Stonestreet, John
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New! Judge Rules for Kelvin Cochran

Another big religious freedom case in federal court. And in this case, there's a ray of hope.

Date posted: 2018-01-09

Banning Babies

We live in a world that's constantly calculating the value of people with disability, even though we know that they're priceless.

Date posted: 2017-12-23

Banning Babies

No one wants their kids to grow up to become criminals. But for some, their crime is simply existing.

Date posted: 2017-12-23

The Spirit of Adoption

Choosing love may make it easier for someone to choose life. And yet, there's a whole lot more to adoption than that.

Date posted: 2017-12-23

Prayer Shaming and the Church Shooting

Prayer, it seems, is no longer a politically acceptable response to tragedy. Instead, we're being told to put our trust in something else.

Date posted: 2017-11-19

Planned Parenthood vs. Little Girls

The worst form of discrimination against women in our time is one that is virtually ignored by feminists.

Date posted: 2017-11-19


The curtain is being lifted on sexual predation. That's good. And it reveals why we cannot abandon Christianity's liberating vision of human sexuality.

Date posted: 2017-11-19

Genocide in Burma

When we think of religious persecution, the Middle East usually comes to mind. But things have also gotten nasty in Southeast Asia.

Date posted: 2017-09-30

Iceland 'Close to Eradicating Down Syndrome Births'

One Scandinavian country's treatment of the vulnerable is a barometer for where the rest of the world is headed.

Date posted: 2017-09-23

Are Sex and Marriage Issues of Orthodoxy?

Can Christians agree to disagree about same-sex "marriage"? Or is accepting homosexuality heresy? These are big questions.

Date posted: 2017-09-23

The Genetic Arms Race

A new genetic technology is being called a weapon of mass destruction.

Date posted: 2017-08-14

A Killer Bonus

Faced with doctors' growing resistance to assisted suicide, some Canadian advocates are asking, "What if we just pay them more?"

Date posted: 2017-08-14

French President Macron and African Babies

Well, according to the French President, it's no use pouring money into Africa because Africans have too many babies. Yes, he really said that.

Date posted: 2017-08-12

Eugene Peterson and Same-Sex 'Marriage'

Last week, the well-known evangelical author Eugene Peterson appeared to embrace so-called same-sex "marriage," and then, he backtracked. There's a lot to talk about.

Date posted: 2017-08-12

Being Pro-Life at Google

Is it possible to argue effectively for the rights of the unborn to a secular audience? Just Google it!

Date posted: 2017-07-09

When Charity Is Labeled "Hate"

The culture war has a new front: philanthropic giving. That is, charity. And Christians, once again, are in the crosshairs.

Date posted: 2017-07-09

Michelle Carter and Doctor-Assisted Death

The recent, disturbing criminal trial of Michelle Carter not only tests new legal boundaries, it's a mirror held up in front of our society.

Date posted: 2017-07-05

Don't Argue the Exceptions

"But what about the . . . ?" Has a rare exception every stumped you when making the case for life or anything else? Here's how to respond with grace and truth.

Date posted: 2017-06-02

Preach Scripture, Fill the Pews

What's the number one thing we can do to fill our churches? It's probably not what you think.

Date posted: 2017-06-02

Free Speech on College Campuses - and Seminaries

Intellectual intolerance is such a plague on American universities that both conservative and liberal academics are speaking out. Even together.

Date posted: 2017-06-02

Christian Abortion Supporters

Can you claim to be "born-again" when you won't allow others to be born in the first place? Here's how abortion strikes at the heart of the Christian faith.

Date posted: 2017-06-02

Know the Truth, Know the Culture

You're a Christian. You sense God has more for you. You want to go deeper. You want to make a difference.

Date posted: 2017-06-02

BreakPoint: Forgiveness and Reconciliation for Our Times

On the 160th anniversary of one of the worst Supreme Court decisions, something beautiful and miraculous happened.

Date posted: 2017-03-30

No Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood!

Planned Parenthood sold baby parts and should be stripped of funding. So finds a select House investigative panel.

Date posted: 2017-03-30

No, We Can't 'Agree to Disagree' on Marriage

Can Christians agree to disagree on our culture's most controversial topics? Well, when it comes to certain issues, the answer is no.

Date posted: 2017-03-30

Dear Teens, Virginity Is Good for You

Teens who abstain from sex are healthier than those who don't. Once again, research backs up the life-giving moral claims of a Christian worldview.

Date posted: 2017-01-05

Religious Liberty Bestowed by God or Government?

The problem isn't just that we're losing religious freedom. It's that people no longer understand what it is.

Date posted: 2016-11-17

The Late, Great Stem Cell Debate

The biggest ethical and scientific debate of the early 2000s has all but disappeared. And we need to tell people why.

Date posted: 2016-10-13

Protecting Planned Parenthood in California

Another, yes another, disturbing bill is being proposed in the California legislature. What's going on in that state?

Date posted: 2016-10-13

'Born this Way' Is Shaky Science

"The science is settled!" we often hear on any questions surrounding the LGBT issues. But two experts replied last week, "Not so fast."

Date posted: 2016-10-13

America's Looming Demographic Winter

Is America heading for a demographic cold snap? The fertility forecast is gloomy these days.

Date posted: 2016-10-13

America's Extreme Abortion Laws

We know what the majority on the Supreme Court thinks about abortion. But increasingly, the court of public opinion is issuing a different ruling.

Date posted: 2016-10-13

The Condom Conundrum

Remember those so-called "experts" who assured us that condoms would cut rates of fertility and STDs? Well, they now face a conundrum.

Date posted: 2016-10-13

Heads Up, Pro-Lifers The last twitchings of flabby liberalish

The Supreme Court followed its decision on the Texas abortion law by refusing to hear a case on the religious freedom of pharmacists. Are you discouraged?

Date posted: 2016-07-25

Pro-Life Setback The Supremes strike down women's safety

Supreme Court ruling on Texas's abortion law was a setback for the pro-life cause. But not as big of a setback as some would have you believe.

Date posted: 2016-07-25

Premature Requiems for Religion We're not dead yet!

Is religion headed for extinction? Some experts think so. But if you ask me, the funeral planning is premature.

Date posted: 2016-07-17

Bathrooms, Biology and Federal Overreach

Was everyone who lived before 2015 an unenlightened bigot? Recent statements by this administration may give you that impression.

Date posted: 2016-07-10

New Reports on Religious Freedom

Religious liberty, a cornerstone of American life since the founding of this country, is showing some disturbing cracks in light of increasing conflicts over the definition of marriage and coerced participation in so-called "same-sex" weddings.

Date posted: 2016-07-10

European Suicide, Spiritual and Physical

We've already witnessed the spiritual demise of Europe. Can its physical demise be far behind?

Date posted: 2016-07-10

The Supremes' Ruling on Marriage

Friday's Supreme Court ruling on marriage was not surprising. But the arrogance and chronological snobbery evident in the ruling was. What's it all mean?

Date posted: 2015-08-01

Painkillers. . . Heroin. . . Epidemic

It's an epidemic of shocking proportions. And Christians aren't immune. I'm talking about the scourge of heroin.

Date posted: 2015-08-01

Bugs in the Overpopulation Theory

John Lennon was right when everyone else was wrong. And if you never expected me to say that on BreakPoint, what he was right about will surprise you even more.

Date posted: 2015-08-01

Bruce Jenner, Transgenderism and the Church

Bruce Jenner, Transgenderism and the Church

Date posted: 2015-05-27

Our Muslim Neighbors

Given the rise of Islamist terrorism, is it even possible for Christians to love our Muslim neighbors

Date posted: 2015-05-27

Demographics and 'Do It for Denmark'

Declining birthrates are a major threat for many industrialized societies. And the solution won't be found in new government policies

Date posted: 2015-05-27

Redefining Marriage Redefines Parenthood

Redefining marriage doesn't just redefine marriage. It also redefines parenthood. Just ask the kids.

Date posted: 2015-05-27

Margaret Sanger and Consequentialism

The road to Hades is paved with good intentions. And, I'd like to add, with consequentialist arguments.

Date posted: 2015-05-27

More Evidence for the Traditional Family

Christians believe children are more likely to flourish with a married mom and dad at home -- but what does science have to say about it?

Date posted: 2015-02-27

Evangelicals and Same-Sex 'Marriage'

A recent TIME article is exposing a question we should've wrestled with long before now.

Date posted: 2015-02-27

Radical Islam, Secularism and Christianity

The horrific acts of terror in France offer a reminder to Christians. Christ's kingdom advances in love, not force.

Date posted: 2015-02-27

Old Age, Happiness, and Virtue

According to new research, maybe the "golden years" can really be golden after all.

Date posted: 2014-12-24

Responding to the LGBT Movement's Southern Strategy

If the Human Rights Campaign can make it there, they can make it anywhere -- but it's not New York.

Date posted: 2014-12-24

Time for a New Sexual Revolution

With colleges soon to go on winter break, let's take a look at the carnage on these front lines of the sexual revolution.

Date posted: 2014-12-24

We Aren't Charlie

The massacre in Paris has me wondering: are cultural decadence or Islamic extremism our only two choices?

Date posted: 2014-12-24

Kids Need a Mom and a Dad

We often speak about the right to life, but children possess another right that we don't discuss often enough.

Date posted: 2014-12-24

Excuse Me, My Baby Is the Wrong Color

Our illusions of autonomy plus our technologies have turned babies into commodities, and the results are tragic.

Date posted: 2014-10-19

The Unseen Pain behind 'Gay Marriage'

To make the case for same-sex marriage, advocates tell a lot of stories. But some stories are not being told, and they're important too. I'll explain.

Date posted: 2014-10-07

Pro-Choice 2.0

Pro-choice advocates are on the ropes, which is why they're ditching their sheep's clothing and baring their fangs.

Date posted: 2014-09-22

The Pornification of the Church

In the spring of 2000, Zogby International asked more than a thousand U.S. adults whether they had ever visited a sexually-oriented web site. Only one in five had done so. Among born-again Christians, 18 percent had gone to such sites, just three percentage points less than the general public.

Date posted: 2014-09-22

Look Up

Facing an unpleasant circumstance, sometimes we just want to "get it over with." But that's no way to approach people at the end of their life.

Date posted: 2014-09-22

Getting It Over With

Facing an unpleasant circumstance, sometimes we just want to "get it over with." But that's no way to approach people at the end of their life

Date posted: 2014-09-22

Pill-Popping Morality

We recently told you about a pill designed to erase bad memories. How about a pill to erase bad behavior

Date posted: 2014-09-22

The 'Gay Marriage' Tsunami

It's past time we move from asking "What if?" to asking "What now?" And that's what Sean McDowell and I do in our new book.

Date posted: 2014-09-22

Media Hype and Same-Sex Parenting Studies

A new study claims that children in same-sex homes fare better than kids in opposite-sex homes. Really? Well, let's look a bit deeper.

Date posted: 2014-09-22

Parent Consumers, Baby Commodities

Babies are now treated as products to be ordered, manufactured, received and discarded according to our wills.

Date posted: 2014-09-22

Gambling, Drugs, and Odd Political Bedfellows

What do legalized gambling and legalized pot have in common? They fill government coffers and fuel social pathologies -- all in the name of personal freedom.

Date posted: 2014-09-22

Generation Triple X

Even the secular world is worried about pornography. But without the worldview to fight it, they're at an impasse. This is where the church can help.

Date posted: 2014-03-20

The Language of Assisted Suicide

The battle over ideas is the battle over definitions. Whoever controls the language controls the debate. Let me illustrate. What's your response - positive or negative - to the term "assisted suicide"?

Date posted: 2014-03-05

Abortion Rates and Contraception

According to a recently announced study by the Guttmacher Institute, abortion rates in the United States have dropped to their lowest rate since 1973, that's the year Roe v. Wade created a constitutional right to abortion.

Date posted: 2014-03-05

Casualties in the War on Poverty

It's been fifty years since President Johnson declared a "War on Poverty."

Date posted: 2014-03-05

Abortion and the Moral Imagination

Facts are stubborn things. And so are some people in the face of them, especially when it comes to abortion.

Date posted: 2014-03-05

Facing the Question That Never Goes Away

What should Christians say about all the suffering in the world?

Date posted: 2014-03-05

Where Are the Men?

When was the last time you heard a feminist defend masculinity?

Date posted: 2014-02-23

Do Your Kids 'Get' Christmas?

How do you explain to your kids what Christmas is all about?

Date posted: 2013-12-22

Attractions vs. Actions

Armed with good intentions, individuals, organizations and outreaches have dedicated themselves to treating homosexuality, often by promising to turn homosexuals "straight." In other words, "cure" them of their orientation.

Date posted: 2013-12-11

The ENDA of Religious Liberty?

So, says Anderson, instead of being about equal rights, "ENDA creates special rights for transgendered individuals - males who dress and act as females, and females who dress and act as males - and forbids employers from considering the consequences of such behavior in the workplace."

Date posted: 2013-11-10

Road to Designer Babies

Too often the ability to do something implies the justification to do it. But should we do everything that we can do?

Date posted: 2013-11-04

Oh, Sweet Lorraine

This love song took 75 years to write. It highlights the beauty of life-long married love, something we need to see and hear more often.

Date posted: 2013-10-20

Worse Than Fiction

Or, as Wesley J. Smith summed it up, "One set of doctors killed the patient, stepped out of the room, and another set of doctors entered for the harvest." The Belgian doctors' hope is that "More euthanasia donors are to be expected with more public awareness."

Date posted: 2013-09-21

Abortion and Media Bias

More than 70 percent of Americans oppose abortion after the first trimester. If your only news is from the mainstream media, you'd never know this. Instead, we continue to hear that Americans are split down the middle on abortion, even though we really aren't.

Date posted: 2013-09-09

Breadwinner Moms

Marshall reminds us that, "We live in an era in which traditional life scripts have broken down, especially when it comes to sex, marriage and childbearing. Feminists portray this as liberating, but for many, the outcomes are anything but liberating."

Date posted: 2013-09-09

I Have a Dream

If you have children who are learning about the "I Have a Dream" speech today, make sure they understand what motivated Martin Luther King, Jr. It was his faith in the God who authored justice. Because of this, as King reminded us fifty years ago today, when it comes to civil rights, we should not be satisfied with America's progress until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."

Date posted: 2013-09-09

A-Rod and the Culture of Narcissism

After a year of baseball bans, basketball whiners, sprinting scandals, and a football murder, an athlete putting others first sounds, well, odd.

Date posted: 2013-09-09

Quit While You're a Head

These days, breathtaking medical breakthroughs are the stuff of daily headlines. What used to belong in the realm of science fiction has become commonplace. But every now and then something so bizarre pops up it should remind us that what is medically possible is not always morally permissible.

Date posted: 2013-09-04

The Sewer and the Dropbox

The images and video broadcast around the world triggered shock and disgust: a team of Chinese firefighters sawed open a narrow sewage pipe and removed a screaming newborn baby. The tiny boy, whose only name was "59," after the number of his hospital incubator, miraculously survived after being flushed or dropped - we're still not sure - into a public sewer, where he became lodged.

Date posted: 2013-06-22

Creating Life to Destroy It?

Earlier this month, a group of scientists at Oregon Health Sciences University surprised many of their colleagues when they announced that they had obtained embryonic stem cells from cloned embryos.

Date posted: 2013-06-22

Yes, Christian, There is a Devil

Daniel Patrick Moynihan coined the phrase "defining deviancy down" to describe the process by which we accept outrageous acts that we would never have tolerated a generation ago.

Date posted: 2013-06-22

Gosnell and the Abortion License

In the midst of government scandal, the Gosnell abortion verdict came and went. But the questions it raised will be debated for years.

Date posted: 2013-05-18

There's Courage, Then There's Courage

Unless you've been completely unplugged recently, you likely saw the flood of news stories concerning Jason Collins, the NBA player who recently announced his homosexuality. Collins was called "brave" and "courageous" for the step he took, as the first active male player in a major sport to come out as homosexual.

Date posted: 2013-05-18

The Overblown War between Faith and Science

During the second weekend in April, the Vatican hosted what the Wall Street Journal called an "unusual conference." At this "unusual conference," scientists, including a Nobel Laureate, theologians, and entrepreneurs came together to discuss one of the most contentious issues of our time: stem cell research.

Date posted: 2013-05-05