Colson Center

Colson Center Helping you live and defend the Christian worldview.
Founder: Charles W. Colson (1931–2012)

President: John Stonestreet

Executive Director: Steve Verleye

Vice President of Operations: Steve Bradford

"BreakPoint" Radio Hosts: Eric Metaxas & John Stonestreet

Vice President of Communications: David Carlson
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Founded by Chuck Colson in 1999, the Colson Center helps everyday Christians live and defend the Christian worldview through the proclamation of Truth, leadership training, and collaboration with like-minded organizations Our on-radio and online cultural commentaries help believers apply sound Christian worldview thinking to key issues of the day. Colson Center programs include “BreakPoint” with Eric Metaxas and Colson Center President John Stonestreet. Stonestreet also hosts a one-minute daily radio commentary, “The Point,” and a half-hour weekend interview show known as “BreakPoint This Week.” Our Colson Fellows program (formerly the Centurions Program) teaches and mentors Christians to become leaders in their spheres of influence through a year-long, intensive worldview course. The Colson Center is also committed to building and resourcing a movement of Christians and Christian organizations across the denominational spectrum to advance the Kingdom of God. We partner with groups and individuals focusing on the critical issues of our day, such as the sanctity of human life, the defense of marriage, the protection of religious liberty, and the restoration of virtue and ethics to public life. Visit us at colsoncenter.org for more worldview information and resources.

Mission: The Colson Center for Christian Worldview is a ministry that equips Christians to live out their faith with clarity, confidence, and courage in this cultural moment. Every day, we… • Offer incisive content that cuts through the fog of relativism and the news cycle with truth and compassion. • Provide training that unlocks every believer's calling to restore culture. • Resource and activate a movement of Christians committed to cultural restoration. Learn more at ColsonCenter.org.

One of the unfortunate tendencies associated with being a “professional expert” on the Christian Worldview and apolo...
01/09/2019
Beyond Ideologies: Avoiding Apologetics as a Form of Martial Arts - Break Point

One of the unfortunate tendencies associated with being a “professional expert” on the Christian Worldview and apologetics is that you can begin think that the kingdom of God will advance on the weight of intellectual arguments.

I must remind myself to look beyond the opposing ideologies and see the person—a person made in the Image of God

"If you’re inclined to deny that Jesus ever directly said He was God, I think it’s unreasonable to argue against thi...
01/09/2019
The Circumstantial Statements of Jesus’ Divinity - Break Point

"If you’re inclined to deny that Jesus ever directly said He was God, I think it’s unreasonable to argue against this indirect, circumstantial case. When all of Jesus’ statements are considered together, the case is clear; His words, in total, demonstrate that Jesus did, in fact, believe that He was God."

Even if you reject the direct statements of Jesus related to his Deity, the circumstantial case constructed from Jesus’ other statements is overwhelming.

Think of the children, she says, just not those children.I often speculate that a pro-life troll must be running Planned...
01/09/2019
The Point: Abortion: It’s for the Children! - Break Point

Think of the children, she says, just not those children.

I often speculate that a pro-life troll must be running Planned Parenthood’s Twitter account, because some of the things America’s largest abortion provider tweets are positively tone-deaf, even bizarre.

My imaginary troll might also be working as an advisor for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Last week, as she was sworn in, Pelosi invited a group of kids to the podium and said, “I now call the House to order on behalf of all of America’s children.”

Immediately after that, Pelosi and her party introduced a bill to fund international abortions, reversing one of President Trump’s first acts.

The pro-life Twitter page CatholicVote pointed out the dark irony. To portray your party’s policies as pro-children when one of your highest priorities is to keep child-killing legal boggles the mind. But that’s what we can expect from the House of Representatives for at least the next two years.

Elections have consequences, and those consequences are often measured in sad irony, and sometimes in lost lives.

Think of the children, she says, just not those children.

Should Christians be concerned about end-of-life issues, such as advance directives, living wills, assisted death, etc? ...
01/09/2019
Making End-of-Life Decisions: C. Ben Mitchell - Break Point

Should Christians be concerned about end-of-life issues, such as advance directives, living wills, assisted death, etc? Well, according to C. Ben Mitchell, “Only if Christians are going to die.”

Today on the BreakPoint Podcast, Warren Cole Smith talks with C. Ben Mitchell about planning for end-of-life medical care, the dangers of assisted suicide, and the need to talk about these things with loved ones who share our belief in the sanctity of human life.

They also discuss how Christians can become involved in ministering to those about to die, especially through a “No One Dies Alone” program.

C. Ben Mitchell is the Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy at Union University.

Should Christians be concerned about end-of-life issues, such as advance directives, living wills, assisted death, etc?

Done badly, an advance directive can be like a prenuptial agreement. Just as a “prenup” assumes the impermanence of ...
01/09/2019
BreakPoint: Making End-of-Life Decisions - Break Point

Done badly, an advance directive can be like a prenuptial agreement. Just as a “prenup” assumes the impermanence of marriage, many advance directives create a presumption in favor of death and efficiency (and an all-out avoidance of suffering) over the sanctity of human life.

Our plans for the end of our lives ought to carefully reflect our deepest convictions about the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.

Two senators just flunked a Constitutional test.Nominations to Federal District Courts rarely garner much attention, but...
01/09/2019
The Point: Can a Christian Hold Public Office? - Break Point

Two senators just flunked a Constitutional test.

Nominations to Federal District Courts rarely garner much attention, but Brian Buescher’s did. The reason? He is a member the Knights of Columbus.

The Knights are typically known for their service projects like giving coats to needy families and working with those with disability.

And, as a Catholic organization, the Knights affirm the Church’s teaching on issues such as marriage and the sanctity of life.

In Buescher’s confirmation, Sen. Mazie Hirono called the Church’s teaching “extreme” and asked Buescher if he would resign from the Knights “to avoid any appearance of bias.” Sen. Kamala Harris asked if Buescher was aware of the Knights’ positions on abortion and same-sex marriage.

Ultimately, this isn’t about the Knights of Columbus. It’s about whether holding traditional Christian views disqualifies you from public office—and whether Article IV of the Constitution (prohibiting religious tests for public office), still matters.

By the way, the Knights responded by inviting the senators to join them in their charitable activities.

So far, neither senator has responded.

Two senators just flunked a Constitutional test.

This belonging is a key feature of the Christian life and worldview. It is how we participate in the most Jesus-centric ...
01/09/2019
Church Membership Isn’t Optional - Break Point

This belonging is a key feature of the Christian life and worldview. It is how we participate in the most Jesus-centric sphere of human existence, and how we become more than consumers, wall-flowers, or nomads. We’re good at coming up with excuses for not joining a church, but I doubt any of them impress God. He didn’t save us for spiritual homelessness.

God didn’t save us for spiritual homelessness.

Weekly Review: Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective. Tele-Abortions, Transgen...
01/08/2019
Weekly Review - Break Point

Weekly Review: Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective. Tele-Abortions, Transgender Rites, Same-Sex Marriage in Austria, Abortion and Crime, and Remembering Peter Taylor.

Tele-Abortions, Transgender Rites, Same-Sex Marriage in Austria, Abortion and Crime, and Remembering Peter Taylor

In a world of acute uncertainty and despair, hunger for the true story of God’s creation and restoration exists. Peopl...
01/08/2019
The Top Films of 2018: A Super List - Break Point

In a world of acute uncertainty and despair, hunger for the true story of God’s creation and restoration exists. People resonate with the better parts of the superhero stories.

In a world saturated with moral failure, good role models and hopeful outcomes are craved. Even if they are fictitious.

Yes, we can help marriage last.Every so often a study comes along that makes you say, “duh.” The Institute for Famil...
01/08/2019
The Point: Marriage: No Experience Required - Break Point

Yes, we can help marriage last.

Every so often a study comes along that makes you say, “duh.” The Institute for Family Studies found Americans who were only physically intimate with their spouses were most likely to describe their marriages as “very happy.” Those with six or more partners before their spouse were least happy in marriage.

“Contrary to conventional wisdom,” says sociologist Bradford Wilcox, “when it comes to sex, less experience is better, at least for the marriage.” Waiting for and committing to one person forever offers the best chance at lasting love.

Now, this isn’t the story our culture tells us. Whether its popular movies, TV shows, songs and even books, they all promote an image about sex that’s simply not true.

No marriage is perfect, of course, and God can always redeems and restores sexually broken lives. But even the statistics tell us that we were not made for promiscuity. The “good life” that entertainment offers us is a lie. The abundant life God offers us isn’t. http://bit.ly/2FfrH45

For more on faith and culture, come to BreakPoint.org.

Americans who were only physically intimate with their spouses were most likely to describe their marriages as “very happy.”

"Though it boggles the mind, the maker of the Milky Way chose this little planet to reveal Himself most fully and person...
01/08/2019
BreakPoint: God in the Space Between the Stars - Break Point

"Though it boggles the mind, the maker of the Milky Way chose this little planet to reveal Himself most fully and personally. By doing this, He bridged a gulf that makes the space between our stars seem small—the separation between an infinitely holy God and sinners like us who are doomed to death."

If you want to feel small, just imagine moving at 34 thousand miles per hour for forty years and getting—astronomically speaking—nowhere.

"Christianity is not the religion of the self-defining “spiritual” humanity. Nor is it the man-centered projection o...
01/08/2019
Christianity IS a Religion - Break Point

"Christianity is not the religion of the self-defining “spiritual” humanity. Nor is it the man-centered projection of reaching to God by our own works. Neither is it the religion whose definition can be hidden by a terminological shell game. It is the self-revelation of the one and true God who speaks to us through His word and His religion."

It Just So Happens to Be the True One

John Stonestreet and Special guest host Mindy Belz of WORLD Magazine discuss the key issues facing Christians in the com...
01/08/2019
BP This Week: The Issues for 2019 - Break Point

John Stonestreet and Special guest host Mindy Belz of WORLD Magazine discuss the key issues facing Christians in the coming year. At the top of the list, defending our right to live out our faith in the public square, bringing attention to the plight of persecuted Christians around the world, and the ethical concerns over human gene editing.

John Stonestreet and Special guest host Mindy Belz of WORLD Magazine discuss the key issues facing Christians in the coming..Read more

What to pray for this week: 1) Quality ultrasound machines are powerful windows into the womb.2) But they are also very ...
01/08/2019
21 Days: Join the Prayer Movement for Life!

What to pray for this week:

1) Quality ultrasound machines are powerful windows into the womb.

2) But they are also very expensive.

3) Without a major financial grant, most pregnancy care centers cannot afford the state-of the art technology needed to help women who are most at risk for abortion.

4) Pray that these centers will receive the funds and help they need to protect the women and their unborn children.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! http://www.breakpoint.org/21days/

When discussing the abortion debate you see only two options—pick a fight or avoid the issue in polite company. But there’s a third option—pray and engage!

Writers such as #CSLewis and #JRRTolkien have helped us understand the power of story-telling to shape the culture’s i...
01/07/2019
Storytelling and the Christian Worldview: Robert Whitlow - Break Point

Writers such as #CSLewis and #JRRTolkien have helped us understand the power of story-telling to shape the culture’s imagination. A great story can make biblical ideas come alive for people who might never pick up a Bible.

Novelist Robert Whitlow understands this truth. That’s why, after a successful career as an attorney, he tried his hand at writing a legal thriller. That book, “The List,” went on to sell more than 100,000 copies and was adapted into a movie starring Matthew Modine and Malcomb McDowell. Whitlow has since written 18 novels, four of which have been turned into movies.

Today Warren Cole Smith talks with Whitlow about writing mainstream novels with a decidedly Christian bent: How do Christian authors avoid “the Jesus Juke” and portray people of faith authentically?

They also talk about Whitlow’s newest novel, “Chosen People,” which is set in Jerusalem.

Writers such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien have helped us understand the power of story-telling

This belonging is a key feature of the Christian life and worldview. It is how we participate in the most Jesus-centric ...
01/07/2019
Church Membership Isn’t Optional - Break Point

This belonging is a key feature of the Christian life and worldview. It is how we participate in the most Jesus-centric sphere of human existence, and how we become more than consumers, wall-flowers, or nomads. We’re good at coming up with excuses for not joining a church, but I doubt any of them impress God. He didn’t save us for spiritual homelessness.

God didn’t save us for spiritual homelessness.

Two senators just flunked a Constitutional test.Nominations to Federal District Courts rarely garner much attention, but...
01/07/2019
The Point: Can a Christian Hold Public Office? - Break Point

Two senators just flunked a Constitutional test.

Nominations to Federal District Courts rarely garner much attention, but Brian Buescher’s did. The reason? He is a member the Knights of Columbus.

The Knights are typically known for their service projects like giving coats to needy families and working with those with disability.

And, as a Catholic organization, the Knights affirm the Church’s teaching on issues such as marriage and the sanctity of life.

In Buescher’s confirmation, Sen. Mazie Hirono called the Church’s teaching “extreme” and asked Buescher if he would resign from the Knights “to avoid any appearance of bias.” Sen. Kamala Harris asked if Buescher was aware of the Knights’ positions on abortion and same-sex marriage.

Ultimately, this isn’t about the Knights of Columbus. It’s about whether holding traditional Christian views disqualifies you from public office—and whether Article IV of the Constitution (prohibiting religious tests for public office), still matters.

By the way, the Knights responded by inviting the senators to join them in their charitable activities.

So far, neither senator has responded.

Two senators just flunked a Constitutional test.

The more we find even our best technology outdone by nature, the more ridiculous the idea that life created itself seems...
01/07/2019
BreakPoint: The Snout-Weevil’s Colors - Break Point

The more we find even our best technology outdone by nature, the more ridiculous the idea that life created itself seems. No, the creation is the handiwork of an Engineer and Artist, who saw fit to share with us His creativity, inviting us to create, too, as a way to express His image and to glorify Him.

What on earth is a Philippine snout weevil, and what does it have to do with Christian worldview?

Et Tua, Trevor Lawrence?Alabama is in the college football national championship game ... again … with their star quar...
01/06/2019
The Point: Tua and Trevor for the National Title - Break Point

Et Tua, Trevor Lawrence?

Alabama is in the college football national championship game ... again … with their star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Last year as a freshman, Tua rallied the Crimson Tide to a come-from-behind victory against Georgia—and then told a national television audience: “I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. With Him all things are possible.”

This year, Tua and Alabama take on familiar foe Clemson, whose starting quarterback is also a freshman—Trevor Lawrence.

Tua and Trevor have something else in common. They both know what’s most important in life. Football, Trevor Lawrence said recently, doesn’t define him. “I put my identity in what Christ says, who He thinks I am and who I know that He says I am.”

Now, I’m not an Alabama or a Clemson fan, but come Monday night I’ll be rooting for both of these impressive young men who aren’t afraid to stare down 300-pound defensive linemen, or to speak humbly and sincerely about their love for Christ on college football’s biggest stage

Et Tua, Trevor Lawrence?

One year ago this month, The Colson Center started posting stories on the BreakPoint website featuring Christian organiz...
01/06/2019
The Future of the American City - Break Point

One year ago this month, The Colson Center started posting stories on the BreakPoint website featuring Christian organizations and individuals who are participating in what John Stonestreet and I called “God’s audacious plan to change the world through everyday people.”

“God’s audacious plan to change the world through everyday people.”

What to pray for this week: 1) Although tens of millions of babies have died through abortion since Roe v. Wade in 1973,...
01/06/2019

What to pray for this week:

1) Although tens of millions of babies have died through abortion since Roe v. Wade in 1973, the pro-life message is being heard, and many young people are changing their minds.

2) Pray that pro-life leaders, both nationally and in local communities all across America, will take to heart the encouragement of Galatians 6:9: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! http://www.breakpoint.org/21days/

"Progressives cry that the church must provide for the downtrodden because they deserve it and care for the outcast beca...
01/05/2019
Loving Your Dangerous Neighbor - Break Point

"Progressives cry that the church must provide for the downtrodden because they deserve it and care for the outcast because they’ve been oppressed. Traditionalists counter that we must be cautious not to endanger ourselves or to enable the immoral in their sin. Both assume that the worthiness of the recipient determines the appropriateness of our love."

As we have been loved by God, let us love our neighbors for God .

I am afraid of not living in a way that glorifies and points others to Him in my remaining days. The Puritans sometimes ...
01/05/2019
New Year’s Resolutions Are Not Enough - Break Point

I am afraid of not living in a way that glorifies and points others to Him in my remaining days. The Puritans sometimes placed a memento mori—perhaps the image of a human skull—on their tombstones as a reminder to the living of the brevity of life. I need a memento mori.

Instead of making more New Year’s resolutions, perhaps it’s time for some new life resolutions.

John Stonestreet and Special guest host Mindy Belz of WORLD Magazine discuss the key issues facing Christians in the com...
01/05/2019
BP This Week: The Issues for 2019 - Break Point

John Stonestreet and Special guest host Mindy Belz of WORLD Magazine discuss the key issues facing Christians in the coming year. At the top of the list, defending our right to live out our faith in the public square, bringing attention to the plight of persecuted Christians around the world, and the ethical concerns over human gene editing.

John Stonestreet and Special guest host Mindy Belz of WORLD Magazine discuss the key issues facing Christians in the coming..Read more

What to pray for this week: 1) Many who call themselves “pro-choice” accuse those who defend the unborn as forgettin...
01/05/2019

What to pray for this week:

1) Many who call themselves “pro-choice” accuse those who defend the unborn as forgetting the mother.

2) So in your zeal to protect the unborn child, pray for the mother, who probably faces many pressures and problems.

3) And pray for those organizations—pregnancy care centers and churches among them—that reach out with practical expressions of love for the women and babies who desperately need them.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! http://www.breakpoint.org/21days/

One year ago this month, The Colson Center started posting stories on the BreakPoint website featuring Christian organiz...
01/04/2019
The Future of the American City - Break Point

One year ago this month, The Colson Center started posting stories on the BreakPoint website featuring Christian organizations and individuals who are participating in what John Stonestreet and I called “God’s audacious plan to change the world through everyday people.”

“God’s audacious plan to change the world through everyday people.”

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