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Monday, October 27, 2014
Re: Series
John Stonestreet

As John Stonestreet continues his series on the Bible, he emphasizes in this week’s video that the Scripture has the power of truth. In “Not Ashamed: Trusting the Power of the Scripture (Part 4)” he emphasizes that what we read there is neither rosy positive nor darkly negative, but realistic. It depicts the human condition accurately as lost, but also presents a God whose main desire is redemption and restoration of our world and our selves. We must hold to the truth of our Scriptures, or face irrelevance.

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Worldview Bible
T. M. Moore

The Book of Acts, chapters 18 and 19: Paul and his ministry return to Asia from Europe. He continues to train workers who in turn train others. The churches previously planted in Asia now begin to affect their culture, as the Word spreads both deeper and farther. Not surprisingly, there’s resistance and active opposition, reports T. M. in this week’s Worldview Bible readings. But even overt spiritual warfare doesn’t stop the Gospel’s progress—in fact, it aids and abets it.

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Perspectives
Glenn Sunshine

When you think of beer, things like sports and crazy commercials might come to mind. But social justice? Try these items: “governor of Mealth hospital...ensuring that it provided care for the poor...promoted Gaelic arts...champion of the Sunday School movement...basic education to children...an interest in prison reform...” These words refer to Arthur Guinness, who founded the Guinness brewery in Ireland in 1759. Glenn writes of the Christian commitments of this tremendously successful businessman in an article called simply “Arthur Guinness,” and how Guinness lived out his faith—through selling beer.

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Perspectives
Robert Lynn

How important is it to “feel” God’s presence, or to have any experience at all in your Christian walk? Here in America there’s a strong tradition and influential stream of preaching that demands a palpable experience of Christ to prove your conversion. This approach to the faith, as you’ll read in this week’s Perspectives article, has had a damaging effect on today’s college students. What’s the remedy? This is the second of a multi-part series Bob is calling “When Our College Students Doubt.”

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Worldview
Diane Singer

So—what are you/your kids going to be for Halloween? Or, if you haven’t been asked that: what are you giving to the Trick-or-Treaters? What do we do with this very secular (some say satanic) occasion? Diane offers a biblical perspective and some practical advice in a Worldview article from 2011 called “The Halloween Question.” It’s complicated; there are some things to avoid, but also things you can readily participate in without violation of conscience.

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ViewPoint
T. M. Moore

Ever stumble on a gift you hadn’t opened because you didn’t know you had it? Such is prayer for many Christians, writes T. M. in this week’s ViewPoint studies. We don’t pray without ceasing, as both Jesus and Paul instruct us, because we don’t understand this, because we don’t make time, and because we’re not convinced that God will answer us. But if we open the gift, and follow the instructions that come with it, we’ll experience not only answers, but the joy and peace that comes with being in the very presence and will of our Father in heaven.

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Colson Files
Chuck Colson

It was true two and a half years ago, and it’s truer now: our national debt is an enormous problem. In a BreakPoint commentary from 2012 Chuck reviewed a book by Ron Sider called Fixing the Moral Deficit, which is also the title of his talk. While he disagreed with Sider on most political issues, he agreed with him on the biblical principles needed to solve the debt problem: First, there needs to be a balance of personal freedom, personal responsibility, and interdependence. Second, that all should have a chance to earn what’s necessary; and finally, that one generation must not place the burden of debt on another.

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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.