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Monday, September 1, 2014
Re: Series
John Stonestreet

We continue our re-run of John Stonestreet’s series, In His Image. This week it’s Part 4: “What Happened to Man When God Died?” One of the tragic consequences of losing our belief that humans are created in God’s image, John notes, is eugenics—the belief that society can solve its problems through technology. In this case, it’s the belief that certain “undesirable” people can be eliminated, prevented from having children, or just plain prevented from living. One of the chief influences, says John, is America. Once again we see that ideas, in this case, Darwinism, do indeed have consequences.

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Worldview Bible
T. M. Moore

Acts chapter 10 tells the story of how Peter, the great apostle, explains the Gospel to Cornelius, the Roman centurion. And in so doing, says T. M. in this week’s Worldview Bible study, Peter gives an illustration of how evangelism is done. The Holy Spirit prepares both parties, having already equipped the evangelist with the basic historical facts of Jesus’ work, and the seeker with awareness of his or her own need. He then engineers an encounter, guides the words that are spoken and heard, and gives new birth. Even to the most unlikely-seeming people in the world.

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InDepth
Glenn Sunshine

We’re justified by faith, right? Right—that doctrine is perhaps the central teaching of the reformers, one we embrace as absolutely essential. But when you look at what Jesus said about how one enters the kingdom of God, we might think works are somehow involved. This can be a difficult doctrine to work out, as Glenn writes in this week’s InDepth column. In his first installment he covers what Jesus said about repentance and obedience. And works too. As you’ll see, you can’t have faith without works, or works without faith, and enter the kingdom.

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Worldview
Diane Singer

Could there be anything harder than maintaining a consistent prayer life? Not much, according to a new Worldview contribution called “A Prayer Factory.” Here, Diane offers some advice from both her personal experience and from others. A couple of encouragements: first, let life’s ups and downs and suffering shape an ongoing conversation with God. These prayers are simple and spontaneous. And second: make time for prayer that is regular and structured. It’s how Jesus prayed, and it contributes mightily to our conformity to His image.

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Perspectives
David Sincerbox

As Jesus prays His final public prayer, He’s concerned about several things: His return to the Father, the safety of His disciples, and for everyone who was to believe through them. However, even as Jesus prays for His glory and that of the Father, there’s always the concern for the mission: that the whole world may know. See this week’s Perspectives for the second of a two-part series by David called “Jesus, Mission, and Glory—The Lord’s Prayer of John 17, Part 2.”

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ViewPoint
T. M. Moore

In this week’s ViewPoint study, T. M. writes that one of the most powerful ways to depict the Gospel is through the contrast of darkness and light. “Light” illustrates many aspects of the Gospel and of the Kingdom it points to, just as darkness illustrates the realms of sin, of Satan, of the world in rebellion against God. But light isn’t just an illustration of the Kingdom, it’s its reality. Light describes how we live, how we think, how we structure our lives in anticipation of the day when the Kingdom of Light will be fully and finally—and visibly—present.

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Colson Files
Chuck Colson

For many years the pro-homosexual lobby has insisted that one’s sexual orientation is a genetic matter, not of choice—and therefore can’t be changed. However, as Chuck noted in a Breakpoint broadcast from 2012, some who practice same-sex relationships say otherwise. In Gay by Choice? he highlights at least one person who claims to have chosen her orientation. It’s a reminder that all sexual choices aren’t equal, and “to embrace sex only in the context of marriage between a man and a woman, and to treat everyone we meet—homosexual or not—with love and respect.”

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The Christian Worldview Journal is a significant part of the Colson Center's content program. Journal articles help you develop a powerful foundation in understanding culture in the light of Scripture and historic Christian worldview. More importantly, Journal readings can help you develop your spirutal life and Christian discipleship.