see, had been carrying a secret for more than 50 years: As a young woman, she had undergone two abortions, suffered terrible guilt all her life—and now, on her death-bed, afraid that God could not forgive her. As her palliative-care nurse, Jean Echlin, writes, “At the end of her life she shared with me her agony over her lost babies . . . she felt that...
  • Truth, Love, and Endurance: Dr. King and Christian Activism

    01/21/2008 3:20:03 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 9 replies · 170+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/21/2008 | Chuck Colson
    As Americans observe Martin Luther King Day today, I am reminded of the rich Christian tradition of activism in this country. For millions of Christians who have gone before us, activism was considered fruit of the faith. Not only was the civil-rights movement led by evangelical Christians like Dr. King, so too were campaigns for abolition and women’s suffrage heavily influenced by Christians expressing their faith. But for much of the twentieth century, Christians—especially white evangelicals—shied away from activism. Part of the reason is that from about the 1920s to the 1970s, many evangelical Christians simply withdrew from the public...
  • Pascal's 'Pensées'--Thoughts Worth Thinking

    01/18/2008 7:25:59 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 12 replies · 93+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/18/2008 | Chuck Colson
    With the help of Dr. Ken Boa, each month on “BreakPoint” we discuss one of the monumental books of Christendom. This month, we focus on a work by a man who most people agree, secular and Christian, was a genius: Blaise Pascal. Pascal’s legacy of scientific achievement is almost without equal. By age 30, Pascal had made vital contributions to mathematics, physics, meteorology, and what would become computer science. But as impressive as all of these accomplishments are, Pascal’s most important legacy is his apologetic for the Christian faith, the Pensées. At age 31, Pascal had a religious experience that...
  • An Ironic Juxtaposition: Europe and the Faith

    01/17/2008 10:27:45 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 7 replies · 117+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/17/2008 | Chuck Colson
    In my new just-released book, The Faith, I argue that the two greatest challenges to the Christian worldview come from radical Islam and extreme secularism. Almost on cue, recent events in Europe have conspired to illustrate the point. In Britain, one Anglican bishop wrote in the Telegraph about the impact of the “worldwide resurgence of the ideology of Islamic extremism” on British Muslims. When coupled with British-style multiculturalism, the results are young British Muslims alienated from “the nation in which they [grew] up.” He warned about efforts “to give Britain an increasingly Islamic character by introducing the call to prayer...
  • Sleepless in America: And That's No (Red) Bull

    01/16/2008 8:29:54 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 104 replies · 140+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/16/2008 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by PFM President Mark Earley. From Starbucks, to Red Bull, to No-Doz, Americans are showing signs of addiction to caffeine. Sixty percent of us drink a cup of coffee a day. On average we will drink 52 gallons of soda this year. And Starbucks—they get a whopping $5.3 billion of our collective dough. Whether we are chemically stimulating because we do not get enough sleep, or whether the caffeine itself is depriving us of precious rest, we are also sleeping less than ever before. Americans get an average of six and a half hours of...
  • Not What It's Cracked Up to Be: The Times and Evangelicals

    01/15/2008 8:13:59 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 11 replies · 64+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/15/2008 | Chuck Colson
    There they go again. Sunday’s New York Times featured yet another installment in its continuing saga about the “evangelical crackup.” Like previous reports, it was a case, not of news, but of wishful thinking. This episode told Times’s readers about how Governor Mike Huckabee’s candidacy is supposedly creating a split between young evangelicals and the “old guard.” According to writer David Kirkpatrick, they are drawn to Huckabee because he believes “in a Christian obligation to care for prenatal ‘life’ and also education, health care, jobs and other aspects of ‘life.’” The Times quotes a scholar at the Pew Forum who...
  • Wombs for Rent: Reproductive Exploitation

    01/14/2008 9:37:40 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 36 replies · 64+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/14/2008 | Chuck Colson
    Note: The following commentary contains sensitive information that may not be suitable for children. Ordinarily, columnist Judith Warner of the New York Times is not exactly what you would call a friend of the Christian worldview. Yet from her opposing viewpoint, Warner recently came up with a devastating critique of surrogate motherhood. She drives home exactly what we have been saying on this program for some time now: that we are turning children into commodities, which is harmful to everyone involved. In this case, Warner focuses a much-needed spotlight on the role of poor women in India who are being...
  • For Such a Time as This: The Suffering Church

    01/11/2008 11:40:03 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 17 replies · 128+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/11/2008 | Chuck Colson
    For the next 10 months, presidential candidates will be telling us how they plan to make the world a safer place for Americans. Now, that’s good, of course, but there are other people whose safety American Christians ought to be concerned about: that is, Christians suffering for their faith around the world. Sadly, as you know, there are many examples of this suffering. A recent story in Al Jazeera’s English-language service described how Islamic radicals are “testing” Indonesia’s reputation for “for tolerance and moderation.” Moderation? I wonder what the Christians of East Timor, an estimated 200,000 of whom died during...
  • A Prodigious Life: The Fruits of Newton's Friendships

    01/10/2008 11:01:16 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 6 replies · 69+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/10/2008 | Chuck Colson
    While John Newton is best-known as the author of the famous hymn, “Amazing Grace,” his life teemed with spiritual fruit. A new biography on his life by Jonathan Aitken gives us a peek into a prodigious legacy of the man who described himself with one simple sentence: “I am a great sinner, but Christ is a great Savior.” While Newton is certainly remembered today for “Amazing Grace,” in his own day he was known for his bestselling autobiography called An Authentic Narrative. A notorious blasphemer, a rebellious shipman, a trafficker in slaves, Newton showed the people of his time how...
  • Monsters of Our Own Making: Undercutting Human Potential

    01/09/2008 10:30:56 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 19 replies · 102+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/9/2007 | Chuck Colson
    Last month Major League Baseball was rocked by the release of the Mitchell report, which exposed the rampant use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs among players. More than 90 players, including one of my heroes, Roger Clemens, were named in the report. All those home runs fans celebrated, all those heroes kids emulated: History is now tainted. “I don’t think there’s any question,” said baseball historian Bruce Markusen, “that some of the milestones we’ve come to respect have been cheapened.” I wonder if fewer fans will show up when spring training starts in a couple months. But do fans really...
  • You Can't Fool Mother Nature: 'Everything Conceivable'

    01/08/2008 8:17:50 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 60 replies · 114+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/8/2008 | Chuck Colson
    Note: The following commentary contains sensitive information that may not be suitable for children. If you haven’t thought much lately about just how rapidly the very nature of the family is changing, consider this: It is now possible for a child to have five parents. That includes egg donor, sperm donor, surrogate mother, and the mother and father who raise him. It is not only possible, but for some children, it is a fact of life. Washington Post reporter Liza Mundy explains this and much more in her book Everything Conceivable: How Assisted Reproduction Is Changing Men, Women, and the...
  • The Difference between Men and Bulls: Procreation by Donation

    01/07/2008 6:36:50 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 66 replies · 115+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/7/2008 | Chuck Colson
    Note: The following commentary contains sensitive information and may not be suitable for children. In 1989, a married doctor I will call “S. K.” did a favor for a lesbian colleague: He donated his sperm so that she and her partner could have a child. At the time, it seemed simple enough. Last month, he learned that there is nothing simple about fathering a child, especially by sperm donation. Unlike most sperm donors, who are anonymous, S. K. not only knew the recipients, his name was included on the child’s birth certificate. The goal was to “give the boy an...
  • Ramos and Compean, Rally and Prayer

    01/02/2008 8:05:33 PM PST · by Ladycalif · 56 replies · 151+ views
    If you can not join us, please pray for Ramos and Compean this Sunday Morning* 'The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." Join Ramos and Compean supporters this Sunday, January 6th at a rally in front of the Lake Forest, Saddleback Church Featured speaker at Saddleback Church this Sunday will be Chuck Colson, former White House Counsel - a key player during the Watergate scandal. Today, he is a religious talk show host and guest lecturer. The Lake Forest Saddleback Church is one of the largest in Southern California - thousands of church goers will see...
  • 'unChristian'--What People Really Think of Us

    01/04/2008 7:58:36 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 36 replies · 892+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/4/2008 | Chuck Colson
    As I discovered in Watergate, we humans have an infinite capacity for self-justification—which is why it is pretty good to get a reality check and find out how others see us. After all, only your closest friends tell you if you have bad breath. That is a service David Kinnaman, president of Barna polling, and Gabe Lyons, one of our Centurions, have performed for us with their new book, unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity . . . And Why It Matters. Kinnaman and Lyons spent three years polling young, unchurched Americans to find out what they...
  • The Atheist Leap of Faith: Atheists, God, and Reason

    01/03/2008 8:50:55 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 38 replies · 73+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 12/31/2007 | Chuck Colson
    In a recent issue of Scientific American, arch-Darwinist Richard Dawkins and physicist Lawrence Krauss discussed the relationship between science and religion. Dawkins, whose latest book, The God Delusion, is only one of a slew of recent books attacking religious beliefs, prefers an “in your face” approach. He once wrote that “if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid, or insane.” He then added “or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that.” In his discussion with Krauss, Dawkins stood by his statement, calling it “a simple and sober statement of fact.” For his...
  • A Rational Belief: Faith in God

    01/03/2008 8:45:36 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 8 replies · 213+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 12/28/2007 | Chuck Colson
    I’ve got to hand it to the new wave of militant atheists like Christopher Hitchens and arch-Darwinist Richard Dawkins. They are getting their message out, in best-selling books and in page-one articles in major newspapers like the Washington Post. Their message is simple: There is no God, and people who believe there is a God are simply being irrational. But is faith in God truly irrational? The much-respected philosopher Alvin Plantinga is well-versed in the arguments employed by these atheists. He has debated his secular colleagues many times on the question: “Is it reasonable to presuppose that God exists?” Their...
  • What About the Children?--Is Religion Child Abuse?

    01/03/2008 8:41:55 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 67 replies · 64+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 12/27/2007 | Chuck Colson
    In his book, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins argues that religious belief is—what else?—delusional. He mocks the irrationality of believing in something that you cannot subject to scientific scrutiny; he rails against the so-called “immorality” of the Bible, like the sanctioning of slavery—untrue—and the alleged way that religion, especially Christianity, stands in the way of scientific progress—also untrue. Just in case his readers are not convinced, however, he then pulls out the really big gun: Religious belief is a kind of child abuse. By “child abuse” Dawkins is not, at least not principally, referring to the scandals involving sexual misconduct...
  • Nietzsche Would Laugh: Morality without God

    01/03/2008 8:33:44 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 212 replies · 318+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 12/26/2007 | Chuck Colson
    One of the biggest obstacles facing what’s called the “New Atheism” is the issue of morality. Writers like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have to convince people that morals and values are possible in a society that does not believe in God. It’s important to understand what is not in doubt: whether an individual atheist or agnostic can be a “good” person. Of course they can, just as a professing Christian can do bad things. The issue is whether the secular worldview can provide a basis for a good society. Can it motivate and inspire people to be...
  • Practical Theists: The Heroes of 2007

    01/03/2008 8:04:21 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 41 replies · 83+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/3/2008 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by PFM President Mark Earley. 2007 was a banner year for atheism. Anti-God manifestos by Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins were bookstore blockbusters. And The Golden Compass, a not-so-subtly atheistic children’s film, hit theaters last month. With all the attention the atheist agenda is receiving, doesn’t it seem strange that most Americans find heroes among those who reflect a biblical worldview? Earlier in 2007, CNN began polling people for a list of their heroes. As the results began rolling in, it became apparent that the frontrunners had something in common. Whether or not they professed...
  • The Year Ahead: Politics, the Church, and the Common Good

    01/03/2008 8:00:40 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 11 replies · 192+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/2/2008 | Chuck Colson
    If you’re like I am, your New Year’s resolutions seldom make it to the end of January. So rather than lay out resolutions today, I want to simply share some thoughts about the New Year—a year that will be dominated by this year’s presidential election. The official kickoff is tomorrow, with the Iowa caucuses. I am almost relieved. It has been a long, tiresome campaign that began the night the 2006 election returns were coming in. I am sure many of us are so tired of the perpetual campaigning that we are tempted to think, Please let it be over,...
  • Reflections for New Year's Day: 'Amazing Grace'

    01/03/2008 7:55:06 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 9 replies · 108+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/1/2008 | Chuck Colson
    At the end of December 1772, an Anglican priest in the poor parish of Olney worked by candlelight on his New Year’s Day sermon. He would preach on the text of 1 Chronicles 17, verses 16 and 17. That passage was David’s response to God after Nathan informed him that his descendants would be enthroned forever as kings of Israel. David, the once poor shepherd boy, the man who would have repented of adultery and murder, responded to the news by saying, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me thus far?”...
  • It's Not About the Manger

    12/25/2007 6:01:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 238+ views ^ | December 25, 2007 | Chuck Colson
    What image does the mention of Christmas typically conjure up? For most of us, it is a babe lying in a manger while Mary and Joseph, angels, and assorted animals look on. Heartwarming picture, but Christmas is about far more than a Child’s birth—even the Savior’s birth. It is about the Incarnation: God Himself, Creator of heaven and earth, invading planet earth, becoming flesh and dwelling among us. It is a staggering thought. Think of it: The Word—that is, Logos in the Greek, which meant all the knowledge that could be known—the plan of creation—that is, ultimate reality—becomes mere man?...
  • 'An Urgent Calling'--Why Christians Belong in Politics

    11/30/2007 12:01:42 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 11 replies · 71+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 11/30/2007 | Chuck Colson
    At a medical clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Michael Gerson, then a senior policy adviser to President Bush, was asked if he wanted to meet one of the patients. He was introduced to a girl who was waiting for the results of her AIDS test. She told Gerson: “A few years ago, I would never have talked to a foreigner about AIDS. But now I know that even if I’m positive, it isn’t a death sentence.” That this is true—that millions now have hope—is due, in no small measure to the willingness of Christians to get involved in politics and...
  • Stem-Cell Breakthrough: A Battle of Worldviews

    11/29/2007 1:21:14 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 34 replies · 121+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 11/29/2007 | Chuck Colson
    Just before Thanksgiving, researchers in Wisconsin and Japan announced a breakthrough in stem-cell research. This time, it was good news for those of us who believe in the sanctity of human life. The researchers announced that they had “successfully reprogrammed human skin cells into cells indistinguishable from embryonic stem cells.” The announcement at the University of Wisconsin was accompanied by the usual hype: The research “has tremendous implications” for medicine, drugs, and “transplantation therapies.” The unusual part was that the leader of the research team, James Thomson, told reporters that these cells would, over time, replace embryonic stem cells in...
  • Wars of Religion?--The 'Economist' Gets It Wrong

    11/28/2007 2:26:22 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 5 replies · 106+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 11/28/2007 | Chuck Colson
    As part of the Economist magazine’s coverage of religion’s role in the twenty-first century, a recent story covers the “new wars of religion.” The magazine’s emphasis on religion represents a nearly 180-degree turn from the publication’s 1999 declaration that belief in God had “passed into history.” But while the magazine is looking in the right direction, it does not understand what it is seeing. The graphic accompanying the story could not be less subtle: an arm reaching down from heaven holding a hand grenade. According to the story, “faith will unsettle politics everywhere this century; it will do so least...
  • God and the 'Economist'--Religion and Hubris

    11/27/2007 1:55:10 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 11 replies · 124+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 11/27/2007 | Chuck Colson
    On the eve of the new millennium, the prestigious Economist magazine published what amounted to an obituary for belief in God. Fast forward to November 2007: The cover story of a recent issue of the magazine is titled, “In God’s Name.” In it, the editors admit that they were wrong eight years ago and tell their readers that “religion will play a big role in this century’s politics.” What happened to change their minds? For starters, they began looking through the correct end of the telescope. In 1999, the magazine cited the many different conceptions of God as possible evidence...