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Since 1991, BreakPoint—a program of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview—has provided believers around the U.S. with a Christian perspective on today’s news and trends. Our daily BreakPoint commentaries, co-hosted by Eric Metaxas and Colson Center President John Stonestreet, air on some 1,400 radio outlets with an estimated weekly listening audience of eight million people. Its "BreakPoint This Week" counterpart, also hosted by Stonestreet and Ed Stetzer of Lifeway Research includes a weekly conversation with leading Christian writers and thinkers on topics ranging from the sanctity of life to marriage, religious liberty, and the restoration of virtue and ethics to public life. Over at BreakPoint.org, Stonestreet and Metaxas are joined by other thoughtful Christian writers through columns and feature articles equipping believers to live and defend the Christian worldview. Check us out online for great worldview content and resources, including book reviews for teens and preteens, need-to-know news headlines and more.

An Asian couple in New York spent $100,000 in order to get two baby girls by IVF. The babies came out boys.  And not Asi...
07/14/2019
The Point: Growing Babies? - Break Point

An Asian couple in New York spent $100,000 in order to get two baby girls by IVF. The babies came out boys. And not Asian. Naturally, the couple is suing. Is this mishap really “unimaginable” like the headline proclaimed? I don’t think so. #Biotech https://hubs.ly/H0jMGss0

When babies are a menu item, an order can get mixed up.

What to pray for this week:1) Pray that God would remind us of His care for the unborn, from their earliest days.2) Ask ...
07/13/2019

What to pray for this week:

1) Pray that God would remind us of His care for the unborn, from their earliest days.

2) Ask God to show us the preciousness of all human life and how we have been created for Him.

3) Pray that God awakens in our country a profound hunger for Him, and a growing desire that all might know their Creator and Sustainer.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! https://hubs.ly/H0jMG6n0

What to pray for this week: 1) Pray that people would realize the awful responsibility before God they have when conside...
07/12/2019

What to pray for this week:

1) Pray that people would realize the awful responsibility before God they have when considering abortion.

2) Pray that this realization would cause them to stop before they commit this deed.

3) If it is too late for that, pray that the Lord would convict them of their sin and convince them of His grace.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! https://hubs.ly/H0jMzBw0

John Stonestreet and Warren Smith start the show by sharing the good news of Joni Eareckson Tada's recovery from cancer-...
07/12/2019
BP This Week: A Death in France - Break Point

John Stonestreet and Warren Smith start the show by sharing the good news of Joni Eareckson Tada's recovery from cancer--and her unwavering commitment to advocate against euthanasia and assisted suicide. This led them to discuss the case of Vincent Lambert, a 42-year old French citizen who died this week after a French judge allowed doctors to withhold hydration, despite pleas from his mother and the Catholic Church. Clearly, France is marching to the drum of the culture of death.

Also in this episode: The strange morphing of the hit series "Stranger Things" from family friendly to, well, not; WORLD magazine's report on secular feminists rallying against porn.

John Stonestreet and Warren Cole Smith discuss the news of the week from a Christian worldview perspective.

"That was the day I learned something vital about Norman Geisler: He was not merely a teacher, as noble a vocation as th...
07/12/2019
Norman L. Geisler: An Appreciation - Break Point

"That was the day I learned something vital about Norman Geisler: He was not merely a teacher, as noble a vocation as that is, he was intentionally a teacher of teachers. Josh McDowell was just one of thousands of people he taught over the years, many of whom – including Josh McDowell and Ravi Zacharias and Frank Turek and … well this could go on for a very long time."

Norman Geisler, 1932-2019

Many modern reproductive technologies turn babies into commodities, consumer goods for purchase. This is, of course, a b...
07/12/2019
The Point: Growing Babies? - Break Point

Many modern reproductive technologies turn babies into commodities, consumer goods for purchase. This is, of course, a bad idea. Bad ideas have victims.

For example, a recent headline from CBS: “Couple says wrong embryos implanted by IVF in ‘unimaginable mishap.’”

Apparently, an Asian couple in New York spent $100,000 in order to get two baby girls by IVF. The babies came out boys. And not Asian. Naturally, the couple is suing.

Is this mishap really “unimaginable” like the headline proclaimed? I don’t think so. In fact, later in the article, it reads, “Human error . . . is not uncommon at IVF facilities.” That’s because human error is, well, common everywhere. But we seem to forget this fact whenever it comes to science and medicine, especially artificial reproductive technologies.

And, one expert quoted in the article lamented how facilities are “too careless with people's most important genetic material.” Not their children? We are deceiving ourselves and people are paying the price.

When babies are a menu item, an order can get mixed up.

"Today, the benefits of modern technology have effectively cut us off from the natural world and the general revelation ...
07/12/2019
BreakPoint: Have You Been Outside Today? - Break Point

"Today, the benefits of modern technology have effectively cut us off from the natural world and the general revelation of God that it offers, perhaps more than any other time in history."

Nearly every book of the Bible is bursting with references to creation

All of this to say, we’ve got some serious thinking to do about how we can transmit the truths of the Gospel and the w...
07/11/2019
BreakPoint: So the Next Generation Will Know - Break Point

All of this to say, we’ve got some serious thinking to do about how we can transmit the truths of the Gospel and the worldview that flows from it to Generation Z. To start with: what has worked for previous generations may not work for them. https://hubs.ly/H0jLzw60

Every generation of Christ-followers faces a challenge: how do we pass the faith to the next generation?

What to pray for this week: 1) Pray that all—abortion supporters and abortion opponents—would see that sin is a matt...
07/11/2019

What to pray for this week:

1) Pray that all—abortion supporters and abortion opponents—would see that sin is a matter of the heart, and that no one is immune.

2) Pray that God would reveal our evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, and all the other sins our Lord listed here.

3) Ask Him to show how abortion begins not with outward circumstances, but with inward dispositions.

4) Then ask Him to give us new hearts when it comes to the killing of innocent human life

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! https://hubs.ly/H0jLzpW0

We live in a challenging culture, and those of us responsible for equipping the next generation often find ourselves fum...
07/11/2019

We live in a challenging culture, and those of us responsible for equipping the next generation often find ourselves fumbling in the dark for how to help our youth. In their new book Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace shed light on the unique struggles this younger generation is facing and offers readers practical guidance on how to explain Gospel truth to these young people in ways that are realistic and easy to understand. Get your copy now. https://hubs.ly/H0jrWHw0

Today on the BreakPoint Podcast we present Mama Maggie Gobran, this year’s winner of the Colson Center’s William Wil...
07/11/2019
Podcast: The Heroes of the Faith, with Mama Maggie Gobran - Break Point

Today on the BreakPoint Podcast we present Mama Maggie Gobran, this year’s winner of the Colson Center’s William Wilberforce Award

Recognized for her decades of work among the poorest of the poor in Cairo’s garbage slums, Mama Maggie tells us what makes a true hero of the faith.

Mama Maggie tells us what makes a true hero of the faith.

Euthanasia is illegal in France. But in name only. Over the weekend a French court denied an appeal by the family of Vin...
07/11/2019
The Point: Euthanasia by Any Other Name - Break Point

Euthanasia is illegal in France. But in name only. Over the weekend a French court denied an appeal by the family of Vincent Lambert to prevent doctors from withholding nutrition and hydration to the 42-year-old.

A quadriplegic since a 2008 motorcycle accident, Lambert can breathe on his own, swallow and digest food, but some doctors say he’s in a “vegetative state.” Other doctors disagree, saying instead that he has “minimum consciousness.”

His mother puts it this way: “Vincent is not a vegetable . . . I’ve never seen a vegetable turn its head when called.”

Nonetheless, and despite pleas from the Catholic Church and groups that pledged to care for Lambert, doctors may now stop hydration. That means Lambert will die of thirst.

It’s a horrible precedent for France. As the European Center for Justice noted, should Lambert be euthanized, some 1,700 French citizens “in the same state of health” could face the same fate.

Death by any other name is still death.

"I’ve seen many juries arrive confidently at the correct decision with no scientific evidence at all. We don’t need ...
07/11/2019
Do I Need Scientific, Forensic Evidence to Prove Christianity Is True? - Break Point

"I’ve seen many juries arrive confidently at the correct decision with no scientific evidence at all. We don’t need evidence of this nature to make a criminal case, and we don’t need scientific, forensic evidence to prove Christianity either."

The relationship between science and faith continues to be hotly debated in our culture today.

The “simulation hypothesis” proposes that the world around us, our bodies, and even our own minds might not be real....
07/11/2019
BreakPoint: Virtual-Reality Reality - Break Point

The “simulation hypothesis” proposes that the world around us, our bodies, and even our own minds might not be real. Instead, they could be the illusions of a sophisticated computer program created by a super-intelligent being or beings.

Ever wonder if some scientists have too much time on their hands?

Weekly Review: Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective. Divorce Rates, Greek Ele...
07/11/2019
Weekly Review - Break Point

Weekly Review: Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective. Divorce Rates, Greek Elections, Border Chaos, Teen Suicide, and L’affaire Lambert. https://hubs.ly/H0jKvgP0

Divorce Rates, Greek Elections, Border Chaos, Teen Suicide, and L’affaire Lambert

Yes, Christians are going to be portrayed as the bad guys no matter what. That doesn’t give us leave to play the part....
07/11/2019
On Being Hated for the Right Reason - Break Point

Yes, Christians are going to be portrayed as the bad guys no matter what. That doesn’t give us leave to play the part. Yes, the world is going to hate us. But Jesus said they would hate us on His account. God help us if it’s for any other reason.https://hubs.ly/H0jKvXp0

Yes, Christians are going to be portrayed as the bad guys no matter what. That doesn’t give us leave to play the part.

Even a cursory reading of the Pauline corpus will reveal that ethnic homogeneity wasn’t high on the list of the Apostl...
07/10/2019
Demographic Anxiety

Even a cursory reading of the Pauline corpus will reveal that ethnic homogeneity wasn’t high on the list of the Apostle’s priorities. On the contrary, much of his writing is devoted to working out what it means to say that “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

The New Testament is filled with examples, both implicit and explicit, of demographic anxiety at work.

Greenville University President, Ivan Filby, is now a Colson Fellow after successfully completing the program. Filby say...
07/10/2019
President Filby Named Colson Fellow - Greenville University :: Christian University in Illinois

Greenville University President, Ivan Filby, is now a Colson Fellow after successfully completing the program. Filby says the Fellows program helped him "develop a compelling Christian worldview and defend a biblical view on topics like human sexuality, abortion and end of life issues.”
https://hubs.ly/H0jHWvN0

President Filby joins approximately 1,300 other Colson Fellows worldwide who have cultivated a robust Christian worldview helped by a program initiated by Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship.

Advances in medical technology have far outpaced our ethical abilities to use them well. That’s why I’m committed to...
07/10/2019
The Point: Healing vs. Enhancing - Break Point

Advances in medical technology have far outpaced our ethical abilities to use them well. That’s why I’m committed to warning about CRISPR gene editing technology, for instance, which can be used to alter the human genome.

Of course, medical advances can also save lives. Case in point: According to WORLD magazine, “Japanese and Australian scientists have developed an artificial womb that could help save extremely premature babies.”

So how do we celebrate the good and resist the bad? It’s not easy to draw ethical lines in medicine, but here’s a reasonable starting point: Embrace technologies that heal but be very wary of those that enhance.

Healing vs. enhancing. The first is part of being created in God’s image—using our creativity to care for creation, especially other image-bearers.

But when we use technology to enhance humans—to improve humans or even create super humans—we usurp God’s role as creator, and re-imagine ourselves in our own image.

We’ve lost the difference between healing and enhancing.

"All of this to say, we’ve got some serious thinking to do about how we can transmit the truths of the Gospel and the ...
07/10/2019
BreakPoint: So the Next Generation Will Know - Break Point

"All of this to say, we’ve got some serious thinking to do about how we can transmit the truths of the Gospel and the worldview that flows from it to Generation Z. To start with: what has worked for previous generations may not work for them."

Every generation of Christ-followers faces a challenge: how do we pass the faith to the next generation?

What to pray for this week: 1) In the times of ancient Israel, one of the most barbaric things that one nation or people...
07/09/2019
21 Days: Join the Prayer Movement for Life!

What to pray for this week:

1) In the times of ancient Israel, one of the most barbaric things that one nation or people could do to another was rip the babies out of the wombs of pregnant women.

2) Such acts demonstrated supreme callousness, disregard for human life, and a flouting of the God who made that life.

3) They still do.

4) Pray that more and more people today would see the utter horror of abortion and turn from it.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! https://hubs.ly/H0jJfQW0

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!

Nick Foles, Superbowl LII MVP, shares his journey of finding an authentic faith and why the older generations are so vit...
07/09/2019

Nick Foles, Superbowl LII MVP, shares his journey of finding an authentic faith and why the older generations are so vital to it. Read his story now in the foreword to "So the Next Generation Will Know" https://hubs.ly/H0jvB1y0

Weekly Review: Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective. Divorce Rates, Greek Ele...
07/09/2019
Weekly Review - Break Point

Weekly Review: Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective. Divorce Rates, Greek Elections, Border Chaos, Teen Suicide, and L’affaire Lambert. https://hubs.ly/H0jHHq-0

Divorce Rates, Greek Elections, Border Chaos, Teen Suicide, and L’affaire Lambert

"Yes, Christians are going to be portrayed as the bad guys no matter what. That doesn’t give us leave to play the part...
07/09/2019
On Being Hated for the Right Reason - Break Point

"Yes, Christians are going to be portrayed as the bad guys no matter what. That doesn’t give us leave to play the part. Yes, there will be young people who leave the church in disgust. If Jesus was being serious in Matthew 18:6, we had better hope their disgust wasn’t valid. Yes, the world is going to hate us. But Jesus said they would hate us on His account. God help us if it’s for any other reason."

Yes, Christians are going to be portrayed as the bad guys no matter what. That doesn’t give us leave to play the part.

"Transhumanism, usually abbreviated as H+, is dedicated to developing and propagating technologies to expand our intelle...
07/09/2019
The Rise of Transhumanism: Emerging Worldviews 11 - Break Point

"Transhumanism, usually abbreviated as H+, is dedicated to developing and propagating technologies to expand our intellectual or physical capabilities to such an extent that we become qualitatively different beings from what we are now, making us posthuman."

Transhumanism takes a variety of overlapping forms united around a common commitment.

American Conservative blogger Rod Dreher recently shared the sobering account of a veteran college minister who says tha...
07/09/2019
The Point: Why We Need to Learn to Be ‘Mean,’ Kind of… - Break Point

American Conservative blogger Rod Dreher recently shared the sobering account of a veteran college minister who says that a huge percentage of the students he’s worked with have abandoned Christian orthodoxy regarding sex since graduating and now affirm same-sex relationships. Why? The minister suggests “they are terrified of being seen as mean.”

Of course, peer-pressure is nothing new, but Christian young people seem uniquely prone today. They’ve been taught to love people as Christ did and in today’s culture, loving people means tolerance, acceptance, and affirming their every choice. And above all, not being mean.

Dreher offers an obvious-but-radical solution: We’ll need to teach our kids how to be okay with being called mean—and how to stand up for what they believe, anyway. We’ll have to counter the idea that being liked means they’re right and being called mean means they’re wrong.

After all, if what they’ve been taught is true, then the least loving thing we can do is lie.

It is possible to love your neighbor without being liked by them.

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