Here at the Colson Center, we miss Chuck Colson, who passed away four years ago. We often find ourselves in staff and editorial meetings asking ourselves and each other, “If Chuck were here, what would he say about this?”
The good news is that so many of the Colson Center team worked with Chuck for such a long time that we are often able to remember something he said that was relevant, or, at a minimum, we have a pretty good idea of the biblical principles he would employ to make a decision.
But sometimes—because of Chuck’s prophetic gift—it sometimes seems that something he wrote years ago was written for a situation today. READ FULL ARTICLE »
I shamelessly swiped that title from The Strand bookstore (which is wonderful -- if you're ever in New York City, make sure you go!), which asked on Twitter, "How about some #tbtreads? What are the children's books you keep coming back to?" I think it's a great question for readers of all ages. How would you answer it?READ FULL ARTICLE »
All charges against Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress have now been dropped. Daleiden called the victory "a resounding vindication of the First Amendment rights of all citizen journalists, and also a clear warning to any of Planned Parenthood's political cronies who would attack whistleblowers to protect Planned Parenthood from scrutiny."READ FULL ARTICLE »
Russell Moore has a new article over at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission that raises some important questions about why and how we advocate for religious liberty. Here's a sample:
"If we miss why religious liberty matters, we will fundamentally misunderstand how to advocate for it. For a long time, many evangelical Christians have had a narrow vision of religious liberty, due largely to the fact that we have faced so few real challenges to it. This has often caused Christians to see religious liberty as a who-has-the-most-votes issue rather than what it really is: an image-of-God issue. Thus, many critics of Christianity have alleged, not without reason, that 'religious liberty' for evangelicals is simply code for Christian privilege. Combine this with the sad spectacle of some evangelicals perpetually claiming to be 'persecuted' because the signs at the department store say, 'Happy Holidays,' instead of, 'Merry Christmas.' The result is an evangelical advocacy of religious liberty that isn’t taken seriously by the broader culture."READ FULL ARTICLE »
In North Carolina, the state legislature enacted sensible legislation to protect women and children from sexual predators. The law, called HB2, would prevent men from using women’s bathrooms and locker room facilities.
Today, among the articles about Donald Trump and the Ark Encounter, this podcast on CT’s website caught my eye. In it, one of the hosts actually says that she thinks God gave us Pokémon Go as a distraction from all the bad stuff that’s been happening lately. I guess we see this one quite differently. I’ve never even considered that distraction is a virtue.READ FULL ARTICLE »
Religious liberty is in serious jeopardy. There is a recent bill in California, Senate Bill 1146, which jeopardizes the future of faith-based institutions. In the words of Biola president Barry Corey, “Never has there been proposed law in the history of our nation that would be as restrictive on the religious rights of faith-based colleges and universities. We believe this is just the beginning of an erosion of religious freedom which is not only a constitutional right but also necessary for the flourishing of our democracy.”
This bill should come as no surprise. In their opinion for the 2015 SCOTUS ruling, Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage, the majority judges claimed that expanding marriage to include same-sex couples would “pose no risk of harm to themselves or third parties.” However, the minority judges noted that the new ruling would help portray dissenters as “bigots” and also raise serious concerns for religious liberty.