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Monday, March 2, 2015
Re: Series
John Stonestreet

How can I change into someone better, someone I know I should be? Give thanks, says the Scriptures.  And so does John Stonestreet in a Re:Series message he calls “Starting Over.” John encourages us to begin with what we the created owe God the Creator: gratitude. It’s a habit that takes practice. And this habit has cultural implications too. What if the church, whom Paul exhorted “in all things give thanks,” as a community, developed this practice? No telling—but we just might set the trend for our culture if we did.

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Worldview Bible
T. M. Moore

When sin entered God’s story, everything changed—or so it seemed. Actually, not much has changed from God’s perspective, despite sin’s pervasive effects. As Worldview Bible continues in chapters 5 and 6 of Genesis, we see God keeping His single story line of redemption and restoration open. Through generations and genealogies and certain individuals God keeps hope alive even when the godly family line of Seth all but disappears. All through this extremely condensed history we are reminded that God still blesses, hasn’t removed His image from the human race, and still gives grace sovereignly.

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Perspectives
David Sincerbox

When Mary was given the grace of bearing Jesus, she responded with what David calls “heart-soulish” gratitude. Whether consciously or not, she was undoubtedly praying after the example of Hannah, the mother of Samuel. Both these women were given extraordinary pregnancies; both offered prayers of gratitude that should shape our own giving of thanks. In Perspectives we learn how to imitate these profound statements of thanksgiving for God’s grace.

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Worldview
Diane Singer

In case you didn’t know, Diane teaches English at the university level; part of her professorial duties include teaching writing to undergraduates. In Worldview this week she tells how writing and words are part of how we mirror God Himself, who spoke the cosmos into existence; and how we honor Christ the Word incarnate. God has given power to words, and our use of them must be careful, artful, and evangelistic.

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InDepth
Glenn Sunshine

No less a part of Christ’s calling on His people than the Great Commandment and the Great Commission is our Cultural Mandate. While not as well-known as the other two, the Cultural Mandate predates both: it’s given to us in Genesis 1. God creates the man and the woman and puts them in charge as stewards over the whole creation. According to Glenn in his InDepth series on the Christian’s callings, our calling here consists at a minimum of stewarding our family, our vocation, and our community.

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ViewPoint
T. M. Moore

Don’t read ViewPoint this week—if you want yourself and your church to remain in a state of hubris, engaged in the practice of Corban. That is, how in the typical evangelical world of thinking we know better than God how to “do” church, and substituting our so-called “best practices” for His. But that’s what so many churches do, whether unintentionally or otherwise. T. M.’s study this week hurls a huge accusation of both at your church and mine. Maybe it’ll lead some of us to repent of how we practice church?

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Colson Files
Chuck Colson

Scientific research constantly thrusts both opportunities and challenges on us. Chuck often wrote and spoke of these on his Breakpoint broadcasts. In one called “Science Almighty” he took up what many see as science’s core problem area. It’s scientism, the belief that science is “the only means to knowledge and progress.” With that belief comes the assertion that science is also the determiner of morals: if we can do it, we should do it. While science is one of the ways we fulfill our cultural mandate, we must never remove it from the umbrella of biblical ethics.

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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.