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About the Theme of the Week
Each week on Colson, BreakPoint Radio and, 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: Dust Thou Art


We love to go through life thinking of ourselves as decent and okay people. Our culture tells us that we’re basically alright. Maybe all we need is a little self-help and education here and there in order to become perfect. But nothing jars our illusions and clarifies our perspective on the human condition like realizing our own mortality. As Tim Kreider writes in a recent New York Times opinion piece, “You are going to die…You are older at this moment than you’ve ever been before, and it’s the youngest you’re ever going to get. The mortality rate is holding at a scandalous 100 percent. Pretending death can be indefinitely evaded with hot yoga or a gluten-free diet or antioxidants or just by refusing to look is craven denial.”

ReEngage-Screenshot_Lent1_575Death is coming for all of us, and if the words of St. Paul in Romans 5-6 shape your thinking, you’ll be able to guess why our mortality makes it impossible for us to believe in our own goodness and perfectibility: because we know that death is the payment—the “sting” of sin. We know that death is coming, and death reminds us of who we are. In the words of God in Genesis 3, “Dust thou art, and to dust thou shalt return.”

But that’s not the whole story. As the church calendar reminded congregants of liturgical communions this week when they received the sign of the cross in ashes upon their foreheads and heard the words from Genesis, admitting our sinfulness and mortality is the first step to entering the new life Christ has purchased for us.

That’s what the season of Lent is all about. And as John Stonestreet challenges us to remember in this week’s “ReEngage,” when we participate in Lent and the Christian disciplines of fasting, prayer, self-examination, repentance and meditation on Scripture, we’re colliding head-on with the world’s cherished secular beliefs. We’re not okay. In fact, we have a deep problem. And proclaiming that Truth is going to cause controversy.

This week at the Colson Center, we’re kicking off the season of Lent by encouraging you to contemplate what it means to proclaim our own mortality as the result of sin, and how directly we contradict secular assumptions in doing so. We also wan to urge you to resist the lure of "practical atheism," the lie of living  life as if God and His eternal accountability do not exist, a trap into which even Christians can fall.

We hope you'll take these solemn lessons to heart, and that they'll fill you with joy even as we look forward to the commemoration of Holy Week, when God Himself experienced mortality on our behalf, and guaranteed that His people would share in His conquest of death.

Explore This Week's Theme

ReEngage_Icon_small In this week's "ReEngage," John Stonestreet asserts that the observance of Ash Wednesday collides head-on with Americans deeply held assumed values of secularism. "ReEngage" is designed to help Christians see all of life as the scope of God's redemption. >>Watch now.
TalkingPoints In his most recent Talking Points, T. M. Moore brings the Christian worldview home by illustrating from the book of Hebrews that the reality of our faith is expressed best not by academics and theologians, but through living Christ's redemptive work in real life, right here, right now. >>Read more.
BreakPoint_Daily_Commentary_Generic In Thursday's BreakPoint Commentary, Eric Metaxas introduces us to John Stonestreet's new video commentary, "ReEngage," by asking what it would look like if we truly lived as if all things belong to Christ. >>Read more
the_point In Thursday's Point Commentary, John Stonestreet asks whether it's okay to wish someone a "happy Lent," taking us deeper into the heart of what this season is all about. >>Read more.
BPTW_icon_small John Stonestreet interviews Naghmeh Abedini, wife of jailed American pastor Saeed Abedini, and Tiffany Barrans of the American Center for Law and Justice. >>Read more.