Sports, the Image of God, and Education

BreakPoint This Week

  • Sports: The Patriot’s comeback victory in last week’s Super Bowl capped off a historic year in sports. While Ed Stetzer doesn’t care much for the subject, John Stonestreet points out how achievements like this showcase the God-given potential in humankind, and His image and excellence in us.
  • Life: Pop musician Beyonce posted the most-liked photo in Instagram history—a somewhat racy pregnancy photo accompanied by a remark about the “two heartbeats” of her babies. It comes on the heels of an article in The Atlantic that attempted to pain ultrasound technology as a means of “pushing the idea” that the unborn are people. Eric Metaxas had a lot to say on BreakPoint about this cringe-worthy piece. Writing at Public Discourse, Ana Maria Dumitru makes the case from science and embryonic anatomy that human life does, indeed, begin at conception
  • Education: The narrow confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the new Secretary of Education occasioned a lively debate about how Christian parents can provide the best schooling for their children. John and Ed advocate a multiple-size approach, offering examples like Chicago Hope Academy to show what innovation in education looks like.

Resources

Science, Embryonic Autonomy, and the Question of When New Life Begins
  • Ana Maria Dumitru
  • The Public Discourse
  • January 24, 2017
How Ultrasounds Became Political
  • Moira Weigel
  • The Atlantic
  • January 24, 2017

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  • Andy

    I listened to your discussion on education and I do agree that parents have to be brought into the process and be a part of the solutions.
    However, I listen very carefully to Chuck Colson’s words at the beginning ending with “Mine, Mine” That includes your words when you are representing what you are saying as the Christian worldview.
    In the first place where in the world did you get the notion that those who opposed Betsy DeVos think everything is fine in public education? These are the same p[people who actively opposed Common Core and excessive testing and who spend their own money on supplies and clothing for kids in the failing schools which they are very well aware of. Those opposed agree wholeheartedly with you that the poverty of the inner cities is profoundly affecting education there. Where did you get your information? If you are speaking for a Christian worldview you need to back up what you say instead of denigrating anyone who opposed Betsy DeVos as thinking that the public school system is “just fine.:
    Secondly Ed, you lump the “teacher’s unions” all together which means that anyone who is in them as not prioritizing children. Are you saying that every teacher your wife worked with who was in a union didn’t care about children? Are you saying that any teacher in your public school who is in a union don’t care about kids? That is wrong. Your words are Christ’s. if you want to cite a specific official of a union or cite a specific policy please do to support you point but to lump all teachers who are in “teacher’s unions” is not Christlike.

    Secondly, you mention special education as being one of the main concerns of many who opposed Betsy Devos, then kind of let it go. It is extremely serious. I don’t know how old you and your wife are, but I’m old enough to remember when kids with disabilities were excluded from schools or placed in the basement away from the other children. You mention at the end that Christians have been at the forefront of equation.
    I challenge you to discuss how Christian schools can accept, accommodate, and include children with disabilities.

    Marianna Beigel