Session Topics: John Stonestreet
Why Does Worldview Matter?
Sunday Evening Kickoff Session, June 24, 6:30 p.m. (for parents and registered students, plus members of the community as space allows)
In this opening session with both students and parents, John Stonestreet will speak on a biblical worldview, what it is, and why it's important. As one of the nation's leading voices on this topic, he speaks from more than 15 years of experience training students first at Summit Ministries and now as president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.
Is Your Worldview Really Biblical?
Monday, June 25, Session 1
Our view of the world informs our view for the world. We live out what we believe through the lens of our worldview, and by reading and meditating on Scripture, we discover God’s revealed will and purpose. John Stonestreet will speak on a biblical worldview and its relevance to life and culture, pulling from more than 15 years of experience training students first at Summit Ministries and now as president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.
Imago Dei: The Christian Vision of Humanity
Monday, June 25, Session 2
Who is God? and Who is man? are two questions at the center of every worldview. A biblical worldview answers the second of these questions based on Genesis 1:27: “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Thus, a human being is a divine image-bearer—in short, we are special; we’re not like the animals, and we’re not random collections of molecules that assembled by chance. This view of humanity has implications for all of life and all of our relationships.
Christianity and Culture: Being In but Not Of
Monday, June 25, Session 3
Jesus said His followers would not be “of the world” any more than He is of the world (John 15:19; 17:15–16); yet, He places us in the world and calls us to engage in it (John 17:15). How are we to follow and love Him while not being conformed to its thinking (Romans 12:2)? How, especially, do we live in but not of the world amidst profound cultural change, away from a culture rooted in Judeo-Christian values, as we’ve seen in recent years? As coauthor of A Practical Guide to Culture and a frequent speaker on this topic, John Stonestreet will address this topic with biblical clarity—helping students understand how they can engage the culture while also rising above it.
Why a Good God Allows Suffering & Evil
Monday, June 25, Session 4
John Stonestreet will address one of the most-asked “gotcha” questions leveled at the Christian worldview: If the Bible is true, and if God is really good, how do we explain the existence of evil and suffering in the world? The answer, in short, is that we point to Christ, who entered our sinful, broken world and joined our suffering, crying out even from the cross “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” The Suffering Servant is now the enthroned King who has conquered sin, pain, and death forever, so that we can know with confidence they will not have the final word. While this answer doesn't explain every instance of suffering, nor does it necessarily dull its pain, it does offer a living hope.
Virtue: Living What We Say We Believe
Monday, June 25, Session 5
In today’s society, there’s been a loss of virtue both in practice and in knowledge. Not only do people not practice virtue, but they're not even sure what true virtue is, or whether it has any absolute basis. This session will issue a resounding call for renewing those distinguishing marks of followers of Christ—courage, wisdom, temperance, justice, faith, hope, and love—which Christians have practiced for centuries and which align with the standards set out for God’s people in Scripture.
Profile of John Stonestreet (Think Well Blog)
Interview with John Stonestreet on worldview thinking and more (by TheBestSchools.org)
What Is a Worldview? (video by John Stonestreet)
Image of God (video by John Stonestreet)
“American Slavery and the Image of God” (BreakPoint article)
“The Virtue of Love" (BreakPoint article)