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Join John Stonestreet for a daily dose of sanity—applying a Christian worldview to culture, politics, movies, and more. And be a part of God's work restoring all things.

    Prenatal Testing, False Positives, and Abortion

    Prenatal Testing, False Positives, and Abortion

    Imagine a pregnant mother, recently informed that her baby may have a rare genetic condition. She now faces a future caring for someone with an intellectual or physical disability, perhaps financial stress, and even a shortened life. Certain dreams and hopes she has harbored for her preborn child have been dramatically altered. 

    Read the full commentary at: https://breakpoint.org/prenatal-testing-false-positives-and-abortion/

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    The Point: What Makes Work Worth It?

    The Point: What Makes Work Worth It?

    Recently, Medium’s Tom Whitwell reported, “a study of 14,000 Australians over 14 years found that neither being promoted nor being fired has any impact on either emotional well-being or life satisfaction.”
    The fascinating study compares the emotional impact of a variety of life events, from retiring to going to jail, being robbed, getting married, or having a baby. Some of the results are what you’d expect. For example, major health issues hurt both emotional wellbeing and life satisfaction; and though getting married can be stressful leading up to the event, it brings distinct positives afterward.
    But surprisingly, neither getting fired nor getting promoted have long-term effects. That certainly challenges the idea that climbing the corporate ladder is the secret to happiness. 
    Of course, other studies show the high value of work in general: as the Harvard Business Review summarizes, “being unemployed is miserable.” All of which points a generation struggling with the meaning of work to the truth of how God made us. Work is a worthy endeavor … but not our ultimate identity.

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    BreakPoint: The Art of Dying Well

    BreakPoint: The Art of Dying Well

    We live at a rather unusual time in history when it comes to death. Not because there was ever an age when death was escapable, but because, until fairly recently, death was a much more present reality in people’s lives. Infant mortality was high; women died in childbirth at much higher rates; different kinds of accidents claimed the lives of men, women, and children, not to mention infections, parasites, diseases. 

    Read more at www.breakpoint.org

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    BreakPoint Podcast: The Speed and Direction of Culture Change in Institutions - Bill Brown and John Stonestreet

    BreakPoint Podcast: The Speed and Direction of Culture Change in Institutions - Bill Brown and John Stonestreet

    Last week John Stonestreet joined the Colson Fellows in Training in a special teaching webinar. These live presentations with a Q&A to follow are a staple for the Colson Fellows program. Last week, Dr. Bill Brown asked John for an explanation on the speed and direction of culture change and how it is impacting mediating institutions and why it matters.
    For more on the Colson Fellows program visit www.colsonfellows.org

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    The Point: Did the Ancients See the Color Blue?

    The Point: Did the Ancients See the Color Blue?

    According to Fiona McDonald with Science Alert, “There's Evidence Humans Didn't Actually See Blue Until Modern Times” 
    Apparently, people tend to group or separate colors in different ways depending on their language. In a lot of languages, blue wasn’t considered a separate color. it was thought of as a kind of green. So many ancient writers compared the sky to copper and the sea to wine.
    Even today, Namibia’s Himba tribe has several words for green, they lack any specific word for “blue,” and have trouble even seeing it. At the same time, they could clearly see shades of green that are invisible to Western eyes.
    Language is not just a passive tool humans use to describe the world. It’s a proactive means through which we understand the world. It’s not that blue didn’t exist or even that ancient people couldn’t see it. It’s the role of language in shaping how we see and think.
    In other words, when James talked about how important the tongue is, he meant it.

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    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and What Makes a Law Just

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and What Makes a Law Just

    Though President Ronald Reagan signed into law a national holiday to honor Civil Rights Movement leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1983, it was not fully observed by all 50 states until the year 2000. This, like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, is an example of a law being upstream from culture rather than the other way around. Today, the day is recognized across the country and even by cities and nations worldwide.
    In more recent years, King’s legacy as a leader, minister, and powerful orator has been complicated by allegations of sexual misconduct. He also held certain theological views, specifically about the Divinity of Christ, the resurrection, and the Virgin birth, that were not orthodox. What Dr. King was clear about was the doctrine of the image of God. The way that this exclusively Christian idea shaped his leadership and activism demonstrates what a world-changing doctrine it is. 
    Specifically, it was King’s outworking of the Imago Dei in legal theory, forged in the context of persecution and mistreatment, that led to what many think is the greatest legal work of the 20th century. Chuck Colson thought so. So, to commemorate Martin Luther King Day, here’s Chuck Colson on Dr. King and his “Letter from Birmingham Jail:”
    “A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is out of harmony with the moral law."
    It was with these very words, in his memorable “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” that Martin Luther King, Jr., threw down the gauntlet in his great Civil Rights crusade. King refused to obey what he regarded as an immoral law that did not square with the law of God.
    All across America today, millions of people are celebrating the birthday of this courageous man, and deservedly so. He was a fearless battler for truth, and all of us are in his debt because he remedied past wrongs and brought millions of Americans into the full riches of citizenship.
    In schools and on courthouse steps, people will be quoting his "I Have a Dream" speech today. It is an elegant and powerful classic. But I would suggest that one of Dr. King's greatest accomplishments, one which will be little mentioned today because it has suddenly become "politically incorrect," is his advocacy of the true moral foundations of law.
    King defended the transcendent source of the law's authority. In doing so he took a conservative Christian view of law. In fact, he was perhaps the most eloquent advocate of this viewpoint in his time, as, interestingly, Justice Clarence Thomas may be today.
    Writing from a jail cell, King declared that the code of justice is not man's law: It is God's law. Imagine a politician making such a comment today. We all remember the controversy that erupted weeks ago when George W. Bush made reference to his Christian faith in a televised national debate.
    But King built his whole case on the argument, set forth by St. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, that "An unjust law is no law at all." To be just, King argued, our laws must always reflect God's Law.
    This is the great issue today in the public square: Is the law rooted in truth? Is it transcendent, immutable, and morally binding? Or is it, as liberal interpreters have suggested, simply what courts say it is? Do we discover the law, or do we create it?
    Ever since Dr. King's day, the United States Supreme Court has been moving us step-by-step away from the positions of this great Civil Rights leader. To continue in this direction, as I have written, can only lead to disastrous consequences—indeed, the loss of self-governing democracy.
    So I would challenge each of us today to use this occasion to reflect not just on his great crusade for Civil Rights but also on Martin Luther King’s wisdom in bringing law back to its moral foundations.
    Many think of King as some kind of liberal firebrand, but when it comes to the law he was a great conservative who stood on the shoulders of Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine, s

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