Monthly Archives: February 2018

BP This Week: ‘He Just Wanted to Tell People About Jesus’ – A Tribute to Billy Graham




John Stonestreet and Ed Stetzer devote the entire program to the life and legacy of Billy Graham–how he shaped modern evangelicalism, his impact on the lives of millions (including Chuck Colson and all of us here at the Colson Center), his role in the Civil Rights movement, his sterling integrity, and more. In the end, says Ed, Billy Graham “just wanted to tell people about Jesus.”

Yes, Christians Do Hear God’s Voice Call Me Crazy





A Washington Post writer once said that evangelicals are “poor, ignorant, and easy to command.” Well, at least he didn’t say we were mentally ill.

Until now that is. On a recent segment of “The View,” Joy Behar took aim at Mike Pence’s belief that God speaks to him. Responding to a comment by another host, Behar said, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another when Jesus talks to you. That’s a mental illness if I’m not correct. Hearing voices.”

That’s a sign of how ignorant elites truly are about beliefs and practices common to something like two billion Christians.

I actually find it surprising that Behar, who claims to be Catholic, hasn’t found time in her seventy-five years to learn a little more about prayer.

Behar’s comment outraged Americans from coast to coast. Twenty-five thousand people let ABC know what we thought of a network that allows an employee to sneer at the way other people practice their faith.

The next day, Behar responded to her critics with a sarcastic clarification, saying, “I don’t think Mike Pence is mentally ill even though he says he is hearing voices.”

Wow. That’s some apology.

I’d like to propose a solution. I invite Joy Behar to spend some time looking into what Christians mean when they say they hear God’s voice.

She might start with the writings of J. Warner Wallace, a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center. In a piece posted by FOX News, Wallace notes that when Christians say, “God spoke to me,” they don’t “necessarily mean that God spoke audibly.”  Christians, he explains, “believe the Bible is the ‘word of God,’ and by reading it, [we] gain access to the mind of God.”

He points to 2nd Timothy, which notes that Holy Scripture is “God-breathed,” and Hebrews 4, which says “the word of God is living and active.” Reading these verses, one could see how Christians might legitimately say, “God spoke to me,” Wallace explains.

Second, God can use wise and mature advisors to teach us about God’s will–people who have invested long years reading and meditating over scripture. Wallace writes that a believer who says God spoke to her “may simply mean that one of God’s children provided them with Biblical wisdom.”

Third, God may speak to us through difficult experiences.  As C.S. Lewis writes in The Problem of Pain, “God whispers to us in our pleasures . . . but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

Fourth, God may indeed speak audibly to His followers. Many people have written about hearing God’s voice in a crisis. And in my own case, God spoke to me through an amazing, mind-blowing dream.

Bible-reading Christians know this. Open your Bible, and you’ll find all kinds of examples of each of the ways God speaks to His people—audibly, through prophets, and through the written word.

Finally, it’s worth reminding our media that, if Mike Pence is crazy for believing he hears God’s voice, then so are George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama—all of whom said they listened for the still, small voice of God.

I really do hope Joy Behar will give it a try.

And for more by J. Warner Wallace on Christian apologetics, please visit


Yes, Christians Do Hear God’s Voice: Call Me Crazy

As Eric points out, followers of Christ hear Him speak in many ways–by reading and meditating on Holy Scripture, through wise advisors and fellow believers, through dreams, and even through experiences and circumstances. To quote Francis Schaeffer, He is there, and He is not silent.



What do Christians mean when they say ‘God spoke to me?’ 

  • J. Warner Wallace | FOX News | February 18, 2018
He is There and He is Not Silent

  • Francis Schaeffer | Tyndale House Publishers

The Reformation

Listen to a radio commentary here.

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Unhappy for Different Reasons







If you have ever listened to a Dennis Prager radio program, you know he often talks about the differences between liberals and conservatives. And you would also know that he dedicates one hour to what he calls “the happiness hour” where he explores why people are happy or unhappy.

So it is not surprising that he recently wrote a commentary on the subject: “Liberals and Conservatives Are Unhappy for Different Reasons.” He says that unhappy conservatives generally believe they are unhappy because life is difficult and tragic or because they made some unwise decisions in life. Liberals are unhappy generally because they believe they have been persecuted.



BreakPoint: Remembering Billy Graham




The world’s greatest evangelist died early Wednesday morning. Here are some thoughts, including from the late Chuck Colson, on the Rev. Billy Graham.

Here’s a story that could be repeated by any one of a million Americans:

“At age 45 I attended a Billy Graham Crusade in New York City and responded to the call. A man took me aside to counsel me after I went forward and I really felt Christ was in that conversation.

“I knew it was all different from that point on,” this man continued. “I was going to church before then but I didn’t have the personal relationship.”

That testimony belongs to Tom Phillips, the man who, several years later led Chuck Colson to Christ. At the Colson Center, Graham’s passing represents more than just the end of an era. It’s something like the loss of a grandfather.

Rev. Graham ministered to every U.S. president since Harry Truman. He was instrumental in the Civil Rights movement, even posting bail for Martin Luther King, Jr. and personally removing the barrier between the white and black section at his crusades. And he appeared on Gallup’s list of most admired men and women more often than anyone else in the world.

His sixty-seven years of evangelism, not only in tents, churches, and stadiums but also through innovative use of new media and technologies, would deliver a simple Gospel message to more people than any other Protestant minister in history: an estimated 2.2 billion.

In response, millions surrendered their lives to Christ to the contrite strains of “Just as I Am.”

Chuck Colson first met the Reverend Graham in Nixon’s White House. In a 2006 tribute, he recalled the minister’s pastoral care and concern for the President and his staff. Chuck also felt a debt of gratitude to Graham for offering counsel and support when he was released from prison, and he credited Graham as a mentor who shaped his ministry from the beginning, and even joined him in the prisons to share the Gospel.

Chuck recalled seeing Rev. Graham, the celebrity evangelist to millions, sitting cross-legged on the floor in a maximum security prison sharing Christ’s love with a single prisoner. Chuck later wrote, “He was as comfortable in that prison as he was in a palace.”

But still, what strikes me in all of this, is just how unlikely this story is. Some of Graham’s success can be attributed to extraordinary talent, oratorical skills, his strong team, and other things. But it can’t explain how this self-described “farm boy” would become—well—Billy Graham.

Timing is part of the story: God called Graham to ministry at an extraordinary time in American church history. After the Scopes trial of 1925, American evangelicalism had largely retreated from public life—perceived by a hostile public to be nothing but backwoods fundamentalism.

But then arose four faces of an evangelical resurgence: Fuller Seminary, Christianity Today Magazine, the National Association of Evangelicals, and most important of all, Billy Graham, who leapt onto the national stage in the unlikeliest of ways: a 1949 evangelistic crusade in, of all places, Los Angeles.

So what was it? His “golden” voice? His calm demeanor? His ability to connect with the powerful? His humility? His innovative use of new technologies? His impeccable integrity? All of these things certainly contributed to his life and influence. But his answer, when he was asked by CNN’s Larry King in 2005: “It’s the message…”

God raised Billy Graham up at a specific time and specific place to exalt Jesus. And that’s exactly what he did. This Christian hero came to Jesus “just as he was,” and he dedicated his entire life to telling others that, really, that’s the only way for any of us to come to Jesus: “Without one plea, but that His blood was shed for me.”

Thank you God, for Billy Graham.  And thank you, Reverend Graham. We love you. We’ll miss you.


Remembering Billy Graham: America’s Pastor Goes Home

He was a mentor to so many, and an inspiration to Christians around the world. Read more about Billy Graham, America’s pastor, by clicking on the links below.


Billy Graham (1918-2018): A Tribute by Chuck Colson

  • John Stonestreet | Colson Center | February 21, 2018
Dr. John Woodbridge and Dr. Timothy George Remember Billy Graham

  • John Stonestreet | BreakPoint podcast | February 21, 2018
Interview With Billy Graham

  • Larry King Live | CNN | June 16, 2005
God’s Billy Pulpit

  • Nancy Gibbs and Richard N. Ostling | TIME | November 15, 1993
Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond

  • Billy Graham | Thomas Nelson Publishers | September 2015

The Point: America’s Pastor Goes Home





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America’s pastor is with the Lord.

Billy Graham died Wednesday morning at age ninety-nine. A towering figure of the 20thcentury, evangelist to millions, an advisor to presidents and monarchs, and the face of the evangelical movement for decades.

But most of all, Billy Graham is remembered for his lifelong devotion to preaching the Gospel. Tens of thousands met Christ through his evangelistic crusades including a man who eventually would lead Chuck Colson to Christ. We’ve posted Chuck’s tribute to Graham at

Graham’s work extends in countless ways through the lives changed through his preaching, who now minister to others in business, government, and in prison. He’s a grandfather-in-the-faith to millions.

Billy Graham will be remembered alongside Wesley, Whitfield, Spurgeon and others as voices used by God to change the world. He’s joined in Christ’s presence now by a multitude of converts, who are perhaps singing that hymn that Graham used to invite them into the Kingdom: “Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me.”


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Billy Graham (1918-2018): A Tribute by Chuck Colson

  • Colson Center | February 21, 2018

The Victor Marx Story A God Who Restores All Things






Our God is a God who restores all things. And I want to tell you about an amazing restoration job the Lord has performed in one man’s life.

In Philippians 4, Paul reminds us to think about whatever is true, right, pure and praiseworthy. Because it’s all too easy to get sucked into the cultural craziness around us, or to succumb to the pain and suffering we witness or experience every day.

That’s why every Friday at, my colleague Warren Cole Smith tells a story about God at work in the lives of His people. To encourage us. To remind us that He’s with us.

And I’ve got one such story to tell you, about a man I know, and interviewed recently.

His name is Victor Marx. His father was a pimp and a drug dealer. Four stepfathers abused and even tortured him. To escape the emotional pain, he began taking drugs as a teenager.

You probably think you know how this tragic tale ends—but you’d be wrong. Today, that boy, Victor Marx, is an evangelical Christian who runs a ministry that helps traumatized children.

When he grew up, Victor escaped his tormented home life by joining the Marines. Sent to Iraq, he transferred his anger to enemy soldiers. He also learned martial arts so that nobody could ever hurt him again.

Victor was still in the Marines when his father got in touch with him. The last Victor had heard, he was a practicing warlock. He sent Victor a letter apologizing for failing him and invited him to visit. And then he gave Victor a real shock: He told his son he had turned his life over to Christ.

Victor went to church with his father, and heard the message that Jesus loved him so much he had willingly died for his sins. For the first time in his life, Victor regretted the bad things he had done. He broke into tears and surrendered his life to Christ.

And then Victor began to confront his past. God told him to find his first stepfather and forgive him—or he himself would stay hard, mean, and angry. Victor found the old man, whose health had been destroyed by drinking and drugs. Victor read him scripture and witnessed to him, and just before he died, the old man accepted Christ.

In the years that followed, Victor—now married with five children—began meeting with a trauma specialist, who helped him confront the memories of abuse. He learned to forgive everyone who had ever harmed him. And he embraced Romans 8:28: “All things work together for good to them that love God.”

This verse inspired the name of his new work helping trauma victims: All Things Possible Ministries.

“Often,” Victor says, “When the worst, most unfair, cruel things happen to a person, we can’t see what the result will be.” But if we love and trust God, He can redeem the evil and turn it for good.

And this is the message he’s given to the thousands of incarcerated kids he has spoken to, many of whom endured horrific childhoods, just as Victor did. His own story of childhood trauma helps him break down their resistance—and open them up to Christ’s love.

Victor and ATP Ministries have also taken high-risk trips to Iraq to minister to traumatized children rescued from the clutches of ISIS. His ministry has given more than 21,000 comfort toys to children traumatized by war. He’s even witnessed to captured ISIS soldiers.

One of the great questions people have about Christianity is why a good God allows suffering. Victor Marx has a personal answer to that question. “The worst things in my life,” he says, “the greatest injustices, have actually been turned around for good.”

Because our God is a God who restores all things.

Please come to every Friday for more stories of God at work.


The Victor Marx Story: A God Who Restores All Things

For more of Victor Marx’s story and info on his ministry All Things Possible, click on the links in the Resources section. And as Eric mentioned, check out Warren Cole Smith’s Friday feature at called “Restoring All Things” for more stories of God at work in the lives of everyday people. Click here to read his latest column.



Billy Graham was a sinner like all




( Billy thoughts – The above is part of a commentay Cal Thomas did. How true Cal. Read more of the commentary  here or listen to the 


Don’t judge when God’s amazing grace saves a sinner after all we are all sinners in need of saving grave

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I’m sure you’ve seen it all before. A so-called “terrible person” is saved by grace, and the commentary kicks in: “That couldn’t possibly be true.” “There’s no way HE could be a Christian now.” “I don’t buy it.” The religious cynics don’t take long to make their analysis. And you know, those cynics have always been around and they will always be around.

In the book of Luke, we read the story of Jesus’ friendship with the tax collector Zacchaeus.  When He first called Zacchaeus by name, Luke says, “All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.’” That is such a dangerous way of thinking, isn’t it? When we begin to question whom Jesus is befriending? When we think God’s grace should only come to certain people? Who are we to determine who is and isn’t deserving of grace? None of us deserve God’s grace- that’s what makes it beautiful. That’s what makes it Good News!

So don’t grumble when God befriends someone you might classify as the “worst of the worst”. Rejoice! God is working in powerful ways. This week, instead of grumbling about what God is doing, let’s be like Jesus, and befriend sinners to introduce them to Jesus Christ. You’ll never regret it.


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