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  • Why Would a Medical Doctor Switch Careers to Teach Students Worldview?

    Recently I had a chance to interact with Dr. Erik Strandness, a worldview educator from Spokane, Washington. His story instantly intrigued me! After all, you don't hear about many medical doctors leaving their profession after two decades to teach worldview to high school students (Hint: He didn't do it for the money).

    [For more, go to Sean's blog!]
  • Liberia: Surving Ebola

    The Ebola Outbreak of 2014 is past, but its consequences remain.

    Some of those consequences are indirect.  Liberia was slowly recovering from decades of civil war when the first cases of Ebola hit in the spring of 2014.  So the brokenness you see all around you when you drive through or fly over Liberia is a sign not just of war, but of the high barrier the disease erected to recovery:  every pothole in the country’s few paved roads, every shell of a building abandoned during construction, every street vendor still selling gas out of mayonnaise jars.

  • Lilias Trotter Symposium

    On September 15, Wheaton College will hold a symposium on Lilias Trotter, the artist and missionary who was the subject of Laura Waters Hinson's splendid documentary "Many Beautiful Things." For those in the area, this should be worth attending! Details are available here.READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Rebuilding Liberia from the Rubble of War and Disease

    A combination gas station/convenience store may seem like an unlikely symbol of Liberia’s rise from disease and economic decay, but it has become just that.

    After more than two decades of civil war and the brutal dictatorship of Charles Taylor, by 2003 the economic, transportation, and energy infrastructure of Liberia was virtually nonexistent. Even gas stations were non-existent. If you owned a car, or—more likely—a motorcycle, you bought gas from street vendors who sold the gas out of large jars. These vendors still dot the streets, with their “mayonnaise jars,” as they call them, though it’s not obvious what was originally in the glass containers.
  • In Liberia, Worldview Matters

    As I wrote in my previous post, Liberia is a badly broken country.

    For a Christian, this fact is a particularly frustrating one. Frustrating because, everywhere one turns in Liberia, there are signs of a Christian presence. Churches are everywhere. Posters and billboards announce Christian meetings and crusades. Christianity in one form or another has been a steady presence in Liberia since its founding in 1847 by former American slaves, some of whom brought Christianity with them. The first Baptist missionaries came to Liberia in the 1820s. Even today, the country debates whether officially to declare Liberia a “Christian nation.” In 2013, 700,000 Liberians signed a petition saying, “Yes.”

    So it is fair to ask: If Christianity transforms not only individuals, but also communities and whole societies, why has Liberia not experienced that transformation?
  • Out of Darkness, into the Light

    (Note: I’m in Monrovia, Liberia, this week to see the work of Samaritan’s Purse on the one-year anniversary of the country being declared “Ebola-free.” I will be sending dispatches from Monrovia all this week.)

    The first thing you notice about Liberia when you approach from the air is that it is dark.

    When you approach most cities at night—especially cities as large as Monrovia, the country’s capital, with a population of 1.5 million people—you are suddenly surrounded by light. The lights of the city itself, of course, but also bright lights of the airport that signal that you have arrived.

    Not so Monrovia.
  • God Is Not Fair

    It was perfect timing, really. Yesterday, Wesley Hill published a blog post titled "The Long Defeat, and the Long Loneliness," about his life as a celibate gay believer. It's a stark, utterly honest reminder of a question that we Christians often fear to ask: "Is God in Christ the sort of God who would ask His children to embrace a lifelong loneliness, a long defeat?"

    This morning, though I don't know whether she saw his piece, Bromleigh McCleneghan answered Hill's question in the Washington Post. Her answer was no.
  • Chuck Colson on Focus on the Family Radio

    Focus is re-broadcasting a 2010 interview with Chuck about faith and politics, today and tomorrow. You can listen here!

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  • Laugh at the Devil

    I’d be crying if I weren’t laughing. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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Worldview Bible

  • Nehemiah 13:26-27

    “Did not Solomon king of Israel sin on account of such women? Among the many nations there was no king like him, and he was beloved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel. Never...

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