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January 31, 2012

Breaking the Spiral of Silence

Breaking the Spiral of Silence

We might see the problems, but are we doing anything? I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. The last two days, I’ve described some troubling statements from the Obama administration. And I know I risk being called too political, or brainwashed by Republicans and the religious Right who only caring about abortion and gay marriage.

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January 30, 2012

Roe v. Wade and Fulfilling Dreams


I want my daughters to fulfill their dreams, but not like this. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. Commemorating the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion, President Obama issued a statement acknowledging personal objections folks may have but concluding that the law must be preserved to protect the health and reproductive freedom of women and…

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January 27, 2012

Contraception and Religious Freedom

Contraception and Religious Freedom

“We have a year to violate our consciences.? I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. That comment from Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan was aimed at the Obama Administration’s announcement that religious organizations be forced to purchase insurance offering free contraception for its workers. So faith based organizations, like Catholic hospitals, who object to artificial contraception must violate their conscience to comply.

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January 26, 2012

Anointing a Savior

Anointing a Savior

It’s election season, and we need to remember: there are no political saviors. I’m John Stonestreet and this is The Point. You may have heard about a recent gathering of conservative Evangelical leaders in Texas that met to decide which Republican candidate to unite behind. After a day of deliberation and hearing from representatives of all the Republicans in the…

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January 25, 2012

Retranslating the Debate


What do the Scriptures really say about homosexuality? I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. The publishers of the New International version have released an updated version of that translation. Among the updates to the 2011 edition are certain verses that refer to homosexuality. Rather than bowing to political correctness, the translators helpfully clarify the Bible’s original message.

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January 24, 2012

‘‘On being Job’s friends…’’

‘‘On being Job’s friends…’’

Sometimes we just need to remain silent…. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. A family I know suffered a tremendous loss over the holidays. My heart aches for them, and so do the hearts of so many friends who knew them. But how we grieve has been altered drastically by social media and especially FaceBook.

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January 23, 2012

Sexperiments

Sexperiments

We need more than therapy. We need understanding. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. In a recent Christianity Today article Matt Anderson points out that it is becoming quite popular these days to speak of sex from the pulpit. Bed-ins, advice columns, and books dealing with ifs and how to’s are more common than they used to be,…

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January 20, 2012

The Simplicity of God

The Simplicity of God

The Christian God is simple. Now let me explain. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. When we hear the word simple, we tend to think easy to understand. When we talk of a simple person, we referring to someone not all that smart. But when Christians throughout history, like Thomas Aquinas and Iraneaus have said that God is…

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January 19, 2012

Jesus vs. Religion

Jesus vs. Religion

His unclear picture of Christianity is now much clearer. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. Jeff Bethke’s video of why he “hates religion but loves Jesus? has over 10 million views on Facebook and YouTube. Chances are you’ve seen it.

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January 18, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Right


Maybe you didn’t marry Mr. Right. Good news -- no one does. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. Working with young adults, I’ve heard it too: the millions of excuses why a relationship ended, and why the other person wasn’t “the one for them.? But as Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City wrote in The Meaning of Marriage, you never marry the right person. No two people are compatible, Keller says, because marriage profoundly changes us. Whoever you do marry will be changed by marriage itself -- and that’s not a bad thing. Also, people aren’t compatible because any two people who marry are each fallen and sinful -- a fact that suddenly seems more obvious after marriage than before.

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January 17, 2012

Don’t Imagine This

Don’t Imagine This

So what’s better: denying all religions or accepting all religions? I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. Just before midnight at the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, Cee Lo Green sang John Lennon’s song, “Imagine.? But instead of singing Lennon’s original lyrics which said “Nothing to kill or die for/And no religion too,? he substituted “And all religion’s true.?

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January 16, 2012

MLK Day

MLK Day

MLK and Religious Freedom Day are both today and it’s fitting. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. Today is the day set aside to honor one of America’s great leaders and heroes Martin Luther King whose Letter from a Birmingham Jail is one of the great written documents in our nation's history. This year, Martin Luther King day…

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January 13, 2012

Insight and Foresight


Know the Word, know the world. And, here’s how. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. German theologian Karl Barth advised young theologians to “take your Bible and your newspaper, and read both.? It’s good advice. While other religions -- especially Eastern ones -- encourage us to seek escape from the world, Christianity doesn’t. We’re to be in the world, but not of it. Jesus prayed that his followers not be taken from the world, but protected from the evil one. This helps us make sense of his instruction to read the signs of the times.

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January 12, 2012

Apatheists Have a Worldview Too


Maybe apatheism isn’t the best word for it...I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. Yesterday I mentioned a growing segment of the population who don’t really care about spiritual things, or as one atheist blogger called them “the apatheists." I suggested that the way Christians often talk about spirituality may actually contribute to apatheism. When it’s all about my…

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January 11, 2012

Apatheists

Apatheists

Theist, atheist, or apatheist? I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. If you think there is a God, you’re a theist. If you think there’s no God, you’re an atheist. But a growing segment of the population, according to a recent USA Today article are being called apatheists -- they don’t think it matters. For example, 44% of respondents…

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