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Monday, January 26, 2015
Re: Series
John Stonestreet

When you start in earnest to understand the Bible, the first question you should ask, says John Stonestreet, is “What is this book about?” The Answer: It’s “a unique interpretation of universal history...of the whole world and of the human race.” In John’s Re:Series called “The Big Picture: Grasping the Power of Scripture,” he outlines three major themes. First: God exists; second: humans answer to God (and not vice versa); and third: Jesus is King. If you get those things, you have the necessary starting point for grasping the whole Bible. See this week’s Worldview Bible for a detailed explanation of the first two themes, and a hint at the third.

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Worldview Bible
T. M. Moore

Day 6, continued. Everything in God’s creating acts has led up to this moment: God makes man in His image and likeness. As the final “work day” for God closes, T. M. finishes his explanation of not just the how, but the why, of all things—based on Genesis 1. But before closing the creation account, Worldview Bible explains humankind: what being made in God’s image means, what our special blessing is that sets up apart from all other animals is, and our role as “subduers” of the earth. God has made all things to work together for His good; and if we’re ever going to understand our purpose, we need first to grasp His. It’s really a “very good” story!

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Worldview
Robert Lynn

When you get to discussing (or arguing) different religions and –isms, is it possible to have even a common starting point for the discussion? Yes, says Bob in a Worldview series he’s calling “Many Faiths, One Jesus.” In the second installment he looks at these debates from the perspective of Romans 1: God has been revealed both in nature and in human consciences. Therefore the key to the matter is not the various practices and beliefs and worldviews, but simply this: what is one’s response to God? Herein lies the place where we can engage in discussion with anyone of any belief.

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Perspectives
Diane Singer

You may be familiar with personal repentance—but national? Where in the Old Testament, national repentance fell to national leaders, we of the New share that responsibility equally. In the first of a two-part Perspectives series on repentance, Diane offers a biblical perspective on the why’s and the how-to’s of this often forgotten discipline. National repentance begins with the same willingness to identify with our culture’s sins that Isaiah had: “I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips” (6:5).

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InDepth
Glenn Sunshine

In the week following the President’s State of the Union address, it’s appropriate to explore a Christian perspective on government. In an InDepth article called “City of Man,” Glenn gives an analysis of Augustine’s City of God, which he calls one of the most influential books ever written. Augustine posited the existence of two “cities,” or influences, in human society. The City of Man is human society, especially government. While it’s God’s gift to humanity, it needs to be tempered and influenced by the City of God, where true virtue resides. Bottom line: Christians must be involved in government, or the City of Man will stamp out the influence of the City of God.

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ViewPoint
T. M. Moore

If Christ’s atoning sacrifice was perfect, complete, and accepted by God, and if the Father loves me “just as I am,” is there anything for me to do with this great salvation? You bet there is! It’s called sanctification, or as T. M. puts it more plainly, it’s “Making Progress.” This week’s ViewPoint study makes it clear. And it’s not just “my” progress that concerns me, it’s also the progress of the church, and of our world. We call it “revival,” “renewal,” “awakening and restoration,” respectively, as God reclaims individuals, churches, and the world. There’s a great deal of responsibility that He delegates to us—making progress is very much our responsibility.

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Colson Files
Chuck Colson

With the release of Atlas Shrugged III on DVD and Blu-Ray, it’s time to let Chuck speak once again to the phenomenon of Ayn Rand. Since the book’s publication in 1957 it’s had an influence in conservative circles, and on many Christians too. This is not good, he says in BreakPoint broadcast from 2011 (made when Part 1 of the movie came out). Rand’s philosophy, called Objectivism, is essentially about self. It rejects love for God and love for neighbor, holding self-interest as its highest value. Christians need to think biblically, not conservatively, when evaluating Rand’s philosophy.

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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.