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Christian worldview commentary from the Colson Center, featuring radio co-hosts Eric Metaxas and John Stonestreet. | Follow us on Twitter: @BreakPointCC.

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.

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BP This Week: Notre Dame and Easter - Break Point

John Stonestreet and Warren Cole Smith discuss the cultural and spiritual implications of the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral on the Monday of Holy Week--all in light of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ that we commemorate and celebrate this weekend.

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

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The Point: Good Friday

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Today is the day Christians reflect on the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

In the English-speaking world, the term “Good Friday” most likely comes from an archaic sense of the word good, which meant “holy.” In fact, in the Greek-speaking church, the day is called “the Great Friday” or “Holy Friday.” In German, it’s called “Sorrowful Friday.”

By whatever name, today is a day for fasting, prayer, and contemplation of the greatest act of love in the history of the universe.

Consider the weight of these words from Scripture:

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).

And Jesus’ own words from the cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

To help you meditate on this awe-filled day, come to https://hubs.ly/H0hvHSR0 and download our booklet “The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus from the Cross.”

breakpoint.org Why is today called “Good”? Today is the day Christians reflect on the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

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The Truth about Everything - Break Point

A paradox, as G. K. Chesterton famously put it, is “Truth standing on her head to get attention.” Our aversion and resistance to truth is so strong that God often finds it necessary to employ extreme measures to get us to see past the lies we have embraced.

Never was this truer than on what Christians call “Good Friday.”

breakpoint.org From all of us at the Colson Center, we want to wish you a holy Good Friday. And today, we have a special broadcast for you.

What to pray for this week:

1) Ask God to awaken the moral imagination of the culture to see abortion as a human rights issue, not a preference issue.

2) Pray that God would reveal the truth about the shared humanity and human rights of the unborn.

3) Pray that people’s consciences would be pricked. For that to happen, we must speak up when we have the opportunity, lovingly and truthfully

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[04/18/19]   "We all know someone who's gay...Your love for him or her is
not in question. Rather, the question is, What does this love look like?" --Holy Sexuality and the Gospel, by Dr. Christopher Yuan

We’d like to send you a copy of Holy Sexuality and the Gospel to thank you for your donation to the Colson Center today.
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Mary Magdalene and the Resurrection of Jesus - Break Point

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King, the hobbit Sam sees Gandalf the wizard back from the dead and exclaims, “I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue?”

The resurrection of Jesus means that one day everything sad is going to come untrue—for Mary Magdalene, and for all who turn to Him in faith.

breakpoint.org The resurrection of Jesus means that one day everything sad is going to come untrue.

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The Point: The Strange Name for Today

Every Thursday before Easter, like today, is known in the church calendar as Maundy Thursday. It’s set aside in order to remember the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples.

The word “maundy” comes from the Latin word for “command.” At this supper, Jesus commanded his disciples to love and serve one another, and demonstrated it by washing their feet.

But keep in mind that for the disciples, this was Passover—when Jews were to remember that God rescued His people from Egypt, as described in the book of Exodus. At his Last Supper, Jesus revealed Himself as the fulfillment of that event. It’s His broken body and shed blood we are now to remember.

So here’s a question: Is Christianity about service or salvation? It’s a question that divides the church. But today reminds us, it’s both. On the same night, Jesus commands us to remember our rescue by his broken body and spilt blood, and to show our rescue by loving and serving each other.

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BreakPoint: Tomorrow Is Good Friday - Break Point

"Søren Kierkegaard once observed that life is lived forward and can only be understood backward. As we remember the events of Holy Week, we have an advantage that Christ’s first followers did not. We look backward. Not only that, we also have the benefit of watching the shift in the disciple’s perspective from looking forward to looking backward."

breakpoint.org In just a few days, Christians everywhere will celebrate Easter. But there’s no way to get to Sunday unless you go through Friday, first.

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The Point: God Bless That Generation - Break Point

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, fewer than 500,000 are still alive. Every day 350 WWII veterans pass away. The greatest generation is vanishing.

In fact, the last of the Doolittle Raiders, Dick Cole, just passed away recently at age 103.

Four months after Pearl Harbor, Cole, along with 79 other brave air crew, launched twin-engine B-25 bombers from the carrier Hornet—an unbelievable aviation achievement. Their mission was to bomb Tokyo and then fly on to airfields in unoccupied China.

Although they succeeded in bombing the Japanese capital, none of the 16 aircraft reached their intended destination. Three men were lost, eight captured, three executed by the Japanese.

But the mission was a huge success for American morale, and a grim warning for the Japanese Empire.

As this generation of Americans vanishes so does something else our culture needs: a historical memory of great evils and an understanding of the courage required to face those evils. Educating future generations is our crucial task.

breakpoint.org Happy landings, Doolittle Raiders.

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Weekly Review - Break Point

Weekly Review: Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective. Social Media Censorship, Notre Dame Rising, the Bible and a Little History, and International Adoptions.

breakpoint.org Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective

What to pray for this week:

1) Women facing unplanned pregnancies are too infrequently told that the unborn child they carry is a human being of equal worth and dignity.

2) What they constantly hear is, “Only you can decide what’s right for your situation.”

3) That’s a lie.

4) Ask God to grant pregnancy center workers, friends, neighbors, and counselors the wisdom to lovingly present the truth to these women and girls.

5) Pray that they would see that morality exists outside themselves, and they are answerable to God.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! https://hubs.ly/H0hvCWm0

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Podcast: Embracing the Counter-Cultural Message of the Cross, with John Stonestreet - Break Point

What is the foundational truth of all reality? And how does that truth shape the way we live in the world? That is the topic of a presentation John Stonestreet delivered at Focus on the Family in preparation for Easter.

And as you and your family get ready to mark the death of Christ on Good Friday, check out the Colson Center’s free downloadable booklet, a series of meditations on the “Seven Last Sayings of Christ from the Cross.”

breakpoint.org What is the foundational truth of all reality? And how does that truth shape the way we live in the world?

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Is Christianity relevant today? - Faith Radio

Do you ever wonder if Christianity is still relevant? Or if the world’s view of Christianity will change?

John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and host of Breakpoint, discusses Christianity’s influence for good in the world with Dr. Jeremiah Johnston.

myfaithradio.com John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and host of Breakpoint, discusses Christianity’s influence for good in the world with Dr. Jeremiah Johnston.

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The Population Bomb & Other Fairy Tales - Break Point

"The Imago Deo of human beings [means that we], unlike the animals, are endowed with unique God-given abilities to carry out their stewardship responsibilities related to creation. Even within a fallen world, mankind is still able to employ his God-given intellect and creativity in order to mitigate the effects of the Fall."

breakpoint.org Does the human population exceed the capacity of the earth? The answer is simply “no.”

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Why Paris Matters: The Moral Imperative of Interested Love - Break Point

Whenever tragedy strikes, there is the temptation to guard ourselves against caring too much about a given problem in particular in light of the problems general to the world, to see Christian love as disinterested, indiscriminate, and unfocused. https://hubs.ly/H0htNxC0

breakpoint.org If we try to love humanity as a whole rather than humans in particular, we’ll end up doing just that: loving no one in particular.

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The Point: Slim Whitman, Skrillex, and the Apostle Paul? - Break Point

In the campy comedy classic “Mars Attacks,” the world is rid of the green invaders when humans discover that playing Slim Whitman’s terrible “Indian Love Song” makes the Martians’ heads literally explode.

Well, according to researchers, another piece of really bad music has nearly the same effect on another pesky invader. https://hubs.ly/H0htNtc0 reports that playing “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” by the electronic band Skrillex bothers mosquitoes so much, they don’t bite—and even lose their desire to reproduce.

After listening to Skrillex myself, I see where the mosquitoes are coming from. Trust me, the band will not replace bug spray at my house—it’s just too painful.

We encounter the world (and the culture around us) through our senses—the things we hear, see, touch, taste and smell. They affect our bodies, our minds, and also our souls. No wonder Paul urges us to focus on those things that are pure and lovely and worthy of praise.

Not things that will make your head explode.

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BreakPoint: As Notre Dame Burned - Break Point

"Over a century ago, Friedrich Nietzsche proclaimed cathedrals to be nothing more than the sepulchers of God. Of course, God is not dead in any ontological sense, but He is long forgotten in so many places where people were once inspired to build edifices for His worship, places like Notre Dame."

breakpoint.org Millions mourned the tragic fire at Notre Dame cathedral on Monday. As we try to process what was lost, it’s worth asking, what exactly are we mourning?

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The Point: 'Humane’ Begins with ‘Human’ - Break Point

Preventing cruelty to animals is an admirable goal. In fact, William Wilberforce, the great British parliamentarian and Christian social reformer, started a society for animal welfare. He believed, as Proverbs says, that a good man is kind to all of God’s creatures.

But Wilberforce knew protecting human beings was more important. And so he devoted his life to fighting against and eventually ending British slavery.

Virginia’s Governor, Ralph Northam, has different priorities. He signed a law to tighten penalties on animal abusers, which is great. In fact, some cases of animal abuse are now a felony. But just weeks ago, this same Governor supported a bill that would have relaxed restrictions on late-term abortion, and would leave even newborns vulnerable.

A public official who prioritizes the protection of animals and the extermination of children at the same time is a hypocrite of the highest order. Governor Northam’s concern for cats and dogs is great, but he's not humane while humans are killed on his watch.

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The Sexual Revolution: Emerging Worldviews 6 - Break Point

"Changes in attitude toward sex and sexual behavior inevitably involve changes in families and family structure. Further, ethics, including sexual ethics, are a foundational element of worldview, and so the Sexual Revolution necessarily led to a revolution in worldview as well."

breakpoint.org Changes in attitude toward sex and sexual behavior inevitably involve changes in families and family structure.

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21 Days: Join the Prayer Movement for Life!

What to pray for this week:

1) Millions of Americans have accepted abortion without thinking about it.

2) All of us have sinned and live under the dominion of sin unless we turn to Christ.

3) Pray that God would open the eyes of non-Christians to see the world and the unborn from His perspective.

4) Pray that you will get opportunities to persuasively challenge that mindset and open those eyes with thought-provoking questions.

Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! https://hubs.ly/H0htPFM0

breakpoint.org 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!

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Why Paris Matters: The Moral Imperative of Interested Love - Break Point

"Whenever tragedy strikes, there is the temptation to guard ourselves against caring too much about a given problem in particular in light of the problems general to the world. There is the desire to see Christian love as disinterested, indiscriminate, and unfocused."

breakpoint.org If we try to love humanity as a whole rather than humans in particular, we’ll end up doing just that: loving no one in particular.

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Weekly Review - Break Point

Weekly Review: Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective. Social Media Censorship, Notre Dame Rising, the Bible and a Little History, and International Adoptions.

breakpoint.org Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective

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The Point: God Bless That Generation - Break Point

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, fewer than 500,000 are still alive. Every day 350 WWII veterans pass away. The greatest generation is vanishing.

In fact, the last of the Doolittle Raiders, Dick Cole, just passed away recently at age 103.

Four months after Pearl Harbor, Cole, along with 79 other brave air crew, launched twin-engine B-25 bombers from the carrier Hornet—an unbelievable aviation achievement. Their mission was to bomb Tokyo and then fly on to airfields in unoccupied China.

Although they succeeded in bombing the Japanese capital, none of the 16 aircraft reached their intended destination. Three men were lost, eight captured, three executed by the Japanese.

But the mission was a huge success for American morale, and a grim warning for the Japanese Empire.

As this generation of Americans vanishes so does something else our culture needs: a historical memory of great evils and an understanding of the courage required to face those evils. Educating future generations is our crucial task.

breakpoint.org Happy landings, Doolittle Raiders.

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BreakPoint: Second Chance Month 2019 - Break Point

Prison Fellowship helped create a bi-partisan and unlikely alliance that includes such disparate parties as the ACLU and the Heritage Foundation, in order to “reduce barriers [that keep] formerly incarcerated Americans from successfully rejoining society,” as well as to “rais(e) awareness of the importance of second chances.”

breakpoint.org Men and women who’ve served their time deserve a second chance.

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Be Afraid of Yourself: A Plea to Christian Leaders on Sexual Sin

"The list of Christian men in ministry, whether pastors or apologists or speakers or authors, who have been caught in the net of sexual sin over the last few years is dizzying. It’s nauseating. It’s a punch in the gut.

Whatever the actual statistics, the merciless repetition of pastor after author after apologist toppling for the same avoidable failures of the flesh gives the impression that sexual sin is eating the church alive."

breakpoint.org Men, it's time to stop trusting ourselves. Stop trusting in your integrity and strength. Stop telling yourself that you would never surrender to temptation.

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BP This Week: A New Kind of Coach? - Break Point

Is there a new breed of coach in college athletics? Two big-sport championship coaches--Tony Bennett of Virginia basketball and Dabo Sweeney of Clemson Football--display decidedly biblical principles in the way they treat their players.

John Stonestreet and Warren Smith also discuss the passage of Ohio's "hearbeat" bill, which would ban abortions after a baby's heartbeat is detected--and how the media is trying to cast it as a radical, unreasonable law.

They wrap up the show discussing religious liberty for all means "for all" (including Muslims and Buddhists) and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission's statement on AI.

As we enter Holy Week, be sure to check out our series of meditations: "The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus from the Cross." It's available as a free .pdf download.

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