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The public is invited to this special event in Nashville (NRB)


REGISTER AND PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

(Use coupon code NASH25 for additional 25% discount)
nrb-nashville-2014-1The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, together with the National Religious Broadcasters, is hosting a special live event in Nashville TN on Monday, February 24th at 4:30 pm, in the Delta Ballroom of Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. The event will last 90 minutes.

New York Times Bestselling author Eric Metaxas and professor at John Hopkins School of Medicine and political commentator Dr. Ben Carson will appear together on stage for a conversation about "Life, God and Other Small Topics."

The emcee for the evening will be The Colson Center's very own John Stonestreet, host of the national radio program "The Point."

This event is open to the general public. Although it will be held in conjunction with the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville that week, you do not have to be a participant in the convention to attend.

The Delta Ballroom holds 2000+ people and is part of the spectacular Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.

Tickets will be $20 and should be purchased in advance (note - ticket prices have been lowered).

REGISTER AND PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

(Use coupon code NASH25 for additional 25% discount)

BONUS: the $20 ticket includes a day's registration (Monday February 24) to the NRB convention, also in the hotel. Some of the other highlights of the day, which you can attend with your ticket, are listed below.





Some of the daily events at the NRB convention for Monday, February 24
Note: Your $20 entry ticket for the Carson / Metaxas event also registers you for Monday at the convention, if you'd like to attend.
Click for complete NRB schedule

Monday, February 24 NRB convention schedule
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Women's Breakfast ** Delta Ballroom C (Separate ticket required).

8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. NRB Registration – Exhibit Hall Entrance Ryman C
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Educational SessionsDelta Mezzanine
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Film Screening – Moms' Night Out - Affirm Films & Provident Films Delta Ballroom A
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. NRB ExpositionRyman C - Exhibit hall open
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. iNRB Awards Ceremony – Delta Ballroom A
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Keynote SessionDelta Ballroom
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. A Conversation with Eric Metaxas and Ben Carson: "Life, God, and Other Small Topics," Hosted by The Colson Center and Hashtag Productions (Badge or Ticket Required) – Delta Ballroom
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Film Committee Pitch-a-Thon – Bayou C
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Night of Entertainment – A Night with Noah and Paramount Pictures Delta Ballroom
10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Late Night Film Talks – Delta Lobby


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Prison Fellowship Ministries Signs Amicus Brief in Defense of Religious Freedom

Statement by Jim Liske, President and CEO, Prison Fellowship Ministries

January 29, 2014

Prison Fellowship Ministries has joined a coalition of religious and civil liberties organizations in filing an amicus brief in support of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in their case against the HHS mandate before the Supreme Court.

Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties are for-profit corporations owned by devout Christian families who desire to run their businesses according to the principles of their faith. They have filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an exemption from the HHS mandate forcing employers to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization.

Prison Fellowship Ministries signed the amicus brief because we believe the HHS mandate poses a serious threat to religious liberty—which includes not only freedom of worship, but the freedom to live out the faith we profess in the public square and the marketplace.

The amicus brief (filed by the Christian Legal Society and signed by groups such as the American Bible Society and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention) urges the Supreme Court to “protect all Americans’ religious liberty by accurately interpreting and fully enforcing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”).” As you may know, Prison Fellowship Ministries, under the leadership of Justice Fellowship, helped craft RFRA and gain its passage in Congress back in 1993.

To read the amicus brief, visit the Christian Legal Society’s website. To stay current on the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases, you can also visit the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Please be in prayer for the religious freedom of all Americans, and for the justices of the Supreme Court, who will hear the case on March 24, 2014.

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Congress set to pass provision

According to the Christian Post, Congress is set to pass the 'Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections' to Facilitate Prison Reform in the omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2014, which seems to become law with bipartisan support.

A quote from Justice Fellowship's press release read: ""Chuck Colson's vision of a criminal justice system centered on accountability and redemption has had a lasting impact on those in Congress of both parties," said Craig DeRoche, president of Justice Fellowship. "The Charles Colson Task Force is an important first step in the discussion on how to reform criminal justice beyond the catchy sound bites and overused sports metaphors that have permeated the dialogue in recent years."

Read more about this on Justice Fellowship's site.

Read DeMoss PR agency Press release for Prison Fellowship.

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PFM CEO also quoted extensively in National Review on a similar subject

Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries, published an op-ed in USA Today on January 9, 2014. The title is: "Answer gun violence with forgiveness."

Here is a paragraph from that article:

"After the guns go silent, we often hear two warring opinions. One voice demands cold, swift justice against the offender, who is painted as a monster. The other advises us to "forgive and forget," brushing away the hurt and moving forward as though it had never happened, as though no one bore responsibility. Both these approaches fail to deal with the wounded hearts and fractured relationships. We cannot move forward without justice. And we cannot heal without forgiveness. To be restored, we must learn to hold justice and forgiveness together in a single, restorative tension."

Jim's thoughts also appear in another article published by Jay Nordlinger, a senior editor at National Review on December 11, 2013. In a piece called "The handshake, &c." Nordlinger begins by discussing the Obama-Castro handshake and lamenting the aversion to discussions of human rights on both ends of the political spectrum in the US. He then shifts to talking about the idea of restoration, justice and redemption, describing a discussion he had with Jim Liske after visiting a Prison Fellowship InnerChange Freedom Initiative unit in Houston Texas. A paragraph from the article:

"Liske said that an inmate must '...embrace the fact that he injured
someone.' The inmate did not merely break the law but injured a fellow
human being. If he recognizes this, chances will be much lower that he
will offend again..."

Nordlinger closes that section of his post with "Worth knowing about, this “inner change” initiative."





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Discussing her Christmas theater experience with Max.

Emily Colson received a lot of attention with her story recounting a theater experience she, Patty and Max had over Christmas. It illustrates the emotional challenges that special-needs parents often face (Max has autism). After she published the story, "Darkness in a Theater," she was invited to talk about it on Moody Radio, on the Chris Fabry Live show. The hour-long show gave Emily a chance to recount the entire experience, talk about how she felt Chuck would have handled it, and also answer viewers' questions. She has released an online on-demand link so that you can hear the recording of that show. Thursday afternoon, January 9, Emily announced that Chris Fabry had decided to do a "Part 2" version of the show where he asks the audience what they would have done if they had been in the theater. It airs at 3 PM Thursday on Moody Radio.
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Evangelical Theological Society members hear top speakers



UPDATE 12/12/13 - We now have the audio files of all the speeches online here:

On Wednesday, November 20, hundreds of pastors and scholars gathered in Baltimore MD for the yearly ETS conference. One of the featured events was a panel on religious liberty hosted by the Colson Center.

This banner shows the speakers, topics and the context.

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The event was a great success and we will be posting audio clips from the sessions on this page shortly. Please check back.

We are also starting a more permanent section on Colson Center work with ETS at this location:
http://www.colsoncenter.org/ets.

UPDATE 12/12/13 - We now have the audio files of all the speeches online here:
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Exploration of ethics and Christian worldview simulcast from university campuses nationwide.

BREAKING: A national discussion on "The Foundations of Morality" begins on university campuses September 30. The event is called: "Ethics Week 2013."



Beginning on the evening of September 30, a coalition of Christian groups, Ratio Christi (The Student Apologetics Alliance), The Colson Center for Christian Worldview and the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), will be streaming Web-casts each evening from live on-campus events at Georgia Tech, Rutgers, Ohio University, Teas A&M and UC Irvine.  The organizers expect a national audience of individuals, student groups, and other organizations.

With different panels each night, the discussions will center on ethics and the foundation of morality. A centerpiece for the discussion will be the Colson Center's "Doing The Right Thing" curriculum, a recent video discussion at Princeton University with Chuck Colson and a panel of experts, moderated by Brit Hume and Prof. Robert George.

The Ratio Christi Web site highlights an additional part of the discussion: "In conjunction with Doing the Right Thing Week, the ADF is sponsoring FREE2DISAGREE, a campaign for free speech on campus. As a student at a public college or university, do you have the opportunity to express your beliefs or viewpoint? What if the prevailing sentiment on campus is against you? Would you be free to disagree with your peers? Your professors? Doing the Right Thing Week will challenge what you think--in a good way. Free2Disagree will challenge you to speak up. Agree or disagree, robust discussion is worth the effort. And if you ever find yourself unfairly censored or punished for expressing your views on campus, check out www.SpeakUpMovement.org/University."

The event site, ethicsweek2013.com, offers you an opportunity to sign up to watch the live (free) Web-casts each night, with a group or individually. Once registered, you will also have access to the archives to watch the discussions at a later time.
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Panel will convene at TNG Conference in September

Truth for a New Generation
Conference on Christian Worldview and Apologetics
"A National Briefing on Religious Freedom"

The Colson Center for Christian Worldview is partnering with Truth for a New Generation Conference, September 27-28 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  You aren't going to want to miss this event with an incredible lineup of speakers including the dynamic co-hosting duo of Eric Metaxas and John Stonestreet.

Panel members include: Dr. Timothy George (Beeson Divinity school),
Jennifer Marshall (The Heritage Foundation),
Eric Teetsel (Manhattan Declaration),

John Stonestreet (Colson Center),
Rev. Robert A. Sirico (Action Institute),
Lauren Green - moderator (Fox News)

Eric Metaxas (will deliver final keynote address)
Other speakers include Alex McFarland, Lee Strobel,
Josh McDowell and Tony Perkins.



CLICK HERE to learn more
, hope to see you there!

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Be sure to listen on Saturday, September 28th, starting at 3:30 - 5:00 PM EDST.

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