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December 22, 2011

The Difference Between God and Santa


Cute movie, but a big mistake. I’m John Stonestreet and this is the Point. A few weeks ago I caught the original Miracle on 34th Street on TV. While trying to convince a small girl to believe in Santa, her mom says, “Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to.? Ironically, the existence of Santa is finally legitimized by presenting evidence, however. Thousands of letters delivered to Kris Kringle at the courthouse by the authority of the U.S. Postal Service.

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December 21, 2011

Remembering Christopher Hitchens

Remembering Christopher Hitchens

Is it ok to miss Chris Hitchens? I’m John Stonestreet, and this is the Point. Christopher Hitchens lost his battle to cancer last week. Hitchens had the courage to say and the brilliance to effectively communicate what he believed on a range of topics, but it was what he said about God, especially in his book God is not Great:…

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December 20, 2011

God Became Flesh

God Became Flesh

To err is human. Or is it? I’m John Stonestreet, and this is the Point. Gnosticism, the earliest heresy to challenge Christianity, taught that anything physical was evil and corrupt. So, for the gnostic, Jesus couldn’t have become human, because having a physical body would make him evil. He looked human, but he wasn’t really.

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December 19, 2011

Moments of Startling Clarity

Moments of Startling Clarity

He expected a response, but not that one. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is the Point. When Stephen Anderson, a Canadian high school teacher, showed his ethics students a picture of an Afghan teenager whose nose and ears had been chopped off because she had attempted to escape abuse by a Taliban fighter she had been forced to marry, he…

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December 16, 2011

The Story Behind the Story

The Story Behind the Story

So what did Mary really think? I'm John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. Last week, listening to one of those 24 hour Christmas music stations, I heard a somewhat recent song about Mary, the mother of Jesus which basically imagined what her emotions must have been. There’s similar songs about Joseph, the Wise Men, the Shepherds, and pretty much…

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December 15, 2011

Far as the Curse is Found

Far as the Curse is Found

Silence? This time of year? I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. The next two Saturdays on BreakPoint this Week you can listen in on a fascinating conversation I had with Chuck Colson and T.M. Moore about the theology of Christmas embedded in the classic carols. One of the classic Advent songs we discuss is Let All Mortal Flesh…

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December 14, 2011

No One Heard What He Said

No One Heard What He Said

When Michael J. Fox talked about it, it made the news. Why not Ian Wilmut? I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. I bet your asking who’s Ian Wilmut? Well, he was the scientist whose team achieved the big breakthrough of cloning a mammal – remember Dolly the Sheep? That was in 1996. And while he’s no longer a…

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December 13, 2011

Faith, Football, and Tebowing

Faith, Football, and Tebowing

Tim Tebow – so do we love him or hate him? I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. In a recent article in Fox Sports, Jen Engel questions the hysteria over Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow dropping to one knee and praying after touchdowns. The gesture is popularly known as “Tebowing," and it’s been ridiculed non-stop on the field, the…

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December 12, 2011

I Am the 10%


This kid has a message we need to hear. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. When Andy Reigstad snapped a picture of his six-year old son holding a hand-written sign, he never imagined it would become an internet sensation. The photo, which Andy shot after watching the new pro-life film 180, shows his son Boaz holding a sign…

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December 09, 2011

Black Friday Blues

Black Friday Blues

Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales were strong, but that won’t fix things. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. Thanksgiving weekend sales spiked this year, but Black Friday videos of rioting shoppers disregarding others to act like ravenous wolves over t.v.’s, game systems, and Justin Beiber gift packs reveal that we simply don’t know what life is really…

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December 08, 2011

Cats Aren’t Slaves

Cats Aren’t Slaves

Are cats slaves? Stay tuned. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. Last week my oldest daughter Abigail, who has an acute eye for injustice in the world was very disturbed about the plans of our friends to sell their kittens. As a six-year-old who recently learned about slavery in American history, she fought back tears as she proclaimed,…

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December 07, 2011

Silence and Apathy

Silence and Apathy

We don’t need a vote to know this is wrong. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. A decision at a Kentucky Free Will Baptist Church to ban interracial couples from membership and leadership made national news last week. I’m sure I wasn’t the only Christian who cringed in anger and embarrassment.

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December 06, 2011

Bye Bye, Sex Week

Bye Bye, Sex Week

A better Yale might just be reality...I’m John Stonestreet, and this is Point may be too mature for younger listeners. Since 2002, Yale University has supported a campus-wide sex week. It’s described as “a campus-wide interdisciplinary sex education program,? but it’s really devolved into hedonism-week which presents a sexual “free-for-all? as if all consequences of deviant sexuality are prevented with condoms.

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December 05, 2011

Justice

Justice

The last thing to go is...justice. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is the Point. Last week I hosted an event with nearly 800 high schoolers that focused on issues like extreme poverty and human trafficking. Many students engaged and were ready to jump in to find solutions. But some just didn’t care. I wondered if they were so used to…

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December 02, 2011

We Need More of This

We Need More of This

Confession is hard, but always best. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is the Point. I’ve just read two books with a lot in common. Both are about men committed to conservative politics who achieved political influence before falling big when the lure of power led to compromise.

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