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February 28, 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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February 24, 2012

The Back Door is Wide Open

The Back Door is Wide Open

Power without accountability is always a bad idea. I’m John Stonestreet and this is the Point. When Kathleen Sebelius announced the contraception mandate and then the so-called “compromise,? it revealed one of the most troubling potential dangers of our recent unprecedented growth of government. Sebelius, under what’s often called “Obamacare,? was given full authority to decide what counts and doesn’t count as healthcare that the government requires. To think that the worldview that governs Sebelius and all future HHS Secretaries will not drive their decisions is naïve at best.

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February 23, 2012

Autism and the Image of God

Autism and the Image of God

They had no idea that she would speak, much less what she would say. I’m John Stonestreet and this is the Point. Children with disabilities have a new, unlikely spokesperson -- Carly Fleischmann. Carly was born severely autistic. For years she couldn’t walk or speak. Experts described her as “moderately mentally retarded."

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February 21, 2012

The Return of the Voice

The Return of the Voice

The Grammy’s... Oh the Grammys... I’m John Stonestreet and this is the point. As tempting as it is to say something about Niki Manaj’s bizarre and offensive performance at the Grammy’s last Sunday, I’m honestly speechless about it. I think I should be offended due to the abuse of so much religious imagery, but no one is sure of the…

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February 20, 2012

‘‘LinSanity’’


What does God think about Linsanity? I’m John Stonestreet and this is the Point. I’m a huge college basketball fan. I usually only notice the NBA after March Madness is over. But, even Duke’s amazing buzzer-beating comeback win over North Carolina last week has been overshadowed by the NBA hysteria called LinSanity.

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February 17, 2012

Coke, Candy and Contraception


Convenience isn’t always better... I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. When I was a kid, vending machines gave out coke and candy, and I’m still shocked that you can buy iPads and Mp3 players from them. But students at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania are able to get a morning-after pill in vending machines.

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February 16, 2012

What We Argue About Today

What We Argue About Today

Christianity brought the world a better argument. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. If you have not yet seen the video of Eric Metaxas speaking at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, you need to and I’ve linked to it at thePointRadio.org. In Eric’s trademark way, he had the audience -- including the President of the United States and…

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February 15, 2012

Planned Parenthood and Its Hostages

Planned Parenthood and Its Hostages

You would have thought they committed murder… I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. When the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced it would no longer give money to Planned Parenthood due to clear conflicts with their established giving policies, the visceral reaction was shocking. And as Ross Douthat pointed out in the New York Times, the anger was as…

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February 14, 2012

Talking Points, Part 2

Talking Points, Part 2

I’ve got two more things to say about the HHS decision. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. If you’ve missed it, I’ve been talking the last few days about why the decision by Health and Human Services to mandate coverage of contraception is so bad. You can hear those commentaries at thePointRadio.org. But, here are two more reasons…

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February 13, 2012

Talking Points, Part 1

Talking Points, Part 1

Need some talking points on the HHS decision? Stay tuned. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. Well, I’ve been talking about the terrible threat to religious freedom from the decision of the Obama administration to mandate coverage of contraception even by organizations with religious objections. Here’s why it’s such a bad idea:

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February 10, 2012

Taking Action


Some things belong to Caesar, but not this. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. Yesterday I described the decision of HHS to mandate coverage of contraception in all insurance policies for employees regardless of the organization’s religious convictions about it. Obviously, this specifically affects the vast network of Catholic charities and hospitals who do not meet the extremely…

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February 08, 2012

Francis Schaeffer, Part 2


What is God’s kind of love? I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. Yesterday, we remembered Francis Schaeffer who would have turned 100 on January 30. One of the most important parts of his legacy was helping Christians understand Christianity as a worldview, and its implications for living in a post-Christian culture. Specifically, he taught that loving God and…

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February 07, 2012

Francis Schaeffer


Happy Birthday to someone who made a Big Difference. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. The first time I ever heard of Francis Schaeffer was in my 11th grade history class at a small Christian high school in Virginia. In my teenage cynicism, I quickly dismissed the How Should We Then Live teaching videos and the legendary man…

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February 06, 2012

Against the World, Part 2


Sometimes we must speak and act, but we must do it well. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. I’ve been talking about how Christians will find themselves at odds with culture – not because we want to, but because at times truth demands it. Dietrich Bonhoeffer found himself in that place as the Nazis seized power. He concluded…

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February 03, 2012

The Super Bowl

The Super Bowl

The largest sporting event in America is also known for something else. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. The spectacle that is the Super Bowl 46 will air Sunday night from Indianapolis. This annual event takes precedent over projects, yard work, Sunday night services, household budgets, and especially diets. This year’s battle between the Patriots and the Giants…

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