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Lee’s Notes, May 1

— Spiritual skepticism is on the rise. Nearly one in four Americans under 30 now describe their religion as “atheist,” “agnostic,” or “nothing in particular.” Young people are dropping out of church at 5-6 times the historic rate, often because of intellectual doubts. To help you and your church deal with this trend, we’re presenting a live simulcast called Unpacking Atheism on Sunday evening, October 14. Mark Mittelberg and I will be joined by Dr. William Lane Craig, one of the world’s most prominent apologists, as well as a panel of former atheists who will describe why they became Christians. Register your church early so you can get out the word, especially to young people. For more information and to sign up, visit Incastevents.

— I love stories of radical conversions — and few are as stirring as Chuck Colson’s transformation from Richard Nixon’s “hatchet man” to a committed follower of Jesus. Chuck was a prophetic voice, a moral visionary, a friend of sinners and a persuasive campaigner for justice. I have fond memories of chatting for hours with him, late into the night, in the kitchen of a house at Prison Fellowship’s headquarters. We’ll miss his wisdom, leadership and passion. Chuck’s memorial service is set for 10 am on May 16 at Washington National Cathedral. The event will be streamed live at www.nationalcathedral.org. Here are links to some of the top media commentary on his life and contribution.

— Glad to hear that my legal thriller, The Ambition, has now been released in paperback, just in time for leisurely summer reading on the beach. And it’s on sale for 33 percent off!

— Do you Tweet? Follow me at @LeeStrobel for updates between newsletters.

In this video, Chuck Colson honors the legacy of Francis Schaeffer — but what really struck me was how Colson’s words could easily be describing the impact of his own life and ministry. Watch as Colson urges the church to engage the culture and to defend “true truth,” both of which were hallmarks of his own remarkable ministry. Well done, Chuck.