Founder of Stand Strong Ministries and Summit faculty member Jason Jimenez brings to light some fascinating historical insight to the discussion surrounding the separation of church and state in a recent article on his website. He shows that the phrase “separation of church and state” actually first came from Christians who were concerned that the government would become overly involved in their business. The point here was to protect the church from the influence and pressure of… Read More →Jefferson Misinterpreted
Colson Center President and Summit faculty member John Stonestreet brings to our attention some interesting new research about the uniqueness of life here on earth. Stonestreet cites a recent paper by researchers at Oxford that highlights how life on other planets may not be nearly as likely as many people think. Why is there so much interest, especially in the scientific community, about whether or not there is intelligent life in other parts of the universe? Could it… Read More →Is Life on Earth Unique?
How can Christians practice true tolerance? “If you actually want people to develop a different view of tolerance, build relationships with them. Show them that you’re kind; show them that you care about them; show them that you have convictions and yet still value them as people.” — Sean McDowell, Associate Professor of Christian Apologetics, Biola University The classical view of tolerance has been hijacked by the politically-correct culture in which we live. Sean McDowell… Read More →Video: How can Christians practice true tolerance?
What is the biggest challenge for the pro-life movement? “The biggest challenge the pro-life movement faces right now is messaging.” — Scott Klusendorf, President, Life Training Institute Despite the simplicity of the pro-life message, it has been difficult to communicate one clear picture of what pro-life means. Scott Klusendorf explains why this has been the case and what pro-lifers can do to communicate more clearly. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to… Read More →Video: What is the biggest challenge for the pro-life movement?
Over at BreakPoint our friend and Summit faculty member, John Stonestreet, weighed in today on a controversy surrounding Jaelene Hinkle, a Christian soccer player who decided not to participate in an event last year in which the U.S. national team wore rainbow gay-pride jerseys. This year Hinkle has come back to the team, and LGBT activists are calling on fans to boycott U.S. matches for promoting homophobia. As Christians, we must understand that our culture… Read More →John Stonestreet on U.S. Soccer Boycott
Can we maintain hope in a broken culture? “We shouldn’t just stand in our moment and try to make sense of Scripture; we’ve got to stand in Scripture to make sense of our moment.” — John Stonestreet, President, The Colson Center for Christian Worldview As Christians, we must battle to keep straight the story of the world and the moment we live in. If we can learn to stand on the unchanging scriptural truth of… Read More →Video: Can we maintain hope in a broken culture?
What does it mean to steward our role as citizens? “We need to express our perspectives in ways that invite others to reason with us and to engage in constructive debate about who we are as a society and what we seek together for the good.” — Jennifer Marshall, Vice President, The Heritage Foundation Jennifer Marshall explains the need for citizens to think about the important questions that face our society and how we can… Read More →Video: What does it mean to steward our role as citizens?
How is Allah of Islam different from God of Christianity? “In Islam, their job is not to have a relationship with God, it’s simply to obey God. But as Christians, we not just obey God, we also have a relationship with him.” — Alan Shlemon, Author and Speaker, Stand to Reason Allah and Yahweh are quite different. Alan Shlemon points out that the biggest difference between Allah and Yahweh is Yahweh’s immanence, which highlights that… Read More →Video: How is Allah of Islam different from God of Christianity?
Does Socialism contradict the Bible? “Socialism, as it’s actually defined and as it’s actually practiced historically, is fundamentally contrary to Christian thought.” — Jay Richards, Senior Fellow, The Discovery Institute Jay Richards looks to the 10 Commandments to explain why the Bible presupposes an economic system that contradicts Socialism. Richards explains why respect for private property has been important throughout history, and why private property is at the root of Christian community. This video is… Read More →Video: Does Socialism contradict the Bible?
How can Christians start conversations with non-believers? “The best way to start a conversation with a non-believer is by asking them questions.” — Brett Kunkle, Founder and President, Maven Brett Kunkle explains how strategically placed questions and genuine, interested listening can be used to guide conversations with non-believers towards truth. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the questions that you’re asking, address the difficulties you’re facing,… Read More →Video: How can Christians start conversations with non-believers?
Standing Firm When Your Faith Comes Under Attack In our current cultural climate, there has been quite a bit of discussion about legal issues in regards to same-sex marriage and religious freedom. In this panel discussion, Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, and Jeremy Tedesco, who serves as senior counsel and vice president of U.S. Advocacy and Administration for the Alliance Defending Freedom, discuss the story and the questions behind the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil… Read More →Video: Standing Firm When Your Faith Comes Under Attack
Is lament important? “Lament is a language that is going to be for every single one of us.” — Esther Fleece, Author, No More Faking Fine Everyone goes through times of suffering, so there’s no use in hiding from it. Esther Fleece highlights biblical passages that discuss lament, and how this language can be used in our own lives. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the questions… Read More →Video: Is lament important?