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  • Task force recommends how to cut US prisoner count by 60,000

    01/26/2016 12:24:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 26, 2016 2:46 PM EST | Eric Tucker
    The Justice Department should limit the types of cases it brings and more nonviolent criminals should be steered toward probation and away from prison, according to task force recommendations designed to cut the federal inmate count and save more than $5 billion. [...] The recommendations from the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections provide concrete steps prosecutors, judges, prison officials and policymakers can take to reduce prison overcrowding and ease spending on a corrections system that's swelled in the last three decades as a result of harsh mandatory minimum sentences imposed on drug criminals. ...
  • Is Eric Metaxas the next Chuck Colson?

    10/22/2015 8:21:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/29/2013 | By Sarah Pulliam Bailey| Religion News Service
    Before evangelical leader Chuck Colson fell ill at a conference, crumbling at the podium and later dying at the hospital, it was Eric Metaxas who introduced him. At the time, Metaxas seemed primed and ready to become the next Colson — a key leader in the evangelical movement, known for his prison ministry, but also credited with keeping Christians engaged in politics and culture through books, radio and other outlets. Metaxas took over some of Colson’s roles, including co-host of BreakPoint, a radio show Metaxas wrote for in the late ‘90s. He took Colson’s place on the board of the...
  • Watergate Figure, Christian Leader Chuck Colson Dead at 80

    04/21/2012 3:23:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    WTVR ^ | April 21, 2012 | Nick Dutton
    Chuck Colson, a Watergate-era “hatchet man” for President Richard Nixon who became an influential evangelical leader after serving time in prison, died Saturday afternoon, according to his website. He was 80. Colson suffered a brain hemorrhage in late March. Colson was the first Nixon aide to be convicted of Watergate-related charges in the 1972 scandal. After a short prison sentence, he reinvented himself as a Christian leader and founded Prison Fellowship, which calls itself “the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families,” with a presence in 113 countries. According to his official biography, Colson “admits he was guilty...
  • Chuck Colson Dead at Age 80

    04/21/2012 4:26:55 PM PDT · by sreastman · 16 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/21/2012 |
    Chuck Colson Dead at Age 80 FaithIssues Evangelical Christianity lost one of its most eloquent and influential voices today with the death of Charles W. "Chuck" Colson. The Prison Fellowship and Colson Center for Christian Worldview founder died at 3:12 PM ET today at the age of 80. After a brief illness, Colson passed away at a Northern Virginia hospital with his wife, Patty, and family at his bedside. On March 30th, Colson became ill while speaking at a Colson Center for Christian Worldview conference in Lansdowne. The following morning he had surgery to remove a pool of clotted blood...
  • Chuck Colson: Prison Rate Up Due to Moral Breakdown

    12/05/2010 9:28:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/05/2010 | Katherin T. Phan
    The growing crime and incarceration rates are the consequences of a lack of moral training in society today, said Watergate-convict-turned-Christian-evangelical-leader Chuck Colson. When Colson was serving time in prison in the mid-1970s, there were 239,000 incarcerated individuals. Now, that figure had increased ten-fold to a staggering 2.3 million people. During an interview hosted by The King's College Friday, Colson contended that prisons in the United States have become bigger over the years because there is a lack of moral training and education, not because there are more bad people in society. "The moral breakdown in our society is the real...
  • Christian leaders issue 'call of conscience' ( Manhattan Declaration )

    11/23/2009 6:10:57 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies · 1,222+ views
    More than 150 Christian leaders, most of them conservative evangelicals and traditionalist Roman Catholics, issued a joint declaration Friday reaffirming their opposition to abortion and gay marriage and pledging to protect religious freedoms. The 4,700-word document, called "The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience," sounds familiar themes from political and social debates over the health care overhaul and gay marriage battles. While acknowledging that "Christians and our institutions have too often scandalously failed to uphold the institution of marriage," the group rejects same-sex marriage. The declaration states that opening a legal door for gay marriage would do the same...
  • Religious Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience if Laws Don’t Respect Faith

    11/22/2009 3:08:18 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 129 replies · 4,632+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Nov 21, 2009
    A formidable coalition of 150 Catholic, Orthodox and evangelical leaders are calling on Christians in a new manifesto to reject secular authority – and even engage in civil disobedience – if laws force them to accept abortion, same-sex marriage and other ideas that betray their religious beliefs. On Friday, these leaders released a 4,700-word document – called the "The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience." The document was signed by leaders ranging from evangelical leader Chuck Colson to two of the leading Catholic prelates in the U.S., Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. and Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New...
  • Christian Leaders Take Issue With Laws (misleading headline)

    11/21/2009 1:26:06 PM PST · by khnyny · 30 replies · 1,515+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2009 | Michelle Boorstein and Hamil R. Harris
    Conservative Christian leaders unveiled a declaration Friday calling on Christians not to comply with rules and laws forcing them to accept abortion, same-sex marriage and other ideals that go against their religious doctrines. The declaration urges Christians to practice civil disobedience to defend their convictions, even though some signers of the document backed away from the strong language. The Catholic Archbishop of Washington, Donald W. Wuerl, was among the first signers of the Manhattan Declaration. He appeared at a news conference in the District on Friday to announce it, even as the Church was considering a city-proposed compromise on its...
  • Religious leaders vow civil disobedience on anti-life issues

    11/21/2009 8:55:31 AM PST · by FromLori · 8 replies · 937+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/21/09 | Julia Duin
    More than 150 leaders across a spectrum of conservative Christianity on Friday released a 4,700-word document vowing civil disobedience if they are forced to take part in "anti-life acts" or bless gay marriages. Called the "Manhattan Declaration," the six-page, single-spaced document was drafted by Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson, an evangelical, and Princeton University professor Robert P. George, a Roman Catholic, and included a bevy of Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox bishops, archbishops and cardinals as signatories along with dozens of clergy and laity.
  • Religious leaders vow civil disobedience

    11/21/2009 5:12:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 133 replies · 4,196+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/21/2009 | Julia Duin
    More than 150 leaders across a spectrum of conservative Christianity on Friday released a 4,700-word document vowing civil disobedience if they are forced to take part in "anti-life acts" or bless gay marriages. Called the "Manhattan Declaration," the six-page, single-spaced document was drafted by Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson, an evangelical, and Princeton University professor Robert P. George, a Roman Catholic, and included a bevy of Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox bishops, archbishops and cardinals as signatories along with dozens of clergy and laity. Archbishop of Washington Donald W. Wuerl is one of the signatories. "Throughout the centuries, Christianity has taught...
  • 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...
  • The Proper Role of Science

    01/29/2009 2:04:50 PM PST · by Sopater · 113 replies · 1,067+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 1/29/2009 | Chuck Colson
    Exposing ScientismIn his inaugural address, President Obama said he would “restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality.” By this, many suspect he means to spend taxpayer money on embryonic stem cell research, which destroys humans at the embryonic stage. Evidently, President Obama has been listening to those who want research funded, some because they are driven by greed but many others driven by a dangerous worldview called scientism. As Nancy Pearcey and I write in our book, How Now Shall We Live?, scientism has its roots in Darwinism. Tufts University professor Daniel...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 12-10-08

    12/10/2008 6:29:04 PM PST · by silent_jonny · 66 replies · 3,414+ views
    Today President Bush welcomed Darfur Human Rights Activist Dr. Halima Bashir to the Oval Office. (Transcript) Dr. Bashir has been tortured my militant Muslims throughout her life, most horrifically after she dared to speak out about the abuse of women and young girls in her native Sudan. She tells her story in her book “Tears In The Desert”. President Bush: This good soul brings firsthand accounts to what life is like in Darfur. She has witnessed violence, deprivation, and she carries a message of a lot of people who want our help. First Lady Laura Bush spoke about women’s rights...
  • A New Year's dream: nightmare or prophecy?

    11/05/2008 10:01:24 AM PST · by PetroniusMaximus · 14 replies · 1,565+ views ^ | Tuesday, January 03, 2006 | Chuck Colson
    "Something very strange happened to me this past week. I was seated in my library chair, mulling over current events, trying to make a few New Year’s predictions, which is the custom for commentators. I was concentrating hard, when suddenly, I saw before my eyes a headline from the New York Times. It read, “Congress Votes to End War; Troops Ordered to Abandon Iraq.” The view changed. Just as in Vietnam three decades ago, I saw Americans clinging to helicopters, trying to get themselves out of Baghdad along with friendly Shiite Muslims. There was massive confusion, bombs going off in...
  • Evangelicals: Change of Heart toward Catholics

    07/29/2008 4:39:52 PM PDT · by annalex · 1,140 replies · 1,562+ views
    The Black Cordelias ^ | July 28, 2008 | The Black Cordelias
    Evangelicals: Change of Heart toward Catholics Evangelicals have been going through a major change of heart in their view of Catholicism over the past 15 years or so. In the 80’s when I was in college I lived in the Biblebelt and had plenty of experience with Evangelicals–much of it bad experience. The 80’s was the height of the “Are you saved?” question. In Virginia, the question often popped up in the first 10 minutes of getting to know someone. As I look back, Isurmise that this was coached from the pulpit or Sunday school as it was so well...
  • 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...
  • 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 . ....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • '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 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,...
  • 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...
  • Where Were You?--Persecution in Burma

    11/08/2007 9:10:31 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 8 replies · 1,172+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 11/8/2007 | Chuck Colson
    Since late September, the crackdown on pro-democracy forces in Burma has brought unwelcome attention to one of the most oppressive regimes on Earth. For many people, the defining image of the Burmese struggle for human rights has been Buddhist monks in red robes staging demonstrations. Reports about Burma focus on the plight and plans of the estimated 400,000 Buddhist monks in the country. Given the coverage, people might be surprised to learn that Burma not only has a substantial Christian population, but that these Christians have long been the junta’s preferred target. Late last month, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner...
  • Busting on One: The Dark Side of Population Control

    08/13/2007 6:43:54 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 29 replies · 850+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 8/8/2007 | Chuck Colson
    According to its Academy of Social Sciences, China “suffers from the world’s most severe brain drain.” Approximately two-thirds of the Chinese who have studied abroad in the past two decades did not return home. The BBC offered many possible explanations for this drain: the lack of opportunities at home; a lack of freedom, especially after Tiananmen Square, and a preference for the Western “lifestyle.” One factor that was not mentioned but should have been was a concern about spending the rest of your life alone. According to China’s State Population and Family Planning Commission, “by 2020 some 30 million Chinese...
  • Missing in the Debate: The Fate of the Iraqi People

    08/01/2007 8:24:44 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 56 replies · 617+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 8/1/2007 | Chuck Colson
    As the summer grinds on, the war of words over the real war in Iraq is growing hotter every day. Critics of the war are saying that the American people are fed up and want the troops to come home; that the Iraqi government needs to step up and take responsibility for the growing violence; that the war is straining our military—and our soldiers—to the breaking point. Meanwhile, the war’s defenders are claiming that if the troops leave now, the enemy will have won. Instead of fighting terrorists in Iraq, we’ll be fighting them here in our homeland. Leaving now...
  • How Big is Your God?--Thoughts on Time and Light

    07/11/2007 8:00:31 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 144 replies · 2,582+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 7/11/2007 | Chuck Colson
    When you think of God, what comes to mind? A.W. Tozer once said, “We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God.” If our ideas about God are coming from the wrong places, then our God will be too small. God’s Word, His Son, and creation give us ideas about the Creator. In Romans 1, Paul tells us that creation reveals God’s glory, but men have suppressed this knowledge. In her latest book, Time Peace, my friend and colleague Ellen Vaughn has come up with a wonderful way to blast our too-small...
  • The Cross and the Flag: Reflecting on the Fourth of July

    07/05/2007 7:43:32 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 28 replies · 511+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 7/4/2007 | Chuck Colson
    Quick, what famous event do we commemorate on the Fourth of July? Not sure? A little rusty on your sixth-grade civics? Well, you're in good company. One Gallup poll revealed that one out of every four Americans doesn't know that July Fourth commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It's a poor patriotism that doesn't even know our national history and traditions. This Fourth of July, let’s ask what it means, in the light of Scripture, to be an American citizen. Patriotism used to be a simple matter. Most of America's traditions were rooted in a Christian heritage. To...
  • Unhappy Prosperity: Farewell, Tony Blair

    07/05/2007 7:06:34 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 9 replies · 484+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 7/2/2007 | Chuck Colson
    On June 27, Tony Blair left office after having been Britain’s prime minister for 10 years. His next job will be that of envoy for the so-called “Quartet” of Mideast negotiators: the United States, the U.N., the European Union and Russia. Let’s hope that his new employers appreciate him more than his old ones. Blair leaves 10 Downing Street with the dubious distinction of having been the “most unpopular Labour Prime Minister of modern times.” Last November, his approval rating sank to 26 percent. In other words, Blair is less popular than the Labour leaders who presided over Britain’s economic...
  • Chuck Colson: Bankrolling Hostility -- Who Is Funding Attacks on Christians?

    09/10/2006 12:38:06 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 79 replies · 2,119+ views
    Breakpoint ^ | 9/8/06 | Chuck Colson
    The full-page ad in the New York Times featured head shots of Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, and Pat Robertson. Above them, in giant type, were the words, “Meet America’s Most Influential Stem Cell Scientists.” The ad charges evangelicals with trying to turn America into a theocracy and outlaw scientific research. This ad was one of many hysterical, vicious, and untruthful ads paid for by a group called the Campaign to Defend the Constitution, or “DefCon.” But far from defending the Constitution, DefCon, which does not have to report who they are or who is paying for these ads, is an...
  • Speak Out or Give In?: The Church and the Culture Wars

    08/01/2006 2:07:51 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 20 replies · 846+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 8/1/2006 | Chuck Colson
    There they go again. The liberal media, it seems, likes nothing better than to play up what they see (or create) as divisions in the evangelical ranks. This Sunday’s New York Times featured a front-page story about Gregory Boyd, an evangelical pastor in Minnesota who is highly critical of the religious right and refuses to talk about abortion or other cultural war issues from his pulpit. The article paints him in heroic terms, willing to stand against the tide. It quotes other Christian leaders who support him, but none of those who might give the other point of view. It...
  • Habits of the Mind: "A Mind for God"

    08/01/2006 12:50:31 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 45 replies · 1,108+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 7/31/2006 | Chuck Colson
    A few years ago, a professor at Pasadena City College led a class discussion on the famous story “The Lottery.” In the story, a seemingly normal village carries out a bizarre ritual involving human sacrifice. The professor, Kay Haugaard, had taught the story many times over the years and was anticipating the usual shocked reactions from her students. Instead, she found that she was teaching a room full of moral relativists who thought that the ritual might be all right “if it’s a part of a person’s culture . . . and if it has worked for them.” To Haugaard’s...
  • One Truth, Many Evidences: 20 Compelling Evidences that God Exists

    08/01/2006 12:42:58 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 396 replies · 4,287+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 7/28/2006 | Chuck Colson
    In the first chapter of their new book, 20 Compelling Evidences that God exists, Ken Boa and Robert Bowman write, “We don’t mean to discourage you from reading the rest of this book. But in the interest of full disclosure, we should tell you that, in a sense, there is only one good reason to believe that God exists: because it’s true.” That statement is both profound and well expressed. Unfortunately, these days it’s not the kind of statement you can make in public without having scorn heaped upon your head. As the authors jokingly point out, the popular viewpoint...
  • The Tragedy of the Religious Left: Worshipping the Goddess of Tolerance

    07/21/2006 9:23:07 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 70 replies · 1,403+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 7/18/2006 | Chuck Colson
    What do you get when you hold a conference with 1,200 people who are all afraid of offending one another? I’ll tell you what you don’t get. You don’t get unity, and you don’t get agreement on anything. That’s what happened when the Spiritual Activism Conference took place recently in Washington, D.C. According to the New York Times, this group of religious liberals came together to discuss “taking back religion from the conservative Christians.” But the conference members had trouble getting anything specific done. The Times hit it right on the nose when it explained, “Turnout at the Spiritual Activism...
  • Time to Amend: Protecting Traditional Marriage

    07/14/2006 11:33:06 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 86 replies · 861+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 7/14/2006 | Breakpoint
    Next week the House of Representatives will be voting on the Marriage Protection Amendment, which defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. Our opponents say there is no need for this amendment because the states will do it, and they cite last week’s New York Court of Appeals decision supporting heterosexual marriage as evidence. Well, they’re wrong. Yes, the Court of Appeals in New York did uphold New York’s law limiting marriage to one man and one woman. But in holding that there was a “rational basis” for this, the New York court is swimming against the...
  • Don't Forget the Books: Recommendations for Summer Reading

    06/26/2006 6:29:51 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 104 replies · 1,441+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 6/23/2006 | Chuck Colson
    What are you taking on vacation this summer? Probably the iPod, the Gameboy, maybe even the DVD player—nothing wrong with that. Music and movies can be enriching as well as relaxing. But they’re no substitute for that classic summer tradition of reading books. Unfortunately, many of us are so hooked on technology that we’re in danger of losing our taste for good books. But we need books to exercise our mind, to explore important ideas, and to provide great topics for family discussion. So I’ve got a few recommendations for summer reading, starting with a book by one of my...
  • Christianity and the Origins of Science

    06/26/2006 11:14:19 AM PDT · by Sopater · 16 replies · 404+ views
    BreakPoint Commentaries ^ | 6/26/2006 | Chuck Colson
    Earlier this year, Britain’s Channel Four aired a two-part special entitled “The Root of All Evil.” No, it wasn’t about money, greed or materialism. Nor was it about racism and other forms of hatred. The “root” was religion, specifically Christianity. The special featured Oxford professor Richard Dawkins, arguably the most famous apologist for the Darwinian worldview. While Dawkins may be an expert on Darwin, it’s clear that he knows little about history, especially the history of Christianity. Besides the old saw that religion causes violence—as opposed to peaceful atheism, as practiced by Stalin and Mao—Darwinists charge Christianity with promoting superstition...
  • Shifting Boundaries: Religious Liberty and Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

    05/16/2006 4:33:52 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 9 replies · 439+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 5/16/2006 | Chuck Colson
    A few months ago, I told you about the agonizing choice facing Catholic Charities of Boston: Either serve the needy or remain faithful to Catholic teaching. Specifically, the only way it could continue to handle adoptions according to Massachusetts law was to include same-sex couples among its clientele. While the Massachusetts law is not new, a new interpretation of the legal protection afforded sexual orientation threatens to undermine religious liberty not just in Massachusetts but also across the nation. It’s important to understand the background. In March, Catholic Charities, citing a “dilemma we cannot resolve,” announced that it would no...
  • Embracing the Little Ones: Lifting Romania’s Adoption Ban

    05/11/2006 10:44:25 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 6 replies · 524+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 5/11/2006 | Chuck Colson
    Across America this Mother’s Day, sons and daughters will shower their mothers with gifts. But of course the most precious gift a mother can receive is the gift of life itself—a child from the hand of God. One mother I know—a Christian woman and a personal friend—so treasures the gift of life that she has begun the process of adopting an orphaned little girl from Romania, a child with cerebral palsy many others would have chosen to ignore. After major surgery and countless physical therapy sessions in the United States, this little girl now walks with a walker. But equally...
  • The Moussaoui Verdict: Freud Is Alive and Well

    05/09/2006 7:37:36 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 12 replies · 613+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 5/9/2006 | Chuck Colson
    A recent cover of Newsweek magazine jarred me. In bold type across the face of the magazine cover were these words: “Freud Is Not Dead.” Just being reminded of Sigmund Freud, the Viennese psychiatrist who redefined modern psychiatry and dismissed God as the figment of our imaginations, gave me cold chills. Here was the man whose influence has ushered in the age of therapy—excusing anyone’s behavior because they sucked their thumb too long as a baby. He’s also one of the great intellectual influences that led to the sexual revolution of the 1960s, for which we pay dearly to this...
  • The Dangers of Being Christian: Religious Freedom in the Islamic World

    05/03/2006 6:39:12 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 5 replies · 797+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | 5/3/2006 | Charles Colson
    This past Good Friday, a man entered Mar Girgis Church in Alexandria, Egypt, and stabbed one worshipper to death and wounded two others. He then went to another church and stabbed three other Christians. The events in Alexandria were a reminder of the, at best, tenuous status of Christians in the Islamic world. The Egyptian government immediately dismissed the possibility that animus toward Christians played a role in the attacks. Egypt’s Interior Ministry said that the attacker suffered from “psychological disturbances.” How convenient. Egyptian Christians, known as Copts, did not buy it, and for good reason: Police officials had a...
  • Another Reason to Kill Us?: Western Decadence and Jihad

    05/04/2006 3:10:08 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 60 replies · 1,694+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 5/4/2006 | Chuck Colson
    In a recent Washington Post story about Abdul Rahman, the Afghan whose Christian conversion almost earned him a death penalty, reporter Pamela Constable wrote that Afghans are grateful to the United States for its economic support. But, she added, many Afghans “remain leery of Western values and associate Christianity with fornication and drunkenness.” Clearly, Afghans link Christianity with America, and link America with decadence. But why would they do that? Well, let’s see. In the news this week, we have stories of Duke University lacrosse players accused of getting drunk and raping an exotic dancer. Pictures of two unmarried and...
  • Modern-Day Renaissance: The Resurgence of Christian Fiction

    05/01/2006 3:11:19 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 17 replies · 626+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | 4/27/2006 | Chuck Colson
    After a long slump, Christian literature is finally experiencing a rebirth—and that’s something to celebrate. The state of Christian fiction was so poor for a while that most Christians have forgotten what a rich heritage we actually have in fiction, from the likes of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Austen, O’Connor, and so many more. These writers understood that moral literature is one of the most important ways of transmitting Christian truth. That’s why I’m so thrilled to see the success of recent works such as the heartwarming Mitford series by Jan Karon; Susan Howatch’s penetrating novels about the Anglican church; and the...

    04/28/2006 9:01:49 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 99 replies · 3,368+ views
    Church Report ^ | 04/29/2006
    The Church Report is pleased to announce this year’s list of The 50 Most Influential Christians in America. Thanks to the readers of the magazine as well as the online readers for contributing over 150,000 nominations. Each of the people on this list is most deserving of this recognition. As with all types of lists, there are those who are not on the list – not because they weren’t deserving – but simply because we did not have enough space to publish a list of the 100 most influential. The staff of The Church Report did not choose this list;...
  • Secrets, Lies, and the Resurrection: Demonstrating the Truth of Easter

    04/14/2006 5:24:52 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 33 replies · 706+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | 4/14/2006 | Chuck Colson
    Can you keep a secret? If you can, you’re pretty unusual, because a lot of people can’t. Especially if it’s the kind of secret that—if exposed—could get them in major trouble. One recent, and very public, example of this is the Duke Cunningham bribery scandal—which you probably heard about on the news—which helps to prove my point. Last year, when he was caught taking bribes, it didn’t take long for former Congressman Cunningham to spill the beans. He turned state’s evidence against his co-conspirators, and Time magazine reports that the congressman may have worn a wire to record secret conversations....
  • The So-Called ‘Gospel’ of Judas: Unmasking an Ancient Heresy

    04/13/2006 8:12:35 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 103 replies · 3,183+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | 4/12/2006 | Charles Colson
    Welcome to Holy Week, American style. Just as millions of Christians are preparing to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the media is once again out to debunk historical Christianity. Just last weekend I was in an airport bookstore and saw the new book counter filled with numerous editions of The Da Vinci Code. Then I picked up the New York Times, and there I was greeted with the headline on the front page that read, “In Ancient Document, Judas, Minus the Betrayal.” You probably have seen the hype, including a one-hour National Geographic TV spectacular: After seventeen hundred years, the...
  • Illegal Immigration: The Real Root of the Problem

    04/11/2006 7:58:58 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 67 replies · 1,716+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | 11 April 06 | Charles Colson
    Americans have witnessed over the past two days the largest public protest since the Vietnam War: millions marching to protest Congress’s failure last week to enact immigration reform. So many immigrants left their jobs to parade that many businesses in major cities were shut down. The immigration issue is a classic illustration of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. The immovable object is, of course, the need to uphold the rule of law in dealing with immigration. But the irresistible force is the economy. Removing all the illegal immigrants in our society would deal a death blow to our...
  • Sex and the Single (Preteen) Girl: Gossip Girl

    04/04/2006 6:29:59 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 119 replies · 9,614+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | April 3, 2006 | Charles Colson
    When writer Marcia Segelstein headed to the bookstore to scout out books for her 12-year-old, she wasn’t sure what to expect. But she certainly didn’t expect rampant drinking, drug use, profanity, and explicit descriptions of sex and nudity. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what she found. Segelstein’s daughter had been clamoring to read the Gossip Girl series, which “‘all’ of her friends were reading,” she said. After seeing what was in the books, Segelstein was floored. But a school librarian confirmed, “They’re very popular among sixth and seventh graders.” Even worse, the librarian added, “Some parents are so happy that their kids...
  • U.S. Christians outraged over Afghan trial

    03/24/2006 11:06:50 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 44 replies · 1,033+ views
    AP via The Mercury News ^ | 3/24/2006 | PETER JAMES SPIELMANN
    "Americans will not give their blood and treasure to prop up new Islamic fundamentalist regimes. Religious freedom is not just 'an important element' of democracy; it is its cornerstone. Religious persecution leads inevitably to political tyranny. Five hundred years of history confirm this. Americans have not given their lives so that Christians can be put to death," Perkins said. Such sentiments are spreading through Christian radio stations, Web sites and blogs, stoked by traditional conservative institutions as National Review magazine. National Review Online quoted Chuck Colson, a former Nixon White House official, disgraced by Watergate and rehabilitated as a Christian...