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About the Theme of the Week
Each week on Colson Center.org, BreakPoint Radio and BreakPoint.org, WorldviewChurch.org and other channels we publish a great deal of new content around a vital theme. The ReSeries, John Stonestreet's video commentary, is often (but not always) the cornerstone of the weekly theme.

Theme of the Week: When God Spoke

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Advent and the Christmas season have become one of the loudest, busiest, most overwhelming times of year, indisposing us to any contemplation, let alone worshipful quiet. Gift shopping, social events, decorating and otherwise getting into the "spirit" of the holidays stand in stark contrast with the traditional lyrics of the season: "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent," we still sing, remembering in another popular carol the "Silent Night," when Christ was born. We even commemorate that moment when "the world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing."

What happened? Have we perhaps, as Charlie Brown so famously lamented, forgotten the true meaning of Christmas? Or could it be deeper than that--could it be that even as we set up our nativity scenes and sing about the Christ Child in Bethlehem, we're missing the significance of that child, and neglecting the correct response to His coming?

As John Stonestreet explains in this week's "Two-Minute Warning," and T. M. Moore echoes in the latest edition of "Talking Points," Advent, as its most basic level, is about God speaking through the incarnation of His Son, Jesus Christ.
TMW-Screenshot_Advent_1_575God reveals Himself in the creation, in our consciences, and in His written Word, says John. But nowhere has He ever revealed Himself more completely or sufficiently than He did that night over 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem. It was then, for the first time, that mankind beheld the face of God without terror of wrath, and came to understand most fully His love, humility, and determination to save His people.

As the Holy Spirit wrote through the Apostle John in the first chapter of his gospel, the Incarnation of Christ was nothing less than the Word, who has always existed with God--who is God--becoming flesh, and dwelling among us. It is this nativity story, even above the more detailed accounts in Matthew and Luke, which reveals for us the true nature of Christmas.

We have been sent a message--the loudest and clearest ever written, in fact. God has spoken to us through His Son, Jesus. And He expects us to listen.

That's why, at this time of year, we here at the Colson Center want to encourage you, your family, and your church to set aside the busyness and clamor of the holiday season to fall silent in the presence of Christ, who is the Advent of God's Word in flesh, on earth.

To help you do this, we've prepared some spectacular resources which will guide you through the worldview of Advent, drawing on Scripture, theological teaching, and music both ancient and new to expand your understanding of Christ's arrival on earth--the central even in human history.

  • Watch this week's "Two-Minute Warning," the first part in a four-episode series on the coming of Christ, and our response. >>CLICK HERE.
  • Get your copy of "He Has Come!" A rich new offering from the Colson Center with teaching from John Stonestreet and T. M. Moore on the worldview of Advent and Christmas, drawing from the music of the season. >>CLICK HERE.
  • Listen to our latest edition of "BreakPoint This Week," in which John Stonestreet interviews beloved Christian musician, Michael Card, on the meaning and power of Advent. >>CLICK HERE.
  • Pick up your copy of Michael Card's classic Christmas album, "The Promise: A Celebration of Christ's Birth." >>CLICK HERE.
  • Looking for a gift? Check out BreakPoint's new "Youth Reads" list of recommended books to buy your teen for Christmas! >>CLICK HERE.



Explore This Week's Theme

TMW_Icon_small In this frenzied age, it is difficult to be still and silent. Despite the difficulty, doing so is sometimes vitally important. John Stonestreet talks about why we need to ready ourselves to hear God in the first of a four-part series, "He Has Come!" >>Watch now.
TalkingPoints In this week's Talking Points, T. M. Moore explains the special and paramount role the Incarnation plays in God's program of special revelation, communicating to us the message His speech in creation and even the Scripture just couldn't convey alone.  >>Read more.
BreakPoint_Daily_Commentary_Generic In Thursday's BreakPoint commentary, John Stonestreet describes how the worst nightmares of dystopian science fiction are quickly becoming reality, as genetic science allows us more information about our children (and more opportunity to do the unthinkable). >>Read more
the_point In Thursday's Point Commentary, John Stonestreet offers some thoughts from Glenn Sunshine's new book, "Portals: Entering Your Neighbor's World," and explains how understanding others' worldviews can make all the difference. >>Read more.
BPTW_icon_small On our latest edition of BreakPoint this Week, John Stonestreet interviews beloved Christian musician, Michael Card, on the meaning and power of Advent—the season of His coming! >>Read more.




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