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  • Bella Babies: Lives Saved

    12/14/2008 10:45:51 AM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 981+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 12/11/08 | Mark Earley
    When Christian actor Eduardo Verastegui devoted his career to serving God, he had no idea what might come out of his decision. He certainly couldn’t have imagined that his widely acclaimed movie Bella would literally save lives and souls. But that’s the story that author Tim Drake tells so well in his book Behind Bella.As the book shows, God’s hand was on Eduardo and on the making of the movie from the very beginning. To prepare for his role in Bella, Eduardo wanted to find a real-life Nina—the co-lead in the film struggling with her unwanted pregnancy. So Eduardo...
  • WHY CHRISTIAN WOMEN MARRY MUSLIM MEN

    11/05/2007 2:08:38 PM PST · by Finally Awake · 107 replies · 1,090+ views
    http://www.crosswalk.com/ ^ | Monday, November 5, 2007 | By Mark Earley
    WHY CHRISTIAN WOMEN MARRY MUSLIM MEN Wake-Up Call By Mark Earley Note: This commentary was delivered by PFM President Mark Earley. It was while vacationing in Turkey that Miriam, a British subject, became fascinated with Islam. She was mesmerized by the beauty of the mosques and spellbound as she heard the daily calls to prayer. Miriam had been raised a Christian, but had turned against God when her mother died. The simplicity and security that Islam seemed to offer appealed to her: She decided to convert and married a Muslim man. But within a few years, cracks began to form...
  • Bedlam: Prisons and the Mentally Ill

    08/07/2007 12:20:01 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 61 replies · 1,051+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 8/6/2007 | Mark Earley
    In the 16th century, London’s mentally ill were often kept at Bethlem Royal Hospital. The conditions inside the hospital were notoriously poor. Patients were often chained to the floor and the noise was so great that Bethlem was more likely to drive a man crazy than to cure him. The conditions were so infamous that the nickname locals gave the hospital—Bedlam—has come to mean any scene of great confusion. Unfortunately five hundred years later, we’re still treating the mentally ill more like prisoners than patients. Fifty years ago, more than 550 thousand people were institutionalized in public mental hospitals. Today,...
  • Wasteland: An 'Unhooked' Culture

    06/19/2007 9:28:11 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 6 replies · 412+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 6/15/2007 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. In the book Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love, and Lose at Both by Washington Post journalist Laura Sessions Stepp, many stories are told about young women who have plunged headlong into the “hookup culture,” only to end up bruised, broken, scared, and isolated. Stepp spent time with high school and college girls who were all, to some extent, participating in this ubiquitous “hookup culture.” Their experiences—as disturbing as they are—are something that every parent should know about. But in large part, it’s parents, along with educators...
  • Dads Matter: 'Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters'

    06/19/2007 9:37:24 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 26 replies · 741+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 6/18/2007 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. On Friday I discussed the sexual and spiritual wasteland where so many of our kids have ended up. And they don’t even know how they got there or how to get out. Today I want to talk about how parents—and especially dads—can combat that culture. The truth is, contrary to what the media tells you, dads do matter. As Dr. Meg Meeker puts it in her new book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, “Most of you out there are good men . . . but you are good men who...
  • A New Perspective: 'Now and Not Yet'

    06/19/2007 9:43:42 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 3 replies · 342+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 6/19/2007 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. For the past two days, we’ve talked about how Christians can help their kids navigate the spiritual and sexual minefield they each face. But what happens when these kids aren’t kids any more? Christian parents tend to think, “My kid is a good kid and wouldn’t have premarital sex.” Wrong, says Laura Sessions Stepp, author of Unhooked. From what she saw, “nice” girls, when they didn’t have strong family and church support, were more apt to fall prey to the “hookup culture” all around us. Many of them couldn’t...
  • The True Source of Power: Legislators Bend the Knee

    08/02/2006 12:44:27 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 1 replies · 402+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 8/2/2006 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. What is the most powerful room in the United States Capitol? Ask some members of Congress and you would probably hear this: Room 219. It’s the room closest to the House Chamber, and its walls have been privy to some of the most pivotal discussions of our history. Recently, however, Room 219 just got a whole lot more powerful. How so? You see, in Room 219 some of the highest elected officials of our land are bending their knees in weekly prayer gatherings—openly declaring, not their power, but their...
  • Do Justice and Love Mercy: Living out Our Biblical Worldview

    06/13/2006 8:27:23 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 6 replies · 324+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 6/12/2006 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. If I were to ask you to imagine what a typical U.S. marshal looks like, you might think of John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. Or maybe Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive. Tough guys, gun in hand, pursuing justice with steely-eyed coolness. This March, the U.S. Marshals Service appointed a new director—John Clark, a twenty-three-year veteran of the department. Like the other men and women of U.S. Marshals Service, Clark is an expert at protecting the public and chasing down the “bad guys.” But a recent...
  • Iowa prison ordered to close Bible program

    06/03/2006 9:56:08 AM PDT · by rface · 55 replies · 1,336+ views
    yahoo - AP ^ | Sat Jun 3, 9:43 AM ET | JAMES BELTRAN
    DES MOINES, Iowa - A judge has ruled that a Bible-based prison program violates the First Amendment's freedom of religion clause by using state funds to promote Christianity to inmates. Prison Fellowship Ministries, which was sued in 2003 by an advocacy group, was ordered Friday to cease its program at the Newton Correctional Facility and repay the state $1.53 million. "This calls into question the funding for so many programs," said Barry Lynn, executive director of the Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which filed the suit. "Anyone who doesn't stop it is putting a giant 'sue...
  • Judge outlaws prison group's Bible program

    06/03/2006 9:55:43 AM PDT · by Glenn · 33 replies · 835+ views
    CNN Online ^ | 06/03/2006 | Unattributed
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A judge has ruled that a Bible-based prison program violates the First Amendment's freedom of religion clause by using state funds to promote Christianity to inmates. Prison Fellowship Ministries, which was sued in 2003 by an advocacy group, was ordered Friday to cease its program at the Newton Correctional Facility and repay the state $1.53 million.
  • True Casualties: The Children of Prisoners

    05/25/2006 6:51:03 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 188 replies · 1,178+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 5/25/2006 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. When Joe’s dad went to prison, Joe went to prison too—a prison of shame and anger. Responding to his father’s incarceration, Joe fought, drank, and smoked dope. And while Joe’s prison was figurative, he was on a path leading to a real prison with bars and barbed wire. Joe is not a unique case. As a recent article in the National Journal claimed, “The next generation of prisoners is going to come from the current generation of prisoners.” Sadly, society stands idly by as the children of prisoners become...
  • Casualties in the Culture Wars: Gay ‘Marriage’ and Children (War on the Weak series)

    05/18/2006 9:05:00 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 14 replies · 491+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 5/18/2006 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. I have a quick test for you. Don’t worry, it’s a multiple-choice test and won’t take long. Ready? Here’s the question. Which of these things doesn’t belong: A) children, B) Easter egg hunts, or C) political activists? Unfortunately, the homosexual activists of the Family Pride Coalition did not pass this test on Easter, when a nearly 130-year-old tradition of hunting for eggs on the White House lawn suddenly became the bull’s eye of controversy. Three months before the event, the Family Pride Coalition announced that gay and lesbian couples...
  • Illegal Immigration: A Biblical Perspective

    05/09/2006 7:08:10 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 48 replies · 1,027+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 5/8/2006 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. Throughout America last week, more than a million illegal immigrants poured into the streets. They took the day off from work, forcing many businesses to close for the day. They got everyone’s attention. However, it appears they only inflamed an already overheated debate. And the early polls are not showing any change in public opinion. We need to pause and take a good look at the roles of the Church and the government here. They are different and, in some ways, conflicting. But this is not the first time...
  • ‘A Little Saudi Kingdom behind Prison Walls’: Spewing Poison in America’s Prisons

    05/05/2006 12:53:27 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 17 replies · 869+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 5/5/2006 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. Not long ago, an ex-con named Umar Abdul-Jalil gave a speech in which he said the “greatest terrorists in the world occupy the White House,” and that the “Zionists of the media” should not be dictating “what Islam is to us.” That was bad enough, but what was worse was the fact that Jalil is the chief Islamic chaplain in the New York City Department of Corrections. After his comments became public, he was suspended from his job. But New York’s Mayor Bloomberg refused to dismiss him, claiming that...
  • The Networks, the FCC, and Our Kids: It’s Time to Fight

    05/01/2006 3:07:48 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 53 replies · 1,111+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | 4/26/2006 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. In McLean, Virginia, a young mother named Silvia began channel-surfing, looking for something that would amuse her 4-year-old daughter. Up on the screen popped something called “Girl Next Door.” It was a photo shoot for a Playboy centerfold, and it showed women in sexual poses, completely nude, except for portions that were blurred. “It was very clear what was going on,” Silvia relates. She grabbed the remote—but it was too late. Her little girl was already asking questions. The program was not a cable or satellite offering. In fact,...
  • Be Fruitful and Multiply: Christians and the ‘Birth Dearth’

    04/21/2006 10:38:47 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 135 replies · 2,202+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | 4/18/2006 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. There are many so-called strategies for redeeming the culture. For instance, there’s electing pro-family representatives at the state and federal levels, nominating and confirming the right kind of judges, and, of course, there’s evangelism and the ability to articulate a Christian worldview in a way that our non-Christian neighbors can understand. And while all of these are important, there’s something else that is more likely to succeed than any of these: frequenting your local maternity ward. Regular “BreakPoint” listeners and readers have heard about the “birth dearth” in Europe...
  • Overcoming the Clash of Civilizations: The Bible and Other Faiths

    03/24/2006 10:52:14 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 2 replies · 288+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | March 24, 2006 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. The clash of civilizations is a term most of us are familiar with. But it’s more than just a catchphrase or a book title. It’s a grim reality that we live with every day, as we deal with acts of religiously inspired terrorism. In such a difficult and often frightening situation, how should we live? How do we relate to the people of different backgrounds and beliefs that we see every day? And going beyond that, how do we talk to them to about Christ? In these tense times,...
  • Potomac Yards: The Flow of the Controversy over Marriage

    03/13/2006 5:47:36 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 20 replies · 2,410+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | March 13, 2006 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. Geographically, all that separates Virginia and Maryland is the Potomac River, which is approximately four hundred yards wide for much of its length. This proximity makes it commonplace for people to live in one state and work in another. However, one thing I learned while I was attorney general of Virginia is that the geographical proximity doesn’t translate into cultural proximity. On many important social issues, the states are far apart. Maryland’s abortion laws, for example, go far beyond Roe v. Wade, while Virginia continuously tries to uphold the...
  • Never Again: Fighting Genocide in Darfur

    02/21/2006 8:44:10 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 4 replies · 318+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | February 20, 2006 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. The nation of Israel has an expression I love: “Never again.” No one has to explain what they’re referring to—it’s the Holocaust. It’s a great vow. The problem is the world still tends to look the other way, even when entire races of people are being systematically exterminated. To our everlasting shame, when genocide occurred in Rwanda in 1994, the UN sat on its hands, as did the United States. But at this very moment, genocide is taking place again—this time, in Darfur in western Sudan. Again, the world...
  • Providing a Rationale: The Biblical Case for Chastity

    02/14/2006 6:43:15 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 6 replies · 806+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | February 14, 2006 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary may not be suitable for young children. This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. A 25-year-old Christian man e-mailed a friend—a young Christian author named Lauren Winner—and asked her a question. He claimed he had endless opportunities for casual sex—including one that very evening. Why should he not take advantage of them? After all, he said, he was already “dealing with seventeen other things in my Christian walk. Shouldn’t I just focus on learning to pray, and deal with the sex stuff later?” Nice try, buster. Winner, the author of Real Sex: The Naked...
  • Milling About: Going Beyond the Constitution

    01/26/2006 9:38:55 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 12 replies · 469+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | January 26, 2006 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. As we await the final vote on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, we might want to ask ourselves, “What have we learned from the process?” One possible answer: a great deal about the clash of worldviews that made the process so bitter. In his opening statement, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois (D) set forth what he called his “test for a Supreme Court nominee.” It was not “where he stands on any one specific issue”—no litmus tests for the gentleman from Illinois. Instead, what...
  • Unholy Land Grabs: Eminent Domain and the Church

    01/23/2006 12:58:16 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 15 replies · 945+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | January 23, 2006 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. In 2003, government leaders in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, adopted what they called “Vision 2025.” The plan is billed as the “largest set of public redevelopment projects in the history of Tulsa County.” The members of Centennial Baptist Church in Sand Springs call it something else: an “unholy land grab.” It’s a land grab for which we have the Supreme Court to thank. Part of “Vision 2025” calls for redeveloping “an abandoned industrial area” in Sand Springs for “big box retailers” and other stores. However, the area in question isn’t...
  • Fighting the Future: ‘Choice’ and the Family

    01/20/2006 6:37:55 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 29 replies · 584+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | January 19, 2006 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. What’s the most important thing most of us will do? The answer is, obviously, raise our kids. And that’s what New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote in his New Year’s Day column, but believe it or not, he caught all sorts of grief. Brooks was responding to a recent piece in the American Prospect by Linda Hirshman of Brandeis. She criticized the idea that “staying home with the kids is just one more feminist option.” For Hirshman, “the family—with its repetitious, socially invisible, physical tasks— . . ....
  • The Skeleton in the Closet, Divorce and Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

    12/01/2005 6:54:56 PM PST · by epow · 6 replies · 350+ views
    Prison Fellowship Ministry ^ | 01/04/05 | Mark Earley
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson January 4, 2005 Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. On Election Day, initiatives defining marriage as one man and one woman passed overwhelmingly in all eleven states that had them on the ballot. But this victory isn’t necessarily permanent. Unless we continue to make a compelling case for the sanctity of marriage, public opinion is quite likely to drift in the other direction. And it’s going to be increasingly difficult to make that case unless we deal with some of the skeletons in our own closet. Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, a...
  • FLASHBACK 2001: Learning the wrong lessons from 2001 elections

    11/12/2005 10:21:57 AM PST · by new yorker 77 · 8 replies · 544+ views
    www.enterstageright.com ^ | November 12, 2001 | W. James Antle III
    To paraphrase the late conservative intellectual Richard Weaver, election results have consequences. The consequences of the off-year 2001 elections will not be limited to the manner in which the victors govern; they will have a national impact as future pretenders to public office ponder their meaning and plan campaigns accordingly. Republicans are likely to draw all the wrong lessons from November 6 and do so at their peril. To review, the GOP lost the governorship in both Virginia and New Jersey while retaining the mayor's office in New York City (the Houston mayoral race will be decided in a runoff)....
  • Corzine'05 Does Worse than McGreevey'01, Kaine'05 Does Worse than Warner'01 (FACTS over FICTION)

    11/09/2005 6:24:13 AM PST · by new yorker 77 · 120 replies · 2,491+ views
    Virginia-2005 Election Reults---------------------------------------------- Precincts Reporting: 2418 of 2426 (99.67%) Registered Voters: 4,451,542 Total Voting: 1,971,284 Voter Turnout: 44.28 % ---------------------------------------------- Kaine-(D)-1,019,366-51.71% Kilgore-(R)-907,212-46.02% Potts Jr-(I)-42,919--2.18% Write Ins-----1,787--0.09% Total:----1,971,284 ---------------------------------------------- Virginia-2001 Election Reults---------------------------------------------- Precincts Reporting: 2493 of 2493 (100.00%) Registered Voters: 4,108,104 Total Voting: 1,905,511 Voter Turnout: 46.38 % ---------------------------------------------- Warner-(D)-984,177-52.16% Earley-(R)-887,234-47.03% Redpath(L)--14,497--0.77% Write Ins------813--0.04% Totals---1,886,721 ----------------------------------------------New Jersey-2005 Election Results 6,131 of 6,310 Precincts Reporting ---------------------------------------------- Corzine(D)-1,152,347-53.03% Forrester(R)-948,372-43.64% Other---------72,453--3.33% ---------------------------------------------- New Jersey-2005 Election Results---------------------------------------------- McGreevey(D)-1,214,043-56% Schundler(R)---908,984-42% Schluter-------23,475---1%
  • We’ve Created a Monster: "Rainbow Party"

    08/04/2005 6:38:36 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 18 replies · 1,930+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | August 3, 2005 | Mark earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. Warning: This commentary contains graphic information not suitable for younger readers. You may have heard the uproar over a new teen novel called Rainbow Party. The controversial book by Paul Ruditis concentrates on one afternoon in the lives of thirteen high-school sophomores. One of them, a girl named Gin, is planning a sex party. The other kids are trying to decide whether to attend. The book takes explicitness to a whole new level. Several different sex acts are described. Even before the party starts, two sex acts take place,...
  • Redefining the Debate: Catholics and Evolution

    07/12/2005 7:26:15 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 2 replies · 473+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | July 12, 2005 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. Much of the late John Paul II’s pontificate was spent clarifying what Catholicism did and, just as importantly, didn’t teach. These clarifications, especially in areas such as humanity, sexuality, and the sanctity of human life, often earned him the enmity of self-styled “progressives.” There was one area, though, in which many of these same “progressives” hailed the late Pope: And that was evolution. His 1996 statement calling evolution “more than just a hypothesis” was seen as an acceptance of the compatibility of Darwinian evolution and Catholic faith. It turns...
  • Does Abortion Make Us Safe?: Freakonomics and Reality

    06/14/2005 7:32:22 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 26 replies · 1,010+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | June 10, 2005 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. When "BreakPoint" first went on the air, crime ranked at the top of Americans' concerns. A record 2,250 homicides had been committed in New York City alone. Today, New York is on pace to record 450 or one-fifth as many homicides, and crime no longer ranks among Americans' top ten concerns. This precipitous drop has prompted many explanations. Some of them, like better policing and the end of the "crack wars," make logical and moral sense. But there's one persistent explanation that makes no sense at all, and that...
  • Back to Basics; Evil Makes a Comeback - (is there such a thing as "evil?")

    06/03/2005 6:07:11 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 23 replies · 799+ views
    PFM.ORG ^ | JUNE 3, 2005 | MARK EARLEY
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. When the New York Times is willing to consider the possibility that evil exists, you have to wonder what’s really going on. Joking aside, the Times ran an intriguing article, titled, “For the Worst of Us, the Diagnosis May Be ‘Evil.’” It gives valuable insight into a secularized culture grappling with the question of what makes people do bad things. Author Benedict Carey writes, “Most psychiatrists . . . avoid the word evil, contending that its use would precipitate a dangerous slide from clinical to moral judgment that could...
  • Beyond Divisions: Living in a Red and Blue America

    05/13/2005 6:37:59 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 10 replies · 644+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | May 13, 2005 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. What does it mean to be conservative and Christian in a red and blue America? Chuck Colson recently attempted to answer that question in a speech he gave to the Council for National Policy. The answer he gave was not the answer you might expect. But I believe it was an answer that a lot of us need to hear. Judging from the response Chuck received from the audience—a group made up of many different races and backgrounds—they felt the same way. The theory of a divided America is...
  • A Mother's Courage: Choosing to Give the Gift of Life

    05/06/2005 8:08:10 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 15 replies · 550+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | May 6, 2005 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. One of the most devastating things any parent can hear is that their child probably will not survive past birth. But that’s the news Susan and Saqib Ali received when they were expecting their first child. Their unborn daughter, Leila, was diagnosed with a brain condition called holoprosencephaly, or HPE. Most children with this condition die in the womb; those who survive birth usually die before they reach six months. And the condition causes severe physical and mental problems. According to the Washington Post Magazine, the number of HPE...
  • Sacrificing Our Daughters: Abortion and Sexual Predation - (biproduct of abortion industry)

    05/02/2005 4:41:40 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 26 replies · 932+ views
    BREAKPOINT.ORG ^ | MAY 1, 2005 | MARK EARLEY
    You’ve seen all the press lately on parents’ demanding to know if a sexual predator is in their neighborhood. Likewise, what parent wouldn’t want evidence of a possible sexually based offense against a child reported to the authorities? Yet, when my good friend state Attorney General Phillip Kline recently took steps to make these things happen, it was labeled an “inquisition.” Why? The almost sacred status of the “right to an abortion.” Earlier this year, Phillip Kline, the attorney general of Kansas, subpoenaed the medical records of ninety women “who received late-term abortions at two Kansas clinics in 2003.” In...
  • The Lessons of Suffering: Terri Schiavo and Holy Week

    03/30/2005 5:51:13 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 17 replies · 766+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | March 28, 2005 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. It was a strange coincidence that Terri Schiavo’s ordeal took place during Holy Week. What she went through, and the nation’s reaction to it, taught us a sobering lesson about suffering and redemption. The things that ordinary, sensible Americans were saying about Terri’s case were shocking and upsetting. “Let the poor woman die” was one of them. But Terri was not dying before her food and water were taken away. She simply needed to eat and drink, just like the rest of us. Then there were the various media...
  • No Longer ‘Just a Kiss’: As Time Has Gone By

    03/07/2005 6:06:14 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 10 replies · 1,017+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | March 4, 2005 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. “You either have a wedding or you burn down something.” That was the recipe for garnering ratings during sweeps week back when the TV show Happy Days was in syndication. But no longer—things have changed. Today, shows like The O.C. and One Tree Hill take advantage of kisses to gain publicity—but not just any kisses. The sweeps attraction today is the now nearly pedestrian lesbian kiss. It might be predictable, but as Virginia Heffernan writes in the New York Times, it can “transform a lackluster show into a news...
  • In the Spirit of Wilberforce: Constantin Asavoaie and the Children

    02/10/2005 8:49:29 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 5 replies · 573+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | February 10, 2005 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. Two bottles of Romanian plum brandy had been enough to end the life of seven-year-old Constantin’s father and with it the violence that he inflicted on his family. Turning to seven-year-old Constantin, now the man of the house, and his three younger siblings, the doctor shook his head. “Poor children,” he muttered, “you aren’t guilty. Why should you have such a hard life?” Forty-one years later, Constantin Asavoaie is the founder of Prison Fellowship Romania, and he runs three homes for delinquent, street, and prisoners’ children. Today, as he...
  • Getting It: Power versus Influence

    02/04/2005 7:57:58 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 7 replies · 392+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | February 3, 2005 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. Since the 2004 election, the American media are trying to understand religion’s role in the lives of Americans. It’s a difficult task for them because, as CNN’s William Schneider once put it, “the press . . . just doesn’t get religion.” A recent high-profile attempt to “get religion” is the new issue of Time magazine. In it, Time identifies what it calls the “25 most influential evangelicals in America.” These are people “whose influence,” in Time’s estimation, “is on the rise or who have carved out a singular role.”...
  • The Skeleton in the Closet: Divorce and Same-Sex 'Marriage'

    01/06/2005 5:21:49 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 9 replies · 476+ views
    BreakPoint with Chuck Colson ^ | January 4, 2005 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. On Election Day, initiatives defining marriage as one man and one woman passed overwhelmingly in all eleven states that had them on the ballot. But this victory isn’t necessarily permanent. Unless we continue to make a compelling case for the sanctity of marriage, public opinion is quite likely to drift in the other direction. And it’s going to be increasingly difficult to make that case unless we deal with some of the skeletons in our own closet. Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, a well-known author and lecturer on marriage, pointed...
  • Regaining 'Hard-Nosed Teachings': The Doctrine of Human Sin

    12/29/2004 1:12:53 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 19 replies · 683+ views
    BreakPoint with Chuck Colson ^ | December 22, 2004 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. America was about to go to war—again—and liberal theologians were appalled. We are making a terrible mistake, they warned. We are demonizing the enemy and rushing to war. We are not fighting for democracy, but we’re about to engage in a "clash of imperialisms." And, in fact, we are really to blame for our enemies' evil acts. As it turned out, the theologians were wrong—but many refused to admit it until World War II was over. Six decades later, as Joe Loconte, the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion...
  • The Dangers of Reading: "Dickens and the Social Order"

    12/29/2004 12:16:43 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 5 replies · 454+ views
    BreakPoint with Chuck Colson ^ | December 28, 2004 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. When you hear the name Charles Dickens, what comes to mind? A Christmas Carol? Sentimental tales of poor but loving families, or helpless orphans saved by wealthy benefactors? All of those impressions are accurate, but there’s a lot more to Dickens than that. In fact, there’s a lot more to this great novelist than even many literary critics have been able to see. Author, editor, and critic Myron Magnet suggests that this is because so many readers and critics bring their own preconceptions to their reading of Dickens (along...
  • The Dangers of Reading - Dickens and the Social Order

    12/28/2004 8:50:02 AM PST · by UnklGene · 87 replies · 1,725+ views
    Breakpoint.org ^ | December 28, 2004 | Mark Earley
    The Dangers of Reading - Dickens and the Social Order BreakPoint with Chuck Colson December 28, 2004 Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. When you hear the name Charles Dickens, what comes to mind? A Christmas Carol? Sentimental tales of poor but loving families, or helpless orphans saved by wealthy benefactors? All of those impressions are accurate, but there’s a lot more to Dickens than that. In fact, there’s a lot more to this great novelist than even many literary critics have been able to see. Author, editor, and critic Myron Magnet suggests that this...
  • Virginia Election Night Thread

    11/06/2001 3:11:16 PM PST · by Ligeia · 409 replies · 818+ views
    Watch results reported here: VIPNET
  • Faith on Campus: Is it Possible? Answer: Yes

    12/02/2004 1:07:16 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 4 replies · 436+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | 2 dec 04 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. Do you think college today is a faith-friendly place? That university culture is free of anti-Christian bias? That your child’s teachers are pure seekers of truth with no axes to grind? If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. As J. Budziszewski explains in his wonderful new book Ask Me Anything: Provocative Answers for College Students, it’s still possible to learn something at college, but professors don’t always cooperate. He ought to know. Budziszewski is a tenured professor of government and philosophy in the University of...
  • Virginia: Election Morning News Roundup

    11/06/2001 6:58:42 AM PST · by cogitator · 22 replies · 230+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 11/6/2001 | Various
    <p>Alternately combative and reflective, Republican Mark L. Earley yesterday concluded his quest for the governorship, appealing to voters for an upset. The White House dismissed suggestions the Virginia race will be a referendum on President Bush.</p> <p>"The polls want to put us down, but are you ready to put us over the top?" Earley asked about 170 supporters at a morning rally in heavily GOP Henrico County.</p>
  • ‘Desensitize, Jam, and Convert’: Silencing the Biblical Viewpoint

    09/29/2004 10:33:07 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 22 replies · 975+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson | September 29, 2004 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. “Peace came to Michael Shackelford last year inside a psychiatric ward,” the story began. Michael “was 16, and his mother had just discovered his relationship with another young man.” Unable to contemplate his future as a gay teenager in rural Oklahoma, Michael attempted suicide. That story, which ran above-the-fold on the front page of the Washington Post this past Sunday, put forward every piece of propaganda from the gay rights movement. Not least among that propaganda was that Christians are ignorant, hate-filled bigots; a society’s stand against homosexuality drives...
  • Metro Versus Retro: Should We Abandon the Electoral College?

    09/06/2004 2:44:52 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 59 replies · 1,681+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | September 02, 2004 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. Retro, Metro. Retro, Metro. If those words seem familiar, you may have seen an ad campaign talking about a “great divide” in America. The themes of the campaign are echoed in a new book titled The Great Divide: Retro Versus Metro America. It is written by entrepreneur John Sperling. Sperling argues that America has effectively become two nations. One nation that he labels Retro is traditional, religious, Southern and rural, opposed to abortion, taxes, and welfare. By contrast, Metros tend to be urban, tolerant, and secular, committed to excellence...
  • Judiciocracy: Judge Casey and the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

    09/06/2004 2:06:40 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 16 replies · 463+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | September 01, 2004 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. “Gruesome, brutal, barbaric, and uncivilized.” That is what U.S. District Judge Richard Casey in New York thinks about partial-birth abortion. Unfortunately, Casey’s thoughts about the procedure were not enough to keep him from declaring the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional last Thursday. Partial-birth abortion might be gruesome, brutal, and all the rest, but it is also medically necessary—at least in Judge Casey’s view. Several doctors made a compelling case in court that partial-birth abortion is never necessary to save a mother’s life. However, opponents of the ban also brought...
  • Academic Fables and Myths: Does Believing Make It So?

    08/16/2004 12:16:13 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 156 replies · 2,049+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | August 13, 2004 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. When Julie went away to college, she made a point of sharing Christ with her three roommates. They listened politely and seemed supportive. Julie was excited; they all seemed open to the Gospel. But to her surprise, they responded just as warmly when Sally said she was into the New Age and believed in “the god within all of us”; and when Amy said she believed that God is a “force,” like in Star Wars; and when Ruth said she was a “very spiritual” person but didn’t believe in...
  • Fears and Fallacies: How to Stand Your Ground

    08/17/2004 2:25:49 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 6 replies · 685+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | August 13, 2004 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. A professor at a well known liberal arts college became infamous for starting each semester by holding up a Bible and asking, “How many of you believe this book is the Word of God?” One or two undergraduates might have sheepishly raised their hands. The professor would then say, “Do you want to know what I think of this book? This is what I think of it”—and he would hurl the Bible out an open window. Even more astonishing, this display took place at a Christian college. Hostility to...
  • Fools for Clients: Why Men on TV Are Morons

    08/09/2004 1:38:14 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 90 replies · 2,037+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | 9 Aug 04 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. A recent edition of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption featured a discussion of Lance Armstrong’s impending victory in the Tour de France. The show’s hosts didn’t ask their guest, CBS reporter Armen Keteyian, how Armstrong had won his unprecedented sixth consecutive tour. Nor did they ask how a man who, seven years ago, was given less than a fifty-fifty chance to live, could dominate the world’s most grueling athletic event. No, they asked him how “hot” Armstrong’s girlfriend, singer Sheryl Crow, was. Keteyian ignored the question at first. When the...