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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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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.

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.

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.

Museum of the Bible beckons all to 'come and see'

Since the day I was born, the Bible has played a significant role in my life. My parents taught me to love it, to cherish its principles, and to apply them to everything I did.

Christian communities offer 'ballast' against violence, radicalism, insanity'

If you read Jeremiah 29:11, every high school yearbook has, "I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you, to give you a future and a hope," right? We all remember that verse. What's the context of it? Seek the good of the city. Where were those exiles? Babylon.

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)

'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."

Be light!

Today's complacency is tomorrow's captivity.

Restore brokenness by welcoming home the orphans

How many of you knew that we have orphans in the United States? I encounter people every day who haven't the foggiest idea that we have [100,000] orphans who need families in the United States.

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.

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.

Remembering Colson and his three 'lodestars'

It was in the early 1990s when I was working on a project. I closed the door to my office and said to my secretary, "No matter who calls, I don't want to be interrupted."

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.

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.

Tribute from Colson Fellows

"The Colson Center's Centurion Program provided me an inspirational, foundational, and practical educational experience that was a catalyst for personal and cultural change.

Tributes from Colson Fellows

"I had the joy and great privilege to attend the Centurions program when it was first launched. Meeting Chuck Colson was a treat; I enjoyed his sense of humor and insight."

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."

Tributes from Colson Fellows

"The Colson Fellows program was a tremendous blessing in my spiritual, personal and professional development."

Five questions reveal one's worldview

Your worldview is, quite simply, your view of the world. It is your belief system — the lens through which you see all of life. Everyone has a worldview, whether they've thought it through or not.

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

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).

'Resisting evil' means rising above anger

In considering the Wilberforce Weekend themes of "promoting good, resisting evil and restoring brokenness," one big thing comes to mind that's essential to accomplishing all three: giving up anger.

Focusing on winning the culture, not the culture war

One of my favorite books — and one I regularly challenge private schools to make mandatory faculty reading -- is Dr. James Burnham's 1964 classic, "Suicide of the West" (Encounter Books, 2014).