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The 2016 Wilberforce Weekend

The 2016 Wilberforce Weekend: Energizing and equipping Christian leadership in the spirit of William Wilberforce is a Special Report sponsored by The Colson Center for Christian Worldview and prepared by The Washington Times Advocacy Department.

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Wilberforce Weekend: God loveth "re" words

There are a lot of "re" words in the Bible. Words like redemption, renew, repent, restore, resurrection, reconciliation and regeneration show up over and over throughout the Bible, especially the New Testament.

Wilberforce Weekend: Understanding God's mission

You've probably been sent on a mission before. For some, it could have simply been out to the store to get some ice cream. For others, it could have been to face a deadly enemy on foreign soil.

Wilberforce Weekend: Hannah More, the 'female' Wilberforce

If you are like most people, you perhaps have never heard of Hannah More, so don't feel bad. When you're done hearing my very short discussion about her and her legacy, and why she is often called the female Wilberforce, you might, like me, come to think of Wilberforce as the female More.

Wilberforce Weekend: ISIS using new technology to commit medieval brutality

"Disruption" is a word of Silicon Valley currency. It's a word we use to describe an unexpected agitation of some age-old idea, a dislodging of a cog in the old system. It's primarily a technological term envisioning massive change in a short period of time with exponential results. A true disruption can shake generations on each side of it. It can rattle all that everyone knew and establish a new norm.

Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006 before the start of a House International Relations Committee meeting on the situation in Sudan. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

Wilberforce Weekend: 'Does the West care about us? Does the church care about us?'

The Bible has much to say about persecution, oppression. In Luke 4:18, Jesus reads to the synagogue in Nazareth from Isaiah. He said, "The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free."

Wilberforce Weekend: Strengthening our common bond in Jesus Christ

Like so many of you, the name Chuck Colson came to my consciousness in association with those troubled days of Watergate. I think we don't need to apologize for associating that period, Watergate, with Chuck Colson any more than we apologize for associating the road to Damascus with St. Paul.

Wilberforce Weekend: God's 'counterintuitive' plan to vanquish anger, fear, despair

I don't need to tell you that we live in an increasingly dark and dangerous world that something bad has happened to our world. And, given the state of our world, I find that the operational attitude of a lot of Christians, who take our world seriously and who don't see immediate solutions, is increasing despair.

Wilberforce Weekend: Recovering William Wilberforce's impact on civilization

Chuck Colson loved William Wilberforce for many reasons, and in 1988 started a Wilberforce Award to honor the individual who, as a Christian in the footsteps of Wilberforce, stood up for doing the right thing in challenging times. The first honoree was Benigno Aquino, who heroically stood up to Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos and was later assassinated by Marcos at the now-renamed Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Wilberforce Weekend: Chuck Colson: A man of faith and reason

Scarcely a day goes by when I don't remember and miss and feel the inspiring spirit of my late, beloved friend Chuck Colson. I am so sorry I can't be with all of you this evening to remember Chuck and celebrate his life and all the good that he did for all of us.

Wilberforce Weekend: Tributes from Colson Fellows

"The Centurions Program, now the Colson Fellows program, transformed my life. Since 1997, I've been practicing as a pediatric physical therapist in a very small, rural Indiana community."

Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Wilberforce Weekend: The power of a good idea

As a college president, I have often argued that ideas have consequences. For good or for ill, ideas matter. People are unavoidably blessed or cursed by their guiding principles — by the import of their ideas. In many ways, we inevitably do practice what we preach. "[That] thing a man does practically believe the thing a man does practically lay to heart, and know for certain is in all cases the primary thing for him, and creatively determines all the rest." (Carlyle).