The Colson Files
Liminal Christians


Christianity without the Church?

Want all the blessings of Christianity without having to hassle with a church? Well, it isn’t possible. I’ll explain why not next on BreakPoint.

In his 1985 book, Habits of the Heart, Robert Bellah and Richard Madsen introduced the world to “Sheila Larson.” Sheila described her belief system this way: “I believe in God. I’m not a religious fanatic. I can’t remember the last time I went to church. My faith has carried me a long way. It’s Sheilaism. Just my own little voice . . .  It’s just trying to love yourself and be gentle with yourself . . .”

Bellah and Madsen called “Sheilaism” a “perfectly natural expression of current American religious life.”



Turning a Blind Eye

As the toll of Christians murdered in the Muslim world grows, so does the silence. Why?

For the past year, Christians in northern Nigeria have been the victims of murder and ethnic cleansing by an al Qaeda-affiliated group named Boko Haram. The group, whose name means “book learning is forbidden,” has pledged to kill every Nigerian Christian in its effort to impose Sharia on Africa’s most populous nation.

Recent attacks on the group by Nigerian security forces dealt Boko Haram a deadly setback, but not before more than 500 Christians were killed by the group. These Christians joined countless of the brethren worldwide as victims of radical Islamic intolerance – an intolerance Western media seems uninterested in.

One Culture, Many Contributors


Why Multiculturalism Can't Work

Cinco di Mayo this week reminds us that the
U. S. is made up of many cultures. But is multiculturalism the answer to ensuring equality for all? Read Chuck’s Breakpoint commentary from February 16, 2011.

Multiculturalism is the antithesis of American culture. Find out what I mean, and why it’s so.

British Prime Minister David Cameron horrified European elites when he recently proclaimed that multiculturalism has failed. The idea that all cultures are equal and that they can live happily side by side in one country is false. It just doesn’t work.

To Islam—and Back Again:


Muslim Influence in the West

Now that the 9/11 museum is about to be opened in New York City, some of Islam’s defender are protesting the association of the terrorists with their religion’s concept of jihad. Check out Chuck’s BreakPoint from May 14, 2008.

After September 11, interest in Islam soared, and everyone, it seemed, looked for ways to appease it or put a smiley face on it. For example, the University of North Carolina introduced a course to help students better "understand" Islam as a "peaceful" religion. According to the New York Times, that led some coeds to "find parallels between [Islam] and Christianity."
Hollywood Heaven


Is there Life after Death?

Here’s an “Easter afterglow” insight from 1999. Chuck warns us to beware Hollywood’s vision of life after death.

Hollywood has discovered the afterlife.

Aging baby boomers, who now head Hollywood's dream factories, have apparently begun thinking about their own mortality. The result is a rash of movies that explore the most basic religious question: What happens when you die?

In the past year, films like City of Angels, What Dreams May Come, and Meet Joe Black seek to reassure us that death is not something to be feared by presenting a benevolent afterlife.

The Justice of Easter

Thoughts from a Prison Yard

chuck_colson_everymanEaster and justice go naturally together. And it’s a good thing they do, as Chuck reminds us from this 2007 BreakPoint commentary.

I would venture to guess that justice is not a word that comes quickly to mind when you think about Easter. Maybe my years studying law, fighting for criminal justice reform, and ministering to prisoners have given me a different perspective.

You see, I can’t help but think of justice on Easter Sunday, because for the last almost thirty years, I have spent Easter behind bars worshiping the risen Christ with prisoners. Yesterday and Saturday, Mark Earley and I preached in two prisons in Florida.

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