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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • TAKEN: America's Great Spiritual Leaders. Who & What will Replace Them?

    04/19/2012 8:06:42 PM PDT · by publius321 · 10 replies
    http://www.tableofwisdom.com/ ^ | April 20, 2012 | Scott Ryan (Publius321)
    It seems as though I was wrong in my assumption that "the support of Christians is not something that can be brokered". Unless - we are wrong about what it means to -BE- a Christian. For the past several years of America’s decline, I have seen world events through a different prism. It is as though world events contain clear symbolism. It is as though God is warning us but we are not listening. We were founded on Christian principles. The Bible itself is quoted in our founding documents more than Montesquieu, Blackstone or Lock. Yet the Republican Party –...
  • Devoted Prison Fellowship Founder Chuck Colson Dies (Article Retracted, Mr. Colson still alive)

    04/18/2012 10:03:13 PM PDT · by Borges · 33 replies
    CBN ^ | 4/18/12 | Charlene Israel
    Chuck Colson, the evangelical leader who dedicated his life to ministering to convicts after serving time himself in prison and coming to know God, has died. He was 80. Colson was hospitalized March 30 after having trouble getting through a speech at a "Breaking the Spiral of Silence" conference in Virginia. Doctors found a brain hemorrhage, and he underwent surgery to remove a pool of clotted blood. Following the surgery, Colson's health see-sawed from stable to worse, and he remained in ICU. Wednesday, Christian leaders who knew Colson well urged prayer because he "may soon be with the Lord." Colson...
  • BREAKING: Pro-life, pro-family Evangelical leader Chuck Colson dying, prayers requested

    04/18/2012 10:24:57 AM PDT · by jettester · 90 replies
    LifeSitenews.com ^ | 4/18/12 | John-Henry Westen
    LANSDOWNE, Va., April 18, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries, gave the following update this morning to the staff and supporters of Prison Fellowship, Justice Fellowship, and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview: “Dear Friends: 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. Chuck’s condition took a decided turn yesterday, and the doctors advised Patty and the family to gather by his bedside.
  • When Redemption Is Real: Chuck Colson didn’t fall from grace, he ascended to it

    04/06/2012 7:30:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/05/2012 | Rich Lowry
    For the first time in 34 years, Chuck Colson won’t be in a prison for Easter. The famous Watergate figure and Christian convert usually spends the day ministering to prisoners, but is recovering from surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain. Colson, 80, is a giant of our time. He is a reminder of the true meaning of redemption, a concept that has been debased in our Tilt-a-Whirl media culture that can’t distinguish between notoriety and fame. In contemporary America, redemption begins sometime between the first check-in into rehab and the first cable-TV interview, and reaches completion when...
  • Chuck Colson in critical condition after brain hemorrhage (Update @ #87)

    04/04/2012 3:57:37 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 113 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/4/12 | John-Henry Westen
    WASHINGTON, DC, April 4, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Evangelical leader and frequent life and family spokesman Chuck Colson is in critical condition in hospital after undergoing surgery this weekend. He was hospitalized Friday after enduring a brain hemorrhage while speaking in Virginia at the Wilberforce Conference. Colson underwent surgery on Saturday morning to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain. Colson became ill while speaking at the Wilberforce Weekend conference on Friday night. “We believe that we serve a mighty God - the ‘Great Physician’ - and are hoping and praying for Chuck’s full recovery....
  • Chuck Colson Reacts to Obama’s “Compromise” on Required Abortion Care for Church Employees

    02/11/2012 10:00:44 PM PST · by sreastman · 16 replies
    FaithIssues ^ | 2/11/2012 | FaithIssues
    Chuck Colson Reacts to Obama’s “Compromise” on Required Abortion Care for Church Employees DeMossNews.com "The president's announcement does not take religious liberty off the front burner," said Colson Center and Prison Fellowship Founder Chuck Colson. BreakPoint, Colson Center for Christian Worldview and Prison Fellowship Founder Chuck Colson issued the following statement today regarding President Obama's proposed policy changes to the Affordable Care Act to accommodate religious liberty: "While I'm glad the Obama Administration says that it is willing to address the issue of exempting religious organizations from the HHS mandate on abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization, I still have grave...
  • Evangelicals Concerned About Mitt Romney’s Religion, Says New Polls and Interviews

    11/02/2011 8:59:30 PM PDT · by delacoert · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Nov. 2, 2011 | Daniel Distant
    Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney may face even more opposition regarding his faith if he becomes the GOP nominee, according to polls and several interviews by the Huffington Post. The staunchest opposition against Romney because of his faith came from Rev. Robert Jeffress, who is the spiritual leader for the largest church in Texas. Jeffress, a supporter of GOP contender Rick Perry, called Mormonism a “cult,” and Perry – along with many Christian conservatives – publicly rebuked him. According to new polls and information from Evangelical leaders, Christian views might change if Romney is chosen as Obama’s adversary in 2012. Rev....
  • Recommended Films by Charles Colson (FILMS WITH A CHRISTIAN THEME)

    01/27/2011 7:48:09 AM PST · by truthandlife · 19 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | Charles Colson
    Amazing Grace (2007, PG) William Wilberforce's longsuffering pursuit to end the British slave trade, inspired by his Christian faith and the encouragement of his mentor, John Newton. Chariots of Fire (1981, PG) Inspiring story of a young Scottish runner who is willing to put obedience to God before an Olympic gold medal. A Man for All Seasons (1966, G) The inspiring story of Sir Thomas More, the 16th century Chancellor of England who was beheaded by Henry VIII because he would not compromise his beliefs. More is played by Paul Scofield, whose last lines in the film are: "I die...
  • Should We Have a Sex Tax?

    01/11/2011 9:46:35 AM PST · by Sopater · 71 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | January 11, 2011 | Chuck Colson
    You heard a lot this election season about cutting taxes. Well in one case, I may be for raising them. Politicians are always talking about taxes. Some of them want to “soak” the rich; others want to raise “sin” taxes on alcohol and cigarettes. But I can think of one “consumer item” we’ll never see a tax on: sex. But maybe we should. Sex—the wrong kind of sex, that is—is driving up the cost of government. In a recent column, marriage expert Mike McManus explores the high cost of out-of-wedlock sex. For instance, over 7 million American couples live together....
  • The best way to stop prisoners reoffending? Send evangelicals to proselytise them

    07/01/2010 7:40:15 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 1+ views
    London Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | July 1, 2010 | Alex Singleton
    At the risk of giving Richard Dawkins a heart attack, there’s one man Ken Clarke, the Justice Secretary, really ought to meet, and he’s Chuck Colson. The former Nixon advisor, who went to jail for his involvment in the Watergate scandal, has spent decades promoting evangelical Christianity to American prisoners. And it’s very clear that his work has cut crime. In Texas, for example, reoffending dropped from 55 per cent to eight per cent for those who took part in his InnerChange prison programme. Officials are effusive with praise. Joan Fabian, the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Corrections said:...
  • Do Mormons need an Anti-Defamation League?

    03/31/2010 9:00:52 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 157 replies · 1,239+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | March 31, 2010 | Joel Campbell
    Jews have one. Catholics have one. Do Mormons need an independent anti-defamation group... -- I suppose Latter-day Saints shouldn't be too surprised the latest put-down from Chuck Colson, leader of the Prison Fellowship. Ironically, it was as he and leaders of Christian groups announced a new "civility covenant." When a reporter asked if the covenant should include Glenn Beck, CNN reported Colson saying that the document: "Wouldn't apply to Glenn Beck because we're talking about the conversation in the family of believers ... Glenn Beck is a Mormon." CNN continues: "Many Christians don't consider Mormons -- members of the Church...
  • Christians from political left and right sign 'Civility Covenant'

    03/26/2010 4:27:43 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 193 replies · 1,731+ views
    CNN ^ | March 25, 2010 | Dan Gilgoff
    A group of more than 100 prominent Christians ranging from evangelical minister Jim Wallis on the political left to...Chuck Colson on the right released a document Thursday calling for an end to the fight club tone of the national political discourse. ...the "Civility Covenant"...says...churches have too often "reflected the political divisions of our culture rather than the unity we have in the body of Christ." SNIP ...the covenant...has 114 signatories from a broad swath of Christian traditions, including the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and the general superintendent of...
  • Apostle to the Irish (Who is the REAL St. Patrick ?)

    03/17/2010 12:58:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 117 replies · 912+ views
    Christian Post ^ | March 17 | Charles Colson
    If you ask people who Saint Patrick was, you're likely to hear that he was an Irishman who chased the snakes out of Ireland. It may surprise you to learn that the real Saint Patrick was not actually Irish—yet his robust faith changed the Emerald Isle forever. Patrick was born in Roman Britain to a middle-class family in about A.D. 390. When Patrick was a teenager, marauding Irish raiders attacked his home. Patrick was captured, taken to Ireland, and sold to an Irish king, who put him to work as a shepherd. In his excellent book, How the Irish Saved...
  • Charles W. Colson Geneva College Commencement Address

    02/08/2010 8:55:07 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 11 replies · 320+ views
    American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank ^ | May 1998 | Chuck Colson
    "I've come to you this morning with a topic that probably in an earlier age would have sounded a little bit absurd. And that’s the question of whether character matters, whether it has anything to do with public service. Now even as recently as a generation ago, probably no one would give a commencement talk on that address to educated people -- people getting their degree -- because education was considered to be not only the acquisition of knowledge, but the formation of moral character. That’s what education was all about." ..."Twenty-five years ago this summer, I was converted to...
  • 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...
  • Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience (Against Abortion, Same-Sex 'Marriage')

    11/20/2009 9:50:03 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 31 replies · 2,426+ views
    First Things ^ | 11/20/2009 | n/a
    We, as Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Christians, have gathered, beginning in New York on September 28, 2009, to make the following declaration, which we sign as individuals, not on behalf of our organizations, but speaking to and from our communities. We act together in obedience to the one true God, the triune God of holiness and love, who has laid total claim on our lives and by that claim calls us with believers in all ages and all nations to seek and defend the good of all who bear his image.... While the whole scope of Christian moral concern, including...
  • Christian Leaders Release Declaration of Conscience[ “believers must fight and disobey those laws” ]

    11/20/2009 4:14:52 PM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 17 replies · 1,021+ views
    CBN ^ | 20 Nov | Staff
    More than 150 Christian leaders are issuing a “call of conscience” to America-- urging them reaffirm their opposition to abortion, stem cell research and same-sex marriage. “The Manhattan Declaration” stresses the need to protect religious freedom in in the U.S. It’s signed by seminary leaders, pastors, professors and the heads of ministries. The Christian leaders have come together across denominational lines to call on believers everywhere to radically commit to fight for the sanctity of life, marriage and religious liberty. “And in all three of these areas we see threats in the culture and in our politics.” Robert George, one...
  • 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.
  • The MANHATTAN DECLARATION

    11/21/2009 8:59:35 AM PST · by magdalen · 2 replies · 745+ views
    First Things ^ | November 21,2009 | Magdalene
    Sign The Declaration! Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family. We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are: --the sanctity of human life --the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife --the rights...
  • Christian Leaders Unite on Political Issues

    11/20/2009 6:02:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies · 661+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 11/20/09 | Laurie Goodstein
    Citing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to civil disobedience, 145 evangelical, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders have signed a declaration saying they will not cooperate with laws that they say could be used to compel their institutions to participate in abortions, or to bless or in any way recognize same-sex couples. “We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence,” it says. The manifesto, to be released on Friday at the National Press Club in Washington, is an...
  • Christian Leaders Unite on Political Issues (abortion, gay marriage, stem-cell research)

    11/20/2009 12:37:01 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies · 1,707+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 20, 2009 | Laurie Goodstein
    Citing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to civil disobedience, 145 evangelical, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders have signed a declaration saying they will not cooperate with laws that they say could be used to compel their institutions to participate in abortions, or to bless or in any way recognize same-sex couples. “We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence,” it says. The manifesto, to be released on Friday at the National Press Club in Washington, is an...
  • Unprecedented coalition of religious leaders call Americans to stand for sanctity of life...

    11/20/2009 6:59:26 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 715+ views
    CNA ^ | Washington D.C., Nov 20, 2009
    www.catholicnewsagency.com Unprecedented coalition of religious leaders call Americans to stand for sanctity of life, marriage, and religious freedom Washington D.C., Nov 20, 2009 / 06:21 am (CNA).- An unprecedented coalition of prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders, and scholars has crafted a 4,700-word declaration addressing the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty. The declaration issues “a clarion call” to Christians to adhere to their convictions and informs civil authorities that the signers will not “under any circumstance” abandon their Christian consciences. The statement,  called “the Manhattan Declaration,” has been signed by more than 125 Catholic, Evangelical Christian, and Orthodox...
  • 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: Giving Granny the Bottle - A Duty to Die?

    10/04/2009 10:28:20 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 681+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 9/30/09 | Chuck Colson
    How wide is the line between the right to die and the duty to die? I’m afraid we may find out soon enough. Regular BreakPoint listeners have heard me speak about the impact of declining birth rates around the world. One consequence is that older people comprise an increasing percentage of the population in places like Japan and Western Europe. This increases economic pressures on these countries since an aging population requires more services while having fewer young workers to pay for them. One doctor has come up with a way to address the imbalance between pensioners and workers—that is,...
  • Q&A: Religious Leader Chuck Colson

    09/25/2009 10:32:32 AM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 3 replies · 643+ views
    TIME ^ | 24 September 2009 | Amy Sullivan
    Chuck Colson has spent a lifetime atoning for his involvement in the Watergate cover-up. The founder of Prison Fellowship has spent more than three decades working with prisoners in more than 100 countries, and he has mentored generations of conservative Evangelical leaders. This month he launched the Chuck Colson Center, an online research and education center that he calls "the Lexis-Nexis of resources on the Christian worldview." The last of the original religious-right leaders still actively engaged with the movement, Colson spoke with TIME about his latest endeavor, why he thinks churches have failed society and the biggest mistake the...
  • Chuck Colson: A Gruesome Harvest - Aborted Fetuses and Their Organs

    08/22/2009 12:23:43 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 1,173+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 8/21/09 | Chuck Colson
    Utilitarianism has a hideous strength when it comes to medical ethics. If even a ghastly procedure can “save lives,” well, who’s to say it’s immoral?   For years, scientists and celebrities supporting embryo-destructive stem cell research have used two arguments. First—blind to the destruction of the embryo itself—they argue embryonic stem cell research will save lives. Second, they maintain that embryos leftover from fertility treatments will otherwise be wasted. Now, one stem-cell expert is using these same arguments to promote harvesting organs from aborted fetuses.Speaking at a conference in March, Oxford University stem-cell expert Sir Richard Gardner commented that he...
  • Decoupling Children and Marriage (Why are more and more American babies being born out of wedlock?)

    06/28/2009 8:51:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies · 1,534+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 6/27/2009 | Charles Colson
    According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control, 40 percent of American babies born in 2007 were born to unmarried mothers. That’s up from 34 percent only five years ago. When most Americans hear the expression “unmarried mother,” what nearly always comes to mind is a teenage girl. But that’s not what’s driving the recent increase. In 2007, only 23 percent of the out-of-wedlock births were to unmarried teenagers. The rest were to women in their 20s, and now increasingly, in their 30s. The increase among older women accounts for the six percentage point increase of the...
  • Religious Freedom or 'Silly Prejudice'? (Should health care workers have the right of conscience?)

    06/22/2009 5:45:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 808+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 6/21/2009 | Charles Colson
    It seems one man’s religious freedom is another man’s “ridiculous prejudice.” One government official fumed that Catholic doctors were refusing to perform abortions-abortions that were perfectly legal. He wrote in a memo: “After all, these scruples are in most cases nothing but ridiculous prejudices . . . One is tempted to ask: where does state authority come in these cases, or else, is the state, perhaps, not anxious to assert its authority in this particular instance?” Well, Nazi Germany was seldom hesitant to assert its authority, even over religion and individual conscience. As described in the June/July issue of First...
  • Chuck Colson: Government-Run Churches, Can It Happen Here?

    06/18/2009 12:59:16 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 33 replies · 1,115+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 6/18/09 | Chuck Colson
    In China, Christians have a choice: Join a government-approved church—which is constantly monitored by the authorities—or join an underground church.Thank heavens things like that don’t happen in the West, you may be thinking. Think again. In Britain, the government has begun sticking its nose in church business, telling churches what to do.According to the Daily Telegraph, starting next year, the British government is going to begin forcing churches and other religious institutions to hire open, practicing homosexuals. It will happen under the provisions of the so-called Equity Bill, which forbids discrimination against homosexuals or transsexuals. The law would “cover...
  • Chuck Colson: In His Image - The Roots of Social Justice

    06/17/2009 2:33:55 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies · 539+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 6/17/09 | Chuck Colson
    We’re hearing a lot these days about human rights and social justice—particularly among younger evangelicals, but also among secularists. It’s a good thing that there is a growing concern for the poor and the oppressed around the world. But when the younger generation approaches people like me and tells us that we need to be working for “social justice,” what I tell them is that we’re already doing it. In fact, I believe it’s the single greatest apologetic of the Christian Church. But what makes us different from the secularists, however, is our worldview—especially in our belief in a...
  • Chuck Colson: Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue -- Designer Babies

    04/02/2009 5:09:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies · 1,164+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 4/2/09 | Chuck Colson
    Note: Since recording this script, the fertility clinic in Los Angeles, which announced in February that it would be allowing couples to pre-select embryos based on gender, hair, and eye color, has retracted the hair and eye color pre-selection option due to public outcry. While BreakPoint is encouraged to hear that the company has changed these practices, the issue addressed in this commentary still remains a very real threat—one that Christians should speak out on.For more information you can read the FoxNews article on the retraction and view the clinic's website. Mr. and Mrs. Jones want a baby. They...
  • Why America Must Return to the Faith of Our Fathers

    03/25/2009 5:58:23 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 3 replies · 253+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 3-25-09 | Rev. Michael Bresciani
    Skilled statisticians like George Barna and carefully researched studies from the Pew Reports all show a declining moral climate and a gradual but alarming number of youthful exits from the church in America. Is it chronic, should we be worried? Any writer, preacher, prophet or ordinary live a day Christian worth their salt is calling for America to come to her senses and return to the faith of our fathers. They are not moved by the rhetoric of socialisms priest and preachers whether found in academia, media, Hollywood or political office. They are driven by the proof shown to them...
  • 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...
  • Chuck Colson: Protecting Conscience - An Obstacle to Tyranny

    03/03/2009 11:24:00 AM PST · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 498+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 3/3/09 | Chuck Colson
    Last week, what the Washington Post characterized as a “terse posting on a federal Web site” set the stage for a debate on just how seriously our society takes freedom of conscience. The posting announced that the Obama administration was planning to rescind “job protections for health workers who refuse to provide care they find objectionable.” These explicit protections were issued in the last few months of the Bush administration. Under the current provisions, health care providers can lose federal funds if they don’t accommodate health-care workers “who refuse to participate in care they feel violates their . . ....
  • Chuck Colson: The March of Death - A Culture Commits Suicide

    01/17/2009 12:29:45 PM PST · by wagglebee · 88 replies · 1,998+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 1/13/09 | Chuck Colson
    Those who have embraced the culture of death had much to celebrate during 2008. By “culture of death,” I’m referring to those movements which would advance euthanasia, assisted suicide, abortion, fetal experimentation, and even population control. Let’s take a quick look at the year gone by. I think you’ll see what I mean. In the U.S., voters in Washington state approved the grotesquely named “Death with Dignity Act,” which will allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to their terminally ill patients. Washington joins Oregon as the only states (for now) that have legalized assisted suicide. Two down, 48...
  • Chuck Colson: Walking and Talking -- Pro-Choice as Rhetoric

    12/07/2008 10:40:47 AM PST · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 1,086+ views
    Breakpoint ^ | 12/3/08 | Chuck Colson
    The smartest thing “abortion rights” advocates ever did was to coin the phrase “pro-choice.” That shifted our attention towards the act of choosing and away from what was being chosen—the dismemberment of a human being in utero. Eventually, however, at some point, “choice” has to go from mere rhetoric to an actual deed. Somebody has to actually perform an abortion if “freedom of choice” is to become a reality, as one medical student learned recently. The November 23rd issue of the Washington Post Magazine told the story of a medical student named Lesley Wojick. She plans to specialize in obstetrics...
  • Molly Coddling: Gay 'Marriage' and Soft Despotism

    07/23/2008 3:43:20 AM PDT · by rhema · 7 replies · 228+ views
    Breakpoint ^ | July 22, 2008 | Charles Colson
    In Michigan, a homosexual man is suing two Christian publishers—Zondervan and Tyndale House—for $70 million dollars. Bradley Fowler claims they violated his constitutional rights and caused him "emotional distress" by publishing versions of the Bible that call homosexuality a sin. In my view, Fowler is suing the wrong party, but perhaps he realizes he is likely to have difficulty hauling the real author into court. While the lawsuit may strike us as funny, we ought to take such attacks on Christian teaching seriously: We are going to see many more of them if same-sex "marriage" is foisted upon us by...
  • The Legacy of Radical Feminism

    06/27/2008 7:22:42 PM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 4 replies · 172+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2008 | Chuck Colson
    Alice Walker, best known as the author of the novel The Color Purple, is one of the most renowned feminist authors and activists of her generation. She is also a mother, and that fact brought her public and private lives into direct conflict. --snip-- That is because Alice Walker’s brand of feminism was the kind that taught that “motherhood was about the worst thing that could happen to a woman.” So says her daughter, Rebecca, who suffered the consequences of that thinking. In a recent London Daily Mail article, Rebecca Walker reflected on the neglect she experienced with her divorced...
  • Bathroom Wars

    06/11/2008 10:54:22 AM PDT · by Fichori · 54 replies · 180+ views
    Breakpoint ^ | June 6, 2008 | Chuck Colson
    Bathroom Wars By Chuck Colson6/6/2008 Related Audio/Video Downloads Potty Politics Three months ago, I told you about a new law in Montgomery County, Maryland, that demands co-ed locker rooms and restrooms in all public accommodations. The law was intended to accommodate “transgendered people”—that is, men who say they perceive themselves to be women, and women who claim they consider themselves men. I said, at the time, that we would see extremists in other jurisdictions attempting to pass similar laws. And that is exactly what is happening.Last week, Colorado’s legislature passed—and Gov. Bill Ritter signed—a law that will open all...
  • Newton [Iowa] prison to end religious [Prison Fellowship] program that prompted legal fight

    02/26/2008 8:44:28 AM PST · by newgeezer · 14 replies · 413+ views
    Newton (Iowa) Daily News ^ | Monday, February 25, 2008 11:26 AM CST
    NEWTON(AP) — State officials say they will end a Bible-based treatment program at Newton prison that has been the subject of a five-year court battle. The Iowa Department of Corrections has notified Prison Fellowship Ministries in Virginia that the program, called the InnerChange Freedom Initiative, will end by mid-March, prison spokesman Fred Scaletta said in a copyright story in The Des Moines Register. Prison Fellowship sponsored a Christianity-based values program for inmates. It had a three-year state contract that ended in June. Prison officials had granted the organization a one-year extension with donations covering the expenses. A provision in the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • It's Not About the Manger

    12/25/2007 6:01:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 238+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 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?...
  • How America Treats Its Military

    10/24/2007 6:54:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 63+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 24, 2007 | Chuck Colson
    One of the really formative experiences in my life was serving as an officer in the Marine Corps. I thought military service was an honorable profession, so much so that I urged my sons to consider military service—even though that was during the Vietnam War. But after what I have been watching the past few months, I wonder if I would urge my grandsons to serve today. One of the most disillusioning moments for me was when the New York Times ran that ad—at a discount, by the way—for MoveOn.org calling General Petraeus “General Betray Us.” This honorable West Point...
  • What about the Children? Is Religion Child Abuse? Part 3 of 5

    10/10/2007 9:25:19 AM PDT · by 11th Commandment · 9 replies · 249+ views
    Breakpopint ^ | October 10, 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...