Monday, November 23, 2015
BreakPoint Archive
John Stonestreet

Would that the ISIS attacks on Paris on November 13 were a singular event! But they’re not, as we all know. John Stonestreet, in commenting on the Aurora theater attacks in 2012, offers a framework for wrapping our minds around the Paris horror in “Why Evil? Why This Evil? The secular western world, in losing its connection with God, has also lost its grasp of evil: one American statesman called the Paris attacks the work of “psychotics.” But—while Christians may have the right answer to “Why?,” our first response to evil must be to mourn with those who mourn rather than to answer our critics, “See, I told you so!”

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Worldview Bible
Jim Tonkowich

The church in ancient Corinth was plagued with many of the same things we are. In particular, people thinking they were spiritually mature, when their behavior showed nothing of the kind. Chapter 5 dealt with sexual immorality; the following chapter deals with lawsuits among church members. Both indicated spiritual immaturity and worldliness. At the heart of this, says Jim in this week’s Worldview Bible study, is dividing life up into things that are spiritual and things that aren’t. Wrong, responds Paul—it all belongs to Christ.

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Christians Who Changed Their World
Glenn Sunshine

Think you’ve got it tough? Then read Glenn’s latest contribution to Christians Who Changed Their World. It’s about Martin Rinkart, who pastored in Eisleben, Germany a century after the Reformation began. Nearly his entire pastorate was defined by the Thirty Years War (1618 to 1648). The town of Eisleben endured not only a war sweeping back and forth around it, but war, plague, famine, and death as well. Yet during this time Rinkart wrote voluminously, including the beloved Thanksgiving hymn, “Now Thank We All Our God.”

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Diane Singer

Who’s right? Who’s wrong? when it comes to matters of racism in America? It’s easy enough to engage in polemics in this seemingly intractable problem, writes Diane. Currently the ones who seem to be grabbing the spotlight are the extremists, both sides. Can we ever return to the solution of Dr. King, who based his beliefs and protests on the gospel? Can the sins of both old and new racists be dealt with? In WorldView you’ll find Diane’s insights and exhortations for the church.

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T. M. Moore

Some issues flit across our screens (ISIS and racism); others remain with us for a long time (evolution vs. ID); and still others remain always. Art, for instance—at its best, always attempting to communicate something of truth, beauty, goodness. Such is the case with still-life artist Phillip R. Jackson, as you’ll read in “New Life to Still Life.” This artist has taken what has been historically a secular art form (still life), and is using the genre to express eternal things. Even if pictorial art isn’t your interest, you’ll be fascinated by this piece in the series, “Episodes in a Christian History of Art.”

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T. M. Moore

We often lament that the earliest church seemed so powerful in changing their world, while we’re just an invisible, irrelevant part of ours. Why the difference? The difference, says T. M. in our Viewpoint study for the week, is “Strong Souls.” Starting with Paul, those first Christians knew how to strengthen their souls. They cultivated a strong vision of God’s Kingdom, and engaged in the disciplines that allowed them to bring that Kingdom into reality. There was nurture, leadership, preparation for suffering, and above all, care for the souls of those first-century world changers. Start this week’s study with “The Secret of Success.”

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Colson Files
Chuck Colson

Given that Chuck spent so much of his energy defending Christianity against the rising tide of atheism, it’s ironic that at least one atheist was found defending religion, if not Christianity itself. He wrote that religion offers “useful, interesting...consoling ideas that could...appeal to someone who has … no interest in being a believer.” Chuck cited this in a Breakpoint from 2012, and went on to say that it actually points to truth. In “Fillet of Faith” he observes that none of those fruits of faith are worth anything—unless it’s true. How insulting to believers to say, “never mind if it’s true, it’s good for people.”

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