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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
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
"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
"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
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
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
"colson center" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer
"A little wings for you i'm talking to john stonestreet my friend he is the head of the chuck colson center colton center for christian worldview and as you know what we chuck colson had kind of a couple of lives right i mean the first life was in prison ministry in the second life was well the first life was in the nixon administration and imprison the second life was going back into prison and and and helping those that are there the third life was really asking the question what was breaking in culture to fill up the prisons and where was the church and so we kind of stewart that part of chuck legacy and we try to build on helping christians think well about what's happening in the world and and and become a force of restoration and a culture that's a lot of people find pre crazy because it is crazy and a lot of it is crazy and i wanna tell people i try to save as many times as i can or on twitter if you you're not signed up to get break point john and i do five commentaries per week we've got a genius crackerjack staff dave carlson roberto rivera now roberto by the way he he wishes to remain anonymous so please strike that from the record but roberto rivera and morris shane moore's a whole bunch of folks doing research and coming up with these spectacular commentaries on what is happening around us and you and i do five of these a week and if people aren't getting these they're really missing something i always wanted to my friends here you're probably if you're not getting this you're probably missing something today because we get to comment on all kinds of stuff i mean some stuff is generated by us and some of the stuff comes you know dave causing gets an idea roberta get some idea roberta reads everything so who knows where he's going to be getting his ideas from but if you're not getting this folks go to breakpoint dot org breakpoint dot org sign up for the weekly comment the daily commentaries and then of course as a podcast whatever there's all kinds of cool stuff but the daily commentaries that's what i have the joy and privilege of involved in and john how many people get this email to them every day i know it's a pretty big amount yeah units a quarter of a million is kind of where we're at right now so but you know we're pushing to earn fifty thousand who receive it through email and then of course it's on twelve hundred radio outlets every single day and then it gets downloaded about seventy five thousand times a week on the podcast so you kinda put it all together and it's yeah it's a it's a it's a it's a big audience and and we tell people we talk about everything right i mean you know whatever the christian worldview touches fact you gotta but you better believe after this tsa experience there was a break point within a few days that just because there's a whole world view issue about training about trading freedom for security that's how and how when you do that both are in allusion it's so it's so it's so extrordinary to well i guess to understand how these things work it's one of the reasons i think point is such a blessing is that everybody needs to to think these things through with us as we do on break point to help people understand what is liberty what are the limits of liberty what is religious liberty a lot of people don't know about that we just kind of grow up in a country full of liberty and we never really had to think about it well now we do have to think about it and these are things that you know you wanna bring some level of sophistication to you understand you just want to say i don't like that you wanna say what here's why i think it's a bad idea i mean what would happen to your daughter and you at tsa and you were just mentioning four went to the break another story i don't know if we got to the end of that did we get that well yeah i mean it's just i'm here and i'm hearing more and more and more i mean if you google right now thirteen year old tsa you'll see some videos including video at dfw which is an airport united flight through all the time and it's a thirteen year old boy and and and and a t and t shirt and shorts.
"colson center" Discussed on KVNT Valley News Talk
"Breakpoint from the colson center for christian worldview here's john stonestreet with breakpoint twenty years ago social conservatives were crusading against pornography and sexual objectification they would would've cheered if the nation's largest beauty pageant and eliminated its bikini competition or recently miss america chair gretchen carlson announced that her pageant is scrapping its when suit segment now she says they'll be judged holy on who they are not how they look now of course since its beginning the hashtag need to awareness campaign has elicited some strange reversal some liberals have abandoned the idea that showing skin equals empowerment after decades of fighting to normalize skimpy attire in the name of women's liberation there's been a shocking realization that it was mostly men not women who liked to see ladies onstage in little more than their underwear and in another bizarre reversal a writer at the national review lamented the end of miss america's bikini contests saying and i quote i like looking at really beautiful women including when they wear bikinis look if i said that my wife would punch me in the nose of course men like looking at women in bikinis there's no question there but that doesn't make it right and they're not too recent memory a conservative man would have been a shame to say something like that perhaps thinking of jesus words that anyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart and another article over at the stream the decision by the miss america pageant to allow contestants to keep their clothes on was compared with islamic tyranny and burqas and a strange theological twist the end of the pageant's bikini era was called quote an attack on creation itself by modern nas because watching these ladies and a state of undress on national television is quote part of our god given nature's yes those are quotes for the record i can't imagine that the miss america pageant will survive this new incarnation essentially a woman's talent show and i don't think there's anything necessarily wrong with tasteful celebrations of female beauty that honestly it's dumb founding to see conservatives defending a contest that requires dozens of women to parade around nearly in front of millions of viewers i've long appreciated both the national review and the stream but these takes are terrible they remind me of that bizarre and misguided tribute to hugh hefner in the federalist last year in which the founder of playboy was praised for celebrating again i'm quoting the sexual complementarity that has bound men and women together since the dawn of time too often as my colleague shane morris wrote over at pathos recently conservative positions seem these days to be determined by whatever is opposite to the left now typically that's not a bad place to be but these recent defenses of the risque like skimpy swimsuits in the objectification of women that's not where we want to be mere opposition cannot adequately grounded christian worldview often will need to stand for something besides just what the other side is against and the only way to know is if our worldview is built on something more stable than the changing visions of political leanings as i said from the beginning christian should not dismiss the current backlash against sexual abuse we should welcome in the problem of men taking advantage of women as recent events have made clear exist on both sides of the church doors now we certainly cannot agree with everything the leaders of the hashtag metoo movement believe but if we can't stand against judging mostly naked women on their appearance do we really stand for anything at all and before we leave you today let me remind you that the colson center fiscal year end is coming up quickly to donate please visit breakpoint dot org or call eight seven seven three two two five five to seven.
"colson center" Discussed on KVNT Valley News Talk
"Is next from the colson center for christian worldview here's eric metaxas with breakpoint generation z roughly those young people born between the mid nineteen ninety s and mid2000s is known for a lot of things it's technological savvy its commitment to social justice it's loneliness it's online connectedness and it seemingly endless quest for authenticity one thing it's not as known for is a commitment to gospel proclamation and traditional evangelical doctrines writing about these young evangelical who have expanded their mission to include social justice along with the vandalism pastor and author tim keller says many of them have not only turned away from older forms of ministry but also from traditional evangelical doctrines of jesus's substitution airy atonement and of justification by faith alone which is seen as too individualistic and for all the good they're doing and they are generation z christians have become unbalanced that's not old fogies like me or tim keller talking it's coming from one of their own je cal crow the author of this changes everything how the gospel transforms the teen years in writing for the gospel coalition crow says the fundamental problem is that we've created a false dichotomy when you pit justice and gospel against each other you missed the point of the bible in devalue god's heart for both justice fits squarely in the framework of biblical christianity it flows fiercely out of the gospel as a practical implication of loving god now that's a common theme of the colson center john stonestreet my colleague here has talked a lot about truth and love not being in opposition and he's exactly right as the letter of james reminds us what good is it to say stay warm without giving someone a blanket that is how we can begin bringing balance back to the gospel pointing to the shining examples of william wilberforce hannah more and dietrich born hoffer crow says we need a biblical balance not of justice or the gospel but of justice and the gospel but crow goes a step farther she says we need to make the gospel our priority because only a right understanding of the human predicament before heaven willpower passion for justice on earth if we wanna live out justice the way god commands and celebrates crow says we must prioritize the gospel if we truly want to see human flourishing and reduce global suffering we need to deal with the.
"colson center" Discussed on KVNT Valley News Talk
"And for the world from the colson center for christian worldview here's eric metaxas with breakpoint enrages secularist well the next time there's an actual disaster or national tragedies such as another mass shooting you can say that your thoughts and prayers are with the victims they seem to hate that and say that thoughts and prayers are not sufficient unless you also do something tangible like passing a law well i don't know how effective sending thoughts is but i can guarantee you that prayer as jesus said can move mountains and it's not just me saying this writing in national review online klay rutledge a professor in psychological scientists points to the tested psychological and social benefits of prayer as well as the reality of how most believers turned to faith based practices in addition to not instead of other courses of action let me share some of this good news about prayer i it's associated with well being and health in one study of older adults the negative effects of financial problems on one's health we're signification reduced for people who pray regularly for others for those who perceive of god as loving instead of as distant unresponsive prayer produces psychological benefits people whose prayer centered on gratitude and care for others had the fewest symptoms of depression i love that prayer is good medicine but does prayer actually do anything or is it as our critics say merely a distraction well for starters rutledge says that prayer frees up.
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"For the world from the colson center for christian worldview here's eric metaxas with breakpoint enrages secularist well the next time there's an actual disaster or national tragedies such as another mass shooting you can say that your thoughts and prayers are with the victims they seem to hate that and say that thoughts and prayers are not sufficient unless you also do something tangible like passing a law well i don't know how effective sending thoughts is but i can guarantee you that prayer as jesus said can move mountains and it's not just me saying this writing in national review online klay rutledge professor and psychological scientists points to the tested psychological and social benefits of prayer as well as the reality of how most believers turned to faith based practices in addition to not instead of other courses of action let me share some of this good news about prayer i it's associated with well being and health in one study of older adults the negative effects of financial problems on one's health with significantly reduced for people who pray regularly for others for those who perceive of god as loving instead of as distant unresponsive prayer produces psychological benefits people whose prayer centered on gratitude and care for others had the fewest symptoms of depression i love that prayer is good medicine but does prayer actually do anything or is it as our critics say merely a distraction well for starters rutledge says that prayer frees up.
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"And three 1020 am and ninety two point five fm and live online at 1020kvntcom americans have always had constitutional rights that allow them to exercise certain freedoms but do we still have the moral ability to maintain those rights please stay tuned to bring them from the colson center for christian worldview here's john stonestreet with breakpoint mass shootings are now tragically a regular feature of our news cycle each new attack on innocent children students church members are concert goers hits us scenes before we've recovered from the last one i hope and pray we never become numb to the horrors of these crimes in fact after the recent shooting at a high school in parkland florida a shooting that left seventeen dead the fury and passion to do something seems to have reached a critical point certainly those who wish to restrict guns in america are louder than ever now in full disclosure on the second amendment guy i own guns i support the right to bear arms but i'm also a student of history and worldview rights always come with responsibility and people who are incapable of enjoying freedoms inevitably lose them and i'm going to get angry emails about this so let me be as clear as possible on nazi i'm here what should happen i'm not saying that america should ban guns when i'm saying is what always happens when a culture morally breaks down chuckles and used to say that if a people will not be governed by the conscience they will be governed by the constable the loss of conscience always leads to the loss of freedom john adams our second president said that our constitution is meant only for a moral and religious people and is wholly inadequate for the government of any other well that would include the second amendment increasingly american's display a shocking lack of conscience i'm not just talking about mass shootings by lonely isolated disturb young men i'm talking about historic levels of suicide the epidemic of opioid overdoses that have more than doubled since 2010 and the poison we pump into the minds and hearts of our children in the name of entertainment looking for not killing each other in this country were ellen ourselves folks something's deeply wrong america is deeply sick liberals who want to ban guns often say we've evolved beyond our constitution evolved now we've devolved below it were no longer a people moral.
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"Breakpoint of them from the colson center for christian worldview here's eric metaxas with breakpoint at the united nations to women were squaring off one a danish abortion advocate the other african scientists would you a kale cia their opinions expose the deep clash of civilizations across the globe the culture of life versus the culture of death the danish feminist admitted that she was a bit provoked by jews claim that western countries are once again engaging in colonialism in her view she announced african women should be able to decide for themselves what to do with their bodies including how many babies they want and whether to have abortions who jew was quick to respond culturally most of the african communities actually believe by tradition by their cultural standards that abortion is a direct attack on human life she explained so for anybody to be able to convince any woman in africa that abortion can be a good thing you first of all have to tell her that what her parents and grandparents and our ancestors taught her is actually wrong and that madam is colonialism bravo gooch eu she is absolutely right what else can you call it when secular western organisations fly into africa with bundles of birth control and abortion equipment determined to convince african women that these things are good for them liuzhou by the way is the founder of culture of life africa an organization dedicated to defending african values including the sanctity of life.
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"Break one from the colson center for christian worldview here's john stonestreet with breakpoint hi i'm john and my wife and i homeschool our children and i hope in the future that's not how will have to introduce ourselves as a sort of public warning to others but make no mistake the phenomenally successful homeschool movement does habits enemies enemies constantly working to turn public opinion against parents who've chosen this way to pursue their children's education a reason and obscene example comes from the new republic were writers sara jones is using the horrible story of the torture inflicted by david and we used turner on their thirteen children as a means to attack the idea of homeschooling itself under the inflammatory headlined the turbans won't be the last how lax homeschooling laws enable childabusers jones argues that this horrifying case is representative of a larger trend of child abuse enable by the freedom to home school now folks to use a phrase i introduced a few weeks ago on break point this is not picking nonsense there's nothing inherent to homeschooling that creates abuse abuse happens in all educational parenting ecclesial and for that matter cultural context my breakpoint colleague chain morris a product of homeschooling himself tackle jones cheap shot article in a sharp elbowed but necessary response to jones at the federalists now link you to it at break point dot org shane rights and jones mind the fact that some homeschooling parents abuse their children is proof that something is wrong with liberal homeschooling loss but we might also apply her line of reasoning to public schools in new jersey he continues ninety three teachers pleaded guilty to sexual relationships with students from two three thousand and three to.
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"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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"To use of pronoun or name in line with his or her preferred gender what do you do it's no longer hypothetical question stay tuned to breakpoint from the colson center for christian worldview here's eric metaxas with breakpoint in romeo and juliet we remember shakespeare asking what's in a name a rose by any other name would smell as sweet arose is still rose no matter what we call it but what's in a pronoun specifically if a neighbor who identifies as transgender asks us to use zd rather than he or she doesn't really matter what should we do to honor the relationship and the gospel well it's a sticky issue for christians and it's becoming stickier by the day that's why i'm glad to tell you about a very helpful perspective an article by andrew walker entitled he she easier navigating pronouns while loving your transgender neighbor walker who wrote the great book god in the transgender debate is director of policy studies at the ethics and religious liberty commission of the southern baptist convention in the article walker exhibits the truth and grace so necessary for believers to navigate these choppy waters in our homes at work and in church regarding the truth he fourth rightly points out pronouns are not an insignificant issue the question we as christians have to consider is whether the reality were being asked to affirm is objective and coresponsible gulf truth or whether the reality were being asked to acknowledge is subjective and falls nothing less than the truth and a thority of god's revelation over created reality is up for grabs in something is seemingly innocent as pronoun usage andrew ads because at route the transgender debate is a metaphysical debate about who's version of reality we live in and only one account jesus christ's can lead us into truth about reality and human flourishing the bible reminds us as well to speak the truth truth and love that is with grace while god's word unequivocally says that were created male and female it also makes clear that each of us has been made in god's image and therefore deserves to be treated with dignity and compassion so while andrew never backs down from our mandate to obey god's word as we see it and follow our consciences he councils godly wisdom in how we respond to people depending on things like.
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"The colson center for christian worldview here's eric metaxas with breakpoint in romeo and juliet we remember shakespeare asking what's in a name a rose by any other name would smell as sweet arose is still arose no matter what we call it but what's in april noun specifically if a neighbor who identifies as transgender asks us to use the rather than he or she doesn't really matter what should we do to honor the relationship and the gospel well it's a sticky issue for christians and it's becoming stickier by the day that's why i'm glad to tell you about a very helpful perspective an article by andrew walker entitled he she is easier navigating pronouns while loving your transgender neighbor walker who wrote the great book god in the transgender debate is director of policy studies at the ethics and religious liberty commission of the southern baptist convention in the article walker exhibits the truth and grace so necessary for believers to navigate these choppy waters in our homes at work and in church regarding the truth he forthrightly points out pronouns are not an insignificant issue the question we as christians have to consider is whether the reality were being asked to affirm is objective and coresponsible truth or whether the reality were being asked to acknowledge is subjective in falls nothing less than the truth and a thority of god's revelation over created reality is up for grabs in something is seemingly innocent as pronoun usage andrew ads because at route the transgender debate is a metaphysical debate about who's version of reality we live in and only one account jesus christ's can lead us into truth about reality and human flourishing the bible reminds us as well to speak the truth in love that is with grace while god's word unequivocally says that were created male and female it also makes clear that each of us has been made in god's image and therefore deserves to be treated with dignity and compassion so while andrew never backs down from our mandate to obey god's word as we see it in follower consciences he councils godly wisdom in how we respond to people depending on things like the social context and.
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"The head of the colson center tell us what the colson center are people who listen to my program they might not know yeah i'm the old dinner just kind of there's about helping every day people understand it makes sense of the culture uh named after of course chuck colson uh chuck not only cared about what was happening in the prisons in justice reform and prisoner rights and so on he also cared about what was happening in the culture that was creating the broken this that was revealed in the prisons we started talking about things like worldview and cultural events and life marriage and religious liberty and so all of that part of his legacy is something we want to continue because it's never been more important for especially christians but really all people to make sense of this quickly changing culture in fact this case the junk philip case is a great example just stuff today uh you're commentary brought clarity on what christians can do to praise project phillips to pray for christian wagoner he's attorney depraved for anthony kennedy is probably is going to be the swing vote on this to pray for clarity to clarify what the issues are uh tomorrow on break point we're going to look at what the arguments were uh what the questions you that were that came from ginsburg and kennedy and alito in the out there is a fascinating exchange this morning's like aired by the way it went 19 minutes and went thirty minutes over which is really unusual uh for a supreme court case they've digging deep i was asked so there at outside the supreme court while these oral arguments were taking place and it's christon wagner's at her name yet christian wagoner by the way is to have been a part of the colson center at as one of our colson fellows two studied with us for a year on christian worldview um as a see this is the one on behalf of the lines defending freedom making the oil argument uh four jack phillips and masterpiece cake chap so here's my question did you get to hear the.
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"I am john stonestreet today we want to share a classic chuck wholesale breakpoint metairie on thanksgiving s quanta and the providence of god from the colson center for christian worldview this is a special classic breakpoint nato was no lowery of the first thanksgiving at least we know the pilgrim version but how many of us know the indian viewpoint no i'm not talking about some revenus politically correct version of history i'm talking about the amazing story of the way god used an indian dance cuonzo as a special instrument of this providence historical accounts of squatters life very but historians believe that around sixty no eight more than a decade before the comes arrived a group of english traders sailed to what is today plymouth massachusetts when the trusting an odd indians came out to trade the traders took them prisoner transported them to spain and sold them into slavery in an unimaginable horror god had an amazing plan for one of the captured indians a boy named scorn squander was bought by a wellmeaning spanish who treated him well and taught him the christian faith squad who eventually made his way to england and worked in the stables of a man named john slighty sunny sympathised with squatters desire to return home promised to put the indian on the first thus bound for america it wasn't until sixty nineteen ten years after squatter was first kidnapped but a ship was found finally after a decade solemn heartbreak squatter was on his way home but when he arrived in juice it's more heartbreak awaited epidemic had wiped out scordato's entire village we can only imagine what must have gone through scorn hose mind why had got allowed him to return home against all odds only to find his loved ones dead a year later the answer cain a shipload of english families arrived and settled on the very land once occupied by scorn those people squatter want to meet them greeting startled pilgrims in english according to the diary of pilgrims governor william bradford corner became a special instrument son of god for our good he showed plant are corn we'll take fish and to procure other commodities and was also are a pilot dean us to unknown places for our prophet never left us to lead once corner lay dying of fever brentwood wrote that their indian for undesired the governor to pray for him that he might go to the.
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"These days colleges expect their students to drink like fish in hook up frequently and they're just trying to keep a lid on it sort of stay tuned to breakpoint from the colson center for christian worldview here's eric attacks with breakpoint a few months ago a colleague of mine spoke with a young man about life at one of the most prestigious colleges in the country the kind that's difficult to get into an even more difficult to pay for what he heard was shocking levels of substance abuse both alcohol and drugs that could only be called debauched the departure is hardly a secret both on and off campus the schools response a shuttle bus to transport students at least for those who hadn't simply passed out from one bacchanalia to another in finally back to their dorms welcome to the jungle that is the typical college campus where little if anything stands between our kids and our appetite for destruction this story came to my mind when reading ross douse its columnist september 13th article new york times this subject was the recent decision by secretary of education betsy devos to revisit the obama administration's guidelines for how colleges and universities adjuducate accusations of sexual assault given the fierce opposition to just about anything the voss does the response to the announcement was mute did even measured liberals as well as conservatives agree that the legal and administrative response to campus rape over the past five years has been a kind of judicial and bureaucratic madness the combination of moral outrage and political pressure and bias in bad science helped create an unshakeable presumption of guilt for the accused none of this is to deny that sexual assaults on campus.
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"To breakpoint them from the colson center for christian worldview here's eric metaxas with breakpoint my breakpoint colleague jean it'll funds was chatting with a pleasant women in the ladies room at her church the woman asked gina you have any children know gene replied i'm not married there was gina says east sudden awkward silence it's a scenario familiar to many single christians as gene lina writes in her terrific new book onebyone welcoming the singles in your church many churches to they don't know what to do with a single and childless gina notes while churches offer couples weakens to strengthen marriages an ultimate frisbee games for families many are not able to offer much help or opportunities for service for the single scheme their congregate shen and sadly fellow christians sometimes unknowingly make singles feel as if vadim selves are to blame for their unmarried state that somehow if they haven't tied the knot yet they must be to self selfcentred were to picky were too focused on their career the truth is many singles deeply desire in pray for marriage the list of reasons for why they haven't marytr many many churches have far more single women than men in relationship fans have dramatically shifted in the past decade even resulting in christian singles being afraid to talk to each other at the end of the day gene says so many of us who desire marriage and children simply don't managed to get there of course there are those who've been married but through death or divorce find themselves single again against their wishes so what should the church due to ensure that singles are every bit as much a part of the life of the church as mary folks i we should stop thinking about singles as projects to be fixed but rather as fellow brothers and sisters in christ make the journey through life alongside the rest of the congregation they're dealing with a set of circumstances to even if different than our own second we must embrace the fact that not everyone in our congregations is going to mary in that the new testament has a high view of the state of singleness some of the.
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"Another major evangelical figure has a brace socalled samesex marriage lots to talk about so please stay tuned to breakpoint from the colson center for christian worldview here's john stonestreet with breakpoint in an interview with religion new services jonathan merit eugene peterson the author of the message as well as several other pastoral books announced not only that he did not think homosexuality was wrong but that he would if asked officiate samesex marriage i know a lot of people who are gay and lesbian peterson said and they seemed to have as good a spiritual life as i do now to responses to this news are particularly unhelpful the first is typified by a christian satire peace with the title three people shocked is eugene peterson comes out in favour of samesex relationships now of course if you run at the a logical circles were peterson and his paraphrase of scripture aren't regarded highly then maybe this didn't surprise you i did it i'm not a fan of the message either though i found many of his other books to be quite good but for millions of orthodox believers who cherish petersen's work anc ruin their faith as a result this is a real below the second unhelpful responses the one coming from progressives celebrating peterson soak called evolution on samesex relationships this group is exaggerating the importance of this news with one even calling peterson a quote cornerstone of evangelical theology and pastoral ministry look peterson's popular he saw plenty of books but that doesn't make him a cornerstone of evangelical theology the fact that so many outside the church and even inside now equate popularity with importance is a major problem in and of itself which some have rightly called a crisis of authority so how should we respond to this sad news but is at least four thanks to remember i when popular authors like peterson embrace gay theology it gives the impression that there's a bigger share happening in american christianity than there really is but as my break point this week coast at stitcher wrote last year in christianity today most evangelical denominations groups are staking out very clear positions on the orthodox biblical view of sex and marriage rumors of the even jelko church to gay theology much la s the larger body of christians in the world are greatly exaggerated second this news hits hardest for christians who struggle with samesex.