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Our Heroes of Faith - Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson’s life was full of promise—by age 38 he had a successful career in law after graduating from Brown, rose to the rank of captain in the Marines, and was appointed special counsel to President Nixon. Only a few years later, though, he was testifying before Congress for his role as the so-called “evil genius” of the Nixon administration and his involvement in the Watergate scandal.

His public notoriety and crushed aspirations left "his world collapsing." During this time, Colson’s friend Tom Phillips confronted him over his involvement in the Watergate scandal and told him about how Jesus had died for his sins. The night of their conversation, Colson surrendered his life to Christ. Although he still went to prison less than a year later, he did so with the hope of the gospel.

After he left prison, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries to bring Bible studies to prison inmates just like him. He also went on to start the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and BreakPoint.

Here’s where our story intersects with his: Daniel Kim, Jeanie Oh, Joe Song, Jonathan Lee, and Manny Kim were part of Colson’s Centurions Program (now known as the Colson Fellows) where they received worldview and apologetics training that they used to strengthen our congregation.

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Later when Colson visited the Berkeley campus, he spoke to our college ministry staff and encouraged us to pursue Interhigh ministry, which was still just an idea at that point.

Seeing that apologetics training was being passed down to our college & youth students, he said, “They have a passion and a heart for reaching out to young people, and they understand the crucial need for worldview and apologetics training. I’m excited that they are making this kind of investment in today’s youth.”

This past week was the 7 year anniversary of Colson’s passing, and we’re so thankful for his legacy and the influence he’s had on our church.

Interested in learning more? Check out his books, Loving God, The Good Life or Born Again.

From the Archives: Dr. Craig at Gracepoint

Wheeler Hall packed with students listening to Dr. Craig's talk on the existence of God.

Wheeler Hall packed with students listening to Dr. Craig's talk on the existence of God.

Over the years we've hosted different speakers and teachers to help us grow in our ability to answer both questions from others about our faith and our own questions and doubts.

Dr. William Lane Craig has had a big impact on us in both regards. Dr. Craig is renowned in the world of Christian apologetics. His book On Guard and his Reasonable Faith website and ministry are go-to resources for anyone beginning their study of apologetics. Dr. Craig cogently articulates the claims of the Christian faith and has engaged in fascinating discussions and debates with the likes of Sam Harris, the late Christopher Hitchens and recently with Jordan B. Peterson.

We dug through our Flickr and Vimeo archives and unearthed a few pictures and videos from his visits to our church!

More than 10 years ago, we hosted him for a few talks including one on the existence of God, another on the historicity of the resurrection, and he even preached the message at our Sunday worship service.

Dr. Craig's talks are often followed by a Q&A time. Berkeley students lined up for a chance to engage with him.

Dr. Craig's talks are often followed by a Q&A time. Berkeley students lined up for a chance to engage with him.

Dr. Craig delivered a message on the evidence for Christianity at our Sunday worship service in Berkeley.

Dr. Craig delivered a message on the evidence for Christianity at our Sunday worship service in Berkeley.

Pastor Ed gave Dr. Craig a DVD as a thank you gift—yep, they still used DVDs back then!

Pastor Ed gave Dr. Craig a DVD as a thank you gift—yep, they still used DVDs back then!

In 2010, Dr. Craig came back to Berkeley and gave a compelling argument for how an all-powerful, all-loving God can exist amidst a world of suffering and pain.

During that trip he also gave a talk called, "How Do We Know Jesus Was Raised from the Dead?" to a gathering of youth students at Rise, an event hosted by our Interhigh ministry.

We're grateful for how Dr. Craig has inspired us to think clearly and to increase our knowledge of the evidence for the Christian faith we hold.