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The posts in this blog-like section are aggregations of links. The collection of posts below has these listed, latest on top.

Each week we post many articles by outstanding Christian writers and thinkers on our various sites. Some are featured in our "Voices" blog, with recent posts showing here.

Each week we post many articles by outstanding Christian writers and thinkers on our various sites.

We encourage you to browse The Christian Worldview Journal on ColsonCenter.org, featured articles on WorldviewChurch.org, the Features and Columns sections at BreakPoint.org, and the blog posts on the BreakPoint blog and The Point Radio blog.

 

 


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If you're able, we'd sure like to see you come to the 2014 Wilberforce Weekend May 2-4.  Eric is speaking at the conference.

The movie "Noah" spurred a lot of conversation. Eric has something to say about the making of a movie as well as deciding to watch a movie or not. While most of us, naturally, try to avoid suffering, suffering is a perrenial problem.  Eric says we ought allow God to help us grow in Him. Eric relates a tragic case of a young women misusing her own body by making porn movies to fund college. Finally, Eric has something to say about the dangerous situation brewing in America. It's a very sad day when, what's now know as the gay mafia, is instrumental in getting someone forced to "retire" over his support of traditional marriage.
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It happens fairly often.April_2014

I’ll be at the National Religious Broadcasters convention, or at an off-site meeting, and people will come up to say something like, “You know, even though Chuck Colson is gone, the Colson Center is really doing great things.”

There’s usually a hint of surprise in their voice. And why not? After all, Chuck went home to be with the Lord two years ago this month.  It wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect that the organization that bears his name might take a step backwards or might slow its pace.

But it hasn’t.

And, next to the grace of God, the main reason was Chuck himself. Or better yet, Chuck’s understanding of leadership.

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On 100 Huntley Street, Eric's has an extended interview with actress and author Susan Isaacs about her book Angry Conversations With God.

BreakPoint Radio, Eric warns that the overuse of solitary confinement in prisons leads to mental health issues for the prisoner and also public health risks. Meanwhile, the millennial generation is pretty much unaffiliated with church. There is a way to correct it as Eric explains. 
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{actionbar} This week on BreakPoint, Eric says Jane Fonda is acknowledging the beauty of creation, and helping us see that our lives, like her's, are finite. Also on BreakPoint, Eric explores the reason why Christians shouldn't complain when we run up against unfairness and double standards. 

If you're near William Jessup University in Rocklin, California, you might be interested in attending an evening event on “Faith and Freedom in the Public Square” featuring Eric and Dennis Prager.

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It’s all about inspiration.March_2014_a

Chuck Colson never stopped calling the Church to be the Church. But in today’s hyper-individualized, pressure-filled, increasingly anti-Christian culture, it seems it’s getting harder and harder for Christians to carry out that calling together.

Yet, hardships or no, the calling remains. Centurions Dean and my friend, theologian T. M. Moore, recently emailed me, reflecting on Luke 9:51-52, where Jesus has set his face to go to Jerusalem:

“Jesus has set His face to bring His Kingdom fully to earth at His coming, and He has sent us as His messengers to go before Him to make the world ready for His coming. We must proclaim His rule, explain His ways, order the kingdoms of this world to become the Kingdom of our God and of His Christ, and warn the world concerning what to expect when He returns. . . Many will not receive our message, but it is not our calling to condemn them. We must, however, warn them that the King is coming and explain to them what He expects and what He will be looking for upon His arrival. Our primary duty, as messengers charged with preparing for the Lord's coming, is to make sure that when He arrives all - as much as we have stewardship over - has been made ready to receive Him with the honor and acclamation He deserves.”

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On BreakPoint Radio, Eric reminds people of the great series on ethics that Chuck and others did. If you didn't get a chance to see it, segments of it is featured on “Worldview from the Colson Center.” The program is hosted by Loretta Cooper, a Colson Center Centurion and a former ABC News anchor. Also, Eric explains there is a right and wrong way of watching the new movie "Son of God." Check out BreakPoint This Week where Eric and Roma Downey are a guest discussing the movie "The Son of God."
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If Jesus came back to the Middle East today, I think he would look a lot like the Reverend Canon Dr. Andrew White, the Anglican Chaplain in Iraq and Vicar of St. George’s Church. The “Vicar of Baghdad,” as he is called, carries out his work in one of the world’s most dangerous cities. He does the kinds of things every pastor does: He preaches, performs weddings, baptizes, offers communion, gives counsel and comfort to his congregation, makes mince pies for his church members at Christmas. He also presides at funerals—lots of funerals. One Sunday on his way to morning worship at the church, Canon White counted sixty dead bodies strung up on lampposts and discarded along the road, victims all of the latest round of post-invasion sectarian violence.

Who is Canon Andrew White, and what does he think he is doing in a place like that? He answered that question in the opening words of a speech he gave not long ago at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington. “I need to be perfectly honest with you,” he said. “I love Iraq more than any other place in the world.”

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{actionbar} Just a reminder, Colson Center is hosing Dr. Ben Carson and Eric Metaxas at NRB February 24. If you can't go to NRB this time, Eric along with Joe Loconte and Greg Thornbury will be part of an intimate group of Colson Center and Prison Fellowship friends as together we explore the theme Reclaiming the Virtues: Human Flourishing in the 21st Century at the CS Lewis Foundation Oxbridge 2014 Conference. Please come to that once in a life-time event. 


On BreakPoint Radio, using embryonic stem cells for research might be at an end because of a scientific breakthrough. Eric explains.  A couple of sociologists are trumpeting from the rooftops--conservative Christianity has a detrimental affect on marriages. Eric says not so fast with the assertion. Lastly, the commodification of human life has hit an all-time high as infertile couples rent wombs. Leading people to treating other humans as machines, Eric maintains.
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Eric commented on dilly of a story this week--a British judge ordered head of the Mormon church to face charges of fraud, or else. Find out why this is a threat to everyone.  In just a few decades so much can change; Eric tells relates the story of the New York Times did an about face on the topic of abortion. Lastly, Kiev is a happen' place. Monks were the peace keepers in a tense standoff. Read more.
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How the Christian Worldview Works

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I do hope you tune in to – or read – Eric Metaxas’s and John Stonestreet’s daily BreakPoint commentaries.

Eric’s commentary from Friday, January 31, in particular really gets to the heart of what this whole Christian worldview work is all about.

Toward the end of his life, Chuck Colson liked to talk about the “Great Proposal.” What we Christians have to offer the world is a better way—the true way—to see reality and, as a result, a better way to live in the world. As Chuck said, we hold out an invitation to the wedding feast of the Lamb.

But we don’t feast alone. We feast in community.

Which takes us back to Eric’s BreakPoint commentary. Citing the book “The Triumph of Christianity” by Colson favorite Rodney Stark, Eric describes the Roman world into which Jesus and Christianity was born.

“It was a world in which the gods ‘were everywhere and thought to be undependable.’ That’s because . . . they didn’t care about their worshippers. All they wanted was to be propitiated.

Roman society could be just as oppressive and undependable as the gods it worshipped. For most people, life in the empire’s cities could be fairly described, to borrow a phrase from philosopher Thomas Hobbes, as ‘nasty, poor, solitary, brutish, and short.’”

How did Christianity thrive and eventually overthrow Roman paganism? As Eric wrote, “It triumphed because it offered an alternative to the oppression of Roman society and the dead-end of paganism.” Again quoting Stark, “in the midst of the squalor, misery, illness, and anonymity of ancient cities, Christianity offered an island of mercy and security.”

And that island of mercy and security was the Church, the community of believers. Today that very same Church offers fellowship, comfort, help in times of need--a stark contrast to the isolation, loneliness, and brokenness (in terms of families, communities, and institutions) fostered by a modern culture whose god is Self, not the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And Chuck knew that the Church was supposed to be there, in the midst of all the isolation and brokenness, holding out its hand, binding wounds, restoring relationships, inviting the least, the last, and the lost to the feast, to join in the community of the redeemed.

It’s what Prison Fellowship volunteers and staff do every day, carrying the good news to our nation’s prisoners, ministering to their children through Angel Tree, building the Church behind bars. Helping the men and women who leave prison to re-join, and yes, re-energize, the Church beyond the bars.

It’s why the Colson Center spends so much time and effort not only proclaiming the Truth of the Word and the Christian worldview through radio and the web, but also training believers through Centurions and curricula and events to go build up the Church: whether by ministering in prisons, promoting racial reconciliation, forming groups of Christian businesspeople, teaching ethics, or even showing abused and neglected kids how to ride a horse—wherever the Lord is calling them to live out their lives in love and service to others.

Pagan Rome succumbed to this kind of love and fellowship. And today, working with Christ as He “draws all men” to Himself (John 12:32), we hold out that same love and fellowship, an invitation to true community and to the Feast of the Lamb.

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