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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.

"Given how many survivors now inhabit the planet—they should form clubs of their own and hold events in which they tell ...
01/31/2020
Abortion Survivors Share Their Stories - BreakPoint

"Given how many survivors now inhabit the planet—they should form clubs of their own and hold events in which they tell their stories and display their wounds–wounds that occurred when someone tried to cut them to pieces or scald them to death. Wounds that tell the stories of what can legally be done to innocent human babies in this country—but shouldn’t."

Abortion survivors sent perhaps the most powerful message of the prolife movement: That human beings at the embryonic and fetal stages of life are - human beings.

"Adolf Hitler is arguably the most hated man of all time. While there are others – Mao, Genghis Khan, Stalin, Leopold II...
01/31/2020
The Trouble With Hitler: The Image of God, Original Sin, and Our Own Worst Selves

"Adolf Hitler is arguably the most hated man of all time. While there are others – Mao, Genghis Khan, Stalin, Leopold II, – with an equal or even greater claim to 'history’s worst butcher,' there is something about the National Socialist leader which leads us to use him as shorthand for all that is evil in the world."

The trouble with Hitler is that he wasn't an alien, a lunatic, or a monster. He was a human being, just like you and just like me.

Iconic Super Bowl ads go way back and appeal to even non-football fans… From Michael Jordan and Larry Byrd’s game of hor...
01/31/2020
No Super Bowl Stage for Abortion Survivors? - BreakPoint

Iconic Super Bowl ads go way back and appeal to even non-football fans… From Michael Jordan and Larry Byrd’s game of horse to E-trade’s talking baby to Budweiser’s “wasssup” commercial.

They tell us a lot about where culture is… for example, you see fewer hyper sexual ones, but far more virtue signaling ones… This year, the Sabra Hummus commercial features a drag queen. According to one LGBT marketing strategist, the ad will take “our language into every home in the nation…”

At the same time, according to LifeNews, Faces of Choice produced an ad featuring the testimonies of people who survived abortions, but FOX Sports won’t even respond to their request for ad time.

So abortion survivors are too controversial for TV, but not drag queens? What a strange world we live in…we pretend like abortion survivors don’t exist, but they do… And we pretend that people change their biological sex, but they don’t.

So abortion survivors are too controversial for TV, but not drag queens?

Pastor Bob Fu is founder and president of ChinaAid, a Christian “human rights organization committed to promoting religi...
01/31/2020
Bob Fu, Winner of the 2020 William Wilberforce Award - BreakPoint

Pastor Bob Fu is founder and president of ChinaAid, a Christian “human rights organization committed to promoting religious freedom and the rule of law in China.” It does so by exposing the systematic persecution, harassment, torture, and imprisonment of Chinese Christians and human rights lawyers in China.

The 2020 William Wilberforce Award will be given to Pastor Bob Fu

While searching for immune cells to fight bacterial infections, British scientists discovered a previously unknown T-cel...
01/31/2020
A Cure for Cancer? - BreakPoint

While searching for immune cells to fight bacterial infections, British scientists discovered a previously unknown T-cell that kills multiple varieties of cancers—maybe all cancers. #Science #CulturalMandate https://hubs.ly/H0mQbjG0

British scientists discovered a T-cell that kills multiple varieties of cancers.

"What happened in 1970s inner-city and 2000s 'Rust Belt' America were the result of many factors, including changes in c...
01/31/2020
An Apology is Owed, Part Two - BreakPoint

"What happened in 1970s inner-city and 2000s 'Rust Belt' America were the result of many factors, including changes in cultural attitudes about marriage and family. It also included economic factors and maybe even lead in the air and in the paint ." https://hubs.ly/H0mQ2Vr0

The world is complicated as are the people who live here.

"They are the future of the prolife movement—the Prolife Generation, as they call themselves: Kids determined to wipe ou...
01/30/2020
The Face of the Future of the Prolife Movement - BreakPoint

"They are the future of the prolife movement—the Prolife Generation, as they call themselves: Kids determined to wipe out abortion violence, and see all babies, in all circumstances, welcomed into life outside the womb."

They are the future of the prolife movement.

You’re in a conversation about marriage and someone says, “Opposing same-sex marriage is just like opposing interracial ...
01/30/2020
Is Opposing Same-Sex Marriage Just Like Opposing Interracial Marriage? - BreakPoint

You’re in a conversation about marriage and someone says, “Opposing same-sex marriage is just like opposing interracial marriage. Christians used to oppose that as well.”

What Would you Say?

The church’s history on interracial marriage is imperfect.

Some who claim to be Christians have done things that are simply evil. Others opposed those evils, helped eliminated the slave trade, and led the march toward racial equality.

Does the fact that some Christians have changed their position on interracial marriage mean that we should expect the church to change it’s position on same-sex marriage as well?

No. And here are 3 reasons why.

1. The Bible determines the Christian position on everything.

2. People opposed interracial marriage despite what the Bible says.

3. People oppose same-sex marriage because of what the Bible says.

You’re in a conversation about marriage and someone says, “Opposing same-sex marriage is just like opposing interracial marriage. Christians used to oppose that as well.”

A Gallup poll from November found that women are more pro-life than men. 51% of women polled called themselves “pro-life...
01/30/2020
Pro-Life, Pro-Women - BreakPoint

A Gallup poll from November found that women are more pro-life than men. 51% of women polled called themselves “pro-life,” compared with 46 percent of men. Although majorities of both sexes favor some restrictions on abortion, a full 24 percent of women said abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, compared with just 18 percent of men.

It’s also worth noting, as a Fox News feature did last week, that women dominate pro-life leadership. Lila Rose, Catherine Glenn Foster, Marjorie Dannenfelser, Stephanie Grey, Kristan Hawkins, Serrin Foster, Jeanne Mancini, Abby Johnson, Penny Nance, the list literally goes on and on.

And at this year’s Wilberforce Weekend, we’ll hear from a pro-life woman fighting abortion overseas: Obianuju Ekeocha, the founder and president of Culture of Life Africa.

So, don’t believe the lie that opposing abortion means opposing women’s rights. If we’re counting heads, there’s simply no more pro-women cause than the pro-life one.

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A Gallup poll from November found that women are more pro-life than men. 51% of women polled called themselves “pro-life,” compared with 46 percent of men. Although majorities of both sexes favor some restrictions on abortion, a full 24 percent of women said abortion should be illegal in all cir...

Just about every major movie release these days is scrutinized about whether or not it will feature an obvious LGBT char...
01/30/2020
LGBT Character Quotas - BreakPoint

Just about every major movie release these days is scrutinized about whether or not it will feature an obvious LGBT character. Ever since the live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” and a bit before, Disney has been sprinkling LGBT characters generously across its film properties.

Token transgender characters at the movies are an ironic reminder that this is a movement still trying to gain acceptance.

We often hear a dangerous man is a toxic man. But like God the Son modeled when He laid down His life to crush the Serpe...
01/30/2020
Dangerous But Good - BreakPoint

We often hear a dangerous man is a toxic man. But like God the Son modeled when He laid down His life to crush the Serpent’s head, dangerous for the sake of others is actually good. #Masculinity #Fatherhood https://hubs.ly/H0mPng70

We often hear a dangerous man is a toxic man.

"Longing. Desire. If there’s one subject discussed more than any other in my office as a therapist and pastor it’s this....
01/30/2020
Desire: Longing for God in the Aches of Our Hearts - BreakPoint

"Longing. Desire. If there’s one subject discussed more than any other in my office as a therapist and pastor it’s this. My clients and parishioners don’t use these words, exactly, but you can hear it in their stories." https://hubs.ly/H0mP8S60

Homesick is a song, a story, about two people who confront their longing and find, underneath it, a holy fire, God’s fingerprints.

01/29/2020
What Would You Say

What is a woman?

Joseph Backholm was in Washington D.C. for the 2020 Women's March. The question he poses at the march seems relatively simple, "What is a woman?" but maybe this question is harder to answer than we thought.

The sports world was rocked earlier this week with the death of NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant. Today on the BreakPoint podca...
01/29/2020
The Death (and Life) of Superstar Kobe Bryant - BreakPoint

The sports world was rocked earlier this week with the death of NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant. Today on the BreakPoint podcast, basketball fan John Stonestreet talks with Dr. Owen Strachan about the impact a celebrity’s passing can have on all of us—even Christians. What does that say about us? Can, or maybe how, do sports and athletic achievement reflect the image of God? And what made Bryant the superstar he was?

The sports world was rocked earlier this week with the death of NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant. Today on the BreakPoint podcast, basketball fan John Stonestreet talks with Dr. Owen Strachan about the impact a celebrity’s passing can have on all of us—even Christians. What does that say about us? Can,...

"What happened in 1970s inner-city and 2000s 'Rust Belt' America were the result of many factors, including changes in c...
01/29/2020
An Apology is Owed, Part Two - BreakPoint

"What happened in 1970s inner-city and 2000s 'Rust Belt' America were the result of many factors, including changes in cultural attitudes about marriage and family. It also included economic factors and maybe even lead in the air we breathed and in the paint on our walls."

The world is complicated as are the people who live here.

While searching for immune cells to fight bacterial infections, British scientists discovered a previously unknown T-cel...
01/29/2020
A Cure for Cancer? - BreakPoint

While searching for immune cells to fight bacterial infections, British scientists discovered a previously unknown T-cell that kills multiple varieties of cancers—maybe all cancers. As one researcher told the UK Telegraph, “Our finding raises the prospect of a ‘one-size-fits-all cancer treatment.”

We talk a lot at The Colson Center about how advances in medical technology have outpaced our ethics, especially when it comes to gene editing technology like CRISPR or assistive reproductive technologies.

The key distinction is whether technology and research are being used to save lives, or to alter them; to heal or to enhance.

Researching, discovering, and applying knowledge to heal is what science, technology and medicine is supposed to look like, as God intended. But when we use technology to create designer babies or even super humans, or in other ways usurp God’s role as creator, we re-imagine ourselves in our own image.

Congratulations to those British scientists. Let’s hope they’re on to something momentous.

British scientists discovered a T-cell that kills multiple varieties of cancers.

"These believers are joining Christianity’s historic role in advancing education and taking the lead in solving our nati...
01/29/2020
Why I’m Optimistic About Christian Education - BreakPoint

"These believers are joining Christianity’s historic role in advancing education and taking the lead in solving our nation’s educational problems. Historically, Christians have seen education as a gift we can best offer, not only to our own, but to the world, as a vehicle to knowing God and to promoting human flourishing."

Christians are bringing innovation and creativity to the realm of education.

The #Holocaust is evil incarnate. It is a 'sacred evil,' so horrendous that making light of it demands immediate and tot...
01/29/2020
The Holocaust and Silence of God

The #Holocaust is evil incarnate. It is a 'sacred evil,' so horrendous that making light of it demands immediate and total ostracization. It is so beyond the pale and our comprehension that, seventy years on, we still are dumbfounded by its terror. https://hubs.ly/H0mNcBQ0

When a crime is extraordinary in some way, our categories are burst and we turn in rage against God, demanding answers for this wretched condition.

Throughout history, evil has often hidden in plain sight, enabled by its terrifying normalness and the moral blind spots...
01/29/2020
The Problem with (Mis)remembering the Holocaust - BreakPoint

Throughout history, evil has often hidden in plain sight, enabled by its terrifying normalness and the moral blind spots we self-inflict. And it continues today. Consider how the world is mostly silent as China sends Muslim Uighurs to concentration camps. https://hubs.ly/H0mNcBN0

Evil has often hidden in plain sight, enabled by its terrifying normalness and the moral blind spots we self-inflict.

ONLY a few days left to sign up for our February online short course - spots are filling up quickly! Short course ticket...
01/28/2020
Colson Center Short Course: Preparing for the 2020 Election

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The existence of God has been pondered forever.Questions like:Does God Exist?Is God Real?These are questions that people...
01/28/2020
There's No Evidence That God Exists? - BreakPoint

The existence of God has been pondered forever.

Questions like:

Does God Exist?

Is God Real?

These are questions that people ask as they search to understand God.

Many people say there’s no evidence that God exists, but in this video we are going to you some tools to understand why that is not the case.

Check out the full video.

Many people say there's no evidence that God exists.

"Longing. Desire. If there’s one subject discussed more than any other in my office as a therapist and pastor it’s this....
01/28/2020
Desire: Longing for God in the Aches of Our Hearts - BreakPoint

"Longing. Desire. If there’s one subject discussed more than any other in my office as a therapist and pastor it’s this. My clients and parishioners don’t use these words, exactly, but you can hear it in their stories."

Homesick is a song, a story, about two people who confront their longing and find, underneath it, a holy fire, God’s fingerprints.

Early last week, a New Hampshire man reportedly suffocated a coyote to protect his wife and three kids.Ian O’Reilly was ...
01/28/2020
Dangerous But Good - BreakPoint

Early last week, a New Hampshire man reportedly suffocated a coyote to protect his wife and three kids.

Ian O’Reilly was on a walk through the snow with his family when the animal charged his two-year-old. Going into “protection mode,” this dad tackled the coyote—which was possibly rabid—and held its jaws shut until it suffocated.

He was bitten several times. But thanks to his quick actions, his family suffered no injuries. The same can’t be said for the wild animal that threatened them.

There’s something about this story that is just, well, right. Placing himself between his loved ones and the beast, this father—like King Peter in “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” proved himself a dangerous man, one willing to kill and potentially be killed for those he loved.

We often hear a dangerous man is a toxic man. But like God the Son modeled when He laid down His life to crush the Serpent’s head, dangerous for the sake of others is actually good.

We often hear a dangerous man is a toxic man.

"The idea that the government addressing something so dangerous to the public, especially to children, is somehow akin t...
01/28/2020
Does the Law Already Ban P*rn? - BreakPoint

"The idea that the government addressing something so dangerous to the public, especially to children, is somehow akin to theocratic tyranny is, to put it mildly, ridiculous. Even us limited government folks think government has a role to protect citizens. This clearly falls into that category."

Porn is predatory.

Last weekend, about 10,000 people gathered for the Women’s March. We sent Joseph Backholm of the What Would You Say vide...
01/28/2020
Question: What Is a Woman? - BreakPoint

Last weekend, about 10,000 people gathered for the Women’s March. We sent Joseph Backholm of the What Would You Say video series, to ask marchers why they were there. He also asked them to define a woman. Their answers were interesting to say the least. https://hubs.ly/H0mMcKB0

So, to summarize, women are treated unfairly, and anyone, including men, can be a woman?

John Stonestreet and Shane Morris discuss the release of the Open Doors USA World Watch List. Each year it seems, the nu...
01/28/2020
Another Record Year for Persecution - BreakPoint

John Stonestreet and Shane Morris discuss the release of the Open Doors USA World Watch List. Each year it seems, the number of countries where Christians face “very high” levels of persecution continues to increase. https://hubs.ly/H0mM6KM0

John Stonestreet and Shane Morris discuss the release of the Open Doors USA World Watch List, which documents the ever-growing wave of persecution against Christians. Each year it seems, the number of countries where Christians face “very high” levels of persecution continues to increase.

"The Holocaust is evil incarnate. It is a 'sacred evil,' something so horrendous that making light of it demands immedia...
01/27/2020
The Holocaust and Silence of God

"The Holocaust is evil incarnate. It is a 'sacred evil,' something so horrendous that making light of it demands immediate and total ostracization. It is so beyond the pale and our comprehension that, seventy years on, we still are dumbfounded by its terror."

When a crime is extraordinary in some way, our categories are burst and we turn in rage against God, demanding answers for this wretched condition.

Last week, Professor Robert George of Princeton wrote an impassioned letter to US Attorney General William Barr urging h...
01/27/2020
Professor George to Atty Gen Barr: Time to Fight Porn - BreakPoint

Last week, Professor Robert George of Princeton wrote an impassioned letter to US Attorney General William Barr urging him and the Justice Department to take on the pornography epidemic ravaging lives across the country.

Professor George joins John Stonestreet today on the BreakPoint Podcast to talk about the letter and the devastating effects of pornography—sex trafficking, broken marriages, abused children, addiction, broken families, and on and on.

What role should the government play in combating the porn industry? And what can ordinary people do in the face of such a widespread epidemic?

What role should the government play in combating the porn industry?

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    Listen to BreakPoint everyday. You recently said if we contributed to y'all we would get a subscription to World Magazine. I sent $100 on line but there was no mention of the magazine. Did I do something wrong? Thanks
    Third, bondage to pornography isn’t an expression of freedom, especially when victims are children. Porn is predatory. Because it is unregulated, it assaults citizens not looking for it. Even worse, kids are being targeted at shockingly early ages. Studies say the average age of first exposure is eleven. For many, it’s as young as five.
    GLP’s Gene Editing Regulatory Gene Tracker and Index released today!! Thought you might be interested in this new tool tracking global gene editing regulations in ag, medicine and gene drives that the GLP released today, and an index comparing country by country regulations.. JUST OUT! All comments welcomed! https://crispr-gene-editing-regs-tracker.geneticliteracyproject.org Here is the news release that we sent out this morning. We also have an introductory article on the GLP on this tracker and the emergence of CRISPR and other gene editing techniques in medicine and agriculture: https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2020/01/28/glps-global-gene-editing-regulation-tracker-and-index-will-politicians-embrace-innovation-or-fear/ This is a tool for the public, media, policymakers, NGOs, etc. If you find it useful, PLEASE widely circulate. If you find mistakes, even just in nuance, please alert me and/or Kayleen Schreiber, who helped me develop and write it. Any ideas to make it stronger, or expand its resources or reach, are welcomed as well. Feedback appreciated, on this list or directly. We are committed to transparency and accuracy, and will update it as necessary to correct errors of fact or nuance. Jon Entine, Executive Director geneticliteracyproject.org | jonentine.com [email protected] (513) 319-8388 skype: runjonrun
    Never forget! Such a great articel!
    If you as a woman are afraid to be a woman, it is possible you are the puppet of one of several groups that either do understand your true God-given gifts and fear you, or they do not understand your true God-given power and see you as weak and a victim, who is bound up in the lie that women are not as valuable as men. If your focus remains one of constantly comparing yourself to men, you are still a prisoner - not of men, but of yourself.
    Great Article...
    I'm finding that these post are right on!
    J. J. Hall "Author, Scholar, Janitor: Mostly the Janitor!" (Psalms 84:10) Obadiah's Cave: “What does God owe you?” “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.” (Romans 4:4) We are in an interesting epoch of human history. More then ever, people feel entitled. Even more amazing is that people who have labored the least are persuaded that they are owed everything from free medical care, unimpeded migration and even reparations based upon race. Never in the history of the world is so much owed to so many who have displayed so little initiative and effort. How did we get here? Very simply, all of creation is given over to vanity, that is, an elementary self consciousness that floats over the precipice of narcissism with but a sliver of God given conscience barely allowing entrance into polite society. Even my trusty dog will not fetch my slippers unless it meets his rudimentary self interest. (But he will pee on them when he is mad at me!) The natural engine of transmitting conscience is the family, where we learn to work hard, earn trust and reward teamwork to etch a living from a sin cursed earth. When enlightened by the Word of God, it is at least understood that the curse upon sin is what God owes us. Likewise, the grace of God blesses us with energy, provision and purpose in the midst of a life and world that is wearing out like a garment. So then, we have a growing population of humankind that are not glued together by family nor anchored in the Word of God. The result is a very selfish and needy generation! Apart from Biblical knowledge and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our life, there is no sense of sin, no justification for a curse and no value for God’s gracious disposition toward us. With this state of mind there is a subsistence mentality coupled with a deep sense of hurt and pain. Somebody is responsible for this mess and failure! But the narcissistic soul takes over since there is no desire to seek remedy from the Creator. Government and Satan’s world system become the object and also demands the “saving faith” of the masses. A day is coming when Satan will expect this homage directly through His "man of sin.” Now this attitude has infiltrated the Church. Like the Parable of the Wheat and Tares, (Matthew 13: 24-30) the Gospel influence brings about Christian Culture. There is an expectation of a righteous face! But the absence of the Cross of Christ, defined but not limited to self denial in favor of fellowship and obedience in the Holy Spirit, insures that this manifestation of religion is only skin deep. At it’s core is a parasitic self righteousness that expects to be paid heaven as well as earthly recognition because of what little they do to be distinct from the avowedly pagan society. They obey God as long as the question “What’s in it for me?” falls in their favor. When it doesn’t, they defile the Gospel, the faithful believer’s shoes, when they don’t get what they want. So here we are! The great falling away has been in vogue since the first century, interrupted mercifully by many Holy Spirit filled revivals. But we are heading not only for a cashless commerce but also to a Christ-less harlot church. Apart from another Holy Spirit revival, the next stop in human history will be “as in the days of Noah.” For those abiding in the grace of God, the ark of Jesus Christ is in place and ready to be loaded. So we preach the Gospel, the entire Word from Creation to the coming Kingdom. God owes us tribulation because of our rebellion. But He is not willing that any should perish, but all come to repentance. There is yet a people who find grace in His sight! As for us, let us guard our own heart lest we start thinking that our gifting, hard work and facade of devotion earns us a “special place” above our brother’s and sisters. In the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20: 1-16) the Lord seems to intimate that we will all receive the same reward at the end of the day. Do you earnestly believe that your labor deserves a cherry on top of eternal life? The reward of a good marriage is intimacy. It is enjoyed by the husband and wife and not dependent upon circumstantial prosperity or calamity. The reward of devotion to the Lord is a spiritual intimacy that is not influenced by a shipwreck nor enhanced by a worldwide ministry as outlined by the Apostle Paul. It is a constant closeness with the Lord which extols His greatness and does not compete for His attention. Likewise, such intimacy revels in the grace of God and preaches that it is sufficient for themselves and also for others. It is a devotion so pure that there is no temptation to add to God’s Word to attain any notoriety or assert any status in the eyes of man. Only when we see ourselves entitled to nothing will we accept the grace that can receive all that the Lord has for us without reservation. Such faith and love for the Lord does not ask the question “What’s in it for me?” God’s gracious disposition is antithetical to any sense of entitlement as it’s promise and reward is intimacy, not a fanciful life pleasing to the flesh. As it is written: “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” (Genesis 15:1) and “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” (Psalms 23:6) May God be merciful to America and not reward us according to our works! May the Lord Bless you and Keep you!
    This is a MUST READ!!! I should have guessed such a research existed, but would certainly pray for NEVER!!! This is frightening, to say the least and is a line which should NEVER be crossed for any reason!! Humans have proven just how careless and negligent they are in simple things. This is so much more and so much worse!!!
    I can only think of one question to ask - “God, what can I do NOW so that my Voice for the Innocent will be filled with Your Holy Power?” - because change will only come to this broken world when change comes to my own heart.
    Art ,glad I read this
    I so enjoyed today's Break Point sharing: "Why Beauty Matters". After reading the life story shared, I realized that God our Heavenly Father is the very author of 'Beauty" just as he is the author of Love, Sacrifice, Forgiveness, Grace & all things bright & beautiful. Appreciating the expression of that beauty vs. embracing all the, (excuse the word) "crap" that artists of this age push and many like a herd of pigs ready to jump of a cliff seem all to ready to embrace. This incredible teacher strove to share every level of beauty God has offered us and labored to share of all the truly great art and artists throughout the centuries. Thank You for this enlightening tribute Break Point.