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Heading into the Election, What Would You Say About the Tough Issues of 2020?

The BreakPoint Podcast

04:51 min | 1 year ago

Heading into the Election, What Would You Say About the Tough Issues of 2020?

"Year ago the Colson Center launched an ambitious project that would equip Christians with answers to our cultures toughest questions, the kind of questions that tend to generate more heat than light whenever they come up the kind that many Christians tend to shy away from with this resource we hope to see Christians running into those conversations about God, Morality Truth and culture not running away from them. While the what would you say project is a reality. It's a video series with each video answering a single difficult question with answers that are trustworthy, credible, understandable, most importantly sharable among the questions we've tackled just in this past year our. Science and religion opposed to one another as critical theory biblical. When does life began? Does ripe justify abortion does the existence of intersex people proved that there are more than two genders how about this one was Jesus is socialist or does porn improve relationships to the Crusades? Prove that Christianity is a violent religion. You know all those easy questions that Christians get these videos can be found at either what would you say dot org or by going to the? What would you say channel on Youtube while they're you can hit the subscribe button and join over twenty three thousand other people who have joined are what would you say? So for these videos have been viewed over a million times now over the next twelve weeks or so with the election season in full gear, we've planned to set videos to tackle the various political and policy questions and issues that are front and center on everyone's minds. These videos will not only equip Christians for conversations about the presidential campaign and the place of faith in elections in the Public Square. But also about those issues that are central to state and local ballots, including abortion restrictions, education economics, race, and civic responsibility. For example, to videos already available address questions that many young people have about economics questions that have led this emerging generation to lean more socialist direction these videos are is. The answer and this capitalism only benefit the rich and over the next few weeks, we're going to release videos at tackled two questions having to do with the political side of abortion i. what happens when someone says I don't like abortion, but I don't think it should be illegal for everyone and according to a recent study. There's a significant number of Americans who think that abortion is wrong but are reticent to make any legal changes to its status including to even to horrific practices such as later term abortions. This is an issue on the Colorado ballot this year shamefully my state is. One of only nine that remain in which later term abortion is allowed. In fact, our states most famous late-term abortionists kills over two hundred so-called viable fetuses a year. That's why by the way we've scheduled, what would you say video on the issue of late-term abortions and early October and other series of what would you say videos? We'll tackle questions about voting. Why should Christians vote what if I don't like any of the candidates? Should I vote anyway and of course, how should we respond to that old line I'm not gonNA vote my vote won't make a difference anyway each what would You say video is short and it's sharable only about four or five minutes long. It's animated and interesting well researched solidly grounded in Scripture and based and a Christian worldview each what would you say video will leave you with three or four memorable points to help you weighed confidently into these tough conversations and to help you prepare for the craziness of the next several weeks we've created a downloadable full-color what would you say booklet based on the videos and entitled Your Guide for talking about the tough issues of two thousand twenty this resource walks you through hot button issues such as abortion. Critical theory whether Christians should avoid politics. My voting is just the beginning of our civic responsibilities. This booklets available with any donation to breakpoint in the Colson Center. Simply come to breakpoint dot org slash September at breakpoint dot org slash September. Your gift will help us continue to produce what would you say videos and quipping Christians with the answers they need for our cultures, toughest questions and whenever you give while send you the what would you say guide to talking about the tough issues in twenty

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How American Think About Abortion, and What Pro-lifers Must Learn

The BreakPoint Podcast

04:52 min | 1 year ago

How American Think About Abortion, and What Pro-lifers Must Learn

"It is the job of every Christian, not just some to oppose evils like abortion and protect goods like pre-born human lot. Here's how you can do it too for the Colson Center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is break point. Recently political scientists Michael J. New describe the results of what's being called quote the largest known indepth interview study of American attitudes on abortion he described them as nuanced a better term would be complicated and maybe not at all coherent this new study out of Notre Dame, which is entitled how Americans understand abortion not only attempted to determine what Americans believe about abortion but why they believe it and which factors influence those believes anyone who opposes. Abortion anyone committed to protecting the pre-born has much to learn from these results. For example, I find it fascinating that according to the study most Americans are simply not quote particularly knowledgeable about the details of abortion those of US neck deep in this issue might find it unbelievable that anyone could be unfamiliar with basic facts about fetal development or about public policy or about what Roe v Wade actually did to America or were state abortion laws currently. Stand, but many people are, and that makes the task of education especially when it comes to the science and politics of abortion a priority for pro-lifers and fact, the data suggests that many Americans would be shocked if they could learn how permissive our nation's abortion laws actually are another lesson to learn from this Notre Dame study is that we must do a better job publicizing the life affirming work done by thousands of pregnancy help centers in. The US much of the support for legal abortion is based on fear that children born after unintended pregnancies will be neglected and that women would be adversely impacted by carrying in unintended pregnancy to term in other words. Apparently, people are simply still unaware that these very old arguments which date back to even before Roe v Wade itself in other words who will care for these women and children have substantially been answered in incredible ways by pro-lifers. Everywhere. Easing the concerns about whether help is available for women, our children and unexpected crisis pregnancies will be essential to any effective pro-life apologetic. The most important lesson from the study however is just how deeply moral relativism is shaping the abortion debate a large percentage of Americans dislike abortion, but they're also uncomfortable with making abortion illegal. This is incredible. Even those who think that abortion should be legal. Think that there's something wrong with it and yet they simply cannot imagine any alternative to the status quo successful pro-life outreach to this group suggests new is the key to creating a durable pro-life majority that can restore legal protection to the unborn in other words in addition to the beautiful and brilliant work of caring for children for women and crisis the kind of work the pro-life moving has. Excelled in for decades, we still have to know how to make the case for life and by we I, mean you and I mean me, we need to know the science surrounding abortion so that they can know that the science is on the side of life we need to know how embryology and ultrasounds have only strengthened the case for the humanity of the fetus. The case is so. Incredibly strong in fact but as this study reveals, we can't assume that Americans know that and if they do know it, we can't assume they can connect the dots to the immorality of taking innocent pre-born lies. The case that abortion is wrong has to be made alongside the case that abortion should be illegal and not just the quote unquote pro-life professionals after all if the Supreme Court ever. Does manage to overturn Roe v Wade and of course, we pray that it does the status and safety of preborn children will be decided on a state by state basis local law matters when it comes to abortion as much even more. So the national law and that law is a moral teacher many Americans think abortion should be legal simply because it is and that's why pro-abortion forces oppose. Any and every restriction on abortion whatsoever as if it's an outrageous infringement on the rights of women in other words, they must not allow a pro-life foot in the door. So those of us who care about the unborn must help people know what they should know about abortion so that they can make the connections they currently aren't making.

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Join Us in Prayer for Our Nation

The BreakPoint Podcast

05:08 min | 1 year ago

Join Us in Prayer for Our Nation

"To join us for the call center. I'm John. Stonestreet, this is great for. Christians should be among those most deeply concerned about the divided state of our nation left versus right mass. No mass reopened versus stay at home virtual school versus in person raised politics police abortion religious liberty not to mention the remainder of what certain to be brutal presidential campaign. The issues we face range from essential to non-essential on essential matters, we should mourn deception and vowed to fight. For the truth on non essential matters we should mourn and hope to overcome division God's people can neither stay on the sidelines nor run away from the struggle instead knowing there is no hope other than Christ. We must ask onto mercifully powerfully mobilize us is people to advance that which is true and good if Christians are to speak with clarity courage and confidence and to be the. Of Truth and love and a world of Noise Echo Chambers, then we'll need to be prepared but even perfectly crafted arguments cannot replace Shut Colson would say the church being the Church speaking cannot replace being and to be the people that God calls us to be right now, we must rely on prayer. That's why each and every Wednesday morning between all the twelfth of November, the fourth, and that's the morning after the twenty twenty election the Colson center will be hosting a national prayer time the a Webinar we want you to join US each and every week to pray first and foremost for God's mercy. But that he would revive his church that he would bring about a renewal of righteousness that he would empower us to courageously offer protection for the most vulnerable to champion reconciliation across our deepest divides and that he would. Allow us to be instruments in the sustaining of religious freedom and the recovery of the family in our nation. Each prayer time will feature a devotional challenge and a prayer by Christian leaders such as Oz Ganesh Johnny Eric's Totta focus on the family President Jim Daly Woodside Bible Pastor Chris Brooks and watermark pastor Todd Wagner as well as at Stecher from the Billy Graham Center and the Heritage Foundation President Keiko James Now due to the limited capacity of zoom there will be limited live spots each week available to everyone who registers However, each weeks recording will be sent to anyone who registers so come to breakpoint dot org for more details and Fiji's Paul tells us that we don't wrestle against flesh and blood but against the rulers, the authorities, the cosmic powers over this present darkness against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places when people see us their enemies, it's difficult to remember that they aren't our enemies. So what we need to do as Paul Instructs this put on the former of God Faith Truth Righteousness Peace Salvation the word of God. And he says praying at all times in the spirit with all prayer and supplication keeping alert with all perseverance making supplication for all the Saints, and the Book of acts the earliest church activity we read off is prayer thousands of people from completely different backgrounds came together in one mind one art in prayer with one accord. That's what acts chapter one, verse fourteen and Chapter Two versus forty. Two seven says than what happened with the Holy Spirit moved in the world was never the same in fact, every spiritual revolution in history. With some kind of unified persevering prayer the very first outpouring of the holy. Spirit. In acts to the great awakenings, the businessman's revival and the Welsh revival story after story, you read the same thing people prayed God's spirit moved on the other hand every Christian history who was able to persevere and righteousness. Temptation or persecution without seeing revival in their lifetime they also did that through prayer. Our prayer of course cannot force God's hand but are only way forward is to seek his will together are purse can't control God. But we can invite him to change our hearts and minds including our own gods always working in our lives whether we realize it or not. But something powerful and world changing happens when people pray for God's spirit to move. The, Great Jonathan Edwards urged his fellow pastors to quote be much in prayer and fasting both in secret and with one another it is God's will. He said that the prayers of his saints shall be great and the principal means of carrying on the designs of Christ's kingdom in the world. When God has something to accomplish for his church, it is with his will that there should precede it the extraordinary prayer of his people Paul even tells us to pray for all things at all times for sesame chapter five specifically for our leaders both spiritual and secular as what the

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A New Declaration of Dependence On God

The BreakPoint Podcast

03:50 min | 1 year ago

A New Declaration of Dependence On God

"This, fourth of July we find our nation more divided than perhaps at any other time since the civil war. That's what happens when a nation abandoned God and Rejects Truth Colson Center I'm John Stonestreet. This break point. On July Fourth, two thousand and four Chuck Colson breakpoint commentary was entitled a New Declaration of dependence reading through it again recently I was struck by just how prophetic his words were as a student of history chuck not only understood the founding principles of our nation, as expressed in the declaration of independence, but he understood on what those principles were grounded. So what happens chuck ass when the foundations are rejected? What happens when religion? Truth and public virtue are all made non essential. What happens when citizens want the benefits of the American experiment without taking seriously what it requires of us will here's Jet Colson from July second, two thousand four. Fourth Celebrates our liberty and national independence. I get through every time I hear. The cannons blast that rousing finale of the eighteen twelve overture, and I got a lump in my throat whenever I join in singing America America. God shed His grace on the. Indeed God has blessed America this nation dedicated to the proposition that all men are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights has endured two hundred twenty eight years. America's the oldest constitutional republic on Earth. But all is not well in our land. When Thomas Jefferson Penn, the immortal words of the Declaration of Independence, he deliberately appealed the creator, or he acknowledged an overriding obligation to nature and nature's got, and he understood that ordered. Liberty is not just a subjective preference, but a divinely ordained condition for which human beings are designed. But. Over the last few decades, legions of skeptics have mounted a massive assault on these self evident Ruth's in prestigious schools in the halls of government, and especially in the Supreme Court. God is banished from public compensation. If a public schoolteacher introduce Jefferson's ideas and language into the classroom today, she likely be called on the carpet, possibly disciplined. This assault on God in public cultures severely damages our democracy. If God is thrown out of our history, we lose our basis for believing that individuals have rights and dignity in an empty universe. We have no meaning no value without God. There are no inalienable rights and no certain proof that liberty is better than tyranny or that life better than death. Everything's a matter of opinion and power. The references to God, the Declaration of Independence provide a foundation for moral argument within civil society and moral truths pervade our founding documents from beginning to end without God is the source of all these moral principles. The Public Square would quickly revert to the law of the jungle. Brutish power would prevail the week. The unborn, the elderly, the gravely ill could be quietly terminated. Much as I enjoy the anthems and fireworks more than that is called for on this July fourth. We need to confess our moral failures in our national sins, repenting of allies of. Killing innocent babies and the elderly. Renewal begins on our knees. It's there. We hear soul searching questions from God himself asking how long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked rescue the weekend needy deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Our nation's founding document declared independence from Britain. But with equal fervor declared dependence upon God expressing firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence. The signers committed the American experiment. Do their maker the spirit of seventeen seventy six was reverence and trust. So as we mark this solemn occasion, let us seek a rebirth of true liberty, which is possible, only when governed by divine law for without God, we could never have liberty and justice for

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"colson center" Discussed on News-Talk 1400 The Patriot

News-Talk 1400 The Patriot

05:28 min | 1 year ago

"colson center" Discussed on News-Talk 1400 The Patriot

"His washing him bosses to listen and act Colson center on Johnston street this is break point as I said in a break point commentary last month gene editing technologies such as crisper and what's being called prime editing are existential threats we have no idea what our attempts to play god with the human genome will unleash on humanity yet we insist on charging ahead despite our imperfect knowledge with unbounded confidence in our abilities coming from a concerned non scientists like me concerns like that can be dismissed as alarmist but what if the concern comes from the director of the National Institute of health turns out that Francis Collins is also concerned in a recent article in discover magazine entitled we must never allow our technology to eclipse our humanity Collins call for a moratorium of at least five years on heritable human gene editing heritable gene editing technologies like prime editing end edit genes that can be passed on to future generations along with any unintended endangers mutations that differs from non heritable gene editing which can be used to treat people with life threatening disorders such as sickle cell disease HIV infections cancer muscular dystrophy the proponents of prime editing talk about the possibility of making quote any kind of DNA change that anyone wants at just about any site in the human genome thus according to Francis Collins scientists and leaders around the globe have an obligation to consider the appropriate use if any of heritable human gene editing this involves scrutinizing the safety of such experiments including the risk of unintended mutations as well as a clear eyed analysis of actual medical need anticipating some objections the NIH director then added that the current arguments that the benefits outweigh the risks are surprisingly on compelling and finally Collins and says that we must weigh the profound social ethical and moral issues associated with modifying the germ line in ways that could change the human species for ever that's good to hear someone as prominent as the director of the national institutes of health voice many of the same concern is that we have at break point but as Wesley J. Smith has pointed out in National Review it's still probably not enough Smith notes that when it comes to the rapid development of the most powerful technologies ever invented crisper germ line gene editing artificial life three parent embryos cloning well the trump administration has been and I'm quoting Smith here derelict for the most part while in I. H. director Colin statement should be applauded it's an exception as Smith states almost leaders higher up the food chain engage that question and more amplified media venues then discover Collins propose moratorium will never happen in some ways as I recently pointed out the Communist Party of China by sentencing doctor he to three years imprisonment for experimenting on fetuses using crisper has demonstrated more commitment to reining in scientific breasts then our own government of course given their track record it be silly to think that Beijing cares at all about human dignity or the sanctity of human life their reaction was almost certainly because doctor he's transgressions portrayed that country in an especially bad light in our country scientists differ from doctor he in only one respect they're a lot more subtle about what they're doing the doctor he was simply put we need much more evidence that those higher up the food chain in this administration care about the issue and are willing to make it a priority for that to happen we have to let them know it's a priority for us gene editing what Smith has called biotech anarchy is among the greatest threats to the sanctity and dignity of human life that we currently face I'll say it again it's an existential threat it's time for Christians and threw them our leaders to treat it like one eight point on Johnston street I'm Jim Tesco with your money now some retailers to market their goods on Amazon aren't always thrilled with the E. commerce giant at a house judiciary antitrust subcommittee hearing today the CEO of phone accessory maker pop sockets complained that Amazon sometimes a strong arm his company to lower its prices and also said the tech giant failed to remove fake products U. 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Good Times for Planned Parenthood, So It Says

The BreakPoint Podcast

04:09 min | 1 year ago

Good Times for Planned Parenthood, So It Says

"America's largest purveyor of abortion claims. It had a banner year if that's the case why our tax dollars still flowing planned parenthood the Colson Center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is breakpoint. Few weeks ago planned. Parenthood released an upbeat even triumphant sounding annual report for the two thousand eighteen nineteen fiscal fiscal year. Despite the increase legal and political challenges they face the organization claims to have met those challenges with resolve this kind of spin and his pretty standard fare for annual report. So it should be taken with a large grain of salt. Still prompts and obvious question if planned parenthood's going from strength to strength as it says that is why does it still need our tax payer support. According to the report planned parenthood performed a record three hundred and forty five thousand abortions during the two thousand eighteen nineteen fiscal year. That's approximately forty percent of the approximately eight hundred sixty two thousand abortions performed in the United States in other words the planned parenthood performed a record number of abortions at a time when the overall number of abortions is declining put differently. We might say that planned planned. Parenthood is cornering the abortion market. The report sounds upbeat because business is good in fact it so good that planned. Parenthood could turn down millions of dollars and federal grants rather than comply with new trump administration rules that bar recipients from referring clients to abortion providers with that kind of financial flexibility. Why are American taxpayers still forced to fund the organization to the tune of six hundred seventeen million dollars a year? More to the point. Why was the most recent funding being approved without the slightest consideration? That things could even be different at least part of the answer to those questions. Lie in the pages of the annual report planned. Parenthood claims that it provided nine point eight million services in the last fiscal year. Half of those were what it called Sti Services and treatment the rest birth control information services and breast exams and PAP test. Now this is of course planned parenthood's continual instill bogus that abortions less than four percent of what the organization does on several occasions. Why that number just isn't true? Apparently there's enough elected officials congressional Republicans included that either belief planned parenthood. Don't care enough to learn. The facts. Were just unwilling to risk their political careers to do anything about it. And so the on the spending bill passed and signed into law late last year directed directed five hundred and fifty million dollars in federal funding for planned parenthood in this fiscal year. That's an increase of twenty million over last fiscal year. Her that of course means the impact of the millions of dollars in grants at planned. Parenthood turned down was limited rather than comply with the new rules or employ their famously justly creative accounting. They instead chose to fight the rules in court. They recently lost that fight. And then I circuit the continued federal funding of planned. Parenthood matters for reasons that that transcend just the symbolic or the moral. Nearly forty percent of planned parenthood's revenue that six hundred seventeen million dollars in the last fiscal year comes from government sources. Nearly ninety percent of that amount comes from the federal government alone which means planned parenthood's quite vulnerable despite the upbeat annual report if that Federal Spigot of funds were just turned off or even just turned down. He'd be in big trouble in fact we should be asking why it hasn't been already. We can't blame what's happened or more accurately what hasn't happened just on those in the courts and legislatures without also pointing to what's happened or more accurately what hasn't happened in the Public Square. See legislatures were only de-fund abortion providers like planned parenthood. If Americans make it clear lear. They view abortion something that they absolutely will not pay for and that will only happen if we can continue and compellingly make the case for for life. If we fail to do that then we can only expect more upbeat annual reports from planned parenthood. Which is America's unquestioned leader of abortion

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Americans Are Dying Younger

The BreakPoint Podcast

04:10 min | 1 year ago

Americans Are Dying Younger

"Inching Christians had a reputation for running toward the plague. Not Away from it today. There's a new plague. That demands are responsible for the Colson Center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is break. Point between nineteen fifty nine and two thousand sixteen life expectancy in the US rose from sixty nine point. Nine years to seventy eight point nine years. Most people know that. But did you know that since then it's reverse course. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Paints a portrait of a society in deep trouble for the third year in a row now the average life expectancy in the. US has declined the last time. American life expectancy CONSI declined three years in a row war one and the Spanish flu pandemic killed six hundred. Seventy five thousand Americans. Now percentage wise that would be the same as losing two and a half million Americans today of course in the early nineteen hundreds there were no antibiotics viruses. Were unknown. Never mind antiviral all drugs. The germ theory of disease only recently been widely accepted in the US in the kind of public health and sanitation measures that we now take for granted. We're we're still in their infancy and today the. US spends a far larger share of its GDP on health care than any other nation yet. Other wealthy nations are not experiencing the same reversal in life expectancy in fact people in some less wealthy nations like Costa Rica have significantly longer life expectancies expectancies than Americans. So whatever is causing Americans to die younger and younger has nothing at all to do with medical science or technology as a recent Washington. Post article describes the causes behind. This dramatic shift. Are things like suicide. Drug overdoses liver disease and dozens of other causes. These causes are summed. Up in a phrase deaths from despair that was coined by researchers and case and Angus Deaton and other words we are facing an epidemic Amac of young people giving up on life sometimes before it ever really even starts for them as a public health expert told the Post people are feeling worse about themselves and in their futures at leading them to do things that are self destructive and not promoting health was the study shows. They're giving up a younger and younger age. The same hopelessness US leading to the uptick and deaths from despair is also driving what I call acts of desperation that we also see in our culture in this category add put acts of mass violence or abuse in the increasing number of young people willing to self mutilate in a pursuit for their identity. This sad story brings to mind Matthew Nine thirty six when Jesus saw the crowds. He had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. The Greek word that it is here translated compassion describes visceral reaction not a mere sentiment. In other words it's like Jesus felt this one in the gut. His response to their plight was to tell his disciples pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers in to his harvest starting with themselves. Our current opinion of dying young should elicit a similar response from us as Chuck. Wholesome like to say it's time for the church to be the church like our Lord? We must see the harassed Aston Helpless around us. We must feel they're suffering as if it were our own and we must pray that God would show us how he'd have US respond. If as Paul told the Athenians got his determine the time and place where we live we cannot be spectators in this cultural moment to the unfolding tragedies around us God God has placed us here to act A. This doesn't mean we'll solve the problem anymore than those who ran toward the plague in ancient Rome could stop it. The restoration of all things will only be complete when Christ returns and glory but we can offer a preview of that restoration. Here now. That's what we and only only we have to offer the world if we can't bring ourselves to do this and something else is terribly wrong. This time with us

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They faced down the tanks in Tiananmen Square. Now they want their children to forget it

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04:45 min | 2 years ago

They faced down the tanks in Tiananmen Square. Now they want their children to forget it

"Thirty years ago. The Chinese government brutally crushed protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square thirty years later, many have forgotten the deadly truth about communism for the Colson center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is break point for two months in one thousand nine hundred nine students gathered in TNN square demanding political reforms, analogous to the economic reforms instituted by then chairman, dang Xiaoping after some initial indecision, the communist party decided to crack down on may twentieth. The government declared martial law. Moved two hundred and fifty thousand troops into Beijing on June. Third state run television warned Beijing residents to stay inside the next day, the army advanced towards Tiananmen Square protesters attempted to impede the army's advance and destroyed more than one hundred military vehicles and damaged nearly five hundred others, but ultimately resistance would prove to be futile, trucks, and armored personnel carriers. Join tanks and attack helicopters. The army's principal target was a ten meter tall statue dubbed. The god. Of democracy, which was erected by the students and bore a more than passing resemblance to the statue of liberty after first firing warning shots. The troops fired directly on the protesters estimates of the death toll range widely from hundreds to thousands and addition at least sixteen hundred people were arrested many imprisoned for more than two decades and others who were never seen again. The message from the communist party was clear to be rich might be as den once put it glorious, but forget about being free the events of June one thousand nine hundred nine make clear that the communist party was determined to retain, complete political, and social control will given this history with this regime. No one should be surprised at the recent crackdown on Chinese Christians and Muslims leaguers. But what is surprising is how many Chinese today are untroubled by the events of June hundred eighty nine even worse, the authors of a recent article in the Washington Post described a popular nostalgia for? Maza Dong mouse rule was among the most brutal in all of history. This is the Mao whose attempt to industrialize and collectivize China virtually overnight called the great leap forward killed at least forty five million people. This is the Mao who's great proletarian cultural revolution. Attempted to purge Chinese society of capitalism, traditional elements by killing between five hundred thousand and three million people and selling countless more into internal exile. Among its victims were the father and aunt of current leaders using thing who committed suicide as a result of being persecuted, the tragic irony is that any doubt from ou- only helps legitimize the authoritarianism and oppression. Now, expanding under g how can we make sense of this, selective and misguided historical memory will most of the nostalgic are too young to have personally, experienced mouse rule even more, they haven't been taught the truth about our TNN men and approved or state run schools. Of course that same thing. Can't be said a bus in the west who's a memory is often just as selective and just as wrong when it comes to communism writer, Cathy young who lived in the USSR until she was seventeen describes what she calls Kami chic now. She's not referring to Soviet apologised or sympathizers prior to nineteen Ninety-one. She's talking about the two thousand eighteen teen vogue article that urged readers to use. Karl Marx's ideas to understand how Donald Trump was elected president. She's referring to a two thousand seventeen New York Times op Ed insisting that women had better sex in communist east, Germany, or one, hard left publication that recently tweeted for all the Soviet Union's many faults by traversing. It's vast architectural landscape. We get a glimpse of what a built environment for the many not the few could look like. Now, if all we knew about communism where it's histories of oppression and mass murderer that should be enough to disavow us of any nostalgia for it as the authors of the black book of communism wrote communist regimes turned mass. Crime into a full blown system of government. The result was one hundred million plus debts including the martyrs of Tiananmen Square. But that tweet itself about building environments, for the many, not the few tells us all we need to know about the flawed worldview that undergirds this great historical evil to a communist, but society is always more important than the individual individuals must be sacrificed for the utopian and fantastical greater good that lies somewhere in the future, and always just beyond reach whenever it's tried in the past or in the future. This fatal flaw will leave fatalities because bad ideas have victims, the history of communism. Like it's worldview is neither glorious nor worthy of nostalgia

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"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

04:32 min | 2 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"The more and more states. These days are lining up to participate in a national health and public safety crisis. And it's all for the money for the Colson center, I'm John Stonestreet this break on election night in two thousand eighteen while most of the nation's attention was focused on the Democrats taking the house and the Republicans expanding their Senate majority few noticed a funny smell wafting in from the midwest Michigan became the tenth and the first midwestern state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana New York. New Jersey seemed to be next in line and more members of congress now favor federal legalization legalized pot. It seems is on a roll all of this is pun intended. Stone cold crazy, the recreational use of marijuana is dangerous to individuals and degrading to public health and safety last week in a lead New York Times op Ed entitled what advocates have legalizing pot. Don't want you to know Alex, Berenson, laid out the evidence for why this push toward legalization of marijuana is exact. Wrong, the article sobering. Even frightening key to the growing support for legalize weed, roughly sixty five percent of Americans now favorite is that marijuana lobbyists and for profit companies have been blowing smoke figuratively and literally for years now about the drug safety and about the public benefits of legalization advocates say marijuana's a medicine not an intoxicant and that legalization can slow the opioid epidemic. Not true Berenson argues pointing to an American journal of psychiatry study that shows that people who use cannabis are more likely to start using opioids later pot advocates also downplay the mental health risk of using cannabis. But the national kademi medicine reports that using pot is likely to increase the risk of schizophrenia and other psychoses the higher the use the greater the risk. In fact, between two thousand six and two thousand fourteen emergency room visits for marijuana. And do psychosis tripled to ninety thousand and all those claims that legalizing marijuana would take the air out of the black market for weed. It's just not happening. Berenson claims. Instead, it just lowers the price increases availability and acceptability drives up the use. Oh, and by the way, all Uber's out there who fondly remember taking that token a concert with no harm caused Berenson wants you to know in the nineteen seventies and eighties marijuana contain less than five percent THC in general today. However, the marijuana sewed at legal dispensaries often contains twenty five percent as a comparison, Berenson writes, think of the difference between a beer and a MARTINI. Of course, I see every day. What Barron's is talking about here in Colorado as my friend. Geoff Hunt at Colorado Christian university wrote in USA today. The woes brought upon our state by legalize weed are significant an increase in drug related traffic deaths and poison control cause a growing black market marijuana related arrests for minority youth, not to mention it's proven impossible to regulate and to keep in state and out of schools for all the promises of tax revenue being generated for education one school superintendent. Retorted? Bluntly, so far the only thing the legalization of marijuana has brought to our schools has been marijuana now two years ago when I talked about marijuana on the air. Our phone lines, Email social media accounts lit up a lot of folks were not happy. So let me briefly address the concerns I heard then because I don't want pot legalized is that me, and I want to lock up all pot users. That's an odd question to ask a disciple of Chuck Colson founder of prison fellowship the answer. Of course. No, even if as Berenson points out, the problem than Carso rating people for possession is overblown and what about cigarettes and booze. Aren't they just as dangerous if not more? Well, my creek response is if they are why would we legalize an unleash another health minutes on the public. The legalisation wave says a lot about the world view of our culture one in which the state wishes to aid and abet the inability of people to deny themselves. Any pleasure that's called state-sponsored hedonism. A biblical view says the government exists to preserve order promote Justice, which means that the state has every right? It to restrict the use of a dangerous substance. And every reason not to incentivize vice and aimlessness with the promise of free tax money, if Christians truly desire, the good and human flourishing of our neighbors and communities we can't keep silent on marijuana supllies. Come to breakpoint dot org will link it to Berenson's article as well as to other resources, and please share Berenson's article with your state legislators for breakpoint, I'm John Stonestreet.

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The BreakPoint Podcast

03:55 min | 2 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"Ronald Reagan famously said trust but verify well today when we're not dealing with Soviets. But with the news media crust, hard the bear fi is essential for the Colson center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is breaking if you trust journalists, and what you hear in read and the daily news media. You're among a distinct minority recent surveys reveal that journalism has fallen on hard times when it comes to public trust in Great Britain famous for its scandalous tabloids. A recent poll revealed that less than one in five Brits trust journalists. They are to tell the truth American journalism fares only slightly better. A recent Gallup poll found that only forty five percent of Americans trust the media while an axios poll found that seventy two percent of Americans believe that traditional news media report news, they know to be fake false or purposely misleading. It's easy to see what trust is so low we live in an era of fake, news and alternative facts. Most journalists working today were not only raised in a secular, postmodern culture, but trained in academic. Programs that were skeptical about the notion of absolute truth in the first place antagonistic toward classical norms and Christian values and yet despite these ideological foundations in about three decades running in which the very notion of truth has been questioned news media outlets. And prominent journalists have spent the Trump administration proclaiming themselves. Neutral defenders of the truth and much of America just isn't buying it. Or is a Babylon be headline put it culture in which all truth is relative suddenly concerned about fake news. But the current lack of trust in our news media is a huge problem, America's founding fathers knew that a free and unfettered press was vital to a healthy democracy to keep the government honest. And in check that's why freedom of speech and freedom of the press is found in the first amendment right alongside the freedom of religion. So given all this what can a Christian do? I we have to be discerning about what we read. I'm not saying don't pay attention to big secular news outlets after all Chuck Colson used to joke that he read the New York Times every day as penance for. Watergate still secular outlets off not be iron tire diet. Of course. Break points, a terrific supplement any Christian news diet. We also worked very closely with world news group publisher of world magazine, producer of the podcast the world and everything in and I'm a weekly guest on that podcast in a feature called culture. Friday. Secondly, not only should we read widely. We should read actively one of the best questions to ask new story is what's been left out here. A lot of time secular outlets will ignore any religious or spiritual dimension stories about life, marriage and religious liberty have obvious spiritual moral and ethical dimensions. But soda stories about crime about accidents floods earthquakes, for example, it's often Christians that are the first to run into those disaster areas their stories should be told finally and most importantly, even if we aren't an intricate expert on all things covered in the news. We can always be committed to developing a Christian worldview the bible is not only a book to be looked at. It's a book to be looked through. And through the. Scriptures. We can understand the difference between good ideas, and bad ideas. And we can better recognize that every story, and every reporter is coming from a world view themselves and to help you be more discerning, and you're consuming of information and news this year. The Colson center is partnering with world news group and return for any donation to the Colson center you can receive a one year subscription to world magazine world's editor in chief Marvin or Laskey one of the great Christian. Journalists of our time will be joining us for a free webinar on January fourteenth. You'll hear his take on navigating the news and also be able to ask him some questions to find out more about the one year world magazine subscription or to register for the free webinar with Marvin Laskey, come to breakpoint dot org. That's breakpoint dot org. For breakpoint, I'm John Stonestreet.

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The BreakPoint Podcast

04:25 min | 2 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"They we're all going to die one day. Are you prepared? Yes. I mean for heaven, but also have you made decisions about how to handle your medical care for the Colson center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is break. So what is your family discuss on Christmas Eve, the beautiful lights may be some childhood holiday memories? Hopefully, the immeasurable gift of the incarnation and the love of God. Well, according to the online medical journal stat you should've talked about the importance of advance medical directives. Dave berry likes to say, I'm not making this up in an article published on of all days Christmas Eve stat told readers that advanced directives are a perfect holiday conversation yet breakout that eggnog if you're unfamiliar with the term in advance directive is a legal document in which a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health. If they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves because of illness or incapacity, the most basic example of an advanced directive is a do not resuscitate order. There are also more complex ones like. Living wills that. Specify what kind of treatment the person will or will not receive while. I disagree. That Christmas is the best moment for this discussion stats absolutely right to say that people should be thinking about their medical care and should be discussing it with their loved ones as bioethicists Wesley j. Smith notes, preparing an advanced directive is an important task given the evolving economics of medicine, but as Smith and others pointed out there are far more than just merely economic considerations. That need to be discussed our plans for the end of our lives all to carefully reflector deepest convictions about the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death done badly in advanced directive is kind of like a prenuptial agreement. Just like a prenup assumes the impermanent marriage, many advanced directives create a presumption in favor of death, and efficiency and an all out of voidance of suffering over the sanctity of human life, watched the language beware whenever the term quality of life as defined by medical professional. Is elevated over the sanctity of life that's inherent to all image bears. And especially look out for economic undertones in advanced directives. Economically driven decisions about the end of life will only reflect an advance our culture of death. This is especially true. When directives use broad an imprecise language, which many do language that opens the door to a purely utilitarian approach to the end of life care. And here's another problem. Many advanced directives operate is if our lives belong only to ourselves as if all that matters is what we want when it comes to pain suffering or treatment, his signature is what they think by the way, I mean that husbands belong to their wives and vice versa, and parents belong to their kids and vice versa, and all of us belong to extended families communities and churches, and then there's this year's can pass between the writing of an advanced directive and death. So you might be subjecting your loved ones to a decision you may long ago. Oh, when they have actually more information about the options than you ever. Even knew about just as a life lived impure autonomy. Never ends. Well, neither does death. Now. Fortunately, there are alternatives to advance directives and living wills one of these is what's called a durable. Power of attorney, which designates a trusted person, a friend or a family member to handle your affairs. If you become mentally or physically incapacitated, keyword here. Of course, is trusted someone with whom you share convictions about the sanctity of human life and who's prepared to act on them even in the face of pressure. This keeps decisions about care out of the soul, hands of hospitals or doctors who might embrace an agenda or belief system diametrically opposed to yours. The look I understand this isn't the most pleasant of subjects, but it's a pointed to mand wants to die and after that to face judgement, the knowledge of this should prompt us, not only want to live, but also to die as well as we can marrying witness to our convictions about whose we are. And who? Who serve and be sure to check out. Today's breakpoint podcasts worn Cole. Smith speaks with Ben Mitchell about individual decisions advanced directives and a growing threat and popularity of doctor assisted suicide again. Tune in at breakpoint dot org or wherever you listen to podcasts for breakpoint, I'm John Stonestreet.

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The BreakPoint Podcast

03:55 min | 3 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"Thinking about buying your kid a smartphone? This Christmas ask yourself. Are. They comfortable having tough conversations with you for the Colson center for Christian worldview, John Stonestreet. This is breakpoint too often all that joy laughter and spending time together. The holidays are supposed to be about are just interrupted by smartphones. It's one of the great ironies of our age the devices that keep us connected are the ones that most often disconnect us, so if you're thinking about getting your kids a smartphone this Christmas check your list twice as internet accountability site. Covenant is points out giving a smartphone or some other internet connected device to your kids without being fully prepared can be devastating yesterday. On breakpoint, I talked about the awful return of distraction, addiction and attitude that too many parents gets on this three to four thousand dollar a year smartphone investment, if you missed it, you can find it linked at breakpoint dot org. One thing that all parents can and should do is put filters on their kid smartphones. Now, the good news is the newest apple operating system. I o S twelve has. A new feature called screen time, which gives parents amazing control over the time and use of their kids phones. I learned that from David eaten it access, by the way. But as he also points out far more important than filters are the relationships and the conversations that we're going to have with our kids kids are resourceful if they really want to they'll find a way to get around any filter a program or boundaries. We put in place. So we need to ask is Josh McDowell has been saying for years. Do our kids understand our rules within the context of their relationship with us, according to the bible, the two greatest commandments aren't to obey or to comply. That's the love. That's because as Augusta and said, we're love shaped people. So the most important thing about us and our kids is whom or what we love. What is it that our kids love mouse? And what do they know about our love for them? You might have heard that phrase, the stricter the parent the sneakier the child well that could be true, but not necessarily after all it assumes that parents don't have their kids best interests at heart and that. They don't have a strong open relationship with them. Are we communicating to our kids that we love them? And that God loves them. Do they understand that God's ways not only true? But it's also good then then it leads to their life and their flourishing. Do they see us as quick to forgive and eager to be gracious? What kind of example, or we setting for them? We want our kids to love God more than anything. Are. We do. We lead the way when it comes to confessing and repenting of our sin. Are we following the technology principles that we expect our kids? We can give our children the best boundaries in the world. We can offer the most helpful advice implement the strongest filters. But all that means nothing if they don't trust us as why we have to flip the typical narrative about smartphones on its head these devices that so often get in the way of important conversations with our kids must become the catalyst for important conversations with our kids. Now, I mentioned on yesterday's breakpoint. The access team has identified over one hundred different conversations you can have with your kids about smartphones. Now, some of those are edge. If your kids have found porn online or been involved in sexting or have seen some of the darker parts of cyber bullying, your conversations need to be edgy. But if you're just starting out conversations about how to look people in the is or how to use the phone to help relationships and not harm them and just the basic philosophical questions like our smartphones. Good or bad. These are the conversations you need to have for smartphone is on your kid's Christmas list checkout three videos from access that are available at breakpoint dot org slash phone. They'll help you assess the boundaries to put around your kids mart bones and help you start having the conversations with your kids that they desperately need you to have with them to watch these videos. Go to breakpoint dot org slash phone. That's breakpoint dot org slash phone. For breakpoint, I'm Johnston.

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The BreakPoint Podcast

03:55 min | 3 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"The. Friday. The headline of a breathless New York Times article read trains. Gender could be defined out of existence by Trump administration, not true for the Colson center. I'm John Stonestreet this break. According to the New York Times, a memo from the department of health and human services would instruct government agencies to quote, define gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth. Thus, in explicit and uniform definition of gender would be used across government policy would be understood on biological basis. That's clear grounded in science objective and administrable also in the memo sacks would be defined as a person status as male or female based on immutable biological traits, identifiable by or before birth. Now, the times called this, the most drastic move yet in a government wide effort to rollback recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. Now here, things you need to know. I, at least at the time I'm recording this. No one outside. The times in the department of HHS has seen the memo or even knows what it says. Still the breathless hysteria quickly spread to other media outlets the. BT community and its allies. Second, even if the times report accurately describes the memo, the alleged proposal simply restores the status quo from less than five years ago in two thousand fourteen is David French explains the Obama administration quietly expanded the definition of Saxe without an act of congress or even a regulatory rulemaking process deciding that title nine sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity. What followed was a series of what French called extraordinarily aggressive mandates from the Obama administration. For example, that notorious dear colleague letter sent to school districts across the country stating that the word sex should be understood to include gender identity, which it defined as quote, an individual's internal sense of gender. The mandate required schools to use a transgender students chosen pronouns and to open bathrooms locker rooms, overnight accommodations, even some sports teams to Stu. Based on their chosen gender identity. So if Trump's memo defines transgenders out of existence, wouldn't that mean Obama's memo? Define them into existence? Of course, not individuals with deep confusion about their sexual identity. Pre existed, both memo's Obama's memo didn't create them, but by mandating government run agencies to redefine reality. It certainly created a lot of problems. For example, a biological male complete with mustache who won Connecticut's one hundred meter girls, high school track and field championship when congress passed idle night in nineteen seventy two. It never anticipated that the word sex would be applied to include gender preference. But after numerous failed attempts to align federal anti-discrimination laws like title nine with the new sexual orthodoxy. The Obama administration decided to amend the law via a memo. Of course, that's not how the constitutional system is supposed to work redefining sex for the purpose of federal law is the job of congress, not the executive branch. All that's being proposed here if the memo that no one has seen is. As bad as the times reports is a reversal of extra constitutional lawlessness, one times columnist claim that the administration regarded her as the equivalent of a mythical creature like the hypocrites over at slate. Another columnist wrote about denying the humanity of transgender Americans. All of this is nonsense. Of course, examples of that classic tactic that you either fully affirm me on my terms or you deny Mike humanity. Nothing of the sorts going on here. All that's going on is that the authority to change the law is being returned to its rightful place. Congress for breakpoint. I'm Johnston, three.

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The BreakPoint Podcast

02:43 min | 3 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"The it's time for followers of Jesus to be the best of Christians and the best of Americans all at the same time. Stay tuned to breakpoint from the Colson center for Christian worldview. Here's John Stonestreet with breakpoint. Just last week, America's paper of record. The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed by supposed senior Trump administration official, who humbly claim to be saving America from behind enemy lines. The times doesn't typically publish anything from anonymous sources, but this time it took what it called a rare step because it was so important. No, they crossed the line of journalistic ethics because at allow them to skewer the president. And how about this confirmation hearings for Brett Cavanaugh, the behavior of the protesters is crazy not to mention the very uncensored like grandstanding by certain opposition lawmakers. What's going on? Well, many have warned us since the beginning of our Republic, that our system of government depends on things like freedom of speech, civil dialogue, rule of law, virtue and ethical behavior without these were told America, as we know it can't survive scanning the current political and cultural landscape. You might be wondering what's going to push our nation over the edge or to put it another way, barring an anecdote from a terrific book called the content trap. It's. It's never only the drop cigarette that starts the forest fire. It's also the state of the environment hot and dry weather overgrown underbrush gusty winds. In other words in the wrong context, things can explode. Our national cultural context isn't looking good. So the question is, who has the capacity to change this environment and reduce the risk of explosion who can bring good to a culture like ours? That's the question. Bruce Ashford answers in his new book letter to an American Christian. This book is so timely at a moment when so many believers who are called to be sought might in the world are tempted to be either American, not Christian or Christian and not. American Ashford reminds us that we're called to be both Christians. I, but also called to this time into this place, towing a political party line, no matter the issue joining the hysteria or just remaining silent out of fear are never options for the followers of Christ. None of these fulfills our God given task of engaging the culture and being sought might, as we said before on breakpoint in this cultural moment, that means. We're going to have to walk and chew gum at the same time. We've got to be willing to say what's right, even if it goes against our political party and we've got to speak out on political issues even if they're not the culturally popular ones are ultimate loyalties lie, not with any nominee, but with Jesus Christ, it's precise their loyalty to Jesus Christ that allows us to engage the culture in a way that will bring light life and hope what our country needs is not more virtue signaling, but more virtue. But our culture needs is not the look good. We need.

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"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

03:49 min | 3 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"The, it's a rock solid western conviction all men and women are created equal, but we're does it come from well, not the enlightenment. I'll explain next on break point from the Colson center for Christian worldview. Here's Eric Metaxas with breakpoint. Few modern historians have done more to educate the public about the ancient and classical world. Then Tom Holland, his two thousand and four book Rubicon. The last years of the Roman Republic when the prestigious Hessel Tiltmann prize, which is awarded to history books of high literary merit, subsequent books about the rise of the Persian empire, and the rise of Islam have received similar accolades put simply when it comes to the ancient world Holland knows his stuff and no one doubts it. That's why it's wise to pay attention to what he has to say about how the coming of Christianity and particular the writings of Saint Paul shaped our world writing in the story, British literary and political journal. The new statesman Holland told readers how the Christianity of his childhood gave way to an obsession with ancient empires. When I read the bible Holland wrote, the focus of my fascination was less the children of Israel or Jesus and his disciples than their adversaries, the gyp, the Assyrians, the Romans, while he vaguely continued to believe in God. Holland found him infinitely less charismatic than his favourite Olympians. Apollo Athena Dyonisis like many historians, Edward Gibbons, and other enlightenment writers convinced Holland that the triumph of Christianity had ushered in an age of superstition and credulity, and that maternity was founded on the dusting-down of long forgotten. Classical values at this point, his readers were probably thinking quite right, but the story doesn't end there as suggested by the title of the article. Why I was wrong about Christianity. He wrote that the longer I spent immersed in the study of classical antiquity, the more alien and unsettling came to find it, especially it's callous disregard of human life. The Spartans he noted practiced a peculiarly murderous form of eugenics. Julius Caesar may have killed a million goals and enslaved. Another million, it wasn't only the body count. Holland says was also the lack of a sense that the port where the week might have any. Intrinsic value. This led Holland to view the Enlightenment's insistence that it owed nothing to Christianity as not credible. Let's assume that most people in the post Christian west still believe that it is nobler to suffer than to inflict suffering and that every human life has equal value. We don't get that from the Greeks and Romans as Holland notes, it was Saint Paul who proclaimed the foolishness of the gospel that foolishness that God might have suffered, torture, indefinite, cross, reversed the way the west thought about weakness and victimhood as Holland recently pointed out on the British radio program, unbelievable, the modern desire to cast oneself as victim only make sense in a world defined by Christianity. In the ancient world, the response would have been. So what followed by further victimization. It was the honest evaluation of the storm will record that led Holland and agnostic to write that in my morals and ethics. I have learned to accept that I am not Greek or Roman at all, but thoroughly and proudly. Christian, here's praying that he becomes Christian in other ways as well. In the meantime, I'm grateful for this unexpected bit of apologetic. It's a much-needed reminder that even modern criticisms of Christianity are indebted to Christianity itself. Now, before I leave you today, if you don't know about Canadian pro-life apologised, Stephanie gray, you need to come to breakpoint dot org, slash free to download a free copy of chapter from her outstanding book, love unleashes life for breakpoint. This Eric Metaxas..

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"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

03:50 min | 3 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"The government critic once called TV vast wasteland. So how do we navigate it with our worldview intact? Stay tuned to breakpoint from the Colson center for Christian worldview. Here's Eric Metaxas with breakpoint. The linguist and liberal social critic gnome Chomsky once said, any dictator would admire the uniform ity obedience of the US media Chomsky was onto something. I think it's fair to say that most of the media are 'obediently working twenty four seven to undermine our faith. If you listen to breakpoint regularly, I know you care about developing a Christian worldview, and that's terrific. Bible reading church attendance, prayer, reading, good books. Taking advantage of the kinds of resources at the Colson center provides are indispensable in your developing mature Christian worldview. But you are also no doubt aware of the many other powerful voices in the media that seek to prevent you from developing a Christian worldview. Some of these voices are obvious news outlets with an obvious anti-christian bias or easy to identify, but what about the hidden bias sees that creep into news coverage? For example, the next time there's a natural disaster watch how the media report, how the government is responding, but not so much about how the church is responding. Even though Christians are often first on the scene, the book prodigal press by world magazines, Marvin Alaska and my Colson center colleague, Warren Smith calls this habit of ignoring the church spiking the spiritual, the expression comes from the practice of editors killing or spiking story. They decide not to print or air today. Spiking the spiritual has the effect of downplaying the vital social contributions that Christians make. For example, as Christianity today has reported the average North American congregation provides its community with about one hundred eighty four thousand dollars worth of social services every year and churches sponsor more than one point, six million social service programs in America annually with seven point, six million volunteers. You will never hear such facts in the mainstream press which leads to skewed media coverage and unfair and inaccurate perceptions of Christians. Perhaps that's why seventy percent of religiously unaffiliated Americans think churches and other religious. Nations are too concerned with money and Power and sixty. Seven percent believe they are too involved with politics. Only forty, five percent. Meanwhile, say we do anything to help solve social problems, unbelievable, but it's not just the journalistic media who shape our world view seventeenth century Scottish writer. Andrew Fletcher is credited with saying, let me make the songs of nation. I care not who makes its laws. Storytelling in songs paintings films and books is perhaps the most important way we learn about our world. Indeed, Jesus certainly understood this Mark four thirty four says Jesus did not speak to them except in parables. So what a leading Christian journalists and artists have to tell us about the state of the media today. Well, now's your chance to find out by signing up for our Colson center short-course called making sense of media clarity and discernment. This four week, webinar series starts on Tuesday, April seventeenth and continues the next three Tuesdays you can sign up by going to breakpoint dot org. The first week will here. My friend, Marvin Alaska. The editor in chief of world magazine on the prodigal, press the anti-christian bias of the American media. Then come social historian, Dr. Ken boa, and how to read and interpret films. Dr. Kathy cook, author of the important book teens and screens will address the topic of social media good or bad. And we conclude with children's book, author S de Sam Smith on a topic. I love telling reading and sharing great stories. So if he ever watch TV program, see a movie get online or listen to a song. This short course is for you come to breakpoint dot org to sign up today for breakpoint this Erica taxes.

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"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

02:14 min | 4 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"Planned parenthood's recently released annual report exposes the organisation for what it truly is stay tuned to breakpoint hunt them from the colson center for christian worldview here's eric metaxas with breakpoint if you go to wicked pedia and look up worst serial killers in history you'll find along in horrible list gary ridgway known as the green river killer murdered as many as ninety women giovanni brusca member of the sicilian mafia killed at least one hundred people lewis garavito colombia known as the beast is believed to have murdered at least one hundred and thirty eight people mostly children but if you go by numbers alone you might wonder why planned parenthood didn't make the list the abortion giants death toll in 2017 is three hundred and twenty one thousand three hundred eighty four all of them innocent babies and that's not counting women who die through socalled safe legal abortions performed by planned parenthood abortionists and who is paying for these mass murders we are through our taxes and it's time we did something about it we have a pro life president we have a pro life congress but as students for life of america recently pointed out despite they're pledged to de fund planned parenthood you and i are still being forced to funnel our money to the nation's largest abortion vendor and despite planned parenthood's oftrepeated claim that it offers comprehensive health services its own justreleased annual report reveals what a big fat lie this is their own statistics reveal a steep decline in positive services such as testing for stds in fact is national review online notes planned parenthood's annual report reveals that the abortion giant exist to provide abortions in not much else as for prenatal services they've dropped steadily every year since two thousand nine from over forty thousand that year to just under eight thousand last year but there is good news as well last year 32 planned parenthood clinics closed some of them closed because president trump is allowing states to redirect funds away from planned parenthood in favor of organizations that provide reproductive health care that does not include abortion and more and more women are choosing life for their babies after seeing.

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"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

02:16 min | 4 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"She running for president is she not running i've got no idea but here's white oprah might win issue runs and more important would that says about us next on break morning from the colson center for christian worldview here's john stonestreet with breakpoint president oprah winfrey get used to those words because i'm telling you she can win during the golden globe awards the world's bestknown talk show host accepted a lifetime achievement award and gave a speech that earn a thunderous ovation and ignited chatter of an eventual run for the white house now oprah hasn't been on tv regularly for almost seven years and for most people television years are like dog years but the immediate veneration deering and after the golden globes reveals that she still eight guiding star for countless americans now whether or not the diva daytime television will make a bid for commander in chief i don't know but they're still a lesson here for all of us specifically there's two books that describe why she could win and you need to read them the first is one we talked about often on breakpoint your postman's amusing ourselves to death this prophetic book showed how entertainment was dominating our culture distracting us in teaching us to value the trivial as a result celebrities became our heroes experts on all topics and a parents really serious contenders for high political office and oprah celebrity status is unparalleled not to mention her brand offers people care community and a sense of faith but while postman's book and help us understand our cultural addiction to celebrity and why that would help and not heard a presidential run as it did donald trump a can explain the level of oprah veneration we saw last sunday night that's why i recommend rostow th it's bad religion how we became a nation of heretics writing in the new york times just a few days ago doubt that argue that it there is an american religion oprah is the pope and bad religion he explained what american religion is america has always been a breeding ground for heresy think about the mormons the shaker scientology etcetera but until recent decades american heresies were peripheral to american culture today western culture spurns its christian roots and the historically central christian denominations have failed to cultivate strong christian faith within their ranks and so we.

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"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

02:16 min | 4 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"I love improbable success stories and even more i love it when the person who has succeeded recognizes his story's author stay tuned to breakpoint from the colson center for christian worldview here's eric metaxas with breakpoint sports illustrated recently named jj watt of the houston texans and jose outdo bay of the houston astros as its sports persons of the year both are among the best players in their respective sports but that's not the only or even primary reason they were selected as the magazine put it these athletes spoke loudest in their actions in words off the field in the case of what an all to aid the emphasis is on actions specifically their contributions to houston's ongoing recovery from hurricane harvey most sports fans including christian ones will already familiar with the almost literally larger than life watt whose freakish combination of size and athleticism has made him the most dominant defensive player in the nfl but until this october a few if any knew much about l tuesday the american league's 2017 most valuable player his is a story that is so improbable and inspirational that hollywood would have rejected the script but as outdo veba will tell you the author of his story doesn't reside in hollywood part of the improbability is obvious when you look at him he is listed at 5foot6 that's two inches shorter than i am and no one has ever called me tall as tom for ducci pointed out in his article on all tubay over the past decade the most popular players in baseball either by allstar votes were jersey sales are at least 6foot3 we literally look up to them despite being the smallest player in major league baseball out tubay is its best hitter and arguably its best player he has won three batting titles led the league in stolen bases twice has won a gold glove for his fielding and is a fivetime allstar according to the advanced the testicle metric known as winds above replacement out too vague did more to help his team win games in 2017 than any other player in baseball to call this improbable is an understatement at age sixteen he was invited to try out camp in his native venezuela.

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"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

01:57 min | 4 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"You won't believe what one lingerie company is doing the show what makes a woman truly beautiful i've got a great story for you get a handke and stay tuned to break from the colson center for christian worldview here's eric metaxas with breakpoint when it comes to lingerie companies we've gotten used to some pretty graphic ads you know the kind i mean ones that feature impossibly perfect airbrushed models wearing fully in revealing underwear but the other day i came across the most amazing lingerie ed i've ever seen no who was not reading a victoria's secret catalogue i was watching an online ad created by the thailand branch of wacoal a japan based lingerie company it was part of a threepart series called beauty inside and it magnificently depicts the true value of women the first at opens with a married couple sitting nervously in their doctor's office holding hands after trying so hard for many years she finally got pregnant the husband says but today they're getting some bad news i know it's hard the doctor says sympathetically but please make a decision as soon as possible the couple clearly stunned drive home hold one another and cry on that day at the hospital husband relates the doctor told us that she's got cancer she has only two choices first she might be cured if she too look chemotherapy but that may cause our child a disability or we might lose our baby the alternative is to keep our child but she might have to fight the cancer alone without any remedy the woman cries as her husband holds her the next morning she gets up and walked to the living room where the baby's crib is still sitting on its box she runs our fingers along the crib and makes a decision i will do it for you baby the mother begins putting the crib together and plays with a stuffed animal anticipating her child's birth now she is back in the hospital in labour when her doctor holtz upper healthy baby she cries with joy after cuddling and kissing her child the mother hands him to her husband she smiles at our little family as a nurse takes are down the hall and into the.

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"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

02:13 min | 4 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"The by angle is the greatest book ever written and now there's museum fit to tell it story stay tuned breakpoint them from the colson center for christian worldview here's eric metaxas with breakpoint at the end of his gospel the apostle john said now there are also many other things that jesus did where every one of them to be written i suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written you could probably say much the same thing about the bible that no single place could adequately convey its impact history and unforgettable narratives but that isn't stopping an ambitious an expert team from trying i'm excited to tell you about the grand opening on this november seventeen th of the massive four hundred and thirty thousand square foot state of the art museum of a bible in our nation's capital a project of an interfaith international team of scholars the museum as an innovative global educational institution with the aim of inviting all people of whatever faith or no faith at all to engage with the history narrative an impact of the bible now the bible museum cost five hundred million to build and when you visit you'll see why museum of the bible has breathtaking exhibits hi tech led screens and tons of ancient artifact and precious manuscript and you'll be amazed but why so much in why now it was surprising to us that a book this influential didn't yet have a major museum focused on it steve green hobby lobby president and museum of the bible founder told christianity today the bible is influenced nearly every aspect of our world from the arts and culture to business and entertainment to healthcare education and government we hope to create the kind of museum that would share this book we love with as many people as possible and museum of the bible situated just three blocks from the us capital and to blocks from the national mall comes not a moment too soon as we've been telling you a lot recently here on breakpoint biblical illiteracy is running rampant in the culture new testament scholar david mean house states christian leaders have been lamenting the loss of general biblical literacy in america much to our embarrassment however it's become increasingly clear that the situation is really no better among confessing christians even those who claim to.

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"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

01:37 min | 4 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"Sometimes i wish i become an archeologist imagine discovering something like old i dunno naboth vineyard from first kings stay tuned to breakpoint from the colson center for christian worldview here's eric metaxas with breakpoint here at break point we love to tell you about the ways archaeology is confirming the biblical narrative and judging by the response you love to hear about it well the latest discovery is one of the coolest yet it's possible confirmation of one of the most memorable stories in the bible ahab in nabobs vineyard first king's 21 tells the story of naboth the jezreel light who had the misfortune to own a vineyard near king a apps palace ahab coveted naboth vineyard an offer to either buy it outright or exchange it for what he deemed a better vineyard when naboth in keeping with the law of moses refused a have soaked lay down on his bed and turned away his face and would eat no food you gotta kind of chuckle at a halves reaction i mean my goodness at any rate his venetian wife jesuit bell then hatches a successful plot to kill naboth nc's sees his land but their triumph is short lived elijah pronounces god's judgement on them and their dynasty which will end in a gruesome fashion since two thousand and twelve a team led by norm of franklin of the university of haifa in jenny ebeling of university of evansville indiana have let an excavation in the jezreel valley which lies south of our lords native south galilee it's a region that figures prominently in the bible especially the old testament.

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"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

01:42 min | 4 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"Brilliant dr bad bedside manners if you think you've seen that tv show already think again i've got a great recommendation for you next on breakpoint them from the colson center for christian worldview here's eric metaxas with breakpoint thirteen years ago producer david sure introduced tv viewers to one of recent television's most memorable characters dr gregory house a medical genius will to put it mildly poor bedside manners last month in the good doctor sure introduced viewers to yet another doctor with almost otherworldly powers and questionable bedside manners yet the characters could not be more different gregory house was described as among other things a misin th rope cynic narcissist incur mudgene to which i would add neil list and drug addict shores new creation dr sean murphy the good doctor of the shows title is none of these things his questionable bedside manner stems from the fact that he is autistic to be specific he's an artistic savant for those unfamiliar with the term savant refers to people who demonstrate one or more profound in prodigious capacities or abilities far in excess of what would be considered normal while also having significant deficits in other areas of brain processing murphy's prodigious abilities include near perfect recall and the ability to make connections at other people cannot this makes him like gregory house in extraordinary diet missed isshin his deficits lie in the areas of interpersonal communication he does not make i contact and is largely oblivious to the nonverbal queues that most of us take for granted.

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"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

02:08 min | 4 years ago

"colson center" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"In dark times like this it's great to celebrate the birthday of a man who brought the light of christ into his world i wanna reacquaint you with him next on breakpoint from the colson center for christian worldview here's eric metaxas with breakpoint back when i was a kid a certain breakfast cereal company attempt to disturb enthusiasm for its cornflakes by stating taste them again for the first time well in this time of cultural darkness and tumbled i'd like for you to reacquaint yourself with my personal hero a man who's faith and persistence are sorely needed today whose two hundred and fifty eight th birthday we celebrate today can gas i wrote a book of adam called amazing grace yes you got it is the english parliamentarian william wilberforce accrued giant of the faith live from seventeen fifty nine to eighteen thirty three after his dramatic conversion to jesus in seventeen 85 wilberforce me to consequential decisions that changed the world actually make that three first stay in politics at a time when the conventional wisdom held that politics was to dirty of business for christians second and third work for the abolition of the slave trade in britain and for what he called the reformation of manners in a society that was scraping bottom morally so how bad was it well besides the dehumanizing brutality of the slave trade british society in the late seventeen hundreds an early 1800s was reeling from rampant alcoholism horrible child labour abuses prostitution and even mistreatment of animals through past times such as bear baiting so if you think today's american degradation set some kind of record look at the previous taurean era in england again for the first time wilberforce had his work cut out for him and work he did tirelessly as another one of my heroes truck colson said he could not stand idly by and see the imad go day of each person the image of god abused his fiercely unpopular crusade against the slave trade ravaged his health and cost him politically he endured verbal assaults and was even challenge to a dual by an angry slave ship captain.

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