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Charles Colson, 1931-2012

Charles Colson, 1931-2012

Charles Colson has gone home to be with the Lord. The Prison Fellowship ministry family invites you to join in celebrating his life. My son, Jonathan, and I bumped into him at his BreakPoint ministry office a few years ago. It was my first visit there, just dropping in on Travis McSherley, the editor who had published some of my work on BreakPoint’s website. I had no idea then how unusual it was to see Chuck there—he traveled widely and…

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Ten Turning Points: Again, Why the Cross?

Ten Turning Points: Again, Why the Cross?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference When Jesus died on the cross he did it for joy and for love. We saw that last time in this series. That doesn’t tell us much, though, about what was actually helpful about his dying.. Earlier in this series (here and here) we looked at humanity’s fundamental problem, our separation from God due to disobedience. This is a spiritual separation, a lack of relationship between us and God,…

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Ten Turning Points: The Humiliation of the Cross

Ten Turning Points: The Humiliation of the Cross

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference “Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God.” That’s the opening sentence in Bruce L. Shelley’s Church History in Plain Language. It sounds more like the end of a history than the beginning. Yet the weekend of Jesus’ death and resurrection was the single most crucial* turning point of all turning points. It was the crux** of all history. Christianity teaches…

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Contrasts and Choices

Contrasts and Choices

Here’s a passage some readers may recognize more readily than others. I’ll come to its more familiar context in a moment. Whoever believes in [Jesus Christ] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who…

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Ten Turning Points: God In the Flesh

Ten Turning Points: God In the Flesh

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference God came to earth as a human. There is much mystery in that. Recently I looked at how it was possible for God and man to subsist together in one person. That question has an answer, but that answer could never tell the whole story. Today I will take an all-too-brief look at why he came. I explored this some time ago in a series where I said, He…

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“Deepest Feelings” or Right and Wrong?

“Deepest Feelings” or Right and Wrong?

I didn’t catch this exactly enough to quote it all, but it went something like this. Mark Halperin was on one of the morning shows this morning, discussing the (apparently) surprising pushback the Obama administration has been getting this week, since announcing there would be only narrow exceptions to the new federal requirement that insurers give away contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. The effect of the ruling is that many Christian organizations, especially Catholic ones, will be required by law to…

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To Turn Down the Noise and Hear Truth

To Turn Down the Noise and Hear Truth

doctor(logic), you say, It’s possible for a god to exist and to hide himself so that no rational being will believe in his existence. It’s also possible for a god to leave plenty of evidence for his existence, so that rational minds will believe he exists. Human minds are noisy. We have biases. In order to rationally conclude God exists, we have to overcome the noise. You are not far from the truth. You just fail to understand the nature…

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Social Decision-Making and the Question of God

Social Decision-Making and the Question of God

The second article in my monthly Worldview and You at BreakPoint column has just been posted. My intent with this column is to provide basic teaching in (a) what worldview is all about, and (b) connecting worldview to current issues. This piece is titled God: The Central Question of Worldview. Here’s some of what I mean by that title. At some risk of over-simplifying the opposing positions, it comes down to this: one side considers these things [what it means…

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